Monday, August 22, 2011

Pearls Events Press | Brides Michigan 2011 Editor's Choice

I have had the pleasure of working with Brides Michigan editor, Heather Lee, over the past few years. She first contacted me (and I about fell outta my desk chair when she did!) about a venue guide for West Michigan. Over the past three years, I've contributed to many articles, and each one has been helpful for Michigan brides.

Last week, I received their very first Editor's Choice Award from Brides. I was shocked to receive this recognition, as there are so many awesome Michigan wedding professionals. I love how Brides explains they picked "amazing, forward-thinking, art-creating, call-returning, trend-making wedding vendors who inspire and delight us every time we craft an issue of our magazine"

Thank you, Brides, for being one of Pearls Events' cheerleaders!

And a big congratulations to the other fantastic Michigan professionals they have recognized and we've had the pleasure of working with over the past five wedding seasons...

Monday, August 1, 2011

Real Wedding 2011 | Sara & Bud


Couple | Sara & Bud, 7.23.11
Hair | Jenny Davis of Circa VI Salon
Bridal Gown | Lazaro via Macy's Somerset
Groom's Suit | Ermenegildo Zegna
Ceremony | Private Residence
Ceremony Chairs & Rain Tent | Grand Rental
Ceremony Musician | Karla Green
Reception Chairs | Chiavari Chair Wedding
Linens | Pearls Events
Deejay | Guy Voss
Photography | Harrison Studio
Videography | Coastline Studios
Pearls Events Service | Event Coordination

Where do I even begin with Sara & Bud? I loved working with them and both of their families. It was a wedding I was looking forward to for over a year and when it all came together, it was absolutely worth the wait!

After a year of talking vendors, timelines, linens, flowers, set up options, candle placement, menus, napkin folds... we were beyond excited for Sara & Bud to tie the knot! And finally, on Friday, July 22nd, Libby, Lauryn & I arrived at Bud's parent's home in Battle Creek for their ceremony rehearsal. It was a typical July evening in Michigan - warm, sunny & beautiful on Lake Goguac.

Saturday morning we woke up to rain, but by lunch time it cleared & our rain plan was put on the back burner. Photos began at Sara's parent's home with the couple, then the wedding party, followed by immediate family before the ceremony began.

An hour before guests started arriving, Sara & Bud made the ultimate decision to have the ceremony as planned - in Bud's parent's yard. Unfortunately, the skies opened up and began pouring right before Sara & her father walked down the aisle, so guests retreated to the house. We did the processional again and Sara & her father made it down this time, but again, the rain came down. Their bridal party held umbrellas over their heads while the couple quickly said their vows in front of their guests.

As luck would have it, after the shortened ceremony the skies cleared again and cocktail hour on the shores of Lake Goguac went as planned. Guests made the short walk to the country club for dinner & dancing after an hour of mingling.
The food was fantastic, and the deejay kept the dance floor packed all night long. Libby, Lauryn & I were THRILLED to be a part of this beautiful day!

Above is just a tiny part of the photo preview from Harrison Studio. To see even more wonderful images, check out their post.

Sara & Bud - it was an honor working with the two of you. Your families & wedding party were nothing short of awesome, and we truly were thankful to be a small part of your big day! Libby, Lauryn & I wish you nothing but the best for YEARS to come!

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