Hope Chapel Proves that Small Wedding Venues Offer Great Benefits

3841 One of this year’s hottest wedding trends is an intimate wedding! As many couples have discovered, there are great reasons, beyond the financial savings, to simplify your big day. The challenge is finding a venue that offers the amenities you need within an environment that allows you create the desired intimate setting.  For years, the wedding industry has been focused on the “bigger is better” idea.  It takes an open mind and a keen eye to discover those special venues that cater to smaller numbers.

The Knot offers this insight about intimate weddings: “There is a real focus on the guest experience right now, and this is the ultimate for a guest.” Personalized details become more manageable when you’re creating them for a few.  Having fewer guests at your wedding allows you to spend more quality time with each of them.  Visiting 10 tables as opposed to 50 means you will get the greetings accomplished in a shorter time during your wedding reception allowing you to enjoy the dancing, drinking and fun of celebrating with your guests!

Couples today are juggling many responsibilities including work, school and families. As anyone who has been through it can tell you, planning a wedding is a huge job!  Keeping it small lowers your stress and often creates a wedding experience that comes across as much more romantic!3846

To create their intimate wedding day, Sarah and Alan chose the beautiful Hope Chapel in the Shelby Township Municipal Center to hold their wedding ceremony. The Hope Chapel was built in 1890 and originally known as the Hope United Methodist Church of Disco, Michigan.  In August of 1997, the Church agreed to donate the building to Shelby Township.

Sarah is a Disney fan and filled her prelude with some of the classic movie tunes such as Beauty and the Beast, Sleeping Beauty and A Dream is A Wish. Chaplin Captain Paul Lepley of Lansing officiated the ceremony which included our playing Eagles Wings during the Unity Candle. He spoke beautifully about the scripture Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 as it relates to married life.  Shelby Township provides a staff member to assist and Jennifer did a great job helping us with cues and keeping the ceremony running smoothly. Vivianos provided the stunning flower arrangements while JS Photography and Complete Video transformed the event into memorable keepsakes. Lavadas Limousine was on hand to transport the bridal party tot he reception where JD Entertainment took over the celebration! It was a memorable day filled with best wishes for Sarah and Alan!

Hope Chapel, Shelby Township

Viviano Flowers

JS Photography

Tom Santilli Complete Video

JD Entertainment

Lavadas Limousines



April Showers Not to Be Feared at This Elegant Colony Club Wedding

20160416_164515April signals the start of wedding season here in Michigan, though outdoor weddings are still risky. As any Michigander will tell you, our April weather is unpredictable. Take this year for example; we experienced a surprising 3 inches of snow one day followed by 70 degrees just two days later.   Margaux and Jordan did not have weather concerns on their wedding day as they wisely chose the gorgeous Colony Club in downtown Detroit for their ceremony, cocktails and reception.  If you’ve not been downtown lately, you’re in for a pleasant surprise.  New construction and renovation of many charming architectural gems is visible throughout the city. A growing number of casual and fine dining restaurants, theatres, casinos, shopping, townhomes and arenas offer residents in the surrounding Detroit communities a variety of opportunities and reasons to make a trip downtown. On our way to Jordan and Margaux’s wedding, we passed well-dressed couples leaving the Fox Theater following an afternoon performance while walking in the opposite direction, baseball fans were headed to Comerica Park for one of the Tiger’s first games of the season. Many folks are even taking the plunge and moving into the city itself. In a January Detroit News article, author Louis Aguilar noted “This year in the 7.2-square-mile heart of Detroit, educated middle-class people likely will fill the estimated 1,200 to 1,400 apartments expected to open in the downtown, Midtown, Corktown, East Riverfront, Brush Park, New Center, Lafayette Park and Eastern Market.  Many residents will be new to the city, based on trends of the past few years.”

Within this re-creation of a great American city, occurred the creation of a new marriage, led by officiant Bill Fenton of “I Do’s Your Way” and guided by Bertha, wedding coordinator at the Colony Club. The ceremony incorporated both Christian and Jewish traditions, including the Lord’s Prayer during the unity candle and the celebratory breaking of the glass.  Viviano Flower Shop never disappoints and created stunning arrangements that flanked the alter area.  Sweet Dreams Bakery produced a stunning wedding cake showcasing a cascade of flowers.

Following the ceremony guests were invited downstairs for cocktails. The Bluewater Kings, an excellent wedding band, completed the evening with their high-energy music that had Margaux and Jordan’s guests celebrating well into the evening.  Best wishes to the couple!

