A Contemporary, Romantic Wedding at CityFlatsHotel in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Shantonya Russell (30 and an academic adviser) and Marcus Scott’s (28 and an assistant store manager) wedding was all-out modern glam with a romantic twist. From Marcus’s custom ivory satin tux to the cool mood lighting during the ceremony and the skyward-reaching floral arrangements of classic blooms, the couple put their own contemporary twist on tradition. They chose a coral, teal and ivory palette with navy and silver accents, which captured the vibrancy of the spring season, while also maintaining an element of sophistication. CityFlatsHotel in Grand Rapids, Michigan, offered Shantonya and Marcus the ultimate backdrop for their day, the stunning ballroom with its beautiful woodwork, high ceilings and marble floors blending historic architecture with modern style. Chic & Pretty Events helped the pair bring their vision for an intimate, classy and contemporary affair to life, filling the chic space with plenty of warm candlelight and over-the-top centerpieces of hydrangeas, peonies, garden roses and tulips that felt more like artwork than floral arrangements. Blue and red uplighting was used to give the decor an edge and to set a youthful, festive tone for the evening. Normally reserved, the couple let loose on the dance floor, surprising guests with a first-dance mash-up. But that wasn’t all the night had in store. Shantonya and Marcus’s wedding party also took to the floor and blew everyone away with a choreographed performance of Chris Brown’s “Fine China Hustle.” A tip from Shantonya and Marcus: “We recommend all couples consider hiring a wedding planner. Hiring our wedding planner was one of the best decisions we made. It was money well spent, and we were able to fully enjoy the planning process without any huge stressors. Also, remember that it's your day and to take it all in. Enjoy every moment of your special day and don’t let anyone or anything steal your joy.”