Lafayette Grande Offers a Truly Unique Wedding Venue

Of course the wedding venue had to be the Lafayette Grande for Lauren and Gregory!  As the Head of Marketing at the Lafayette Grande, she understands the history and appreciates the charm and uniqueness of this stately building in downtown Pontiac.  Built in 1923 as a Masonic Temple Lodge and purchased by Traveling Chef Catering in 1997, the intricate craftsmanship of fine details has been restored to its original grandeur.

Lauren and Greg’s wedding involved many friends and family.  The large bridal party consisted of seven bridesmaids, two junior bridesmaids, four flower girls and three ring bearers.  Marissah Lowry acted as wedding coordinator and helped us with cues.  The ceremony was officiated by Chad Asman, Lauren cousin and Pastor at Heritage Church in Sterling Heights.  The couple clearly love the movies and chose several movie themes to be played throughout their ceremony.  Among them were “Harry Potter Selections”, “Game of Thrones” and “Pirates of the Caribbean”.

The marriage of this couple creates a beautiful new family and we wish them the very best!

Lafayette Grande

Heritage Church

Rosy and Shaun Photography 

Super Dave DJ

Affordable Flowers

 

Crofoot Ballroom Shines Again as a Great Wedding Venue

photo 2photo 3One of the pleasures of playing over 50 weddings a year is that our quartet gets to perform in the many churches, banquet centers and concert halls through the Detroit metro area. One of our favorite venues is the Crofoot Ballroom in Pontiac. Because they are set up as a concert venue, the sound and lighting staff are fabulous. Kristen, the venue coordinator, is knowledgeable and helpful every time we have the pleasure of playing there. For Erin and Marcus, the experience was no different. The alter area was set up on the stage and lovely Japanese lanterns hung from the ceiling. It transformed the hip concert venue into a chapel like setting. Meg Wilson, longtime friend of the quartet, officiated the ceremony. She has known the bride’s family for many years and it showed in her personal references and affection for Erin. The couple chose an eclectic collection of music for their ceremony. We played “The Rose” for the seating of the parents, “Open Arms” for Erin’s bridal processional and “The Prayer” from Camelot for the Unity Candle and “Viva la Vida” for their recessional. Erin had a special request for “Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton for her bridesmaid’s processional. We were able to arrange and perform that for her. It’s worth mentioning that Erin had a guy friend in her bridal party. A trend we are seeing more frequently!
Following the ceremony, we moved to a separate room for the cocktail hour. Erin requested a mix of Mo-Town, Disney and classic rock. It’s always a pleasure to perform non-traditional music and surprise the guests. We had several people come up and comment on our classic rock renditions.
We recently had an opportunity to speak with the bride’s mother about her experience at the Crofoot. She shared with me that she was initially hesitant about a venue in downtown Pontiac but was totally thrilled with the helpfulness of the staff and thoroughness of security both before and during her daughter’s wedding. Again, we commend the Crofoot for their exceptional service and attention to client needs. Congratulations to Marcus and Erin and best wishes for a blessed marriage.
Crofoot Ballroon

Fun Was The Focus at Pontiac’s Crofoot Ballroom Wedding and Reception

IMG_0950IMG_0945Congratulations to Dana and Justin on their wedding celebration. Known for its concert series, the Crofoot Ballroom on Saginaw Street in Pontiac, has two outstanding coordinators, Kristen and Mary, whose efforts make special events like weddings a winning combination. The ballroom was decorated with paper lanterns in shades of purple and pillar aisle candles. The chuppah or canopy used in Jewish weddings, was located on the stage and draped in baby’s breath. This couple definitely had it all together. We loved their fun programs, shakers and sign (see photos) that greeted guests encouraging them to “unplug” and enjoy the evening. They kept the day fun by having the bridesmaids in purple dresses all of the same length but individual in style. The groomesmen wore matching grey Converse sneakers with torquoise laces. And it looked fabulous with their grey suits. While we played many slow, romantic pieces for as guests arrived, the ceremony was fun-loving with Stand By Me for the bridal party, Barry White’s “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love” for Dana’s entrance and “Raider’s of the Lost Ark” from Indiana Jones for the recessional. A cocktail hour was held in the Vernor’s room and we went all out playing our classic rock repertoire. Ted Nugent’s Fred Bear received many passing compliments as did Kasmir and Moondance. We were even able to fulfill a personal request for the Beatles “Eleanor Rigby”. We’ll be back at the Crofoot for more weddings this summer and are looking forward to it. Thank you Justin and Dana for starting off our wedding season with a bang and best wishes as you begin married life.

The Crofoot Ballroom

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