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    Three Years.

    Three years.  I was talking to this lady the other day and telling her about how Gary and I were going on aView full post »

 

I really don’t even know where to start with these two.  They are two of the sweetest, kindest, most in love people I have ever met.  From Jen and I’s “first date” at The Cake Bake shop to sharing a bottle of wine on their amazing deck after their engagement session.  Every time I’m around them it just makes me feel good.  Not to mention Jen and I are birthday twins which automatically means we’re meant to be.  😉  But in all seriousness, getting to know Jen and Mike and witnessing their love first hand…it is truly special.  There were very few dry eyes as they became husband and wife (present company included) and as they danced the night away every person in that room knew…without a doubt…they were exactly where they were meant to be.

 

Jen and Mike…I just love you both so much.  You are seriously my kind of people and we WILL be double dating soon.  Thank you so much for including me in your day.  It is one I will never forget.  Love you both!!!!! xoxoxo

 

 

A HUGE thank you to my second shooter, Anya, for all her help.  I couldn’t have done it without her!!

And another HUMUNGOUS thank you to Lindsey from Ooh La La Events for making the day run so smoothly.  Always a dream to work with her! <3 

And to all the vendors that made this day happen:

DJ:  DJ Jason Fritz with Pro-Sound Entertainment  |  Cake: Classic Cakes |  Hair:  Julia Broaddus-Coffman  |  Makeup: Sarah Jenkins  |  Linens: LGI Linens

 

It was pouring, a shade of gray outside that might as well have been night time and there was no end in sight.  I was sure going into the day that our session was 100% going to have to be rescheduled.  As the day went on it started to get a little lighter but it was still pretty iffy outside.  I messaged Susan and asked what she wanted to do and and we decided to just go for it.  I put all the positive, stop raining vibes out into the world and headed out to Holcomb Gardens to meet them.  I kid you not, five minutes into my drive the skies turned blue and the clouds parted and the most beautiful fall light started to peek through.  It turned out to be the most gorgeous evening and I had an absolute blast with Susan and Jon.  It’s like Mother Nature just knew.  🙂

So now…I’m anxiously counting down the days until December 9th!  Enough from me…internet, meet Susan and Jon.

 

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When I shoot weddings out of town I always quadruple check everything.  I make sure all my equipment is where it’s supposed to be and I map out every place I have to be and exactly how long it will take to get me there.  On the day of, I re-map said places at least 10 times in case there are any unexpected delays.  It may sound crazy but it keeps me sane.  On Erica and John’s wedding day I did just that.  I knew exactly how long it would take me to get to their venue.  The coast was clear and I called the uber with an extra 30 minutes to spare.  I shared an uber with one of Erica’s friends and we spent the car ride chatting away.  I couldn’t tell you what we were talking about but I’m sure it was pretty riveting stuff.  After about 25 minutes in the car I decided to check the uber app to see how close we were and when I opened it up it said we were 35 minutes away!  Mind you, this should have been a 30 minute TOTAL drive.  My chest instantly tightened and my heart started pounding.  I pulled up my own map to see where in the HELL he was taking us and I realized he had gone THIRTY MILES out of the way.  Like literally in the completely wrong direction.  I tried to ask him where he was going but he didn’t speak much english so I used every bit of Spanish I could remember to tell him to HURRY IT UP!  At this point let’s just say I was in a borderline panic.  Then…he breaks down.  On the highway.  Lisa and I looked at each other and I swear to you had she not been there I would have had a full on nervous breakdown.  We were 30 minutes away from the venue…I needed to be there in 20 and we were literally stranded on the side of the highway. Thankfully we found another uber to rescue us (in under 5 minutes!) and made it just barely late.  I still don’t think I’ve fully recovered yet but the wedding went off without a hitch and Erica and John’s day was an absolute blast.

 

Every part of their wedding weekend was so much fun.  I was so lucky to get to be a part of it all and I still can’t get over how amazing it was.  The whole weekend was full of good people, great times and one seriously fun wedding.  I think I slept for a week when I got home because I didn’t want to miss a second.  They say you are the company you keep and Erica and Johnny’s wedding was a reflection of just that.  From their family to their friends…everyone was literally exploding with love and excitement for them and it was so awesome to witness.  I not only came home having photographed the most perfect wedding day…but with so many people I’m now lucky to call friends.

