Meet Brent & Jess!

Welcome to our newest Q&A! Tell us about yourself: I am Jessica Williams, the Jess in Brent&Jess. Family is really important to me. I love sentimental things.I have a BFA from Maine College of Art.I live on the beautiful cost of Maine with my three kids two dogs and Husband business partner Brent.

What is something unique about you? I have a passion for my family and honoring the past.  I love old photos and reading my grandparents love letters they wrote during WWII.

How do we create a fingerprint ring? Brent is our innovator, inventor.  He came up with our patented process for making the wrapped fingerprint rings.  We have some excellent technology as well as an artistry behind our rings.  We were some of the original makers of the fingerprint rings.  Ours are handcrafted with Love. Our fingerprints are not just a light surface mark on the ring they are a texture.

Can we create our own ring? We have a consultative process, so yes! We are happy to work with you on specifications you would like your ring to have.  We have a Brent&Jess look we work in and will not copy other designers styles.  We use YOUR unique fingerprint to create your custom ring.  We work in Sterling, gold (white, rose, yellow), platinum and palladium.

How much do these cost? Starting cost is $195 in Sterling silver.  The gold market is quite a bit higher.  For 14k gold they are priced by ring size dependent on the gold market.  For a size 7 3mm ring (narrow) it would be $480 in 14k white.

Can we do jewelry other than rings? Yes we handcraft Necklaces and bracelets as well :)

What else can we put on a ring other than a fingerprint? We can use your handwriting as well. We have made some extraordinary rings with personal handwritten sentiments on them.

How can we get a hold of you? We love emails :) info@brentjess.com  or you like phone calls we can do that too. (888) 370-7042

Meet Andrea Casey!

If you are thinking of using chalkboards for your wedding, whether it is for seating charts, welcome signs, or an itinerary, you need to check out Andrea Casey! We did a fun Q & A with her!

Tell us about yourself? I’m born and raised in Connecticut, attended School of Visual Arts in Manhattan and I’m now living back home with the coolest boyfriend ever. We have an organic garden, we play the best music on our vinyl record player, and we hike all over the place. Thankfully my job allows me to work from home full time (and ship out nationwide) and it often feels too-good-to-be-true!

 How you started your company? Sort of by accident…I quit my previous  job at a screen printing shop (sweat shop – it was awful) from getting sick off fumes, and found myself hectically looking for work when I realized there was a real market to be made on hand-drawn lettering in a broad spectrum. And from there my persistence went crazy!

 What you can do for our couples? Anything that requires signs or illustrations. Seating charts, welcome signs, invitation design, photo booth back drops, programs, menus, table numbers, portraits, event paintings, etc…

Something unique about you? I care about the Earth more than anything else. In all aspects of my life – from what I consume, to where it comes from, to what it’s made of. I allow zero chemicals, toxins, or waste in my life – and that includes my work. All of the materials I use have little carbon footprint, are chemical-free and are from  recycled materials whenever the option is available.

 

Costs? My pricing is dependent on sizing and content. See attached photo for some examples…

And anything else you think our couples would like to know. I provide sketches of every proposed project before the finished product which are based on a series of questions asked to the each client; such as, color theme, style, illustration requests, and font options. This way, I ensure a happy customer experience and they feel their vision is being accurately translated.

Melanie King, TwoFoot Creative

 

Anni & Rafael’s Professional Pictures!

Take a break and enjoy these amazing pictures from Amanda Mae Photography! These are from Anni & Rafael’s August 9th wedding at Cottonwood in Dexter, MI.

Sunbeam Candles

David from Sunbeam Candles sent these amazing candles to our office, and they smell so good! We had to share them with you! They are eco-friendly and would be a great addition to your wedding day! Here is a post written by David about their company:

“Add a classic touch to your wedding and give memorable gifts with eco-crafted candles. The soft flickering glow of candlelight is unique—it has the magical effect of creating a warm, inviting setting that lingers in the mind long after your special event is past. Lighting a flame universally symbolizes creation, new beginnings, and rekindling of memories.

Sunbeam Candles is solar-powered and is committed to socially responsible, environmentally sound, ethical and sustainable business practices to promote wellness for our customers and employees. We are professional chandlers who craft our candles in small batches with care, using non-toxic ingredients and reducing waste as much as we can. Sunbeam Candles offers an extensive collection of pillars, tapers, and votives that are perfect for weddings. The pricing varies depending on the type and quantity of candles you need, and whether you’d like to take advantage of our customization options. We offer pure beeswax, non-GMO soy wax, and aromatherapy candles crafted with 100% pure essential oils.  A full brochure & price list can be found on our website and we are happy to answer any questions or give quotes by phone or email.

We are a small business, which means you get the personal attention you deserve to help you customize your order. We work with you to ensure that your order is crafted to perfection and shipped to your destination on time.

About our candles: Sunbeam candles are crafted from the purest ingredients available. We source all our beeswax and certified non-GMO soy wax from U.S.-based beekeepers and farmers. Our scented candles are crafted with 100% pure essential oils (we never use synthetic fragrances). We offer our aromatherapy candles in pure beeswax, our own beeswax/soy wax blend, soy wax (in tins), and a paraffin/palm oil blend of waxes. We also offer unscented beeswax and soy wax options. Pure beeswax burns beautifully and emits negative ions. Our beeswax line is extensive and includes hand-dipped tapers, votives, pillars and a variety of specialty shapes. Please consult our price list to view your custom label options.”

