Bride of the Week: Dana Sanker

Taking the Plunge

Dana wed Kevin in a nostalgic celebration at the country club where they first met as swim club teammates.
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Forget Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte. Dana Nuccitelli first fell for Kevin Sanker back in grade school when they were both on the swim team at Meadowbrook Country Club in Northville, Michigan.

“I had a crush on Kevin because of his impressive swim stroke,” recalls Dana. Years later, after they’d finished college and ran into each other at a local bar in the same town, they dove into a two-year long-distance romance. “I knew he was the one because he would travel to Chicago on a Saturday morning and drive back to Detroit the following afternoon just to see me for a few hours,” she says.

Dana’s godmother surprised the bride by adding tiny heart-shaped charms, hung from lavender tulle ribbon, to the bouquet. Each charm held a small photo of each of Dana’s deceased grandparents. “She tied them to the bouquet while I was at the hair salon with my bridesmaids and of course I started crying when I saw it,” Dana shares.

When it was time to take their relationship to the next step, Kevin looked no further than the old Meadowbrook Country Club where it all began. For his proposal, Kevin got down on one knee and asked for Dana’s hand right at the edge of the pool where they used to have swim meets years before. And for their wedding on August 25, 2012, the location was obvious. Where else to take the plunge in front of 175 family and friends but at the same club where it all began?

Luckily, Dana was inspired by the facility’s own décor in planning her wedding’s style. Working off Meadowbrook’s own regal and traditional ambiance, she used the ballroom’s dozens of flush-mount chandeliers, embellished with hundreds of twinkling crystals, as a springboard for the wedding’s table settings. She had candelabra centerpieces with dangling crystals that sparkled all their own and sat guests on silver Chiavari chairs.

To enhance the elegant room’s pearl damask wallpaper and gleaming hardwood floors, tables were dressed in white and topped with floral arrangements of soft green hydrangeas and pink and lavender roses.

Even Dana’s own bridal style mirrored the traditional tone of her reception. Her gown fit seamlessly into the environs, with its long train, sweetheart neckline and rhinestone-embellished belt. Both of her two veils (a three-piece cathedral-length number for the ceremony and then the shorter, finger-tip style for the reception) were adorned with crystals too.

Dana’s bouquet of white roses and white hydrangeas had the added sparkle of rhinestone picks. But upon a closer look, the posies had an extra special touch. Dana’s godmother surprised the bride by adding tiny heart-shaped charms, hung from lavender tulle ribbon, to the bouquet. Each charm held a small photo of each of Dana’s deceased grandparents. “She tied them to the bouquet while I was at the hair salon with my bridesmaids and of course I started crying when I saw it. It was so sweet!” Dana shares.

The charms were just one example of the subtle attention to detail throughout the night. From the sign Dana put up during that reception’s cocktail hour on the patio that announced “HE PROPOSED HERE” to the choice of the very last song of the night, American Pie, because it was the last song played after every competitive meet growing up, Dana and Kevin both agreed that their late summer event went swimmingly.

--Erinn Bucklan

 
 
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