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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