“Mini” Day-of Coordinator~ $350
This service is for the bride and groom who just want assurance that a professional will handle reception set-up and coordination only. If your worrying if your cake made it to the reception? If the DJ arrived on time? If the chair covers and centerpieces are set-up and a zillion other things then give us a call! Wouldn't peace of mind that everything is being handled behind the scenes and running smoothly make you happy?
You will receive the following benefits:
Wedding Day Timeline ~ Accessories Checklist ~ Confirmation of Vendors
Confirm tables have correct number of chairs, favors, etc. before guest arrival.
Set-up unity candle, guest book/pen, place cards, table numbers, pictures, table cameras, cake napkins, favors, menus, toasting flutes, candles, cake and knife set, card holder, tape loose cards to gifts upon arrival, etc.
Assist guests with seating cards by finding their table/seat at reception.
Coordination of Events at Reception (grand entrance, dining, dances, toasts, cake cutting, garter and bouquet toss)
Behind-the-scenes items such as dimming lights for bridal dances, supervise reception, check ladies room for toilet paper, paper towels and make sure trash is emptied as many times the hall is so busy they forget.
Pack up and wash toasting flutes, cake knife and gather other items belonging to you before our departure including gifts.
Unlimited e-mails and one consultation meeting to finalize plans.
Includes 6 hours departing no later than 10 p.m. Additional hours can be purchased at an hourly rate if you feel this is not enough coverage. You may upgrade to the full Day-of Coordinator Service which includes ceremony presence and coordination.
We will ask you to complete a questionnaire pertaining to all of your plans, vendors, attendants and more. If we are not already familiar with your reception site we will also visit to see layout and meet the on-site contact for questions.
If you’re worrying about the management of the day you won't be having a good time!
Call 248-408-4602 for availability on your date
to review all of our planning ensembles
Tracie Morris, certified wedding planner
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
Another breezy early August wedding day! And...........yet another wedding day where I already knew a large part of the bridal party!
Colleen and her lovely gals prepared for the big day at the home of Colleens dad. It was here I was able to get the great details shots as well as the individual photos of Colleen and each of her bridesmaids! Once we finished up these photos Colleens brother and nephew hopped in my car so we could get over to the church before the girls to get the photos of Evan and each of his groomsmen.
While outside of the church taking the guys photos, the limo pulled up with the girls, so I quickly made Evan run down to the end of the block where he could see Colleen getting into the church and hiding.
After the ceremony and family formal photos, I followed the limo bus over to the cemetery where Colleen sweetly left flowers on her Mothers grave- what a special and bittersweet moment I was able to capture.
The reception was held at Sycamore Hills Country Club, which has a great area on the green for outdoor photos to take advantage of- and that we did until it was time to get back inside for announcements and dinner!
Congrats you two! It was so fabulous to work with you both- and to see you so much too! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo
Future Brides Tip: If you would like to honor a passed loved on by means of a locket or special token to carry with you down the isle, talk to your florist about attaching it to your bocquet. They most likely will attach it for you if you give it to them at your final meeting.
Oooooooh! What a fabulous day for a wedding- breezy, overcast and giant puffy clouds- you can't get much better than that for photography!
If there is one thing that really puts me in my element on a wedding day is being able to be around friends and family that already know me due to photographing another family members wedding already! I have to say, these days, almost every wedding that I do, I have a past bride, groom or other family member of theirs present- I guess that is what happens when you are all word of mouth! I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
In this particular instance, I had photographed April's brother Jason and his wife Melissa's wedding back in 2007; at the same church too, so I was used to everything and everywhere!
I started my day off at the church where April and her girls were getting dressed. After the detail photos of the shoes, dress, invitation and jewelry, April prepared herself to see Matt before the ceremony for some photos.
Just like I always do in this situation, I prefer for it to be just me, the bride and groom and no one else for the "first look" if it happens before the ceremony. I pick a picturesque spot, take the groom and put him in his place. I then threaten him that if he turns around before I tell him he can, I will harm a certain part of him- this always does the trick and the groom always behaves. Then I bring out my bride and get some cool artistic photos before I let him turn around. Once I give the groom the go-ahead, I kind of back away, as only to capture the moment and NOT to intrude. I give the couple about 5 minutes of talk time, then I start preparing them for some photos.
After we did this, it started sprinkling a tad bit we so went back in the church took care of the group family photos. This is one great feature about seeing each other in advance is being able to get the group photos of the immediate family done ahead of time. Not only can I generally get the family photos done in 15 minutes instead of the normal 30 (it takes 10 minutes just to gather the moms and dads up for photos after because they are yap yap yapping with guests :)) but it also gives everyone a break from photos for a while instead of about 2 straight hours of standing and smiling.
We immediately left the church after the ceremony and headed over to take more outdoor photos at Madonna University. After we finished up the remainder photos there, we headed over to the reception at St. Mary's in Livonia. I LOVE this hall because it is so spacious and everyone has room to move around :)
Congrats you guys! I had so much fun with you both! April- email me so I can give you the password to the other "one" that is now locked down! (I'll explain when we chat!) xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo
Future Brides Tip: Please be sure to bring an invitation with you to where you are getting dressed so your photographer can take some artsy photos with it!
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Monday, March 22, 2010
Friday, March 12, 2010
I love my Alli. Don't get me wrong, Peter is an awesome dude, but my Alli is just fabulous for a chickie!
I started off the day in Allison's suite at the Inn at St. Johns. I LOVE LOVE the rooms there- so great and picturesque. Taking photos in any of the rooms because of the light is great- if you have a balcony room- it's that much better!
I laid all of Allison's wedding goods out for some detail shots- her dress, veil, shoes, jewelery, etc. Once those shots were complete, I got some great photos of her putting her couture gown on. I LOVED her dress- it was so different and unique! Don't get me wrong, ALL of my brides make beautiful choices for their wedding dresses, but her gown was one I had never seen before, except in magazines.
Once we were finished on the suite, it was time for the ceremony to begin in the chapel!
After the mass and the group family photos, we headed out to the waterfall and garden area for the photos of the bride and groom and their bridal party.
The reception was held in the Judea room, and they really went all out. The wine theme was extremely prevalent, as there were wine artifacts all over the place. They mixed that with an Italian vineyard theme, and you picked up on it everywhere you went. One reason why I was so touched is because for their favors, they gave a crystal wine glass with wine charms attached. To make me comfortable, Allison sat me at the table with her mom, and it was then her mom explained to me how she spent hours trying to find me a wine charm for my glass that was a camera and couldn't find one; so she opted for an "A" charm. I was so touched it brought me to tears- It made me feel very good and special!
As always, the food was fabulous at St. Johns, and we really couldn't have had a better day!
Congrats Allison and Peter! Remember Allison, dad is watching you from above and is very proud :) xoxoxoxoxooxox
*Future Brides Tip: Keep in mind that no matter what type of ceremony you will have, you will most likely sign your marriage license afterwards, before the group photos begin. This will last about 10 minutes!