Friday, November 16, 2012

Real Wedding 2012 | Jamie & Rob

Couple | Jamie & Rob, 9-1-12
Ceremony | St. Robert of Newminster
Makeup | The Leslie Studio
Hair | Tanaz
Reception | Cascade Hills Country Club
Photographer | Jen Kroll Photography
Videographer | Inspiration Video
Florist | Mulick Floral
Entertainment | Matt Reed Band
Tent | Special Event Rental
Chairs | Chiavari Chairs Wedding
Linens | Special Occasions
Vintage Buffet | Fancy Fray
Rehearsal Dinner | Bistro Bella Vita
Transportation | The Grand Rapids Trolley Company
Late Night Snack | Yesterdog
Pearls Events Service | Event Coordination

Jamie and Rob were married on Labor Day weekend in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and it was a wonderful day to celebrate one super sweet couple! The weather was perfect - it had finally cooled down from the crazy-hot summer we had this year.

The ladies had a relaxing morning at the salon having their hair done. Then it was onto Jamie's parent's home for makeup. Our team stopped into Cascade Hills Country Club to set up some details before heading to check in on the ladies.

Rob & Jamie opted to see each other before the ceremony, so after Jamie slipped into her amazing gown, Rob arrived with his guys and photos began. It was a lovely day for photos outside and I loved the ones Jen captured of the wedding party. Not posed - just some great shots of them together! It really captures the whole day - relaxed and fun with a great bunch of family & friends.

We all headed to church for the evening ceremony, which was ideal. Even though it was a Catholic ceremony, Father Len allowed the couple to have their wedding after Saturday Mass. I LOVED this, as it meant no huge gap before the reception. After the couple were presented to their guests, everyone made their way to Cascade Hills Country Club for cocktail hour on the lawn. The wedding party arrived after family photos at church and joined them.

The wedding party was introduced into the dining room after guests were seated. Jamie & Rob did their first dance, and cut their cake before the wonderful meal prepared by the chef at Cascade Hills Country Club was served. The dancing began promptly after dinner, and didn't end until 2:00am! And I am quite certain guests would have kept going if the band would have continued! What a party; no one wanted it to end! What a wonderful way to begin a marriage - with a party no one will forget!

Jamie & Rob - congratulations to you! 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Real Wedding 2012 | Jennifer & David

Couple | Jennifer & David, 10-21-12
Ceremony & Reception Venue | Blue Dress Barn
Officiant | Joanne Dow, Bride's Aunt
Rehearsal | Round Barn Winery
Rehearsal Dinner | Tosi's
Caterer | Christine Ferris Catering
Ceremony & Cocktail Singer | John Vincent
Reception Entertainment | Lazer Jam Productions
Makeup | Julie Strating
Hair | Erin Brown
Photographer | Amy Carroll Photography
Cake & Desserts | Dee's Specialty
Florist | Posh Petals
Linens | La Tavola Linens via Pearls Events

Jennifer contacted me last December, and I was so excited when we finally sat down at one of my favorite caf├ęs to chat about her wedding day at Blue Dress Barn. It was great hearing about all the DIY details she was working on, and I loved how precise she was. I knew it was going to be a memorable day and when October 21st rolled around, it was great watching it unfold.

Since the Blue Dress Barn is a very popular wedding venue, Jennifer & David held a very informal ceremony rehearsal at the Round Barn Winery the afternoon before. If you get a chance to experience Round Barn Winery on a Saturday afternoon in the fall, be prepared to have fun. There were tons of people, live music, and picnicking going go. We found a quite spot behind the barn to practice the ceremony, and before I knew it, I was heading home again.

The next day, Leah and I arrived to place linens before Elizabeth arrived from Posh Petals to begin the floral set up. Jennifer picked some of my favorite linens from La Tavola, and it added so much texture to the overall design. We also used mahogany chiavari chairs, which dressed the space up. I pretty much loved every single thing she dreamt up!

Guests arrived via shuttle and enjoyed hot cider and doughnuts before the ceremony began right on time. Jennifer's mom and dad walked her down the aisle, which is my personal favorite way to process. Jennifer surprised David with his favorite Chicago-based singer, John Vincent, and he arrived right on time to do the recessional song. David was so surprised; the look on his face was priceless!

Guests enjoyed amazing appetizers from one of my very favorite caterers, Christine Ferris Catering, during cocktail hour while Jennifer & David took photos with Amy Carroll. The couple was then introduced as husband & wife, cut their cake, and sat down at their gorgeous reception for a family style meal. Everything went smoothly, and every guest had a great time from what we could tell! The party went on until the end of the night! Shuttles took guests back to hotels and they lived happily ever after :)

Jennifer & David - it was a joy working with you both! I wish you nothing but the best in years to come! 

