In theme of catching up on blogging I figured now would be a most excellent time to blog last year’s New Year’s Eve wedding! This beautiful, classy and intimate affair left no detail untouched and I was even home by midnight! ❤ Elisabeth your dress was by far one of my favorite aspects… I think I need a dress like that!
While I still have some 2016 weddings to blog (yikes!!!) I am working on revamping my website and this first wedding of 2017 gave me all the feels! Sean and Levi’s wedding was perfect! At Cobblestone Farm on an amazing April day it was stellar. I absolutely loved the alter they designed and nearly all of the details were hand made!! Thank you guys for having me be a part of your perfect day!!! ❤
Another beautiful wedding hitting the blogs from June (of this year!!) I am working hard to try to keep up to date this time 🙂 :p
Jon and Kate got married at the beautiful Matthaei Botannical Gardens on a beautiful Sunday!! Kate had an amazing dress with her first pair of jimmy choos! Her maid of honor had to sew her into the dress but you would have never known and it made for great pictures 🙂
We did their first look in the conservatory and it was perfect! I just love Jon’s emotion!
Next they signed the Ketubah before we headed out for the ceremony.
Their ceremony was performed under a birch tree chuppah and it was *so* beautiful!
The day could not have been more gorgeous!
One of my favorite shots in the gardens is of the couples walking away, it looks so beautiful with the gardens and the conservatory in the background!
❤ Moms ❤
I love love LOVE fun bridal parties!
The light was just perfect!!!
After the gardens we went to the Law Quad for some portraits and surprisingly we didn’t have to fight for a spot!
Her flowers were breath taking!
More fun! ❤
And of course we had to go back to my magical tree! ❤ ❤ ❤
Kate made all of the centerpieces!! Handmade flowers out of old maps!
Nicholas from Elysium Experience runs a beautiful reception!!! From fun shoe games to soloists not to mention he keeps the dance floor moving and packed! Be sure to check him out if you’re in the market for a dj!
Thank you guys for sharing your day with me!! I had a blast!!!! ❤
run often, smile more!
As I am slowly getting around to blogging my fantastic weddings from last year I am reminded how AWESOME they were.
This wedding was a favorite of mine for so many reasons but there were goats and brick oven cooked pizza… so that will be hard to top. 🙂
This sink is from my dreams.
All of the flowers are from the farmers market and hand made! Talk about talent!!! Love the beer bottle to hold the corsages!
The bride made this awesome cake topper! Along with their version of a guest book as well. Talk about talent!!!
The details were just beautiful!
Brick oven pizza. And a cute pig from Latin America ❤
Love the to do list!!!
Everything about this wedding was adorable and so cheery! My face hurt from smiling the whole day.That heel pop! ❤
Love this series
The light was so perfect the whole day!
Have to have a picture with the goats and chickens…
Had a little fun with the ring shots! Thank you guys so much for having me be a part of your day!!! Everything was perfect!!
run often, smile more!
One year ago on Superbowl Weekend I tried to meet with this awesome couple for our initial consult but we got blizzard-ed out! So we had to reschedule and eventually ended up just setting up a skype consult due to uncooperative weather. The skype consult ended in a booking (YAY!) which ended in a super awesome esess which resulted in this amazing wedding. Seriously. This wedding could not have been more amazing. Awesome people, amazing light and just some serious fun. (I mean we took painted tongue pictures in a bowling alley!) Not to mention, they have a celebrity name #chrandrea! So now that I am mostly done gushing about this fun couple, check out a snippet of their amazing wedding! With engagement season raging around us please remember me as new relationship statuses (i think it would be more cool if it were statui ) are popping up around you! 🙂
So I am finally getting around to my list of things I wanted to finish *before* baby and this is one of them!! But since the shoot happened the day AFTER Baby things have fallen a bit behind on my time schedule. However if there is one thing I have learned through this is how grateful I am I always get to work with such amazing vendors in this industry!
