Katie and Matthew’s Northern Michigan Wedding

Katie and Matt have been together for ten years, and you can just tell they are so comfortable being themselves together.  50 days out from the wedding, Katie wrote a thought each day in a journal about their relationship to give to Matt on the wedding day.  It was filled with adorable little stories as well as some fun lists like how many superhero movies have been released since they’ve been dating.

We had such a blast filming Katie and Matthew’s northern Michigan wedding in Glen Arbor this weekend!  It was worth the long drive to be a part of this beautiful event.  A Day In May Events built this event literally from the ground up on Katie’s family property on the beach, and the transparent tent was truly stunning!  We had a great time shooting alongside Jennifer and Gabe from Hillebrand Photography, and we also go to see one of our past couples Amanda and Daniel!

I think my favorite part about doing a same day edit is getting to see the couple and their family react to their wedding film firsthand.  It reminds me that we’re in the business of creating priceless memories for our couples, even though they occurred only hours before!  About halfway through their Same Day Edit, Katie started to tear up, and when it had finished she said “I think it just finally hit me that I’m married!!”  It was really awesome to be a part of that realization :)

Sarah Graziosi
Editor | 3rd Street Films

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Hillebrand Photography // hillebrandphotography.com
A Day In May Events // adayinmayevents.com
Field of Flowers // fieldofflowersfarm.com
Bob Mervak Trio // bobmervak.com
Scott from 2 Bays DJ // 2baysdjs.com

Lily and Rayan’s Steampunk Grand Hotel Wedding

If I could describe Lily and Rayan in a word, it would definitely be unconventional.  As we got to know them in the months leading up to their wedding, it seemed like everything about them from how they met to what they’d planned for their wedding, added a new wonderfully interesting layer to their story.

For example, Lily spent a year hitchhiking across the country, she met Rayan in a Native American tracking class, and the two of them spend most of their time developing a fully sustainable community out in the desert of San Francisco! How cool is that?  As we learned all these things about them, it came as no surprise that they wanted a unique wedding day.

Lily had spent summers at Mackinac Island during her childhood, and thought the Grand Hotel would be a perfect spot for a summer wedding.  However, this wasn’t going to be just any Grand Hotel wedding, they decided to make it a steampunk themed event and to invite all of their guests (and vendors!) to participate also!  As you can see from their trailer, many of the guests obliged this request and it turned out truly spectacular!  All the little details came together to create a wedding day which expressed their unique personalities, and we just love that :)

 

Photography / Adam Czap Photography / czapstudios.com

Venue / The Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island MI

Florals / PETIT FLEUR | EVENTS / Corrina Kulhanek / petitfleurevents.com

Planning / Dream Wedding Planners / Kathy Byrum / dreamweddingplanners.com

Shelly and Rick’s Colony Club Wedding

Michelle and Richard (or Shelly and Rick, as they’re more commonly known) had a beautiful Colony Club wedding! We love when couples choose to have a Same Day Edit shown during the reception. It’s a great way for the wedding guests to experience all the little details that happened earlier in the day.

It’s obvious that Rick absolutely adores Shelly.  Not only did he get her some awesome custom designed running shoes, he took the time to gather up all the cards, notes, pictures and other mementos from their relationship and compiled them into a giant book of memories for her.  She was blown away by how much he had kept over the years, and said she could have sat all day looking through it!

Their ceremony at the Colony Club continued with a similar sentiment, as the two of them read their handwritten vows to each other.  Rick starts out by recalling that when he was young, he waited for hours for a shooting star so that he could wish for the right girl to find him.  And she did!  Shelly’s heartfelt words wrap up the beautiful ceremony with her promise to love Rick “forever, and ever, and ever.”

We hope you enjoy their Same Day Edit.  Congratulations Shelly and Rick!

Julie and Greg’s Wedding Film

Julie and Greg’s DAC wedding was more than the union of two high school sweethearts, it was a celebration of family. These two have such an obvious respect for each other, their families and their history that was just so touching.

