Matt + Kathleen // A Wintry, Holiday Nights Engagement Session // December, 2015

Wow! Has it really been 8 months since I've last blogged?! Ok, so one of my major New Year's business resolutions is to blog on a regular basis. I have so many photos and amazing moments living in my computer, and I need to get them out for all to see. So, hold me accountable everyone.... more blogging in 2017! It will happen!

As the holidays are fast approaching, well, right at the finish line actually, it dawned on me that I never blogged this super fun engagement session I photographed last Christmas. And with this couple's New Year's Eve wedding coming right up, I thought there's no better time than now!

When I met with Matt + Kathleen last year to discuss their wedding day, they wanted to run an idea by me. They had the green light to photograph their session during one of my favorite events of all time, Holiday Nights at Greenfield Village. If you're local, you know exactly which event I'm referring to. If you're not, let me just create a vision for you. Every Christmas, The Henry Ford, Greenfield Village transforms itself into a holiday wonderland. You are transported back in time. I was going to try to describe it myself, but no one describes it better than the Henry Ford itself, from their website,

" Take a lantern-lit journey into a living snow globe filled with live music, skating, fireworks and tons of winter wonder during America’s premier celebration of the season. Holiday Nights in Greenfield Village is like stepping into a Christmas card from the past — the golden glow from candlelit windows, the scent of roasting chestnuts, the sound of carolers in the distance, the jangle of sleigh bells. This is how the holidays are supposed to be." 

I mean, doesn't that sound simply magical?! I assure you, it is! So anyways, when Matt + Kathleen asked me if I could do their shoot during this live event, I essentially turned into a kid on Christmas morning, and we set the wheels in motion. Take a look at some of the love + magic we captured that night. It was truly so much fun! And a huge thank you to The Henry Ford for allowing us to capture this vision for the soon to be bride + groom!

Merry Christmas + Happy Holidays from my family to yours! See you more often in 2017! <3

-Lia

 

Huge thank you to The Henry Ford! www.thehenryford.org

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Ben + Melissa // A Snowy, Springtime Ann Arbor, MI Wedding, April 2, 2016

Ben + Melissa kicked off my 2016 wedding season with a showstopping day! I can't even put into words how incredible their day was. They got married on April 2nd, in Ann Arbor, which just so happened to fall on the annual Hash Bash event. This ultimately lead to some really great stories that I know not only they, but I'll be telling for years to come. 

I'll be honest, I'm a little sad to get these photos delivered and stored neatly away on my hard drives. I have had a smile on my face editing these images, as big as the one I had when I was taking them. Ben + Melissa exude happiness, and pure JOY. One look at these photos will show you exactly what I mean. If there was ever a smile so contagious, it would be Melissa's. This day for her and Ben was years in the making, and the happiness, love and joy that was shared between them and their families was like nothing I've ever experienced. I honestly felt like a member of the family by the end of the night. It was just that powerful, and a day I will not soon, nor ever forget. <3

So, as I mentioned, this day was full of surprises and fun stories. A beautiful spring day turned into winter, as we left the church to be surprised with a blizzardy snowfall. We headed out into the city for photos, and even had a celebrity siting of the Violin Monster, who graciously posed for a photo op. ;) We then headed to Literati Bookstore, where Melissa, who's Masters is in Children's Literature, has a soft spot for this beautiful little shop. They typed love letters to each other, found their favorite book in the Children's section, and beautiful memories were made.

Melissa + Ben, I can't put into words how much I loved your day. I know your joy, happiness and love that's evident in your smiles will last you a lifetime. Thank you for having me along. xoxo

 

Ceremony: St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, Ann Arbor

Venue: Weber's Inn, Ann Arbor

Florist: Chelsea Flower Shop, Ann Arbor

Dress: Bridal Couture, Plymouth

Tux: Vera Wang, Men's Warehouse

DJ: Mammoth Entertainment

A big thank you to Literati Bookstore for the hospitality! 

Mitch + Elizabeth // A Dearborn Inn, MI Wedding, September 5, 2015

A few words come to mind when I think back to Mitch + Elizabeth's wedding....classic, beautiful, love story. It was a picture perfect day, filled with summer sun, and lots and lots of love and emotion. 

When I first met with Elizabeth, Mitch was overseas serving in the US Navy. It wasn't until the day of the wedding that I met Mitch, though I had heard a lot about him at that point. He had just arrived home the week before, from fulfilling a six month deployment. He arrived just in time to marry his bride. 

This is where the emotional part of the day really drew from. I have to tell you, these two are incredible together. It really made my heart so happy to see the outpouring of love they have for each other, and that of their friends and family surrounding them. It inspires me to the very tips of my toes, and the day was well, magical. My favorite kind of day. :)

A huge, heartfelt thank you to Mitch + Elizabeth for allowing me to capture these special moments for them. I know I say it all the time, but my clients really do become my friends, and nothing makes me smile more than two people madly in love, and embarking on such an incredible new journey together. Wishing you as much joy, laughter, and love you had on this day, to last a lifetime through. xoxo

Venue: The Dearborn Inn, Dearborn

Florist: Silk Thumb, Wyandotte

Videographer: Drew Mason Video

Out of the office....

Hi everyone! I wanted to let you know I will be out of my office the next few days, attending ImagingUSA! I am beyond excited to be attending this national photography convention, where I get to see some of the most amazing photographers, learn, be inspired, and learn some more! The best part is, I get to bring it all of this new information home with me to incorporate into my business this year. It also allows me the opportunity to look at new products, and see what I like, and what my clients will like as well. This is all so exciting, and I can't wait to be able to put more tools in my pocket and continue to make this business even better! 

I will do my best to respond to emails and inquiries, however, it will most likely be delayed by a few days. If you don't hear back from me, it means I am running from workshop to workshop, and will get back to you on Thursday, January 9th, when I am back to my desk. 

Thanks for your understanding! :)

Lia

A little Holiday Nights Magic...

Getting ready to deliver this amazing Greenfield Village, Holiday Nights gallery today, and I decided to whip up this little clip for my clients. Hope they love it!