This past weekend we took Saturday off… Gasp! Any special reason you ask? Why yes! Chris and I celebrated our 30th birthdays! We held a little private affair at our photo studio in Plymouth, Michigan and hosted 30 of our closest in town friends and family. Partnering with some of our favorite local and worldwide vendors, we created a fun detailed soiree (see our list of these amazingly unique folks below).
Our event colors were white, lime green, with spotted fuchsia accents which were so us and oh-so summertime! When our guests arrived they were greeted with champagne, micro-brews, and ice cold glass bottle sodas. The pole tent was decorated with different sized paper lanterns, glowing lights, and a super cute handmade cardboard “Happy Birthday” sign. The tables were set with a charger plate, full silverware, water goblet, and lime green linen napkins.
As you know from our previous post on Iceland Wedding Favors, we are big fans of dual purpose favors and this event would be no different. After a few weeks of brainstorming we had decided we would DIY our 30th birthday favors make unique olive oil and balsamic vinegar sets for our guests (yummy dipping oil combo!). We found some adorable 9 inch bottles, spent the time creating our own blends, and bottled them for our guests. Before we placed a bottle at each place setting, we added a unique bottle place card tag on them that had each guests name on it in our event colors and also featured a note of gratitude to our guests. Also on the table, you found centerpieces that followed suit with our lime green summery theme by incorporating tall vases, fresh limes, roses, mums, and strategically placed rhinestones.
Our event was catered by the fabulous Elite Catering from Livonia, Michigan. We highly recommend them! Our menu for the evening soiree follows below:
Appetizer: Pierogi Bar
Honey Roasted Chicken
Sausage and Pasta
Peas with Mushroom and Onions
Dessert: Strawberry Shortcake
A crazy twist to our party was Chris surprising me with a “Be Ann” photo booth. Ha, yes a 20×30” basically life size canvas of me was made with my face cutout so all our friends and family could really “Be Ann” in a photo. It was totally ridiculous! Luckily great minds think alike and I had a trick up my sleeve too. I had a few 8×10’s printed with Chris’s face on them and altered them just enough for everyone to have the pleasure to “Be Chris” too.
The other special part of our event was a hilarious game Chris came up with to play during dinner called, “Ann, Chris, or Mr. T.” Oh yes, if you do not remember or know who Mr. T is you better Google him right now for a chuckle. Believe it or not, there are actually some crazy similarities between the 3 of us that seriously tripped up our guests which proved to make it a rip roaring good time.
Chris usually asks me if I want anything special for my birthday. My answer almost every time is always “You + Me = Couples Portraits.” The session usually gets pushed out until the late fall on a random weekday evening but this time we actually were the closest we ever have to my birthday, yeah! We chose our gorgeous downtown of Plymouth, Michigan as our location and spent a few minutes at the Daisy Air Riffle Factory (Circa 1886) for some romantically historic couples portraits. If you love these images and would love your own engagement session here please contact us!
Such a fantastically fun event! We hope you find yourself delighting in some of our details! The majority of our details could easily be turned into Iceland wedding reception details so please contact us for more information on how to make that happen! We are super excited to see what this next decade in our lives holds for us no doubt there will be endless adventures and gorgeous couples to photograph in Iceland. We cannot wait to meet you!
With a smile, Chris & Ann Peters
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Please take a moment to check out our awesome vendors we had for this dazzling 30th birthday:
Event Planning & Oil and Vinegar Party Favors: Iceland Wedding Planner
Lime and Roses Centerpieces: PBMA Rose Boutique
Catering: Elite Catering
Rentals: Canton Canopy
Photography: Photos by Miss Ann
Menu’s and Favor Labels: Pixels to Paper
Handmade Lime Green & Pink Happy Birthday Sign: Audriana Paper
Birthday Girl’s Dress: Stop Starring
Headpiece: Bat Cakes Couture
Birthday Girl’s Shoes: Poetic License