Historic Chapel at St. Johns Provides Majestic Backdrop for Catholic Weddings

IMG_2459The Inn at St. Johns in Plymouth is home to the St. John Chapel, which offers a beautiful setting for Catholic weddings.  The story of The St. John Chapel begins in the late 1940s when St. John’s Provincial Seminary opened its doors. In 1955, its remarkable chapel was dedicated.  The Chapel is noted for its exquisite interpretation of early Italian architecture, its Botticino marble statues, and the beautiful stained glass windows.  This gorgeous backdrop provided the element of history and tradition for Christina and Sean’s wedding ceremony.   We were delighted to work with two excellent coordinators from St. Johns.  Ken and Stacey made a great team and provided the piano and vocal music for the ceremony.  It’s always helpful to have the extra set eyes for cues and Stacey provided that assurance that’s always appreciated along with the gift of her beautiful voice.

The carved wood and stone, large-scale mosaic, and marble inlays in the polished floor created an element of majesty for Christina and her bridesmaids as they processed to Bach’s Air on the G String and Pachelbel’s Canon in D.  Deacon Bill Waldmann acted as officiant and spoke eloquently the joys and challenges of marriage.  The floral bouquets, created by One Enchanted Evening, accentuated the pink of the girls gowns.  Mike Staff Productions handled the music for the reception to follow.  We’ve encountered them several times in the past month which confirms that their reputation as one of the best continues to grow.  We send our best wishes to Sean and Christina as they begin their lives together.

The Inn at St. John’s

Mike Staff Productions

One Enchanted Evening


Casual Elegance Defines Wedding at Tam-O-Shanter in West Bloomfield

IMG_2464Sophisticated and reflecting casual elegance, Tam-O-Shanter Country Club has a rich history in our community that extends back to 1925 when a group of wealthy Detroit industrialists leased the 160-acre tract of rolling wooded land in West Bloomfield.  Known for its beautiful vista of the golf course, the Club House is of English architecture and masonry construction.  Jodi and Ethan chose this premier venue for their wedding day and exchanged vows overlooking the country club’s 18-hole Championship course.  One of the days highlights was the humor that Noah brought to the wedding ceremony in his role as officiant.  Ethan’s brother and Jodi’s good friend since the 6th grade, Noah wove the story of their relationship and unique qualities into the wedding vows.  The warmth and laughter shared by family and friends alike reflected the kind and generous nature of this couple.

Over the months of conversations, interactions and the process of music selection, we often develop an impression of the couple.  It was clear that Ethan and Jodi have a appreciation for tradition and an enjoyment of current trends. For their wedding ceremony, they chose classics such as the Beatles “In My Life” and “Build Me Up Buttercup” by the Foundations.  Yet they followed it with Postal Service’s “Such Great Heights” and “Just the Way You Are” by Bruno Mars.

Following the ceremony, we played a wide array of music for the cocktail hour and had couples dancing, Dads and their daughters bouncing and swaying while others sang along to “I’m A Believer”, “Don’t Stop Believing” just to name a few. Tam-o-Shanter is known for its fine dining and the aroma of lamb chops and other delectable hor’doeurves were mouth watering while The “red coat” ladies from Party Assurance had everything running on time with their usual efficiency right up to the end with dinner and dancing provided by a top area band.  Congratulations to Jodi and Ethan and best wishes for a lifetime of happiness.

Tam-O-Shanter Country Club

Party Assurance

Planterra Conservatory Creates A Tropical Destination Wedding Here in Michigan

5d91e0d8-8372-447d-ea5f-2198724c51e3[1]A tropical wedding sounds luxuriously appealing but isn’t always practical for today’s couples and their families.  Karine and Christopher exchanged vows in a beautiful tropical setting right here in Michigan at the Planterra Conservatory of West Bloomfield.  The wedding was exceptionally well organized with the help of Megan, event coordinator at Planterra, who made sure that the facility was looking it’s best, and  Tiffany of Party Assurance who orchestrated the event with expertise and calm. A veteran in the wedding business, Tiffany is a delight to work with and we are always thankful for her assistance and reassured when we see her.

