This weekend I was the wedding officiant for a lovely couple. They chose the Gem Theatre in Detroit, Mi. (the picture below is not them - but great all the same).
The venue was AMAZING! Not only was the ceremony site magnificent...we were on a stage and there was balcony seating!! But the staff was just wonderful. They attended to every little detail and remained on top of it for the entire time I was on site.
I can not wait to show a few pics from their actual wedding - the groom created these amazing wood carvings that the groomsmen wore and he created bracelets for the bridesmaids.
I just did the most lovely intimate wedding ceremony at the Iroquois Club in Bloomfield Hills, Mi.
Having never been there I had no idea what to expect. The entrance is beautiful and very nicely decorated. Once you enter you are greeted by warm tones and a sense of calm. The decor is modern and welcoming. The ceremony I did today was in a beautiful little room with about 10 guests, they were doing a luncheon after the ceremony.
When the ceremony was completed a waiter was right there to take orders for refreshments for the guests. The manager I met was a lovely woman and very helpful.
I would recommend this venue to anyone looking for a wedding ceremony and or reception for a small intimate ceremony to up to 280 people.
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The Rose Ceremony
The Rose Ceremony is simple yet profoundly moving. The bride and groom exchange two red roses, symbolizing the giving and receiving of their love for each other throughout their entire married life. The Rose Ceremony also conveys how to use the rose and its symbolism in difficult times in order to forgive each other.
“Your gift to each other for your wedding today has been your wedding rings – which shall always be an outward demonstration of your vows of love and respect; and a public showing of your commitment to each other.
You now have what remains the most honorable title which may exist between a man and a woman – the title of “husband” and “wife.” For your first gift as husband and wife, that gift will be a single rose.
In the past, the rose was considered a symbol of love and a single rose always meant only one thing – it meant the words “I love you.” So it is appropriate that for your first gift – as husband and wife – that gift would be a single rose.
Please exchange your first gift as husband and wife. In some ways it seems like you have not done anything at all. Just a moment ago you were holding one small rose – and now you are holding one small rose. In some ways, a marriage ceremony is like this. In some ways, tomorrow is going to seem no different than yesterday. But in fact today, just now, you both have given and received one of the most valuable and precious gifts of life – one I hope you always remember – the gift of true and abiding love within the devotion of marriage.
_________ and _____________, I would ask that where ever you make your home in the future –
whether it be a large and elegant home – or a small and graceful one – that you both pick one very special location for roses; so that on each anniversary of this truly wonderful occasion you both may take a rose to that spot both as a recommitment to your marriage – and a recommitment that THIS will be a marriage based upon love.
In every marriage there are times where it is difficult to find the right words. It is easiest to hurt who we most love. It is easiest to be most hurt by who we most love. It might be difficult some time to words to say “I am sorry” or “I forgive you”; “I need you” or “I am hurting”. If this should happen, if you simply can not find these words, leave a rose at that spot which both of you have selected – for that rose than says what matters most of all and should overpower all other things and all other words.
That rose says the words: “I still love you.” The other should accept this rose for the words which cannot be found, and remember the love and hope that you both share today.
__________ and ________, if there is anything you remember of this marriage ceremony, it is that it was love that brought you here today, it is only love which can make it a glorious union, and it is by love which your marriage shall endure.”
Recently www.theknot.com featured a blog post about guests taking pictures during the ceremony - check it out here: http://blog.theknot.com/2013/10/07/wedding-guests-camera-etiquette-what-not-to-do/
As your wedding minister/officiant I know that we have worked so very hard to not only write the perfect ceremony but to plan who is sitting where, what music would be best and what positions work well for photographs and really just thinking of every detail possible.
I personally have no issue with guests taking photos during the ceremony. However I have noticed that with so many wonderful phones that have great camera's it seems every guest is set on capturing "the photo". While this is really sweet and I'm sure comes from a place of love...it may not make for the best photos for your professional photographer - you know the person (s) you spent so much time finding then interviewing and not to mention PAYING...well, it's hard with every guest angling for the best photo for your photographer to get the best picture for you to have for yourselves. I mean think about it...your hoping and dreaming of this photo:
But instead end up with something close to this