Love, Laughter and Joy, that is what I felt on Saturday.
I could feel the love between the couple and the crisp white of the venue, Boulder Pointe, was a beautiful backdrop to Brooke and Billy's carefully selected flowers and details.
It is always a joy to be at a wedding and each one has a unique personality. Saturday Brooke and Billy chose to forego a "first look" so the moment she walked down the aisle was the first time Billy saw his soon to be wife all dressed up and ready to begin life anew together. The love was palpable, you could see just how much they truly love each other.
Cheers to Billy and Brooke and congratulations!
It was a beautiful unseasonably warm day in January when I traveled to Detroit, Gem Theatre for a wedding.
Nicolette and Adam are two warm and loving people and together they make a perfect pair. Standing with them on their wedding day was magical.
First let's chat about the venue, Gem Theatre in downtown Detroit Michigan. In 1902, the Twentieth Century Club, a group of cultural, socially prominent women, built a Mission-style building to house their club. The building, now the Century Theatre, is built of red brick trimmed with white sandstone. The first floor originally housed a dining room, while the second floor housed a 400-seat auditorium.
In 1928, the member of the Century club contracted George D. Mason to design a theater addition to the Century Club building. The resulting Spanish Revival-style building was leased to the Little Theatre chain, which showed foreign films, and the building was known as the Little Theatre.
In 1933, due to the Depression, the Twentieth Century Club disbanded. The Little Theatre, however, continued, suffering through several name changes, becoming The Rivoli in 1932, Drury Lane (and then the Europa in 1935, the Cinema in 1936, and the Vanguard Playhouse in 1960. The Vanguard offered live theater rather than movies.
Finally, in 1967, the theatre was named the Gem. The building was used as an adult movie house until it closed in 1978. Soon afterward, developer Charles Forbes purchased the combined Gem/Century building, and began a complete restoration of the Gem Theatre in 1990. The refurbished Gem opened in 1991.
Protected from demolition during urban renewal for Comerica Park, the newest home of the Detroit Tigers, the Gem Theatre and Century Theatre were moved five-blocks on wheels to its new location at 333 Madison Street on 16 October 1997. At a distance of 563 meters (1,850 feet) it is the furthest known relocation of a sizable building.
Now, Nicolette being a performer chose this amazing venue for it's personality and meaning to her - she could stand on stage right where she feels at home!
Adam and Nicolette shared their personal vows and words of love and were united as husband and wife. Her bridesmaid and friend sang opera during the ceremony, we included the greek crowning ceremony and surrounded by their closest family and friends the celebration was beautiful (just like them).
Changing your last name - how and why?
Getting married in 2019? If so, you may be talking about changing your last name after you get hitched. Making the choice to change your last name is deeply personal and no one should tell you what is right or wrong for you. If you choose to change your last name just know there are a few steps on how to change your last name.
I was chatting with a friend the other day about marriage and how it requires work to make a good marriage good and how nobody really discusses the actual marriage part of getting married.
So, I'm here to open the discussion to begin talking about the marriage part of getting married. Now, I'm not an expert, or a therapist. I am a woman who has been married for 18 years (just celebrated that this weekend). I love my partner, my husband (Bob) and I love the marriage we have created. That's right, we created our marriage.
Bob and I put in the work, what does that mean you ask? Well that means a lot of what I like to call "adult conversations". Adult conversations for us are a opportunity to sit down and discuss to talk, it is not yelling and arguing and walking away mad. We are adults and we know that we need to talk in order to resolve our differences or to bring to the table anything that may be concerning us.
Now, it took us awhile to get to this point of not arguing, it took us years to understand each other and what works for us. I know that Bob simply does not yell or argue, it's just not who he is. I know that if he get's quiet...that's when I need to ask questions, I need to set aside time for us to grab a coffee and talk. And likewise he knows that if I'm having all the feelings and overwhelmed he needs to take a minute to talk with me to seek to understand what's going on.
But most of all, we know the benefits of simply talking to each other to seek to listen and understand each other.
I encourage you to set aside time to have adult conversations with your partner. These don't have to be just to settle a disagreement. These adult conversations are a wonderful tool to get ahead of things to discuss what you want your marriage to be and how to create it. To layout a plan for your marriage, a plan that you both know you want so that your expectations are said out loud so that you have an opportunity to meet them.
