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I met Meghan + Ryan a few years ago at an event benefiting Lilo’s Promise Animal Rescue. Meghan and Ryan won the gift certificate I had donated, and we had chatted for a bit about photographs and about Lilo’s. Meghan had asked me if she could wait a little bit to use the gift certificate, she was pretty positive that this relationship with Ryan was going to end in a ring and she wanted to get engagement photographs done. Well, girlfriend was right! And we ended up having a beautiful day to do some fall engagement photographs.

First up, a little Main Street love.



During the shoot, I made sure to tell Meghan if she saw anything to let me know.. and when she saw this gorgeous red tree.. Well, we clearly needed a photograph in front of this beauty.



Ah, I love them! My fave.

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Oh, Meghan. You are so, so pretty.



AND CUTE! Gosh, I love me a crinkle nose!



It’s Fall in the Northeast, people.

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Can you even stand how cute they are? I can’t.

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Mmm, a little bit of mood.




You two are seriously adorable.




Meghan + Ryan, thank you both so much for allowing to me to capture this time in your lives! I had the BEST time!

  • November 13, 2015 - 1:11 am

    Destinee - Loving that first black and white so much! She has a gorgeous smile! You can see the fun and the love! Awesome!ReplyCancel

  • November 13, 2015 - 4:36 pm

    rachel - That last black and white – woah. Amazing! This whole session is so, so gorgeous! Beautifully done!ReplyCancel

  • November 13, 2015 - 5:05 pm

    Maike Pulliam - I’m SUPER in love with that gorgeous red tree! And then that last one? Uhhhh, it’s perfect!!!!ReplyCancel

  • November 13, 2015 - 7:30 pm

    Gisselle - What a perfect fall session!! They are so cute together! That black and white is my fav!! <3ReplyCancel

  • November 14, 2015 - 10:49 pm

    Caitlynn - Yay for engagements and fall and love! The sixth one down is my favorite. So beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • November 15, 2015 - 6:18 pm

    Natalie - Ouuhhhh the “mood” picture!! SMOKIN HOTT! Beautiful job!!ReplyCancel

Kate + Derek’s wedding was pretty rad. I’ve known Kate since we were little. Our moms are best friends, I call her mom Aunt, our brothers were besties growing up. So this wedding was special to me in a different kind of way – I mean, my parents were there. In fact, my dad brought me and my second shooter Samantha snacks at the reception. I didn’t ask for those snacks, he just brought them. HA.

Kate + Derek are so incredibly wonderful, their day was so incredibly wonderful, and I’m so incredibly lucky that I was able to capture it for them.

First up, Kate’s beautiful ring.

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So, I’ll warn you. I was a little obsessed with her shoes..

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Here’s Kate! Full of smiles!



I love this moment between Kate and her mom..



Heyyyyyyy Derek! Samantha, my second shooter, was busy getting these shots of the guys. She was amazing that day.

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Now, let’s get married..

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The new Mr. and Mrs. Belinksy!

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I mean, how cute are the girls?! I was obsessed with their dresses. They even had pockets!

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Oh, Kate. You’re gorgeous.

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It’s Fall people!
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My favorite..

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Another fave!




When I put the veil over Derek, he was all “what is going on? I feel like I’m in a mosquito net.”



The couple that shotguns beers together, stays together.



Party time! How CUTE are these two?!

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Samantha got this shot – how beautiful is this? Derek dancing with his mom while Kate and Derek’s dad look on..

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Now the fun begins! I have no idea what size beer that is, but I’m gonna say ENORMOUS.

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Kate + Derek, thank you so much for allowing me to capture your beautiful wedding day. It was amazing, you guys are amazing, and I love you both to pieces! xo, Lauren

  • November 6, 2015 - 6:40 am

    shannon - what a gorgeous fall wedding! your lighting and colors are just beautiful!! this is a picture perfect wedding!!ReplyCancel

  • November 6, 2015 - 3:09 pm

    Rachael Allex - Wow, what a beautiful place and time of year to get married. I love all the windows and the fall colors! The portraits of Kate and Derek are just perfection!ReplyCancel

  • November 6, 2015 - 3:52 pm

    Chrissy - Love those portraits and love your details!!! Beautiful images, Lauren!ReplyCancel

  • November 6, 2015 - 7:53 pm

    Karen - Those are some of the prettiest church scenes I have seen! Gorgeous light, and so happy and full of love! The fall shots? You knocked those out of the park!ReplyCancel

  • November 7, 2015 - 3:32 am

    Natalie - What a beautiful day!! I adore the shot of them kissing the the veil! Also, those fall colors!! Hooray for the mid-west!ReplyCancel

  • November 14, 2015 - 7:56 pm

    Caitlynn - Hurray for dad’s who bring snacks! Ha! I’m in awe of those little details you captured – mom and bride holding hands and tissue in hand during ceremony. Beautiful fall portraits! Love it.ReplyCancel

I’d been looking forward to this wedding for a while now, and it did definitely not disappoint. I first met these two over a year ago, and fell in love with them instantly. If you need a refresher on that (or their adorable engagement session) head over here.

