Friday, October 31, 2014

Photoshoot | Vintage Bohemian


In this business, we always have the pleasure of working with talented, familiar vendors as well as the thrill of meeting new individuals who shine in their work in the industry.

Over the past few months, we have encountered some new faces in events. So we thought, "Since we haven’t designed a photo shoot in quite awhile, why not showcase their fabulous work doing just that?"

We couldn’t have picked a better day; the weather was absolutely beautiful! We selected a wooded location at the Holland Fish and Game Club, which was the perfect setting for our vintage-bohemian inspired shoot.

We accessorized the space with stunning pieces from Fancy Fray, decadent (and delicious!) treats from LeBon Macaron, and adorable, tented labels designed by Beloved Paperie.

Our models, including two of Pearls Events’ own(!), were adorned in elegant, chiffon gowns, while our bride wore a stunning lace gown and sparkling head piece - all of which were provided by Bridal Gallery.

Each model had a bohemian inspired hair style provided by the talented ladies at Engedi Salon topped with an adorable floral crown by Posh Petals. The flawless faces were compliments of Michelle Matson, a talented local makeup artist.

One of our favorite things about working with events is seeing everyone involved work together to make a magical moment come to life - which is exactly what was achieved in our shoot that day. A huge thank you to all the vendors that participated!

MakeupMichelle Matson
DressesBridal Gallery
 Floral CrownsPosh Petals
RentalsFancy Fray
MacaronsLeBon Macaron
Paper ProductsBeloved Paperie
Planning, Styling & Execution | Leah Baillargeon of Pearls Events

Friday, October 10, 2014

Real Wedding | Kim & Brian at Bay Pointe Inn

Couple | Kim & Brian, 10-12-13
Ceremony & Reception | Bay Pointe Inn
Makeup | Faces by Linda G
Hair | Erin Brown
Photographer | Karrn Frost Photography
Florist | Posh Petals
Linens | Pearls Events
Entertainment | Music Host Entertainment
Dessert Display | MiraBella Confections
Pearls Events Services | Event Coordination

Kim & Brian planned a lovely wedding, which happened to fall on the last perfect autumn day of 2013. Blue skies, slight breeze, fabulous couple. What more could we ask for? Ooh, also, the leaves on the trees around the lake were a splendid sight. Ideal day. 

The couple decided to host all of their out-of-town guests at Bay Pointe Inn, which is one of my personal favorite spots for a wedding day. Bay Pointe makes everything SO easy, for both the wedding pros, and the guests! The ceremony site on the lawn, overlooking Gun Lake, is ideal, then guests head to just outside the pavilion for cocktail hour, and make their way inside the permanent pavilion for the dinner & dancing. 

Our team started early that morning with linen set up. The linens, a combination of blues & whites, were some of my ultimate favorite for this casual lakeside celebration, and it was so fun to see everything come together that day. Posh Petals was close behind us, since each centerpiece was put together on-site. I LOVED all the little details Elizabeth from Posh put together for the bride & groom - perfectly casual, yet well planned and unique. 

The ceremony was lovely, family & bridal party photos went well, and the dinner & dancing portion of the evening will be remembered by all the the guests.

Kim & Brian - thank you for trusting Pearls Events with your wedding day. What a glorious October day it was! Best wishes for years to come! xoxo, Aletha, Leah & Leah

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Real Wedding 2014 | Natalie & Matteo in Grand Haven & Spring Lake

Couple | Natalie & Matteo, 6-14-14
Ceremony | Christian Reformed Conference Grounds
Reception | Holiday Inn
Photographer | Hetler Photography

Personal Flowers | Eastern Floral
Reception Decor | Events by I. Candy
Desserts | Ryke's
Deejay | Movin' Music
Transportation | Coleman's Shuttle Service
Pearls Events Service | Event Coordination

Natalie & Matteo woke up to a wedding day with the perfect summer weather everyone dreams about when they are thinking "outdoor wedding by the beach & tented reception by the water". I'm not even joking - I couldn't believe it! In the past seven wedding seasons, we've honestly never had as gorgeous weather as we had that day! 

Pearls Events arrived at the Spring Lake Holiday Inn with breakfast in tow for the ladies, who were getting beautified by Flawlessly Finished. After dropping off the breakfast spread, our team headed downstairs to the lawn to start setting linens & centerpieces from Events by I. Candy.

