Garden of Delights

All the essentials for planning your one-of-a-kind wedding
Photograph: Silver Thumb Photography

Graye’s Greenhouse

FOR SOME A GREENHOUSE is just that — a place to purchase flowers, vegetables or other market-stand musts. But Graye’s Greenhouse is so much more than that. “I grew up coming here,” says Rachel Nisch, who took over the historic greenhouse in January 2019 and is now offering this Plymouth treasure as a venue for intimate weddings. “It’s been a magical place forever, and I’m just trying to keep that going.”

Built in 1928, the greenhouse was operated by the same family for three generations before Nisch purchased the beloved business. Known for its botanical offerings, particularly its succulents, cactuses, begonias, and ferns, visitors come from near and far not only for the unique plant selection but to witness first hand the beauty of this preserved space.

“We have a lot of mother plants that just live in the greenhouse and are rooted in the ground. … It’s kind of like a conservatory mixed with a retail space,” Nisch says. “The cool thing about being in the same family for so many years is that we have a really loyal and diverse customer base that has been coming here forever. The collection here has become really interesting because people just kind of bring you odd bits of cuttings of plants.”

Just about everything sold at Graye’s is grown within its glass walls, and customers can witness the entire growing process as they peruse each dirt-floor aisle. And that’s just part of the storied charm and no-fuss authenticity of this remarkable place. “It’s very non-traditional when you walk in but at the same time it just has a really friendly vibe,” Nisch says. “I think that everyone feels like Graye’s is their secret place.”

But Graye’s isn’t just a place to purchase plants. The greenhouse goes beyond that, hosting workshops and offering a mix of event services (their signature living centerpieces and favors are a striking and sustainable option to consider). Recently, Graye’s opened its doors to accommodate a growing trend — micro weddings. Couples looking for a more personal gathering or ceremony can expect a magical fairy-like setting complete with twinkling Edison bulb string lights, a new herringbone paver floor, space for around 30 guests and photography access to the grounds and greenhouse — Nisch says the lighting is just terrific for photographs. With the greenhouse open year-round, couples will love the cool indoor/outdoor feeling that can be enjoyed no matter the season.

“One hundred years of history lives here, while our seedlings only know the present,” Nisch says. “The couple who would be happy at Graye’s is the couple looking to commit to one another in a space both grounding and ethereal; a space with history that is dripping with life.”

For more information, visit grayesgreenhouse.com.


Photograph courtesy of K.R.P. Denim

Wedding-Day Denim

Launched last year as the passion project of Los Angeles-based bridal designer Katharine Polk, K.R.P Denim offers sustainably sourced vintage denim jackets for the strong, independent bride. Each jacket is hand selected by the designer before undergoing a one-of-a-kind transformation. Jackets begin at about $400, and some styles are also available for customization. We think these denim wonders make an insta-perfect style statement no matter how or when you wear it.

“These are collectibles that mark a moment in time you’ll never forget,” Polk says. In addition, the brand’s 100 percent cotton “Wifey” short sleeve logo tee is perfect for a bachelorette party, on a honeymoon and every weekend thereafter. Polk also recently launched her namesake collection Katharine Polk Bridal to offer designs with a clean and modern edge. Inspired by boundary-pushing brides, the collection will be launching later this year and will include ready-to-wear, custom offerings (which are currently available) as well as a rental option. Stay tuned for this new collection, as it is sure to be as cutting-edge and trend-setting as these glamorous layers from K.R.P Denim.

For more information, visit krpdenim.com and katharinepolk.com.


Photograph courtesy of Flowers For Dreams

Blooms For A Cause

Blooms For A Cause Flowers for Dreams is all about giving back. Every month, 25 percent of the company’s profits are donated to a rotating group of local charities — so whether you purchase a striking bouquet (arrangements begin at $35 and include free hand delivery) or have their staff help design and choose flowers for your wedding, their farm-fresh florals are sure to make a difference. This past spring, the Chicago-based organization opened their first Detroit location in the Shinola Hotel’s Parker’s Ally, announcing The Children’s Foundation as their inaugural charity partner. “We started Flowers for Dreams to use beautiful, local bouquets to advance causes of justice and charity in our community,” says Steven Dyme, co-founder and CEO. “It’s been such a privilege to expand this mission to communities like Detroit, who care deeply about reinvestment and empowerment of their own communities.” Since 2012, Flowers for Dreams has given almost $600,000 to 90 charities in its original Chicago and Milwaukee markets.

For more information, visit flowersfordreams.com.


Photograph courtesy of Crumble Catering Co.

Bride Tribe Treats

Bride Tribe Treats While the current pandemic has kept us from our nearest and dearest, we have just the solution for brides wanting to treat their tribe to something sweet — a picture-perfect bridal party proposal cookie from Crumble Catering Co. “It gives the bridal party a peek into the client’s wedding inspiration while also asking a very special question,” says owner and baker Emily Tashjian. “And what’s better than an edible gift for your favorite people?” Tashjian opened her Berkley-based business in 2016, specializing in custom-designed sugar cookies. While we think the proposal cookies are not only a fitting and delectable treat during days of social distancing, Tashjian’s offerings expand beyond the proposal design. From weddings to showers and even favors, Tashjian can personally customize her royal-icing topped cookies to suit any and all themes.

For more information visit, crumblecateringco.com.


Photograph courtesy of Minted

Postponed!

From stay-at-home orders to social distancing guidelines, COVID-19 has upended the wedding plans of couples everywhere, leaving many wondering just what to do. Whether you’ve selected a new date or decided to elope, Minted’s recently launched collection of event change cards helps you communicate to guests any wedding updates. Here, the team at Minted has offered some suggestions on how to keep your message upbeat despite these challenging times.

Rescheduling but don’t have a new date yet? Minted suggests:
• It’s still happening! … Just at a later date. New wedding date to come soon!
• Social distancing just isn’t our thing. New wedding date to come soon so we can party properly!

Confirmed a new date? Minted proposes writing:
• Save our NEW date!
• Don’t dust off your dancing shoes yet! Due to unforeseen circumstances, we are now getting married on [insert date].

If you are not rescheduling, Minted says try one of these:
• Due to unforeseen circumstances, we decided to elope! We’re planning a celebration soon and will send you the details.
• We do. We did! Since we aren’t able to celebrate in person, we decided to elope! More celebration details to come.

For more information, visit minted.com.


Photographs courtesy of Goldluxe Jewelry

Gilded Dreams

Fantasy and beauty define the latest collection from Detroit-based Goldeluxe Jewelry. “I was inspired by the concept of another world; a dream world, on the other side of sleep. Amorphous, hazy, ethereal; something at the edge of your memory,” says designer Libby Trajkovski. All locally crafted, these raw and delicate designs are perfect worn with a modern and minimal bridal look or given as gifts to those in your bridal party.

For more information, visit goldeluxe.com.

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