Outdoor 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.
Scenic 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!
Darlene 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.
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.
Congratulations to Eric and Julie on their patriotic themed wedding at Grosse Pointe War Memorial. Julie carried a bouquet of red roses while her bridal party carried white roses and wore blue dresses. Reverend Chuck Strawn spoke about uniqueness of the marital relationship and shared wise words, including the title noted above. The ceremony was held on the lawn overlooking the lake on a truly gorgeous day. After, we played for the cocktail hour which was held inside the War Memorial. Eric and Julie asked us to play the song “When You Say Nothing At All” for their first dance, along with the “Love Me Tender” for Julie and her father and “What a Wonderful World” for Eric and his mother. That was a special treat for us! Andrea Russell, Special Events Coordinator for the War Memorial, did an awesome job organizing the day and assisting us with cues. Congratulations to Eric and Julie!
Mark and Jessica had a beautiful day for their noon wedding in the garden of the Buhl Estate. While the garden itself is beautiful, the couple wisely chose Viviano Flowers to add their special touches to the gazebo. Viviano has the reputation of being one of the best floral vendors in the business. Their service and professionalism is the key! There have been times when florists are moving the arrangements into place while we are tuning to play. Not the case with Viviano. Viviano staff make it a point to arrive early enough set up their arrangements and be completed before the arrival of guests. We spoke with Steve from Viviano and he told us that Viviano keeps a floral decorator on hand at the store during engagements so that if there is an last minute emergency, someone is there who can prepare what is needed and drive out to the venue. That’s the kind of service that builds a reputation. Also on hand was Officiant, Mikie Bartee. It’s always a pleasure to see an officiant maintain the focus on the couple and their relationship. Mikie led an elegant ceremony that showcased why he is a favorite among couples. It is his belief that the Wedding Officiant is not the star of the show, but rather functions to make sure the ceremony flows smoothly and shines brightly on the Bride and the Groom.
The couple chose to keep the ceremony traditional with the Bridal Chorus for Jessica’s processional and the Wedding March for the couple’s recessional. For the cocktail hour however, we spiced it up with Lady Gaga, Adele, Katie Perry, Coldplay, Led Zepplin and Journey. Simeon Margarites of Dj Slimz Mobile Entertainment took over for the reception and had the party going immediately. We could tell they were in for a great afternoon. Our thanks to the staff of Buhl Estate. They are always efficient and helpful and we truly enjoy playing there each and every time. We send our best wishes to Mark and Jessica as they begin their lives together. The couple plans to begin their journey as husband and wife with a honeymoon in Jamaica!
The Detroit Athletic Club is a private social club and athletic club located in the heart of Detroit’s theater, sports, and entertainment district. With a rich history, few organizations have impacted the City of Detroit as much as the Detroit Athletic Club. Laura and Chad chose this elegant venue for their wedding day. The couple chose contemporary hits for the prelude but kept it traditional for the ceremony itself. Kate McClellan of Purple Clover Events along with Beth, coordinator at the DAC, orchestrated a beautiful evening. Rev. Harvey Reh officiated the ceremony which included the beautiful reading, “These Are the Hands”. Connie of Petit Fleur, created gorgeous bouquets that complemented the elegant surroundings. Kathy Davies Photography was on hand to commemorate the evening and the reception was sure to be a success with Bee Entertainment at the helm for good dancing music. Long recognized as one of the finest private Clubs in the country, the DAC celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2012 with enhanced facilities and special programs. Congratulations and best wishes to Chad and Laura on their wedding!
The Rondo String Quartet has been performing for wedding and special events in the metro Detroit area for over 25 years. It’s rare that we encounter a venue that we’ve not played at before but we were recently delighted with a new discovery. George George Memorial Park, located in Clinton Township, is a 30-acre park donated to the township by the George family in memory of their Grandfather and was built without taxpayer funding. The park features a large children’s play area and playscape, a covered public pavilion for picnics and other community gatherings, a fountain plaza area, and more than 5,000 feet of walking and bike paths. A fountain at the front gate welcomes visitors to the park that now represents one of the township’s new jewels in its parks and recreation system. The park’s neatly groomed landscaping, wrought-iron arches and water fountains provides an elegant backdrop to wedding parties. Couples who are interested in having their wedding ceremony there have the option of the Bridal Garden or Brick Pavilion for a reasonable fee.
