Sunday, August 29, 2010

Jay + Jamie 08.28.10

Marching to the beat of their own drum.... no, literally!!!  Jay and Jamie are incredibly unique, fun people and I loved their wedding to pieces.  They decided to do exactly what they wanted to do, traditional or not, and the results were simply perfect.  Even the weather was perfect!  I mean... how can things go wrong with a wedding in the Heidelberg project, a blue wedding dress, and a marching band!?  Now, you can't say that their wedding was completely breaking tradition.... Jamie did have something old, new, borrowed and blue!

If you are unfamiliar with the Heidelberg Project, I highly suggest you check out their website and visit the actual place itself if you can.  Many of the 60 wedding guests were from out of town and were shuttled in to the ceremony from the Fort Shelby Hotel.  Janine, the executive director of the H.P., gave the guests a brief tour while we hid in the alley with the band.  Once the guests were seated, the band broke out into "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" for the processional.... it was such a happy song to walk in to!  Then they played the bridal march... which was seriously amazing!  The guests were completely surprised.  Even the Detroit News came out to cover the marching band performing.  (I will try to post the article when it comes out).  The couple also had a webcam set up so the family that couldn't make the trip could watch the ceremony.

Everyone headed on over to the Dossin Museum, which has many really cool nautical themed exhibits.  The reception was wonderfully casual and family oriented.  The guests were allowed to wander the museum and sample the great vegetarian food stations that were set up in the exhibits.  And of course... there was pie!  Yum.  After eating and visiting everyone headed back into the city to celebrate in the local bars and restaurants in Detroit.

Now, my pictures absolutely do not do this wedding justice... so you will just have to wait until Mod4 gets their pictures blogged (and I promise to let you know when that is).   Drumroll please................ (before I make another band joke):

Hiding behind the Polka Dot house pre-ceremony

The super fabulous happy bride and her parents joking around.  Look at that amazing blue vintage dress!  She looked stunning.  Her bouquet looked fantastic with her dress.

Wonderful ceremony on the polka dotted Heidelberg street under the shade trees.

Just another awesome view

The marching band was a complete surprise to the guests.  They sounded great and added an extra super fun vibe to the ceremony.

The bride and groom go to greet the band after becoming Mr. and Mrs.

View from the reception room at the Dossin... the view from Belle Isle is always perfect.

Casually elegant set up of the banquet room.

For favors, each guest received 3 marbles they could place in the jar of their choice which represented 3 special non-profits.  The couple made a donation to each based on the number of marbles in the jars.

The escort cards were real vintage Detroit themed post cards and the guests really enjoyed them

The card box matched the map theme with a Michigan map.  The guestbook was a beautiful book of the Heidelberg Project.

The guests enjoying the food and catching up with relatives from near and far.

Mmmmm pie... you know I always love a good pie buffet!

The bride and groom enjoying all the fun things to see and touch in the museum

They even hopped into the swan boat for some super adorable pictures... shhh don't tell the museum docent!

Jay and Jamie, thank you so much for choosing me to coordinate your big day.  I loved all of your choices and am so happy that it all came together as planned.  I hope you have a safe trip home!  Your wedding was stunning and unforgettable.  ♥Shelly

Cast of Characters:
Ceremony Location:  The Heidelberg Project, Detroit
Reception Location:  Dossin Great Lakes Museum, Belle Isle, Detroit
Shuttle:  Royal Transportation
Photographer:  Mod 4 Photographic
Videographer:  Pouya Dianat (friend of the couple)
Florist and chair rental:  Blumz
Bakery:  Achatz Pie Company
Officiant:  Judge Sullivan
Caterer:  Golden Spice Catering
Music:  Detroit Party Marching Band

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Sneak Peek...

This picture makes me laugh... self portrait photo of myself and Jess from Mod 4 Photographic.  We love working with Nate and Jess, they are always so much fun.  I had the opportunity to see them again at the super awesome wedding I coordinated today.  I am too tired to blog tonight... but I will leave you some teaser pictures to keep you guessing..........................................

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Please Vote for Us!

Do you see the little pink badge on the side of this blog?? over there ---------------> ?? If you click on it, it takes you right the the place to vote for Simplicity for the 2010 BEST OF DETROIT in the wedding planning category! We were top 4 last year, so would love to be in the top 5 again this year! We know how lucky we are to work with such amazing clients and vendors and we know this industry is filled with other planners who thank you for taking the time to vote for SIMPLICITY!!! We appreciate YOU!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Karolina + Michal 7.24.10

Karolina rocked, Michal did too, I just spent a ton of time and really got to know Karolina! She was such a calm and collected bride throughout the entire planning process and even more so on the wedding day. She is a girl with a classic and elegant taste, and I loved watching her plans fall into place and watch her create beautiful things. I loved her family and felt right at home with them, I may or may not show up unannounced for a home cooked Polish meal!

Beautiful Gold Cake with Love Birds as the topper

Amazing Sweet Table created by their family friend
Karolina's BEAUTIFUL table numbersVodka infused Watermelon Balls
Karolina and Michal are Polish and incorporated their culture into many different elements of the wedding...the entire ceremony was in Polish and most of their guest's were speaking Polish, so our Intern Chelsea and I had to be more observant of actions to understand certain aspects of the wedding.
Karolina and Michal just wanted everyone to have fun and for everyone to enjoy their food, drinks and the Polish Band-which everyone did! Thank you for letting me be a part of this day! You two are so perfect together and so lucky to be surrounded by such amazing friends and family. Congratulations! xxoo

Church: Our Lady Of Czestochowa
Reception Venue: Palazzo Grande
Photographer: JS Photography
Cake: Graf's Pastry
Florist and Rentals: Wafaa's Flowers
Table Numbers: Created by the Bride..let me know if you want her contact info! She sells custom table numbers

Dana + Gabe 7.17.10

Well...this blog post has only taken me a month to post, BUT this wedding is well worth the wait. Dana and Gabe are such an amazing couple and they are surrounded by AMAZING family and friends. Their 400 person wedding was PURE ELEGANCE, it was full of fun, laughter and love. Their ceremony took my breath away, and walking into the Reception at The Royal Park Hotel Shelly and I both were in awe of the beauty. I felt so honored to be the coordinator for this event, I truly felt a part of their family and wanted everything to be just the way they envisioned it! The day was was I will stop typing about it and let the pictures tell their story!

A few images of the Church Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Detroit

A few photos of the Reception!

The Martini Ice Luge

The Sweet Table BEFORE the Chefs brought out the Sweets... Lower tier of the two tier Head Table
Dana and her Dad

Thank you to both families for letting Simplicity coordinate...we can't wait to see the professional pictures! Congratulations to Dana and Gabe xxoo


Ceremony: Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament

Reception: Royal Park Hotel

Florist: Bellisario Florist

Rental: Special Events Rental

Photographer: Harry Vitanis Photography

Videographer: Elite Photographic Studio

Band: Intrigue