A Taste of History at The Bloomfield Open Hunt

20170120_193940The Bloomfield Open Hunt recently celebrated its Centennial and began the celebration with a cocktail party kickoff.   Wendy Grouix invited us to perform for the evening and we enjoyed the opportunity to play a variety of songs from all the eras as guests walked through the club, looked at photo albums that chronicled the clubs rich history while enjoying an assortment of hors d’oeuvres.

The evening was an interpretation of a 1917 cocktail party.  All the culinary offerings were recipes taken from various historical menus of that time. In addition to an assortment of canapés, guests enjoyed wild rice pancakes, mushroom pinwheels, croquettes with sherry sauce and more.  The informative program noted that in the Detroit area, cocktail parties were an important part of society life. With the dawn of the cocktail parties came the introduction of certain types of foods that could be easily served at such functions. These “finger foods” became the staple of the cocktail party menu.

The members of the Bloomfield Open Hunt Club enjoy a wonderful legacy handed down over generations since the Club’s founding in the early twentieth century. Elegant while still based in tradition, the club is an equestrian facility and unique family club for all seasons.

Bloomfield Open Hunt

 

 

Come Dream with Me As I Have Dreamed of You

20161218_173222It was a gorgeous setting in the Conservatory of the Royal Park Hotel for Raquel and Chris’s wedding the week prior to Christmas. The couple designed all the table décor and alter area themselves. We were struck by the elegance and uniqueness of each table that maintained a theme of the couple’s interests. While the room was beautifully appointed, the help of their friend Susan Korwin, and the Royal Park Coordinator, Janet Engelhardt, insured that the remaining elements proceeded smoothly.20161218_173255

We had the pleasure of playing for the ceremony, cocktails and through the dinner. Classical music was an excellent complement to the ceremony in the Conservatory. We played the music of Bach, Handel, Vivaldi and Debussy.  Raquel was stunning in a Christmas red gown as she processed to Bach’s Arioso.  Before Chris’s vows he told Raquel that “I won your heart with poetry” and proceeded to recite poetic verse as his vows. Prior to the exchange of rings, Raquel’s daughter, Gabrielle Kitto, sang a sweet acapella  rendition of Barbara Streisand’s “I’ve Dreamed of You”.  With these two touching moments, there wasn’t a dry eye in the room.20161218_173759

Following the ceremony, we played a wide variety of Christmas, contemporary and nostalgic music. We took a few requests and accompanied Chris and Raquel’s first dance with “What a Wonderful World”.  We had a great time and enjoyed being a part of this family’s celebration. Congratulations to Chris and Raquel!

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Royal Park Hotel

 

Elegant Cherry Creek Hosts Their Wedding Coordinator’s Very Own Wedding!

unnamed-1It was an honor and a privilege to perform the wedding music for Janelle and Brian this past month.  Janelle is the wedding coordinator for Cherry Creek, whom we have greatly enjoyed working with over the years.  To be selected by her to provide the music for her wedding day is a special honor. As she was the bride, Eric Lubeck acted as the wedding coordinator and was a great help with the timing and cues. As the pictures demonstrate, the holiday decorations are always stunning at Cherry Creek during December.  20161210_165723In keeping with the season, the couple chose Christmas music!  The mothers were seated to “O Holy Night,” while Janelle made a special request and processed down to the Beatles hit “Happy Christmas.” Carl Vogler of Our Special Wedding Day officiated and included the readings “These Are The Hands” and “The Kiss.”  One of the most tender moments of the wedding occurred when Brian spoke to Janelle just prior to the exchanging of the vows.  Every woman dreams of hearing such beautiful words spoken to her by her handsome fiancé. It was a sweet moment to be treasured, so it was wonderful that both Videographer 3rd Street and Photographer Randall Scott were able to capture it. The only deviation from the Christmas theme was Janelle’s request for the “Game of Thrones Theme” as their recessional.  The phones came out and guests started recording as many were surprised and delighted to hear a string quartet perform the theme of the popular HBO show.  It was a beautiful wedding for a lovely couple, and we send our best wishes to them as they begin married life together!                                                                      unnamed

Cherry Creek Golf Club

Carl Vogler

Randall Scott Photography

3rd Street Films

JD Entertainment

Affordable Flowers

Militello’s Bakery

 

 

 

 

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Award Winning Frutig Farms Hosts Sons Wedding Celebration