Real Wedding 2012 | Meghan & Will

Couple | Meghan & Will, 7-7-12
Ceremony | St. Agnes Church, Rev. Joseph Fix
Ceremony Musicians | Jay Syrewicze
Reception | Caberfae Peaks Resort 
Photographer | Judy K. Gilde Photography
Beauty | Navari Hair Studio
Florist | Tie the Knot Bouquet
Entertainment | DJ Eagles Entertainment
Cupcakes | Megan's Cupcakes
Linens | La Tavola Linens via Pearls Events
Transportation | Celtic Transportation
Pearls Events Service | Event Coordination & Design Consulting

Even though Meghan & Will live in St. Louis, MO, the couple planned their July wedding to take place in Cadillac, Michigan, where Meghan was raised. And even though it was the hottest summer I can ever remember, July 7th in Cadillac was a beautiful day - it was perfect for a wedding!

Because Meghan's father owns Caberfae Peaks, it was a natural location to hold the reception - Meghan had practically grown up at the resort! Pearls Events assisted with the overall design of the event - from the light gray, floor-length linens and the bold pink garden roses simplistically arrange on each table, to the way the cupcakes were displayed on an amazing(!) pink linen, we helped with all of the little details that made Meghan & Will's day beautiful.

The ceremony, held at St. Agnes Church and officiated by Rev. Joseph Fix, was held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon before the Caberfae Peaks celebration. Cocktail hour began as guests arrived at the property via shuttles from the ceremony. While the wedding party did photos with their photographer, Judy Gilde, around Cadillac, their guests enjoy the most delicious appetizer spread I've seen in a while!

Dinner, dessert and dancing rounded out the rest of the evening, for an unforgettable day for Meghan & Will! It was a beautiful day we were so happy to be a part of.

Meghan & Will - best wishes for wonderful life together! We are so happy for you!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Real Wedding 2012 | Laura & Kevin

Couple | Laura & Kevin, 10-6-12
Invitations | With Grace, Chicago
Wedding Location | Bowers Harbor Inn Estate, Front Lawn
Reception VenueBowers Harbor Inn Estate, Peninsula Room
Rehearsal Dinner | Boathouse
Ceremony & Cocktail Hour Music | John Pomeroy
Officiant | Weddings Your Way
Photography | Dan and Melissa Photography
Videography | Owen Video
Florist | Marla Courtney Wood
Hair & Makeup | Posh
Disc Jockey | Harbor View Entertainment
Dessert | Pies from Cherry Street Market, Doughnuts from Hoxie's
Guest Transportation | By the Bay
Pearls Events Service | Event Coordination

Laura & Kevin were SUCH a fun couple to work with! Mary & I spoke with them via Skype in January, and we were happy to be along for such a fun-filled planning ride. On Saturday, the 6th of October, we had the pleasure of setting up all of the DIY details that Laura, her mom, her family & friends put together with such precision and love. Each guest could tell there was a lot of crafting, sewing, building and tying bows that went into this fabulous fall wedding, and the Pearls Events team was on-site to make sure it was set up with care and perfection.

With Mary, one of our event planners at Pearls Events, being located in Traverse City, she brings her planning expertise to Northern Michigan. Laura & Kevin planned their wedding from Chicago, and Mary's help was essential in pulling together all the details.

One thing we cannot plan, however, is the weather. And the forecast looked unpredictable all week long. Sure enough, as Leah and I made the drive from Grand Rapids to Traverse City that morning, it was sunny, and then rainy, and then sunny again. I can honestly say I've never seen that many rainbows in the same day - it was quite glorious!

We met Mary at Bowers Harbor Inn Estate and immediately started setting up the Peninsula Room for the reception. When the gorgeous flowers arrived from Marla Courtney Wood, I was so happy with the room, I wanted to have Laura take a peek, but since Laura & Kevin decided to not see each other before the ceremony, we didn't risk it!

The clouds parted right before Laura walked down the aisle with her father, and it was literally like a ray of light shone down on her as she approached the altar lovingly made by her dad. A little rain popped up during the ceremony, but nothing an umbrella couldn't handle.

After the ceremony concluded, guests enjoyed cocktail hour before sitting down for toasts. And I must say, this group of family & friends gave one of the most unforgettable round of toasts I've ever heard. And the final one? The final one ended like this...

