Thursday, September 29, 2011

Real Event | Jill's Surprise Party, Part II


Guest of Honor | Jill
Pearls Events Photographer | Mindy Leigh
Bar Service | Applause Banquets
Florist | Posh Petals
Stationery | 6.25 Paper Studio
Linens | Pearls Events
Entertainment | Brant Satala

Jill's birthday party details were some of my favorite because I love clean lines & bold colors. If you've been in my office, you would think I picked the color palette myself, when in fact, the inspiration came directly from Jill's blog! Everything we created was so simple on its own, but styled together, it was perfect for Jill.

Although I had Mindy Leigh come take photos on behalf of Pearls Events before the party started, Jill's brother-in-law, Brian Fett, of Obsessive Compulsive Photography, was the official event photographer. He captured the evening as it unfolded, and I LOVE the great shots he captured!

I cannot thank Mindy & Brian enough for capturing this evening for Jill. I know photos are very important to her, so Eric & I wanted to make sure every little detail was remembered for years to come.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Real Event 2011 | Jill's Surprise Party, Part I


Guest of Honor | Jill
Event Photographer | Obsessive Compulsive Photography
Pearls Events Photographer | Mindy Leigh
Catering | Gilmore Collection
Bar Service | Applause Banquets
Florist | Posh Petals
Stationery | 6.25 Paper Studio
Linens | Pearls Events
Entertainment | Brant Satala

Eric & I had coffee downtown to discuss the party he wanted to plan just before Eames was born. We've been working together on the super-secret-surprise party at the GRAM for his wife, Jill, ever since. When she walked into her party last night, I was thrilled to unveil the big surprise, and meet her - it's been a long time coming!

Jill has been following the Pearls Events blog for years. We've been in touch via blogging/Facebook/Twitter on various occasions, but our paths have never crossed until last night when Eric introduced us and we hugged like old friends.

Our team arrived to start setting up in the afternoon, and by 3pm I was receiving texts about how excited & nervous Eric was. He compared it to the day he proposed to Jill and how the day was going SO slowly, because he just wanted to get the party started. I wanted everything to be perfect when they walked into the Member's Lounge of the GRAM. And it was. I could not have been happier with how everything came together.

Guests began arriving for the big surprise, and half an hour later, the guest of honor walked off the elevator to a round of Happy Birthday. Jill's brother-in-law, Brian, of Obsessive Compulsive Photography was on hand the entire evening to capture the night, and I cannot wait to see Jill's reaction as she stepped off the elevator! I plan on adding a follow up post with those images as they are available from Brian.

Guests enjoyed cocktails and appetizers on the veranda, before dinner overlooking Rosa Parks Circle in the glassed-in boardroom at the GRAM. After dinner and another round of Happy Birthday with the adorable chevron cake, guests made their way back to the veranda for cake & ice cream sundaes while Brant Satala provided music well into the night.

With ArtPrize taking over downtown Grand Rapids, the city was ALIVE with art and, what seemed like, the entire community. What an AMAZING night to be in the heart of our beautiful city.

Jill - I wish you another amazing 30 years with your family & friends. Everyone who surrounded you last night was an absolute joy. I look forward to running into you more often!

Eric - I cannot express how much fun it has been working alongside of you to make sure this day was perfect. Thank you for trusting my vision and all my ideas. You were the ideal client and one I will miss.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Real Wedding 2011 | Megan & Jacob


Couple | Megan & Jacob, 9-4-11
Ceremony & Reception | Blue Dress Barn
Catering | Classic Catering
Cake & Pies | Bit of Swiss
Florist | DIY from Horrock's
Deejay | DJ by TJ
Pearls Events Service | Event Coordination & Set Up

I knew Megan & Jacob were designers, but when Megan sat in my office and shared their letterpress invitations her guests received, I about died....Red! Graphic! PURE AWESOME! So, after hearing about her big day with Jacob, and listening to all of the details they designed together, I knew our team was in for a treat.

Lauryn, Natalie & I arrived at the Blue Dress Barn to begin setting up the beautifully restored barn around noon on Sunday. Megan, her sister Kristen, Jacob and Megan's parents were there helping unload all of the gorgeous DIY details. It was a delight to work directly with Megan to make sure everything was exactly how she envisioned it as we set up.

Megan & Jacob did a First Look with their fabulous photographers, Jessie & Eric Stevens from Simply Jessie Photography. When couples want to join their guests at cocktail hour, plus get a ton of great photos, it makes a lot of sense to do this. And amazing photos were taken - check out the posts from Simply Jessie Photography if you're interested in all the shots - PART ONE & PART TWO.

Guests began arriving and one of my favorite parts of the day was that cocktail hour was FIRST! Guests grabbed a drink from the bar, and munched on glorious appetizers from Classic Catering before the ceremony - which was as awesome way to begin the celebration and I'd highly recommend it.

The short & sweet wedding ceremony took place on the side of the barn, under the arbor while everyone cheered on the couple. Guests made their way inside for a second cocktail hour, and Megan & Jacob had time to greet their guests casually. Dinner was served family style by Classic Catering before the toasts and cake cutting. The couple began the party portion of the evening with a spin around the dance floor together.

Since the couple LOVES photobooths, they had The Traveling Photobooth on hand the entire evening for guests to enjoy. Everyone also enjoyed s'mores over the bonfire, which was a great idea for a barn wedding!

Megan & Jacob - Thank you SO much for allowing Pearls Events to be a part of your day. Your style is impeccable, your love is contagious and we were thrilled to celebrate with you! Wishing you nothing but years & years of happiness!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Real Wedding 2011 | Sarah & Mike


Couple | Sarah & Mike, 8.17.11
Makeup & Hair | Hanna Wagner
Bride's Gown & Groom's Suit | J. Crew
Ceremony & Reception | Ventura Pines Cottage
Rentals - tent, chairs, linens | A-1 Rent All
Florist | DIY from Hamilton Dahlia Farm
Catering | Marie Catrib's
Photography | Bryan + Mae
Pearls Events Service | Event Coordination & Set Up

Sarah & Mike are amazing. Nice. Super fun. In love. Thoughtful. From awesome families. I could go on and on... They were a fabulous couple to work with - from beginning 'til the end! I have to say, I'd been looking forward to their wedding ever since our first phone call. They wanted an intimate beach wedding with no frills - my ideal setting! And after seeing everything come together - this is exactly the wedding I'd have if I got to do it all over again.

Mike vacationed on the shores of Lake Michigan as a child, and shared his love for the area with Sarah while they were dating. After a (very!) long engagement, they invited their families & closest friends to witness their nuptials at my favorite cottage north of Holland, Ventura Pines Cottage.

It was a warm Wednesday afternoon at the beach, but their 45 guests from California didn't seem to mind! After their beach side vows were spoken, the couple joined their guests for lakeside cocktails & hors d'Ĺ“uvres before making their way to the tent on the bluff for a delicious family-style meal from Marie Catrib's. After dinner, Sarah & Mike cut into the most amazing pies from Crane's and then everyone danced the night away to the sounds of Chicago's Matt Stedman Band. It was truly a wonderful evening, which ended with a bonfire overlooking Lake Michigan.

Above are a ton of detail shots from the fabulous duo of Bryan + Mae. To see even more, check out their full post!

Sarah & Mike - it was a pleasure getting to know you and I wish you a lifetime of happiness & fun! Libby, Stephanie & I had an amazing time working with you two. Best wishes!!!!

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