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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Ashley + Zackary 9/20/14 ~ Backyard Bliss


Ashley and Zack hired You’re The Bride for Day-of-Coordination for their September 20th wedding.  Zack’s Aunt and Uncle have a beautiful back yard in Rochester Hills and were kind enough to let them use it for their big day. It was truly the perfect setting. There are tons of trees and enough open space to entertain as well. It felt very peaceful.



Their ceremony took place off to the side of the back yard. They had a beautiful wooden arbor at the end of the aisle and tree stumps lined along the aisle. Our team put flowers in mason jars that Ashley decorated on the stumps and lined the aisle with rose petals.  Ashley looked stunning in her dress. She found a dress and basically redesigned it to be the dress of her dreams! The bridesmaids wore mint green dresses and I loved the groom and groomsmen’s suspenders.  Ashley and Zack’s baby boy, Zanden was their ring bearer and he looked absolutely adorable!





Right after the ceremony cocktail hour began while the bridal party had their pictures taken by Jessica of Flourish Photography. Every guest had their own mason jar with their name and table number on it. During cocktail hour we quickly moved all of the wooden chairs from the ceremony to under the tent. Two nice ladies from the catering company offered their help!





The tent looked beautiful with touches of purple, mint green, burlap, and lace. Every table was a little different with mason jars with flowers, lanterns, candles, and wine bottles. Ashley was really crafty and created most of it herself. It was a ton of set up, but we pulled it off in the nick of time! The cake had a beautiful ombre look to it and they had yummy sugar cookies with purple and green frosting.



After announcing the bridal party and the new couple it was time for the blessing and to eat! The dinner was delicious, but it started to rain! Luckily the guests were under the tent and our team hurried to put the sides on the tent so rain wouldn’t get in the tent. The rain did not hold anyone back, the dance floor was full all night!





Vendors

Day of Coordinator: You’re The Bride, Melissa and Jenna
Venue: Private Residence
Photographer: Flourish Photography, Jessica
Caterer: Capital Banquet Center
Tent and other rentals: Party Place Rental
Flowers: New Creations Flower Company, Kate
DJ: Carlos Alfaro
Bakery: Lisa’s Confection Connection

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Friday, December 5, 2014

Jamie + Seggie 8/23/14 ~ Masonic Temple Detroit


The groom, Seggie, contacted You're The Bride in March with interest in our Day-of Coordination and Rehearsal services. Since the couple lived in  Los Angeles, Melissa and Tracie set up a Skype session to meet the couple and discuss their wedding needs. We had a great conversation and since Tracie was not available personally, Melissa managed the wedding details for the couple as their Lead Coordinator for the festivites along with two Assistants. The couple also ordered their invitations, calligraphy and thank you notes from us.


Jamie and Seggie chose the perfect location to host their Detroit nuptials. The Masonic Temple was a beautiful backdrop to their wedding, which they described as having a unique vintage inspired theme combined with each family's different cultural traditions. The YTB team of Melissa and assistants Emily and Kimberly were there to make sure the couple's vision became a reality.





As both the ceremony and reception were to be held at the Masonic, YTB wasted no time in setting up both the Wedding Chapel and Crystal Ballroom for the glorious occasion. The chapel was set up with bows down the aisle and the center row was tied off with tulle to keep guests from walking down it. When Viviano's arrived with the flowers, they laid white rose petals and candles which finished off the aisle beautifully. The Crystal Ballroom was set up with ruched white chair covers and black sashes, ruched backdrop, and large centerpieces of white hydrangeas. The finishing touch was the up-lighting that bathed the room in gorgeous color and reflected off the chandeliers to really make the room shine. In memory of Jamie's mother, as wedding favors, the family made a special donation to the cancer institute of America in each guests name.




As the ceremony began, the chapel lights were dimmed and the room came to life. The bridesmaids wore mint green floor length chiffon dresses that were perfectly accented with beautiful bouquets of ivory, plum and grey jade florals. Jamie was glowing as she waited to walk down the aisle to her future husband. The ceremony was very touching and incorporated elements from each family's culture. Jamie and Seggie smiled ear to ear as they said their vows to one another and kissed for the first time as husband and wife.

