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By Louise Baltruschat Hollis

Photos by Yana B. Photographer

Oh, what a special day I have to share with you. Lauren and Chris’ Planterra Conservatory wedding in Michigan was nothing short of spectacular!

From the epic conservatory venue filled with botanicals and incredible flower wall to the elegant candelabra centrepieces and sensational outfits – you’re going to love it all. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for sophisticated cocktails, stunning accessories and a beautiful floral cake, all in blush and gold tones.

Big thanks to Yana B. Photographer for sharing these exquisitely beautiful images of a really wonderful celebration.

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Planterra Conservatory Wedding

The Proposal

Chris and I met as undergraduates at the University of Michigan in 2015. While we didn’t end up dating until a few months after we initially introduced ourselves on the steps outside my dorm, we became fast friends and spent so many hours talking. Talking led to flirting, and we often sent little poems to each other through texts and on pieces of scrap paper.

He proposed to me on Valentine’s Day 2020 in true Chris-fashion: through a poem.

We entered a train car that had been turned into an event space and immediately I noticed pieces of paper and string lights lined up on the floor. He printed out every poem we had ever written to each other and laid them in a path that led to the middle of the car where he got down on one knee. It was the perfect proposal: thoughtful and private, just like my partner.

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The Vision

We wanted a wedding reminiscent of who we are and what we value as a couple – our families, our faith, and our love for being in nature.

Planterra Conservatory was our dream venue because of its intimate, stunning interior full of incredible botanical features. We booked it the weekend before the world “shut down” due to the COVID-19 pandemic and spent the following year planning it from our apartment nearly 400 miles away.

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The Styling & Decor

David DiVincenzo and the Planterra staff were quick to assist us with organizing the romantic wedding. The team helped us put together floral designs that would work with our color scheme – rose pink with gold accents – and transformed the tables with massive candelabras and gorgeous table settings and linens.

To keep with the romantic theme, Chris wore a classic black tuxedo and my grandmothers helped me purchase a stunning Hayley Paige ballgown.

Sweet Heather Anne, a local bakery, designed the most elegant cake that featured a modern take on our wedding colors and fit right in with the venue.

Yana Benjamin and her assistant were there to capture every candid moment – from the bridal party’s bow tie struggles to the first look.

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Memorable Moments

As we neared closer to June 2021, we realized that we would have to need to cut the guest list down due to the continued global pandemic. Our guest list ended up being around 90 family members and close friends, but we were sad to not be able to celebrate with everyone in person.

However, the night was still as magical as ever. Chris and I were both emotional throughout the ceremony, crying and laughing during the vows and the ring exchange. As the sun set and the reception began, we dined and danced under Platnerra’s glass ceiling, surrounded by those we loved most.

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Simply gorgeous!

Lauren and Chris, I can’t thank you enough for sharing your darling Planterra Conservatory wedding story with us.

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