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Karen & Rick: A Tented Wedding in Bloomfield Hills, MI

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Karen & Rick in Bloomfield Hills, MI
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The focal point of Karen’s custom-made dress was an oval, tribal-style collar, studded with glass, metal, cloth, and wood beads. So they’d look their best (and maybe even wear their dresses again!), Karen let her bridesmaids choose their own gowns in either watermelon or coral, to unify the styles.
Rebecca Lambers Haute Couture, Ann Arbor, MI
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Karen’s bridesmaids carried pink and yellow rose bouquets, which really popped against the coral and watermelon dresses, a fitting choice for the summer soiree.
Tami Gorham, Gerych's Graziella, Birmingham, MI
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The escort-card envelopes contained two pieces: a card with guests’ table numbers and another with a blueprint of the reception floor plan. The blueprint cards were illustrated by Rick’s architect brother and helped guests easily find their table in the large space.
JoAnn Stachelski, Cartoleria, Birmingham, MI
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Martinis were served from a tall ice luge in the shape of the letter “W,” the couple’s new shared monogram. The addition really spruced up the cocktail hour.
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The tented reception felt more natural with greenery decorating the ceiling. A white-tiled dance floor kept the space looking airy and crisp.
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The long head table was decorated end-to-end with flowers, each arrangement of a different type: stock, roses, gerbera daisies, and peonies. They alternated between white, red, orange, and shades of pink.
Tami Gorham, Gerych's Graziella, Birmingham, MI
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The reception band, Mel Ball & Colours, performed The Four Seasons’ “Can’t Take My Eyes off of You” for Karen and Rick’s first dance as a married couple. The band had guests dancing for 30 minutes before dinner -- and then out of their chairs for the rest of the night.
Mel Ball & Colours, Farmington Hills, MI
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Karen and Rick wanted a nontraditional wedding cake, so they chose a three-tiered chocolate one decorated with fresh, sugared fruit.
Ann St. Peter, Pinwheel Bakery, Ferndale, MI

Karen & Rick in Bloomfield Hills, MI

Karen met Rick through mutual friends after a University of Michigan/Notre Dame football game, and the two soon became an item. After they’d been dating for almost two years, Rick took the traditional route and arranged lunch with Karen’s father to ask for his blessing before taking the next step. The Bride Karen Bowman, 41, event consultant The Groom Rick Williams, 67, attorney The Date August 16 When he got the green light, Rick bought a ring and called his children to let them know his plans. The night of the proposal, he picked up Karen and took her to dinner. He’d planned to present the engagement ring in dramatic fashion but when he decided to call Karen’s mother beforehand to tell her the good news, Karen overheard the phone conversation! When Rick hung up, Karen reminded him that he hadn’t asked her yet, so he proposed. Lucky for him, she accepted.
- Jaimie Dalessio
Their Ingredients
  • JoAnn Stachelski, Cartoleria, Birmingham, MI
  • Mel Ball & Colours, Farmington Hills, MI
  • Ann St. Peter, Pinwheel Bakery, Ferndale, MI

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