The couple chose upbeat contemporary music for their ceremony.  We played “Don’t Stop Believin'” by Journey, “Firework” by Katy Perry, “Such Great Heights” by Postal Service “Marry Me” by Train and “Starlight” by Muse to mentioned just a few.  Bill Fenton of “I Do’s Your Way” was the officiant and spoke eloquently about the couple and a young marriage. Fairytale Productions, videographers, captured the day for the couple to enjoy for years top come. The bridal party wore soft grey/silvery dresses and was completed by two adorable little boys, one of whom come down in a wagon.  As cute as they were, they could not out shine Karine, who had a gorgeous gown accented with silver and a skirt of soft flowing folds.  It was a beauty! We wish them the very best as they begin the adventure of a lifetime.

Planterra Conservatory

Party Assurance

I Do’s Your Way

Fairtytale Productions

Commencement 2015 at Michigan School of Professional Psychology

IMG_2367It was a night for celebrating the accomplishments of students graduating with a Master of Arts or Doctor of Psychology.  The Michigan School of Psychology is a unique learning community inspiring growth and excellence.  In the words of President, Diane Blau, PhD, these graduates are entering an esteemed profession dedicated to helping individuals improve their lives and reach their potential.  They have attained a pinnacle of academic scholarship that only a few realize.  What an honor and testimony to their commitment of making a difference.

We are honored each year with the privilege of playing for the commencement ceremony.  It’s not often that we get to play Edward Elgar’s Pomp and Circumstance but we enjoy it for this annual event.  It’s always interesting to us to hear the Doctoral dissertation topics and ponder how these new graduates will impact the lives of people everywhere.  Congratulations to the Class of 2015!

Michigan School of Professional Psychology

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Clarkston Wedding Proves that Home Events Can Be Elegant and Sophisticated

IMG_2389It was a gorgeous day for Lisa and Robert’s wedding day.  Held at Lisa’s family home, guests gathered around the pool, patio and beautifully landscaped yard to witness the couple exchange their vows.  Tammara Kane from Grand Jour Events orchestrated the day and had us set up on the balcony overlooking the ceremony.  We played the older romantic tunes of “At Last” “I Only Have Eyes for You” and “The Way You Look Tonight”.  We stayed in the balcony for cocktails and entertained the guests with more nostalgic and contemporary songs.  We wondered if the guests could hear us clearly over the conversation and tinkle of glasses but our concerns were put to rest when upon finishing, they began to applaud.  Thanks to all those guests who took the time to compliment and thank us on the way out.  Two Unique Caterers handled this large job with precision both during the cocktail hour and reception.  And we understand that Zingerman’s Bakehouse maintained it’s reputation for awesome sweets and elegant wedding cakes.  The guests enjoyed the music selections of Dirk,  a star DJ from the Troy based Memory Makers and had a great time with Rock the Booth photo booth throughout the evening.  Congratulations to the Robert and Lisa who proved that weddings at a family home can be a top notch event.

Grand Jour Events

Two Unique Caterers

Rachel Smaller Photography

Memory Maker’s DJ

Zingermans Bakehouse

Rock the Booth

Knights Tent and Party Rental

Metro Cars

Rondo String Quartet: 1st Place on Detroit’s Vote 4 the Best: Musicians and Soloists 2015

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We are so honored to have received 1st place on Detroit’s Vote 4 the Best: Musicians and Soloists 2015.

Thank-you to everyone who voted!

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Rondo String Quartet on Detroit’s Vote 4 the Best

Rondo String Quartet would love your vote on Detroit’s Vote 4 the Best!  August 2, 2015 is the last day to vote.  Thank-you to everyone who has already voted!

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A Breeze and Formal Gardens Welcomes Guests at Pine Knob Mansion Wedding

IMG_2331Outdoor weddings always provide the challenge of unexpected weather.  Courtney and John had a humid July day for their outdoor ceremony  at The Mansion.  Originally a 19 room English Manor, The Mansion was built by Colonel Waldon in 1927. It sits on the highest natural point in Southeastern Michigan and is surrounded by exquisite manicured gardens. Due to it’s elevation, there is always a refreshing breeze to be found and shady seating available on the patio. The couple requested the romantic music of “Always”, “What a Wonderful World”, “The Ludlows” and “Here Comes the Sun” for there ceremony.  Samantha Hardenburgh acted as both bridesmaid and officiant!  She did an awesome job sharing personal anecdotes of the couple and their relationship.  Elise Brzozowksi from Frosted Pink Events had the day beautifully orchestrated.  Parsonage Events of Clarkston did the flowers while Jim Salter of JRS Mobile Sound and cousin to the couple, provided the DJ services for the reception. Following the ceremony, the guests enjoyed a cocktail hour followed by dinner in the Great Hall which features arched ceilings and stained glass windows.  If  you are looking for a unique and elegant setting for your wedding, The Mansion is worth a serious look.

