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

 

 

Freddy the Dog Joins the Wedding!

20170521_152802We had the pleasure of playing at Cornman Farms in Dexter  for Sheila and Jacob’s wedding day.  This unique venue offers guests an exclusive experience on 42 acres of pastoral charm.  Though there was initial concern about rain, the sky cleared enabling the ceremony to be held on the front steps of the farmhouse. Officiated by Denise Tucker of Perfect Day Celebrations, family and friends had a beautiful view of the couple from the lawn.  Freddy the dog had a special seat for the ceremony which for a short time was on the train of Sheila’s gown! 20170521_152744

The bridal party walked to the Israel Kamakawiwo’ole version of Somewhere Over the Rainbow while Sheila chose the more traditional Kanon in D for her processional.  Kaeli Garcia from Luna Soiree and Maiyan, coordinator at Cornman along with their wonderful staff made sure it all looked beautiful and helped us with cues.  The couple recessed to the Beatles hit, “Here Comes the Sun” followed by a cocktail hour and reception in the barn. Best wishes to Jacob, Sheila and of course, Freddy.

Cornman Farms

Perfect Day Celebrations

Luna Soiree

Cherry Creek Bridal Show a Huge Success

20170305_104253We had the pleasure of participating in a Bridal Show hosted by Cherry Creek Golf and Country Club. Janelle, the Director of Events, orchestrated an awesome event day with the top local vendors in the wedding industry.  We saw many of our existing friends in the industry and met several new vendors as well.  While there were too many to mention them all, a few stood out to us as worthy of a special “shout out!”

Creative Events offers a partial through complete event planning and coordination. They OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERApride themselves on providing an event that is styled around you, your individual tastes, and the love that has brought you to this incredible moment. Based in Macomb County, they serve clientele throughout the U.S. and Caribbean.

20170305_122944We were stunned by the unique ice sculptures on display by Finesse Ice. Beautifully executed, several encompassed flowers within the ice. Finesse Ice creates hand carved ice sculptures. As the pictures show, they are phenomenal! They are known for their custom designs and award winning staff.  If you want a unique feature at your wedding that is sure to turn heads, consider Finesse Ice.

Well known in the wedding industry for over 48 years, Mark Ephraim now devotes his time to officiating weddings as an Ordained Minister. His dedication and enjoyed of his work is clear from his website where he states, “I am truly overwhelmed by the fact that I am the one who is responsible for joining two people in1458408226508 a union that will span a lifetime. I have officiated weddings from the beaches of Florida to the quaintest chapels and Venues in Southeastern Michigan. I contour each wedding to what you want for your special day.   To me, It is truly fitting that the most important part of a wedding is now my responsibility. I could not be more honored to accept that responsibility”. We have had the pleasure of working with Mr. Ephraim in the past and highly recommend him.  He is a dedicated and knowledgeable professional that tailors the ceremony to each couple.20170305_123241

Affordable Flowers has been serving metro Detroit since 1985 and provides top quality product, expert service and value from their storefront on Woodward Avenue. Their award-winning bridal staff, with more than 75 years of experience insures that your special day will be extraordinary.  Their floral arrangements are consistently superb and during the show, they provided the arrangements for the table arrangements.  The pictures speak for themselves.

AboutPic1Lavdas Limousine is the premiere luxury limousine service in Michigan devoted to providing first class, personalized service; featuring the ultimate in comfort, dependability and style. They take particular pride in keeping our vehicles professionally maintained with plush, impeccably clean interiors. Our clients frequently mention Lavdas as the first choice in limousine service for their weddings.

The best ways to de-stress the wedding planning experience is to select professional, experienced wedding vendors who have “seen and done it all” and know how to tailor their services to your specific desires.

Cherry Creek Golf Club

Affordable Flowers

Mark P. Ephraim

Finesse Ice

Creative Events

Lavdas Limousines

 

Inspiring, traditional, and unique…The Masonic delivers a Memorable Wedding Experience

eschmidt04[2]A wedding at The Masonic is sure to create memorable moments for a wedding. Coordinator Melanie Matics provides a one-of-a-kind, individualized, custom wedding experience. The venue includes several options for weddings and receptions.  Shannon and Craig chose to have their ceremony in the historic chapel, a replica of the Westminster Abbey.  Though on a smaller scale, the chapel still seats 400 people, includes a balcony and provides a classic and historic surrounding.  We sat in the balcony which allowed our performance of the couple’s choice of contemporary songs to float down and fill the stone chapel.  We played the Israel Kamakawiwoʻole version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” for the seating of the mothers and entrance of the groomsmen. The bridesmaids walked in to “A Thousand Years” while Shannon entered on her father’s arm to Pachelbel’s Canon in D.  The flowers were the creation of Pam Sullivan from Blumz Florist and were stunning. Shannon’s bouquet was composed of calla lilies with black feathers which tied into the bridesmaids black gowns. After the pronouncement of husband and wife, the couple recessed to the Beatles song “All You Need is Love”.

The Crystal Ballroom is classic beauty rich in Italian décor. We sat upstairs in the balcony and played for an additional hour while guests enjoyed the cocktail hour. The guests really enjoyed our Beatles and Journey songs. Shannon and Craig had a movie themed reception and requested Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean and Skyfall to fit within their theme.  Mike Staff Productions provided the photography services and music for the reception. Their reputation is superb and ensures a memorable event. Congratulations Craig and Shannon and best wishes for a long and happy life together!

Detroit Masonic

Mike Staff Productions

 

Wedding Show at Cherry Creek in Shelby Township, Michigan

The Rondo String Quartet will be playing at Cherry Creek’s Wedding Show on Sunday, March 5th, 2017! We will be playing from 11am-12pm and 1pm-3pm. We look forward to meeting a lot of wonderful brides, grooms, families, and vendors!  http://www.cherrycreekgolf.com/

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Image by Mike Jain; Michigan Photography

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

 

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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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

 

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