Ann Arbor Wedding

2018 Year in Review by Lia Giannotti Photography

Hi everyone! Happy New Year!

Ok, ok, I know I say it every year, but THIS WILL BE THE YEAR I START BLOGGING CONSISTENTLY! There, I just put it into the universe, so I have to do it. Honestly though, I always have the best of intentions, and I’m always aware that I have to blog more, but in the midst of shooting, editing, delivering galleries, office end, etc, etc, it gets put on the back burner. So this year, I promise you, it’s getting written into my calendar, and I’m holding myself accountable. So stay tuned for wedding and engagement magic hitting the blog this year!

The other day, New Year’s Eve to be exact, I sat down at my desk and spent countless hours trying to pull images from all of this past years weddings and engagements. It was no small feat! Of course I had way too many photos, and couldn’t possibly include all of my favorites, but I was able to pull some gems from each into this video. If an entire year can be put into a few short minute clip, I suppose this is it. However, it doesn’t nearly cover all the emotions I’ve felt being able to capture these moments.

From the bottom of my heart, I thank everyone for their support, in trusting me to capture some of the biggest moments of your lives this past year. Because of you, I was able to do what I'm truly passionate about, and that's capturing these fleeting moments in time, so that they live on forever. The happiness, joy, laughter, tears, and every single emotion in between is what I'm driven to capture. I want you to FEEL and not just see these photos. The friendships and relationships formed along the way are just the icing on the cake, and I value each one of you. I am forever grateful to you, and excited to see what 2019 brings. I wish you all the very best in 2019! I hope you enjoy what I put together! xo, Lia

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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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!