Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Please Vote!

I know this is a stretch but help me get 250 votes. I only have 4 days!
My dream of owning my own venue could be years closer than I ever expected with a $250,000 grant!
Imagine a piece of property with mature trees, wild flowers and fields of green grass. I would love to have room for my bride and grooms to have an outdoor garden ceremony with their reception just across the property under a big white tent….with paper lanterns and twinkling lights hanging from the tent with the bride and groom along with all their guests dancing and creating life long memories
It's really easy to vote and only take a minute!
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Thank you SO much!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Carrie and Adam 5-27-12 (Stephanie)

I loved working with Carrie and Adam! They live in Chicago, so we did all of our communication through the phone or e-mail and Carrie and I met for the first time about a week before their wedding. This definitely didn't hinder planning at all, I always tell my long distance brides that there is so much that can be done via e-mail that not being in Michigan isn't even a problem!

Carrie and Adam were married at St. Peter and Paul Jesuit Church in Detroit and had their reception at the gorgeous Colony Club in Detroit. I focused on setting up for the reception as very little was being setup at the church.
Carrie and Adam integrated family wedding photos on their escort card and gift tables. I love old photos and love when family members can be memorialized this way

Guests were directed to their seats with escort cards that had a little old key charm attached

Cake was provided by It's A Matter Of Taste. The cake was so gorgeously decorated and tasted as good as it looks! The staff at It's A Matter Of Taste were so friendly and were terrific to work with.

 The candy buffet turned out so cute! The table was decorated with photos of Carrie and Adam as children eating sweets. The guests loved it!

Flowers were by Wesley Berry

 Carrie and Adam had a captain's table in the center of the room for themselves and their bridal party
 View of the room from the mezzanine
 Music was provided by Rivertown Gents. They were great to work with and kept the dance floor packed all night long!

 I love the Colony Club. It is so gorgeous and definitely a hidden Detroit gem!

Photobooth was provided by Shutterbooth
Linens provided by Special Events Rental
Transportation provided by the always great Dream Limousines

Photography was provided by Kristen Taylor Photography. Kristen was awesome to work with and she got some really good photos.
Check out some of Carrie and Adam's preview shots below:


Congratulations Carrie and Adam! Thanks for letting me be part of your special day!


Sunday, June 17, 2012

Becky and Craig 6-2-12 (Stephanie)

Becky and Craig had such a unique wedding that was filled with their personalities. I loved their style and the location and they were so easy to work with!
They had both their ceremony and reception at the Piquette Model T factory, or T-Plex, in Detroit. It is an old Model T factory that was saved from demolition and is now a museum for Model T collectors. All of the architecture is original and the building is in great shape for it's age. It's such a unique location and I loved how Becky and Craig transformed it to fit their personal style.

 The officiant was Wayne Byrum. He was great to work with and made sure that he customized Becky and Craig's ceremony to their exact liking. 

Becky and Craig provided all linens and spent the days leading up to the wedding decorating the T-Plex. I am so in love with how it turned out. The villa style hanging lights looked so awesome once it got dark.

 Head table

 Escort cards. I love this so much!!

 Card box

 Guest book

 Centerpiece #1

 Centerpiece #2

 Cupcakes were provided by Just Baked. They were so delicious! I love Just Baked! If you are thinking of having cupcakes, you must have these!
 Becky and Craig had a small cake that they cut and had cupcakes for their guests

 These napkins were so cute. Each one had a different fun fact about Becky and Craig

 Candy buffet table. A big hit with the guests, per usual

 Heart shaped sugar cookie favors. Love them!
Mr. and Mrs.

Catering was by The Detroit Beer Company. The food was so delicious and I definitely recommend them if you are looking for a caterer!

Photobooth was provided by the always great Rock The Booth.

Ceremony music provided by Four Seasons String Quartet
DJ Chuck with Detroit DJ kept the dance floor packed all night long! 
Photography was by Tammy LaBar and her team. They were great to work with and got some awesome shots:

 Becky and Craig were picked up from where they were shooting bridal party photos by this Model T and driven to the T-Plex!

Congratulations Becky and Craig! Your wedding was gorgeous, thank you for letting me be part of your special day!


Saturday, June 16, 2012

Carmen and Josh 5-26-12 (Stephanie)

Carmen and Josh had the perfect day for a wedding. It was sunny and warm and just about everything a bride could wish for, weather wise. They had their ceremony and reception at Laurel Manor in Livonia. They were so laid back and great to work with!

Carmen and Josh were married at the Laurel Manor chapel. The new chapel is on the second floor of Laurel Manor instead of the separate building across the parking lot. I'm not sure why they changed chapel locations, but I think I liked the more intimate feel of the old one better. Carmen did a great job at adding personal touches to the chapel. The blue flowers on the arch were made at her bridal shower and the white lights were added to make it more romantic. 

Cake was provided by Cakes by Stephanie

                                 Josh is a big Lego fan so Carmen surprised him with this cute Lego cake topper to display by the cake!

I loved the memorial table!

Table centerpieces

   Personalized Mr. and Mrs. champagne glasses

 Guests were directed to their seats with escort cards that doubled as favors as they were attached to the coffee bags that were favors. So cute!

Other key vendors:
Photography by Nicoloff Photography

Music by DJ Josh Schell

Transportation by A Dream Limousine

The bride and groom had a strolling duo who played accordions during dinner, Natale Emanuele and his son. If you are looking for dinner time music, they were quite a hit with the guests and were really great to work with!

Congratulations Carmen and Josh!!! 


Sunday, June 10, 2012

Aubrie and Adam 6-2-12

Aubrie and Adam were so great to work with! I loved their wedding! They had their ceremony at the MSU Alumni Chapel. Aubrie decided to have me focus on reception set up. Their reception was at Eagle Eye Golf and Banquet Center. Eagle Eye is a great venue and I always look forward to weddings there.

Their reception was so much fun!
Escort table
The guests got to answer questions like “What did you really think of our ceremony” : )
 The room all set up!
Chaircovers from Sposa Seating. Sposa is always a wonder to work with.
Aubrie’s DIY centerpieces. The guests loved them!
 Loved the table numbers
 How awesome is this card box?!?
Favors! Cookies and cake were from The Sweetest Day. The cookies were awesome!
 Head table.
Other key vendors included MSU Transportation, DJ Josh Baker from Mike Staff. If you’re booking with Mike Staff make sure to request Josh!

Here are some pro pics from Travis J Photography
Congratulations Aubrie and Adam!!!!