Jennifer and Eric Have Their Moment in History

20160903_162020Picture an urban industrial setting steeped in history. Shop worn wooden floors, beams and posts that show the wear of heavy machinery. If walls could talk, they would share the birth of the automobile and the sweat and tears of the men who struggled to make a dream a reality. The Ford Avenue Piquette Plant is a timeless backdrop, a unique and memorable place to hold an event. Guests can walk the same floor that a young Henry Ford walked, sit in the driver’s seat of a Model T and mingle where an invention that would change the world was born. It is a setting that is signature Detroit and can be found nowhere else.

Jennifer and Eric chose this setting for their wedding and as the pictures show, the history of the venue provided a riveting backdrop for a beautiful event. The floral arrangements were exceptionally well done and fit the setting with the texture and greenery. The couples friend, Michael Gilmore, did an excellent job as the officant. His voice projected clearly and we enjoyed his unique take on the vows “Do you, Jennifer, take Eric as your favorite person?”20160903_161249

We played “Stand by Me” for the family and bridesmaids and “Can’t Help Falling in Love” for Jennifer’s processional. “Don’t Stop Believin’” followed the pronouncement of the couple as husband and wife. We played many movie themes as requested by the movie loving couple and saw the staff lay out delicious dishes including a mac and cheese bar. The smells were tantalizing!  We especially enjoyed the creative way that the dinner tables were numbered.  Each number was accompanied by a picture of the bride and groom at that age.  What a fun conversation starter!

Congratulations to Eric and Jennifer and may their marriage be the beginning of a new historic story.

Ford Avenue Piquette Plant

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Classic Elegance Set the Stage at Congregation Shaarey Zedek Wedding

20160904_163639We were honored to be a part of Judy and Andrew’s wedding last week at Congregation Sharrey Zedek.  As you walked into the synagogue, you could not help but be struck by the elegance. Composed of lush greenery with the chuppah adorned with greenery, white roses and hydrangea, the alter looked like a “garden of Eden”. As the sun slowly set, the stain glass windows awakened with light, providing a beautiful contrast of color to the calming greenery.

We had the honor of accompanying Cantor Hazzan David Propis throughout the ceremony.  His rich voice was the perfect compliment to this sacred scene.  We had the opportunity to play his arrangements of Shevah Brachot and Shehecheyanu which were beautifully arranged for string quartet.  We also accompanied him for the family’s processional, Boi Kallah and Judy’s bridal processional for which Mr. Propis sang Cohen’s Hallelujah.  Judy’s grandfather performed “Sunrise, Sunset” for her circling of Andrew before they proceeded under the chuppah.  It was a tender moment for all.  20160904_163749

Following the pronouncement of Andrew and Judy as husband and wife and the celebratory Simon Tov, we moved to the lobby and played contemporary music for the cocktail hour.  Party Assurance was on hand to insure that everything proceeded smoothly and indeed the cocktail hour looked and smelled amazing! The staff of Shaarey Zedek, especially Shari, was incredibly helpful and we extend our thanks to them all.

Though we have been playing weddings and special engagements for over 28 years, there are certain ones that remain in your memory as special in some way.  This is one of those weddings for us.  There were so many qualities that came together to make this wedding day truly extraordinary. Congratulations Judy and Andrew and best wishes for many years to come!

Congregation Shaarey Zedek

Party Assurance

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Ukrainian Church Choir Blesses Couple with Beautiful Music

20160820_125314The Immaculate Conception Ukrainian Catholic Church has a long standing history in the Hamtramck community.  The entire church is decorated in icons depicting the life of Mary. Frescoes and paintings adorn the sanctuary and the ceiling, drawing one’s eyes upward.  It was in this sacred setting that Amy and Mark got married. Father Daniel officiated the ceremony which included the choir singing a traditional Ukrainian hymn for the Flowers to Mary.  While we played classical music for all the processionals, the beautiful voices of the choir escorted the couple out after Father Daniel pronounced them husband and wife20160820_125323.

Tracie Green from Event Elements was acting coordinator and was phenomenal at handling the details including our cues.  We were referred to the couple by Trilogy Band who later played the reception.  Many thanks to our friends Trilogy  for thinking of us. Wixom florist “Love in Bloom” provided gorgeous arrangements for the day.  All the elements came together to create a ceremony that communicated love and solemnity for Mark and Amy.  We wish them the best as they move forward as husband and wife.