After seeing the space the Ann Arbor Art Center had to offer I wanted to plan a challenge for myself and some equally amazing vendors! I wanted to use this fun space as a way to combine elegance with quirky and nerdy. You see my husband and I are kind of big nerds and I am super jealous of all of the themed weddings going on lately, so if we could redo our day I think it might look something like this! I worked with Rachel at Two Foot Creative who helped pair me up with some great vendors! All of these cool centerpiece designs are from Bill over at Bill Hamilton Designs The flowers are actually handmade by Rachel inspired by Pintrest from comic books! And the beautiful and edgy table linens are from Event Source. The menu/invitation letter press are from Gourmet Invitations. The cake is from just down the street at Jefferson Market! We used Rachel and her boyfriend as our stunning models! Rachel got a dress from the fantastical gals over at The Brides Project which resells gently used bridal gowns to raise money for cancer research! There is so much about this shoot that I am just in love with! It has a classic feel from the loft space at the Art Center but it also is edgy and lends to an artistic touch as well. It is the perfect location for couples who are looking for something different for their big day but the space could also easily be used as an elegant or modern space as well. We planned our shoot 6 weeks before my due date because our son came so late (43 weeks almost!!) I figured we had more than enough time and it would help keep me busy through those last weeks of discomfort. Our daughter had very different ideas about how she would come into the world and came at 35 weeks 6 days, the day before the shoot was scheduled. I am so unbelievably lucky to have such awesome friends in the industry and Miranda over at Inner Circle Photography didn’t miss a beat! She shot the session for me AND shot our family hospital session. I am so grateful that so much of the photography community I am a part of is ready to jump in and help each other out when real life emergencies happen!
Now enough about Éowyn (though she is undoubtedly adorable!) and back to this spectacular series of photography! The window light in the loft area is just beautiful! An added bonus of having your event in an Art Gallery is the ability to not enjoy the art with your guests but also be able to shoot in an area that is unique and beautifully lit! Because we wanted to have a comic book theme we decided to walk on down to the Vault of Midnight just down the street for a few fun shots with actual comics. We were so grateful they let us use their super awesome store! Finally I had envisioned some edgier lit portraits in Graffiti Alley downtown Ann Arbor. Miranda captured what I had in mind perfectly! A big thank you to all of the vendors who participated and even bigger thank you to Rachel and Miranda who were able to pull this off as I was recovering from having a baby just 12 hours before the shoot was supposed to start!
Centerpieces / design- Bill Hamilton Designs http://billhamiltondesigns.com
Linens and table settings- Event Source http://www.eventsource.net
Wedding planner- Rachel Putnam TwoFoot Creative http://twofootcreative.com
Facility- Ann Arbor Art Center http://www.annarborartcenter.org
Cake- Jefferson Market http://www.jeffersonmarketandcakery.com/
Hair and makeup- Callie Reeves
Dress- The Brides Project- http://www.thebridesproject.org
Menus, table numbers and coke bottle caps- Gourmet Invitations http://gourmetinvitations.com
This winter I was lucky enough to be able to meet some lovely ladies at the Ann Arbor Art Center at a local networking meeting and was able to see their beautiful spaces they have for parties. After seeing their digs I just knew I had to do a stylized shoot before little miss was born.
However Eowyn had very different plans (and came super-de-duper early!) but my pal Miranda over at Inner Circle Photography swooped in and helped me out BIG time! I will be posting the stylized shoot soon but in the mean time I wanted to post some shots I took of the Art Center’s building and it’s newly renovated spaces! If you are looking for a space for a wedding or party check these guys out, honestly it is amazing and so conveniently located! The Art Center is nestled right downtown Ann Arbor on Liberty Street between Ashley and Main and over looks the beautiful restaurant district. It is the perfect space for small to mid sized weddings, corporate events, parties and Mitzvahs! Your guests would be surrounded by art in the second floor galleries as well as have the options of the beautiful 3rd floor studios with exposed brick and newly renovated wood flooring. The 117 Gallery is a rotating gallery but Stacey has a good idea of what type of art will be displayed in advance! Each floor has beautiful lighting as well as windows that overlook the town. Downstairs on street level is the Art Center’s store as well as a pottery studio. The galleries are above are by way of a beautiful original wooden stair case. After doing the room shoot for the website update I also had the privilege of shooting their Vine and Dine fundraiser later the following week. Seeing the spaces decorated and full of guests was beautiful. The evening was just perfect. Guests were able to admire art as well enjoy the evening. If you are in need of a space to host your event and are looking for a venue give Stacey Bodner a call or fill out the contact form!