Grooms to Be: Eric and Michael Share Their Story (Part 2)

May 2

After 13 years together, longtime partners Eric and Michael will finally tie the knot with a wedding held at the Chubb Hotel and Conference Center. In our first installment of our four-part series, we highlighted Eric and Michael’s engagement and how they came to choose Chubb Hotel to host their special day. Now, the couple has started the next steps in the planning process by selecting the perfect vendors to ensure their wedding day is one they’ll never forget.

Eric and Michael knew they had found their ideal venue in Chubb Hotel and Conference Center after meeting with Stephanie Carr, Chubb’s expert catering sales manager. The couple decided to hold their wedding in October to take advantage of the picturesque backdrop created by the vibrant colors of autumn. Now, they’re working on the “little things” that will make their day unique.

As an event planner by trade, Eric has many connections to potential vendors, which has made the process easier for the couple. They have also utilized the schedule checklist and budget planner found on WeddingWire.com.

“[The website] has reminded us of many details we might not have thought of along the way,” Eric says. “It’s also been fun to look at wedding planning on the other side, which makes me appreciate more what my clients experience.”

The Vision

Eric and Michael envision their wedding as a day dedicated to their love of each other, their families and their friends filled with laughs, food and lots of dancing. They plan to have a simple ceremony just before sundown in which they walk, escorted by each of their loving parents by their sides, down two separate aisles, meeting halfway and merging into one aisle.

After the ceremony, guests will be greeted with champagne at a cocktail hour, where they will enjoy lively Spanish guitar music reminiscent of the moment the couple became engaged.

Following the cocktail hour, guests will head to the Marquis Ballroom, which will be transformed into a whimsical, sophisticated lounge through the talents and creative styles of Affairs To Be Remembered. Guests will then indulge in hors d’oeuvres and food crafted by the Jose Garces Events culinary team. Eric and Michael agreed on a cocktail-style reception to give their guests a night of nonstop mingling, eating, drinking and dancing.

The couple still plans on incorporating some traditional elements into their wedding, including their first dance, dances with their mothers, toasts and more.

The Music

In addition to romantic Spanish guitar music from EBE Events & Entertainment at the cocktail hour, the couple has chosen the band Amsterdam to perform at the reception.

Amsterdam – EBE Events & Entertainment

Joe Napoli, the band’s leader, and Steve Meranus, the owner and partner of EBE Entertainment, have been instrumental—no pun intended—in finding the couple’s musical vibe for the evening.

The Details

When it comes to finding the perfect décor and flowers, the couple turned to Eric’s best friend and “best girl” Marie Williamson. Marie, Annabelle Mira, Eileen Getty and Maureen Collins are the owners and designers behind Affairs to Be Remembered. The team has provided Eric and Michael with unique and creative ideas about how to truly transform their space.

For invitations and papers, the couple is using Fleurish Ink the paper atelier at La Petite Fleur. Owner and Creative Director, Leigh Karsch will collaborate with Eric and Michael to design and fashion a custom invitation suite that speaks perfectly to their fun, yet sophisticated style.

The wedding will be officiated by Rabbi Bradley Bleefeld. “Okay, so we are not Jewish, however Eric has worked with Rabbi Bleefeld many times with previous wedding events,” Michael says. “The clients love him and he was willing, accepting and agreed to perform our ceremony.”

Most recently, the couple had their first meeting with Rabbi Bleefeld to begin planning the ceremony. The experience was a truly lasting memory for them, and they walked away beyond trusting and comfortable that the ceremony will be unique and special. “It also was a strong reminder of the importance and reason for the day,” Eric says.

The Photography/Videography

Eric and Michael have selected Gabe Fredericks of Philip Gabriel Photography, who also took photos for their engagement. “It will be easy to have him around us both for such personal moments on our big day,” Michael says. “Plus, he can always make us laugh.”

To capture even more memories, Eric and Michael have chosen CinemaCake to take video footage of the wedding so they can re-experience the excitement of their ceremony. “Also, we are anticipating our best man and best girl toasts will be something we will want to watch over and over again,” Michael says.

As for the rest of the evening, the couple still has some tricks up their sleeves.

“We have a few other fun elements planned, but we’re keeping those under wraps until the big day. We’re finding it hard not to give too much away,” Michael says. “It’s so fun to talk about our wedding. We’re excited!”

Stay tuned to our blog for the rest of Eric and Michael’s Chubb Hotel wedding story! 

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