 

Erica and Johnny…THANK YOU so much for allowing me to be such a huge part of your day.  I love you guys SO much and spending the weekend in Orlando with you and all your people will always be one of my favorite memories.  I can’t wait for many more empanada nights and if we’re lucky…some crazy games of Hot Seat.  😉  I’m so happy for you guys and so grateful to call you friends.  xoxo

 

 

Thank you to my second shooter, Sidne Hirsch, for all her help!!

And to all the vendors who made this day happen!

Wedding Planner: Lora Ritzie Wardman  |  Florist: Porch Therapy  |  Venue: The Acre  |  Caterer: Arthur’s Catering  |  Band: Bay Kings Band  |  Dress brand: Stella York  |  Cake: It’s Tasty Too  |  Hair/Makeup: Makeover Station   |  Specialty Signage: Charlotte George Calligraphy  |  Rentals:  Orlando Wedding and Party Rentals

  • Erica Hoyng - October 29, 2017 - 7:11 pm

    From the moment we got engaged, we knew we wanted to hire Lauren as our wedding photographer and she and her partner, Sidne Hirsch, exceeded our expectations! Lauren is an amazingly talented photographer, is a joy to work with, and was very professional throughout the wedding planning process. She puts us at ease and has such a calm presence while photographing.
    She and Sidne traveled to Florida and photographed our wedding week events including a welcome BBQ, a trip around the world at Epcot Food and Wine Festival, and the entire wedding day. For the wedding day, she ensured that there was a list of pictures we wanted on the wedding day and created a detailed timeline so nothing was missed. Lauren was able capture the big moments like the ceremony and dancing during the reception to the small moments like our nephews looking at their new watches to the quieter times when we were getting ready to the details of our wedding day like our attire and the table decorations. Their pictures perfectly captured the joy and simple elegance of our wedding day! It meant so much to us that Lauren was part of our wedding week, as a photographer but more importantly, as a friend.ReplyCancel

 

I know I’ve said this a million times before but I LOVE the couples I get to work with.  Yes, I love meeting them and getting to know them throughout the planning process.  And I love shooting their weddings and being a part of the happiest day of their lives.  But what I love the most of all is getting to document their lives as it unfolds.  As they go from a couple to a family.  Being there as little by little their family grows.  It’s something so special and it literally gives me all the feels.  Like every single one of them.  So when Tricia and Trent asked me to do their maternity photos it made me all sorts of happy!  I honestly couldn’t be more excited for them and know they are going to make such amazing parents!

 

 

I don’t think I could fit into one blog post the love I have for this family.  When I shot Nat and Erin’s wedding 4 years ago I immediately fell in love not only with them but their entire family.  They are so fun-loving and a total blast to be around.  They immediately make you feel like part of the family and over the last few years I’ve had the chance to get to know them even better so they may not know it but I’m just going to say I’m basically part of the family now.  😉  (Just kidding.  Kind of.)  So when I saw Jacqueline got engaged I was secretly praying I would hear from her.  And sure enough…here we are.

 

Jacqueline is one of the most beautiful people I’ve ever met…inside and out.  She is so easy-going and incredibly kind and thoughtful.  She brings such a light to every situation and just makes you feel happy to be around her.  And Brian is no different.  You can see how effortlessly they fit together.  Constantly laughing and completely perfect for each other.  From start to finish their day was absolutely incredible.  From the vibrant colors to the perfect weather to the bubbles that never stopped popping…it was a day I will for sure never forget.  As I edited their photos I found myself smiling the entire time because it’s people like them who make me absolutely love what I do!

 

Jacqueline and Brian – thank you so much for including me in your perfect day.  I love you guys and your family so incredibly much!  I hope you guys had such an amazing time in Hawaii and if your wedding was any predictor of your life together…it’s going to be a total blast.  I wish we lived closer but maybe one of these days we’ll end up in Naples at the same time and can pop some bubbly on the beach together.  Love you guys!!!!!!  xo

 

 

A HUGE thank you to my second shooter, Karina Mora-Metts for all her help.  I couldn’t have done it without her!!

And another giant thank you to all the vendors that made this day happen:

Wedding Planner: Jaci Weber / Clementine Events  |  Florist: Ashland Addison Florist  |  Venue: Skokie Country Club  |  DJ/Band: The Chicago Players  |  Cake: Amy Beck Cake Design  |  Videographer: Vanilla Video  |  Makeup: Outer Beauty Makeup – Dominica Szwajnos  |  Hair: All About You Chicago – Cristi Covelli