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

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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

 

 

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

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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“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

 

“A Marriage Thrives By Walking in Love”

20161014_162055Megan and Travis had a gorgeous autumn day for their outdoor wedding ceremony at Oakhurst Golf and Country Club in Clarkston. October is a beautiful month in Michigan and many couples want to take advantage of the fall colors and cooler temperatures.  For those of us who work in the wedding business, it creates some anxiety.  October is one of those months when it can be 80 degrees or 35 with snow flurries.  We always encourage our clients to have an inside option that pleases them as much as the outdoor just in case of inclement weather.  Fortunately for Travis and Megan, it was a lovely day and Regina, wedding coordinator for Oakhurst, had the entire event well in hand.  Parsonage Events created seasonal 20161014_162046arrangements that complimented the outdoor setting beautifully. We had a lovely conversation with the Videographer from Visi Productions and watched them do an excellent job during the ceremony.  Kara, the photographer from Stackwood Studio had some beautiful shots of the couple. Megan cleverly planned a surprise for Travis prior to the ceremony beginning. She asked us to play “Game of Thrones” just prior to the processional when Travis would be around to hear it. We’re confident it brought a smile to his face.

20161014_162728We played Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah for the bridal party and Bryan Adam’s hit “Everything I Do” for Megan’s processional with her parents. Pastor Chris Zarbaugh of Kensington Church opened the ceremony with prayer followed by two readings; Marriage read by Denise Murray, Travis’ Godmother and Canticle of Love read by Keith Trebble, Megan’s Uncle. The couple recessed to enthusiastic applause and our arrangement of  “Wagon Wheel” by Darius Rucker.

We had the pleasure of playing the cocktail hour as well. Our contemporary songs are always a hit and we got many compliments on the Beatles, Best Day of My Life, Royals, On Top of the World to name just a few.  We heard that Kenny Spear performed during dinner and Mike Staff Productions, one of favorite DJ’s, was on hand for the celebration that 20161014_162802followed.  The cake by Sweet and Savory Bakeshop was striking and no doubt as delicious as it looked.

It was certainly a beautiful day for Megan and Travis and the start of a lifelong journey as the walk together in love.

Oakhurst Golf and Country Club

Kensington Church

Parsonage Events

Mike Staff Productions

Stackwood Studios

Videographer:Visi Producations

Sweet and Savory Bakeshop

A Vow of Love: I Promise to Love You for All Of Our Tomorrows

20161008_160756Jenna and John had an elegant wedding day at the Detroit Athletic Club.  Once you’ve visited the DAC, it’s clear why this is one of the premier wedding locations in metro Detroit.  The setting is grand, the staff is phenomenal and the dining experience superb.  Marianne Thai of Laura Davis and Company orchestrated  a beautiful event and made it seem effortless. Fleur Detroit created a lush backdrop composed of white roses, hydrangeas and orchids for the alter area. Bill Fenton officiated the ceremony spoke sagely on the topic of love, its purpose and ability to bring meaning to our lives.  He also included  Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  The ceremony also included two readings. Larry read a beautiful work by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin titled “Love is An Adventure and Conquest” followed by Cindy who read “A Key to Love” by an unknown author.  The couple wrote their own vows and spoke them beautifully with a sprinkle of both laughter and tears.  They also included a tree planting ceremony while we played A Thousand Years.  20161008_163557

The couple recessed to our quartet arrangement of  Thinking  Out Loud by Ed Sherran following which we moved downstairs to the fireplace and played contemporary music for the crowd. We had some folks singing along with us while others were swaying to the music.  The party continued with MaryAnn Productions providing music through dinner.  It was a memorable night for the Korenic and Cook families. We send John and Jenna our best wishes!

Bill Fenton

Detroit Athletic Club

Laura Davis and Company

Fleur Detroit

Mary Ann Productions

 

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!

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“I Wonder What God Was Thinking When He Created You”

DetroitYactClubWonderful words of wisdom and love abounded in Kelsey and Kevin’s wedding at the Detroit Yacht Club. This couple is truly blessed to have each other, and with God as the third strand in their cord, they will undoubtedly have a long and happy life together. We were asked to play contemporary selections such as ‘Bitter Sweet Symphony’, ‘Clocks’, ‘Fields of Gold’, and ‘With or Without You’ as prelude music. The ceremony itself was highlighted by the beautiful singing voice of their vocalist as well as classical requests for the processional and recessional. Thank-you to Rachel Cytecki for all of your coordinating help. The weather, the venue, and the meaningful service made for a perfect day. We wish the new couple all the best.

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