Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Real Wedding 2013 | Melanie & Charlie

Couple | Melanie & Charlie, 11-1-13
Ceremony | First Christian Reformed Church
Rehearsal Dinner | Pietro's Italian Restaurant
Reception | The Cheney Place
Caterer | San Chez Bistro
Bar Service | POUR
Hair & Makeup | Cheeky Strut
Photographer | Stoffer Photography
Florist | Posh Petals
Linens | Pearls Events
Rentals, Vintage Dessert Buffet | Fancy Fray
Rentals, Farm Table | The Rental Company
Rentals, Chiavari Chairs | Chiavari Chairs of Michigan
Rentals, Non-Floral Centerpiece Elements | Events by I. Candy
Entertainment | Main Street Dueling Pianos
Late Night Snack | Peppino's Pizza
Pearls Events Service | Event Coordination & Event Design

Leah & I arrived at First Christian Reformed Church for rehearsal the evening prior, and the entire group was dressed in costumes for Halloween. Immediately, we knew we were working with a great group of people! Both families, plus the entire bridal party, was wonderful.

Melanie & Charlie's wedding day proved to be like many November days in Michigan - chilly and overcast with a teensy bit of rain, but that didn't matter much - it was still a lovely wedding day!

The Pearls Events team spent the morning getting The Cheney Place set with linens, chairs & non-floral design elements, while the bride & her ladies were upstairs in their well-appointed bridal suite with Cheeky Strut for hair & makeup. Melanie & Charlie decided to do a First Look, and also formal family photos before the ceremony, which meant lots of time for informal wedding party photos after the ceremony.

Melanie & Charlie are both musicians - so, there was great music throughout the ceremony! Melanie had both her parents walk her down the aisle, and I loved the entrance, although I'm a bit partial, as that is how I walked down the aisle at my own wedding. Melanie's fit-and-flare gown was incredible - the tulle skirt was stunning, as was her bridal bouquet by Posh Petals.

After the ceremony, the wedding party took some time downtown Grand Rapids for informal photos, while the guests headed to The Cheney Place for cocktail hour. San Chez Bistro was on hand for appetizers and a delicious family-style dinner and POUR was there to provide drinks all night.

The highlight of the evening was absolutely when Melanie & Charlie sat down to the pianos from Main Street Dueling Pianos and sang a song together. It was quite magical, and Stoffer Photography captured it quite well! The dueling pianos kept the dance floor busy all night long, and we had Peppino's Pizza delivered well into the night to keep everyone satisfied.

Melanie & Charlie Thank you both so much for inviting Pearls Events to be a part of your day. We had a great time working with you designing this event, and helping pull all the details together! It was a lovely day, and we are so thankful for clients like you! Best wishes for a wonderful 2014 and beyond!! 

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