Thursday, December 24, 2009

Happy Holidays!!

Happy Holidays everyone!! We are taking the weekend to spend with family and will be back in wedding mode Monday, December 28. Enjoy your friends and family this Holiday Season.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Book now for 2009 Pricing!




If you book Simplicity and we have a signed contract and deposit in our little hands by January 15, 2010, we are offering 2009 pricing!!

Also a reminder:
We have decided to open up a few Friday dates at 40% off our regular package pricing!
The following FRIDAY dates are open and available for this special pricing!

~January 15

~January 22

~February 5

~February 12

~February 19

Contact us today for more info!! Jill@Simplicitydoc.com
*photo courtesy of Amy Boeve Photography

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Special MOD4 discount for our Simplicity Brides!



Nate and Jess are now offering a 10% discount off of their AMAZING photography services to our AMAZING Brides....seems like a winning combo.  THANK YOU NATE AND JESS for taking care of our clients.  Ok Brides now run and call MOD 4.... you will love them as much as we do!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Sexxy Up Your Valentine's Day with Mod4!




The photographers at Mod4 take amazing photos... and their boudoir photos are no exception!  They are highly professional and do an excellent job making you feel completely comfortable.  So ladies, check out what they are doing for this Valentine's Day!!!!

http://mod4.com/blog/2009/12/sexxy-up-your-valentines-day/
 

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

11.28.09 Paul + Kate



This past Thanksgiving Weekend we coordinated Kate and Paul's "morning of" their wedding. I have been working with Kate for a few months to make sure their morning went smoothly, because the morning of a wedding really sets the tone for the rest of the day. With their wedding nearing 600 guests, Paul and Kate had a large bridal party and many were from out of town, so we worked to make sure everyone was where they needed to be when they needed to be there, and also that everyone was fed and ready on time!!! We coordinated hair appointments, transportation, breakfast, lunch, limo arrivals, photos and many more things starting at 6 am!! We were lucky enough to catch a sneak peak of their amazing reception during set up around 1 pm and then I was lucky enough to attend the wedding with my husband as a guest (amazing 7 course meal (with three different wine pours!) adorable favors and a great band, my husband and I walked out of there more full than at Thanksgiving!). Kate and Paul were a joy to work for, they have such a deep love and respect for one another, they are the most gracious, caring, giving couple, we love them!! Their Bridal party and families were awesome as well!! Thank you Paul and Kate for letting us work for you and we wish you all of the love and happiness in your marriage! Take a look at the few shots I took of the morning events. 
Beautiful Flowers being Delivered

Photographer and Videographer in the Hotel Suite

The Bridal Party room at the Palazzo Grande



Sneak Peak of the Reception!

Vendors:
Hotel Suite: Royal Park Hotel
Ceremony Venue: Sweetest Heart of Mary
Reception Venue: Palazzo Grande

Monday, November 30, 2009

DRUMROLL PLEASE!


 And the winners of Simplicity's first contest are:

Kristin (4.10.10) (for the engaged prize)

and

Rebecca (8.8.09) (for the married/single prize)

Please contact us at jill@simplicitydoc.com to claim your prize by December 5, 2009 or your prize will be forfeited and a new winner will be chosen.  Winners were chosen using random.org.  You can still follow our blog by pushing the "Follow" button.  You may want to... we have several contests and other fun things planned for the near future!!!  Thanks to everyone

**Image courtesy of zazzle.com by loraseverson

Friday, November 27, 2009

FRIDAY Availability!


We have decided to open up a few Friday dates at 40% off our regular package pricing!
The following FRIDAY dates are open and available for this special pricing!

~January 15

~January 22

~February 5

~February 12

~February 19

Contact us today for more info!! Jill@Simplicitydoc.com
 
*photo courtesy of Denise Robertson Photography

Friday, November 20, 2009

Happy Birthday Shelly!

Happy Birthday SHELLY!!! I hope your day was as wonderful as you are. You are the best and some days I don't think I could make it through without you! 

