Friday, October 4, 2013

Real Wedding 2013 | Elizabeth & John

Couple | Elizabeth & John, 7-20-13
Welcome Dinner | Iroquois Hotel
Strolling Violinist | John Van Patten
Ceremony | Saint Anne's Catholic Church
Officiating | Father Pawel
Schola Choir | Cathedral of St. Andrew
Ceremony Trio | Mike Davis Trio
Ceremony Florist | Margaret's Garden, Grand Hotel
Hair & Makeup | Astor's Salon, Grand Hotel
Reception | Straits of Mackinac II, Arnold Line
Reception Quartet | Classic Impressions
Photographer | Andrejka Photography
Caterer & Bar Service | Pellston Market
Cake | Bella e Dolce
Day-of Paper Products | 6.25 Paper Studio
Reception Florist | Pearls Events
Rentals | Fancy Fray, Refunktion Junktion, La Tavola Linens, Events by I. Candy, Special Events Rental
AccommodationsGrand Hotel
Trumpeter | Bob Hicks
Pearls Events Service | Event CoordinationEvent Design

John called me one day late Spring and started telling me what he envisioned for his wedding day with Elizabeth. I must admit I wasn't sure if he was for real, because I am quite certain I've never worked with a groom as closely as I worked with John. I tell you one thing - Elizabeth is one lucky gal. This guy thought of everything!

Mackinac Island. Victorian. Boat dinner party. Crystals. Chandeliers. Horse-drawn carriages. Trumpeter. Fireworks. Dancing on the dock. We did it all!

Thus began our six week journey to Mackinac Island. John & Elizabeth had many things set - the all-important dress, the guests (only 30!!!), each other. But many of the details were still up in the air, so we got to work right away.

We met in Mackinac just after Memorial Day weekend and there, we selected linens and rentals. We had a last minute change in reception venues (the first boat wouldn't be Coast Guard-approved in time...), and of course all of the "what-ifs" with working on an island with no motor vehicles, but everything was set by mid-July and we were ready for roll on July 20th.

My team and I arrived Friday afternoon. I headed to the island to run through rehearsal at Ste. Anne's with Elizabeth & John, while the rest of the team got settled into the hotel room & grabbed dinner.

Saturday, Adrien & I were off to the island via ferry to coordinate the carriage processional from the Grand Hotel to Saint Anne's Catholic Church, and then the ceremony, while Leah & Greg stayed behind to load into the boat. Yes, my husband worked this wedding with me - for the second time in Pearls Events' history, he assisted with setting up and we couldn't have done it without him.

We loaded in sofas, chairs, side tables, linens and what seemed like a million candles while Special Events Rental loaded in chiavari chairs, tables & draped the entire boat with fabric and lights. We set linens, centerpieces and candles while Bella e Dolce set up their amazing cake covered in roses. Nancy Kelly from Pellston Market and her culinary team started getting ready for the most amazing small-bite 10 course meal I've ever seen presented.

After the ceremony, and a horse-drawn carriage ride around the island, guests enjoyed tea at the Grand Hotel. Later in the evening, guests began arriving on the dock. The couple arrived to a grand trumpet entrance, complete with sparklers, and we were off into the sunset! Dinner was amazing, the quartet played the entire four hours, and we ended with an extra-long firework show out of St. Ignace.

We returned to the dock, where the Pearls Events team had set a dance floor for the couple's first (and last!) dance of the evening, after sending off a couple of wish lanterns into the dark night sky.

I cannot tell you how memorable this wedding was to me. It's not everyday I get a call from a groom for a Victorian-themed wedding with a boat reception. And then it happens on a perfect July day with gorgeous weather.

John & Elizabeth - thank you for trusting our team with your vision on your big day. It was a delight working with both of you making sure this things went as you wanted. I LOVED all of the details you wanted to incorporate, and I'm quite certain your guests will remember your wedding weekend for years to come! Best wishes for a joyful marriage!

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