Kim & Steve are Married! 10.04.2014

Kim and Steve were married on October 4th at White Oaks Farm in Dexter, Michigan. It was a very cold day, and we did have to go to Plan B for the ceremony since it was going to be outside, but luckily with the barn we had a second option.

We started the day with setting up the chairs in the barn and also setting up the tables with linens and flatware so they would be ready to set in place as soon as the ceremony was over.

Luckily we had the option of setting up the barn for a ceremony and then getting the guests out of the barn for about 15 minutes so we could do a flip. This all couldn’t have happened without the amazing team from Katherine’s Catering, who handled all the food for the event!

This is the nice thing about having a planner, we were able to come up with a back up plan and have it ready to go by the time guests arrived.

The ceremony was beautiful and Steve’s mom sang Amazing Grace, and as soon as it was over guests went outside the barn to get their escort cards and allow us time to quickly flip the room.

Once that was done in record time guests enjoyed cocktail hour in the barn. All the floral for the evening was by Ruth from Wedding Ferries and they were all gorgeous!

This was my first time working with First Comes Love Photography; Alison is a doll and I hope to work with her again soon! We will be sharing her professional pictures soon!

The best part of this wedding was the entertainment, Killer Flamingos! I love working with them, and as soon as they were playing and guests were dancing away and no one cared that it was super cold!

Their gorgeous cake table was by our good friends at Sweet Heather Anne.

This was our last wedding of the season at White Oaks Farm and it was nice to end the season with such a beautiful wedding!

Caitlin & Chad are Married! 10.04.2014

Caitlin and Chad were married at the Michigan Theater in Downtown Ann Arbor.  They chose to get married in the lobby of the theater, with the staircase as their stage.  The reception took place at the Gandy Dancer Restaurant in the courtyard. Caitlin was very creative and had many unique elements in her décor. My favorite thing she did was having the escort cards attached to mini chairs that were set up like a ceremony with a ribbon signifying the isle separating the two chair sections. She also had personalized bags made for all of her guests with a picture of the United States with a heart over Ann Arbor. The favor was Mackinaw Island fudge, so everyone’s sweet tooth was satisfied. Their décor was very old Hollywood/ Great Gatsby. Lynn Jovick from Cleverbumblebee Creations did a beautiful job making tall centerpieces adorned with white orchids and white feathers.

Caitlin and Chad wanted all of their guests to dance and have a great time so to stick with their theme Caitlin surprised guests by changing into a sparkly cocktail dress. Mike Staff Productions kept everyone having a blast out on the dance floor.  They weren’t ready for their party to end so they headed off with some guests to keep the party going at some local bars.  Caitlin and Chad were such a fun couple and we wish them the very best!

Rachel Putnam, TwoFoot Creative – Ann Arbor

Meet Heat!

We recently did a Q&A with Heat, a wonderful salon in Lansing!

Tell us about yourself!

Heat is special because it was born from two very different perspectives. Co-Owner and Founder Dan Buccilli brings his passion for hair and creativity to Heat as head stylist, while Co-Owner Molly Chan’s passion for Heat was born more from providing people with an amazing experience that impacts their day in a positive way.  Chan is not a stylist, just a blow out addict, as she calls herself. Chan treated herself to the affordable luxury of getting her hair blown out twice a week while going through the journey of her husband’s cancer battle. The time she spent taking care of herself and loving herself was a blessing and a reprieve from the ugliness of cancer.  Chan had such a positive experience during such a difficult time, and Heat was born to give this same positive experience and feeling to our clients, including our brides. As East Lansing’s newest specialty boutique salon, we are very popular among the community for the unique services we offer. Specializing in all things blowouts, hair styling and finishing, just no color. We also offer airbrush make-up application, manicures, pedicures, and even private parties. We use Bumble and bumble. products and have a team of four stylists including Buccilli. Heat has had so much success since the opening in August 2014 that they have now created a menu of bridal services.

-What sets you apart from other salons?

We set our self apart from at her salons because we are a specialty boutique style salon that specializes in all things blowouts, hair styling and finishing. We have two stylists certified in editorial bridal styling. We offer most salon services but most popular with brides are Flawless airbrush make up applications, nails and of course bridal up styling aka the Audrey.

-What services do you offer for brides?

We offer two bridal packages to choose from as well as the bridal consultation/trial.
Services:
Bridal Practice
Bridal Style
Bridal Packages:
My Fair Lady (Rehearsal Dinner Blowout + Bridal Style) $100
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Bridal Practice + Rehearsal Dinner Blowout +Bridal Style) $160

-Do you offer any specials for brides or the entire bridal party?

We are very accommodating to bridal parties. For parties of four or more people we will privately book the salon out to create the most relaxing environment. And please enjoy a mimosa on us!

-What are the average costs?

Our prices are very competitive in the area.
Bridal rehearsal- $65
Bridal style- $80
Bridal party up do- $65
Blowout- $27
Airbrush makeup application- $50
Lash application- $15
Nails- $25-35

-How far in advance do you recommend brides to book an appointment?

We recommend scheduling a trial/consultation at least two weeks in advance. Parties of 3 or more should book out 4-6 weeks in advance.

-How can brides get in touch with you to book?

You can contact us via email at reservations@heatblowdry.com
Phone- 517-575-6275

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Audrey & Ken are Married! 09.20.2014

Audrey and Ken were married at Wellers in Saline. Unfortunately the weather was very uncooperative and once the ceremony started outside at the pergola it started to downpour!  Guests were quickly escorted under the covered gazebo.

