Ste. Anne de Detroit has a prominent place in Detroit’s early history. Construction began two days after Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac landed at Detroit and began construction of Fort Ponchartrain, making it the second oldest continuously operating Roman Catholic parish in the United States established when the area was part of the French colony. The current Gothic Revival cathedral styled church, built in 1886, is located near the Ambassador Bridge and the Michigan Central Station. The stained glass windows and arched ceiling provided a gorgeous backdrop for Katie and Mike wedding last month. Keeping true to the tradition of most Catholic churches, we classical music for the inner portions of the ceremony. Organist Chris Loeffler handled the responsorial psalms and as always, aided us with cues. Mike and Katie were able to showcase their music preferences with upbeat contemporary pieces for the guests seating and recessional. We played Beautiful Day by U2, Faithfully by Journey, Firework by Katy Perry and Viva la Vida by Coldplay. The couple asked for two special songs, both from the musical, Cinderella. For the bridal party, we played “First Branch” and for Katie’s processional, “Who is She?” The couple have a love of skiing in Michigan’s upper peninsula and can look forward to sharing many years on the slopes. Thank you for inviting us to be a part of your wedding day!
An elegant affair is the best way to describe the wedding of Alyssa and Josh at The Henry Hotel. Known as one of the finest hotels in the metro Detroit area, the venue features elegant wedding venues, sophisticated cuisine and a dedicated staff that will transform your dream into a reality. Pat from Party Assurance and her phenomenal staff ensured that everything went according to plan. From providing espresso for the bridal party before the ceremony, to assisting us with cues, Party Assurance was focused on the details to guarantee the perfect wedding day.
Alyssa and Josh created their ceremony around traditional and contemporary elements. From the design of the chuppah, selection of music to the use of family wedding bands, it was clear that this modern couple appreciate both the old and the new.
The couple chose the Beatles hit, “In My Life” for the family’s processional, and the fun “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from Disney’s Lion King for the bridal party. Alyssa processed to Elvis’ “Can’t Help Falling In Love”. The guests clapped along to Simon Tov before we broke into the celebratory sounds of Pharrell with “Happy”.
Alyssa’s sister, Lauren was the maid of honor while her 2 year old daughter, Samantha, was the charming flower girl. Rabbie Benjamin Bar-Lev, brother-in-law, officiated the ceremony and regaled the guests with stories of the couples history. The vases of calla lilies along the aisle and on the podium made for a striking picture of modern elegance. Best wishes!
We were honored once again with the invitation to be a part of the Sunday Morning Service at the First Baptist Church of Howell. This is the third year that we have had the privilege to play for the Fourth Sunday in Advent. We are always warmly welcomed and enjoy being a part of the service that heralds the Christmas week. Diane Ives, music director, orchestrates a touching service with hymns, scripture readings, beautiful voices and Christmas music. Following the service, we shared a delicious meal with the members and extend our thanks to them all for their hospitality.
The Century Theater at the historic Gem Theatre on Madison Avenue in downtown Detroit, provides an intimate setting for weddings or special events. The theatre boasts ornate Spanish Revival and Arts & Crafts architecture, warm hand painted dining rooms, impressive Audio Visual capabilities, an exquisitely landscaped garden patio, close convenient parking and superb food & beverage service to create a premier location for all types of events. The Gem Theatre is known for it’s outstanding service, and we experienced that with the awesome assistance of Melissa. Many thanks to her and her staff!
Lauren and Michael were married in the Century Theatre in late December surrounded by family and friends. Officiate Donald Stacks wrote and delivered a poem that depicted the couples relationship in a touching and humorous way. Michael and Lauren incorporated both traditional and contemporary elements into their wedding day. We played “Latch” by Disclosure, “Hallelujah” and Bruno Mars’ “Just the Way You Are” along with the traditional Canon in D for Lauren’s processional. Following the ceremony, we moved downstairs and played a mix of Christmas selections, songs from Coldplay, Van Morrison’s Moondance, Sigh No More by Mumford and Sons to name just a few. The band, Chateau, one of Michigan’s most sought after wedding band, got the guests on their feet for an evening of celebration during the reception. Linda Radin, known for her artistry with photography, was on hand to capture the moments of love and excitement throughout Lauren and Michael’s wedding day. Best wishes to this beautiful couple as they start the new year as husband and wife.
We’ve had the pleasure of performing for several corporate Christmas parties this holiday season. Often regarded as the biggest social event in the calendar, the Christmas party is eagerly anticipated by clients and colleagues alike. But with pockets being pinched and budgets taking a battering, can you really justify the expense on such an elaborate affair?
Both Bright House Network and Class Appeal of Birmingham decided the cost was worth the benefits. Beyond a “jolly good time”, the Christmas party encourages management and staff to mingle outside of a work setting, in turn boasting morale. It’s a thank you from management to the staff of all their hard work throughout the year. Entertaining your staff at Christmas will see them return the favor in hard work, loyalty and motivation for 2016. It provides an excellent opportunity to reiterate and deliver key company messages, recognition awards and plans for the year ahead. Christmas parties have even been shown to impact staff retention by giving them an event to remember with memories that will be talked about for years to come.
We had a blast playing all of our classic rock, contemporary and Beatle selections for both parties. Being able to fill personal requests or see guests’ faces light up when they recognize their favorite songs makes the evening fun for us as well. We look forward to next December and hope to be back with the fine people of Bright House and Class Appeal for the 2016 Christmas Party!
An old wedding superstition says that a marriage that takes place during a heavy snowstorm is considered a lucky one. If there’s any truth to it then Amy and Bryan are destined for “happily ever after!”
