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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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

Couple Forges the “Forever” Promise

20170930_170334It was a beautiful autumn day for the wedding of Alexandra and Michael.  The bright sun lit up the stained glass windows of Holy Name Catholic Church in Birmingham.  Andrea Solomon Wedding and Event Planner was on site to orchestrate the event which included Petey’s Donuts Truck from Brooklyn Michigan  in the parking lot after the service to provide apple cider and donuts for the guests. Church music director Brandon Gauvin and venue wedding coordinator, Kim, provided awesome support with cues.  Brandon sang the gorgeous Ave Maria during the ceremony.  It’s always a pleasure to meet new friends in our business and we greatly enjoyed  working with him.

Alexandra has a career in fashion and her unique wedding dress was clear evidence of her interest in that field while Michael’s career is in TV and Video Production.  As Monseigneur John Zenz pointed out, they both know what “attracts and holds the eye.” 20170930_170319

The couple chose “Forever” by Chris Brown as the last song of the guests seating as it holds special meaning to them.  They followed it up with “Sky Full of Stars” and “You Are the Best Thing”. It was clear that this fun loving couple were not nervous in the least, but enjoying every moment of their day.

Holy Name Catholic Church

Andrea Solomon Wedding and Event Planner

Jeffrey Floral  

Petey’s Donuts

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

 

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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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!

knot hall of fame

 

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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