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Simplicity couple featured in "The Knot" Magazine!

In May we had the pleasure of coordinating Katie and Jake's wedding.  The ceremony was beautiful and the reception was a non-stop party.  Katie had taken a lot of time and effort in planning the big day.  They had a large guestlist and wanted to be budget conscious without sacrificing anything.  They did such a fantastic job that "The Knot" magazine included them in a great article that breaks down the cost, vendor by vendor, of 3 very different Michigan weddings.

The magazine should hit stands around November 23rd and it is the Spring/Summer issue on page 191.  We got our hands on an advance copy and scanned parts of the article.  Check it out!





As one of Katie and Jake's vendors, we made the list!  As you can see, the custom package we created for them is valued at $750.  We met with Katie and Jake to determine exactly what areas they needed help with before creating this package.  Just to name a few of the main items included:  unlimited time on the day of with a head coordinator and assistant (it turned out to be around 15 hours), setup and tear down of all decor, distribution and coordination of "thunderstick" grand entrance, setup/refill/tear down of an enormous candy buffet and cupcake stand.  This was all in addition to our normal coordination duties.  It was a long day, but it was so much fun!  We are grateful to have been a part of it.

Here are the kind words that Katie wrote about us:
"Jill and Shelly were AMAZING! I could not have done this without them. I was one of those people who didn't think she needed a DOC and would "let one of the aunts do it" and I was wrong. I trusted Jill and Shelly to set everything up and they did an absolutely amazing job. I could not have done better myself. They kept the candy buffet filled and when no one was eating the cupcakes, they boxed them ALL up and started handing them out to people. If it wasn't for them, I would still be eating 300+ cupcakes! If you are at all skeptical about a DOC, go meet with them, trust me, you NEED a DOC. They kept me 100% calm all the way up the aisle and all the way thru the reception. I love them!!!"

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

NEW Web Site ALERT! Castle Video Productions


I love the wedding world and even more I love the world of Vendors, there is nothing better than working a wedding with great vendors.... everyone knows everyone and everyone really enjoys working together for the Bride and Groom to create an amazing day and amazing memories for the couple! Our talented friend Kristyn Smyth at Castle Video Productions just launched her new site and it's awesome!!!  She is an amazing Videographer and truly one of the best in this industry AND she loves what she does! Please check out her site.  SHE ROCKS!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

DEUX ADORE Makeup Special!!!


Our friends Jen and Stephanie at DEUX ADORE Event Stylists have a big announcement and we wanted to share it with you!


"Hi all!
I am excited to announce that I now do Airbrush Makeup! This service will be available after the 1st of the year (just in time for all our Spring Brides!!). I will offer this service at an intro price of $70.00 for the Brides. Eyelash application is $10.00 extra. I will also offer discounted rates to attendants with parties of 4 or more. Your event needs to be booked by December 31st, 2009 to receive the promotional rate.

Please email me for more details! ~ Jen "

deux.adore@gmail.com


Luminess Air
Premium Airbrush Makeup

Monday, November 9, 2009

2009 American Cancer Society Cattle Baron's Ball



Well I did it! I was on the team that coordinated the Food and Beverage side of the 2009 American Cancer Society Cattle Baron's Ball.  It was an amazing time and the ACS raised THOUSANDS of Dollars to help in the fight against Cancer.  I'm already looking forward to volunteering in 2010! 

Friday, November 6, 2009

We want to give THANKS by GIVING you a prize!



WIN IT!:
Because it is the Thanksgiving season, we are counting our blessings..... and our followers! Become a follower of our blog by clicking the follow button on the right side.  Then leave a comment below in this post saying "I am a follower! My wedding date is/was (insert your wedding date here)". We will be using random.org to choose 2 winners... one engaged and one married/single.

EXTRA ENTRY:
Want a second chance at winning? Become a fan of Simplicity's Facebook page. Just post a separate comment below saying "I am also a fan of Simplicity". You must do the first entry otherwise this one will not count. If you are already a fan, please still post the comment below.

