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Tina & Jason: A Green Wedding in St. Clair Shores, MI

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Handmade invitations and matching ceremony programs set the tone for the summery wedding, with tan card stock topped with apple green, polka-dotted grosgrain ribbon.
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Tina walked down the aisle of Grosse Pointe Academy Chapel with her father on one arm and her grandfather on the other. Her gown echoed the wedding’s ribbon theme in strips of elegant pearl taffeta.
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Jason, his groomsmen, and Tina’s bridesman wore tuxedos with different-color vests: platinum for the groom, green for the groomsmen, and tan for Tina’s attendant.
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The couple's creativity met its match in their wedding cake designer, Patricia Ivery. Guests were treated to not just one clever cake (featuring the green and white polka-dot ribbon motif, of course) but also six satellite cakes frosted in green with white dots. Four cake flavors were on offer: banana cake with vanilla creme brulee and pralines, pi ...
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Guests were greeted with a refreshing mojito, the couple’s signature drink, and located their seats with the help of ribbon-adorned place cards, which stood in holders made from bamboo shoots hand-cut by Jason and his father.
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Labeled tins for each guest held green and tan M&Ms. Hotel guests also received a gift bag full of hometown Detroit refreshments: Sanders candies, Vernor’s ginger ale, and Kar’s nuts in a white bag adorned with a green and white polka-dot ribbon.
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The trolley bringing the groom and his men ran late, and the groom arrived a few minutes after the ceremony was supposed to start. "It wasn't cold feet, it was the trolley!" Tina says.
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Tina & Jason in St. Clair Shores, MI

Jason Gross likes to joke that Tina Zanier "picked him out of a catalogue." Well, not exactly…. They met through an online dating site. After a romantic, rose-strewn proposal at the Inn at Bay Harbor Resort, the pair began planning a wedding for 225 guests near their hometown. The Bride Tina Zanier, 29, pre-dental student The Groom Jason Gross, 32, ophthalmologist The Date July 9 "Initially we wanted nothing to do with wedding planning!" Tina says. "But what we thought was going to be a chore turned out to be a challenging pleasure, something that we could take pride in and do together as a couple." Tina and Jason started with a fun, colorful theme -- apple green, polka dots, and bamboo -- and designed and handcrafted most of the wedding décor themselves. "It was hours of paper cutting and ribbon tying, with help from willing friends and family," the bride recalls. "We cut ribbon for the invitations, the place settings, the ceremony programs, the hotel gift bags, the bouquets, and the candles; there may even be more we can’t remember now!" Tina says.
- Siobhan Adcock
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