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planterra wedding: erika & nick

4.11.18

When a bride+groom decide to marry in March in the mitten, they typically know what they are getting themselves into when it comes to the weather. Let me tell you, after the craziness Mother Nature brought down upon them during their engagement session this past fall, I was SO HAPPY that they had a gorgeous, mild, sun-filled day. I met up with Erika and her ladies at her childhood home where she had chosen to get ready. You guys already know how much I LOVE it when a bride selects a place meaningful to her and one of my favorite parts of the day was peeking in her bedroom and seeing the walls (and ceiling!) still adorned with posters from her youth. Erika looked gorgeous as she donned her wedding gown in the foyer of her parents’ home and once she was ready and sat down to open her gift from her groom, I learned a little more about this sweet couple. When she opened that wooden box in her lap, I expected to see a lovely bottle of wine for them to share on their anniversary, but instead, was a saber. A saber, you ask? Yes, a champagne saber for popping bottles! It was by far one of the coolest gifts I’ve seen (way to go, Nick!) and clearly I must have one immediately. The smiles+laughs continued as we headed off for the wedding festivities, but not without first showering the bride with confetti poppers! When we arrived at Planterra, I again was amazed at the way this venue transforms itself to individualize each wedding. Before I could take in all of the incredible details, it was time for Erika+Nick’s heartfelt first look. Nick looked so very handsome and these two again fell into an easy rhythm for portraits. Then, before we knew it, it was time. The couple each read their own written vows, which is always something that makes me teary behind the lens, and before long, we were celebrating in style! The tablescape was all sorts of incredible with rose gold utensils, stunning glass plate chargers and, my personal fave, ombré wine cork table numbers. The rose gold details carried over to the gorgeous tiered cake hand painted by Sweet Heather Anne and following dinner, the dance floor was packed thanks to the always incredible Mary Ann Ross Productions. I had to practically pry the couple off the floor before we left for a signature night shot in front of the venue. But first, sampling the creme brûlée station was a must! Truly, this was one fantastic affair planned by Luna Soiree Events and I could not be happier for this deserving couple! xo


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planterra wedding: hannah & james

2.21.18

Everyone was buzzing about the snowstorm that had hit the day before Hannah and James' wedding. Not me. I may have been the only one that was doing the snow dance the day of because I knew just how beautiful Planterra can be with a fresh, white blanket of snow as a backdrop. When Hannah walked into the conservatory with her winter boots on and I saw that the girls had shawls, I was all smiles because I knew they were prepared to head outside. Hannah looked absolutely stunning, and I’m not sure I’ve ever seen blue eyes pop as much as hers did that day against her white gown and dark hair. The scarlet bridesmaids gowns were one of my faves to date with the feminine lace top and open back and the gentlemen looked dapper in their navy suits. And the flowers! Oh, the flowers. Deep tones in her unstructured bouquet absolutely had me swooning. After their sweet first look, we jumped right into portraits and it was every bit as spectacular as I was hoping it would be (I know that sounds dramatic, but I’m for real)! Shooting a wedding in the conservatory in February means the sun was setting as they walked down the aisle that was adorned with lanterns illuminating the pathway. Following their vows, cocktail hour began with their signature drink and it was so fun to see everyone walking around with copper mugs as they sipped on Bailey’s Moscow Mules (named after their sweet pup!). When it came time for the toasts, I really had to focus on snapping images instead of laughing along with the room as Hannah’s “favorite Uncle" recited some of her most infamous social media posts along with his heartfelt toast. The musical stylings of Maryann Ross Productions had the room on their feet the remainder of the night and these two surprised me at the very end as we trekked outside and up the hill in a foot of snow to get a nighttime portrait by the signature VW Bug. It was an incredible day for an even more amazing couple. Best wishes! xo



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Royal park hotel wedding: Cathy & Matthew