Immaculate Conception Catholic Church

Trilogy Band

Event Elements

Love In Bloom

 

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

 

 

 

Elegance, Gilt and History: The Colony Club Trifecta For a Memorable Wedding

20160819_180818A wedding at the Colony Club is always an elegant affair. Located on Park Ave in the heart of the entertainment district, it opened in 1929 as a Women’s Club. The Georgian exterior is complimented by the 3rd floor’s impressive Louis XVI ballroom. Painted in Versailles cream and gilt, the ballroom was the site of Jasmine and Zach’s wedding ceremony and reception.  It seemed appropriate to play the classic melodies of Vivaldi and Bach here.  The bridesmaids and adorable flower girl walked down the aisle to Pachelbel’s Kanon in D while Jasmine chose the traditional Bridal Chorus by Wagner for her bridal processional and Mendelssohn’s Wedding March for her and Zach’s recessional.  20160819_172214

Our friend Bill Fenton of “I Do’s Your Way” officiated the ceremony with his usual professionalism and words of wisdom. Molly, the coordinator for Colony Club, was another professional on top of all the details involved in a orchestrating a large wedding celebration. We have to mention the gorgeous flowers of Bellisario Florist and the outstanding work of Sweet and Savory on the stunning wedding cake.  Clearly, both of these vendors are at the top of their profession and Jasmine had done her research to find some of the best in the business. Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Gray as they begin their married life together!

Colony Club

I Do’s Your Way

Bellisario Florist

Sweet and Savory

 

Perennials, Parasols and the Chemistry of Love for Botanical Gardens Wedding

matthaei[1]There are dozens of Chemistry clichés that can be used to describe two people in love. They have “good chemistry” or “souls that resemble attract inevitably”. It’s safe to say that Danielle and Brad have probably heard them all! These two University of Michigan chemists were married in the perennial garden at Matthaei Botanical Gardens on a sunny day in August. Coryanna Ku officiated and Francesca, coordinator at the gardens, was a tremendous help!  The couple kept it simple with traditional wedding music including Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, Canon in D and Purcell’s Trumpet Voluntary.  Silk Thumb Florists composed lovely arrangements that fit with the setting of the botanical gardens and Special Moments Photography was on hand to capture the moments that Brad and Danielle will want to savor for years to come.  We played the Beatles song “All You Need is Love” for the recessional and it seemed so fitting for this couple who clearly share a special bond. No chemistry pun intended.images[1]

Matthaei Botanical Gardens

Special Moments Photography

Silk Thumb Florist

 

Intertwining Lives: Laughter Woven Through DAC Wedding Ceremony

20160813_160254It was clear from the opening moments of this wedding that Katherine and Chase love to laugh. The couple were married at the Detroit Athletic Club on a rather stormy Saturday afternoon. But inside, the room was awash with smiles and chuckles. Even the music they chose reflected their  joie de vivre. Our prelude for the seating of the guests included Beatle favorites “Here Comes the Sun” and “When I’m 64” along with Etta James’ “At Last” and “Home” Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros.

Katie and Chase chose to begin their wedding with the reading of 1 Corinthians 13:1-3. The well-known verse on love was a wonderful way to begin the ceremony and direct the focus on the reverential nature of the moment. Following the reading, the bridal party walked in to “Marry Me” by Train while Katie processed with her Dad to the traditional Bridal March.20160813_160341

During the ceremony, there were several moments of laughter. Reverend Randall Schalk handled them all beautifully and on several occasions was the initiator! The couple recessed to “On Top Of The World” by Imagine Dragons. Best wishes, Katie and Chase!

Detroit Athletic Club

 

“Fair Winds and Following Seas” for Captain’s Club Newlyweds

20160814_141631The Captain’s Club at Woodfield in Grand Blanc was the perfect setting for a nautical themed wedding last weekend.  Peter, who served on the USS Constitution, married Samantha, a doctor from Boston, beside the gazebo. Kerri Pruitt Bowly and her staff provided golf carts to those who needed a little assistance getting to the gazebo on the warm and humid afternoon.

