Monday, June 22, 2009

Real Wedding 2009 | Tara & Mike

Couple Tara & Mike, 6-20-09
Pearls Events service Event Management
Ceremony & Reception Fruitport Golf Club
Photographer JK Photography
Beauty Julie Strating
Florist Shelly's Designs Florist
Catering Ryke's
Beverage Service Fruitport Golf Club
Deejay Complete Music
Pastry Chef Sweet Cakes Designs
Linens Chair Cover Collection

Saturday afternoon, Amy and I made our way to Fruitport Golf Club for Tara & Mike's wedding day. It was a fabulous day for a lake shore event - the weather was perfect! Thankfully the rain storms blew through the area on Friday and completely missed us - even the grass was dry for the outdoor ceremony.

We arrived right before Tara & Mike's First Look. We gave the dining room a once over and were in awe of the details Tara designed. From the black pintuck table linens & deep plum napkins from Connie at Chair Cover Collection, to the glorious centerpieces of carnation, stock, hydrangea, peony in shades of purple & white from Shelly's Designs Florist - it was absolutely stunning! Modern, elegant and beautiful - I cannot wait to show off their photos.

Amy & I greeted all the vendors as they arrived to set up and by the time the wedding party was done with family photos, guests began arriving. The quartet played while guests found their seats on the lawn and unfortunately, they played much longer than anticipated, as there was a terrible accident in the area, and many of the guests were running about fifteen minutes late, the officiant included. Thankfully everyone was in good spirits, and Tara was as "cool as a cucumber", as her mom said.

The ceremony was beautiful - both Tara & Mike wrote their own vows. Guests made their way to the patio after the ceremony to greet the newlyweds and enjoyed cocktail hour. Ryke's catered the fabulous meal and no one went hungry. Ryke's is also a bakery and everyone was raving about the dinner rolls!

Amy & I cut and displayed the elegant cake from Sweet Cakes Designs and guests helped themselves to desert & coffee. By the time we made our way out the door for the evening, the dance floor was packed and Chip Complete Music from had everyone out there having a fantastic time!

It was a gorgeous day - both with the fabulous weather and all the details planned by the couple - and Amy & I had such a great time managing the event's time line. Congrats to Tara & Mike - enjoy your Italian honeymoon!!!

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