Monday, January 28, 2013

Jennifer and Nathan 10-20-12

Jennifer and Nathan had their ceremony and reception at Cobblestone Farm in Ann Arbor. Cobblestone is a great venue and it’s amazing how each bride can completely change the look of the venue with their choice of decor. Jennifer was great to work  and her wedding was wonderful!
Time to say "I Do"
 Jennifer and the ladies
 Card box....I love old suitcases used as card boxes.
 Another fun thumbprint 'guest book'.
 The room all set up.
YourEvent Party Rental provided the
 Guests could take the seed balls and plant fun is that?
The delicious cupcakes were from Cakein a Cup located in Ohio.
Look at this amazing groom's cake!
Groom’s cake by Cake Nouveau
Other great vendors included Angela, a solo violinist provided ceremony music. She did an excellent job. If you are looking for a ceremony musician still you have to contact her! Makeup by Aleksandra, I Make You Up…who is absolute amazing! Amy from Pure AmourPhotography did an amazing job as usual also! Below are some of the amazing photos from Amy.
Congrats Jennifer and Nathan! 

Natalie and Joseph 10-13-12

Natalie and Joseph had a FUN wedding! Their ceremony and reception were both at the Belle IsleCasino in Detroit. The Casino is a great location. This is one of the spaces that it defiantly helps to have a coordinator as the staff there is very hands off. You rent the casino and then it’s up to you to bring it to life.
They had their ceremony on the first floor and the reception upstairs
 Gift table
 Loved the escort boards!
 The room all set up
 Loved the dance floor area!
Tony from Ground Zero Productions provided ceremony and reception music. He was a blast to work with and keep the guests dancing all night long! Make sure to contact him if you are still searching for a DJ.
 Another view
  Love and Buttercream provided the cupcakes
 The favors were pie-pops : )
Their photographer was Wendy Lemon. Catering and linens were provided by 2Unique. The food was amazing and the service was WONDERFUL! I have worked with a lot of catering companies and the staff from 2Unique was by far the best. For example it was pouring rain outside as I was packing up and the staff offered to help take items out to the vehicle and they never stopped smiling all night long.
Congrats Natalie and Joseph!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Katherine and Eric 10-12-12

Katie was a doll to work with! Her and Eric’s wedding was absolutely perfect. They had their ceremony and reception at Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Macomb.

Such a cute cermeony area!
If you are still in need of an officiant make sure to contact
Donna Schonhoff from LaDonna Weddings. She is wonderful to work with!
 The new Mr. and Mrs.!
 Katie had the perfect fall wedding. Cake provided by Mannino's Bakery.
 Loved her colors.
 The room all set up
 LOVED the favors! Who doesn't like a carmel apple in the fall?!?
 Her centerpieces went perfectly with her colors/theme.
They had an amazing sweet table! I loved that the ladies on the family brought in recipes that have been handed down over the years. They were all baked with lots of love!
 I love memory tables. It’s a great way to show your love for those that have passed.
JD Entertainment did a great job of keeping the dance floor packed all night long! If you are still looking for a DJ make sure to check them out. Photographer Michael Sackett was great to work with. Below is a preview picture.
Congratulations Katie and Eric! It was a pleasure working with you and your families.

A quick message regarding clean up...

Hi Brides and Grooms!
I just wanted to post a quick message regarding clean up at your wedding. I know I go over this at our first meeting/via e-mail and when we are working on the timeline but after an experience this past wedding season I feel like I need to stress that…clean up does not start at the end of your reception or even an hour before, especially if you have all DIY centerpieces, runners/linens, chaircovers... ect. As I always explain by the time your reception ends EVERYTHING will be packed up and put into the assigned car unless we plan my departure time to be after your reception ends and when this is done usually the bride/grooms pays for me to be there for and additional hour.
If your reception ends at midnight and GJE has to pack up a lot of DIY items chances are your centerpieces will be packed up before your reception ends (unless a florist is returning to back up their vases or again you add hours on to your package). It is impossible to clean up an entire wedding in 30 minutes especially if it took GJE 2-3 hours to set up.