Crate and Barrel fall Inspiration!

We love Crate and Barrel and we get inspired every time we look through their magazine we find ideas for weddings! Their fall look book had some great ideas but we love this living room picture that gave us the idea for this inspiration board.

Ilse & Ken – the professional shots!

Ilse and Ken were married on September 6th at the Chapel at Concordia University in Ann Arbor, and their reception followed at the Gandy Dancer. Nicole Haley took these amazing photos of their big day – enjoy!

Links Of Novi

We wanted to share with you the Links of Novi. It’s such a nice place to have a wedding, and if you are looking for a place to have your ceremony and reception you should definitely check them out! We did a Q & A with them to give you some more information:

What is the guest capacity?  The Links of Novi Dining room can accommodate up to 150 with dancing for a wedding reception.  We also have another private room perfect for showers and rehearsal dinners that will seat up to 50 guests. 

Can we bring outside food in? All food and beverage must be ordered through the Links of Novi with the exception of wedding cakes which can be brought in.

What time does our event need to end? Most receptions are 4 to 5 hours in length.  End time will depend upon the start time.  We do not have any restrictions as to what time a party must end.

Do you have ceremony spots? We have a few options for ceremonies!  A lovely grassy area off the dining room/club house or a covered patio adjacent to the dining room.  Each will accommodate 150 guests, or a private room that will accommodate up to 100 guests for a ceremony.

What is your minimum for an event?  We do not have a minimum number of guests required for an event.  We do have minimum food and beverage purchase requirements that very depending upon the time of year, day of the week and which room is being used.

Can we customize our menu?  We have wedding packages that are customizable.  You choose which menu items you want.  If you would like something that is not on our menus, our chef most likely will be able to accommodate your request.

Do you have a bridal room to get ready in?  We have a very nice large rest room to change in.  I recommend brides and their attendants get ready at a hotel or home and bring their dresses to change into here at the golf club.

Can we bring in our own linen and chairs? You may bring in chair covers or specialty linens.  Communication is key here so set up goes smoothly.  Chairs may be brought in, however, the client must provide for storage for existing chairs which can get costly.

What is something unique about your venue? Guests enjoy beautiful panoramic views of the golf course. There is a lovely fireplace in the dining room.  They will also enjoy the use of a wrap around covered patio off the dining room.  Couples are welcome to come early and take pictures on the golf course.

What makes you stand out?  We have an amazingly friendly staff.  They love to host weddings!  Our goal is to do it YOUR way! And ensure you have a relaxing and enjoyable evening with your family and friends.

 

 

ABC at Cafe Habana

September’s ABC (Association of Bridal Consultants) meeting was held at Cafe Habana which is located underneath Lena on Main St. in Ann Arbor. There were about 25 of us in the moody room downstairs, and the food was simply amazing! Stevie B. Photography took these beautiful pictures, thank you!

Rachel & Alex – the professional shots!

Rachel & Alex were married on August 2nd at the First Congregational Church in Ann Arbor, with a reception following at the Michigan Union down the street. Stockin Photographic took the pictures shown here, it was great to work with them for the first time!

Meet Drop Dead Gorgeous!

We had the opportunity to meet Hayley Suder of Drop Dead Gorgeous at the Knot Party. Hayley understands that being a bride is an overwhelming job and it seems like you have to be in a million places at once. She created Drop Dead Gorgeous to make the bride’s job a little easier. Hayley Suder and her team of stylists offer on-location hair and makeup service.

 Hayley graduated from the Douglas J Aveda Institute in downtown Royal Oak in 2009 and shortly after she started working in a salon. While she was working in the salon she had the opportunity to do makeup applications and a lot of formal styling and she fell in love with both of them. Homecoming and Prom season were always her favorite times at the salon because she got to do what she really loved! After getting engaged and planning her own wedding she fell in love with it even more. She loved the wedding planning process and wanted to be a part of a brides special day. So she decided to leave the salon she was working at and start Drop Dead Gorgeous!

Hayley has 5 other girls that work with her so they are able to accommodate any party size! Something unique that she does is offer package pricing at a discounted price. Their most popular package is the Drop Dead Gorgeous Bride which is your trial run hair and makeup, and wedding day hair and makeup for $250. They also have our Drop Dead Gorgeous Bridesmaid package that is a discount price for brides with bridal parties of 6 or more for $105, normally it’s $115.

All of their makeup applications include airbrush and false lashes and you can choose if you want individual lashes or strip lashes. They use airbrush makeup because it is weightless so it feels like your own skin. It makes your skin look AMAZING without it looking like you have on tons of makeup. Its great for all skin types, and even mature skin. It looks beautiful on everyone and it photographs really well. It’s also incredibly long lasting. They also highly recommend brides do a trial hair and make-up run so that they are able to try different looks until they find the look they imagined for there big day. 

Contact information:

www.ddghairandmakeup.com

ddghairandmakeup@gmail.com

Phone:(248) 464-1777

Written By: Rachel Putnam, TwoFoot Creative Ann Arbor