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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

February Couple of the Month ~ Chloe + Jake, Barton Hills Country Club



Jake grew up in Saline, Michigan with his brother George. He is a currently a student at the University of Michigan who will be graduating with his PhD in Chemical Engineering in the spring. He recently accepted a job at DuPont in Delaware as a researcher. Chloe is from the Grand Rapids area. She spent most of her childhood in Byron Center with her 10 brothers and sisters. She a Physician Assistant. She has been working in Jackson in the Emergency Department and Urgent Care. She is looking forward to moving to the East Coast and starting a new job in (hopefully) a pediatric only specialty. 


Jake and Chloe met at Hope College. Surprisingly enough, she was his substitute organic chemistry lab TA. They met again about 2 months later at a New Years Eve party at Michigan State. They hit it off at this party and reconnected when they got back to Hope for the second semester of their Junior year. 
Currently, they live in Ann Arbor. Their wedding ceremony will take place on May 31, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church on State St. Their Reception will be at Barton Hills Country Club. A rehearsal dinner the night before to take place at The Gandy Dancer also in Ann Arbor.  The colors they chose are a charcoal grey for the girls dresses and fuchsia pink and cream for the flowers.  They very much enjoy backpacking, so they plan on a one month honeymoon backpacking in Zion, Glacier, Grand Teton, and Banff National parks before moving to Delaware. 







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

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Photo Credit:

Photos by A Thousand Words Photography

Sunday, January 26, 2014

You're The Bride Now Seeking 2014 Wedding Interns


You're The Bride is seeking motivated, reliable and detailed individuals for 2014 internship. Must be able to stand for long periods of time and have a computer as assignments will be e-mailed to you. Previous event planning experience is a plus but not necessary. Candidates must be able to take direction but also be able to think quickly on their feet as situations may arise that need to be solved with ease. Must have your own reliable transportation and driving knowledge of the Metro-Detroit area is helpful.

This is an UNPAID position; however, an intern who successfully completes the internship may be hired on a part-time basis to assist at future events. You will receive real experience in the world of wedding planning and this alone is very valuable if you are looking to break into the industry.

This internship may involve pre-event preparation, cold calling using bridal lead lists, researching ideas and writing posts for the YTB blog, assembling favors/invitations, assisting in wedding ceremony rehearsal, on-site coordination/set-up for ceremony and reception. Other projects as needed.

Must be available on weekends as needed. May be required to attend some weekday and weeknight functions to include networking events, bride consults and vendor meetings, etc. We can be flexible with the right candidate depending on your schedule. Must be at least 18 please. This internship is April-December 2014.  If you can not handle long hours on wedding days (typically 12 hours plus) or honor a contractual commitment please do NOT apply. However, if you are a student a shorter internship is available based on your summer break from school.

If this opportunity sounds like it would be a perfect fit for you then please send a cover letter explaining why you would like to be part of our team and why we should choose you!  Send both cover letter and resume to tracie@yourethebride.com. You may visit our website, blog, facebook, twitter, Instagram or pinterest to learn more about the company. Can't wait to hear from you! We will start conducting interviews in late February.

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248-408-4602

Deadline: 2/21/14


Friday, January 17, 2014

You're The Bride Featured in Metro Detroit Bride!

So excited to see one of our amazing weddings featured in the newest issue of Metro Detroit Bride!
We had a great time planning this event at Garland Lodge and Resort in Lewiston, MI and it means so much to get a feature. A Big Thanks to all the vendors we selected to give this couple their dream day. Can't wait to get my hands on a hard copy for our collection of published work. Contact us at 248-408-4602 or tracie@yourethebride.com if you want a fabulous stress-wedding experience. We would love to make your dreams come true!




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

Visit our website at www.yourethebride.com and "LIKE" our facebook page at www.facebook.com/yourethebride


Photo Credits:

Amy Carroll Photography
Metro Detroit Bride 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Crystal Gardens Southgate ~ Paula + Luke 11/15/13





Paula was referred to us by Ronald Ponkey Photography and we appreciate that! She made all of her own centerpieces and had many items that needed set up. She initially booked us for Day-of Coordination.  As the wedding got closer she realized she also needed us to coordinate her rehearsal since the venue only had someone to play the provided  pre-recorded music. We were happy to help the couple so their bridal party would know how to walk down the aisle, where to stand and know musical prompts. The result was a smooth ceremony.

Samantha and I started our day at the hotel to check on the bridal party, distribute flowers and pin bouts on the guys. We then proceeded to Crystal Gardens in Southgate to get everything ready for the ceremony that took place in their chapel. We loved the monogrammed aisle runner she had custom made. We were sure to not let the guests walk on it prior to the ceremony so we blocked off the aisle and sat guests from the outside of each row. We wanted to preserve it just for the wedding party to make their way in down the aisle.









