Jordan + Claire // The Arb, Ann Arbor Engagement Session

With Jordan + Claire's wedding weekend coming up, I thought it would be fun to feature some of their engagement session photos up on the blog today. I met Claire early last year, when I photographed her brother and sister-in-laws Detroit wedding. She was a bridesmaid in their wedding, and we instantly connected. I can't tell you how thrilled I was when she contacted me a few months later, newly engaged, and ready to start planning her own wedding! 

I met up with Jordan + Claire on a summer morning, at Nichols Arboretum, the location of their first date. Being that this spot was sentimental to them both, I thought it would be the perfect location for their session. All the while it was fun reminiscing about their first date, and they shared stories of their adventure in The Arb. Afterwards we strolled through some their favorite spots in Ann Arbor, around U of M's campus, which is also sentimental, to Claire and her family especially. I'm so looking forward to their wedding day, and capturing even more of Claire's infectious laugh and smile, that Jordan brings out in her in such a perfect way. They are the sweetest couple, and I know their wedding day will be just as amazing. Stay tuned to my facebook page to catch their sneak preview following the wedding. Enjoy! :)

 

Lindsey + Ron // An Ann Arbor, Michigan Fall Engagement Session

It's happening. The weather has cooled down considerably and fall is in the air! Even though it's not officially fall yet, Mother Nature has her own set of plans, and the colors are changing faster than ever! Every year around this time, I get nostalgic. Out of no where I start to remember all of the fall sessions I had the year prior, and start to anticipate the sessions coming in. I met with Lindsey + Ron on a beautiful, fall day in Ann Arbor last year. Everything about that day was perfect. The weather, the temperature, the colors were all on point. There's something truly magical about this time of year here in Michigan. Engagement sessions are great, because it allows me to really get to know my couples, and vice versa. After being together for many years, they're both right where they want to be, and have hit this huge milestone in their lives. Be sure to scroll through for a glimpse at Lindsey's humor about it. ;)

Since this weekend is their wedding weekend, and honestly, who would have thought we would have this much fall color already, I thought it only fitting to showcase their engagement session. Stay tuned to my facebook page Lia Giannotti Photography, to check out their wedding sneak preview coming soon! Happy early fall everyone! <3

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Codey + Taylor // A Summer's Evening Detroit Engagement Session

You know what they say right? Better late than never? Well that's me on posting these photos! ;) 

Last month, Taylor, Codey + I ran off to downtown Detroit to take their engagement photos. It was the most perfect summer evening. The light was amazing, temp just right, and these two really were icing on the cake. I loved their interaction, small spontaneous gestures, the way one would make the other laugh, and just how connected they were. I told them they seemed like they've been together forever. And to top it off, I told them the last shot was their choice, and what did they do without my even expecting it? Codey picked Taylor up and swung her around in the most perfect way possible. It was the mic drop moment of the evening. 

So in honor of this weekend being their official wedding weekend, here are a few favorites from their session. I honestly can't wait to capture their day, and celebrate with them. Hope you enjoy! 

The Morning after the Big Day // Adventures in Punta Cana, a Caribbean Wedding

A few weeks ago I blogged Patrick + Lisa's Caribbean, Punta Cana destination wedding. If you missed it, you can check it out by clicking here.  On our first day on the island, we were walking along the beach discussing the wedding day, and we came across this abandoned hacienda tucked far back, behind a forest of palm trees.  The estate and surrounding property had never finished being built. It was pretty fantastic, and literally, stopped us in our tracks. At this point, we knew we had to do a photo shoot there, so the morning after the wedding, we took a field trip back to this jaw dropping estate, and had a fun little session. I wish I could take home the amazing "palm tree forest" located on the property. It was like nothing I had ever seen in all my travels. I hope you enjoy this little bit of paradise! I most definitely have to head back here someday. It was just too good!! 

Patrick + Lisa // A Tropical, Caribbean Destination Wedding // Punta Cana, Dominican Republic

"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever."  -Jacques Yves Coustea

This quote is me in a nutshell. All of my happiest memories growing up were by the water. It's why my husband and I chose to live on the water, and why I constantly strive to be surrounded by anything that reminds me of it. The water is what brings me my biggest sense of calm and peace. You can most definitely say, I am cast in its spell. 

I don't typically begin my blogs with a paragraph that's all about me, but I feel like for this, it's quite fitting. When Patrick + Lisa originally reached out to me to photograph their family reception here in Michigan, I thought, absolutely, but who's photographing your actual wedding? We all know how much I am in love with photographing love, and a couples wedding day is the epitome of that greatest love. So when I got the opportunity to photograph a wedding by the sea, it really was a dream come true for me. My heart honestly couldn't have been happier to be there by their side, in such a majestic setting.

So a month ago, we made our way to the Caribbean, and landed in the beautiful, sunny, and tad bit windy island of Dominican Republic. I could feel the excitement and anticipation of photographing in a new place, which allows me to step out of my comfort zone, and be challenged by a new environment. The day of the wedding was windier than normal as the locals confirmed, but it really did work in our favor. I mean, Lisa's dress + that wind were pure magic!

This day really was so special to everyone present. As a wedding photographer, it's my job to document the day. Yes, there are times where I will give directions or prompts, but my absolute favorite moments of the day are the ones I can just stand back and capture what is happening in the moment. Whether it's a mother helping her daughter get ready, or the groom seeing his bride for the first time. Being able to capture those brief, split second moments of the emotions that ensue, the sheer happiness that comes from friends and family, and the couple themselves, are what feeds my soul, and drives this passion of mine. There were so many of these moments present on this day. The wedding was small, intimate, and perfect in every way. Patrick + Lisa were radiating happiness, as were their family. I can't fully express how much joy I felt just being there to witness it and document it. Thank you so much Patrick + Lisa for allowing me to be a part of your incredible day and trip. I can't wait to capture your family reception and continue to celebrate you both! xoxo