The couple met in Boston and shared the responsibilities on planning the wedding including the selection of music. Samantha included two well known Catholic hymns into her service.  We played “Your Are Mine” for Samantha’s processional, “Make Me a Channel of Your Peace” for the signing of the marriage license and “We are Many Parts” for the couple’s recessional.  We had the pleasure of again working with Nichole Bertucci, of “A Simple I Do”. When we see Nichole, we know the wedding is going to run smoothly and on time.

We moved inside for the cocktail and played Peter’s list of music which included many Beatles hits.  We know that the couple were dealing with pictures but hope Peter heard some of his requested favorites! The guests gave us great feedback and several stopped by to tell us of their appreciation.  There were three young girls who especially enjoyed our music as they danced around the cake table!  20160814_141719

We offer the nautical blessing, “fair winds and following seas” to Samantha and Peter as they begin their amazing life journey!

Nichole Bertucci, A Simple I Do

The Captain’s Club at Woodfield

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Laughter and Resiliency at Wedding a Sure Sign of a Successful Marriage

20160716_153242Many of us have attended a wedding in which something unexpected occurs. Depending on the reaction of the participants, the experience is either a crisis or a moment of comedy that is retold at family events.  Such was the case at Heidi and Merissa’s wedding at the Belle Isle Conservatory Garden.  The story begins with two women, now able to marry, thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling of June 2016. Heidi and Merissa planned a beautiful outdoor ceremony and the weather was perfect. Their friend, Chantelle Renaud, did a fantastic job acting as wedding coordinator and handled all the last minute details with calm and grace.0716161548 Photographer Jesse Speelman was there to capture all the important moments. Merissa requested a special song, “Here and Now” by Luther Vandross for her processional while Heidi walked to the traditional Canon in D. Officiant Erin McGowan conducted a touching ceremony. We especially enjoyed her final phrase reflecting on the significance of the first marital kiss. The couple kissed, hugged and then high fived!  They all but shouted “We did it!”  Then the moment of truth came.  While recessing across the bumpy lawn, Heidi took a tumble and ended up on her knees. When Merissa leaned down to help her up, she too ended up down on the lawn with her.  Rather than view this as a horrid catastrophe, the ladies began to laugh. They hugged, laughed and helped each other up while their guests clapped and cheered. That ability to laugh in times of distress and maintain focus on the true meaning of joined lives is what will make this marriage a success.  Congratulations ladies and best wishes!

Belle Isle Conservatory Garden

Jesse Speelman, Photographer

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Movie Lovers Wed in Historic Downtown Theatre

20160521_135102Located in Bad Axe, Michigan, this historic theatre has been serving movie goers since 1916! Construction on The Bad Axe Theatre began in 1915. When it opened the following year, it served as the meeting place for the Knights of Columbus. They had their dedication of the building on February 21, 1916. Their meetings were held here, as well as dinners for special occasions. At this time, the auditorium was used for local stage productions, and was also used to show silent movies. It has had several owners throughout the past 90 years. It is currently owned and operated by Mark Rolfe. Mark has been employed at the theatre since 1989 as a projectionist and became manager in 1994. He purchased the business in April of 2004 and has made several improvements such as upgrading the sound systems in both cinemas and giving the theatre a new look.

Becky and Chris transformed this historic theatre into a twinkling setting for their wedding day. Candles lined the walls and white draping created an alter complete with gorgeous floral arrangements on pedestals. Jamie, a friend of the family, was a great help with cues from the back of the theatre.  She did an excellent job keeping things running smoothly and even managed to get the three young flower girls and one adorable ring bearer down the aisle with smiles!  We received many compliments on our songs from Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter.  Becky chose The Swan by Saint-Saens, played beautifully by our cellist, for her processional.

Today’s couples look for unique ways to incorporate their guests into the ceremony. In place of a Unity Candle, Becky and Chris did a “Wishing Stone” ceremony. They asked each guest to pick up a river stone upon entering the theater and while holding it, say a blessing for them. They were then instructed to place the blessed stone in the bowl.  During the ceremony, the officiant Lynn McClymont, spoke of these blessed stones while the couple poured them into a vase. We applaud their creativity! We send our best wishes out to Chris and Becky on the newest chapter in their  made for the movies “life story.”

The Bad Axe Theatre

 

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