Surpise Cold Snap Puts a Chill in the Air but Not on the Wedding Celebration

photo2Who would have thought that we would see temperatures of 52 degrees in September. Ah, Michigan weather! It will test even the best plans for an outdoor wedding. Fortunately, the sun was shining and Stacey and Bret exchanged vows overlooking the beautiful golf course of Devils Ridge in Oxford. The couple chose to conduct a sand ceremony as part of their wedding but did it in a unique way. As the picture shows, they had a picture within a frame. The sand was poured behind the picture providing a backdrop to their photo. We love to see a new twist on an old idea. The reception decor and flowers were gorgeous and all the result of the talented Bill Hamilton of Bill Hamilton Designs. One of the pleasures of the wedding business is meeting individuals who have a passion for their work and do it superbly.

Bill Hamilton Designs
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The Great Estate at Meadow Brook Hall Sets The Standard for Elegant Atmosphere

photoThere are countless unique venues in the Metro Detroit area with accommodations to allow for weddings, receptions and special events. However, one stands out as a National Historic Landmark, magnificent in it’s architecture and offering outstanding staff and service for their clients. The Great Estate of Meadow Brook Hall is the historic home built by one of the automotive aristocracy’s most remarkable women, Matilda Dodge Wilson, widow of automobile pioneer John Dodge, and her second husband, lumber broker Alfred Wilson. Constructed between 1926 and 1929, for $4 million, Meadow Brook represents one of the finest examples of Tudor-revival architecture in America. As the pictures show, the Pegasus Garden is a rich setting for an outdoor wedding. Maintained by several master gardeners, the grounds are an impeccable showpiece.
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It was here that Michelle and Chris chose to exchange their wedding vows. The bridal party, in navy gowns, processed to “Kissing You” and included a flower dog. Yes, the beloved dog had a special role to play on this day. Michelle was escorted by her parents to “A Thousand Years” and the couple recessed to the Beatles “All You Need Is Love”. photo
Following the ceremony, we moved inside to the Great Hall and played for the cocktail hour at the base of the great staircase. The hall coordinators, Courtney and Debbie, are always a great help. We’ve had the pleasure of working with them many times this summer and have watched them handle weather emergencies, wardrobe failures and various other “surprises” with calm expertise. These ladies do their job well and make our time at Meadow Brook a pleasure. photo2

The Proposal Patch Continues the Love Story

2jpgKaitlyn and Andrew are one of those unique couples whose relationship has already stood the test of time. High school sweethearts, they sustained their love through five years of college and the resulting long distance relationship. Nicole Bertucci of “A Simple I Do” opened the ceremony with the beautiful story of Andrew’s proposal in what is know knows as the “proposal patch”. By the time she finished, many were wiping a sentimental tear. The bridesmaids,dressed in a pretty aqua blue, walked to “A Thousand Years” while Kaitlyn processed to “Love Story”. A moment of remembrance was included in the ceremony with guests blowing “bubble kisses” to the sky while we played “You Raise Me Up”. It was a beautiful day at the Oak Circle of Indian Springs Metropark.

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The Valley at Misty Farms Offers A Setting For A Memorable Day

photoIt’s always a pleasure to play at a new venue and meet new colleagues in the wedding business. Trista and Stuarts wedding at The Valley of Misty Farms provided us with both! Situated on sixteen beautiful acres just six miles west of main Street in Ann Arbor, Misty Farms is a top choice for those seeking a beautiful outdoor venue close to the heart of Ann Arbor. On site are two historical barns; one built approximately 1860 and the other after the turn of the century. Trista and Stuart chose a shady glen by the river for their ceremony. Pine benches were laid out for the guests with mason jars of baby’s breath outlining the aisle. We’ve noticed that baby breath has been very popular this summer. Trista, escorted by her mother, walked to Christina Perri’s “A Thousand Years”. Denise Tucker directed a touching ceremony which included a hand fasting ceremony complete with beautiful colorful colored ribbons and involving the couple’s young son.
The cocktail hour was held in the courtyard between the two barns and began with a champagne toast. We played several movie theme medleys and contemporary songs. Our arrangement of “Game of Thrones” is always a big hit. We had the pleasure of meeting and working with April Gladieux from “Your Perfect Day” and send our thanks for her help with cues and logistics.
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Misty Farms
Your Perfect Day

Chaldean Wedding Celebrates with Style at Meadow Brook Hall

photoA National Historic Landmark, Meadow Brook is the historic home built by one of the automotive aristocracy’s most remarkable women, Matilda Dodge Wilson, widow of automobile pioneer John Dodge, and her second husband, lumber broker Alfred Wilson. Constructed between 1926 and 1929, for $4 million, Meadow Brook represents one of the finest examples of Tudor-revival architecture in America. Gerta and Leonardo held their elegant wedding at this magnificent estate. This was the perfect setting for a wedding that blended the traditional with the contemporary. Their music selection represented a mix of romantic contemporary songs including Bruno Mars “Just the Way You Are” and U2’s “With or Without You” with the traditional Pachelbel Kanon and Wedding March.
The Chaldean guests were eager to applaud the bridesmaids, charming flower girls and handsome ring bearer. Dressed in gorgeous gowns, the family and friends knew how to celebrate and did so with great style.