We went over to the Christian Reformed Conference Grounds to make sure things were just as lovely there as they had been at the hotel, and all was on track; we even had time for lunch (which doesn't always happen...)! 

Everyone was ready, and Coleman's started getting guests to the ceremony. The wedding party arrived dressed and ready to go, and we got everyone down the aisle right on time - just like I prefer! When Matteo saw his bride for the first time, on the arm of her father, it was pretty magical for everyone in attendance; what a sweet, sweet day for this family! 

Our team picked up desserts from Ryke's Bakery, and headed to the reception to get set for guest arrival. The team at the Spring Lake Holiday Inn did an amazing job with everything and it was a pleasure working with them. The view of Spring Lake and the Grand River from the reception tent could not be beat! 

After dinner and desserts, the couple started the dancing portion of the evening. Movin' Music kept the dance floor busy - even after the firework display started! 

Natalie & Matteo - it was a joy working with you on your amazing wedding day. Thank YOU for letting us be a small part of your happily ever after. The entire Pearls Events team will remember the gorgeous weather, your adorable & polite girls, and your gracious manner for years to come. 

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Real Wedding 2013 | Lauren & John



Couple | Lauren & John, 9-7-13
Ceremony | Fountain Street Church
Ceremony Musicians | Brioso String Quartet
Rehearsal Dinner | Mangiamo!
Rehearsal Dinner Transportation | Elite Services, Inc.
Reception | Amway Grand Plaza, Pantlind Ballroom
Invitation & Day-of Paper Product Design | Paper Studio 6.25
Outer Envelope Calligraphy | Lola Grace Calligraphy
Makeup | Julie Strating
Hair | Erin Brown
Reception Band | The Hip Pocket
Reception Deejay | Music Host Entertainment
Photographer | Karyn May Photography
Videographer | Inspiration Video
Florist | Ludema's
Wedding Party Transportation | Elite Services, Inc.
Linen Rental | Pearls Events
Chair Rental | Chiavari Chairs Weddings
Photobooth | Shutterbooth
Pearls Events Service | Event Planning

Lauren & John were a joy to work with throughout their planning process. After they booked the Amway Grand Plaza for their reception, they were sitting in my studio chatting about all the other details. I worked closely with Lauren, John, and Lauren's parents, Susan & Steve, throughout the engagement, and this is one of those weddings I put my heart into.

Lauren & John loved the overall 1920's feel of the Pantlind Ballroom at the Amway Grand, and wanted to incorporate that into their wedding invitations and cake design. Abbey at Paper Studio 6.25 worked with us closely making sure each detail was perfect. I LOVE the letterpress invitations - some of my favorites to date!

Lauren & John's wedding day began with the ladies getting ready together in Lauren's bridal suite at the  Amway Grand Plaza. The Pearls Events team stopped by with breakfast and to check in on everything before we started placing linens and all the reception details so Allison from Ludema's could easily place her gorgeous floral centerpieces.

Per tradition, this bride & groom decided not to see one another before the ceremony, which always makes the ceremony "first look" so, so sweet. The ceremony was lovely, and after the grand streamer exit from Fountain Street Church, Karyn & Joe of Karyn May Photography took the wedding party around downtown Grand Rapids for photos.

Cocktail hour was wonderful, as they served some of my personal favorite appetizers! Dinner hour began by the wedding party being introduced, the couple cutting their amazing cake created by the pastry chef at the Amway, and then toasts before salads were served.

Dancing started after dinner, and The Hip Pocket kept the dance floor packed up until midnight, then the deejay, Kurt from Music Host Entertainment, took over and kept the party going until the wee hours of the morning.

Leah & Leah stayed until the very end, taking care of all the little details on behalf of Pearls Events. I stopped by their Farewell Brunch the next morning and heard lots of great stories about the previous night. All in all, it was a fabulous wedding weekend for a lovely couple!

Lauren & John - It was a fantastic planning journey with you both! I loved working with such kind families - from the photographer interviews and the food/cake tasting, to the floral meetings and the napkin chat - I think we all have good memories of our time together. Thank you SO much for trusting me with your wedding day; I loved getting to know you all! 