After the ceremony, guests were directed to the Crystal Ballroom where the cocktail hour was held in the foyer while the finishing touches were being made to the ballroom. Entertainment during the cocktail hour consisted of strolling magicians that blended into the crowd and surprised guests with slight of hand. This fun element was not the only surprise in store for Jamie and Seggie's wedding guests.



The reception began with the happy couple's grand entrance and traditional Assyrian dancing. The dance floor was packed as everyone joined in on the dance and celebrated with the bride and groom, even hoisting them up in the air and waving sticks decorated with ribbon and beads. It was all very festive and everyone had a blast. As the guests sat down for their meal, they were serenaded by a saxophone and the photobooth set up in the cocktail area for everyone's enjoyment.





After dinner, the couple had their first dance to the upbeat Sara Bareilles favorite "I Choose You". After the dances, the second surprise of the night came when Seggie's Acappella group Straight No Chaser came out and serenaded Jamie with "Make You Feel My Love". It was romantic and the group sounded amazing as they belted out the tune to celebrate Jamie and Seggie's love for each another. The moment the dance floor opened the party got started and the guests cleared their seats to pack the dance floor. Traditional Assyrian music was mixed with American Top 40 hits as the night progressed. YTB owner and head planner Tracie stopped by to congratulate the couple and see the finished product of months of planning and coordinating with the new Mr. and Mrs. Isho. Jamie and Seggie had one more trick up their sleeves as the famous Detroit Tigers' Baseball Team Mascot, Paws made an appearance and everyone was anxious to get their photo taken with him. Before the night was through, Domino's pizza delivered some late night pizzas to the wedding.

Here are some more beautiful photos of the bride and groom and bridal party before the festivities began.










Here are some photos of Jamie and Seggie enjoying their honeymoon. These photos are of them at the Eiffel Tower, inside the Colosseum and on the Island of Capri.




Congratulations Jamie and Seggie!
YTB wishes you all the happiness in the world!

Vendors

Venue- The Masonic Temple
Hotel-  Motor City Hotel & Casino
Photographer- Stela Zaharieva 
Baker- Cakebox
Wedding Planner- You’re The Bride, Tracie, Melissa, Emily, Kimberly
Invitations, Thank You Cards and Calligraphy - You're The Bride
Officiant- Father Joseph Peera
Limo- Rochester Limousine 
DJ- Urban Kris Productions 
Hair/Make up-Lidija Shkreli-Hair, Billy Dixon- Hair, Hannah Price-Make up
Video- Blue Racer Productions 
Flowers- Viviano Flower Shop
Photo booth- Motor City Photo Booth 
Magician- Ryan Nemeth  
Linens- Viviano Flower Shop
Paws- Detroit Tigers
Panels Decor for behind head table- Colonial Events
Organist- Ava Janus 

Video Clips from Blue Racer Productions

Highlight Video - https://vimeo.com/104413463



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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Bridal Event at Rogers & Hollands ~ Laurel Park Place Mall


This event is taking place starting this Thursday ! Check it out if your looking 
for a special gift or ready to propose to that special someone!





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Thursday, October 9, 2014

A Guide to Monograms

What will you be putting your new monogram on ? The possibilities are endless from incorporating it into your wedding invitations, placing them on cocktail napkins and much more. Here are some additional ideas for you from real weddings we have planned and coordinated.




  1. Cake Boxes
  2. Toasting Flutes
  3. Cake Serving Set
  4. Bags for you bridesmaids
  5. Your Luggage 
  6. Pillows
  7. Your Purse
  8. Thank you cards
  9. Handkerchiefs
  10. Towels
  11. Silverware 
  12. Scarves 
  13. Garter








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Photo Credit: Simply Bridal 

Friday, October 3, 2014

Intern Kimberly Talks About Her Internship Experience with YTB


What things did you enjoy about the internship?

I liked that it was a substantial internship and that I was given a variety of tasks to do so it was always interesting. I liked writing the blogs because I like to write and while researching the blogs I learned a lot about many subjects,  I knew nothing about being the Event Assistant for Day-of-Coordination services so it was always great because weddings are beautiful and full of love and that’s why we do it right?

Do you think it was a valuable experience?

