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

Beacon Baptist Celebrates Wedding of Pastor’s Daughter

IMG_1962Congratulations to Jennie and Jared who were married earlier this month at Beacon Baptist Church in Taylor. This was a church wide event as Jennie is the daughter of Co-Pastor John Reilly. The wedding was officiated by the Rev. Eddie Lyons, Jennie’s brother, Adam Reilly and assisted by wedding coordinator Vicki Chavas. As the picture shows, though held in a large sanctuary, an intimate chapel setting was created by the white draping and petal strewn alter area used for the unity candle. The florist, Say It With Flowers, added lovely pew flowers to compliment the effect.
The bridal party was composed of family and friends that included young girls bringing lantern to the alter steps, flower girls distributing petals, a wagon holding a wee little one pulled by another child and seven maids and groomsmen who walked as couples to the song “At Last”. Jennie looked, as every bride should, beautiful and peaceful as she and her father entered to La Vie En Rose.
The ceremony included two touching readings by Jennie’s Aunt Dora Young and Jared’s Grandmother June Cooke. During the unity candle, vocalist Jill Connor and pianist Laura Hunter, beautifully performed “As For Me and My House”. The newly married couple recessed to “The Way You Look Tonight”. We send our congratulations and best wishes to Jared and Jennie. IMG_1960

Beacon Baptist Church

Say It With Flowers

Thank-you for helping Rondo String Quartet win Best of Weddings 2015 on the Knot!

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Thank-you for helping to award Rondo String Quartet the ‘Couples’ Choice’ on Wedding Wire!

Wedding is a Full Family Event at River Crest in Rochester Hills

Congratulations to April and Bill on their wedding at River Crest Banquet Center.  Set alongside the Clinton River, the groom’s brother is owner/manager of River Crest so this was a family event from start to finish.  The maid of honor, dressed in an elegant gown, entered to Trumpet Voluntary while April chose the Kanon in D for her bridal processional.  Mike Fry officiated and we sent the couple out with Bittersweet Symphony by the Verve.  We had fun playing contemporary songs chosen by the couple throughout dinner.  Rob Meilke of Special Moments Entertainment took over the music after dinner and had the fun group on their feet and dancing for the evening.

River Crest Banquet Center

Special Moments Entertainment 

Celebratory Mood Livens Up Dearborn Inn Wedding

The Dearborn Inn has maintained a busy schedule for weddings this year.  A testimony to the classic elegance and outstanding service that they provide.  Julie and David chose to have their wedding celebration there earlier this month. Reverend Ralph Brown of Hope United Church  of Christ officiated the ceremony which included the reading “Love Is a Friendship Caught Fire” by Laura Hendricks and read by Kathleen Gaynor.  Julie and David chose great music for the cocktail hour and we had a few guests singing along.   Grandpa Gil stopped by and shared a few stories about Julie as a child.  His affection for his “adopted granddaughter” was clear as was the well wishes of their animated group of friends.  There was no doubt that this group was going to have a great time throughout the evening.  We wish them the best as they begin this new chapter as husband and wife.

Dearborn Inn


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