20161126_161718Congratulations to Edward and Melissa on their wedding at Frutig Farms in Ann Arbor. This was a family affair from start to finish as Edward is the son of Kelly and Ed, Frutig Farms owners.  Barn weddings have become very popular in the last ten years.  They offer clients a unique blend of history with the space for large wedding parties. The open simplicity provides clients with a blank slate for implementing their own design ideas.  Recently awarded the 2016 Best Venue for Large Weddings in Ann Arbor, Frutig Farms is a beautiful outdoor venue six miles from downtown Ann Arbor. The site overlooks a gorgeous pond set against natural wetlands and rolling fields. Uniquely restored historic buildings sit amongst beautiful perennial gardens. The couple chose to have their ceremony in one of the two barns known as The Valley and Edwards’s father acted as the officiant. It must have been an honor and delight for him to lead the couple through their vows to the pronouncement of husband and wife.  Barb Thayer was the coordinator and directed the day beautifully.  We sat up in the loft and had an excellent view of the proceedings. The couple chose all classical music for their ceremony including the Purcell Trumpet Voluntary for Melissa’s processional.

The cocktail hour and reception was held at Misty Farm, the second barn of the Frutig Farm holdings. At Melissa and Edward’s request, we played songs by Coldplay, Pharrell, Journey, Game of Thrones, Katy Perry and more. Larry Lee and Back In the Day were setting up for the reception which was sure to be a fantastic evening. We extend our thanks to the band for their help with sound and their encouraging applause.  We wish we could have stayed to hear their music! Congratulations to Edward and Melissa and we thank them for the honor of being a part of their wedding day and family’s celebration.

Frutig Farms

Larry Lee and Back In the Day

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Weber’s Inn Provides a Elegant Wedding Experience for Susan and Joel

editCongratulations to Susan and Joel on their wedding at Weber’s Inn in Ann Arbor. Known for its discriminating taste for comfortable elegance, the couple held their ceremony and reception in the Atrium Dining room.  Beautiful flowers graced each table and while lush bouquets set the stage for the alter area.  The family and bridal party walked down to Canon in D while Susan processed with her mother to Purcell’s Trumpet Voluntary. Pamela Swider of PS I Love You Ceremonies officiated the ceremony which included two readings and a unity candle during which we played La Vie en Rose.  We’ve had the pleasure of working with Pamela before and appreciate her attention to detail.  She was a great help with cues along with the superb staff of Weber’s Inn who helpful and accommodating.  We understand that the couple will be enjoying a honeymoon in Hawaii and wish them the very best as they begin this new adventure together.20161112_164214

Weber’s Inn

PS I Love You Ceremonies

 

 

An Heirloom Gown and Officiating Brothers Make The Wedding Ceremony a Unique Family Event

20161105_152455Congratulations to Kelsey and Brad on their wedding at the Michigan League.  Their ceremony had so many unique qualities that are worth mentioning. William and Connor Flynt, brothers of the bride, officiated the ceremony.  Their mother shared with me that Kelsey and both her brothers were ministers.  In fact, Kelsey had officiated her brothers wedding and now the places were reversed. As one would expect with brothers officiating, there were a few childhood stories about cars and crashes that brought laughter into the day.

While Kelsey’s brothers were a highlight, it was Kelsey’s gown that made a breathtaking statement.  She processed to Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years” in her mothers gown resplendent with  Chantilly lace.  Though a family heirloom, as the result of a talented seamstress, the dress still had a contemporary feel while honoring the tradition and recognizing the success of her parents marriage.

Congratulations to Brad and Kelsey!

Michigan League

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Officiant Shares Words of Wisdom: “Love is About Participation”

201310180800261Nichole Bertucci of “A Simple I Do” shared profound words of wisdom during Calla and Tyler’s wedding ceremony at the historic Hartland Music Hall. Included among those wise word was the phrase “Love is not about possession but participation.”

Hartland Music Hall was built by members of the First Congregational Church in 1858. It is one the oldest public buildings in Livingston County, an outstanding example of Greek Revival architecture.  The building was a gift to the community of Hartland from John Robert Crouse, Sr. M. Crouse was a local philanthropist who performed many community services through a program he sponsored called the “Hartland Area Project.”  In February 1980, the Music Hall became another Livingston County structure to be included in the State Register of Historic Sites by the Michigan Historical Commission. A dedicated steward and renovator of the hall, Don, was on hand for Calla and Tyler’s ceremony and proved to be a great help along with the Ashley from Festoons and Flourishes.                                                                              20161022_152324

Tyler and Calla chose an eclectic mix of music for their ceremony. We played “Wagon Wheel”, John Legend’s “All of Me”, the nostalgic “Moon River” and the traditional “Pachelbel’s Canon”.  During the lighting of the Unity candle, we accompanied their two friends Andrea and Katie on a beautiful rendition of “So Are You To Me”, arranged for our string quartet by well known arranger and conductor, Matthew Croft.  In a  statement of their affection for their alma mater, the couple chose the MSU Fight Song for their recessional. Congratulations Calla and Tyler!

