Fourth-generation Ford employee Tom Miller and wife Sara knew they’d include Ford in their wedding day somehow. After all, “Tom bleeds Ford blue,” Sara said.
The blue oval has been a part of their relationship from the beginning.
“When we first began dating I was driving a (Toyota) Scion tC and his dad wouldn’t even let me park in the driveway,” Sara said with a laugh. Tom and his dad really introduced her to Ford at the annual Old Car Festival at The Henry Ford Museum’s Greenfield Village in Dearborn.
The couple married on May 28, 2016 at St. Colette’s church in Livonia, Mich. The wedding had a “Great Gatsby” theme, with a nod to the 1920s, and it incorporated the family’s antique Fords, of course.
Tom and Sara Miller are just one Ford couple whose nuptials featured Ford, though.
Here are the top 10 ways employees can – plus some employees who did – incorporate their Ford love in their weddings.
- The getaway car. What’s better than riding off into the sunset in a Ford? Tom Miller and his dad took three cars out of their collection as the bridal party’s getaway cars: a 1912 Model T (Tom’s 21st birthday gift he restored with his dad), a 1929 Model A Roadster and a 1931 Model A Slant Window. “We had a blast driving around in the old Fords and people were going nuts to see the bride in the antique car.”
- Their spouse. Dan and Elyse Oyer both work for Ford and actually met in the Regent Court building in Dearborn. The couple married on June 25, 2016 at Hope Lutheran Church in Farmington, Mich.
- The cake. Dan and Elyse knew they wanted to pay homage to the Blue Oval somehow. They settled on a wedding cake featuring fondant toppers inspired by Ford stress balls made by Sweet Heather Anne in Ann Arbor. Elyse picked up the stress balls during her Marketing and Sales rotation in 2010. “Dan used to play little pranks by moving the stress balls around (one would appear two cubes down or inside my candy jar when I came into work the next day),” Elyse said. “They remind me of his great sense of humor and felt like the perfect way to bring Ford into our special day!” Heather Anne Leavitt, a cake designer and bakery owner, said her shop has even designed a number of car- and truck-shaped cakes – typically as a groom’s cake ‑ since it opened in 2010. Leavitt said the process can take up to 40 hours or more.
- The venue. There are numerous wedding venues in the Dearborn area that reflect the Ford theme. The Henry Ford Museum and the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant host weddings throughout the year.
- The décor. There are so many ways to use the blue oval in your wedding décor, including Ford-inspired signs, centerpieces, table numbers and escort cards. Some wedding venues, such as the Henry Ford Museum and the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, even incorporate antique and classic Ford vehicles as décor.
- The attire. Something old, something new, something borrowed, something (Ford) blue? Cufflinks, ties, garters, jewelry, socks – the options are endless. The Ford Store, the Henry Ford Museum gift shop and other retailers feature items that can be worn on your wedding day.
- The photos. Pics or it didn’t happen. If you’re using an antique or classic Ford as a getaway vehicle, why not also use it as a wedding photo prop? If you’re going the DIY route, you could also put together a Ford-themed photobooth with blue oval props or backdrop.
- The gifts. Who wants to register for a bunch of fancy crystal you’ll never actually use when you could get a set of Ford pilsner glasses, or the remote-controlled Ford cooler of your dreams? Enough said.
- The wedding party. Tom Miller even picked groomsmen who are Ford employees to stand up with him on his wedding day. He said he wanted to pick people who helped shape his life – who better than his mentors at Ford, Jeff Warzecha and Paul Styles?
- The honeymoon. Ford employee Paul Pierzeck and his wife Beth lucked out with a serious rental car upgrade while on their honeymoon in Hawaii this summer: a red 2016 Eco Boost Mustang Premium. The newlyweds, who married on June 24, 2016 at St. Robert’s church in Redford Township, Mich., loved driving the car all over the “garden island” of Kauai, where there’s plenty of vegetation and twisting roads with lots of elevation. “My wife was always laughing at me as I smiled listening to the turbo whistle going up and down these roads. One day we drove through Waimea Canyon State Park and I found a section of road that had the elevation and twisting I’ve been waiting to drive through,” he said. “We ended up going through this section of road three times. The section of road was so much fun and the Mustang handled it great, sticking to every turn. It was a great car for our honeymoon, now I want to buy one for a fun car at home.”
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