Packard Proving Ground Wedding: Live Music Provides an Atmosphere for Conversation

Sara and Donovan Wedding at Packard Proving Ground - A+D Photography

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Packard Proving Grounds has quickly become a sought after location for those couples looking for a “rustic industrial” venue.  Located on Van Dyke in Shelby Township, the facilities provide clients with a blank canvas on which to create their own feel for their wedding day.  Sara and Donovan had the help of friends and family to create their dream wedding day.  Cousin Jason Schneider officiated the wedding which included the song “You Are the Best Thing” by Ray LaMontagne for the processional and the theme from “Star Wars” for the recessional.  IMG_20180203_191326_333Twinkling lights in wine bottles amidst the snow led guests from the ceremony to the reception hall and that’s where Sara and Donovan’s dream became reality.  Sara shared with us that they wanted a “relaxed feel” for their wedding day where their guests could “visit and share conversation.”  It was this goal that led them to use our string quartet for their reception instead of a DJ or band.  Often the music is so loud that guests have difficulty talking. While dancing is enjoyable, many couples want the opportunity to visit with their guests in a casual setting. We played a wide mix of music and took requests while the guests enjoyed an outstanding meal provided by Kristina’s Catering .  A&D Photography was on hand to capture the memories and created some beautiful shots around the antique Packard cars.  It was a lovely night for everyone involved and we send our very best wishes to Donovan and Sara! 20180203_173429

Packard Proving Ground

A&D Photography 

Kristina’s Catering

 

Hope Chapel Proves that Small Wedding Venues Offer Great Benefits

3841 One of this year’s hottest wedding trends is an intimate wedding! As many couples have discovered, there are great reasons, beyond the financial savings, to simplify your big day. The challenge is finding a venue that offers the amenities you need within an environment that allows you create the desired intimate setting.  For years, the wedding industry has been focused on the “bigger is better” idea.  It takes an open mind and a keen eye to discover those special venues that cater to smaller numbers.

The Knot offers this insight about intimate weddings: “There is a real focus on the guest experience right now, and this is the ultimate for a guest.” Personalized details become more manageable when you’re creating them for a few.  Having fewer guests at your wedding allows you to spend more quality time with each of them.  Visiting 10 tables as opposed to 50 means you will get the greetings accomplished in a shorter time during your wedding reception allowing you to enjoy the dancing, drinking and fun of celebrating with your guests!

Couples today are juggling many responsibilities including work, school and families. As anyone who has been through it can tell you, planning a wedding is a huge job!  Keeping it small lowers your stress and often creates a wedding experience that comes across as much more romantic!3846

To create their intimate wedding day, Sarah and Alan chose the beautiful Hope Chapel in the Shelby Township Municipal Center to hold their wedding ceremony. The Hope Chapel was built in 1890 and originally known as the Hope United Methodist Church of Disco, Michigan.  In August of 1997, the Church agreed to donate the building to Shelby Township.

Sarah is a Disney fan and filled her prelude with some of the classic movie tunes such as Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty and A Dream is A Wish. Chaplin Captain Paul Lepley of Lansing officiated the ceremony which included our playing Eagles Wings during the Unity Candle. He spoke beautifully about the scripture Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 as it relates to married life.  Shelby Township provides a staff member to assist and Jennifer did a great job helping us with cues and keeping the ceremony running smoothly. Vivianos provided the stunning flower arrangements while JS Photography and Complete Video transformed the event into memorable keepsakes. Lavadas Limousine was on hand to transport the bridal party tot he reception where JD Entertainment took over the celebration! It was a memorable day filled with best wishes for Sarah and Alan!

Hope Chapel, Shelby Township

Viviano Flowers

JS Photography

Tom Santilli Complete Video

JD Entertainment

Lavadas Limousines

 

 

“Your Glory” – Couple Weaves Together Faith and History at Packard Proving Ground Wedding

IMG_2312Darlene and Tyler exchanged vows on the elm shaded boulevard of the Packard Proving Ground in Shelby Township this past 4th of July.   In the late 1920’s The Packard Proving Grounds consisted of a 2.5-mile (4.0 km) high-speed concrete oval track with timing tower, miles of test roads of various conditions, an airplane hangar (Packard was also involved in developing aircraft engines, and used the track’s infield as a landing strip), a repair garage, and a gate house/lodge that housed the Proving Grounds manager and his family. Noted Detroit architect Albert Kahn was retained to design the buildings of the facility, which was opened in 1928.  Among the buildings he designed, the Tudor Revival lodge building had garage space for eight cars, plus dormitory rooms for visiting engineers.  During World War II, the Chrysler Corporation leased the entire Proving Grounds to test tanks and other armored vehicles, and constructed a new building on the site that was capable of servicing tanks. 163287_142984229091220_7280422_n-604x270

Now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Tyler and Darlene used this unique venue to hold their “Great Gatsby” themed wedding.  The bridesmaids wore elegant beaded gowns representative of the era and Darlene’s gown was also of that time period.  The ceremony was led by Pastor Chris Rea of Community Christian Church of Sterling Heights.  The ceremony opened with Phil and Amanda singing “Your Glory” followed by Tyler and Darlene taking communion and sharing the intimate gift of “foot washing” imitating the love and humility Jesus showed his disciples when he washed their feet.  It was a spiritually moving moment for all present and the first time that we have seen it demonstrated in a wedding ceremony.  Pastor Rea shared with guests a list that Tyler had written at the age of 14 of the qualities he was looking for in his “dream girl”.  It was yet another tender moment laced with humor that revealed the depth of this couples faith and spiritual life.  The reception was held in the Packard garage and decorated in true Gatsby style with feathers.  We played music of the era in the courtyard and entertained guests with “Ain’t Misbehavin’, Rhapsody in Blue, At Last, Cheek to Cheek, Puttin’ on the Ritz and more.   The 7 piece band, Newsmaker, followed us and had the crowd on their feet for an evening of dancing.

Megan Rea, wife of Pastor Rea, acted as wedding coordinator and did a fabulous job.  Her organization and follow through was excellent.  This is facility is in it’s second year as a wedding venue. Mary Ann has done a phenomenal job promoting the facilities we anticipate it will skyrocket in its popularity.  IMG_2313IMG_2311

Packard Proving Grounds Historic Site

Community Christian Church

Newsmaker

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