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TRADITIONAL PARTY - Nikki was feted in celebration of her 18th Birthday by Family and Friends in downtown Detroit, at the Courtyard Marriott, across the street from the Renaissance Center. The weather outside was cool and drizzly, but the atmosphere inside was warm and festive.
Black and Gold were the theme colors and they were sprinkled in combination on the paper goods (invitations, itinerary, menu), linens (table cloths, napkins, seat slipcovers) and food (special order cake and appetizers).
THE EVENING - The evening’s itinerary consisted of The Grand Entrance, The Blessing, The Dinner, 18 Roses Dance, 18 Candles Cake, Cake Cutting and the dancing. There were many touching, memorable moments: the Celebrant’s dance with her Dad, as her Mom looked on with tearful pride; the slide show made by her sister of her growing-up years; the Celebrant’s funny gestures during her grand entrance; the many jokes shared by close family and friends. Family and friends had traveled to downtown Detroit to be a part of this day. They hailed from Chicago, Texas, England (U.K.) and Canada.
It was a wonderful party, hosted by loving parents, for a beautiful girl, to celebrate a milestone in her life, and the love and good wishes were palpable in the atmosphere. Congrats and Happy Birthday!
RAINED OUT - Our friend (he’s Alumni and a season ticket holder) got emailed about an event, on the football stadium grounds, to watch the Star Wars movie. Unfortunately, when we showed up, it was rained out and set for rescheduling. The staff, that was there, let us go in to the locker room for a tour, and on to the field.
VICTORY DANCE - We figured this would probably be our only chance to run the field, end-to-end, and do our touchdown victory dance, so we each took turns. I am sure the stadium staff laughed as hard as we did. Good thing none of us play real football because it’s better to keep some of those victory dances locked up!
CARVED HEARTS - The Bride and Groom fun and creative. They wanted their day to be entertaining for everyone and included small touches so their guests could relax, enjoy, and of course, party. At their reception, guests were guided to sign wooden hearts that were slid into a glass frame, in lieu of a sign in book. They were then directed to pick up their escort cards and upon entering the dining room, were asked to fill out “Date Night” ideas on Popsicle sticks. A candy table was set up after dinner and guests were invited to fill mini burlap bags with stamped with the saying “Love is Sweet.” Gifts to the Bridesmaids included sterling silver necklace with an infinity pendant to represent all of the friendship, love and support they have given.
BIRCH TREE CAKE - To emphasize their love of the outdoors, the Bride and Groom had a cake made to look like birch logs from a tree. They had their names in a heart put in the middle as if it was carved in the tree. (Too cute!) Accompanying the cake were cupcakes in chocolate, vanilla and raspberry.
FAMILY CENTERPIECES - The Bride and Groom had an Uncle help in creating centerpieces for each table. Flat pieces of stump acted as the tray and small branches were cut, sanded, and engraved with the table numbers. The tray also held two mason jars: one for a candle and a larger one for flowers.
LOVELY RAIN - It rained intermittently in the afternoon. Their spirits couldn’t be dampened by the rain even if their post-wedding photo session could have been longer. Big smiles were presented for most of the photos, but there is one photo of the Bride, looking at the Groom, with a small contented smile, and that is my favorite. Nothing says true happiness, like the natural smile that comes to your lips when you feel so lucky to be marrying the person you love
COURTSHIP AND LOVE - Nicole had started a journal, of their courtship, when Michael was deployed overseas. It was her wedding day gift to Michael. Her thoughts (ideas and dreams) as they waited to be together again, were documented on papers (sometimes in collage form) with humor and affection. The groom was presented with this memento before the ceremony started.
PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES - We had a chance to take photos before the ceremony of the bride and groom, separately. But, after the ceremony, when we did the portrait session, it was something different: so much better. While they smiled for the cameras before the wedding (each person sequestered in their own rooms) the smiles they gave us after the ceremony were totally remarkable. You can see it in the photos. They were better versions of themselves when they were together.
HONOR AND DUTY - Michael’s brothers from the Marines, stood as an honor guard, as the couple exited the church. A special message from Michael’s best friend was sent via Skype because he was still stationed overseas. He had planned on being Michael’s Best Man before duty to his country had intervened. He wanted to be a part of the special day and his message was received shortly after dinner. It was a reminder of the personal sacrifices personnel in the military make, for the well-being of our country.