Elegance, Gilt and History: The Colony Club Trifecta For a Memorable Wedding

20160819_180818A wedding at the Colony Club is always an elegant affair. Located on Park Ave in the heart of the entertainment district, it opened in 1929 as a Women’s Club. The Georgian exterior is complimented by the 3rd floor’s impressive Louis XVI ballroom. Painted in Versailles cream and gilt, the ballroom was the site of Jasmine and Zach’s wedding ceremony and reception.  It seemed appropriate to play the classic melodies of Vivaldi and Bach here.  The bridesmaids and adorable flower girl walked down the aisle to Pachelbel’s Kanon in D while Jasmine chose the traditional Bridal Chorus by Wagner for her bridal processional and Mendelssohn’s Wedding March for her and Zach’s recessional.  20160819_172214

Our friend Bill Fenton of “I Do’s Your Way” officiated the ceremony with his usual professionalism and words of wisdom. Molly, the coordinator for Colony Club, was another professional on top of all the details involved in a orchestrating a large wedding celebration. We have to mention the gorgeous flowers of Bellisario Florist and the outstanding work of Sweet and Savory on the stunning wedding cake.  Clearly, both of these vendors are at the top of their profession and Jasmine had done her research to find some of the best in the business. Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Gray as they begin their married life together!

Colony Club

I Do’s Your Way

Bellisario Florist

Sweet and Savory

 

Perennials, Parasols and the Chemistry of Love for Botanical Gardens Wedding

matthaei[1]There are dozens of Chemistry clichés that can be used to describe two people in love. They have “good chemistry” or “souls that resemble attract inevitably”. It’s safe to say that Danielle and Brad have probably heard them all! These two University of Michigan chemists were married in the perennial garden at Matthaei Botanical Gardens on a sunny day in August. Coryanna Ku officiated and Francesca, coordinator at the gardens, was a tremendous help!  The couple kept it simple with traditional wedding music including Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, Canon in D and Purcell’s Trumpet Voluntary.  Silk Thumb Florists composed lovely arrangements that fit with the setting of the botanical gardens and Special Moments Photography was on hand to capture the moments that Brad and Danielle will want to savor for years to come.  We played the Beatles song “All You Need is Love” for the recessional and it seemed so fitting for this couple who clearly share a special bond. No chemistry pun intended.images[1]

Matthaei Botanical Gardens

Special Moments Photography

Silk Thumb Florist

 

Love, Humor and Oreo Shooters!

20160806_181718Kari and Corey know how to throw a party!  We had the pleasure of playing for their wedding reception at the Temple Theatre in Saginaw recently. The couple’s ceremony had taken place in Midland earlier that day. The Temple Theatre is a historic theater built by the Elf Khurafeh Shriners and opened in 1927 in Saginaw, Michigan. The theater was restored in late 2002 and reopened under new owners to host events in the Saginaw area. It is an elegant venue with a circular staircase down which Kari and Corey made their grand entrance.  The couple has known each other for years and the video presentation took us and the guests through a sweet retrospective of their lives.  There was lots of laughter in the room and clearly a love for Oreo cookies as well.  Each place setting had an Oreo shooter and guests toasted the couple with it! What fun!20160806_180639

We played for two and half hours throughout the course of the evening and  as a result covered many different styles of music.  The classic rock and contemporary songs seemed to be a big hit as the guests would frequently applaud.  We had a fun and enjoyed watching Kari and some of her young guests dance.  Congratulations to Corey and Kari!

Temple Theatre

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Published in: on August 21, 2016 at 9:32 pm  Leave a Comment  

Intertwining Lives: Laughter Woven Through DAC Wedding Ceremony

20160813_160254It was clear from the opening moments of this wedding that Katherine and Chase love to laugh. The couple were married at the Detroit Athletic Club on a rather stormy Saturday afternoon. But inside, the room was awash with smiles and chuckles. Even the music they chose reflected their  joie de vivre. Our prelude for the seating of the guests included Beatle favorites “Here Comes the Sun” and “When I’m 64” along with Etta James’ “At Last” and “Home” Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros.

Katie and Chase chose to begin their wedding with the reading of 1 Corinthians 13:1-3. The well-known verse on love was a wonderful way to begin the ceremony and direct the focus on the reverential nature of the moment. Following the reading, the bridal party walked in to “Marry Me” by Train while Katie processed with her Dad to the traditional Bridal March.20160813_160341

During the ceremony, there were several moments of laughter. Reverend Randall Schalk handled them all beautifully and on several occasions was the initiator! The couple recessed to “On Top Of The World” by Imagine Dragons. Best wishes, Katie and Chase!

