Westin Book Cadillac Defines Elegance for Large Wedding

IMG_2140The Westin Book Cadillac is known for its legendary style and glamour.  New on the National Register of Historic Places, the Italian Renaissance style luxury hotel is home to the Venetian Ballroom. With its soaring ceiling, dramatic arched windows and elaborate millwork, the Venetian Ballroom provided the perfect setting for Tara and Jay’s wedding. The couple had a beautiful birch chuppah erected for the families, Rabbi Joshua Bennett and Cantorial Soloist Neil Michaels of Temple Israel. Tara processed to Hallelujah and as she began the circling around Jay, Cantorial Soloist Neil Michaels joined us and sang the song in Hebrew.  Wedding coordinator Dee Dee Hoffman and her staff at Party Design did a marvelous job orchestrating this large wedding of 350 guests and created a customized wedding day for the couple at this timeless venue. Congratulations to Tara and Jay!




Westin Book Cadillac

Temple Israel

Party Design



Newly Married Couple Shares Special Moment with Bride’s Grandfather

IMG_2134Christine and Tony celebrated their wedding with a brunch reception at Waldenwoods Banquet Center in Hartland earlier this month.  Kristin Isenberg from Forever Memories Events organized the event which included these tantalizing treats, gourmet coffee and a FUN s’more station.  As you would expect, we played popular romantic music by Taylor Swift, Eric Clapton along with songs from Phantom of the Opera and Disney hits from Aladdin and Beauty and the Beast.

When it came time to cut the cake, the couple called up Christine’s Grandfather and we surprised him with a rendition of “Happy Birthday” while the guest sang along.  One of the highlights of the day were the toasts.  Rachel, sister of the bride and maid of honor, and Evan, best man and Tony’s best friend, both gave awesome toasts laced with moments of hilarity.  DJ Kurt Lewis was very helpful throughout the morning and took over for us to get the party rockin’.  Everyone was sure to have a good time!  Waldenwoods Banquet Center provides the relaxed feel of an “up north” lodge for its couples.  A summer wedding ceremony by the lake is an idyllic way to start your adventure as husband and wife. IMG_2137

Waldenwoods Banquet Center

Forever Memory Events

DJ: Kurt Lewis




Michigan Union Pairs Personal Touch with Convenience

IMG_2127Amanda and Scott were married earlier this month in the stately Pendleton room of the Michigan Union on University of Michigan campus. From the style of the wedding program to their choice of music, this trendy couple made their mark. They chose selections from the movies Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, Forrest Gump, Downton Abbey along with music by Journey and Postal Service. Todd Buurstra of North Reformed Church, led the ceremony while Nicola Wilson of Simply Brilliant Events coordinated the day. Having peeked into the Rogel Ballroom, it was clear she did a fantastic job on the décor for the reception. The Michigan Union is a convenient location for University of Michigan students looking for a wedding venue without needing to sacrifice the unique and personal touch. Add something “blue” to your special day by celebrating your wedding at the University of Michigan.


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Simply Brilliant Events



College Rivalry Ends In Wedded Bliss

IMG_2121Kristin and Michael, both teachers in the Seattle area, were recently married at the Colony Club.  The couple met at new teacher orientation following graduation from the college rivals, University of Michigan and Ohio State.  The couple chose Bach, Kanon in D and the Beatles for their ceremony which was directed by Jon Reynolds of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church and included a hand fasting ceremony.  Viviano Flower Shop did an outstanding job, as usual, creating stunning arrangements. This is a dog loving couple who decided to leave their furry ring bearer and flower child at home in Seattle while they traveled to Detroit.  We also had the pleasure of playing cocktails before Mike Staff Productions took over for the reception.  Kristin surprised her new husband by requesting the Simpson’s Theme, Starlight and Purple Haze.  Our contemporary selection always makes a statement and allows couples to select music that reflects their personality and interests.  We have no doubt that their students are fortunate to have these two as their teachers.  We have made the Colony Club our second home this summer and always appreciate the efficiency of Alyssa Trybus and her staff.  If you are looking for timeless elegance with attention to detail, look no further and book the Colony Club and Mike Staff Productions for your special day.

Colony Club


Mike Staff Productions

Viviano Flower Shop‎

Rondo String Quartet Would Love Your Vote!

Rondo String Quartet is honored to have been nominated on Detroit A-List! We would love your vote. Thank-you to all of our wonderful friends and clients!

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Colony Club Wedding Brings Together Old and New Friends

IMG_2090There are many days when our weekly engagements provide an opportunity for us to meet new colleagues in the Detroit wedding business.  But for Ryan and Megan’s wedding at the Colony Club last weekend, it felt like a visit with old friends.  We have had weddings at the Colony Club for three consecutive weekends.  You know you’re a frequent visitor when the doorman remembers you and greets you with a “Welcome back!”  Our friend Jason from Night and Day Productions was there as well confirming that the evening was going to proceed beautifully.  Known for their personality, style and customer service, we have worked with Night and Day for many years.   They are one of the best in the metro area!

