Family, Friends and the Words of Shakespeare Combine for Jenny and Sam’s Henry Ford Wedding

20171007_171811The Henry Ford , is a large indoor and outdoor history museum complex and a National Historic Landmark in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn, Michigan.  One of America’s greatest museums, one portion is The Museum of Modern Innovation which allows guests to experience the strides of America’s greatest minds while fully immersing you in their stories.  The complex has many architecturally beautiful places for wedding ceremonies and a staff of wedding coordinators that are experienced and efficient.  We had the assistance of Cindy and Gary for this wedding and appreciated their knowledge and assistance.

Family and friends played an important role throughout the day.  Jan Wilson acted as DOC for the day.  Wedding photographer Adrian Seetho, friend of the couple was on hand to capture the day.  Betsy Brown acted as videographer, Cindy Wills and Susan Stahly created the floral arrangements, and Uncle John Logue officiated the ceremony. Sam and Jenny chose the Pennsylvania Courtyard with the iconic water tower for their nuptials.  Fitting to the picturesque setting, we played the music of Bach and Handel while guests were seated.  Jenny’s Uncle, John Logue, officiated the ceremony which included Shakespeare’s Love Sonnet 116 and many sweet moments!

The cocktail hour was held in the museums “Driving America Car Court”, a premier automotive exhibit in the heart of the museum.  We played a wide selection of contemporary music and took several requests.  It was there that we noticed Jenny’s gorgeous bouquet.  When I asked “who did your flowers?”  She replied, “My family and I did and it took us about two years”.  A closer look revealed that the flowers were paper – elegantly cut and arranged to look incredibly lifelike.  A picture is worth a thousand 20171007_193444words and family members Cindy Wills and Susan Stahly clearly have special gift!  We were so honored to be a part of Jenny and Sam’s wedding day and wish them the very best and they grow together as husband and wife.

The Henry Ford

Adrian Seetho

 

 

Age is Only A Number for This Fun Loving Couple

20161001_145206Patrice and David had a beautiful day for their outdoor wedding at the Dearborn Inn. The ceremony was held at the gazebo and officiated by Jeff Hamilton of Michigan Officiants. Patrice wore a beautiful gown and processed on her son’s arm to Kannon in D.  We played the popular and well known hits of the Beatles on the patio during cocktails and then moved into the Lincoln room for dinner. The speeches by family and friends demonstrated the “joie de vivre” this couple shares. Their first dance was to the song “Everlasting Love” and they showed off a terrific swing!  The guests enjoyed a lovely meal and finished the evening with dancing and music by a jazz trio.  There are many laughs ahead for this couple and we wish them the best.

Dearborn Inn

Michigan Officiants

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A 21st Century Love Story: The Crazy Yank and The Crazy Brit

20160918_155248Congratulations to Carrie and Pat on their wedding at the Dearborn Inn on a beautiful late summer day. Tucked into the grounds of the Inn and surrounded by lush gardens, the gazebo was a beautiful place for an outdoor wedding. Officiant Denise Tucker of  Perfect Day Celebrations,  told Carrie and Peter’s story before conducting the hand fasting ceremony and exchange or rings. We’ve worked with Denise many times now and always enjoy the way she personalizes the ceremony to the couple.  It’s clear that she’s taken the time to know them. The couple chose an eclectic array of music for their ceremony. We played Debussy’s Clair de al Lune, O Mio Babbino Caro by Puccini along with Here Comes the Sun and All You Need is Love by the Beatles. Douglas Rae read “Love” by Erich Fried which beings with the line, “I love you, not only for what you are but for what I am when I am with you.”  It was clear that this couple shares a tender romance but also a great sense of humor. Denise spoke of penguins and implied that the cake would reflect this fun bit of the couple’s history. We send our best wishes to these self-proclaimed giggling and grinning geeks as they begin their married lives together.

Perfect Day Celebrations

Dearborn Inn

 

Celebratory Mood Livens Up Dearborn Inn Wedding

The Dearborn Inn has maintained a busy schedule for weddings this year.  A testimony to the classic elegance and outstanding service that they provide.  Julie and David chose to have their wedding celebration there earlier this month. Reverend Ralph Brown of Hope United Church  of Christ officiated the ceremony which included the reading “Love Is a Friendship Caught Fire” by Laura Hendricks and read by Kathleen Gaynor.  Julie and David chose great music for the cocktail hour and we had a few guests singing along.   Grandpa Gil stopped by and shared a few stories about Julie as a child.  His affection for his “adopted granddaughter” was clear as was the well wishes of their animated group of friends.  There was no doubt that this group was going to have a great time throughout the evening.  We wish them the best as they begin this new chapter as husband and wife.

Dearborn Inn

With My Whole Heart, For My Whole Life

6.14.2Congratulations to Myia and Tiery on their wedding at the Henry Auto Collection.  Newly renovated, an Art Gallery is located on the main floor and was a vibrant setting for the couples nuptials.  Hannah Cregg from Top Hat Events and Emily Fredrick of the hotel created an elegant event.  The mothers were seated to Motown’s “I’ll Be There” while the bridesmaids walked to Bryan Adams “Everything I Do”.  Myia chose the romantic “Can’t Help Falling In Love” for her processional.

We are seeing an increase in couples choosing to write their own wedding vows this summer.  It brings a personal quality to the ceremony and often provides an opportunity to insert some humor!    Myia and Tiery exchanged self written vows that were indicative of the couples history and love for each other.

Despite a late start, which coordinators Hannah and Emily handled with grace and efficiency, the wedding was a beautiful event.  We wish them the very best as they begin their life together.

The Henry Autograph Collection

Top Hat Events

“Made for the Movies” Wedding Day is All Beauty and No Beast

Congratulations to Sheila and Jason on their wedding this past weekend.  The ceremony was held at the Mary-Martha Chapel at Greenfield Village and officiated by Reverend Graham of “A Joyful Celebration Weddings”.  Rev. Graham spoke beautifully on the subject of love and incorporated several poems and quotes that were new to us yet very fitting for this couple.  It turns out that his colleague, Rev. Sherry wrote the wedding  specifically for Sheila and Jason by incorporating the couples life stories, conversations, lyrics from their selected songs, and quotes from people who are inspirational to them. She succeeded in creating a beautifully personal ceremony.  Jason and Sheila have a love of movies and Sheila especially has a strong connection to Beauty and the Beast.  So much so that she chose the music from the movie for her bridal processional.  In fact, all the songs we played for the guest seating and during the ceremony were from movies.  Several of the guests asked us about Glory Of Love from The Karate Kid Two and written by Chicago brass player, Peter Cetera.  We also included “Somewhere Out There” from American Tail for the bridesmaids, Hallelujah from Shrek for the unity candle and “When You Wish Upon A Star” from Pinocchio during the marriage license signing.  The couple recessed to “Pirates of the Caribbean”.  Appropriate to the theme, Sheila had a true Cinderella wedding gown, complete with the tiara.  Following the ceremony, the guests gathered at the Dearborn Inn for cocktails and dinner.  We continued with our movie themed music and hoped that Jason would be around for his favorite, Mission Impossible.  The guests were all having a good time and we were appreciative of all the kind comments.  It’s always a supreme compliment when a guest will take time to come and comment on how much they enjoyed the music.  Our job would be so much more challenging if not for the efficiency and competence of wedding coordinators.  We send our thanks to Cheryl LaPalm of Greenfield Village and Christie Dixon of the Dearborn Inn for their help with set up and cues.  A good coordinator is a wonderful asset to your event.  We send Jason and Sheila our best wishes!

Greenfield Village

Dearborn Inn

A Joyful Celebration Weddings

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