Friday, October 10, 2014

Real Wedding | Kim & Brian at Bay Pointe Inn

Couple | Kim & Brian, 10-12-13
Ceremony & Reception | Bay Pointe Inn
Makeup | Faces by Linda G
Hair | Erin Brown
Photographer | Karrn Frost Photography
Florist | Posh Petals
Linens | Pearls Events
Entertainment | Music Host Entertainment
Dessert Display | MiraBella Confections
Pearls Events Services | Event Coordination

Kim & Brian planned a lovely wedding, which happened to fall on the last perfect autumn day of 2013. Blue skies, slight breeze, fabulous couple. What more could we ask for? Ooh, also, the leaves on the trees around the lake were a splendid sight. Ideal day. 

The couple decided to host all of their out-of-town guests at Bay Pointe Inn, which is one of my personal favorite spots for a wedding day. Bay Pointe makes everything SO easy, for both the wedding pros, and the guests! The ceremony site on the lawn, overlooking Gun Lake, is ideal, then guests head to just outside the pavilion for cocktail hour, and make their way inside the permanent pavilion for the dinner & dancing. 

Our team started early that morning with linen set up. The linens, a combination of blues & whites, were some of my ultimate favorite for this casual lakeside celebration, and it was so fun to see everything come together that day. Posh Petals was close behind us, since each centerpiece was put together on-site. I LOVED all the little details Elizabeth from Posh put together for the bride & groom - perfectly casual, yet well planned and unique. 

The ceremony was lovely, family & bridal party photos went well, and the dinner & dancing portion of the evening will be remembered by all the the guests.

Kim & Brian - thank you for trusting Pearls Events with your wedding day. What a glorious October day it was! Best wishes for years to come! xoxo, Aletha, Leah & Leah

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Real Wedding 2014 | Natalie & Matteo in Grand Haven & Spring Lake

Couple | Natalie & Matteo, 6-14-14
Ceremony | Christian Reformed Conference Grounds
Reception | Holiday Inn
Photographer | Hetler Photography

Personal Flowers | Eastern Floral
Reception Decor | Events by I. Candy
Desserts | Ryke's
Deejay | Movin' Music
Transportation | Coleman's Shuttle Service
Pearls Events Service | Event Coordination

Natalie & Matteo woke up to a wedding day with the perfect summer weather everyone dreams about when they are thinking "outdoor wedding by the beach & tented reception by the water". I'm not even joking - I couldn't believe it! In the past seven wedding seasons, we've honestly never had as gorgeous weather as we had that day! 

Pearls Events arrived at the Spring Lake Holiday Inn with breakfast in tow for the ladies, who were getting beautified by Flawlessly Finished. After dropping off the breakfast spread, our team headed downstairs to the lawn to start setting linens & centerpieces from Events by I. Candy.

We went over to the Christian Reformed Conference Grounds to make sure things were just as lovely there as they had been at the hotel, and all was on track; we even had time for lunch (which doesn't always happen...)! 

Everyone was ready, and Coleman's started getting guests to the ceremony. The wedding party arrived dressed and ready to go, and we got everyone down the aisle right on time - just like I prefer! When Matteo saw his bride for the first time, on the arm of her father, it was pretty magical for everyone in attendance; what a sweet, sweet day for this family! 

Our team picked up desserts from Ryke's Bakery, and headed to the reception to get set for guest arrival. The team at the Spring Lake Holiday Inn did an amazing job with everything and it was a pleasure working with them. The view of Spring Lake and the Grand River from the reception tent could not be beat! 

After dinner and desserts, the couple started the dancing portion of the evening. Movin' Music kept the dance floor busy - even after the firework display started! 

Natalie & Matteo - it was a joy working with you on your amazing wedding day. Thank YOU for letting us be a small part of your happily ever after. The entire Pearls Events team will remember the gorgeous weather, your adorable & polite girls, and your gracious manner for years to come. 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Real Wedding 2013 | Lauren & John

Couple | Lauren & John, 9-7-13
Ceremony | Fountain Street Church
Ceremony Musicians | Brioso String Quartet
Rehearsal Dinner | Mangiamo!
Rehearsal Dinner Transportation | Elite Services, Inc.
Reception | Amway Grand Plaza, Pantlind Ballroom
Invitation & Day-of Paper Product Design | Paper Studio 6.25
Outer Envelope Calligraphy | Lola Grace Calligraphy
Makeup | Julie Strating
Hair | Erin Brown
Reception Band | The Hip Pocket
Reception Deejay | Music Host Entertainment
Photographer | Karyn May Photography
Videographer | Inspiration Video
Florist | Ludema's
Wedding Party Transportation | Elite Services, Inc.
Linen Rental | Pearls Events
Chair Rental | Chiavari Chairs Weddings
Photobooth | Shutterbooth
Pearls Events Service | Event Planning

Lauren & John were a joy to work with throughout their planning process. After they booked the Amway Grand Plaza for their reception, they were sitting in my studio chatting about all the other details. I worked closely with Lauren, John, and Lauren's parents, Susan & Steve, throughout the engagement, and this is one of those weddings I put my heart into.

Lauren & John loved the overall 1920's feel of the Pantlind Ballroom at the Amway Grand, and wanted to incorporate that into their wedding invitations and cake design. Abbey at Paper Studio 6.25 worked with us closely making sure each detail was perfect. I LOVE the letterpress invitations - some of my favorites to date!

Lauren & John's wedding day began with the ladies getting ready together in Lauren's bridal suite at the  Amway Grand Plaza. The Pearls Events team stopped by with breakfast and to check in on everything before we started placing linens and all the reception details so Allison from Ludema's could easily place her gorgeous floral centerpieces.

Per tradition, this bride & groom decided not to see one another before the ceremony, which always makes the ceremony "first look" so, so sweet. The ceremony was lovely, and after the grand streamer exit from Fountain Street Church, Karyn & Joe of Karyn May Photography took the wedding party around downtown Grand Rapids for photos.

Cocktail hour was wonderful, as they served some of my personal favorite appetizers! Dinner hour began by the wedding party being introduced, the couple cutting their amazing cake created by the pastry chef at the Amway, and then toasts before salads were served.

Dancing started after dinner, and The Hip Pocket kept the dance floor packed up until midnight, then the deejay, Kurt from Music Host Entertainment, took over and kept the party going until the wee hours of the morning.

Leah & Leah stayed until the very end, taking care of all the little details on behalf of Pearls Events. I stopped by their Farewell Brunch the next morning and heard lots of great stories about the previous night. All in all, it was a fabulous wedding weekend for a lovely couple!

Lauren & John - It was a fantastic planning journey with you both! I loved working with such kind families - from the photographer interviews and the food/cake tasting, to the floral meetings and the napkin chat - I think we all have good memories of our time together. Thank you SO much for trusting me with your wedding day; I loved getting to know you all! 

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