MWEP listing giveaway! Win $50!

26 Aug

At MWEP, we strongly believe that we are only as good as our members and to celebrate the amazing growth we have experienced in the past few years, we are doing our very first contest!

You could win a $50 Visa gift card to use however you’d like and it is really easy to enter!

Head to our Facebook page and click on Giveaway. All you have to do is follow the directions, complete the tasks and that is it!

Good luck!


Inn at St. Johns Wedding

23 Jun

Kelly and Jason got engaged on December 20, 2009 at a Detroit Pistons game. Jason got courtside seats, which Kelly thought were her Christmas present. During the pre‐game warm up, the players were throwing out practice ball to kids in the stands. Kelly had a ball land in her lap, which she went to pass back to the little kid behind her, and Jason said, “No this one’s for you.”

Confused, Kelly turned the ball over to see ‘Kelly will you marry me’ written on it. Seconds later Jason was on one knee, ring in hand and Kelly was saying ‘Yes’ in on the big screen in front of thousands of cheering fans at The Palace. Jason worked with the staff at the Palace in Auburn Hills, MI to coordinate the entire engagement.

Kelly and Jason defiantly wanted to use the proposal ball in their engagement images. They both love basketball and sports, so I suggested they just play basketball, and I would take candid images. We also took some kissy face images as well!

For their wedding, Kelly incorporated her Asian heritage into the details. Her family and friends helped create her escort cards, invitations and favors. Silk Thumb Florist in Wyandotte, MI created the flowers that worked into Kelly’s Asian fall love theme. Her cousin handmade each escort card specific to each guests gender.

Together they all looked like a colony of Japanese paper dolls. The Inn at St. John’s Atrium room has an entire glass ceiling that let in natural light and ambiance for the evening.

Vendor Info:

Photography: Misty Minna Photography, Grand Rapids, MI

Bakery ‐ Pastry Palace, Wixom, MI

Makeup ‐ Karen Garity, MAC Cosmetics, Somerset Collection Troy, MI

Hair ‐ Angela Baker, Red Head Salon, Canton, MI

Wedding Dress ‐ Impressions Bridal Collection

Bridesmaids Dresses ‐ Bill Levkoff

Tux ‐ Men’s Warehouse

Flowers ‐ Silk Thumb Florist, Wyandotte, MI

Rings ‐ Blue Nile

DJ/Videographer ‐ Mike Staff Productions

Invites/Escort Cards ‐ Jill Bradley, Hudson, FL (family friend)

Shoes ‐ Badgley Mischka

Michigan Vendor Spotlight: Misty Minna

22 Jun

Say hello to Misty Minna, photographer extraordinaire and our newest vendor spotlight here on Mitten Smitten! Check back tomorrow for a Real Michigan Wedding from Misty. More from her below:


Photography is everything to me!

I love to capture candid moments; little glances, laughter, special looks, and romance inspires my life and work.  I prefer to work organically letting things happen and snapping away with my camera to find the right shot.

American Society of Interior Designers
Art Van Furniture
Eileen’s Designs Etc…
Interior Designers Coalition for Change
Michigan AIDS Coalition
Michigan Design Center
Saliho Creative
T Way Customs Clothing
Wealthy Theatre

On the personal side….
I’m originally from Clinton Township, MI on the East side of the state, near Detroit. I graduated from Grand Valley State University (Go Lakers!), with two degrees. One in Advertising and Public Relations, the other in Photography. I now reside in Grand Rapids but work all over Michigan. My mom is my main source of inspiration for all things creative. She gave me my first Fujica camera, took me to the DIA (Detroit Institute of Arts), and to art school with her at Wayne State many times as a child. I grew up in an unconventional style where finger painting was encouraged and weekly trips to the local art fair were the norm.

Some favorite things (in no particular order): My canon 5DMark II, Lenses that go to an f/1.2, Photoshop, writing, designing things, coming up with new ideas, figuring out how things work, spending long hours on the computer, projects, organizing things, cooking (but not doing the dishes), long drives in the fall (pretty much anything to do with fall), kickboxing, big cities, my dog Stewie, electronic devices that do fun things, jewelry, shoes, going on trips (but not packing), watching TV online, and anything related to advertising, marketing, design or branding.



