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Wow!  What a wedding…what a Father Daughter dance!  Definitely one of if not THE most memorable of my career.  Our photographer Jen from Wren Photography was crying and the bridesmaids were asking for Kleenex.  The setting was the Terrace Bay Inn on the shores of Lake Michigan and it was beautifully decorated by Tiffany of Final Touches Designs.  Decor lighting for the head table and columns at the Terrace were supplied by Taylored Weddings, along with the Live Montages on the screens.  That’s the team….now let’s hear the rest of the story.

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Molly and Ashley were married outside at the Terrace Bay Inn’s gazebo and they had a beautiful ceremony presided over by Molly’s childhood Pastor Thompson…who traveled all the way from Wisconsin to join the two in holy matrimony.

The Team:

Decorator:  Final Touches Designs

Photographer:  Ardent Photography

Wedding Entertainment Director:  Mitch Taylor

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Emily and Tom were married on May 15th, 2010 and had their recpetion at the Terrace Bay Inn.  Emily’s Aunt Tammy brought back a tradition not seen very often with the Grooms cake (pictured to the left)  The cake is Chicago Bears themed as Tom is a big fan of the Chicago Bears as Emily and Tom now reside in the Chicagoland area.  Guests arrived a bit early to take advantage of the gorgeous weather outside with group photographs showcasing the water and the Terrace’s new gazebo. (more…)

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Uplighting looked GREAT! Loved the intros and the last song was AMAZING! – Courtney and Jeff

Beautifully decorated Terrace Bay Inn in classic black and white with red accentsCourtney and Jeff had an amazing wedding at the Terrace Bay Inn shortly after Thanksgiving of this year. Courtney and Jeff had an amazing wedding at the Terrace Bay Inn shortly after Thanksgiving of this year. The wedding was beautifully decorated by Amanda from Ever After Decorating. It’s really nice to see brides and grooms pay tribute to the history of their family tree and I was glad to see Courtney and Jeff do this near the guestbook.

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Angie and Kevin celebrating with family and friendsThis picture only tells half of the story from Angie and Kevin’s wedding reception. I’ll give you a better glimpse of their event at the end of this blog post. Angie and Kevin celebrated in style with a classic black and white theme with red roses to accent which looked absolutely timeless. The Terrace Bay Inn was their venue of choice and as always, Mike, Laurie, Kristin and the staff and I work exceptionally well together. We recognized the outstanding achievement by Angie’s grandparents Paul and Ora of being married for 70 years and I know Angie was proud of that fact and glad to share with her guests. The introductions into the room went flawlessly as Angie and Kevin surprised their guests by entering from the stage side of the room instead of the front. Angie and Kevin’s cake cutting ceremony followed their welcome and thank you to their guests from coming and their guests were invited to the buffet line in a fun way as well. (more…)

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Terrace welcomes Megan & Dave

Terrace welcomes Megan & Dave

Megan and Dave had a beautiful wedding day on August 22nd, 2009. The room was very nicely decorated courtesy of Tiffany at Final Touches Designs and guests arrived and enjoyed cocktail hour.

Tables beautifully decorated

Tables beautifully decorated

Megan and Dave with their bridal party arrived shortly after, and were having a great time on the bus during their bar crawl before the reception. Let’s just say it was a little difficult to round everyone up for the Grand March :). For the introductions Megan and Dave entered first to the sounds of Thunderstruck by AC/DC, and then we brought the bridal party in from a different way than normal into the room, each to their own song. Dave and Megan then welcomed their guests followed by the toasts and blessing. To get Megan and Dave to kiss that day, guests had to walk up to the putting green and sink a putt, which was a fun addition to the dinner hour.

After dinner we had a wonderful cake cutting ceremony with the bridal party bringing out cheesecakes for every other table in the room and one special couple per table with cheesecake performed the “cake” cutting ceremony with Megan and Dave. Beautiful moment!

