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The worst wedding day phone call ever

The worst phone call in the world

I did a wedding recently that was…AMAZING!  It was beautiful, the venue and food were fantastic, the couple is SO in love, and the guests were ready to PARTY!  However what most people don’t realize is that behind all of that there were a good deal of major issues during the day.

Before I launch into the story, let me assure you that this bride was ON TOP of her planning – she plans events for a living so it’s no surprise that her skills carried over to some very effective wedding planning.  But a whole lot of what went wrong that day were things that were totally out of her control, things no one could have predicted, things that would have ruined her day if she didn’t have BDP and her other awesome vendors there to take care of the problems.  To go through them all would make this post 4 pages long, so let’s just talk about the biggest…

The day started at 9:45am with THE nightmare phone call… “Jennie, the photographer has the stomach flu.”


Let’s just stop there.

Interjection…. I can tell you that for anyone in our industry, THIS is their worst fear; waking up in the morning with the stomach flu.  We work tired, we work injured, we work sick, we power through just about everything.  Waking up and being physically ill and having a fever is one of the few things we can’t always “work through”.

So we got on it – phone calls, texts, Facebook messages – her photographer and I raced through the Metro-Detroit wedding industry to find someone that happened to have a Friday in July off.  We found someone in the wonderful, talented, John Richmond of John Richmond Photography. Long story short, the original photographer powered through until after the post-ceremony photos and then broke down into fever again.  John stepped up, took control, and ran through the rest of the evening like he’d been involved from the very beginning.

I want to give a special shout-out to John, of course, but also to her original photographer – the talented Roni Rose with Roni Rose Photography.  She had driven out from Chicago to do the wedding and was cursed with the flu that morning.  As I mentioned, this is a worst fear of anyone in our industry but she handled it like a champ.  She rose the alarm, got help finding a replacement, and even sucked it up and did the photography through the first half of the day.  She did everything anyone could have asked of her and I applaud her for all of her efforts.  I hope that our paths cross again soon and can’t wait to see her amazing images from this wedding!

Lastly a huge thank you to our bride and groom – thank you for trusting me and BDP to help with the wedding.  Also thank you for trusting me to deliver you back to the hotel at the end of the night – our shuttle abandoning the couple doesn’t usually happen (especially since I specifically told them not to leave you behind…), but I still enjoyed the chance to escort you and your new husband to your hotel at the end of the night.  I truly enjoyed working with both of you and hope to see you again soon!

Thank you, thank you, thank you, to these amazing vendors that made the day great!

Roni Rose Photography

John Richmond Photography

The Colony Club (love you, Bertha!!)

Visi Productions

Parsonage Events

The Kilted Magician

Red House Salon

2016 Wedding Trends!

Who’s ready for some new wedding trends to steal?! The Knot just released their 2016 wedding trend report, and I must say their wedding cake video projection idea is catching our attention.

Here is what we can look forward to this wedding season:

Two-in-one dresses-These offer more bang for your buck and can take you from ceremony elegance to reception party ready!

Floral dresses- Not sure if I’m the only one who paid attention to upcoming spring trends during bridal fashion week recently, but florals are in (and I’m loving every little detail of it). Not only are floral printed gowns taking the stage and altar, but we can also expect traditional dresses with 3-D floral details flooding bridal runways. Pretty cool right?

(Photo above is Hayley Paige’s gown at Hayley Paige’s actual wedding)

Satellite bars- Sometimes one bar just isn’t enough. Couples are setting up two (or more) bars to accommodate guests, but keeping the usual mixed drinks, beer and wine setup at one bar and using the “satellite” bar for a designated signature cocktail, spirit, or wine tasting ☺

Contemporary choirs and late-night karaoke- Now this is a new and fun one! You may be thinking choir?! And trust me, so was I at first, but picture this: 20-person marching band or gospel choir performing your favorite rock ballad for the walk down the aisle or an a cappella version of your first dance song. Talk about show-stopper. If an after-party is in the works, karaoke and some photo booth props make for a fun night cap.

Dessert upgrades- If you’re looking for a new twist on sweets, but still want a wedding cake, you can now use video projection onto wedding cakes to give them an entirely new look. The plain tiers of the cake act as a canvas for projecting video displays. Also heating up are donut displays and mini icepops with the couple’s name on the stick.

Total personalization- Weddings are beginning to tell the story of a bride and groom’s life together. Some examples include serving their favorite dish from a local restaurant, having an ordained family member officiate the ceremony, or decorating tables inspired by their favorite movies.

Locally sourced food- Wedding menus are mimicking the offerings at your local farm-to-table restaurant. Today’s wedding menu goes far beyond the standard chicken or fish choices as more and more couples are opting to serve guests high quality farm-fresh local ingredients.

Food-inspired floral elements- bouquets and centerpieces are transforming from more than just beautiful floral arrangements…fruit and vegetables are making their way into the floral scene. Berries in bouquets, Kale or artichokes in centerpieces, you name it!

Stylish grooms- If us ladies can have two dresses and look absolutely stunning in each, it only makes sense that guys want unique reception looks too. Custom suits with embroidered monograms, velvet loafers and personalized cuff links give guys more style options than ever before. Some ideas include switching to a dinner jacket for the reception or making a wardrobe change to a different bow tie or pocket square. Another fun idea is rounding up the groomsmen and having a preceremony shave, guaranteeing a well-groomed wedding party and the opportunity for some fun photo-ops. Just be careful with the sharp razors!

So what do you think of these new trends?! We would love to hear if you plan on incorporating any of them into your big day!

2015 Wedding Day Saves!

It’s that time of year again!!  Time for my annual edition of “Wedding Day Saves”!

