Anchored in Love! Wedding professionals are the key to a Detroit Yacht Club Wedding

Detroit_Yacht_Club_1[1]The Detroit Yacht Club on Belle Isle is one of metro area’s unique treasures.  Located on a private island along the banks of the Belle Isle Park in Detroit, the DYC is of Mediterranean design and was completed by George Mason in 1922. Mr. Mason also designed the Gem Theater, Masonic Temple and the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

We had the pleasure of playing for Amelia and Jeff’s wedding in front of the majestic fireplace.  It was clear throughout the ceremony that this couple had a great sense of humor and filled each other’s life with laughter. We know they had a blast selecting the music because it was fun for us to play and greatly appreciated by their guests. Who wouldn’t enjoy “My Girl” by Smokey Robinson for the bridal party, “Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton for the Amelia’s processional the familiar Beatles standard “All We Need is Love” for the recessional?. We ran into some old friends while there including Ashley from Festoons and Flourishes who always does a phenomenal job and DeOndre of My Touch Weddings who can turn a wedding into an experience!  Ashley and the staff at Festoons and Flourishes are a class act and took the time to send us a thoughtful note the following week; “THANK YOU again for all of the amazing work that you and your team did to make their Wedding day such a great success!  As always…the music was beautiful!”  One of the pleasures of working in the wedding business is coming in contact with individuals such as Ashley and DeOndre whose sole purpose is to create the best possible PERSONAL experience for their clients.  It’s an honor to work with such outstanding professionals.  Amelia and Jess chose wisely and their wedding day was a memorable one. Best wishes to the happy couple!

Festoons and Flourishes

My Touch Weddings

Detroit Yacht Club

 

 

The Calling of Every Human Being is the Sacrament of Marriage

MotherofGodSouthfield[1]Congratulations to John and Irene on their wedding at Mother of God Chaldean Church in Southfield. It was a beautiful ceremony efficiently coordinated by Dalia Atisha.  According to the church website, marriage is the natural calling of every human being, the sacrament of marriage, which occurs between two baptized people, offers particulars graces for the couple and their children to help them become sanctified and to reach heaven.  The ceremony began with the playing “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring”, for the processional of the mothers, family, bridal party and adorable ring bearer and flower girl. The bridal party were elegantly dressed with rich fur stoles over their gowns.  Irene processed to Pachelbel’s Canon in D in a spectacular ball-like wedding gown.  After the final blessing, we played “10,000 Reasons” and “On Eagle’s Wings” while the license was signed, the unity candle lit, and photographs were taken.  The joy and happiness on the part of the guests was palpable throughout the ceremony.  We are certain that the high spirits and celebration continued throughout the reception as well. Best wishes to John and Irene!

Mother of God Chaldean Church

The Event Planner

 

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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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 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

 

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 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

 

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