Megan and Ryan held their ceremony on the 4th floor which provided an intimate setting for their guests.  They decided to keep it traditional with the music of Handel, Vivaldi and Bach.  They utilized two contemporary pieces in their ceremony.  “A Thousand Years” for the bridal party and “Falling Slowly” for the unity candle.  Our friend, Dr. Richard Henderson of Faith Community Presbyterian Church in Novi officiated the ceremony.  We are frequent performers at Faith Community and recently played for their Easter Cantata.  The ceremony included a reading of the song lyrics from a Steven Curtis Chapman song titled “I Will Be Here”.

Following the ceremony, the guests were invited to a cocktail hour on the ground floor.  The food looked and smelled amazing!    We entertained them with our fantastic collection of contemporary music and every one appeared to be having a great time.  Congratulations to Megan and Ryan!

Colony Club

Night and Day Productions

Faith Community Presbyterian Church


Newly Wedded Couple Honors Guests with A Charitable Donation

IMG_2076The Colony Club provided an elegant background for Kari and Jeremy’s wedding day this past week.  The couple chose great music by the Beatles, Postal Service and Michael Buble for the evening.  The ceremony was highlighted by the bride’s father, Mark Ennis, serenading the couple with the song “That’s All” made famous by Frank Sinatra and recently by Michael Buble.   We were happy to accompany Mark on that song and the “Lord’s Prayer” during the ceremony.  Pastor Geoffrey G. Drutchas of St. Paul United Church of Christ officiated and was quick to point out that not many couples can claim they were serenaded during their wedding ceremony.  JLB Photography and Design was on hand to capture the uniqueness of the ceremony and beauty of the evening.  There were several readings beautifully presented by friends Holly, Meaghan  and Jessica  which included scripture, a poem on friendship and the Art of Marriage.  Following the ceremony, a cocktail hour was held downstairs while the dining room was prepared.  As the picture shows, Kari and Jeremy had a terrific idea for the wedding favors.  Clearly animal lovers, they honored their guests with a charitable donation to Last Day Dog Rescue.  Congratulations to the Jeremy and Kari!


Colony Club

JLB Photography and Design


The Beautiful Beginning of a New Family

016Lisa and Dan had a beautiful wedding celebration at the historic and unique Cottonwood Barn in Dexter earlier this month.  The venue, a former private equestrian school, has been lovingly restored and decorated with a modern sense of style.  As the pictures show, sophisticated chandeliers hang from soaring wood beamed ceilings illuminate the ceremony and dining area.  Ana Skidmore and her staff from Two Foot Creative planned an elegant event and as always, it was a delight to work with her team.

Lisa’s brother officiated the wedding ceremony and gathered poignant quotes about marriage from grandparents whose long, happy years of marriage have provided a model worth emulating. Dan touched us all when as part of his vows, he noted that he chose to honor his father-in-law’s wishes to protect and care for Lisa.  This ceremony forged a new family as Dan’s 4 year old son, Brady, acted as ring bearer and was incorporated into the ceremony.

Lisa and Dan chose nostalgic music for the prelude with Etta James “At Last” and “It Had to Be You”. They kept the ceremony itself quite traditional with “Kannon in D” and the “Wedding March” for their recessional. We wish this new family the very best as they begin their adventure together.

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Two Foot Creative

MGM Grand Delivers Top Notch Service for Winter Wedding

009The elegant MGM Grand was the venue for Kristen and Randy’s winter wedding last month. We were impressed with classy décor, free valet and MGM wedding coordinator Jackie DeWitt. Pastor James was clearly experienced in directing wedding ceremonies and was both knowledgeable and helpful. The birch branches within the floral arrangements gave the setting the feeling of a winter wonderland. In place of an aisle cloth, a white carpet was used. We thought this was a brilliant idea as the risk of tripping on a paper aisle cloth was eliminated. The wedding party walked to Green Day’s “When September Ends” while Kristen and her father entered to “Wonderful Tonight”. The bridal party included several young girls dressed in winter fur with darling little purses and boys in vests and cloth caps.
Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed a cocktail hour followed by dinner. Congratulations to Randy, a State fan, and Kristen, a U of M fan. They are proof that alumni can cross those barriers and fall in love! 008

MGM Grand Detroit

Cherry Creek Banquet Center Creates Elegant Winter Wedding Setting

unnamedAs the picture shows, Cherry Creek Golf Club in Shelby Township knows how to create an elegant setting for a winter wedding. The conservatory, with it’s wall of windows, makes for a picturesque background for any wedding. The twinkling lights outside adds to the feeling of warmth and intimacy within the ceremony. It was here that Maegan and Jeffrey were married by Sherry Mullins of Joyful Celebrations assisted by venue coordinator Janelle Braniecki and Steve of Creative Events. The couple put their guests in a romantic state of mind with the music of “Moon River”, Marry Me by Train, A Thousand Years, Hallelujah and the popular Kanon in D.
This was a fun loving group of people who were there to celebrate the union of two good friends. We played fun, upbeat contemporary selections for the cocktail hour and the guests were clearly having a great time. Congratulations to Jeffrey and Maegan and may there be many “fun” years ahead!

Cherry Creek
Joyful Celebrations
Creative Events


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