I encourage you to work on your marriage each and every day. There will be days that stink, days that just feel yucky...and you know what? That's totally normal! One bad day does not make a bad marriage. But, if you can recognize the bad day, if you can seek to understand why? To make the time to have an adult conversation about it. Then my friend you are moving in the right direction to creating your own version of a happy marriage.
Introducing Holly Hotel Elopement Packages! I am so excited to partner with Holly Hotel (which is an upscale restaurant in downtown Holly) as they offer this amazing elopement package.
Just ELOPE! The perfect place is the Holly Hotel!
Many couples choose to elope because it's incredibly romantic and completely stress-free. It's a unique departure from the typical wedding style, ensuring your big day is all about the love you share with your partner. Our elopement packages couldn't be any easier for you and your betrothed. On the day of your wedding, you simply show up and say "I do." Then you enjoy the rest of your time sipping wine and enjoying a romantic dinner at the Holly Hotel.
An exclusive venue for your ceremony!
Bottle of Wine or Champagne
Your wedding officiant included and waiting for you!
Bridal bouquet for the bride
Boutonniere for the groom
Photography taken by our staff
A five course Holly Hotel Dinner for Two
A petite wedding cake
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Each additional dinner guest $45 inclusive.
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Marilyn and Marty created a relaxing and romantic environment for their wedding ceremony at Planterra Conservatory in West Bloomfield.
They wrote their own vows to each other and as they shared them we all could not help but get lost in the moment.
Their shared smiles and looks of adoration made it easy for all of us present o see their love and to celebrate with them.
Planterra Conservatory in West Bloomfield offers a unique indoor garden for your wedding ceremony. The staff is attentive and they do such a wonderful job start to finish.
Ashley and Keith chose to keep things simple and easy breezy. They had been together for over 10 years and as we celebrated their past it was easy to see how much they love each other and how easy their friendship was.
They included a planting ceremony to symbolize the nurture and care they would give to their marriage. It was a sweet little bit and what a lovely way to remember your wedding day.
Hand Ceremony; you are asked to join hands as I or someone of your choosing reads the following:
These are the hands of your best friend, young and strong and full of love for you, that are holding yours on your wedding day as you promise to love each other today, tomorrow and forever.
These are the hands that will work along side yours as together you build your future.
These are the hands that will passionately love you and cherish you through the years, and with the slightest touch will comfort you like no other.
These are the hands that will hold you when fear or grief temporarily comes your way.
These are the hands that will countless times wipe the tears from your eyes, tears of sorrow and tears of joy.
These are the hands that will tenderly hold your children.
These are the hands that will give you support and encouragement to chase down your dreams.
These are the hands that will hold you tight as you struggle through difficult times.
These are the hands that will give you strength when you need it.
These are the hands that will lift your chin and brush your cheek as they raise your face to look into eyes that are filled with overwhelming love for you.
And lastly, these are the hands that even when wrinkled and aged will still be reaching for yours, still giving you the same unspoken tenderness with just a touch.
Wine Box/Love Letter; You are asked to write each other a love letter and bring them on the day of your wedding along with a bottle of wine placed in a decorative box. During the ceremony we explain that the Wine Box should be opened on your 5th wedding anniversary.
“Today _____ and _____ bring with them a love letter. I asked that they write this letter to each other expressing what qualities they liked in each other and what about their partner stood out and why they wanted to marry this person. They were asked to seal these letters without reading them to each other.
______ and _____ will place these letters in a box along with a bottle of their favorite wine and will seal this box.
The box should be put in a place of honor in your home so that when you look at it you are reminded of the love that you shared today, your wedding day.
On your fifth wedding anniversary you should open the box, share a glass of wine and read the love letters. It is a wonderful time to celebrate the years you have shared together and to be reminded of all the qualities your partner has that first drew you together.
However, if before your fifth anniversary you should have a disagreement, a moment that the two of you can not seem to find a common ground. I would suggest you take a moment to open the box, have a glass of wine and read those love letters.
Even if you are not seeing eye-to-eye at that very moment, it will remind you of all the reasons you choose this person as your partner and all the things that helped shape the life they've created together. And just maybe that disagreement won’t seem so bad and you can again find a common ground to move forward on.