Eric and Katie had a beautiful day for their wedding in the pavilion. David Mattocks led a touching ceremony that included a “family unity sand ceremony” which was symbolic for the joining together or Eric, Katie and Katie’s son Connor into a new family unit. We enjoyed Eric’s choices of contemporary music for the seating of guests. Quite a few heads turned when we begin playing Katie Perry’s “Firework” and “Marry Me” by Train. Being a wedding of mixed religious backgrounds, we played the traditional Jewish selection “Dodi Li” for the mothers seating followed by Kanon in D for the bridal party and the traditional “Bridal Chorus” for Katie’s processional. The title of “Family is what happens when two people fall in love” comes directly from the couple’s wedding program. Eric spoke beautifully to Connor in the ceremony of his hopes and dreams for his stepson. Many were moved by his words and Connor, in true young child form, announced he was ready for his nap. That was a memory made and will be chuckled over in the coming years as this family grows together. We wish them all the very best and thank them for the honor of being a part of their special day.
Nathan and Kiersten had a beautiful morning for their outdoor garden wedding at Wyndgate Country Club in Rochester Hills. Nathan’s brother, Aric, officiated the ceremony with tradition and humor. As the picture show, Florist Crissy Marble, created stunning arrangements using succulent plants. We have never seen arrangement like this and appreciated the uniqueness of the idea which she carried into the bridal bouquets. Amanda Powell and her staff did a phenomenal job orchestrating this garden ceremony. It is always a pleasure to work with her and we appreciate her commitment to detail and assistance. Kiersten and Nathan chose contemporary music for their wedding day. We played “Can’t Help Falling in Love” for the mother’s seating, “A Thousand Years” for the bridal party and “Such Great Heights” for Kiersten’s processional. The ceremony was held under the chuppah, lovingly designed and created for the couple by Aviva. The ceremony concluded with the Jewish tradition of “breaking the glass” followed by the cheers of “Mazel Tov” and our playing “Viva la Vida” by Coldplay. Following the ceremony, guests were invited to follow renowned Aaron Jonah Lewis, the “fiddler” to the reception. It was a well planned ceremony filled with special moments. We send our best wishes to Nathan and Kiersten!
The Buhl Estate on the grounds of Addison Oaks County Park has been beautifully renovated to reflect its classic rich history dating back more than 100 years. The elegant and distinctive English Tudor-style manor home is set amidst dramatic willows and surrounded by a formal flower garden. Rachel and Taylor were married in the flower garden by Pastor Gregg who spoke with great feeling and emotion. We played the traditional Bridal Chorus by Wagner and Wedding March by Mendelssohn that seems to be coming back into favor among young couples. Following the ceremony, we played the cocktail hour in the newly renovated banquet room. The guests were very receptive to our contemporary songs and especially loved Game of Thrones Theme, Clocks by Coldplay and others. If you are looking for a banquet venue, we highly recommend The Buhl Estate! It’s the picture-perfect location for any special occasion; whether a small intimate gathering in the garden room with its stone fireplace; or a lavish wedding, banquet, or reception in the banquet room overlooking one of many spring-fed ponds. Congratulations to Rachel and Taylor!
Congratulations to Lisa and David who were married at University United Methodist Church in East Lansing by Pastor Jennifer Browne. This beautiful sanctuary provided the perfect setting for this couple, both history aficionados, as they committed their lives to each other. Pastor Browne spoke on the depth of God’s blessing and reminded us all that through his love, we are blessed beyond measure. Connie Gamage, organist, skillfully processed the bride in to Pachelbel’s Canon and triumphantly played the Handel’s Water Music for their recessional. It’s always a joy to hear a pipe organ played with it’s full potential of great majesty! We were honored to play several of the great works of Bach for the seating of guests, mothers and unity candle. Our thanks to Heather Hoshal, church coordinator, for her assistance throughout the afternoon. Best wishes to David and Lisa as they begin their new adventure as husband and wife.