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Thanks to Fox 2 for having us on “The Nine” last week. If you’re looking for some pro planning tips, you can watch our segment here. 

Thanks to Fox 2 for having us on “The Nine” last week. If you’re looking for some pro planning tips, you can watch our segment here

The beautiful Becky and her love Ben are engaged to be married at Lovett Hall this fall. We are so excited to be a part of their big day!

The beautiful Becky and her love Ben are engaged to be married at Lovett Hall this fall. We are so excited to be a part of their big day!

Thank you for the feature, Metro Detroit Bride! 

Brianne and Andrew are getting married this weekend, and they even have their very own coat of arms. Yep, this wedding is going to be amazing. Stay tuned…

Brianne and Andrew are getting married this weekend, and they even have their very own coat of arms. Yep, this wedding is going to be amazing. Stay tuned…

90% of our clients are out of state, and as much as they want to show off their Michigan pride at their wedding, it’s also nice to weave in a little about their current home, too. Remember those cute Chicago posters we displayed on a late night food station last month? Here are more from another designer. Represent your ‘hood! 

90% of our clients are out of state, and as much as they want to show off their Michigan pride at their wedding, it’s also nice to weave in a little about their current home, too. Remember those cute Chicago posters we displayed on a late night food station last month? Here are more from another designer. Represent your ‘hood! 

So much to say about this couple. I met Monica 2 years ago when she applied to work with VLD. Turns out the fashion industry needed her more though, so it didn’t work out, BUT we kept in touch and when her guy proposed, she knew exactly who to call. Monica and Brian, we are SO happy for you - you are gorgeous inside and out. Looking forward to working at the beautiful Montague Inn Lodging and Restaurant in Saginaw today (have you seen the property - it’s gorg!). CONGRATULATIONS to Monica & Brian! (photo cred: jr magat)

So much to say about this couple. I met Monica 2 years ago when she applied to work with VLD. Turns out the fashion industry needed her more though, so it didn’t work out, BUT we kept in touch and when her guy proposed, she knew exactly who to call. Monica and Brian, we are SO happy for you - you are gorgeous inside and out. Looking forward to working at the beautiful Montague Inn Lodging and Restaurant in Saginaw today (have you seen the property - it’s gorg!). CONGRATULATIONS to Monica & Brian! (photo cred: jr magat)

I keep seeing blogs ask stylists and planners if they had to plan their wedding all over again, what would they do? Although I loved my The Great Gatsby-themed wedding and certainly wouldn’t want to change a thing about it, OOOOH would this ever make a great venue! Anyone else want to get all dressed up, sip champagne and listen to jazz in a giant field of ranunculus? We’d all have to travel to The Flower Fields in Carlsbad, CA to attend, but I’d be okay with that. :) (photo credit: the divine dish)

I keep seeing blogs ask stylists and planners if they had to plan their wedding all over again, what would they do? Although I loved my The Great Gatsby-themed wedding and certainly wouldn’t want to change a thing about it, OOOOH would this ever make a great venue! Anyone else want to get all dressed up, sip champagne and listen to jazz in a giant field of ranunculus? We’d all have to travel to The Flower Fields in Carlsbad, CA to attend, but I’d be okay with that. :) (photo credit: the divine dish)

Had an incredible weekend that consisted of getting to see the fabulous David Stark Design and Productionpresent his work not once but TWICE. This was very exciting for our entire team, as we deeply respect his approach and feel we have a very similar philosophy on what it takes to produce an unforgettable event. (Hint: it involves taking risks and daring to be different. YES - exactly!) Anyway, it was awesome. :) Check out his new book ‘The Art of the Party’ if you have the chance. It’s so inspiring and absolutely gorgeous!

Had an incredible weekend that consisted of getting to see the fabulous David Stark Design and Productionpresent his work not once but TWICE. This was very exciting for our entire team, as we deeply respect his approach and feel we have a very similar philosophy on what it takes to produce an unforgettable event. (Hint: it involves taking risks and daring to be different. YES - exactly!) Anyway, it was awesome. :) Check out his new book ‘The Art of the Party’ if you have the chance. It’s so inspiring and absolutely gorgeous!

Cue the confetti! Our 2013 wedding season is officially right around the corner, which means our office hours are changing. As of April 28th and through late October, we are available by appt only Tuesday-Friday and are closed Sunday/Monday, unless prior arrangements have been made. This is when we’ll sleep, hang on the lake, and show off all your cool event photos to our proud friends and families. ;) Thanks for your patience!

Cue the confetti! Our 2013 wedding season is officially right around the corner, which means our office hours are changing. As of April 28th and through late October, we are available by appt only Tuesday-Friday and are closed Sunday/Monday, unless prior arrangements have been made. This is when we’ll sleep, hang on the lake, and show off all your cool event photos to our proud friends and families. ;) Thanks for your patience!

I just stumbled on these soon-to-be-released vintage seed forever stamps and cannot wait to use them on some of our summer/early fall 2013 wedding invitation suites. #adorable

I just stumbled on these soon-to-be-released vintage seed forever stamps and cannot wait to use them on some of our summer/early fall 2013 wedding invitation suites. #adorable

Couldn’t help but post a lil’ sneak peek of Kortney & Ryan’s custom designed invitation suite. ❤✌#detroitisforlovers

Couldn’t help but post a lil’ sneak peek of Kortney & Ryan’s custom designed invitation suite. ❤✌#detroitisforlovers

A successful wedding has the following primary elements (secondary being lots of other things, like awesome vendors and details, but that’s for another day):

#1 a personal and romantic ceremony

#2 a fun cocktail hour

#3 a delicious and intimate meal with great ambiance

#4 an all out RIDICULOUS dance party - like this one from a wedding we did this past summer, dj’ed by DJ C4.

Don’t forget about any part of it, especially the last part. You can have the most beautiful wedding on the planet and have it be BORING (I’ve seen it many times). Consider everything from your entertainment to your staffing, and don’t forget that your band or DJ directs the day. If you don’t have a proper MC, chances are the energy and flow of your day will suffer.

You want to give your guests an experience. There are many moving parts, and it should feel natural but clearly planned and cohesive. Hope this helps! 

Just in time for our Downton Abbey/garden party-themed auction next weekend, I found these. Who needs striped straws when you can have PATTERNED straws? Woo! (Only a matter of time before I “need” step and repeat VLD circle logo straws, too. Just sayin’!) More fun prints here. Cheers!

Just in time for our Downton Abbey/garden party-themed auction next weekend, I found these. Who needs striped straws when you can have PATTERNED straws? Woo! (Only a matter of time before I “need” step and repeat VLD circle logo straws, too. Just sayin’!) More fun prints here. Cheers!

A couple preview shots from Abby Rose this past weekend, plus an email from our bride (this makes me sooo happy): “The wedding was more amazing than we ever even dreamed! We had so much fun and our guests were going crazy over how great everything was. At the end of the night the dance floor was packed and people were BEGGING Andy to play another song! The party continued in the hotel bar until 3am. :) Anyways, I just wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart…..I LOVE YOU! HUGE success!!!”