When I met with Paula, Nick and Paula’s parents, they were starting from ground zero. A few things that they did know were that they wanted an elegant wedding and they needed a wedding planner that would walk with them, and more importantly, guide them through the entire planning process.
Keeping the design aesthetic consistent in every detail was essential. What started as a simple burgundy and grey color scheme evolved into a romantic and dimensional color palette with shades of deep reds, blushes, and pops of mauve.
With both the ceremony and reception in ballrooms, it was important to embrace these elegant styles while incorporating some important traditions. With Nick being raised Catholic and Paula having a Jewish background, they wanted their entire wedding celebration to be special and meaningful for them but welcoming and inclusive for all. The beautiful chuppah they stood under had her Grandpa’s prayer shawl hanging above them and was adorned in hundreds of flowers by my team. They had more traditional Catholic vows and then ended with the Jewish stomping of the glass at the end of the ceremony.
With the tall ceilings at McKay Ballroom, we incorporated tall arrangements to really fill the space. The white dupioni linens set the stage for the tablescapes and all the small details like the burgundy velvet ribbons and white blooms that were placed at every place setting. The evening was filled with a memorable Father of the Bride speech, Paula surprising Nick with a soloist to serenade their first dance, and the hora. It was truly a wonderful celebration and I loved being a part of it. Congratulations to Paula and Nick!
Ceremony Venue | St. Cecilia Music Center
Reception Venue | McKay Ballroom
Design, Planning & Coordination | JS Weddings & Events
Photographer | Karyn May Photography
Floral Designer | JS Weddings & Events
Hair + Makeup | Pomp & Artistry
Officiant | My West Michigan Wedding
Reception Vocalist | Sarah Brown Soprano
Catering | Martha’s Catering
Cake | Ryke’s Bakery
DJ | Music Host Entertainment
Transportation | Affordable Limousine
Linen Rentals | Special Occasions
Invitation Suite | Invitations By Dawn
Calligraphy | Lief Design
Dress | Bianka Bridal
Shoes | Jimmy Choo