WEST BLOOMFIELD, MICHIGAN
This luxury Planterra Conservatory wedding of Lauren and Chris was an absolute summer dream. The couple chose the botanical garden venue North of Detroit to host their guest list from all over the US. The greenhouse provided a unique setting for a summer wedding – elegant blush florals with gold accents combined with a grand floral wedding arch, koi fish and tropical plants.
The couple wanted a Michigan wedding reminiscent of who they are and what they value – their families, faith, and love for being in nature. Planterra Conservatory was their dream venue because of its intimate interior full of botanical features. The couple booked the wedding venue the weekend before the world “shut down” due to the COVID-19 pandemic and spent the following year planning it from an apartment nearly 400 miles away.
Chris and Lauren met as undergraduates at the University of Michigan in 2015. While they didn’t end up dating until a few months after they initially introduced themselves on the steps outside of Lauren’s dorm, they became fast friends and spent many hours talking. Talking apparently led to flirting, and they often sent little poems to each other through texts and on pieces of scrap paper.
Chris proposed to Lauren on Valentine’s Day 2020 in true Chris-fashion: through a poem. They entered a train car that had been turned into an event space and she immediately noticed pieces of paper and string lights lined up on the floor. He printed out every poem they had ever written to each other and laid them in a path. It led to the middle of the car where he got down on one knee. Lauren says it was the perfect proposal: thoughtful and private, just like her partner.
When it comes to wedding planning, David DiVincenzo and the venue staff were quick to assist the couple with organizing the romantic Planterra Conservatory wedding. The team helped put together floral designs that would work with the wedding’s color scheme and transformed the tables with massive candelabras and gorgeous table settings. To keep with the romantic theme, Chris wore a classic black tuxedo and Lauren’s grandmothers helped her purchase a Hayley Paige ballgown. Sweet Heather Anne, a boutique Ann Arbor bakery, designed the most elegant cake that featured a modern take on the wedding colors and fit right in with the venue.
The couples’ wedding night at Planterra was magical as ever. Chris and Lauren were both emotional throughout the ceremony, crying and laughing during the vows and the ring exchange. As the sun set and the reception began, they dined and danced under Platnerra’s glass ceiling, surrounded by those they loved most.
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