Colony Club

I Do’s Your Way

Vivianos Flower Shop

Sweet Dreams Bakery

Bluewater Kings

Greenfield Village at The Henry Ford Continues its Tradition as Historical Venue with Spectacular Service for Weddings

20160220_183842The view overlooking The Henry Ford from the front of Martha Mary Chapel at sunset was stunning.  Though it was February, the day felt more like a day in April for Alexandra and William’s wedding day.  With an elegant pipe organ, towering ceiling, candle-lit chandelier and a doorway that opens onto the Village Green, Martha-Mary Chapel has the refined beauty of 19th-century New England church.  As usual, the simplicity of the Chapel conveys 20160220_183821-1an intimacy for weddings and helps to maintain the focus on the couple and the significance of the ceremony. In keeping with the historical theme, the couple elected to have traditional music for their ceremony.  We played Handel’s Watermusic Air for the mother’s seating, Rigaudon by Campra for the bridal party and Kanon in D for Alexandra’s processional.  The reception was held in the Eagle Tavern, 19th-century Inn which offers an authentic historical experience featuring social customs, period menu and costumed staff.  The couple is fond of 20160220_184147Disney and used the theme for their wedding cake and the reception music.  We performed every Disney medley we have in our 700+ repertoire and on several occasions had guests singing along.  Our Celtic/Irish music was also very popular! Throughout the evening, the guests were encouraged to write a word of marital advice on provided paper and to underline their favorite scripture in the couple’s bible.  We’ve had the pleasure of playing weddings throughout the Henry Ford for many years and are always appreciative of the staff’s efficiency and helpfulness.  This night was no exception.  The staff is the final touch to an already extraordinary wedding venue.  It was a pleasure to be a part of Alexandra and William’s wedding day.  Best wishes!  20160220_200046

The Henry Ford


For the Bride: A Cinderella Wedding at Ste. Anne de Detroit

20160130_132752Ste. 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. The stained glass windows and arched ceiling provided a gorgeous backdrop for Katie and Mike wedding last month. Keeping true to the tradition of most Catholic churches, we classical music for the inner portions of the ceremony. Organist Chris Loeffler handled the responsorial psalms and as always, aided us with cues.  Mike and Katie were able to showcase their music preferences with upbeat contemporary pieces for the guests seating and recessional.  We played Beautiful Day by U2, Faithfully by Journey, Firework by Katy Perry and Viva la Vida by Coldplay.  The couple asked for two special songs, both from the musical, Cinderella.  For the bridal party, we played “First Branch” and for Katie’s processional, “Who is She?”  The couple have a love of skiing in Michigan’s upper peninsula and can look forward to sharing many years on the slopes.  Thank you for inviting us to be a part of your wedding day!  20160130_13283220160130_132859

In Forming a Marital Union, Two Become Something Greater Than Once They Were


An elegant affair is the best way to describe the wedding of Alyssa and Josh at The Henry Hotel. Known as one of the finest hotels in the metro Detroit area, the venue features elegant wedding venues, sophisticated cuisine and a dedicated staff that will transform your dream into a reality. Pat from Party Assurance and her phenomenal staff ensured that everything went according to plan.  From providing espresso for the bridal party before the ceremony, to assisting us with cues, Party Assurance was focused on the details to guarantee the perfect wedding day.

Alyssa and Josh created their ceremony around traditional and contemporary elements.  From the design of the chuppah, selection of music to the use of family wedding bands, it was clear that this modern couple appreciate both the old and the new.

The couple chose the Beatles hit, “In My Life” for the family’s processional, and the fun “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” from Disney’s Lion King for the bridal party.  Alyssa processed to Elvis’ “Can’t Help Falling In Love”.  The guests clapped along to Simon Tov before we broke into the celebratory sounds of Pharrell with “Happy”.  20151231_181443

Alyssa’s sister, Lauren was the maid of honor while her 2 year old daughter, Samantha, was the charming flower girl. Rabbie Benjamin Bar-Lev, brother-in-law, officiated the ceremony and regaled the guests with stories of the couples history.  The vases of calla lilies along the aisle and on the podium made for a striking picture of modern elegance. Best wishes!

The Henry Hotel

Party Assurance

Warm Welcome At First Baptist Church of Howell

We were honored once again with the invitation to be a part of the Sunday Morning Service at the First Baptist Church of Howell.  This is the third year that we have had the privilege to play for the Fourth Sunday in Advent.  We are always warmly welcomed and enjoy being a part of the service that heralds the Christmas week.  Diane Ives, music director, orchestrates a touching service with hymns, scripture readings, beautiful voices and Christmas music.  Following the service, we shared a delicious meal with the members and extend our thanks to them all for their hospitality.

