Family, Friends and the Words of Shakespeare Combine for Jenny and Sam’s Henry Ford Wedding

20171007_171811The Henry Ford , is a large indoor and outdoor history museum complex and a National Historic Landmark in the Detroit suburb of Dearborn, Michigan.  One of America’s greatest museums, one portion is The Museum of Modern Innovation which allows guests to experience the strides of America’s greatest minds while fully immersing you in their stories.  The complex has many architecturally beautiful places for wedding ceremonies and a staff of wedding coordinators that are experienced and efficient.  We had the assistance of Cindy and Gary for this wedding and appreciated their knowledge and assistance.

Family and friends played an important role throughout the day.  Jan Wilson acted as DOC for the day.  Wedding photographer Adrian Seetho, friend of the couple was on hand to capture the day.  Betsy Brown acted as videographer, Cindy Wills and Susan Stahly created the floral arrangements, and Uncle John Logue officiated the ceremony. Sam and Jenny chose the Pennsylvania Courtyard with the iconic water tower for their nuptials.  Fitting to the picturesque setting, we played the music of Bach and Handel while guests were seated.  Jenny’s Uncle, John Logue, officiated the ceremony which included Shakespeare’s Love Sonnet 116 and many sweet moments!

The cocktail hour was held in the museums “Driving America Car Court”, a premier automotive exhibit in the heart of the museum.  We played a wide selection of contemporary music and took several requests.  It was there that we noticed Jenny’s gorgeous bouquet.  When I asked “who did your flowers?”  She replied, “My family and I did and it took us about two years”.  A closer look revealed that the flowers were paper – elegantly cut and arranged to look incredibly lifelike.  A picture is worth a thousand 20171007_193444words and family members Cindy Wills and Susan Stahly clearly have special gift!  We were so honored to be a part of Jenny and Sam’s wedding day and wish them the very best and they grow together as husband and wife.

The Henry Ford

Adrian Seetho

 

 

Age is Only A Number for This Fun Loving Couple

20161001_145206Patrice and David had a beautiful day for their outdoor wedding at the Dearborn Inn. The ceremony was held at the gazebo and officiated by Jeff Hamilton of Michigan Officiants. Patrice wore a beautiful gown and processed on her son’s arm to Kannon in D.  We played the popular and well known hits of the Beatles on the patio during cocktails and then moved into the Lincoln room for dinner. The speeches by family and friends demonstrated the “joie de vivre” this couple shares. Their first dance was to the song “Everlasting Love” and they showed off a terrific swing!  The guests enjoyed a lovely meal and finished the evening with dancing and music by a jazz trio.  There are many laughs ahead for this couple and we wish them the best.

Dearborn Inn

Michigan Officiants

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A 21st Century Love Story: The Crazy Yank and The Crazy Brit

20160918_155248Congratulations to Carrie and Pat on their wedding at the Dearborn Inn on a beautiful late summer day. Tucked into the grounds of the Inn and surrounded by lush gardens, the gazebo was a beautiful place for an outdoor wedding. Officiant Denise Tucker of  Perfect Day Celebrations,  told Carrie and Peter’s story before conducting the hand fasting ceremony and exchange or rings. We’ve worked with Denise many times now and always enjoy the way she personalizes the ceremony to the couple.  It’s clear that she’s taken the time to know them. The couple chose an eclectic array of music for their ceremony. We played Debussy’s Clair de al Lune, O Mio Babbino Caro by Puccini along with Here Comes the Sun and All You Need is Love by the Beatles. Douglas Rae read “Love” by Erich Fried which beings with the line, “I love you, not only for what you are but for what I am when I am with you.”  It was clear that this couple shares a tender romance but also a great sense of humor. Denise spoke of penguins and implied that the cake would reflect this fun bit of the couple’s history. We send our best wishes to these self-proclaimed giggling and grinning geeks as they begin their married lives together.

Perfect Day Celebrations

Dearborn Inn

 

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

A Family Event: Wedding and Cocktails at The Henry Ford

Congratulations to Jonathon and Maureen on their wedding at Henry Ford Museum this past weekend. The ceremony was held in the Pennsylvania Courtyard and officiated by the groom’s father, Reverend Dal Stanton. We wish to thank Carol, ceremony coordinator at the Henry Ford for her assistance throughout the evening. The couple chose all classical music for their wedding including several pieces by Bach and Handel. The flowers were especially lovely and we were delighted to discover that our colleagues at One Enchanted Evening were again the source! Rev. Stanton was able to bring much sentiment and personality to the ceremony which the guests enjoyed.
Following the ceremony, the couple went on a carriage ride and we Mo-town music for the cocktail hour. Many of the guests (and staff!) stopped by to tell us how much they were enjoying the music. Following cocktails, the guests enjoyed dinner and music by Motor City HDJ. From the sound of things, Brett Cummins was creating a celebratory mood with his music. We wish Maureen and Jonathon the very best as they begin married life together and thank them for the privilege of being a part of their wedding day.
The Henry Ford
One Enchanted Evening
Motor City HDJ

Wedding at Shrine of the Little Flower

Congratulations to Lisa and T.J. on their wedding at Shrine of the Little Flower in Royal Oak. This historic church, dedicated to St. Therese of Lisieux who was known as “The Little Flower”, provided an elegant setting for the wedding ceremony. The bridal party wore lovely coral dresses and carried bouquets of coral and white roses interspersed with delicate purple iris. Monsignor Easton conducted communion while church vocalist Gracie, sang a beautiful rendition of “I Will Be Here” by Steven Curtis Chapman accompanied by our quartet.
Constructed in 1929 with Massachusetts granite and Indiana limestone, a striking feature of the church is the 104-foot Charity Crucifixion Tower that overlooks the intersection of Twelve Mile Road and Woodward Avenue. Additionally, the Alter is a solid block of Carrara marble, the most pure white marble in the world. It is the largest monolith in the United States and weighs eighteen tons. The couple’s appreciation for history was evident again in their choice of Lovett Hall at Greenfield Village in Dearborn for their reception. The cocktail hour was held in the Lovett Lobby; a chic 1930’s setting with marble flooring and fourteen foot ceilings. Our quartet performed many classical selections including Vivaldi’s Spring, Strauss’ Fledermaus Waltz and Brandenburg Concerto just to name a few. The elegant and glamour of the Lovett Ballroom was the site of the couples dinner and reception.
The obvious appreciation for history and elegance created a memorable evening for the newly wedded couple and guests alike. Our best wishes to T.J. and Lisa as they begin their life together.

http://www.shrinechurch.com
www.thehenryford.org

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