The reception room was beautiful with all the uplighting, custom monogram logo and splashes of red and black everywhere! It looked very elegant and that is what Paula wanted and we helped accomplish her vision.  The guests enjoyed delicious appetizers while the newlyweds were taking pictures. She also chose a gorgeous ice sculpture and chocolate fountain. The chocolate fountain was a huge hit and not just by the little ones but you guessed it the big kids too! Who doesn't love chocolate oozing out of a fountain with lots of yummy treats to select from to dip! She also spoiled her guests with a delicious cake, pizza and a photobooth for evening fun!

Everyone had a great time and we wish you two many happy years!!


Vendors
Hotel-                           Comfort Inn, Taylor
Hall and Ceremony-     Crystal Gardens                                    
                                     
Linens-                         Crystal Gardens and Bride
Photo/Video-                Ronald Ponkey Photography 313-531-3551
Florist                           Merricraft-Kathy
                                                 
Baker-                          Southgate Bakery  734-284-5350
                                     
Planner-                        You’re The Bride, Tracie and Samantha
Officiant-                       Randy LaRoche  586-222-3491rjlaroche@ylmemories.com
            DJ-                              Mystro Entertainment –Craig 888-Mystro1     djmystro@hotmail.com

Lighting-                       Event Entertainment (lighting and gobo)  734-272-9608 info@eventlightingonline.com Phyllis
            PhotoBooth-                 Qwik Picz  - Craig  contract says 5-12 but 6 hrs of time 586-899-5238
            Limo-                            Bozzo’s 


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

Visit our website at www.yourethebride.com and "LIKE" our facebook page at www.facebook.com/yourethebride


Photo Credit:

Ronald Ponkey Photography

Monday, January 13, 2014

January Couple of the Month ~ Kirsten + Joe, Laurel Manor



Joe and I met through a “mutual friend” as we tell most people. This “mutual friend” is known as the internet in 2010. I remember just getting out of a horrendous exam to find that Joe had messaged me. I was excited, but worried it would just be another let down. I messaged him back as soon as I could and after that, we just hit it off; I couldn’t stop smiling because I knew there was something about him that was different; a good different.

I just graduated from Wayne State University’s Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences In May 2013; and became a licensed pharmacist in June. Eeek! I currently work for Meijer Pharmacy, and absolutely love it (even with the craziness!). As for Joe, he is a freight broker for Load1 (he doesn’t have much to say, haha).

Joe’s original plan to propose to me was deterred by the rain; he wanted to take me to the riverfront in Detroit and propose by the water before the Christmas holiday so I could show off my ring and tell all my family. What actually happened was that he took me to Greektown parking structure facing in the direction of the river. It was December 4, 2011 and Christmas lights were up so he called me over the edge of the structure to look at the lights. He proceeded to say, “Look at the pretty lights,” at that point I knew something was definitely up. He proceeded to get down on one knee and asked; of course I said yes!

Our wedding date is set for April 26, 2014! The ceremony will be held at the little chapel in Heritage Park in Taylor, MI with a good friend of the family officiating. The reception will be held at Laurel Manor Banquet and Conference Center in Livonia, MI. We have 3 bridesmaids and 3 groomsmen (after many changes). Advice: be flexible; not everything will go to plan. Joe and I jokingly agreed for our colors to be aquamarine and tangerine. Little did we know that we would settle on navy and coral! The girls will be wearing navy chiffon dresses from Bill Levkoff. They were able to pick out their own style so I know they will look and feel their best. The guys will be wearing grey Vera Wang tuxes, as seen at Men’s Wearhouse, with a solid navy tie. The coral will be used for accents in the centerpieces and the girl’s bouquets.

I’m not quite sure how to categorize our theme, but it’s a rustic vintage-y feel. We will have tons of burlap, lace, and, my favorite, skeleton keys! I have always loved how every key was unique and how they could open things to spread knowledge. I know a lot of people have made a comment such as our theme being “key to my heart” type of deal but I’m not THAT cheesy. We have attached little tags to the keys so guests will be able to write their “keys to a successful marriage” and hang on branches so everyone can read them. We have also incorporated keys into the boutonnieres. The table linens will be burlap; they’re not quite what you would expect! My dad has made wooden platters for centerpieces, as there will be three glass vases with floating candles on each platter with fabric flowers placed at the base. The second centerpiece will consist of several branches with tea-light votives with fabric flowers attached. Most of these ideas I saw on Pinterest, so check it out! Feel free to ask Tracie for my info if you want to contact me. I’m willing to answer questions and I’m always here to lend an ear.



Saturday, January 4, 2014

5 Things To Do Before Wedding Planning

Happy New Year!

As December is the most popular month for couples to get engaged, we thought that putting together a little guide of things to do before wedding planning was perfect for this time of the year. There is so much thought and work that goes into planning the wedding and of course don’t forget all the parties and showers between now and the big day, it’s easy to become overwhelmed right off the bat. Browse through this infographic by SimplyBridal.com to keep you on the correct path.




Congratulations on your engagement!

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

Photo Credits: Simplybridal.com