First Baptist Church of Howell




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Couple Discovers The Treasure Of Marriage at The Historic Gem Theatre

The Century Theater at the historic Gem Theatre on Madison Avenue in downtown Detroit, provides an intimate setting for weddings or special events.  The theatre boasts ornate Spanish Revival and Arts & Crafts architecture, warm hand painted dining rooms, impressive Audio Visual capabilities, an exquisitely landscaped garden patio, close convenient parking and superb food & beverage service to create a premier location for all types of events.  The Gem Theatre is known for it’s outstanding service, and we experienced that with the awesome assistance of Melissa.  Many thanks to her and her staff!20151219_165324

Lauren and Michael were married in the Century Theatre in late December surrounded by family and friends. Officiate Donald Stacks wrote and delivered a poem that depicted the couples relationship in a touching and humorous way. Michael and Lauren incorporated both traditional and contemporary elements into their wedding day.  We played “Latch” by Disclosure, “Hallelujah” and Bruno Mars’ “Just the Way You Are” along with the traditional Canon in D for Lauren’s processional.  Following the ceremony, we moved downstairs and played a mix of Christmas selections, songs from Coldplay, Van Morrison’s Moondance, Sigh No More by Mumford and Sons to name just a few.  The band, Chateau, one of Michigan’s most sought after wedding band, got the guests on their feet for an evening of celebration during the reception.  Linda Radin, known for her artistry with photography, was on hand to capture the moments of love and excitement throughout Lauren and Michael’s wedding day.  Best wishes to this beautiful couple as they start the new year as husband and wife.

Gem Theatre

Linda Radin Photography



Importance of a Corporate Christmas Party Is More than a Social Event

We’ve had the pleasure of performing for several corporate Christmas parties this holiday season.  Often regarded as the biggest social event in the calendar, the Christmas party is eagerly anticipated by clients and colleagues alike. But with pockets being pinched and budgets taking a battering, can you really justify the expense on such an elaborate affair?

Both Bright House Network and Class Appeal of Birmingham decided the cost was worth the benefits.  Beyond a “jolly good time”, the Christmas party encourages management and staff to mingle outside of a work setting, in turn boasting morale.  It’s a thank you from management to the staff of all their hard work throughout the year. Entertaining your staff at Christmas will see them return the favor in hard work, loyalty and motivation for 2016. It provides an excellent opportunity to reiterate and deliver key company messages, recognition awards and plans for the year ahead. Christmas parties have even been shown to impact staff retention by giving them an event to remember with memories that will be talked about for years to come.

We had a blast playing all of our classic rock, contemporary and Beatle selections for both parties.  Being able to fill personal requests or see guests’ faces light up when they recognize their favorite songs makes the evening fun for us as well.  We look forward to next December and hope to be back with the fine people of Bright House and Class Appeal for the 2016 Christmas Party!

Bright House Network

Class Appeal



Rondo String Quartet Makes the Knot’s Hall of Fame

The Rondo String Quartet is proud to announce that they have been inducted into the Knot’s Best of Weddings Hall of Fame! Thank-you to all of the wonderful couples who wrote recommendations and reviews!

knot hall of fame


Snowfall Creates a Magical Night for Newly Wed Couple

IMG_20151121_204627An old wedding superstition says that a marriage that takes place during a heavy snowstorm is considered a lucky one.  If there’s any truth to it then Amy and Bryan are destined for “happily ever after!”

For who could have anticipated a snow storm in November?!  The day before was a balmy 50 degree day with folks making remarks about the extended fall we were experiencing this year.  But experienced Michiganders know the mercurial nature of Michigan’s weather.   Despite the treacherous road conditions,  the 10″-12″ of snow did not stop our quartet from trudging up to The Holly Hotel for Amy and Bryan’s wedding.  The picture taken by our talented violist, Jessica, was reminiscent of a Dickens Village Christmas Scene.  Only a horse drawn sleigh could have further perfected it.

Kimberly Duran and her staff at The Holly Hotel warmly welcomed and assisted us throughout the evening.  he Holly Hotel was the hub of social activity.  Civic and social groups utilized the Hotel while train Original Line Drawing Holly Hoteltravelers and salesmen used the public rooms for meets and demonstrations. Sunday Dinner at the Holly Hotel was a formal event for locals and visitors alike.

The Holly Hotel


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