Detroit Athletic Club Wedding Personifies Luxury and Elegance

IMG_2296The 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!  IMG_2297

Detroit Athletic Club

Purple Clover Events

Kathy Davies Photography

Bee Entertainment

Petit Fleur Events

 

Family is What Happens When Two People Fall in Love

The Rondo String Quartet has been performing for wedding and special events in the metro Detroit area for IMG_2294over 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.IMG_2295

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. IMG_2292

George George Memorial Park

 

Morning Garden Wedding Shines at Wyndgate Country Club

Nathan and Kiersten had a beautiful morning for their outdoor garden wedding at WyndgatIMG_2281e 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!  IMG_2282

Wyngate Country Club

Aaron Jonah Lewis

 

Newly Renovated Buhl Estate at Addison Oaks Sets Elegant Tone To Any Event

IMG_2277The 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!  IMG_2279

The Buhl Estate at Addison Oaks

Wedding Ceremony Reminds Us All That “We Are Blessed”

IMG_2275Congratulations 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.

University United Methodist Church

Classic Elegance of Grosse Pointe War Memorial Endures

Congratulations to Lisa and Nathan on their recent wedding.  The evening cocktail hour and reception was held at the elegant Grosse Pointe War Memorial.  This spacious Italian Renaissance-style home was built in 1910 for Russell A. Alger, Jr. and his family.  In 1949, it was dedicated to a twofold purpose: to serve as a perpetual memorial to the 3,500 Grosse Pointers who served and the 126 who died in World War II; and it was to serve as a continuing center for educational and charitable activities of the Grosse Pointe community. The War Memorial is unusual – some say unique – because of its dual use.  The couple’s reception was held in the Crystal Ballroom and we had the pleasure of playing for their guests in the lobby during cocktail hour.  In keeping with the classic elegance of the War Memorial, we played all classical music including Mozart, Haydn, Handel and Tchaikovsky.  The Crystal Ballroom overlooks the lake and was luxuriously appointed with gorgeous centerpieces.  Best wishes to Nathan and Lisa!

Grosse Pointe War Memorial

Catholic Couple Chooses Feast of the Sacred Heart for Wedding Day

IMG_2227Ste. 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.  Caroline had always envisioned getting married in a historic church and could not have chosen a better example of a church with a rich history and significance to the Detroit area.  She and Tim were married by  Father John in Catholic mass surrounded by the music of Bach, Handel and Pachelbel.  Organist Chris Loeffler skillfully let the mass which Father John noted landed on the Feast of the Sacred Heart.  We send our thanks to Yuliana, the church coordinator, who provided cues and assistance to us as we were in the balcony.  It is always a pleasure to play in this gorgeous sanctuary and we thank Tim and Caroline for the privilege of being a part of their wedding day.  Best wishes to this lovely couple as they begin their married life together. 

Ste. Anne de Detroit

 

Rochester Community House and Beautiful Spring Day Make a Winning Combination for Outdoor Wedding

IMG_2223Early summer days in Michigan can be idyllic and Erin and Justin had a perfect day for their outside wedding at the Rochester Community House.  During the ceremony, we sat in the new gazebo decorated in the “shabby chic” effect with burlap and lace.  The couple chose several of our frequently requested contemporary songs for use in their ceremony including “Till Kingdom Come” by Coldplay, “Book of Love” by Peter Gabriel, “Just the Way You Are” by Bruno Mars and “Wonderful Tonight” by Eric Clapton.  It was obvious that many of the couples family members and friends were involved in making the day a charming success.  We were fortunate to have Kelly, the couple’s friend, help us with cues at the start of the ceremony.  Thank you, Kelly!  Erin’s father had two responsibilities for the day; walking his daughter down the aisle and officiating the ceremony.  The entryway and hall leading to the reception, decorated by family and friends, was stunning!  Following the ceremony, we played on the deck for the cocktail hour and had the surprise of meeting a bride who has booked us for her wedding in September!  She was a guest at Justin and Erin’s wedding and got a preview performance.                                                   Best wishes to Erin and Justin!  IMG_2224

Rochester Community House

 

 

 

Iconic Masonic Temple a Perfect Venue for Wedding Celebration

2The Masonic Temple is one of Detroit’s iconic landmarks.  It has been selected as one of the Top 10 Wedding Venues in the Detroit area.  Lacey and Richard chose the gothic style chapel for their afternoon wedding ceremony.  We brought a contemporary feel to the traditional setting with Bruno Mars “Just the Way You Are” and “Open Arms” for the processionals and “Sweet Child of Mine” for the recessional.  Cocktails took place outside one of the breathtaking ballrooms, which was dressed for the evening reception.  The staff and coordinator, Dorothy Bennick, provide outstanding service worthy of the historic icon.  Once you’ve been to a wedding at the Masonic, it’s clear why it’s considered a top wedding venue for today’s couples.

The Masonic

Morning Weddings Offer Many Benefits for Couples Willing to Be Unique

Morning weddings have seen a rise in popularity this year.  Recent articles on the subject mention the “after wedding” time that you get to spend with your new spouse on your wedding day as a definite plus!  Photographers love morning weddings for the light.  And couples who have chosen the earlier time say it doesn’t dampen the celebration one little bit!  Alyson and Philip chose Boulder Pointe Golf Club and Banquet Center in Oxford for their special day.  Originally intended for outside, the threatening weather moved the ceremony indoors but the classic elegance of Boulder Creek made for a beautiful setting. We had the pleasure of playing for both the ceremony and lunch reception and the guests appeared to enjoy our Beatles selections and classic rock songs.   A rich display of muffins and fruit was available for the guests before lunch was served.  In addition to the wedding cake, a s’more bar was an additional treat. The couple was thoughtful of our extended playing time and invited us to eat lunch during the toasts and cake cutting.  Becky, the coordinator for Boulder Creek, set us up in a nearby room and treated us to a delightful meal.  We hope to be on their preferred vendor list and look forward to working with Becky and her staff again soon.  Best wishes to Alyson and Philip and our thanks to them for their thoughtful consideration. IMG_2216

Boulder Pointe Golf Club and Banquet Center

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