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!!
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Couple | Melanie & Charlie, 11-1-13
Thursday, January 23, 2014
Couple | Kyla & Julius, 10-26-13
Ceremony & Reception Location | The Homestead
Photographer | Dan & Melissa Photography
Videographer | Coastline Studios
Florist | Marla Courtney Wood
Pearls Events Service | Event Planning & Event Coordination
Kyla & Julius worked with our Traverse City-based planner, Mary Brown, planning their lovely Michigan Fall wedding. They were supposed to be married this coming June, but because of some extenuating circumstances, Mary kicked it in to high gear and they were able to get married & celebrate with family and friends October 26th at The Homestead in Glen Arbor, Michigan.
The day started out with the ladies at the salon at The Homestead. Mary and I stopped in to see how things were going - everyone was calm & relaxed. Mary and I set up a few details and grabbed some lunch (which always feels like a luxury when there is time for it on event days!).
We were all ready to start sending guests to the top of the ski hill for the ceremony, but the day was chilly - so cold, in fact, that the image of the ceremony site above is misleading. The Homestead made the call to do the ceremony inside, which in hindsight was a wonderful idea.
We quickly re-set the ballroom into a ceremony setup, and began seating guests. I have to admit Kyla was thee most adorable bride - she was SO excited/happy/thankful to be marrying Julius, and you could tell in all of her actions. Hopefully, I shared the right photos to share her spirit - she was full of joy! It was a joy to work with her!
After the ceremony, Kyla & Julius braved the chilly, Fall air for some outdoor photos, and then joined their intimate party for dinner, dessert & dancing. It was a great night, at a great location, with wonderful vendors! Thank you to the lovely couple of inviting us to be a part of their day.
Some sweet words from the bride & groom...
"I can not say enough praises regarding Mary Brown and Pearls Events. Mary was the glue that held me together while I was planning my wedding. She was extremely helpful in so many ways. She went above and beyond in her efforts, coordination, planning, answering all of our questions in a timely manner, locating vendors and researching the best vendors to meet our needs, providing expertise and advice, etc.
Our wedding was spectacular, to which I give her the credit. I truly believe she was a gift from God to me and my husband. We had to plan our wedding rather quickly due to extenuating circumstances. I may be bias but even my guests agreed, my wedding was a fairy tale, elegant wedding! Again, I have Mary and Pearls Events staff to thank for this! My vendors were top notch. They exceeded any expectation I may have had." -Kyla & Julius
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