The tennis courts at the Beverly Hills Club were trans- Rabbi Josh Bennett of Temple Israel officiates at the
formed for the wedding.
Wedding guests dance the night away.
Beverly Hills Club
renowned for fitness
he month of December, known as Kislev
in the Hebrew calendar, is termed the
month of dreams. This was certainly the
case for Steven Satovsky, CEO of the Beverly Hills
Club, and his wife, Rhonda, of West Bloomfield,
and Bernie and Roz Fantich of West Bloomfield
on the night of Dec. 1, 2012, when their children
were married on the tennis courts at the Beverly
Hills Club, the first wedding in the club's history.
The Beverly Hills Club is recognized as one of
the country's top-100 clubs, with the industry's
finest health and fitness facilities. Members at
the Beverly Hills club enjoy a myriad of options,
including cardiovascular workout equipment,
swimming lessons and classes, aerobic and
spinning classes, massages, daycare, tennis les-
sons and leagues, kids' camp and a delicious
cafe. Given the club's focus on families and fit-
ness, who would have thought about using its
94,000-square-feet for a wedding?
"I've always joked with my wife about having
our daughter's wedding at the club; I just never
really thought she'd take me up on it, although I
am happy that she did," said Satovsky.
The sole request of both families was that the
wedding would be formal — but not black-tie.
The wedding was held on two of the six tennis
courts. "We carpeted 14,000-square-feet so none
of the two courts' playing surfaces were visible,"
Satovsky said. And although every bride needs
her "something blue," it was not an option to
leave the blue tennis drapes exposed.
"The entire space, with the help of Barb
Mandell, who was referred by Dee Dee Hoffman
Design, was piped and draped. No one believes
me when I tell them how vast an area the tennis
courts really are, but the size of the space was
evident during the construction of the transfor-
mation," Satovsky said.
Food was catered by J N food writer Annabel
Cohen. "It was sensational! Absolutely deli-
cious!" said groom Kevin Fantich.
The room had draped walls bathed in subtle
amethyst, amber and rose lighting as well as
romantic candlelight and fusions of flower
arrangements created by the incomparable
Bruce Bolton at Breath of Spring in Bloomfield
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hosts its first wedding.
Township. Oak Park-based Furniture
Profiles and Design, which Steven Satovsky
owns, built not only the wooden bars
where guests ordered their cocktails, but
also the meticulous back bar, which dis-
played an assortment of cocktail glasses
When 350 guests took their seats
before the ceremony, they were greeted by
arrangements of tall bunches of branches,
complete with hanging candles marking
The chuppah, which symbolized the lov-
ing home of the bride and groom, as well
Jennifer Lauren Satovsky and Kevin Harlan Fantich
as the love that surrounded them from
friends and family, was canopied in sheer
crowd to enjoy.
blush fabric complete with a hanging crystal
More than anything, both families wanted
chandelier. Sheets of brocaded fabric were sewn
to make sure their guests had a great time.
together to cover the top of the chuppah; embroi-
Photographer Laurie Tennent of Laurie Tennent
dered on the fabric were the names of the bride's
Studio in Birmingham as well as videographers
parents; Rhonda and Steven Satovsky, and their
from Fifth and Main Productions in Royal Oak,
wedding date as well as two new names; the
captured the memories.
names of the bride and groom, Jennifer Lauren
In lieu of wedding favors, a generous donation
Satovsky and Kevin Harlan Fantich, with their
to Yad Ezra was made in each attendee's name.
wedding date, Dec. 1, 2012.
In explaining the unique favor idea, Satovsky
Kevin is a clinical pharmacist for Employee
said, "It was the season of giving. How could
Health Insurance Management (EHIM) in
we conceptualize and celebrate a wedding while
Southfield, and Jennifer is a speech-language
ignoring the fact that there are families who are
pathologist in the Clawson Public Schools. The
starving for a meal?"
couple belongs to Temple Israel and lives in
"Every little girl dreams of planning her wed-
ding and, after the fact, every girl will note that
As Rabbi Joshua Bennett of Temple Israel
their special day was 'a dream come true.' I am
officiated, a surprising detail completed the
no exception to this rule," said the bride.
ceremony space. As the families stood atop the
"The entire event, complete with so much love
wedding platform in front of their guests, their
given from friends and family, would have never
presence was enhanced through an illuminated
come together without the creativity and the
floor. Aaron Berry at Visionary Sound Productions
tireless efforts of Dee Dee Hoffman from Dee Dee
did a fabulous job from the wiring to the light-
Hoffman Party Designs," she added. "The venue,
ing; it was truly the "cherry-on-top" of the total
however, holds a special place in my heart, as
it is a family place that my grandfather built 38
"That is what was so much fun about having
years ago and is one I grew up experiencing
this event at the club; we had a lot of flexibility,"
for as long as I can remember. I am so proud of
Satovsky said. "Not only was there flexibility, but
what my family has built, and I am honored to
it was also a new concept ... a new place."
have shared the first of, hopefully, several more
Elevated on a platform from the front of the
dreams of wedded bliss come true. I guess our
room, live band Nouveaute drew attendees onto
slogan, 'See you at the club,' now has a whole
the custom dance floor as they played current
tunes as well as a few oldies but goodies for the