planterra wedding: erika & nick

4.11.18 - weddings by Kristin G.

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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birmingham engagement session: kacie & matt

4.2.18 - engagements by Stephanie

Kacie and Matt absolutely ROCKED their engagement session. Despite the gorgeous warm light seen in these photos, we had quite the blustery day. But, the pair took the chilliness in stride.

This was actually my first time meeting these two. Kacie’s mom, Kathy, is part of the crew here at Kristen Taylor & Co. Not only is she sweet and hilarious, but she’s a fantastic photographer and great second shooter! Thus, I wasn’t surprised to find that Kacie and Matt were just as much of a joy to be around!

We started the session by incorporating the couple’s dog, Thor, into some of the photos. He was absolutely adorable and well-behaved although he was a bit confused as to why he was a part of the event. LOL!

We finished up with portraits of just the couple and I loved watching these two interact as I worked. It is so obvious how very much in love Kacie and Matt are, and I can’t wait to see the two again in June when I capture their wedding vows!

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The London West Hollywood: Saleemah & Clark

3.28.18 - weddings by Kristen Taylor

I hadn’t met Saleemah and Clark in person before their wedding day, but when the bride is a professional dancer you just know she’s going to look stunning in a wedding dress, and she did! This gorgeous couple was a joy to be around on their wedding day because they were all about enjoying their friends and family, and it was clear that a lot of work went into creating an experience on this day that they would never forget. I’m told that Saleemah brainstormed and crafted every element of the day herself, and she totally killed it! From choosing a gorgeous venue, The London Hotel West Hollywood at Beverly Hills with its unique rooftop ceremony spot, to choreographing an amazing contemporary jazz performance by professional dancers, to planning a memorable bridal party introduction with pompoms, and to every little beautiful blush and gold detail, Saleemah definitely knows how to wow people. Their cake by Hansen's Cakes was gorgeous with its variety of tiers, their flowers by Butterfly Florals and their tunnel of hanging flowers and chandeliers were beyond amazing, the music by Spirit of Oya had the room mesmerized at times and dancing like crazy at others, the video crew 5 Star Video Production did a great job, and their day-of-coordinator Events Boutique orchestrated every little detail perfectly and was incredibly nice and helpful throughout the day. I’m super happy for this gorgeous and sweet couple and I wish them a lifetime of happiness!

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detroit engagement session: Elizabeth & John

3.22.18 - engagements by Stephanie

Elizabeth and John’s engagement session was absolutely amazing.

Elizabeth had arranged for our photoshoot to take place at Belle Isle in Detroit. If you’ve never been, you must go!!! The architecture and picturesque setting is to die for. It's the absolute perfect backdrop to a romantic photo shoot.

I especially loved this session because the couple decided to incorporate their fur baby, “Palmer” into the photos. Animals- especially dogs- are near and dear to my heart. Having my own chocolate lab, you can imagine how thrilled I was to capture a few “family” photos for them.

The pooch aside, Liz and John are such a stunning couple, and are so sweet and tolerant. (It was FREEZING on the day we had chosen for photos, but these two endured the chill and completely ROCKED their session!)

It was so fun working with them, and I simply can’t wait to photograph them on their big day!

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detroit engagement session: Megan & Austin

3.22.18 - engagements by Courtney

Megan and Austin absolutely rocked their engagement session. You would have no idea how freezing and windy that day was by looking at their photos. They had huge smiles on their faces the entire time and are clearly so in love. Their choice of outfits were perfect for their locations...fancier for the backside of the DIA (I loved Megan’s warm red dress against the white marble) and a little more casual for walking along the Riverfront. This adorable couple has picked the perfect date to exchange their vows (I may or may not be biased as it’s my anniversary date). I wish you a lifetime of happiness. Congrats!!

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