12.22.17

Cathy+Matt’s wedding was my last wedding of the season and I was super excited that I was ending such an incredible year on a high note with both a great couple and at the always fabulous Royal Park Hotel. Cathy is as grounded as they come and it’s easy to see why everyone gravitates to her. She made me laugh when I asked if her girls were going to get their dresses on to help her get in her gown and she replied that, nah, it wasn’t necessary and they can just relax while her Mom and MOH helped her. The beading on her wedding gown was stunning and I loved when she told me she had bought her champagne Badgley Mischka heels before she had even found her dress. Once she was ready, we headed downstairs where a very handsome Matt was waiting in his navy suit to see his bride for their first look. By now you all know that I am totally biased towards the first look and after they had their private moment together, we began shooting their portraits. These two (and their incredible wedding party!) were troopers, as it was cold and windy at times, but that sunlight made it all worth while. The Royal Park Hotel did not disappoint, as there are so many places to shoot incredible portraits, both inside and out, and all at one location. When we wrapped up, it was time to say their vows in the conservatory, where my favorite moment was when their mothers placed words of advice in a wine box containing wine to toast on their first, fifth and tenth anniversaries (I want that!). As we walked into the reception room I noticed the stunning floral arrangements by Christopher and Company, and elegant white cake by The Home Bakery. The night started with sentimental toasts and blessings, and the party rocked on to the musical stylings of Mike Staff Productions. The best part was ending the night with some portraits under the string lights. A hotel patron was watching our interaction and asked if Cathy and I were friends before the wedding. I smiled and said no, but that about sums up my relationship with my incredible couples. Thank you both for a wonderful ending to an already killer season. A huge congrats to the both of you! xo



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detroit engagement session: erika & nick

12.14.17

Mother Nature was not on the same page with us as we tried over and over again to schedule Erika+Nick’s engagement session at Belle Isle. Their wedding is coming up in just a few short months, so we were running out of time! You know how it is! Michigan weather turns on a dime, so the morning of the session, I think we all just kept our fingers crossed that the rain would hold out and this session would be a go. When we stepped out of our cars and saw the white caps on the Detroit River, all we could do was laugh and rock it out anyway! I have a total appreciation for these two as they braved the cold and the wind and made their session look like it was just a balmy, breezy autumn day in the city. We worked our way around the park, beginning at the fountain and ending at the always gorgeous conservatory. Erika looked beautiful with her long, dark hair whipping around them and her grey leather moto jacket was killer! Nick looked stellar with his rust colored button down that matched his hair; way to go, you two! These two ended their session by donning their Sparty gear (Go Green!), which is only appropriate since they both attended MSU and bleed green. I’ll be seeing you two before you know it! xo



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detroit athletic club wedding: Chelsea & Christian

12.4.17

When we arrived at the Detroit Athletic Club, I was wondering if Chelsea was going to brave the chilly autumn air and head outdoors for portraits. It was cold, but the sun was popping out and you know I was hoping to get some of that beautiful light for her portraits. I was thrilled when she said we should go for it, so after she donned her simple, but oh-so-elegant gown and killer blue jeweled Badgley Mischka pumps, we headed outside and rocked those portraits. Before we knew it, it was time to wrap up and head over to St. John Armenian Church for a traditional Armenian ceremony. I feel so lucky when I get to experience different cultures and I LOVED the uniqueness of Chelsea and Christian’s ceremony, especially when these two were crowned King and Queen. Following the ceremony, we shot a few quick portraits outside of the church and then headed back over to the DAC where we were able to get some rooftop action overlooking the gorgeous lit city of Detroit. They entered the reception room to a traditional Armenian dance (so fun!) and the evening continued to rock on with the stylings of The Dan Rafferty Band intermixed with the music from the Armenian Band. The DAC looked gorgeous as usual, with flowers by Breath of Spring. Finally, right before it was time to go, we were able to sneak downstairs and have some fun shooting some serious portraits with the ornate details within the DAC. A huge congrats goes out to this sweet couple! xo


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