PRIZES:
Engaged Prize:
Choice of the following- (a) $350 off any of our packages (packages start at $350) for a 2009/2010 wedding or (b) $25 gift card to Bed, Bath and Beyond or Crate and Barrel
Married/Single Prize:
$25 gift card to Bed, Bath and Beyond or Crate and Barrel

RULES:
-If you are already an engaged Simplicity bride and you win, you can choose between a free package upgrade or the gift card.
-No purchase necessary to win. Follower/fan status will be verified, so don't fake it. Many will enter, two will win.
-If you do not include your wedding date in your comment or do not leave a comment letting us know you are a blog follower or fan, your entry will not be considered.
-Contest is open to entrants living in or getting married in Wayne, Oakland, Livingston, and Macomb County Michigan.
-Contest ends on November 28th, 2009 at 11:59pm EST and the winners will be announced on our blog on November 30th, 2009.
-Questions? Contact jill@simplicitydoc.com

**Photos courtesy of Emily Dowd, Trillium Imaging, The Shooting Gallery, and Kreativ Imaging

Friday, October 30, 2009

Stacey + Marc's Pro Pics! 10.03.09

Add ImageStacey and Marc are the coolest, so of course they would have a cool and talented photographer!! Amy from Amy Boeve Photography is an amazing photographer and now our new friend! Please take a peak at Stacey and Marc's beautiful professional pictures!! Stacey and Marc if you are reading this, which you should be (haha) we'll see you two love birds in a few weeks!!














This pic gets me every time, it's precious






Stacey and Marc, thank you again for letting us be a part of your Wedding Day!! xxoo

Vendors:
Ceremony: St. Edmund Church Warren, MI.
Reception Venue: The Royalty House
Photography: Amy Boeve
DJ and Lighting: Rob Reno with Encore Event Group
Videographer: Blake Kleiner with Lightcraft Entertainment
Cake: Callie's Home Style Cakes
All things paper: Ruff House Art

Sunday, October 25, 2009

A+J's Teaser Video



Shelby and Aaron of Forever Cherished Productions posted a teaser video of Alyssa and Jared's wedding. It is adorable! I loved their garter removal, it was a riot! Check out the video.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Alyssa + Jared

This wedding was the definition of fun. If I could do my wedding all over again, I think I would just copy this one! Alyssa and Jared are really laid back and super sweet. They picked an amazing venue for the ceremony and reception, The Henry Ford Museum. This is arguably one of the most unique venues in Metro Detroit. The banquet staff was an absolute pleasure to work with and I hope to do so again soon. Unfortunately due to lovely Michigan rain the day before, the outdoor ceremony was moved indoors to the theatre.... which is beautiful anyway so I suppose it isn't really a downgrade. I cannot wait to see the pro pictures from Emily Dowd and the video from Shelby & Aaron from FCP!! Tom the DJ was super fun and Crystal from Shutterbooth is just the cutest.

The guests were blown away with this wedding, as was evident by the plethora of pictures flooding my facebook the next day! I am thrilled with the results and even more thrilled for the adorable couple. I wish you two nothing but the best, Mr. & Mrs. B! Here is to your happily ever after!!!

Now enjoy some of my pictures from the evening:


video
This setup and venue deserved its own 360 shot (sorry it is shaky... Forever Cherished is an awesome videographer.... I am not)

Tables with floating candles & orchids and the cutest table numbers made by Alyssa (pictures of their dogs).

Cake in front of the dance floor.... yes the dance floor is under the plane!

I adore these escort cards.... Jelly Belly beans in glass bottles sealed with wax and stamped with their initial on top.

Cool sand ceremony... an hourglass!

What can be better than Paws showing up to your reception!? This was a total surprise guest appearance made possible by the parents of the bride.

Late night snack... nacho bar!

Faygo float station, can you say yummmm?