For who could have anticipated a snow storm in November?! The day before was a balmy 50 degree day with folks making remarks about the extended fall we were experiencing this year. But experienced Michiganders know the mercurial nature of Michigan’s weather. Despite the treacherous road conditions, the 10″-12″ of snow did not stop our quartet from trudging up to The Holly Hotel for Amy and Bryan’s wedding. The picture taken by our talented violist, Jessica, was reminiscent of a Dickens Village Christmas Scene. Only a horse drawn sleigh could have further perfected it.
Kimberly Duran and her staff at The Holly Hotel warmly welcomed and assisted us throughout the evening. No longer an Inn, Michigan’s Holly Hotel is a nationally-known American restaurant, listed on the United States Register of Historic Places. It is known for its award-winning regional and classical cuisine and late Queen Anne Victorian architecture. But in the early 1900’s, The Holly Hotel was the hub of social activity. Civic and social groups utilized the Hotel while train travelers and salesmen used the public rooms for meets and demonstrations. Sunday Dinner at the Holly Hotel was a formal event for locals and visitors alike.
Amy and Bryan were married before family and friends in the elegant downstairs dining room. The reverent service brought Amy, Bryan and their three children together in a newly forged family. It was a service filled with scripture that reflected the couples faith as the Pastor spoke of a Christ centered marriage. Though bitterly cold outside, the Holly Hotel was filled with love and the tender warm wishes of all present.
Planterra is known for being a distinctive botanical garden setting for wedding ceremonies and receptions. It was looking exceptionally beautiful for Sarah and Billy’s wedding. Tiffany of Party Assurance, along with the efficient Planterra staff created a gorgeous setting for the couple’s wedding day. We don’t often see candelabras but they created the perfect nostalgic feel for the evening. Nostalgia is a beautiful description for this wedding. The bridesmaids wore rich royal blue gowns that complemented the classical nature of the conservatory. The couple chose romantic nostalgic music for us to perform during their ceremony and cocktail hour. From the opening notes of Moonlight Serenade, At Last, Moon River, Satin Doll, My Funny Valentine, Cheek to Cheek to La Vie En Rose, the entire evening was draped in elegance and romance.
Congratulations to Kailey and David who were married at the elegant Baronette Renaissance Detroit-Novi Hotel. We had the pleasure of working with Andrea Solomon, wedding and event planner. It’s always a comfort to work with an experienced professional who excel at her job. She orchestrated a beautiful evening from start to finish.
The chuppah was beautifully appointed with fresh flowers. It symbolizes the new home that Kailey and David will build together and is open on all sides to signify that family and friends will always be welcome. The Jewish ceremony involves the lovely tradition of a family processional. Groomsmen escorted the grandmothers to their seats while we played “Here Comes the Sun” by the Beatles. David chose a special song, “We are the Champions” and was walked to the chuppah by his parents. Next, the Kailey’s two sisters and two young flower girls processed to “Love Story” by Taylor Swift. And finally, Kailey, looking beautiful, was escorted to the chuppah by her parents while we played “Can’t Help Falling in Love”. Upon reaching the chuppah, Kailey circled David signifying that their relationship would be based in balance, respect and equal partnership. Rabbi Josh Bennett of Temple Israel officiated the ceremony and noted the significance of the number 7 as being special for this family. We have always enjoyed Rabbi Bennett’s ability to make connections that bring unity and cohesion to the wedding ceremony. While Kailey and David were celebrating this new bond of marriage at 7:00 on the 7th day of November, they also met on the 7th and their grandparents were married on the 7th. Rabbi Bennett finished by noting that God rested and celebrated His new creation on the 7th day as well.
Throughout the ceremony, several references were made to the “Legends” baseball organization in California. It was clear that this organization is near and dear to David’s heart and probably the reason we played “We Are the Champions” for his processional. We also noted that the wedding favors were adorable baseball theme cookies. As with most Jewish weddings, the ceremony concluded with the breaking of the glass and shouts of “Mazel Tov”. The tradition is a reminder that relationships are fragile and must be treated with love and tenderness. Guests clapped as we played “Simon Tov” and the wedding party exited for photos. It was a beautiful evening filled with the joy and laughter of family and friends. What a wonderful way to begin a marriage!
Choosing to have your wedding at a private home can provide a variety of options from schedule flexibility to the opportunity to personalize the setting and décor to your personal preferences. But don’t be misled into thinking that it is a cheap option! You are responsible for providing and/or renting everything you might need for the evening from tents to portable bathrooms, lighting, tables, chairs, etc. The list is extensive. Jaime and Nathan were married at their family home in Brownstown this fall. It was incredibly well done! When I commented about the beautiful décor to Jaime’s Mom, she said it was the work of many friends! And that is the key to a private home wedding; many hands make for light work.
The wedding was held on the front lawn where church pews were set up for guests giving a “church” feel to the ceremony officiated by Pastor Sean Ewbank. An alter was fabricated from tree branches and a chandelier along with a beautiful swag, created by florist Joe Wotasik of Exquisite Designs, provided the finishing touches. The couple chose “Stand By Me” for the bridesmaids and groomsmen. Not only appropriate for the situation, the song displayed the couples good humor. Jamie processed to the well know Etta James song “At Last” and the couple recessed to “Viva la Vida” by Coldplay.
We played cocktails in the tent while Ray’s Prime Meats set up dinner and tempted us with their amazing smells. Birch Photography was on hand to capture all the great moments and also provided the photo booth. DJ Crashers took over for us and got the guests on their feet. With all the love and support so evident that evening, the newlyweds are certainly off to a great start.