Once the ceremony was finished guests headed into the Carriage House for cocktail hour and dinner. Bill Hamilton designs did the floral in an ombre theme where flowers changed from yellow to pink as they were placed along the long tables. Damask table clothes provided by Chair Covers & Linens added an extra color and texture element to the space. Lizzie photo took some amazing pictures that captured the space perfectly.

Instead of cake Audrey and Ken had a huge variety of cupcakes that Bill displayed, they looked, smelled, and tasted delicious. After dinner and dessert, guests headed back out to the gazebo for dancing. While dancing they were treated to some delicious cider and doughnuts. The Gazebo looked beautiful with the lights hung by Quest. The band Global Village kept guests out on the dance floor having a blast.

Congratulations to you both!

Happy Anniversary Kristen & EJ!

Kristen and EJ wedding

Kristen & EJ were married on February 16th, 2008. They had one of the most personalized receptions I have ever seen – Kristen hand wrote personalized thank you’s to each guest at their place setting! It was absolutely gorgeous. They followed their Michigan wedding with a second celebration in France, which is where EJ is from. Congratulations on seven years of marriage you two!

Valentines Day Proposals

Valentines day is right around the corner, this means that it is proposal season.  Here are some classically romantic ways to ask for her hand in marriage.

Take her to her favorite fancy restaurant and before dessert comes out have the chef write on the plate “Will You Marry Me”. It is a very classic way to propose, but still very sweet and romantic.

Take advantage of all this snow and surprise her by having “Will You Marry Me” written in the snow.

You could write it with rose petals, but make sure it isn’t windy out!

 

Do a scavenger hunt; give her clues to lead her to different places. On each clue have something that you love about her. Once she figures out the final clue and makes it to the last location be waiting for her on one knee.

 

Get you friends and family involved and make a fun video of you proposing. Show your girlfriend the video when you are all cuddled up on the couch after a delicious dinner.

 

Take her down to Detroit to go ice-skating at Campus Martius, while out on the rink skate to the middle with her hand in yours and pop the question!

Take her on a winter picnic. Get all bundled up grab lots of blankets and hot chocolate. Build a snowman, have a snowball fight, and when she is least expecting it ask her to marry you.

Movie themed proposals are fun and unique. Pick a movie that is significant to you as a couple.  With the movie UP recreate the adventure book scene by creating a book of your own then ask her if she wants to start you’re next adventure together.

If she is a fan of winter sports take her skiing and surprise her by proposing while you are riding on the chair lift.

 

Flash mobs are always a great idea for more adventurous couples. Surprise your ladylove in a public space with an outbreak of dancers. Make sure to put on your dancing shoes and move to the beat.

 

The best advice we could give a man looking to propose, is make sure it’s unique to you as a couple. With February 14th being a day dedicated to love, what could possibly be a better time to ask the love of your life to be your wife?

Niru & Zach are Married! 08.31.2014

Niru & Zach were married on August 31st last year at the University of Michigan Museum of Art. The ceremony was performed outside in the courtyard, with most guests underneath a tent and the mandap placed outside, draped with flowers and covered in bougainvillea.

We worked with Niru for several months, making sure that the vision she had for her wedding came to life and was carried throughout the day. She loved jewel tones, but wanted them to be understated rather than ostentatious.

Bill Hamilton Designs created the stunning mandap below from birch branches, and hung fabric overhead along with the flowers. Traditional and symbolic flower garlands were also incorporated into the design.

The reception was set up with three rows of long tables inside the Apse of the Museum. The center tables were all uncovered, and the sides featured a bold orange linen from Chair Covers & Linens. Gold chargers were placed at each seat, along with a pocket folded napkin and a wooden elephant which served as the guests’ favors.

Amber uplighting finished up the look – it was brought in by their DJ Naveen. Durling Photography and Shane Tincu Films captured the day beautifully.

Moveable Feast did a fabulous job helping us set the space and serving a delicious meal for the guests. Then it was time to dance the night away!

Congratulations Niru & Zach, we wish you a lifetime of happiness!

Meet Morning Glory Coffee and Pastries

Hi! Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?
My name is Jenn Tilton, and I’m the Executive Pastry Chef at Moring Glory Coffee and Pastries. I’m a certified Pastry Chef through the Baker College Baking/Pastry program. I truly love what I do, and I have a great team behind me that carry the same passion as I do!

-What makes your cakes special from other cake?
I believe me and my team truly put in a lot of caring effort, and only strive to make your vision come to life! We are always researching what’s trendy, keeping the classics, and go way out of the box! I believe all bakery’s have “their” own great talent, but I feel we have a great calibration of styles and personalities that make Morning Glory stand out! 
-How large of wedding cakes are you able to make?
There is no limit. We will make your vision come to life! From a two tier cake all the way to a six tier cake, we will find a way to accommodate you and your guests.

-Do you use fondant or buttercream frosting?
We specialize in both. We are known for our house made buttercream, that’s made daily, but we also have decorators that excel in fondant.

- How far in advance would you recommend people order their cake?
For your celebration cakes we ask for 48 hours, but for wedding cakes most of our clients order their cakes minimally one month prior to their BIG day! We ask for one month in advance to get all the fine details in order. Tasting’s are heldTuesday through Friday’s and we ask for a 48 hour notice, before noon.
-How can people contact you?
You can reach us via phone: 313-647-0298

Morning Glory Coffee and Pastries
85 Kercheval Ave
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236

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