At the 'drive in' movie theatre they had a slideshow of pictures for the guests to enjoy

Thanks for letting me be a part of your big day!!! --Shelly (& Paws)


Vendors:
Ceremony- Anderson Theater at The Henry Ford Museum
Reception- "Heroes of the Sky" section of The Henry Ford Museum (Museum Plaza)
Photographer- Emily Dowd
Videographer- Forever Cherished Productions
Florist- Happiness is... The Little Flower Shop
Photobooth- Shutterbooth, Crystal (attendant)
DJ- Mike Staff Productions, Tom Downey
Ceremony Music- Nagy Duo
Cake- Mary Denning's Cake Shoppe
Officiant- Frederick Page, fpage@wowway.com (non-denominational clergy)
All Things Paper- Alyssa (ok she is not for hire but she did such an awesome job I have to give her a shout out)

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

10.03.09 Stacey + Marc



I love FALL weddings! Shelly and I had the pleasure of working with Marc and Stacey for the past few months. Marc and Stacey are living in Chicago, so we met with them when Stacey was in town and we worked mostly through emails. The second I met these two a few months back, I knew I was going to love working for them, they are kind, funny, caring, intelligent little love birds. I'm going to miss Stacey's emails, but hopefully I have gained a new friend.
On to the wedding...it ROCKED! It was beautiful, fun, detailed, the vendors were awesome (we made new friends) , food at the Royalty House was amazing, everything was perfect. The families were so great and the bridal party was seriously the best group of people. This is my shout out to the Maid of Honor who seriously had Shelly and I in tears over her speech, it was the perfect mix of funny and sentimental, it was perfect. Marc and Stacey gave a little toast/speech and again...tears from Shelly and I. Marc and Stacey~ THANK YOU for letting us be a part of your wedding day, the love and respect your family and friends have for you is so apparent as is the love and respect you have for one another. Now here's a sneak peek to the photos we took of your big day! Stay tuned for the pro pics taken by the talented Amy Boeve, because I'm sure those will be unbelievable!
I had to include this little door in the church. It was in the Bride's dressing area, and Stacey was able to peek out as guest's arrived and even as the ceremony processional started, it was really cute!




LOVED the Place Card table!!

Beautiful Cake as always from Tamara!


Loved the fall decor and the favors were lanterns
that made the table even more beautiful!

Beautiful captains table!!

Vendors:
Ceremony: St. Edmund Church Warren, MI.
Reception Venue: The Royalty House
Photography: Amy Boeve
DJ and Lighting: Rob Reno with Encore Event Group
Videographer: Blake Kleiner with Lightcraft Entertainment
All things paper: Ruff House Art

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

2 YEARS!!!



Two years ago today I married my best friend. Our wedding was our absolute dream wedding! Our ceremony was perfect in our eyes, there was laughter and tears as we were surrounded by our friends and family and remembered those who couldn't be there with us. Tears from Chris and I as we remembered my dad with an empty chair with a beautiful red rose in his place and laughter as the reverend told the story of how we first met. I felt like the luckiest girl walking down the isle with my mom by my side and my best friend waiting for me at the alter and our closest friends standing up with us.

Our reception at Comerica Park was a total blast. The room was filled with love, fun and of course more laughter. Chris and I are so lucky to have such amazing people in our lives.

So here is my chance to gush about the man I married two years ago...I am so thankful for this man making me a better person, making me want to be the best and dream for the best, who makes me believe in myself, who supports me, who loves me, who makes me pee my pants laughing daily, who loves my friends and family, who makes me a we, who makes me whole. Chris, everything is just better when you're around- here's to a hundred and one more years of love, laughter and friendship (and maybe a few babies)!

Photos Courtesy of Denise Robertson and Brian Mac



Vendors:

Photographer: Denise Robertson and Brian Mac

Ceremony Venue: Royal Park Hotel

Reception Venue: Comerica Park



Florist: Viviano

Rentals: Sposa Seating

Paper Extras: Gourmet Invitations