Thinking Outside the Box Creates a Vintage Wedding Day for Lindsay and Jeff

20171104_161240_001If you follow our blog, you know that we perform an average of 65 weddings and/or engagements each year.  We see a lot of weddings!  The ceremony is one of most meaningful events in an individual’s life and all too often couples get caught up in doing what others couples have done for their wedding day thinking that this is the way it “should” be.  A wise teacher once told me to avoid the “woulda, coulda, shoulda” approach to life.

That’s why we enjoy seeing couples embrace their individuality and step “outside the 20171104_161230box”.  Lindsay and Jeff’s wedding showed great creativity starting with their venue. The Ford Piquette Avenue Plant is a museum and former factory located within the Milwaukee Junction area of Detroit.  The unpainted walls, worn wooden floors and historic Ford vehicles makes it a unique and memorable venue to hold an event.  Jeff and Lindsay’s ceremony was held on the 2nd floor and officiated by our friend, Roy Thomas.  There were several readings including one recited by Josh and Stephanie and the beautiful poems, “These Are The Hands” and John Lennon’s poem “A Dream is Just a Dream” read by Roy.

The couples creativity extended to their music as well.  We played “Kissing You” by Des’ree for the bridal party and Lindsay’s’ processional.  The well known Beatles hit “Here Comes the Sun” was the couple’s recessional.

The reception was held on the third floor where the couple again made their personalities  known in the decor and floral arrangements by Royalty Linens and Events and Slows BBQ for the dinner.  Approaching life on their own terms, Jeff and Lindsay are sure to have a long and happy life together.

Ford Piquette Avenue Plant

Royal Linens and Events

Roy Thomas, Marry Us In Michigan

Slows BBQ

Melissa Marie Events

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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A New Idea For a Well Known Detroit Wedding Venue

20160924_162122Alissa and Jared could not have asked for a more beautiful wedding day. The skies were cloudless and the temperature a refreshing 75 for an outdoor wedding. We’ve played many ceremonies on the lawn in front of the Belle Isle Conservancy. Usually, we are between the fountain and the building where no shade is available. On a hot summer day, it can get uncomfortable quickly.  For this wedding, we were behind the fountain, further back by the gates.  Not only was there shade available, but the guests got a great view of the fountain and observatory without the noise of visitors. We loved this new idea and will recommend it to other brides.

This was the first time that we had the pleasure of working with Ashley Lynch and her staff of Festoons and Flourishes. We were quite impressed with her efficiency and attention to detail. An alter area was defined on the lawn with a beautiful birch arch adorned with lush floral swags and columns holding additional flower arrangements.

The couple chose a mix of classical and contemporary music. We played O Mio Babbino Caro followed by Book of Love by the Magnetic Fields. The mothers were seated to Cinderella’s “A Dream is A Wish Your Heart Makes” while the bridesmaids, each dressed in different color and style of dress, processed to “Love Story” by Taylor Swift. Alissa looked elegant in her bridal gown as she walked with her father to the contemporary version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole’. Following the ceremony, a reception was held in the grand ballroom of the Detroit Yacht Club.

It was clear that excellent planning and attention to detail had been invested into making this day a success. From the placement of the ceremony to the heel savers offered to guests for their high heel shoes, thought was put into each detail. It was a pleasure to be a part of this couples wedding day and we wish Alissa and Jared the very best as they begin their life together.

Festoons and Flourishes

Belle Isle Conservancy

 

Like a Race Car, The Fine Tuning of A Relationship Takes This Couple Across the Finish Line!

20160917_102906The love of two people and race cars were clearly present in Lachelle and Mike’s wedding at The Whitney in Detroit.  Pastor Paul Moldenhauer took every opportunity to make a correlation between Lachelle’s career and the joys of marriage.  The setting for the wedding ceremony was the 2nd floor landing of the Whitney under the gorgeous two-story Tiffany stained glass window. With the help of Samantha Cesarz, wedding coordinator at the Whitney, the event went off without a hitch.

The Whitney mansion is world famous for upscale dining in Detroit.  Completed in 1894, the Motor City landmark retains the exquisite charm of Detroit’s early upper echelon as a venue for all to enjoy.  The Mansion is 22,000 square feet and has 52 rooms (including 10 bathrooms), 218 windows, 20 fireplaces and numerous stained-glass windows crafted by Tiffany’s of New York It was the first residential home in Detroit to have an elevator for personal use, a hydraulic number.20160917_101306

The music that the couple chose was especially fitting for this historic turn of the century setting. We played the old romantic standards of Ella Fitzgerald, Andy Williams and Frank Sinatra. Lachelle chose a hymn, O Perfect Love, for her bridal processional and then the fun, “When I’m 64” by the Beatles for the recessional.  It was the ideal blend between the old and new.  Petite Fleur of Ferndale created gorgeous floral arrangements that fit the  historic setting of the Whitney.  And Jennifer Boris was on hand to capture all the beautiful moments in this grand setting.  Best wishes to Lachelle and Mike as they begin their lives together.

The Whitney Restaurant

Petit Fleur

Jennifer Boris, Photography

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Rondo String Quartet Makes the Knot’s Hall of Fame

The Rondo String Quartet is proud to announce that they have been inducted into the Knot’s Best of Weddings Hall of Fame! Thank-you to all of the wonderful couples who wrote recommendations and reviews!

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The Rondo String Quartet has been nominated on ‘Vote 4 the Best in Detroit’. We would appreciate your vote. Thank-you for all of your support. We love our job! http://ctvr.us/rondostrings

Bride’s Day, Bride’s Way Event

We were honored to have been asked to play for the ‘Bride’s Day, Bride’s Way’ event in downtown Rochester, Michigan. Our group played at the registration center in the Fieldstone Winery (www.fieldstonewine.com). Rochester has so many wonderful places to shop, as well as many beautiful wedding venues. There were over forty locations participating in the event. Some of the locations included were; The Royal Park Hotel, The Rochester Community House, Meadowbrook Hall, President Tuxedo, Sposa Bella Bridal, Molnar’s Tuxedo, Design Works Flowers, Jocelyn M. Artistic Photography, Haig’s of Rochester, Smith Jewelers, Crowning Glory Bridal Accessories, Lucido Fine Jewelry, and Bellisima Bridal Salon. Thank-you to Karen from Crowning Glory (www.crowninggloryonline.com) and Stacey from the Rochester Downtown Development Authority (www.downtownrochestermi.com). We are sure all of the couples had a wonderful day!

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