Megan and Dave's Cake Table

Megan and Dave's Cake Table

Megan and Dave’s first dance to “We Are Man & Wife” by Michelle Featherstone followed their Love Story, then Megan and Dennis shared their Father Daughter dance with words to each other during the dance to Cinderella by Stephen Curtis Chapman. Dave and his mom Jean then had their Mother Son Dance to “Simple Man” by Shinedown. The wedding party dance then broke out to “Forever” by Chris Brown for a change of pace to a traditional wedding party dance.

Megan and Dave's First Dance

Megan and Dave's First Dance

Megan and Dennis enjoy the moment

Megan and Dennis enjoy the moment

Jean and Dave's Mother Son Dance

Jean and Dave's Mother Son Dance

Amanda and Jesse

Amanda and Jesse

Remember Amanda and Jesse? They were there too…Jesse was a groomsman and had a blast the entire night. Dance floor was going all night to the sounds of “I Gotta Feelin’”, “Summer of ’69″, and even one of Dave’s favorites, Nickelback’s “Something In Your Mouth” Dave’s father even sang a beautiful song to Megan and Dave during our first slow set of the night.

Slow dancin'

Slow dancin'

The night ended with a fun group sing-a-long to “Jack & Diane”by John Mellencamp. Thanks Megan and Dave for the memories! You are a wonderful couple to work with!

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Signing the Marriage License

Signing the Marriage License

Some couples are troopers to the end, proving time and time again that their love will stand the test of time. Such is the case for Jennifer and Chad…who had some obstacles to deal with on their wedding day. I arrived at the Terrace Bay Inn shortly after 1pm to set up their event and had to unload in the pouring rain. I strongly dislike doing so but my thoughts quickly turned to Jennifer and Chad. Their reception was to be at 3:30pm outside in Garden, MI…just a few towns away. As luck would have it, 3:30 rolled around and the rain began to pour down on the ceremony site. Different family members asked Jen and Chad what they wanted to do and they both said unbeknownst to the other one that they would get married in the rain. This presented quite the challenge for their photographer Daniele Carol but she and her assistant handled it flawlessly…even getting an umbrella-full of water dumped on them at one point!

Green uplighting at the Terrace

Green uplighting at the Terrace

Green was one of Jen’s primary color choices for the wedding so we accented the Terrace columns with her color choice. Guests began to arrive to the sounds of 70s and 80s classic rock. Shortly thereafter, Jen and Chad arrived with their damp bridal party in from the rain and then we got everyone together for their introductions. The Best man Mike even came in with a cape!

Best Man Mike's cape!

Best Man Mike's cape!

After the introductions of the bridal party Jen and Chad went over and cut their cake, followed by toasts and the blessing before the meal.

Beautiful wedding cake

Beautiful wedding cake

. Chad and Jen even invited Chad’s Aunt Sue to perform the second cut of the cake that day since it was her birthday as well. What a great honor!

Jen and Chad live in Vegas and wanted to spice up their dinner a little bit so we played a fun game to invite tables to the buffet line. Suffice it to say that I had something happen to me at their wedding that has never happened in the past 13 years or over 500 weddings that I’ve performed in that time frame. It was a lot of fun and made for great conversation starter for their in and out of town guests. Dinner was great and soon it was time to deliver Jen and Chad’s Love Story followed by their first dance to “Lucky” by Jason Mraz and Colbie Caillat.

Father Daughter Dance William and Jen

Father Daughter Dance William and Jen

The Father of the Bride William and Jen then shared a dance to “Always Be Your Baby” by Natalie Grant…a beautiful and unique song choice. Chad and his Mom Lael then shared their Mother Son dance to “On This Day” by Christian Barnes, an up and coming popular choice for Mother Son dances this year.

Lael and Chad Mother Son dance

Lael and Chad Mother Son dance

. Dance floor opened with our bridal party dance to “Friends In Low Places” by Garth Brooks and guests danced the night away to songs like “Sexyback”, “Humpty Dance”, “Fat Bottomed Girls”, “Paradise By Dashboard Light”, and “Hey Ya!”. The evening ended with everyone up and dancing to “Celebration”, a special request to end the night by Jen and Chad. Thank you Jen and Chad so much!

Mitch, Jen and Chad

Mitch, Jen and Chad

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