(embedded video copyright from Owen Video)           How about that for fun?! Seriously, what an amazing group of people to surround you on your wedding day! We had an amazing time working with this couple and are so thankful to have been part of their day.

Laura & Kevin - thank you both so much for trusting us with your wedding coordination. We loved working with both you and your families and wish you nothing but the best in years to come! I mentioned it before, but will again - October 6th is a very special day for Pearls Events, and we are happy to add another amazing couple to our fun history :) Cheers to you both! 

Friday, September 21, 2012

Real Wedding 2012 | Molly & Tom

Couple | Molly & Tom, 7-14-12
Ceremony & Reception Site | Private Residence
Ceremony Musicians | Brioso String Quartet
Photographer | Jen Kroll Photography
Videographer | Coastline Studios
Floral & Event Design | Modern Day Floral
Makeup | Julie Strating
Catering | Christine Ferris Catering
Desserts | MiraBella Confections
Entertainment | Dan Rafferty Band
Rentals | Special Events Rental
Linens | La Tavola via Modern Day Floral
Fireworks | Ace Pyro
Pearls Events Service | Event Planning

Working with Molly, Tom and Molly's parent's, Jane and Jon, has been one of the most memorable experiences in my Pearls Events history. I've never been welcomed into a family as much as I have with the Pantaleoni's. It was an experience unlike any other I've had in my career and I am honored they chose to work with me. I cannot stress how finding the right planner for you will make the whole process seamless.

Now, on to the wedding details...

The 2012 summer has been one of the hottest I remember, and July 14th was no exception. Molly and her bridesmaids began hair & makeup in the morning, while the guys got ready down the road. Molly & Tom opted for a First Look with their photographer, Jen Kroll, which worked out well, as we had a ton of time to capture images before the ceremony began.

The couple exchanged vows under the large tree overlooking Lake Michigan - it was absolutely picture-perfect! After the ceremony, guests made their way onto the lawn for cocktail hour, before making their way into the dinner tent. It was breathtaking and Jenn & her team at Modern Day Floral did an excellent job of combining a modern color palette with lush blooms in shades of pinks and oranges. All of the design details were absolutely perfect and guests could not stop talking about how amazing everything looked!

After the most scrumptious meal from Christine Ferris Catering, guests made their way back to the lakeside of the home for dessert & coffee, plus dancing. The Dan Rafferty Band kept the guests on their feet until the fireworks went off, and then continued playing until guests went home! I am quite certain no one wanted to leave, but with the sound ordinance, we unfortunately couldn't keep going all night long!

It was an incredible night - one I am quite certain I will never forget!

And just in case you want to watch their amazing trailer, check this out from Coastline Studios...

Molly & Tom - what an honor to work with you and your families! I wish you nothing but the best in the years to come! 

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Real Event 2012 | Jackie's 50th Birthday Party

Guest of Honor | Jackie
Location | Private Residence
Flowers | Posh Petals
Linens | La Tavola via Pearls Events
Rentals | The Rental Company
Catering | Christine Ferris Catering
Shuttle | Premier Shuttle Service
Pearls Events Service | Event Coordination

Jackie, a former mother of the bride from 2010, contacted me earlier this year about her upcoming birthday - the big 5-0. She wasn't too excited about her birthday, but she was determined to invite her nearest & dearest to share the last evening of her 40's with her.

With her actual birthday being July 4th, we planned the celebration on the 3rd. It was a pretty darn hot Tuesday afternoon when Leah & I arrived at the cottage. It's an awesome spot that has been in the family years, with the most amazing entrance - no driveway! It's a walk-in cottage and when you take the boardwalk to the house, you feel like you're on vacation the moment you step out of your car. I can see why the entire family loves this beach house!

Leah & I arrived in the afternoon to begin setting linens before Elizabeth from Posh Petals arrived with the red flowers to really make the navy & white table linens pop. And ranunculus in JULY?!?! Elizabeth really was my go-to girl for this one!

Because of the parking constraints, we shuttled guests in, which worked really well. Appetizers from Christine Ferris Catering were ready when guests began arriving, followed by an amazing farm-to-table dinner. One thing Jackie really wanted was a Roast & Toast - and it was so much fun to hear what guests had to say - they shared stories, laughed, cried and really enjoyed this portion of the evening.

After dinner, guests enjoyed the live music, followed by a firework display complete with sparklers(!) which Leah & I passed out. With an intimate guest list, Jackie got to ring in the big 5-0 in a really fabulous way - guests did NOT want to leave!!

Jackie - I cannot thank you enough for asking me to help you with this little beach soiree. You are a wonderful client and I look forward to the next one! Cheers to the next 50! 

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