Samples of my work are best found on Wedding Wire:
Bride’s Choice Wedding Wire 2010, 2011
Thumbtack Elite Vendors 2011

MS Inspiration Shoot Winners!

21 Jun

First of all, congrats to our fabulous winners of the 1st annual Inspiration Shoot Challenge here on the Mitten Smitten blog. The moment I saw the photos from this shoot, I just new that I was looking at something special. So, without further delay, here is the winning shoot! As soon as you are finished looking at these gorgeous details, make sure you take a moment to watch the video at the end of the post. It is the PERFECT way to see all of the details come together and the song is to die for!

Katespiration from forever cherished productions on Vimeo.

Isn’t that adorable? There is something so sweet about the colors and the absolutely stunning location. I am a sucker for horses and pretty things. Please make sure to visit each one of these vendors to see more of their amazing work. Congrats team!

Location: Rick Premier, Premier Quarter Horses Farm – Davison, Michigan
Photography: Kate Elliott Photography & Tim Mattila Photography
Videography: Forever Cherished Productions
Event planner: Laura Allis Events
Florist: The Parsonage (Liz)
Papergoods and design: Renee Rodriquez Designs
Hair stylist: Emilee Amon – Hello Gorgeous Day spa and Salon
Bracelet: Wachler Estate Collection
Wedding and Engagement Rings: Wachler and Sons Jewelry

Mitten Smitten Inspiration Challenge!

3 Apr

In order to get the ball rolling on some really great posts, Mitten Smitten will be hosting our very first inspiration shoot challenge!

An inspiration shoot is a really great way for wedding pros to create a shoot that will inspire couples when they are planning a theme or color scheme for their event. We are looking for 5-10 teams to create the perfect event to be featured here on the MS blog. Each team must consist of only Michigan based vendors (sorry everyone else!). Other than that, anyone can participate. Each group must send one email to telling us the members of the group and the idea behind their inspiration no later than 11:59pm on April 15th, 2011. Teams must also send their submissions (at least 10-15 photos) in by 11:59pm May 15th, 2011 for consideration.

Good luck and happy shooting!

Coming Soon…

26 Mar

Hello everyone!

I just wanted to send a quick note to let you all know that we have some big things in the works for the Mitten Smitten blog. Our members are putting together really great inspiration shoots for your viewing pleasure, we have some Real Michigan weddings coming soon, our pros are going to be sharing lost of tips and advice for those planning their wedding, and so much more!

If you are a wedding pro in Michigan and would like to get involved, please head to our website and learn more about our membership program, upcoming events and everything you need to know about MWEP Network.

Thank you!

Amanda Freeman, MWEP’s State Adviser and Creator

Real Michigan Wedding: Navy and Orange

12 Apr

The wonderful E’Lisa from EC Campbell Photography, out of Rochester Hills, sent us this adorable wedding! I am in love with the Navy & Orange combo and every little sweet detail!

Here are a few photos and a little information from E’Lisa about this too-cute-for-words wedding in The Mitten State. needless to say, I am Smitten. 😉

On a beautiful and warm, sunny day on July 25, 2009, Libby and Mike were married at Cranbrook Gardens, and their outdoor reception was held at the home of the bride’s Aunt and Uncle.  Everything about their wedding was timeless.  The colors, the decor, and the positive energy that radiated from every guest truly made their wedding day unique and special.  Their wedding had charm and grace….and Libby and Mike’s love could be seen and felt a mile away.  These two compliment each other perfectly.

Some of the fabulous vendors: (MWEP Members are marked with a *)
Gracie’s Salon
Cranbrook House and Gardens
Skyline Ranch Estate
Home Owners: Joerg & Leann Hensel (bride’s Uncle & Aunt)
*E.C. Campbell Photography
*Music Box Productions
Splendid Plates
Kathy Youngs
Special Events Rental
Erica  Schemansky
Julian John Floral, LLC