Nikki and Finn are special clients. So special, in fact, that it feels weird calling them ‘clients’. The moment I walked in to Nikki’s bridal suite, every single person in the room was ready to greet me and tell me how much Nikki and Finn loved me. Normally, I have to win over the bridal party, or the parents of the bride and groom, but here they were trying to win over me. They already adored me because Nikki and Finn adored me. It was special in a way I can’t quite describe.

The thing about Nikki and Finn is that I connected with them upon first meeting them. She was spunky and adorable and full of all of the overflowing emotion that I love. And Finn was sweet and funny, and so incredibly easy going. When you’re around them you all at once feel like the most important person in the world, and also incredibly at ease.

As I followed them around all day on their wedding day (cause I’m a photographer, so that’s kind of what I do), I saw a repeating pattern: every person, in their presence, was the most important person in the room, in the world. They have this way of making you feel like you’re important: whether you are their mom, or the lady that runs the venue, their aunt, or even their photographer 😉 They have big hearts, and those big hearts hold a lot of love.

Nikki and Finn got married on a beautiful October day surrounded by the love of their family and friends. Their wedding was full of so much happy, I’m gonna bet you’ll have a hard time not smiling.

Starting with Nikki’s gorgeoussssss dress. I am in LOVE with the simplicity of this shot.

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Here’s Nikki! She’s so incredibly beautiful.



And here’s Finn. I love these shots that my second shooter Nellie got. She’s an amazing photographer and was an awesome second shooter.

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The back of Nikki’s dress was AMAZING.

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First look time! Finn was so nervous, and their first look was one of my favorites. They were entirely in to each other for a good 15 minutes. They barely knew we were there photographing them.

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After all that adorableness, we headed around the property for some photographs of just the two of them. This first one is my shot, and Nellie’s shot is below. I LOVE having another photographer with me on wedding days. I now have two completely different shots from the same moment.

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A favorite..

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Now it’s time to get married!! I love this shot of Finn walking down with his parents..

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Oh, how I adore the love that these two have..

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Now let’s PARTY!

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Nikki + Finn, thank you both so much for allowing me to capture your perfect wedding day. But more importantly, thank you for allowing me in to your lives, for treating me like an old friend, and for being the absolute best people ever. xo, Lauren

  • November 5, 2015 - 4:32 am

    Karen - I love all of the first looks and close ups of these two! They are so romantic!
    what a pretty wedding, love the details! You did a really great job of photographing their sweetness! Great job!ReplyCancel

  • November 5, 2015 - 5:56 am

    Bobbi - You REALLY nailed those reception images Lauren! But let’s be real, you nailed the whole wedding… HIGH FIVES!ReplyCancel

  • November 5, 2015 - 4:55 pm

    Jen Crowe - That dress!!! Absolutely beautiful images!ReplyCancel

  • November 5, 2015 - 7:41 pm

    Aunt April - It was a beautiful day, lots of love and the photographs are befitting for a wonderful couple. Great shots.ReplyCancel

  • November 5, 2015 - 8:03 pm

    Dale. Finn - Wow. Just beautiful. Thanks so much Lauren, you capturded their love, and our love for them.ReplyCancel

  • November 6, 2015 - 6:36 am

    shannon - so much YES!!! love her dress, her hair, her stunning smile….
    what a gorgeous ceremony shot!! and that reception?! perfection!ReplyCancel

  • November 6, 2015 - 4:20 pm

    Chrissy - Another gorgeous wedding!!! Way to rock it out, Lauren!!ReplyCancel

  • November 7, 2015 - 3:20 am

    Natalie - Ok, let’s talk about a few things…
    1. The up close of mom &nikki after her dress is on… beautiful
    2. The 2 girls staring at her… magazine worthy. It’s every little girl ever.
    3. The magical veil/couple shots!!!!!
    4. The first dance shot where they’re kissing. Way to freaking rock that spot light.

    You are a boss.ReplyCancel

  • November 14, 2015 - 7:13 pm

    Caitlynn - These two sound like really special, down-to-earth people. Love that dress shot and the ring and necklace shot with those books – so cool. Their first look is INCREDIBLE! Their sweet reactions. That gorgeous light. Holy cow! And woah to those reception shots!ReplyCancel

You GUUUUYYYYYYSSSSSS! This session is nothing short of incredibly-amazingly-adorable. Nik + Rob are two of the funniest, most genuine, best people I’ve ever met. From our first meeting at Kraftwork where we ate entirely too much food and drank entirely too much beer, I knew that we were gonna be good friends. Our ‘meeting’ (if thats what you want to call it) lasted over two hours and included a WHOLE lot of laughs.

