Written by Annie Weeden (MDE’s 2016 Summer Intern)
It was a hot summer’s day accompanied by a light breeze off the shores of Lake Michigan when I attended John and Dina’s wedding. Walking towards what looked like a castle amongst endless sand and beach-goers, I got my first look at what this event would be like; a beautiful and intimate wedding filled with copious amount of laughs, smiles, and sparklers. This was the iconic Promontory Point. I have heard about this place before, but being the country girl that I am I haven’t seen it until now. All of the wonderful stories never did this place justice and there I was acting like a tourist with awe in my eyes and a camera in my hand.
Shuffling up to the huge rustic doors and taking my first peek at what looked like a busy hive; many workers and vendors running all over the place making sure that the venue looked flawless. So many details helped piece it all together bit by bit with time, patience, and hard work. Tu Bloom had arrived and was arranging glamorous centerpieces in accordance to the soft blush and merlot linens. On top of that Jewell Catering was starting to plate hors d’oeuvre that made my mouth water. Every dish was well executed with an array of colors and delicious smells. All of the months of planning led to this moment and I could finally see the whole picture.
Jumping into the groove, I along with the rest of the MDE team was put to work making sure that all of the finishing touches were perfect before Dina arrived. There were chairs to be unfolded, highboys to be tied down, and many rose petals to be scattered before the moment that we all had been waiting for; the bride’s arrival. As the black limo cruised to a halt at the front doors of Promontory Point, I fell in love with this part of MDE’s day-of job; the secrecy of the bride trying to hide from her future husband. The bridal party stepped out of the limo in a cluster followed by Dina who looked absolutely gorgeous in her Pronovias gown from Dimitra’s Bridal. So elegant and so swift the bridal party and the future newlywed are hushed around tight corners into a holding room where she awaits her cue. People ask me why I love this part so much and it is not just the fact that the MDE team is kind of like working for the FBI with the cool headsets and such, but it is the time that we get to get a glance of the beautiful bride before she becomes Mrs. and all of the hustle and bustle down the aisle. It is the little things about weddings that make me smile, the way the groom looks at the bride as she starts to proceed down the aisle in her white dress and the way that mothers and fathers hold their children just a little bit tighter during their dance. Moments like these remind me how important our job is to make the newlyweds’ day special and how amazing it is to see the happy couple start a new chapter of their lives.