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

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Why Be “just another wedding” – Come See Rondo String Quartet at The Inn at St. John’s Bridal Show for Inspiration

We all want to be unique.  It’s in our nature as human beings to be more then just another teacher, journalist, mother, wife, etc.  We make our individuality known in a variety of ways – our wardrobe, hair color, careers, jewelry to name just a few.  It’s  no surprise that couples want a wedding that helps them stand apart from the crowd. 

 If you are looking for inspiration, consider using a STRING QUARTET  and the wedding MUSIC as a means of making your wedding more then average.  Music is a universally loved experience that conveys feelings and sets a mood.  The music that you choose for  your ceremony should be reflective of you and your fiance’s personalities and make a lasting impression on  your guests.  You no longer have to settle for the church organist/pianist and the traditional “Here Comes The Bride”.  A string quartet offers endless options and the versatility for outside or inside venues.  We don’t require amplification or special equipment.  Just four chairs. 

If this sounds like an idea you’d like to consider – come see us on Sunday, November 12th at The Inn at St. John’s Bridal Show in Plymouth.  We’ll be there from 1:00 – 4:00 playing a variety of songs from our playlist of 700 titles.  We’ll have our calendar to check availability and will even take requests.  Come check us out and see why we have the received the following accolades. 

#1 Vote for the Best Detroit for Wedding Music

2017 Wedding Wire Couple’s Choice Award

2017 The Knot Best of Weddings

The Knot Best of Weddings Hall of Fame

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

 

 

Vows and Voices Join for Wedding at St. Cyril and Methodius Church

20171021_123337Anthony and Abbie had a gorgeous autumn day for their wedding!  St. Cyril and Methodius Slovak Church is a Catholic Parish located on Ryan Road in Sterling Heights.  Fr. Libor Marek officiated the ceremony which was enhanced by the beautiful voices of Joe Long, church music director and organist, and Ashley Rozanski, a member of the bridal party.  Ashley sang a beautiful rendition of Ave Maria and a duet with Mr. Long during the communion.  They both gave a beautiful performances that heightened the spiritual beauty of  Abbie and Anthony’s ceremony.  It was an honor to be a part of their wedding day.  Best wishes Anthony and Abbie!

St. Cyril and Methodius

Historic Estate Lovers Exchange Vows at Meadowbrook Hall

Meadow Brook HallA late summer day in the Pegasus garden seemed like the perfect setting for Emman and Mohamed to exchange their wedding vows. The couple enjoys touring historic homes and their affection for Meadowbrook was evident in their choice of the great estate as the site of their wedding along with the opportunity they provided for their guests to tour the mansion.  This was a day for family and friends to celebrate this beautiful couple and it started with a welcome and introductions by Dr. Ali Dabaja followed by arrival of the cutest Quaran holder in a fully decorated wagon.   The honorable Judge David Turfe officiated the ceremony which included a touching speech by Emman’s father and the spoken vows that each had written for the other.  After playing for the ceremony, we moved to the terrace and played a variety of music for the cocktail hour.  Both Steve from Studio 41 and Fairy Tale Production were present to capture the day and make lasting memories.  While we did not stay for the reception, the smells from Byblos Banquet Hall were enticing and no doubt Heather Anne Bakery outdid themselves with the cake and sweets.  Yasmeenas Flowers created lush arrangements for the bridal party and reception that stood out as truly unique, much like this unique couple and their enjoyment of history.  It is our hope that like Meadowbrook, their love will stand the test of time. Best wishes to Emman and Mohamed.

Meadowbrook Hall

Byblos Banquet Center

Studio 41 Photography

Fairy Tale Production

Yasmeenas Flowers

Heather Anne Bakery

 

 

Wedding Brunch at Masonic Temple

20170910_102627Congratulations to Nick and Dee on their wedding celebration this past weekend.  The Crystal Ballroom of the Masonic Temple in downtown Detroit was beautifully decorated.  The couple was married earlier this year but chose to celebrate their nuptials with a cocktail hour and brunch for family and friends.  Dee wore a beautiful floor length gown with a small train that conveyed the importance of the event while still maintaining a relaxed feeling for the day.  With such a beautiful venue at hand, we witnessed many families making use of the beautiful setting for family and group photos.