A Simple I Do

Hartland Music Hall

Festoons and Flourishes

Matthew Croft

 

 

 

“A New Family of Faith Has Been Forged In Our Sight”

20161015_124845Daniel and Katlyn were married in their beautiful home church of Our Lady of Fatima in Michigan Center recently. The church is full of light and adorned with panels of stained glass windows. Father Tim MacDonald shared many tender words including “We watched them grow up together, now we will watch them grow old together”. Katlyn’s younger brother was the server throughout the ceremony which made it all a bit more special.

Music Director and organist, Jeff Mausolf, was helpful with cues and we had the pleasure of playing “Here I Am Lord” with him during the communion. The talents of Angel’s Floral was on display with the bouquets and alter arrangements. Photographer Justine Castle was on hand to capture all the special moments.  Best wishes to Katlyn and Daniel!

Our Lady of Fatima

Angel’s Floral

Justine Castle

 

“A Marriage Thrives By Walking in Love”

20161014_162055Megan and Travis had a gorgeous autumn day for their outdoor wedding ceremony at Oakhurst Golf and Country Club in Clarkston. October is a beautiful month in Michigan and many couples want to take advantage of the fall colors and cooler temperatures.  For those of us who work in the wedding business, it creates some anxiety.  October is one of those months when it can be 80 degrees or 35 with snow flurries.  We always encourage our clients to have an inside option that pleases them as much as the outdoor just in case of inclement weather.  Fortunately for Travis and Megan, it was a lovely day and Regina, wedding coordinator for Oakhurst, had the entire event well in hand.  Parsonage Events created seasonal 20161014_162046arrangements that complimented the outdoor setting beautifully. We had a lovely conversation with the Videographer from Visi Productions and watched them do an excellent job during the ceremony.  Kara, the photographer from Stackwood Studio had some beautiful shots of the couple. Megan cleverly planned a surprise for Travis prior to the ceremony beginning. She asked us to play “Game of Thrones” just prior to the processional when Travis would be around to hear it. We’re confident it brought a smile to his face.

20161014_162728We played Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah for the bridal party and Bryan Adam’s hit “Everything I Do” for Megan’s processional with her parents. Pastor Chris Zarbaugh of Kensington Church opened the ceremony with prayer followed by two readings; Marriage read by Denise Murray, Travis’ Godmother and Canticle of Love read by Keith Trebble, Megan’s Uncle. The couple recessed to enthusiastic applause and our arrangement of  “Wagon Wheel” by Darius Rucker.

We had the pleasure of playing the cocktail hour as well. Our contemporary songs are always a hit and we got many compliments on the Beatles, Best Day of My Life, Royals, On Top of the World to name just a few.  We heard that Kenny Spear performed during dinner and Mike Staff Productions, one of favorite DJ’s, was on hand for the celebration that 20161014_162802followed.  The cake by Sweet and Savory Bakeshop was striking and no doubt as delicious as it looked.

It was certainly a beautiful day for Megan and Travis and the start of a lifelong journey as the walk together in love.

Oakhurst Golf and Country Club

Kensington Church

Parsonage Events

Mike Staff Productions

Stackwood Studios

Videographer:Visi Producations

Sweet and Savory Bakeshop

A Vow of Love: I Promise to Love You for All Of Our Tomorrows

20161008_160756Jenna and John had an elegant wedding day at the Detroit Athletic Club.  Once you’ve visited the DAC, it’s clear why this is one of the premier wedding locations in metro Detroit.  The setting is grand, the staff is phenomenal and the dining experience superb.  Marianne Thai of Laura Davis and Company orchestrated  a beautiful event and made it seem effortless. Fleur Detroit created a lush backdrop composed of white roses, hydrangeas and orchids for the alter area. Bill Fenton officiated the ceremony spoke sagely on the topic of love, its purpose and ability to bring meaning to our lives.  He also included  Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  The ceremony also included two readings. Larry read a beautiful work by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin titled “Love is An Adventure and Conquest” followed by Cindy who read “A Key to Love” by an unknown author.  The couple wrote their own vows and spoke them beautifully with a sprinkle of both laughter and tears.  They also included a tree planting ceremony while we played A Thousand Years.  20161008_163557

The couple recessed to our quartet arrangement of  Thinking  Out Loud by Ed Sherran following which we moved downstairs to the fireplace and played contemporary music for the crowd. We had some folks singing along with us while others were swaying to the music.  The party continued with MaryAnn Productions providing music through dinner.  It was a memorable night for the Korenic and Cook families. We send John and Jenna our best wishes!

Bill Fenton

Detroit Athletic Club

Laura Davis and Company

Fleur Detroit

Mary Ann Productions

 

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