Year to year, this is always the most popular blog post we do because not only does it freak out even the most calm bride, but it also shows you just a small portion of what a good day-of coordinator will do for you!  So sit down, relax, read through just a few of our team’s 2015 saves, and then click here to find out how we can help fix these types of issues on your Big Day!

In 2015, The Tux Hated It’s Buttons

Every year we seem to have one thing that keeps going wrong – last year it was leaning cakes.  I preferred this year’s problem… buttons kept falling off of tuxes!!  Seriously, if I had a nickel for every button I sewed back on this year, I’d have like $1.00!

Don’t always trust the deliveries

I did a wedding this year at a very cool summer camp.  Luckily as I was leaving their rehearsal the night before the wedding I thought that I would just do one quick check of their glassware.  It had been delivered earlier that day and looked like everything was there… until I got into it.  Good news is they had 500 champagne flutes for 200 people… bad news is they only had 20 water glasses.  Spent the next two hours on and off the phone until they were delivered, at 10pm the night before the wedding.  Cheers!


We had a bride this year that had this awesome cuff-like bracelet made of metal.  Unfortunately, it got stretched a little bit too much and as a result became loose and was threatening to break all together.  The bride REALLY wanted to wear it so I told her I’d find a fix.  I have to admit, I’ve done some different things in my career (like hooking a mic up through a bouquet), but sewing a bride into a bracelet using fishing wire ranks up there in the list of “MacGyver” solutions I’ve come up with.


With more and more “open concept” venues popping up it’s no surprise that some of our duties have morphed.  We did a lot of weddings at Packard Proving Grounds, or private residences, or Belle Isle Casino this year.  All of these venues are amazing but have one issue – if you run out of liquor / beer / glasses / plates, who is going to get refills?  We are!!!

I don’t think the beer cooler is supposed to do that…

I had the immense pleasure of having a keg cooler explode on me… twice… in one night.  Let’s just say there was a lot of lost beer on the floor, a few ruined linens, and a complex fix to get the beer flowing again.  But we did it and fortunately I didn’t get stopped by the police driving home.  Not sure I could have explained the beer smell….

Ring Bearer’s flower was bigger than his head

Most well qualified florists will ask you the age of your ring bearer (or flower girl!).  They aren’t taking a silent poll, they are making sure they size the flower right.  Unfortunately one of this year’s florists didn’t ask that – and instead sent a full sized boutonniere for the 3 year old ring bearer.  No joke… it was bigger than his head.  Good thing we could pull a small spray rose from an arrangement and make a new one, huh?

The rehearsal dinner arrangements were a great idea… except for that wind!

This past season we worked with a whole crew of our favorite vendors at the amazing Hilltop Manor Inn in Clarklake Michigan.  (Seriously, it’s an awesome place if you’re looking for something!).  As part of our coverage, we were on site to help with their rehearsal and to setup the rehearsal dinner.  One of our favorite florists, Kevin with Twigs and Branches, was on site to setup baby’s breath in wine bottles along a LONNGGG family-style table situated in front of corn fields.  Yes, you read that right and it would have been amazing… except the wind kept knocking over the bottles.  No matter how we arranged them or weighed them down, they just wouldn’t stay upright.  So we revamped and instead lined the bottles in a long row down the tables and made a runner with the baby’s breath.  In the end, it was SO much more beautiful than the original plan that we all had to take a second to pat ourselves on the back!

And because I can’t write up ALL of the saves we did – here’s a few more:

Apparently we enjoy working 18-20 hour wedding days….

That time your church coordinator made you cry

Flute down (CRASH!!)…. flute down (CRASH!)…. yep, another flute down (CRASH!)

Gotta setup (a lot) to tear down!

Because you forgot your overnight bag 45 minutes away

Washington Twp to Marysville to Washington Twp to Marysville to Macomb to Marysville to Washington Twp

When your venue decided, on the day of your wedding, that they wouldn’t setup your favors after all.

Those times we ended up making your floral centerpieces at the last minute… twice.

Because if your bartenders are running 45 minutes late, we can setup your bar for you.

Heard enough?  Then click here to find out how we can truly make your wedding day stress-free!

My favorite 2015 Bride Wedding Quote

We had the great pleasure of working with some really great couples last year.  They were down to earth, happy, relaxed brides and grooms who truly enjoyed their wedding day.  But my favorite quote from the year comes from one of my best brides and went something like this….

I walk into the room where she’s getting ready.

Bride : “Hi Jennie.  Everything going ok?”

Me: Smiling… “Of course, things are great”

Bride looks at me for a second and goes “Who am I kidding?  It’s not like you’d tell me if it wasn’t”.

Nope.  I wouldn’t.  You’re 150% right about that.  And why is that?  Because you had the foresight to hire someone to worry about everything for you!

That’s something you can’t put a value on.  And guess what?  It usually costs about the same, or less, than your wedding cake.  Don’t believe me?  Click here, check out the info, and let’s chat.

Still not convinced?  Wait a day or two and then read our 2015 Wedding Day Saves blog post – coming up shortly!


I’m thrilled to finally (have time to) share with you that BDP has yet another permanent team member!  Megan Owens joined our crew as a summer intern last year.  As has happened in the past, she immediately blew us away with her work ethic, attention to detail, and overall awesome attitude.  Because of this, we knew we just had to keep her!!

Megan has a Bachelors of Arts in Education from MSU (GO GREEN!) and is currently pursuing a Masters of Arts in Teaching at Marygrove College.  She has two fantastic children and may or may not be dating one of our favorite photographers! 🙂

Besides her love of Pinterest, Megan also has a hidden talent for ping pong and spent some time working as a special education teacher.  Like so many people in our industry, she developed a passion for weddings & events and decided to gain some experience in the field.  We are SO pleased to have her join our team as an official Wedding Assistant and can’t wait for her to continue to grow and expand her position with BDP!