Detroit Athletic Club

 

“Fair Winds and Following Seas” for Captain’s Club Newlyweds

20160814_141631The Captain’s Club at Woodfield in Grand Blanc was the perfect setting for a nautical themed wedding last weekend.  Peter, who served on the USS Constitution, married Samantha, a doctor from Boston, beside the gazebo. Kerri Pruitt Bowly and her staff provided golf carts to those who needed a little assistance getting to the gazebo on the warm and humid afternoon.

The couple met in Boston and shared the responsibilities on planning the wedding including the selection of music. Samantha included two well known Catholic hymns into her service.  We played “Your Are Mine” for Samantha’s processional, “Make Me a Channel of Your Peace” for the signing of the marriage license and “We are Many Parts” for the couple’s recessional.  We had the pleasure of again working with Nichole Bertucci, of “A Simple I Do”. When we see Nichole, we know the wedding is going to run smoothly and on time.

We moved inside for the cocktail and played Peter’s list of music which included many Beatles hits.  We know that the couple were dealing with pictures but hope Peter heard some of his requested favorites! The guests gave us great feedback and several stopped by to tell us of their appreciation.  There were three young girls who especially enjoyed our music as they danced around the cake table!  20160814_141719

We offer the nautical blessing, “fair winds and following seas” to Samantha and Peter as they begin their amazing life journey!

Nichole Bertucci, A Simple I Do

The Captain’s Club at Woodfield

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Laughter and Resiliency at Wedding a Sure Sign of a Successful Marriage

20160716_153242Many of us have attended a wedding in which something unexpected occurs. Depending on the reaction of the participants, the experience is either a crisis or a moment of comedy that is retold at family events.  Such was the case at Heidi and Merissa’s wedding at the Belle Isle Conservatory Garden.  The story begins with two women, now able to marry, thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling of June 2016. Heidi and Merissa planned a beautiful outdoor ceremony and the weather was perfect. Their friend, Chantelle Renaud, did a fantastic job acting as wedding coordinator and handled all the last minute details with calm and grace.0716161548 Photographer Jesse Speelman was there to capture all the important moments. Merissa requested a special song, “Here and Now” by Luther Vandross for her processional while Heidi walked to the traditional Canon in D. Officiant Erin McGowan conducted a touching ceremony. We especially enjoyed her final phrase reflecting on the significance of the first marital kiss. The couple kissed, hugged and then high fived!  They all but shouted “We did it!”  Then the moment of truth came.  While recessing across the bumpy lawn, Heidi took a tumble and ended up on her knees. When Merissa leaned down to help her up, she too ended up down on the lawn with her.  Rather than view this as a horrid catastrophe, the ladies began to laugh. They hugged, laughed and helped each other up while their guests clapped and cheered. That ability to laugh in times of distress and maintain focus on the true meaning of joined lives is what will make this marriage a success.  Congratulations ladies and best wishes!

Belle Isle Conservatory Garden

Jesse Speelman, Photographer

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“Signed and Sealed” Wedding at Meeting House Grand Ballroom a Huge Success

20160812_161833Congratulations to Lisa and Matthew on their wedding recently at the Meeting House Grand Ballroom in downtown Plymouth. Everything about the event sparkled! Todd and Tracy Osann, owners of the Meeting House, coordinated a beautiful evening. Known for it’s classic Victorian look, the Meeting House is luxuriously spacious, featuring eighteen foot high ceilings, ornate crown moldings, and a fireplace offering the perfect backdrop for friends and family photos.

We played several well known romantic songs such as Can’t Help Falling In Love, Stand By Me and Unchained Melody as the guests arrived and were seated.  The color of the day was a luscious pink and the bridesmaids wore it well as they processed to the traditional Cannon in D  carrying exquisite bouquets by  Petal and Forrest. Ellie,  Lisa’s young daughter, was the flower girl and was charming!  The couple chose the fun Stevie Wonder song “Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I’m Yours” by for their recessional.  We had the pleasure of sitting near the beautiful wedding cake which provided us a close up view of the work done by Heritage Bakery of Livonia.  Veronica Williams-Hernalsteern officiated the ceremony and spoke tenderly about the formation of this new family. Amanda Lalama of Sarah Kossuch Group Photography captured it all and there were many great photo opportunities. 20160812_161820

We followed the ceremony with popular songs and Motown hits for the cocktail hour. Our classic rock selection went over well with Don’t Stop Believin’ and Smooth generating applause from the guests. Lisa’s mother, who was seated to “What a Wonderful World, requested that we play it again as it is her favorite song that Lisa used to play for her.

