Thursday, September 29, 2011

Kelly + Jason - Pro Pics

The very talented Emily Zoldaz just posted some fabulous teasers of Kelly + Jason's wedding.  Gorgeous!!!  I wanted to post a couple of them here, especially of the ceremony, since I didn't have many of my own.  Check out Emily's blog post for more photos.  ♥Shelly

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Kelly + Jason 09.10.11

Buckle your seat belts, you are in for a long post!!

This wedding was elegant, classy, gorgeous and fun. The vendors were superstars. If I were to envision the perfect country club wedding, this would be it. As you may or may not know, my background is in architecture. This venue was rebuilt recently in a contemporary prairie style that I just loved. The stone on the outside and the beautiful tile and wood on the inside were a great backdrop. Not to mention the awesome lake view from the ceremony area outside.

Kelly's mom Mary was referred to me by a previous client (which is a huge honor). They expressed the need for a little help, especially with the bride and groom living out of state. Everything really came together brilliantly and I am so proud to say that I got to be part of the team. Speaking of the team, I really have to give a shout out to 2 amazing wedding professionals.

First there is Kendall (and her staff) at Oak Pointe. She is a wonderful event director and she really made the extra effort to ensure that the day went exactly as we had all hoped. I really hope that we will work together again soon because it was so much fun! Second, there is Tim S. from Mike Staff. He was awesome (and hilarious)!! The three of us *may* have high fived when we nailed the timeline to the minute.

Ok back to gushing about the wedding.... we were afraid that the weather would prevent us from the outdoor ceremony but it dried up and was FANTASTIC outside. The guests got to ride down in golf carts, which was a ton of fun. The bride looked absolutely gorgeous in her Vera Wang gown. I cannot wait to see the professional pictures of this adorable couple.

Then we went inside for a delicious dinner and some dancing. It was like in the movies... I swear everyone knew how to move on the dance floor like it was choreographed! The dance floor was packed all night long.

Enough of me talking, I know you want pictures. I promise to post even more pictures on our Facebook page and I will try to get the pro pics from Emily as soon as I can... make sure to check back soon for that post.

You are about to see a lot of wooden decor... during a recent storm a large tree fell on Kelly's parent's property and they decided to make good use of it.  I loved the rustic, warm feeling it brought to the celebration.

Here is the view from the ceremony location outside

Seconds before walking down the aisle... I couldn't help snapping a picture with my phone because her gown was so amazing

Adorable escort cards in little tree branch holders.  Yes, that is a cow and a fish to indicate meal choices.

Guestbook and photos of the couple and their parents on their wedding days

"Log In".  This was awesome.  When they cut up the tree they realized that the slice looked like a heart!  So everyone signed and put their wedding date.  Loved it.

Goooorgeous centerpieces, so sparkly.

Head table with the super fabulous linens

Cake!  You know I have a sweet tooth.

How much do you love this cake topper!?  It was custom made to look like the couple.  I love love love it, that's how much.

Drool-worthy decor

More love.

Listening to some touching and funny toasts

Mmmmmmm... what's even better than cake? Rocky Mountain caramel apples drizzled in 3 kinds of chocolate. Yep, those were the favors.

Make sure you check Facebook soon for more pictures, I just couldn't post them all here.

Thank you so much to Kelly, Jason, and their families.  You all were so wonderful and I truly enjoyed my time with you.  The wedding was spectacular and I think it was only the beginning to a lifetime of awesomeness =)  Congratulations again!!   ♥Shelly

Day of Coordinator-  Shelly from Simplicity
Ceremony and Reception Venue- Oak Pointe Country Club in Brighton, with Kendall the Event Director
Ceremony and Reception Music-  Tim S. from Mike Staff
Videographer- Adam from Mike Staff
Photographer-  Emily Zoldaz
Florist- Petals of Brighton
Bakery-  Sue Brattina
Rentals-  Chiavari Chair Rental and Specialty Occasions
Officiant-  Family friend Doug
Transportation-  Dream Limousines, driver Lou

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Allison and Alvin 09.03.11


This wedding was held on the surface of the sun.  I think I lost about 12 pounds doing cardio, I mean, running around setting everything up.  Ok, not really, but it was that hot that day!  No one seemed to mind however, because the actual venue was super fun.  I have never done a wedding at a summer camp, but after months of anticipation I can finally say I have... and it was awesome.

Allison and Alvin are a really laid back couple and they are into outdoor activities and conservation....I couldn't have thought of a more perfect setting for their wedding.  I say this a lot, but I really love the weddings that are so in tune with the couple's personality.  Those are the weddings that you will always remember and I am sure the Als' guests would never forget this one.

All their friends and family pitched in to make this wedding special.  From the DJ and photographer, to the home brewed beer and flowers you could see how much these two are loved.  It was so much fun working with everyone and letting the day flow naturally.  We even made some big last minute changes and no one skipped a beat.... they just danced and partied well into the night.

Sorry for the pictures being all out of order... I am fighting with Blogger today (and losing).

I need to start you off with a map of the venue...... so you can be jealous of all the sweet things that the guests got to experience camping onsite for the weekend, including a zip line and water slide!

You know the wedding has to be awesome if the first sight you see when exiting your vehicle is a bouncy castle...

