Carey and Jason are an absolutely adorable couple, I loved working with them! Their ceremony took place at 2pm at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Detroit, which is an amazing cathedral – it is just breathtaking! Things got started about ten minutes behind schedule due to the snow – typically the bride walks outside and around to enter through the back of the church. When weather prevents that from happening, a white sheet is used to hide the bride as she walks down the side aisle!
Their photographer was the fabulous Amanda Williams, who is always a pleasure to work with. She captured some beautiful shots of Carey and Jason, a few of which were quickly edited and played on a laptop at the reception! The videographer was a friend of the family.
Carey and her mom took on a TON of the planning and decor themselves, including centerpieces, cake decor, place cards and other paper products, lights and garland. They definitely needed someone to set it all up! It took two of us a little over two hours to assemble all the centerpieces and place all the personal items in the room. The staff at Glen Oaks was a wonderful help as well, placing favors and unwrapping the snowflake place card holders!
Carey’s uncle John did a great job on the piano during cocktail hour! She also had two friends playing the violin during the prelude of the ceremony and prior to the grand entrance. Live music is always a good option! The room ended up looking beautiful, and the snow falling outside definitely added to the winter-themed atmosphere! The food was very good as well.
A few hiccups did occur, such as the DJ requesting a CD of the couple’s special songs and then not being able to play it… Fortunately an assistant was able to get the remaining songs for the evening, but it did delay the entrance time having to choose a new song! Another was the cake topper – which the chef at Glen Oaks did a marvelous job fixing! Whenever you do a topper, make sure the baker knows EXACTLY how the top of the cake needs to accommodate it. Usually, they assume it is flat on the bottom, so they add a layer of rice paper under the frosting. If you need to insert a topper into the cake (such as the snowflake on Carey’s), this makes it very very difficult!
Their rings were, of course, the subject of several creative shots. The one below is my favorite from my camera! Overall the evening went very well. Guests were dancing all night, there were many photo ops in the side room where family photos, a guest book and the slideshow were located, and the bar was constantly packed! Congratulations on a beautiful wedding day Carey and Jason, I hope you have a wonderful honeymoon cruise!