Robert Navarre of Full Effect Productions was on hand to provide DJ service for the afternoon.  Always gracious and helpful, Full Effect Productions has 10 straight years of 5 star ratings.   We encourage you to check them out before hiring anyone else!

Graf’s Pastry of Farmington Hills did a beautiful job on the wedding cake.  The couple performed the traditional cutting of the cake and we heard several guests commenting on how delicious it tasted.  Nick took a moment to speak to his guests about his beautiful bride, Dee and their life together.  It was a tender moment and one Dee and her family will cherish.                                                                                                                   20170910_102651

Nick selected the music we played which included many selections of classical music along with some Beatles and Disney melodies.  Our Harry Potter medley received compliments as did Build Me Up Buttercup.  Best wishes to this lovely couple as they continue their journey together as husband and wife.

Masonic Temple, Detroit

Full Effect Productions

Graf’s Pastry

 

Two Souls with But a Single Thought, Two Hearts That Beat As One

20170708_130432Congratulations to Kyle and Apurva on their wedding at the Diamond Center at Suburban Collection.  Coordinator Rajul Pillai choreographed the day in such a way that it ran smoothly and looked elegantly luscious! Venue coordinator Bridget Polsinelli helped us immensely with the complexity of cues. We played a collection of contemporary 20170708_130350music selected by the couple for both the seating of guests and during the ceremony.  Kyle and his parents entered the decorated hall to Viva La Vida while Apurva and her parents walked to We Found Love by Rhianna.  The room was beautifully appointed and following the ceremony the couple departed in a decorated carriage to the cheers and well wishes of their guests. Photographer Rosy and Shaun20170708_130638 along with Complete Video were on hand to capture all the tender moments.  It was an elegant day for the couple and we thank them for the opportunity to be a part of their beautiful wedding day.

Diamond Center at Suburban Collection

Rosy and Shaun Photography

Complete Video

TIME TO VOTE! YES, WDIV VOTE 4 THE BEST IS BACK!

It’s that time of year again!  Voting is open for WDIV Vote 4 The Best!  You can find us in the “Wedding” category under the sub-category of “Soloists and Musicians“.  Personal referrals and recommendations from consumer voting programs like WDIV are our BEST forms of advertising. This year, you can vote each hour! We’d love your votes again and thank you for voting for us as the “Best Wedding Soloist/Musician” in past years.

Vote 4 The Best

A Special Couple Creates an Intimate Wedding with Distinctive Style

20170604_145655We had a delightful experience recently with a lovely couple, Kevin and Dawn, who were married in the Michigan Union Courtyard by Stacey Swickerath of A Simple Ceremony and celebrated in the Union’s Pendleton room. Kevin and Dawn were fun to work with from the first email exchange as it was clear that they had the right perspective on how to plan and prioritize their wedding day. Involving Ana Skidmore of Two Foot Creative and Liz Stotz of Parsonage Events enabled the couple to incorporate all of their unique ideas together into a phenomenal night.

Kevin and Dawn kept the ceremony traditional in many ways including the use of classical music for the seating of guests. But when it came to the processional and recessional, they allowed their musical taste to take center stage. Our fantastic arranger, Matthew Croft, worked with Kevin and Dawn in arranging the two songs, “M79” by Vampire Weekend for the processional and “Birdhouse In Your Soul” by They Might Be Giants for the couple’s recessional.  20170604_151254

When it came time for the cocktail hour and dinner, the couple took the time in the weeks preceding the wedding to poll their guests and ask for the song titles that they would like to hear.  We thought this was a fantastic idea and highlighted the couples awareness and consideration for their guests. The response was as varied and eclectic as their guest list. We played hits from the Beatles, Journey, Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga along with nostalgic songs such as La Vie en Rose, At Last and Mack the Knife.  Contemporary songs were also present with Such Great Heights by Postal Service and Royals by Lorde.

20170604_165336Parsonage Events created architecturally intriguing trees for the table centerpieces and the food served by Michigan Union Catering Service was outstanding! It was no surprise to discover at the end of the evening that Kevin has a long history with music and musicians.

Kevin and Dawn are a memorable couple and it was a sincere pleasure to be a part of their wedding day. Best wishes!  20170604_165358

The Michigan Union

Two Foot Creative

Parsonage Events

A Simple Ceremony

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

 

 

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