Real Wedding 2013 | Joanna & Patrick

Couple | Joanna & Patrick, 8-10-13
Ceremony | Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
Ceremony Musicians | Signature String Quartet
Rehearsal Dinner | Amway Grand Plaza, Imperial Ballroom
Rehearsal Dinner Entertainment | Music Host Entertainment
Reception | Cascade Hills Country Club
HairErin Brown
MakeupJulie Strating
Cocktail Hour Entertainment | Peat in the Creel
Reception Band | Rod Tuffcurls & The Benchpress
Reception Deejay | Chilly & Dio
Photography | Karyn May Photography
Florist | Posh Petals
Linen Rentals | Special Occasions
Late Night Snack | Let Us Cater featuring Yesterdog
Transportation | Affordable Limo & Holiday Coach
Pearls Events Service | Event Coordination

The second weekend of August was ideal weather for a wedding in West Michigan. Pearls Events stopped by Joanna's childhood home Saturday morning to drop breakfast & coffee off to the ladies while both Erin & Julie were on site for hair & makeup. All of the bridesmaids gathered there and enjoyed their morning getting ready together.

Joanna & Patrick decided not to see each other before the ceremony, which always makes the ceremony processional a little more exciting. The look on the groom's face is always priceless. Our team was excited to finally witness a Greek Orthodox wedding ceremony at the gorgeous Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church.

After the ceremony, guests were transported from the church to Cascade Hills Country Club and enjoyed a lovely summer cocktail hour on the patio entertained by Irish band, Peat in the Creel. Guests were invited to find their seats for dinner, and the bride & groom were introduced into the dining room by the band.

The mother of the bride & mother of the groom had a little surprise for the couple. Joanna's mom presented Patrick's mom with a cake, just like in My Big Fat Greek Wedding. They were a fun group to work with!

After dinner & dessert, the dance floor was packed for the rest of the evening. Later in the evening, Yesterdog arrived for the late night snack and in the early morning hour, guests finally made their way back to their hotel rooms!

Joanna & Patrick - We loved working with you and your families on your wedding day! Thank you for inviting us to be a small part of your big day! Best wishes for a wonderful life together. 

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Real Wedding 2013 | Deb & Kevin















Couple | Deb & Kevin, 12-7-13
Ceremony | Plymouth Heights Chrisitan Reformed Church
ReceptionFrederik Meijer Gardens
Photographer | Hetler Photography
Florist | Posh Petals
Entertainment | Music Host Entertainment
Dessert | MiraBella Confections
Makeup | Julie Strating
Hair | Erin Brown
Day-of Paper Products | Paper & Ink Designs

While Melanie & Charlie's wedding was technically our final 2013 wedding, there WAS a very special wedding that happened on December 7th. My sister-in-law's wedding; one I had been anxiously awaiting for a couple of years.


Greg, my husband, is one of four children. His sister, Deb, tied the knot in Grand Rapids and I had a bit to do with it. While the Pearls Events team did not coordinate the day-of, I did assist with the planning. On the day-of, I had my first-ever (and possibly only!) emcee gig of my career. 

After knowing each other for over 20(!) years, and dating for the last two, Deb & Kevin were engaged in the spring, and we started planning right away. I promised her she COULD get married in 2013 - it was just narrowing down the date that worked for everyone.

While Kevin was deployed, Deb & I did a few site visits. She ultimately ended up selecting the Frederik Meijer Gardens, which was perfect for their afternoon reception in December. In typical December fashion, it was chilly out, but we were inside for both the ceremony & reception, so everything was perfect! 

The day started out at church - the ladies got ready with Erin & Julie in the morning, before the late-morning ceremony started. The couple decided to do a traditional receiving line after the ceremony, and then some family photos at church. Kellie from Hetler Photography had some time to grab couple & wedding party photos around the gardens while guests enjoyed mimosas & appetizers during cocktail hour.

Lunch was served, cupcakes were cut, and the jazz band kept the celebration lively & festive! Guests were invited to tour the gardens - they were open for everyone to enjoy at their own pace. While there wasn't any typical wedding dances, I did sneak one dance in with the jazz band leader, Rick Reuther - I taught him the rumba!

What a lovely day! Later that evening, some of us met up at Bar Louie to continue the celebration with the happy couple!

Deb & Kevin - It was a pleasure helping you along the way. I am SO excited to see where the future takes you both. Hope to see you soon :) xoxo

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