Beautifully scripted escort cards

Outdoor ceremony by the lake

Gorgeous tea set for the Chinese tea ceremony

Mid tea cermeony

The cafeteria transformed into a very unique reception venue.  They collected various table linens and napkins from family and friends so every table was different.  Then a simple sunflower in a wine bottle as a centerpiece.

Gift table with wishing well card box and Chinese symbol to bring good fortune

The yummy cake... every time I walked by I could smell the amazing chocolate frosting and had to resist eating it all

Escort card table with floating sunflowers in glass vases

Escort card table and gift table in the corner of the dancing room

Super adorable guestbook... which was also a reading in the ceremony

Love this groom's cake... obviously reflecting the camp/nature theme

Another view of the room with the green paper lanterns... I may or may not have hit myself in the face with a couple while hanging them up.  Several times.

The table setup was so comforting and homey.  The bride and groom's table had some LED candles and the little take out boxes had supplies for s'mores!!!  Cutest idea for a favor ever... perfect for camp!

Yeah, yeah... I am no photographer but I wanted to include this picture to show how cute the bride and groom are! And how unique the bride's dress was, I loved it and wanted to steal it. She said it came from BCBG if you are curious.  I promise to get better pictures from the photographer and post them soon.

Allison and Alvin, congratulations you did it!  I had so much fun on your wedding day and I am so happy that I got to meet and work with you.  Yours was an unforgettable wedding that I will be talking about for years to come.  ♥Shelly

DOC-  Shelly from Simplicity
Venue- Camp Ohiyesa in Holly, MI
Caterer- Carlson Catering
Everything else- DIY or a loving friend/family member

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Lisa + Tony 11.6.10

I have known Lisa for a few years and she is such an amazing person. I was very excited when she contacted me to coordinate her wedding! I knew from the start it was going to be a blast because Lisa and Tony are a blast. They are a wonderful couple and you know it from the first time you see them together. It was so fun getting to know Lisa's parents and this wedding was a true labor of love from this family. The team of vendors could not have been any better! The entire team worked very well together to make all of Lisa + Tony's ideas and wishes a reality

The beautiful church-Danielle the church coordinator was wonderful!

Loved the Shutterbooth album

Beautiful Reception room with gorgeous flowers and lighting

Beautiful cake ...

Loved the flowers on top-the detail is amazing

One of my favorite head tables of the season

Tony + Lisa's first dance


Ceremony: Academy of the Sacred Heart

Reception: Somerset Inn

DJ: Brendan with BDJ

Favors: Shutterbooth

Linens: Linens & Beyond

Transportation: Aristocat

Flowers: Nino Salvaggio

All things Paper: So In Love Invitations

Cake: Sorella’s Bakery

Lighting: Dan Newman with AV7

Thank you Lisa + Tony for letting me be a part of your wedding day! xxoo, Jill

Monday, September 5, 2011

Sue + Kevin 08.27.11

Sue contacted us over a year in advance for her wedding.  We knew that we were dealing with one organized bride!  She said that she never got to have her dream wedding and that she really wanted to make this one perfect... one that everyone would remember.  I think she did a fabulous job and all her hard work and attention to detail really paid off!  Her guests were raving all night about how great everything was.

The ceremony was in an adorable little chapel and then we moved into a historic house that was just the perfect size.  It was an elegant setting.  Maureen and Gini from Greenmead were on hand... they were fantastic and extremely helpful!!

While this was a smaller wedding, Sue and Kevin wanted to make sure the guests still felt spoiled.  Holiday Market provided a delicious buffet and cake... omg the cake.  I have said before I am not a big cake eater but the passion fruit mousse filling in this cake was absolutely amazing.  Then there was an ice cream buffet by Holiday Market with Ray's ice cream.  Then even later there were sliders and fries from Bates!

I have to say, it was quite the party.  I have to admit, I am a terrible photographer.  Unfortunately, I didn't get as many pictures as I would have liked because of the very tight timeline, so I apologize!  This is a note for all the brides out there.... many fantastic sites like Greenmead are owned by the city they are in... which means you typically have a VERY short time to set up (hence the lack of photos).
Ok, side note over...

Seriously, how cute is this chapel?

 Entrance to the Alexander Blue House (reception area)

 The bride arranged the flowers, made the table numbers, table runner, and napkin rings... oh and the menus!

 The other lovely centerpiece

The super cute couple (guestbook)

Escort Card/Favors... glass coasters that the bride customized with each guest's initials!

The coasters

Love the bride and groom signs... 

 then I saw this later in the night... I loved it with their jackets on the backs of their chairs!

Yes, it is sideways...  napkin ring with custom menu

The room nearly set up... with the dance floor in the middle of the room

Bathroom baskets... still 100% coordinated with the theme

 Mmmmm ice cream buffet!!!!

Thank you very much to Sue and Kevin for trusting us to bring their very detailed plans to life.  It was an honor working with you and I am so happy for you both.  Congratulations on finally having the wedding you always wanted, you deserve it!  ♥Shelly

Day of Coordinator- Shelly from Simplicity
Ceremony- Greenmead Historical Village Chapel
Ceremony Coordinators- Maureen and Gini from Greenmead
Reception- Greenmead Historical Village, Alexander Blue House
DJ- John from Davis Entertainment
Photographer- Brian Jones
Florist- The Bride, with some help from Costco
Caterer- Traci and staff, Holiday Market
Linens- The Bride!
Officiant- John from Davis Entertainment
Bartenders- Provided by Davis Entertainment
Hair & Make-up- Deux Adore