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Sense of Humor May Be the Key to a Successful Marriage

Congratulations to Stephanie and Corey!  They were married at the Elks Lodge in Port Huron on a warm, sunny day.  They chose classic romantic songs for their wedding day.  We played “Cheek to Cheek”, “It Had To Be You”, “When I’m 64″ and more.  As the pictures show, they had beautiful flowers and a great sense of humor.  We chuckled over the “Order of Ceremony”.  Marriage is hard work and when those who are blessed to be married 50+ years are asked what has been the key?  They often reply, “a sense of humor”.  If that is true, then Stephanie and Corey are off to a great start.  We wish them the best.

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Mama Mia! Italian Happenings Car Show An Annual Delight

Being in the wedding industry, we have the opportunity to work with wonderful people at a special time in their life.  We give our best performance for their wedding and wish them well.  Obviously, our goal is to NOT play another of their weddings but hope their experience with our quartet was rewarding enough that they refer us to friends and family.  Personal recommendations are best kind of advertising.  On occasion, we are hired to play special events that come around annually and are not related to the wedding business.  Those events are so much fun because of the different setting and style of music.  Often times we get to interact with people and play requests.  We also get to re-engage with the client year after year.  Such is the case with the” Italian Happenings”.  The event celebrates Italian cars and bikes as part of the Concours d’Elegance of America weekend held each year at the Inn at St. John in Plymouth.  The event is the annual display of over 150 Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Maseratis.  Set up on part of the golf course, we set up our tent and play everything from Italian Opera Arias to the Beatles and everything in-between.  Thank you, David, for the opportunity to be a part of this great event.  We look forward to next year and the sound of revving engines.

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A True Love Story Never Ends

photo 1For a natural setting, our are Metro Parks are a great location for outdoor weddings.  We were at Stony Creek Metro Park last weekend and then found ourselves at Indian Springs Metro Park this weekend.  Indian Springs has an Environmental Discovery Center worth exploring.  A short distance from the building is the Oak Tree Circle, the site for Ian and Rose’s wedding ceremony.  The couple had a family friend build this unique doorway which then created the feeling of a small, intimate space.  Hopefully, Rose and Ian can find a place in their home or garden to use this gift.

For the ceremony, the couple chose mostly classical music and saved the popular music for the receiving line.  We enjoyed the compliments and conversations following our performance with several family members.  Rose and Ian had many friends involved in their special day.  Our thanks to Greg, who was a great help to us.  Congratulations to them both and best wishes!

 

 

Indian Springs Metro Park

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Private Garden Offers Breathtaking Setting for Destination Wedding

photo 2You might think by the picture that we were in a regional botanical garden.  But this was a private lake home in Milford whose owner opened his home and hosted his nephew’s wedding.  Jonathan and Danielle, both from Pennsylvania, had a beautiful Michigan day for their outdoor wedding.  Danielle descended down the stone garden steps to the traditional Bridal Chorus by Wagner.  For the dinner following the ceremony, we performed light classics and contemporary songs along with a few Joplin rags at that request of a guest.  We thoroughly enjoyed our time playing music among the birdsong while sitting on the deck overlooking a lake and the outstanding garden.  Best wishes to the newly married couple as they begin their lives back in Pennsylvania with fond memories of Michigan.  photo 1

Family Doesn’t Allow Delay To Impact Wedding Celebration

Brides and mothers of brides often talk about the stress of planning a wedding.  There are so many variables and opportunities for problems.  Sometimes even the most organized can be impacted by human error. Amanda and Matthew planned a beautiful wedding at Stony Creek Metro Park.  Scripture readings were selected along great music.  The works of Pachelbel, Handel, Tchaikovsky and even the contemporary sounds of Postal Service and Mumford and Sons were used in the ceremony.

Unfortunately, a vendor error caused a delay in the wedding.  Family and friends stepped right in and brought out water and drinks for the guests.  Shuttle transportation was provided for those who wished to return to the banquet tent.  Though the wedding started later than originally intended, everyone maintained their good spirits.  What a testimony to this family and their ability to remain calm under pressure!  With such an approach to life, Matthew and Amanda are sure to have a successful marriage.

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