Thursday, July 26, 2007

Our lucky 7/7/07 Wedding!!

The Grand Traverse Resort and Spa served as host for the marriage of Laren and David.

We first caught up to our bride and her party at ths salon while finishing touches to hair and make-up were being applied.

Lauren returned to her room to finish getting dressed and then, accompaied by her parents, went to meet David at the Pavillion. The Groom was obvisously taken aback by his beautiful bride. We took this time before the ceremony to take Bride and Groom portraits, as well as family groupings.

It was then time for our couple to return inside and meet with the Rabbi for the signing of the Ketubah. The Ketubah is the marriage contract which is signed by the couple, their parents and the Rabbi. It has standing as a legal document and the couple is now married in the eyes of their faith.

The ceremony was held outside under the pavillion. Even mans best freind was an honored guest. The couple stood under the Chuppah that had been Larens grandmothers. The couple drank from the Kiddish cup to symbolize their joy. The glass was broken and shouts of Mazel Tov and congradulations greeted the couple as the made their way down the asile.

The Michigan Room was transformed into a thing of beauty. The flowers were exquisite. Their florist and designer from Chicago did a masterful job. Lighting, draping and linins all went together to make a very impressine place to celebrate.

~~Cathy, Blogmaster

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Queens Castle at Castle Farms

We found ourselves back at Castle Farms on June 30 for the wedding of Chris and Katie. Castle Farms is very expansive, and offers several areas to hold your wedding. Katie and Chris choose to be married at the Queens Castle. From the stone arches to the center court fountain, the Queens courtyard is a very regal setting.

The Kings Hall served as the reception site. Guest amused themselves after the ceremony by playing chess on the giant outdoor lawn board, with games of croquet, and soaking up sun while enjoying hors d'oeuvres and cocktails.

The hall looked lovely, with tables being decorated with beautiful deep deep red calla lilies, which accented the elegant black and white theme of the wedding.

Katie and Chris had a wonderful affair and we wish them much happiness in the future.
~~~Cathy, Blogmaster

Friday, July 6, 2007

A Castle Wedding!

On June 24th Crystal and Dan said their vows at Charlevoix's Castle Farms. Castle Farms is a very unique venue for a wedding. It was originally built as a dairy farm, and has been many things over the years, even a concert venue for such groups as Aerosmith and Ozzy Osborne. Today, after extensive renovations, it offers couples the opportunity to get married at a medival castle.

Dan and Crystal came from southern Michigan to have such a wedding. The beautiful Knights Courtyard was the setting for the outside ceremony. With help from her attendants, big and small, the bride prepared for her ceremony. The couple exchanged their vows under a stone arch that leads to one of the many towers.

Guests were treated to a cocktail hour on the courtyard lawn and we used this area for shots of our bride and groom and many of the wedding guests. The reception was held in the adjacent Knights Hall. With its stone work and high timbers, you never lose the feeling of being in a castle.

After enjoying dinner the guests helped the couple celebrate their marriage with their first dance.

With the fine services of George McDonald from Harbor View Entertainment, everyone enjoyed an evening of dancing and entertainment at the Castle.

As always, our very best to Crystal and Dan.

~~~ Cathy, Blogmaster