It’s obvious that Julie and Greg spent a lot of time thinking about how to weave in some special elements from both families to create a gorgeous and elegant day. Greg’s wedding band, which previously belonged to his grandfather and great grandfather, contains several different metals as it was re dipped around World War II when gold wasn’t available. The Model T, which was restored by Julie’s great-uncle and transported her to the church and the reception, was also used for her parent’s wedding.

Their Detroit Athletic Club wedding featured a large table of family portraits, as well as several wedding cakes, each topped with the cake toppers from family members weddings. On top of that, they celebrated their marriage at Old St. Mary’s church, making them the fifth couple in three generations of Greg’s family to be married there!

These sweet incorporations of family history, along with a few of their own personal touches and their playful and lighthearted attitudes, made for a stunning and timeless wedding day!

Jaime and Scott’s Royal Park Wedding – Today I Get My ‘P’

Seven years ago, Scott asked Jaime out on a date to the movies. Little did they know that they’d someday be starring in their very own Same Day Edit!

Jaime and Scott have spent the past seven years together making great memories and truly enjoying one another. We love how those special little details that make them unique were so perfectly woven into their Royal Park Hotel wedding.

Scott calls Jaime his Loney, and had always promised her that one day she would get her ‘P’. So, he kept his word, and gifted the new Mrs. Peloney with a sparkly ‘P’ necklace! to celebrate their wedding day. How sweet is that?! And, Jaime scored major points with the autographed Detroit Red Wings hockey puck and game tickets that she gave to Scott, who just might be the biggest Red Wings fan ever!

Thank you, Jaime and Scott, for being so fun and loving on your special day. We wish you a lifetime of love, happiness, and of course, Red Wing victories!

Detroit Athletic Club Weddings

Detroit is home to many beautiful venues and churches steeped in the rich history of the city. We love filming at all of these iconic venues, but by far our most popular is the Detroit Athletic Club. Located in the entertainment district of Detroit, it is one of Michigan’s premiere event venues, and we’ve captured the stories of many wonderful brides and grooms at this beautiful venue.

Have you booked the DAC for your wedding, or are looking to do so? Here’s a little bit about why we love this timeless venue!

As a downtown venue, the DAC offers wonderful proximity to some of Detroit’s iconic landmarks which is ideal for capturing unique and candid moments in city! However, the DAC has its own very unique spot for some stunning shots. The rooftop of the building boasts a perfect view of the Detroit skyline and overlooks Tiger Stadium. And, If weather doesn’t permit an outdoor excursion, the historic architecture of the building itself makes for a gorgeous backdrop for your film.

The ballroom of the DAC is a wonderful place to host your reception. It has beautiful wood panelling, and a stunning ceiling of painted wood beams and impressive chandeliers unlike anything else we’ve seen at local venues. This room is one of a kind, making it a perfectly elegant and formal space that brings its own character of history and charm to your event. Many of our DAC couples have had very minimal decorations because the ballroom is just that beautiful just by itself!

With its stunning facilities, expert staff, and beautiful surroundings, there’s no better place for an elegant and timeless Detroit wedding. You can’t go wrong with a Detroit Athletic Club wedding! It has been one of our most popular venues to film and is always enjoyed by all in attendance!

Elizabeth and Aaron’s Detroit Athletic Club Wedding

As Elizabeth’s sister put it so perfectly, she and Aaron are both “ridiculously silly, but absolutely solid.”  I can’t think of a better way to describe these two.  Their Detroit Athletic Club wedding was a perfect reflection of themselves.  Old St. Mary’s Church was a perfect complement to the DAC, and served as a beautiful and historic setting for their day.  As DAC members, Aaron and his brother started off the day with a rigorous game of squash.  Even though it was his wedding day, Aaron’s brother refused to let him win!

