Every bride has a vision for her big day- the flowers arranged brilliantly in cascades and clusters, the lights an elegant mix of romantic, warm, and flattering, the tables set just so—inviting and dazzling with floral, floral, floral. The roo...
m, of course, is the canvas that a bride (and if she’s lucky, an amazing team of designers) can decorate and build upon to create a space that is truly whatever she wants. For me, this space was the Fox Theatre in Detroit, and what I envisioned was brought to life by David McKnight and Emerald City Designs better than I ever could have dreamed.
My mother and I first went to ECD studios about ten months before our wedding, where we were, on the spot, captivated by their attention to detail, pre-planning, and, as we like to say, ability to just “get it.” My mother and I are both uber-planners, and though we love each other dearly, we both had very different visions for the wedding. We were certain that we couldn’t tackle the scope of our wedding alone, but we truly had no idea that what we had walked into was the answer to our prayers, and the creation of our fantasy.
Over the next ten months, my mother and I spent countless hours with our spirited, sharp, and steadfast wedding planner, Ann McQueen, who was determined to not only make our day as perfect as it could be, but to make us feel like this wedding was truly the only thing she cared about. My mother and I had the pleasure of visiting ECD studios several times, and each time we were greeted with a prepared planner, a team of experts ready to answer all of our questions, and, literally every time, an exciting surprise.
Although it’s hard to recall each and every detail of the wedding planning process, it’s easy to recount a few things that stand out most for me. The first, is that throughout everything, I don’t believe that I ever felt the stress that brides typically talk about when planning a wedding. I never felt overwhelmed, frustrated, like my vision was not going to be recognized (and trust me, I had a pretty specific vision). Through it all I felt calm, confident, and that I could focus on myself and my marriage to my wonderful husband, and that is all because of Emerald City Designs. The second is that, after each interaction we had with ECD, be it a walkthrough at the Fox, our Table Preview with David, or just a coffee meeting to go over a few details with Ann, my mom and I hugged and said “We absolutely made the right choice with Emerald City Designs."