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Spotlight Couple: Phil & Jackie

Jackie & Phil
Wedding Date: 10-8-16
Ceremony Location: National Shrine of the Little Flower Catholic Church, Royal Oak, MI
Reception Location: Concorde Inn, Rochester Hills, MI
Offsite Photography Location: Edsel Ford Mansion, Grosse Pointe, MI

Where did you meet?

We were introduced by our best friends and we actually stood up together in their wedding in August 2012. We started dating in July 2013.

How long did you date before your proposal? How long was your engagement?

We dated for two years (with the first year and a half being long distance) before our engagement. Our engagement was just over 10 months.

Do you have a great proposal story you would like to share?

Phil proposed up north at Jackie’s favorite place, her family cottage (now her parent’s home). He had planned on proposing New Years Day 2016 out on the snowmobile trail, he had the perfect spot picked out and her parents were in on the idea. However, at the stroke of midnight of NYE, Phil couldn’t wait another minute and took Jackie outside on the deck for a private moment. The snow was coming down and he asked her to be his wife.

Where did you get your dress? Was it a search for the right one or did you find it right away?

Jackie FINALLY found her dress at Amour Bridal (http://www.amourbridal.us/) in St. Clair Shores after going to every other dress shop in the Metro Detroit area. She probably tried on about 50+ dresses in search for the perfect one, and she finally found it.

What was your wedding theme/style/colors?

We started out with a black and white theme. We mainly stuck with that but decided it was a little too plain and added in some soft gold touches. The flowers were cream and light pink for a touch of color.

Where were your flowers/table centerpieces from? Did you have any favorite flower(s) showcased?

Jackie’s Maid Of Honor’s sister Sara did an amazing job on the bouquets, boutonnieres, cake flowers, and centerpiece flowers. We were fortunate in that we borrowed the majority of our centerpiece items from friends. We had a bit of a hodgepodge of flowers- from orchids and hydrangeas for the centerpieces to roses and dahlias in the bouquets. It all came together beautifully and we didn’t break the bank on flowers.

Where was your wedding cake from? What flavor(s) did you choose?

We randomly found our cake lady, Chris, from one of the many dress shops Jackie and her mom went to. The cake turned out beautiful, just like the picture we had shown her. We choose red velvet (Bride and Groom favorite!), vanilla with a lemon filling, and cookies and cream.

Was there any significance in your ceremony (or reception) location? What made you choose this location?

Our ceremony was at National Shrine of the Little Flower Catholic Church in Royal Oak. This is the church Jackie and Phil attend to together and are members of. The church is absolutely beautiful and Phil and Jackie love the fact that each Sunday they are in mass they get to relive their special day!

Favorite part(s) of your wedding day?

Jackie’s favorite part of the day was the reception. You are finally able to relax and just have fun with all your family and friends. After all the hard work and stress of wedding planning, it is such an amazing feeling to see all the people you love in one room there to celebrate and support you and your new spouse. Phil’s favorite part of the day was seeing Jackie walk down the aisle. She looked absolutely stunning! After that my favorite part was our first dance. It felt so wonderful being able to have that moment for just the two of us to share. The rest of the day was a whirlwind, but with that first dance it felt like we were able to slow time down and appreciate the moment.

Any funny stories you would like to share from your wedding day?

During our picture session at the Edsel Ford Mansion in Grosse Pointe, one of our Ushers, Dave, fell in a hole near the water where the bridal party was all joking around. He nearly broke his ankle, but ended up with a soaking wet shoe and a wet pant leg up to his knee.At the reception, our DJ Tony had the dance floor filled all night! We did have one mishap, where a family friend slipped and ended up going to the ER with a broken wrist!

Any advice to future brides or future couples planning their wedding?

Our advice: Grooms- don’t be afraid to voice your opinion and be sure to help out, this is your day too! Brides- don’t stress over every detail, most things people won’t notice and you will even forget about a month later. Couples- Try to enjoy this time, hard as it might seem at the time. This is a once in a lifetime event you are planning and sometimes the journey is just as fun as the destination!

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