The Mansion at Pine Knob

Frosted Pink Events

JRS Mobile Sound

Picturesque Twin Lakes Golf Club Hosts Wedding Reception

IMG_2323Scenic beauty in a country club atmosphere, that’s what makes Twin Lakes one of the most popular venues in Metro Detroit. Brett and Kathryn were married at their local church and chose to have their cocktail hour and reception at Twin Lakes.  The cocktail hour was held on the patio by the large gazebo. We played music by the Beatles, Clapton, Elton John, Bruno Mars, Dave Matthews and Journey while the  guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres with a waterfront view.  The reception was held in the Grand Ballroom which boasts fifteen-foot ceilings and chandeliers throughout the room. The ballroom has large picture windows that overlook the gazebo and private lake, surrounded with scenic woodlands.  Sandy Piper of The Camera Chick was making use of the elegant setting and getting some awesome photos of the wedding party and guests.  Best Man and Brett’s brother, Eric, gave a humorous speech followed by the sweet reminisces of Kathryn’s Maid of Honor and best friend, Kelsey.  Brett’s surprised his new wife with a performance of “At Last” by Coroneta Davis.  This was a highlight for us and we were honored with the opportunity to accompany this extraordinary woman.  What a great beginning for this young couple.  Congratulations Kathryn and Brett!  IMG_2324

Twin Lakes Golf Club

The Camera Chick

“Your Glory” – Couple Weaves Together Faith and History at Packard Proving Ground Wedding

IMG_2312Darlene and Tyler exchanged vows on the elm shaded boulevard of the Packard Proving Ground in Shelby Township this past 4th of July.   In the late 1920’s The Packard Proving Grounds consisted of a 2.5-mile (4.0 km) high-speed concrete oval track with timing tower, miles of test roads of various conditions, an airplane hangar (Packard was also involved in developing aircraft engines, and used the track’s infield as a landing strip), a repair garage, and a gate house/lodge that housed the Proving Grounds manager and his family. Noted Detroit architect Albert Kahn was retained to design the buildings of the facility, which was opened in 1928.  Among the buildings he designed, the Tudor Revival lodge building had garage space for eight cars, plus dormitory rooms for visiting engineers.  During World War II, the Chrysler Corporation leased the entire Proving Grounds to test tanks and other armored vehicles, and constructed a new building on the site that was capable of servicing tanks. 163287_142984229091220_7280422_n-604x270

Now listed on the National Register of Historic Places, Tyler and Darlene used this unique venue to hold their “Great Gatsby” themed wedding.  The bridesmaids wore elegant beaded gowns representative of the era and Darlene’s gown was also of that time period.  The ceremony was led by Pastor Chris Rea of Community Christian Church of Sterling Heights.  The ceremony opened with Phil and Amanda singing “Your Glory” followed by Tyler and Darlene taking communion and sharing the intimate gift of “foot washing” imitating the love and humility Jesus showed his disciples when he washed their feet.  It was a spiritually moving moment for all present and the first time that we have seen it demonstrated in a wedding ceremony.  Pastor Rea shared with guests a list that Tyler had written at the age of 14 of the qualities he was looking for in his “dream girl”.  It was yet another tender moment laced with humor that revealed the depth of this couples faith and spiritual life.  The reception was held in the Packard garage and decorated in true Gatsby style with feathers.  We played music of the era in the courtyard and entertained guests with “Ain’t Misbehavin’, Rhapsody in Blue, At Last, Cheek to Cheek, Puttin’ on the Ritz and more.   The 7 piece band, Newsmaker, followed us and had the crowd on their feet for an evening of dancing.

Megan Rea, wife of Pastor Rea, acted as wedding coordinator and did a fabulous job.  Her organization and follow through was excellent.  This is facility is in it’s second year as a wedding venue. Mary Ann has done a phenomenal job promoting the facilities we anticipate it will skyrocket in its popularity.  IMG_2313IMG_2311

Packard Proving Grounds Historic Site

Community Christian Church



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