I have NEVER had a problem in the last 6 years with the way I clean up at any event but at a recent wedding a family member was extremely upset with things getting packed up before the event was over. Although my bride and groom knew exactly what I was doing and that everything would be packed up and ready for them to leave when the lights went on this family member followed me throughout the night for the last 1 ½ and basically bullied me. He said things and treated me in a way that I have never been treated not just in the wedding industry but in my everyday life. He cut me down, called me names, accused to of trying to steal desserts as I was packing them up for the bride and groom and then promised that he would make sure I never got any more business and hovered over me trying to intimidate me…being a man and much bigger then myself I did come to a point where I had to go outside because this man upset me so much that I couldn’t help but to cry. Plus on top of everything I was 6 months pregnant...who treats another person like that?

I normally wouldn’t say anything but booking 50+ weddings this year alone I have never been treated poorly or gotten visible upset. Not only was I extremely embarrassed as he did this in front of guests, staff and guests of the other wedding at the venue, I felt like I did something wrong when I know for a fact that I know how to do my job and do it well. I want to make sure this never happens again….especially to one of my lead coordinators. My assistant that was working with me was in shock with the way this man was acting. Luckily the father of the bride did come up to me to let me know how great of a job GJE did and how the day would not have went as smooth as it did without us.

What I’m asking you as my bride/grooms if you know you will have a family member at your wedding who likes to complain or may have a problem with what we do please let them know in advance that you hired GJE for a reason and to please let us do our job as we were hired to.

Cassandra and Adam 10-6-12

Cassie and Adam’s ceremony and reception were at Fore Lakes Golf Club in Kimball. The ceremony site and reception room were both really nice. It was a little chilly but Cassie really wanted an outdoor ceremony and braved the cold.
Loved this!
The happy couple!
I loved all the windows in the reception room
 Cupcakes and cake were provided by Jennie B Cakes
 I loved the "look" of this wedding and all the little details
 Centerpiece #1. Love the chalk table numbers
 Centerpieces #2
 Head table
 Fingerprint 'guest book'. I love this idea and guests are always amazed and how cool the tree looks after everyone signs it.
Other key vendors included Rivertown Gents who provided ceremony and reception music. The guests loved the band! Simmermacher Photo & Film were great to work with. The pictures turned out amazing. You can view a few here.
Congrats Cassie and Adam

Deanna and Jonathan 9-29-12

It was great working with Deanna and Jonathan! They had an amazing wedding day. They choose to have me focus on the reception as they had a church coordinator.
Their reception was at The Henry Ford (Lovett Hall). It’s always a pleasure working at Lovett Hall. The staff and food are equally amazing. Deanna and Jonathan had a great group of vendors working for them the day of.
I loved all the little details.
Escort Cards
 Up Close
 The beautiful cake from Andiamo
 The happy couple : )
 Viviano Flower Shop provided the flowers.
 I loved the table numbers!
The room looked amazing! The Lighting Guy provided purple up-lighting and dance floor logo. If you are looking for a great vendor for up-lighting make sure to check them out. They always do a fabulous job. Sposa Seating provided linens, they are another great vendor.
 The head table
Other key vendors that made the night wonderful include photographer Amy Boeve. Amy is amazing! Make sure to check out Amy’s blog to see a few sneak peeks! Their videographer was Jason from Ikonic Images. Jason’s work if fabulous! If you are still searching for a videographer make sure to contact him. Entertainment Express Limousine provided a trolley for the bridal party and Maya Limo provided shuttle service for the guests.

To wrap up the list of absolute wonderful vendors their entertainment for the night was provided by The Dan Rafferty Band. If you haven’t ever heard of The Dan Rafferty Band you are missing out! They are probably…ok they are the most amazing band ever! It’s always great working with them and they bring your wedding to life!
Congrats Deanna and Jonathan!