Couple | Nicole & Ryan, 11.19.11
Ceremony | Fountain Street Church
Officiant | Grand Rapids' Mayor George Heartwell
Reception | Amway Grand Plaza, Imperial Ballroom
Photographer | Studio 6.23
Videographer | Coastline Studios
Florist | Posh Petals
Cocktail Hour Band | Mark Kahny
Reception Band | Cancel Monday
Hair | Salon Re:
Makeup | Julie Strating
Rehearsal Dinner | Mangiamo!
Pearls Events Service | Event Coordination
Late last Fall, we had the privilege of working with Nicole & Ryan on their lovely Grand Rapids wedding. Our team arrived at the Amway Grand Plaza to drop off breakfast from Wealthy Street Bakery to the ladies before getting to work in the Pantlind Ballroom installing linens & paper products.
The couple decided to do a first look right in the Pantlind lobby with their photographers Ben & Mindy of Studio 6.23. After couple photos, the entire wedding party hit up a few of our favorite local Grand Rapids spots to do wedding party photos. And when 3pm rolled around, guests began arriving at one of the most gorgeous sanctuaries in Grand Rapids at Fountain Street Church. It was a beautiful ceremony, with the city of Grand Rapids' mayor presiding (who happens to be a childhood friend of the bride). You can hear some of his ceremony in the video above, from Coastline Studios.
After the ceremony, the guests made their way (most on foot!) to the Pantlind Ballroom inside the Amway Grand Plaza where they joined cocktail hour in the mezzanine. While guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d’œuvres, the jazz band played, which was special to the couple as the bride's father joined in before dinner! The dinner bell rang, and guests made their way downstairs into the dining room. The couple cut their cake before the bride's father welcomed everyone and dinner was served.
Cancel Monday kept the dance floor packed until the very end of the night - 1:30am! - and guests enjoyed the photobooth and very special surprise to the groom - Irish dancing! It was a very, very fun evening and one that I know guests will be talking about each time November 19th rolls around.
Nicole & Ryan - thank you both so much for working with Pearls Events. I absolutely loved getting to know you throughout the process. Your families were so kind & fun to work with as well! We wish you nothing but the best in years to come.