Thursday, January 23, 2014

Real Wedding 2013 | Anne & Alby

Couple | Anne & Alby, 9-14-13
Ceremony & Reception Venue | Private Residence on Portage Lake
Caterer | Gilmore Collection
Entertainment | Soul Street
Photographer | TAK Photography
Florist | Marla Courtney Wood
Hair | Hair by Kayley
Makeup | Julie Funkey
Chair Rental | Chiavari Chairs of Michigan
Tent Rental | Rip and Run Canopy Rental
Luxury Restrooms Rental | Plummer's Disposal
Pearls Events Service | Event Coordination

Anne and Alby both lived out of state, but had deep family roots in the Portage Lake area. Their families have summer homes on the lake, and it was the obvious spot to celebrate their new marriage. Mary & I were thrilled to work with them - super sweet couple and amazing location!

There was no rain in sight, and although it wasn't hot out, it was a gorgeous September day to get married on the shores of the Portage Lake. The home were the wedding & reception took place was purchased by Anne's grandparents decages ago. Unbeknownst to them, they had purchased it completely furnished, and when they showed up for the first time after closing, they thought the former owner had forgotten to take their possessions! In reality, the former owner planned on leaving everything - the collection and history of furniture and artwork is incredible. I enjoyed each and every nook & cranny of the home - and hearing a bit of history from Anne's helpful aunt while setting up.

The ladies got ready in the adorable guest cottage on the estate between Portage Lake and Lake Michigan, while Alby and the guys got ready at Alby's parent's home down the road. Anne & Alby did a First Look, which worked out well for them, as they were able to enjoy their cocktail hour with family & friends who travelled from all over the country to be a part of their day.

The ceremony began right on time, and the wedding party walked out from the gorgeous home which has been part of Anne's family for decades. The marriage ceremony, overlooking the lake, was literally picture-perfect and we couldn't ask for better weather for mid-September.

Guests made their way to cocktail hour while our team (and the help of some strong men!) moved chairs into the tent for dinner. After appetizers on the lawn, guests made their way into the fabulous white tent with (amazing!) blue & white runner and wildflowers by Marla Courtney Wood gracing the family-style banquet tables. Dinner from Gilmore Collection was served in stations, and did not disappoint!

The band, Soul Street, kept the dance floor packed all night long - it was an amazing party! Small jars of jam were given as gifts at the end of the night, as guests loaded back into their coaches and back to their hotel rooms - which I'm sure is where the party continued!

Anne & Alby - you were a lovely couple to work with! Thank you for trusting Pearls Events with your day's details. Mary & I wish you nothing but the best in years to come!!!

Some sweet words for the bride...
"Planning a wedding in four months required some big help - and I couldn't have pulled off our 'up north' nuptials without the help of Aletha! She was incredible. From recommending wonderful Michigan vendors, trouble shooting (especially after losing a caterer three weeks before the wedding!), helping keep the event on budget, offering wonderful design and style ideas, and keeping the day organized. Aletha is responsive, calming and helpful in nearly all situations. I would highly recommend Pearls Events for any bride - whether it's full-planning or only day of coordination!" - Anne

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