Yes. There was always something new to learn. I kept learning up until the very end. It was challenging at times and there were times when it was imperative to be able to think on your feet, but that’s what kept it exciting.  I also like that this experience was full spectrum, so I got to see some good sides of the job AND some bad sides of it. If someone is serious about getting in this industry and becoming a wedding planner there is no better internship because they will definitely be doing it all.

What was your favorite part of the experience while interning at You’re The Bride?

The Style photo-shoot that I was able to be a part of was amazing.  I also got to meet PAWS, the Detroit Tigers mascot at one of the weddings and that was the highlight of my year. This industry is very people oriented, so getting to meet and work with amazing vendors and meeting families and helping to create their special day was so rewarding.
 
What did you dislike about the internship?

I had an unfortunate experience while doing vendor calls and then with a vendor or two so without a doubt that was my least favorite part of the internship.  It was a learning experience.
 
 Do you have any suggestions on how to change or make the internship better?

I do think it’s a lot of work for one intern especially if there are other commitments involved. I also had summer classes, a small part time job and I am married so for me it was a little difficult to schedule in social time without neglecting my other duties. I guess it’s more of a comment that a suggestion. I think I was mostly able to strike a nice balance, but it’s definitely better if future interns have less commitments and/or the work is split up between 2 interns (which I know it was in the past, so I think that’s a good idea.) *I honestly don’t know how you did it before you started the intern program*

Do you still have plans to either become a wedding planner while working for someone else or starting your own wedding business?

Yes. I would also like to branch out into other non-wedding related events such as corporate events.
Are you interested in working any weddings as an Event Assistant in the future to gain more experience for a day rate?
Absolutely.

Are you interested in possible other assignments as needed for a flat rate per assignment?

*Of course this is on an as needed basis depending on how busy I am in the future and how my next interns work out for me*
Yes.

List any other comments/feedback you wish to share.

I think the weekly “knotties” assignment was very valuable as I learned so much from just trolling through the message boards on The Knot and on occasion, Wedding Wire. I learned so much about etiquette.

Kimberly Renteria-Dix
Wedding Coordinator Intern
You're The Bride
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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Rose + Brandon 7/26/14 ~ Summer Sunflowers


Rose and Brandon hired You're The Bride to provide day-of-coordination services for their July 26th nuptials just a month prior to the special day. YTB started our day at Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Plymouth, MI bright and early to set everything up for the ceremony and afternoon reception. The reception was held at a hall on the lower level of the church immediately following the ceremony. The room had large floor to ceiling windows which cast the room in natural light and provided gorgeous views of the perfectly manicured lawn outside. The YTB team went to work right away and set up the tables, chairs, linens, centerpieces, and all other decor to create the happy couple's vision for their reception.




When photographer Jamie from Gingersnapography Family Photography arrived with the bride, we helped coordinate the First Looks. We hid the groom as Jamie and Rose scoped out the perfect location for the first look shots. When it was time, we brought Brandon out to an anxiously awaiting Rose. 




Before the ceremony the bridal party had a little fun taking photos on the lovely church grounds and everyone looked amazing.




As the ceremony began, the YTB team finished putting the finishing touches on the reception space below. 




After the ceremony, guests found their way downstairs to the reception space and the party got started! 


The happy couple made their grand entrance and everyone enjoyed a nice lunch. The speeches were heartfelt and sweet and everyone was smiling as they raised their glass to the new Mr. and Mrs. Ekblad. 

After lunch the ceremonial dances were started and Rose and Brandon looked so in love as they held each other close and danced for the first time as husband and wife. 


The dance floor was opened and the afternoon reception time didn't hinder the party at all. The dance floor filled with friends and family who were ready to dance the afternoon away.



The day turned out beautifully and everyone had a blast. 

Congrats Rose and Brandon! You're The Bride is honored to have been a part of your special day. We wish you all the happiness in the world. 

Vendors:

Day of Coordinator-You're The Bride-Tracie and Kimberly
Caterer-Fat Chef in a Little Coat Service-Dave
Florist-Keller and Stein
Photographer-Gingersnapography-Jamie
Baker-Back Home Bakery
Officiant-Father Lee Acervo
Makeup and hair-Indigo Salon & Spa
DJ- Shea Sounds 


For help planning your perfect wedding contact tracie@yourethebride.com or call 248-408-4602
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