A Dream You Dream Together is Reality

20160826_153645Over our 28+ years in the wedding industry, we’ve had the pleasure of playing grand weddings in elegant places, simple weddings in traditional places and alternative style weddings in urban places.  How wonderful that so many options exist for all the different types of couples in this world! Karin and Shawn planned a sweet wedding in the most traditional of places, The Martha Mary Chapel at Greenfield Village.  This simple chapel helps keep the focus on the couple and the spiritual simplicity of the wedding ceremony.  Karin wore a truly gorgeous gown.  Rather then the stark white often seen in bridal gowns, hers had the hue of the softest pink known as “sand” which added a luminescent effect.   The gown was accented with a belt of a pearly pink copied in the bridesmaids dresses.  Both Karin and her attendants processed to Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.  Denise Tucker of Perfect Day Celebrations opened the ceremony with a prayer. We thought it was a lovely touch and the perfect way to allow the couple to collect their thoughts before proceeding into the exchange of vows.  The ceremony included a quote from John Lennon, ” ‘A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.”

Kate McCellan from  Purple Clover Events executed the day beautifully. From cues for us to the movement of the bridal party and organization of the photographer from Mike Staff Productions and other vendors, no element was left unattended. 20160826_153741Parsonage Flowers created arrangements that went beyond just flowers with texture and foliage that suited this historic setting.

The ceremony seemed well suited for this beautiful couple who communicated a endearing love, kindness and sense of humor with each other.  We wish Shawn and Karin the very best and thank them for the honor of being a part of their special wedding day.

Purple Clover Events

Perfect Day Celebrations

Mike Staff Productions

Parsonage Flowers

 

 

 

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

 

“Made for the Movies” Wedding Day is All Beauty and No Beast

Congratulations to Sheila and Jason on their wedding this past weekend.  The ceremony was held at the Mary-Martha Chapel at Greenfield Village and officiated by Reverend Graham of “A Joyful Celebration Weddings”.  Rev. Graham spoke beautifully on the subject of love and incorporated several poems and quotes that were new to us yet very fitting for this couple.  It turns out that his colleague, Rev. Sherry wrote the wedding  specifically for Sheila and Jason by incorporating the couples life stories, conversations, lyrics from their selected songs, and quotes from people who are inspirational to them. She succeeded in creating a beautifully personal ceremony.  Jason and Sheila have a love of movies and Sheila especially has a strong connection to Beauty and the Beast.  So much so that she chose the music from the movie for her bridal processional.  In fact, all the songs we played for the guest seating and during the ceremony were from movies.  Several of the guests asked us about Glory Of Love from The Karate Kid Two and written by Chicago brass player, Peter Cetera.  We also included “Somewhere Out There” from American Tail for the bridesmaids, Hallelujah from Shrek for the unity candle and “When You Wish Upon A Star” from Pinocchio during the marriage license signing.  The couple recessed to “Pirates of the Caribbean”.  Appropriate to the theme, Sheila had a true Cinderella wedding gown, complete with the tiara.  Following the ceremony, the guests gathered at the Dearborn Inn for cocktails and dinner.  We continued with our movie themed music and hoped that Jason would be around for his favorite, Mission Impossible.  The guests were all having a good time and we were appreciative of all the kind comments.  It’s always a supreme compliment when a guest will take time to come and comment on how much they enjoyed the music.  Our job would be so much more challenging if not for the efficiency and competence of wedding coordinators.  We send our thanks to Cheryl LaPalm of Greenfield Village and Christie Dixon of the Dearborn Inn for their help with set up and cues.  A good coordinator is a wonderful asset to your event.  We send Jason and Sheila our best wishes!

Greenfield Village

Dearborn Inn

A Joyful Celebration Weddings

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