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!

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