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! 

Real Wedding 2013 | Joanna & Patrick

Couple | Joanna & Patrick, 8-10-13
Ceremony | Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
Ceremony Musicians | Signature String Quartet
Rehearsal Dinner | Amway Grand Plaza, Imperial Ballroom
Rehearsal Dinner Entertainment | Music Host Entertainment
Reception | Cascade Hills Country Club
HairErin Brown
MakeupJulie Strating
Cocktail Hour Entertainment | Peat in the Creel
Reception Band | Rod Tuffcurls & The Benchpress
Reception Deejay | Chilly & Dio
Photography | Karyn May Photography
Florist | Posh Petals
Linen Rentals | Special Occasions
Late Night Snack | Let Us Cater featuring Yesterdog
Transportation | Affordable Limo & Holiday Coach
Pearls Events Service | Event Coordination

The second weekend of August was ideal weather for a wedding in West Michigan. Pearls Events stopped by Joanna's childhood home Saturday morning to drop breakfast & coffee off to the ladies while both Erin & Julie were on site for hair & makeup. All of the bridesmaids gathered there and enjoyed their morning getting ready together.

Joanna & Patrick decided not to see each other before the ceremony, which always makes the ceremony processional a little more exciting. The look on the groom's face is always priceless. Our team was excited to finally witness a Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony at the gorgeous Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church.

After the ceremony, guests were transported from the church to Cascade Hills Country Club and enjoyed a lovely summer cocktail hour on the patio entertained by Irish band, Peat in the Creel. Guests were invited to find their seats for dinner, and the bride & groom were introduced into the dining room by the band.

The mother of the bride & mother of the groom had a little surprise for the couple. Joanna's mom presented Patrick's mom with a cake, just like in My Big Fat Greek Wedding. They were a fun group to work with!

After dinner & dessert, the dance floor was packed for the rest of the evening. Later in the evening, Yesterdog arrived for the late night snack and in the early morning hour, guests finally made their way back to their hotel rooms!

Joanna & Patrick - We loved working with you and your families on your wedding day! Thank you for inviting us to be a small part of your big day! Best wishes for a wonderful life together. 

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Real Wedding 2013 | Deb & Kevin















Couple | Deb & Kevin, 12-7-13
Ceremony | Plymouth Heights Chrisitan Reformed Church
ReceptionFrederik Meijer Gardens
Photographer | Hetler Photography
Florist | Posh Petals
Entertainment | Music Host Entertainment
Dessert | MiraBella Confections
Makeup | Julie Strating
Hair | Erin Brown
Day-of Paper Products | Paper & Ink Designs

While Melanie & Charlie's wedding was technically our final 2013 wedding, there WAS a very special wedding that happened on December 7th. My sister-in-law's wedding; one I had been anxiously awaiting for a couple of years.


Greg, my husband, is one of four children. His sister, Deb, tied the knot in Grand Rapids and I had a bit to do with it. While the Pearls Events team did not coordinate the day-of, I did assist with the planning. On the day-of, I had my first-ever (and possibly only!) emcee gig of my career. 

After knowing each other for over 20(!) years, and dating for the last two, Deb & Kevin were engaged in the spring, and we started planning right away. I promised her she COULD get married in 2013 - it was just narrowing down the date that worked for everyone.

While Kevin was deployed, Deb & I did a few site visits. She ultimately ended up selecting the Frederik Meijer Gardens, which was perfect for their afternoon reception in December. In typical December fashion, it was chilly out, but we were inside for both the ceremony & reception, so everything was perfect! 

The day started out at church - the ladies got ready with Erin & Julie in the morning, before the late-morning ceremony started. The couple decided to do a traditional receiving line after the ceremony, and then some family photos at church. Kellie from Hetler Photography had some time to grab couple & wedding party photos around the gardens while guests enjoyed mimosas & appetizers during cocktail hour.

Lunch was served, cupcakes were cut, and the jazz band kept the celebration lively & festive! Guests were invited to tour the gardens - they were open for everyone to enjoy at their own pace. While there wasn't any typical wedding dances, I did sneak one dance in with the jazz band leader, Rick Reuther - I taught him the rumba!

What a lovely day! Later that evening, some of us met up at Bar Louie to continue the celebration with the happy couple!

Deb & Kevin - It was a pleasure helping you along the way. I am SO excited to see where the future takes you both. Hope to see you soon :) xoxo

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