“Your Glory” – Couple Weaves Together Faith and History at Packard Proving Ground Wedding

IMG_2312Darlene and Tyler exchanged vows on the elm shaded boulevard of the Packard Proving Ground in Shelby Township this past 4th of July.   In the late 1920’s The Packard Proving Grounds consisted of a 2.5-mile (4.0 km) high-speed concrete oval track with timing tower, miles of test roads of various conditions, an airplane hangar (Packard was also involved in developing aircraft engines, and used the track’s infield as a landing strip), a repair garage, and a gate house/lodge that housed the Proving Grounds manager and his family. Noted Detroit architect Albert Kahn was retained to design the buildings of the facility, which was opened in 1928.  Among the buildings he designed, the Tudor Revival lodge building had garage space for eight cars, plus dormitory rooms for visiting engineers.  During World War II, the Chrysler Corporation leased the entire Proving Grounds to test tanks and other armored vehicles, and constructed a new building on the site that was capable of servicing tanks. 163287_142984229091220_7280422_n-604x270

Now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Tyler and Darlene used this unique venue to hold their “Great Gatsby” themed wedding.  The bridesmaids wore elegant beaded gowns representative of the era and Darlene’s gown was also of that time period.  The ceremony was led by Pastor Chris Rea of Community Christian Church of Sterling Heights.  The ceremony opened with Phil and Amanda singing “Your Glory” followed by Tyler and Darlene taking communion and sharing the intimate gift of “foot washing” imitating the love and humility Jesus showed his disciples when he washed their feet.  It was a spiritually moving moment for all present and the first time that we have seen it demonstrated in a wedding ceremony.  Pastor Rea shared with guests a list that Tyler had written at the age of 14 of the qualities he was looking for in his “dream girl”.  It was yet another tender moment laced with humor that revealed the depth of this couples faith and spiritual life.  The reception was held in the Packard garage and decorated in true Gatsby style with feathers.  We played music of the era in the courtyard and entertained guests with “Ain’t Misbehavin’, Rhapsody in Blue, At Last, Cheek to Cheek, Puttin’ on the Ritz and more.   The 7 piece band, Newsmaker, followed us and had the crowd on their feet for an evening of dancing.

Megan Rea, wife of Pastor Rea, acted as wedding coordinator and did a fabulous job.  Her organization and follow through was excellent.  This is facility is in it’s second year as a wedding venue. Mary Ann has done a phenomenal job promoting the facilities we anticipate it will skyrocket in its popularity.  IMG_2313IMG_2311

Packard Proving Grounds Historic Site

Community Christian Church

Newsmaker

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  1. Hi ladies! Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful talents on Tyler and Darlene’s wedding day and your sweet sweet words in this post! As a fellow blogger, I’m excited to follow along on your playing adventures 🙂


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