October 4th, The Ford Piquette Plant: Kirsta and John
Thank you to: Pat with the Piquette Plant, Phil with Mike Staff Productions, Carolyn and Lorraine with 2 Unique, Jody Costello Floral, Amanda Gerling Photo (although these photos I took. I'm sure hers will be better!) Rachel Angelo (sweets table) and Detroit Bridal Beauty for creating such a special day for Kirsta and John!!
July 26th Cranbrook Institute of Science: Meghan and James
Thank you to Jayne at Cranbrook, Andrew (DJ) and Dennis (Photographer) with Mike Staff Productions, Blumz, Taste Catering and Home Bakery for creating a perfect day for Meghan and James!
So, you’ve gotten engaged, called your parents, and updated your status on facebook. Maybe you’ve even hired your planner and started to get the ball rolling on your plans. Now, it’s time to ask your bridesmaids to be in your wedding. Sure, you could just call them ask them or get together at your favorite restaurant and dish about your wedding. Maybe they just already know that they’re going to be in your wedding, but where’s the fun in all of that? Why not go all out and do something really cool for your girls that they’ll remember forever?
If you’re the crafty type, you might head over to Something Turquoise for some instructions on how to build yourself a
little box filled with bridesmaid goodies. A bottle of
champagne wrapped in a tank top (to wear to your killer bachelorette party), a personalized champagne glass, bottle opener, and a giant diamond. Because what girl doesn’t love
Wedding Chicks has another great box idea that will help your girls make it through your day. There’s descriptions of their dresses, the other bridesmaids (given that they don’t know each other), what’s expected of them, and then a whole bunch of examples of your
colors and dress ideas for them.
There’s some amazing ideas over on the Wedding Bee Boards, like popping the question to them. There is some great bling that can be bought on a budget.
Another great idea from the Wedding Bee Boards is to get t-shirts made for them. The bride who did this included them in the box with a poem about her relationship with each of the girls.
If you’re more of the baking type, check out Marry This
where you’ll find instructions to make these cupcake jars, including how to make the lids and even the tea towel that goes with it.
These cookies from The Pastry Studio are a simple but adorable way to pop the question. You could do them in the colors you have in mind for their dresses, but they’ cute in white too!
Or why not combine several ideas? Make the cake jars and put them into boxes with the t-shirts, champagne and jewelry. Top it off with a poem that will make them cry! After all, they’re going to be a major part of the biggest day of your life. It's a fun and emotional time; how great that you get to spend it with the ladies that matter most in your life!
Thursday, September 5,
Michigan Chapter Wish Upon A
Wedding's first wish Granted!
It was a pleasure to be a part of this special day for Konnie and John! So many
fabulous vendors (and the weather) came together to create the perfect day for
them. See a list of participating vendors and Konnie and John's moving
Location: Lake St. Clair Metropark
Catering: Kosch Catering
Florals: Flourish Event Design
Photographer: BTW Photography
Videographer: Epic Motion
DJ: Mary Ann Ross Productions
Linen and chairs: LUXE Event Linen
Lighting: The Lighting Guy
Rentals: Event Source
Cake: Tasty Layers
Wedding dress: The Wedding Shoppe
Tux: President Tuxedo
Invitations: The Paper Proposal
Event planners: Purple Clover Events, Laura Allis Events, Laura Davis Events, Blue Heaven
Events, Flourish Event Design
Konnie and John's Story:
(WXYZ) - It doesn’t take much time hanging out with Konnie Tabbert to realize that she has a lovable and infectious personality. Her smile lights up the room, especially when she’s sitting next to her fiancé, John Jeffire. The pair met 6 months ago at a pub in Frankenmuth and were instantly smitten with each other. “From the moment I met him, I just wanted to know more about him,” said Konnie, 49. “I fell in
love with him.” John says he was drawn to Konnie’s vivacious personality. “When I first saw her and saw her smile and heard her laugh…there was a connection there, immediately,” said John, 51.
John and Konnie are just about as giddy as any couple preparing to get married. They both laugh as they talk about the music, food and mood they want at their wedding and reception. Sitting with them giggling, sharing their joys of life—you’d never know that one of them battles with a serious illness every
Konnie has Chiari malformation, a rare abnormality in the brain that causes part of the brain to extend into the spinal column. She was born with the condition, but didn’t start showing symptoms until she was in her 30s. The condition wreaks havoc on her central nervous system, restricting spinal fluid flow to the brain. She also suffers from Ehlers–Danlos syndrome, a collagen defect that results in very thin vascular system and hyper mobility. “It’s the glue that holds your body together…I don’t have that,”
said Konnie. “My ligaments are like overstretched rubber bands. ”For every weakness in her body, John’s support keeps her spirit strong.
“I know what’s in her heart, and I know what an incredible, what a strong person she is,” said John. “My background is in wrestling and I appreciate someone who is tough and somebody who can push through adversity. Since Konnie wrestles with her health every day, the emotional and financial stress of planning a wedding may be too much to handle, so one nonprofit is stepping in to throw her and John their dream wedding.
Wish Upon A Wedding is a national nonprofit that grants weddings and vow renewals to couples facing terminal illness and serious life altering circumstances. A Michigan Chapter was recently formed and
John and Konnie were selected as the organization’s first couple. “When I first found out about it, I thought, ‘what a great way to give back to an industry that has given me so much, because I’ve been in the industry since 1999,’” said Laura Allis, the president of the Michigan Chapter of Wish Upon A
Wedding. “I just thought, ‘what a wonderful way to give back.’” Laura heard about Konnie’s situation and knew right away that she could help.
“When I first met Konnie, she was amazing…the sweetest thing,” said Laura. The chapter’s team met with the couple recently to get a feel for what they envision for their special day. “The next step is determining what type of wedding they want, where they want their wedding—which vendors will be the perfect fit for them,” said Laura. Their chapter has nearly 125 vendors who have volunteered their services for these special celebrations. “Our hope as a board for the Michigan chapter is to do as many weddings as we can--it is our hope that we never turn away a qualified couple,” said Laura. “We are prepared
to do a wedding a month and we would love to be able to do that.”
For Konnie and John, Wish Upon A Wedding is a dream come true. “For Laura and her
team to step in and to give me a day that I don’t have to stress about, I don’t have to worry about where the cost is coming from…I can concentrate on being well,” said Konnie with a smile.
“I can forget this disease for a couple of hours.”
To learn more about Wish Upon A Wedding, sign up to be a
Wish Granter, or donate, go to www.wishuponawedding.org .
Read more: http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/news/wish-upon-a-wedding-to-throw-wedding-for-local-couple-facing-serious-illness#ixzz2eQnrn8rd
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Not sure about hiring a planner for your wedding? Don't think you can afford it? You need to read this!
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