This gorgeous space is located in the heart of Downtown Grand Rapids. It was once Grand Rapids National Bank but has been completely revitalized into the luxurious and elegant event space known as The Ballroom at McKay. The McKay Tower, home of the new ballroom, is a historic landmark to Grand Rapids.
The 10,900 square foot event space continues to grasp the building’s historic value with the original marble walls and 24 foot Doric white columns. The space also features the original bank vault tucked away and now used as a wine cellar.
The space can accommodate around 200 guests for all sorts of occassions. The Ballroom features a state of the art kitchen and bar space has six preferred caterers. Most of which were at the grand opening where we had the pleasure of trying an array of foods.
You can host a lavish event in this gorgeous space for $6,000 which includes an added bonus of Mahogany Venice chairs, Floor Length table linens. The Ballroom at McKay is now booking events for Summer 2013 and beyond. We are excited to design fabulous events there so contact us for a personal consultation and to set up a viewing!
Photo credit: www.jenkrollphotography.com/
Written by Ashley Mason, TwoFoot Creative – Grand Rapids
We have three TwoFoot Creative wedding anniversaries today!
Molly & David were married four years ago today at the Matthaei Botanical Gardens in Ann Arbor, with a reception following in the Atrium at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth. Congratulations!
Sharon & Justin were married three years ago today at the First Presbyterian Church of Saline – congratulations!
Jennifer & Peter were married three years ago today at Jennifer’s parents’ home. Congratulations to you both!
Ceit & Nadav were married at the Exhibit Museum of Natural History in Ann Arbor, MI on May 11th! It was so much fun planning their wedding with Ceit’s mother Gael, and it all came together beautifully!
Hopefully we will be able to work there again, it was a great venue for a strolling reception.Guests arrived at 7:30pm for dinner, which was set out on various food stations throughout the second floor of the Museum. From the Hearth did a wonderful job with all the food.
After sundown, guests were invited downstairs to the lobby, where Ceit & Nadav’s ceremony took place. We set up 120 chairs here, which filled the room – I wouldn’t recommend more than 150 total for a ceremony and strolling reception!
The arrangements, candles, chuppah and personal flowers were all created by Bill Hamilton Designs. Ceit’s bouquet and Gael’s nosegay were brought with us for CurlyArt to transform into a beautiful painting. We brought in rentals from both Chair Covers & Linens and Special Events Rental to pull the decor together.
The dinosaur theme of course started with the Museum, and was carried over into the gorgeous invitations from Gourmet Invitations. Ceit & Nadav ordered their cake topper to carry along the theme, which was placed on top of a beautiful Sweet Heather Anne cake. Guests were invited up for cake after the ceremony.
Instead of favors, a donation was made to the Humane Society of Huron Valley. These cards were placed on each of the 15 cocktail tables that were spread throughout the reception space. Jim from Quest Productions transformed the reception space during the ceremony so dessert was served in a much moodier room, and then the lobby was converted for dancing while guests were upstairs.
Congratulations Ceit & Nadav – it was a beautiful wedding and we were so happy to be a part of it!
I am dreaming of sunshine and lemonade, so for a color post I knew that I needed to talk about the color yellow!
Yellow really is a great color that compliments other colors; it adds the pop that you need to make things stand out and take notice.
There are also many fabulous flowers in yellow – so you’ll have your pick from whimsical billy balls to elegant callas and almost everything in between!
The first combination I loved was yellow and gray. Gray is a great neutral color, but throw in a soft or bright yellow and you have something beautiful.
Yellow and Navy are such a modern look, and this has nothing to do with a certain college we all love (GO BLUE)!! The combination looks very fresh and clean, and can be done fun, preppy and elegant!
My next combination is simple but also warm and cheery- yellow and white. This would lend itself well to using house linens at a venue – since those usually are white – and adding yellow centerpieces and napkins to the table.
I also looked up what shades of yellow look good on certain skin tones just in case you wanted to allow your bridal party to choose different shades to add depth:
- A yellow, gold tone will look good on any skin tone.
- Medium to Dark skin tone will want to try the brighter shades of yellow.
- If you have pale skin your going to want a dull or pastel shade of yellow.
Summer is here, and our wedding season has begun. We look forward to hearing about your color combinations as well!
Melanie King – TwoFoot Creative, Ann Arbor
Wedding invitations are one of the first things guests see regarding your wedding, which makes it especially important to create a invitation that represents you and your wedding. A great place to start is to think about the unique qualities of your wedding or relationship that you want to express to your guests.
This wedding invitation by Leesa Dykstra Designs portrays a unique birdcage design with beautiful colors specially designed for the couple. This invitation also includes the essential information necessary for guests. Important things to place on your wedding invitation include writing out the full names of the bride and groom, the date (including the year), the location of both the ceremony and reception, and sometimes parents’ names or the mention of the parents, as this invitation shows.
Tailoring the invitation to the season also provides a reminder to the guests as to when the wedding is, as well as provides a unique touch. This invitation incorporates the holiday season with its design, allowing the date of the wedding to be a part of the invitation design.
This board displays some of the essential parts of a wedding invitation. Important things to include with your invitations are a response card and envelope with your address on it for the guest to easily RSVP (don’t forget to stamp the envelopes before stuffing!) Providing a card with accommodations is also helpful for your guests.
When deciding on your wedding invitations, remember to include the essential details and items, but most importantly remember to make them uniquely you!
Written by Jillian Madden, TwoFoot Creative – Ann Arbor
We have so many fabulous engagement sessions on our blog for this year’s couples – so I decided to put together a post with some tips for getting the most out of your engagement session. The first tip is to dress like yourself! You don’t want to look back at these pictures 20 years from now and not recognize the person looking back at you. These photos should be a reflection of who you are!
Our second tip is to find a location that speaks to you. Biz & Nick, pictured above, both have a connection to the film industry. They chose the Michigan Theater as their engagement session backdrop; what a perfect decision for them!
Third: don’t be afraid of color! Look how amazing Cory and Ian’s red umbrella looks in the picture above – it just pops! I’m not saying you should put on a rainbow of colors, but if you have a color that looks great on you, go for it. It is so much more interesting than your standard neutrals.
Get to know your photographer during the session – this might be the only time you see them before the wedding day! The more comfortable you are with them, the better your pictures will turn out in the end.
Wendy Martin Photography
Take care of yourself leading up to the session – wash your skin regularly, brush your teeth right before, and drink lots of water so you look your best. It will show! Follow this care routine up to the wedding day to ensure that you continue to look and feel your best. Also – make sure to eat so you don’t look and feel exhausted half way through the shoot!
Get your makeup done by a professional if possible. This is a great time for a makeup trial with the artist that will be putting together your wedding day look! It will also help you feel more confident going into the session, which might lead to a better selection to choose from in the end.
Finally – have fun! You will probably be using these pictures for save the dates, a guest book or signing mat, to hang in your home