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Mackinac Island Wedding | Hannah and Bob

bride and groom kiss in front of the Grand Hotel - Mackinac Island Wedding | Hannah and Bob - photographer: Stephanie Baker

Before I even met Hannah, I had the pleasure of connecting with her mom, Nancy. They both are such lovely women with fun senses of humor, tremendous kindness and impeccable style. Hannah wanted her and Bob’s Mackinac Island wedding to be colorful and elegant, in an homage to the island itself. Thanks to planning and coordination from Conradie Event Design, their day at the Grand Hotel was just that. Let’s relive this quintessentially Mackinac Island day, courtesy of Stephanie Baker‘s beautiful photos.

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Barn wedding with style | Bess and Alex

portrait of bride and groom during their first look - Barn Wedding | Bess and Alex - photo: Inly

When Bess and I first chatted about the barn wedding she and Alex would be having, I was struck by her contagious joy. Aside from being a genuinely happy and excited bride, she was also an incredibly trusting one! She told me that their day would reflect them as a couple. In her words, “a little bit redneck, but still classy and elevated — and of course, full of love.” Thanks to their beautiful photos from Inly, let’s relive their barn wedding day!

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Annie Kate and Troy | Meaningful Battello Wedding in Jersey City, NJ

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From the first time I chatted with Annie Kate, I could tell how excited she was to marry Troy. I knew their Battello wedding in Jersey City, New Jersey was going to be meaningful, with lots of personal touches. Their day was beautiful — neutral and sophisticated, with plenty of food and appearances from their pups! Thanks to gorgeous photography from Nicole Wagner, let’s relive their day.

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Leah and Adam | Our unique wedding at Downtown Boxing Gym

our unique wedding in Detroit - Leah E. Moss Designs

Our unique wedding celebration was on November 10, 2018 — black tie in a boxing gym. My dad walked me down the aisle in a landing bay for parked vans, accompanied by a live pianist. Adam built our chuppah with trees felled from my family’s cottage. He also built the tables our wedding party sat at, beneath mossed chandeliers hung from the industrial ceiling. Our band’s “stage” was set up in a boxing ring. I designed all the paper goods and wore my grandmother’s silk gown. We skipped the cake but staged an extra bartender for boozy hot cider add-ins at our dessert bar. That’s just how we roll. Oh, and it was all planned during our a seven-month engagement. A huge thank you to all our vendors, but especially Parsonage Events for absolutely blowing me away with their installation, the Downtown Boxing Gym for your incredible hospitality, and Casey Brodley for the photos and video we’ll forever cherish. Though I’m a notoriously private person, here’s a glimpse into our wedding day. It was certainly an unforgettable one.


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Mariel and Adam | Greenery-filled Planterra wedding

Bride and groom just married - Greenery-filled Planterra wedding - Leah E. Moss Designs

Connecting with Mariel was a joy from the beginning, so it was no surprise to me when their Planterra wedding photos came back and she was literally beaming. She and Adam were such a delight to work with, and their paper goods were my favorite kind to work on: cohesive from save the dates all the way through to thank you notes. Getting to relive their special October day with these gorgeous images from Brian at BTW Photography is a treat!

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My Brother’s Eastern Market Wedding

Bride and groom at flower patch - Eastern Market wedding recap from Detroit calligrapher Leah E. Moss Designs with photos by Jill DeVries Photography #detroitwedding #moderncalligraphy #custominvitation

It’s hard to put into words what it means to watch your brother marry the love of his life. It’s even harder to do this when that love has been unofficially part of the family for many years already. Add to that: having the chance to serve as a small part of their vendor team for their Eastern Market wedding. I pride myself on being a decent writer, but for this experience, I’m at a total loss for words. Mostly, it’s just a joy. Seeing the incredible photos from Jill DeVries Photography helps to relive such a beautiful day. (more…)

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Elana and Andy: An Elegant Book Cadillac Wedding

Bride and groom winter wedding portrait in a white fur - An Elegant Book Cadillac Wedding in black, gold, pink, and white - Leah E. Moss Designs

Happy first anniversary to one of my best friends and her incredible husband! Since I never blogged about their elegant Book Cadillac wedding initially, I figured a post on their anniversary was appropriate. Elana and Andy celebrated their marriage surrounded by lots of family and friends, in a gorgeous Detroit ballroom, decked out in black, gold, pink, and white. It was a joyful day, and I was thrilled to stand by their side as her Maid of Honor – as well as serve on their vendor team to bring their vision to life.

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