This was our first time playing at the Meeting House Grand Ballroom and we were quite impressed!  The venue is simply gorgeous and the aroma of the meal was mouth watering but what caught our eye was the efficiency and helpfulness of the staff.  We hope to be back there again soon as it has quickly become one of our personal favorites. 20160812_161843

Meeting House Grand Ballroom

Veronica Williams-Hernalsteen

Heritage Bakery

Petal and Forrest

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Published in: on August 15, 2016 at 5:23 pm  Leave a Comment  

Iroquois Club Provides a Distinctive “Up North” Feel with Luxurious Touch

The-Iroquois-Club-Wedding-Bloomfield-Hills-8.1436816467[1]We had the pleasure of playing at the Iroquois Club recently and were struck by the unique atmosphere. The banquet facility opened its doors in 2006 and is located in Bloomfield Hills on the site of the venerable “Sign of the Beefeater” restaurant.  Known for its outstanding contemporary American fare and white glove service, the Iroquois Club provides an unsurpassed banquet experience.

The efficiency of the staff was immediately apparent.  Tiffany, the event coordinator at the Iroquois Club, expertly met our needs and handled the cues of the bridal party like a veteran.

Shannon and Matt had a sweet ceremony led by Pastor Roy Thomas of Marry Us In Michigan. The couple chose all contemporary music from our extensive contemporary music collection. We played Falling Slowly, Hallelujah, I Will Wait and more. The exception was Shannon’s choice of Kannon in D for her bridal processional.  Every wedding ceremony should have a touch of tradition along with the newer trends!

Worthy of a special mention was the wedding cake made by Matt’s sister, Abigail.  The flowers on the cake were the most lifelike we’ve ever seen.  It was truly a work of art! Emilee Rose Photography and Films was busy capturing the many remarkable moments in this wedding.  Bee Entertainment was on hand for the wedding reception and sure to get the guests on their feet. We wish Matt and Shannon the very best as they begin married life!

The Iroquois Club

Marry Us In Michigan

Emily Rose Photography and Films

Bee Entertainment

 

 

Published in: on August 13, 2016 at 12:59 am  Leave a Comment  

Luxury Treatment for Couple’s Wedding at The Reserve of Birmingham

20160723_170542Congratulations to Molly and Arthur on their wedding at The Reserve! It’s always a pleasure to play at The Reserve, a unique luxury banquet facility situated in the heart of Birmingham. Known for the breathtaking décor and impeccable customer service, the Reserve offers a stylish backdrop to give your event just the right ambiance. Outdoor weddings are performed under the tent complete with chandeliers. Molly Regan, the venue coordinator did a great job managing the seating of guests and organizing the processional.  While the weather was warm, the guests seemed in high spirits. We played Vivaldi Spring and Autumn along with Kannon in D for the bridal party and Molly, the bride. Following the breaking of the glass by Arthur, we played the Beatles “All You Need is Love” and “Here Comes the Sun”.  Best wishes to Arthur and Molly!

The Reserve

 

Published in: on August 3, 2016 at 12:54 pm  Leave a Comment  

Detroit Bible Institute Celebrates Their 10th Annual Commencement

detroit_bibleWe recently had the honor of playing for the Detroit Bible Institute  commencement at the Rockpointe Community Church in Sterling Heights. Detroit Bible Institute provides biblical, theological, and ministerial education that is high quality, affordable and accessible.  In this way, they are helping to develop world-impacting Christian leaders.

We played a variety of classical selections as guests entered to be seated. As the faculty entered, we played Kanon in D and then the well-known Pomp and Circumstance for the fifteen graduates. We are especially appreciative to Pastor Mickey Badalamenti, Pastor of Rockpointe Community Church,  Pastor Christopher Brooks and Pastor Flynn Smith administrators of DBI  and graduate Janet Van Assche for their assistance throughout the evening.  The sound team was excellent, providing adjustments for our needs and helping our sound to resonate throughout the sanctuary.

Rockpointe Church provided the perfect backdrop for this commencement. Following our music, the guests enjoyed some outstanding singing that lifted the spirits of all present. Congratulations to the 2016 DBI graduates!

Detroit Bible Institute

Rockpointe Community Church

 

Published in: on August 1, 2016 at 8:19 am  Leave a Comment  
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