It was clear how important family is to this couple.  Both Liz’s sister and Aaron’s brother gave incredible toasts about their love and involvement with each other’s family as well as their own friendships with their siblings.  One of the most touching moments of the day was the bouquet toss.   Instead of throwing her bouquet to a gaggle of “single ladies,” Elizabeth presented it to her Mom to honor their years of friendship and her unwavering support.

Their wedding was a classic and heartfelt event, with love and laughs all around.  Congratulations Elizabeth and Aaron!

Royal Park Hotel Wedding Demo Reel

As a Downtown Rochester business for four years now, we have a certain fondness for our local businesses and venues. The Royal Park Hotel, one of Michigan’s premiere hotels and event venues, is just a stone’s throw away from our office, and we’ve captured the stories of many wonderful Royal Park brides and grooms.

Have you booked the Royal Park for your wedding, or are looking to do so? Here are our favorite features about this elegant venue!

The all glass conservatory space offers all the natural beauty of an outdoor ceremony or reception, with its high ceiling, chandeliers and an elegant fountain outside. The best part is that you won’t be worrying about an unpredictable Michigan weather fiasco forcing you and your guests inside to a less than spectacular backup space. We’ve seen the conservatory house wedding ceremonies in every season, and it is truly a unique and beautiful space.

The Royal Park’s ballrooms are also one of a kind. While the rooms are beautiful themselves, they offer you a blank canvas to create a reception space that is completely custom. We have seen receptions set up a myriad of different ways with all different styles of decor, and it never disappoints.

With its stunning facilities both indoor and out, expert staff, and beautiful grounds, you can’t go wrong with a Royal Park Hotel wedding! It continues to be one of our most popular venues to film and is always enjoyed by everyone in attendance!

Heather and Dan’s Oakhurst Country Club Wedding

Heather and Dan are, literally, a perfect match.  Their Oakhurst Country Club wedding was happy, playful, and to top it off, their awesome story reminds us of why we love what we do.  And, as you can hear in their wedding film, they really did meet through a mutual friend they both paid for…sort of.  Heather and Dan met on match.com.  Dan was a little reluctant to disclose to others how they actually met, so they fabricated the cover-up.

Let’s raise a boot to a future filled with love, laughter, and AAA Roadside Assistance!

 

Kelly and Nick’s Lake Michigan Wedding

It was the spring of 2002, when prom was the topic of conversation, Facebook was yet to exist, and a group of high school juniors crammed themselves into their friend’s basement to listen to Nelly’s latest album. While there, a sweet and bubbly blonde and an athletic tennis player from Latvia locked eyes (okay, maybe they locked lips, but kissing and telling is so 9th grade), and as you can see in their Lake Michigan wedding film,  the rest is history.

Over the next 10 years, Kelly and Nick grew up together, and their love for one another continued to grow. They cheered on the Spartans, spent summers boating in Grand Haven, and supported each other when internships and dream jobs would separate them by hundreds of miles. No matter where the crazy road of life took them, each summer, they would find themselves together again, with their toes in the water, and a cold drink in their hand. Then a little over a year ago, on a spring day similar to the one on which they met, Nick slipped a ring on Kelly’s finger during the commercial break of one of her favorite reality television shows. Best. Tuesday. Ever. Soon after, they began planning their Northern Michigan wedding.

Kelly and Nick feel at home on the water, so with Lake Michigan as their backdrop, they tied the knot at Prince of Peace Catholic Parish. And, as you can see in their wedding film trailer, guests waved blush pink ribbon wands as the newlyweds exited the church, hopped into a white convertible, and took their first spin around the lake as husband and wife. Their nautical inspired reception, held at The Lake House, was complete with a cocktail hour overlooking the harbor, feathery white centerpieces, and lots of dancing (to Nelly, of course).

Kelly and Nick are proof that life really is more fun with your best friend by your side, and we are grateful to have been there to share such an exciting day that was so many years in the making. Cheers to the past decade of growing up together, and to the memories you will make as you grow old with one another.