I was incredibly excited to do their engagement session that included their adorable pups. I’ve said it a million times, but I LOVE dogs and I LOVE including them into sessions.

I met these two on a beautiful October day and we trekked through the city, stopping along a bunch of nooks and crannies along the way. I had so much fun, and I can’t wait for their wedding next year.

Prepare yourselves for some smilessssssss…



I realized after this session what trumps a happy, smiling dog. And that, my friends, would be a mean-mugging dog.

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Yes, we have dance parties. And yes, it’s a lot of fun.

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It’s fall people! And you can tell!

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They are seriously the cutest, ever. Ever.

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The best thing about photographing in the city is all of the architecture. This one is a favorite..

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SERIOUSLY with that face?! Oh, how I just love two people in love.



Nik + Rob, I had the best day with you guys. I cannot wait for your wedding next year! xo, Lauren

  • October 29, 2015 - 10:29 pm

    Kristine B - Oh my word THEIR PUPS – too cute! Love the urban city vibe of this session! Lovely!ReplyCancel

  • October 30, 2015 - 4:40 pm

    Chrissy - AHHHHH, those dogs!!!! I can’t get enough of their “too cool for school” expressions! Haha! So many great moments in this entire session! Love all the locations, too!ReplyCancel

  • October 30, 2015 - 6:20 pm

    shannon - the pups and the dance parties….SOOOOO great!!ReplyCancel

  • October 30, 2015 - 6:34 pm

    Natalie - Great job, Lauren! These shots are beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • October 30, 2015 - 7:10 pm

    Maike Pulliam - So many great shots in this session!!! BUT, I’m a super fan of that great black and white one in front of the performing arts building. FABULOUS!ReplyCancel

  • October 30, 2015 - 7:19 pm

    Lynda - simply beautiful. favorites picked! Congratulations you two!!ReplyCancel

  • October 31, 2015 - 12:57 am

    Val - Omg! Awesome pics! Congrats to you both!ReplyCancel

  • October 31, 2015 - 5:25 pm

    Angie - I’m in LOVE with this session!!! Gorgeous images, adorable couple and mean muggin’ dogs?!?! It’s amazing!ReplyCancel

  • October 31, 2015 - 8:07 pm

    Bobbi - WHOA! Every single one is perfect! The one with the guy on his phone not paying attention takes the cake. I also love the red wall…. ANNNND the puppps! LOVE IS LOOOOVE!!!! 😀 😀 😀ReplyCancel

  • November 1, 2015 - 10:11 pm

    Rachael Allex - Oh my gosh, I am in LOVE with these photos. This is the most adorable session I have ever seen. Love how much they love each other and how happy they are!ReplyCancel

  • November 2, 2015 - 1:49 am

    erin s - These are fantastic! So much pretty and so much love! Amazingly lovely work, lady!ReplyCancel

  • November 2, 2015 - 5:01 am

    Gisselle - I totally agree, they ARE the cutest!! I love all the moments you captured. These are fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • November 2, 2015 - 3:16 pm

    Karen - This sesh knocked my socks off! These two are too cute! Love the settings and architecture ! They are so much in love! I bet they make everyone smile and beam around them! I can’t wait for the wedding pics! So well done, you!ReplyCancel

  • November 2, 2015 - 7:49 pm

    Nicki - These are fantastic!! You can feel the love in each and every image. And the locations are awesome! Love the mean mugging pups too. You outdid yourself on this session, great job!ReplyCancel

Oh my goodness, you guys! Can I just tell you how much I ADORE these two?! Seriously, they are the cutest ever.

I was lucky enough to meet Tara + Zac through one of my absolute favorite couples, Nikki + Finn (if you need a refresher on these two, check out their blog post here.) Just like with Nikki + Finn, when Tara, Zac and I spoke I knew I liked them right away. They were funny and cute, and they asked if they could include their dog in their engagement photos. COME ON.

So on a beautiful October day, I headed up to their house and photographed their beautiful little family (yes, two adults and a dog a family does make). After some shots with adorable Chewie, we headed over to the Watchung Reservation. Prepare yourselves to smile folks!




His name is Chewie because he looks like Chewbacca. I about died.

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When we got to Watchung, there were all these old abandoned houses. So OBVIOUSLY I made them cuddle up on one..

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Ah, I love that October light. My favorite.

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How incredibly gorgeous is Tara, right?! SUCH a stunner.



I was all “go walk back in there and stand in that field”, and they did it but were like “I hope there aren’t any snakes”. I swear, the things my clients do for photographs. Sooo worth it though. I’m also happy to announce that we didn’t find any snakes.

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During our session, we ran in to some runners!

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I’m kiiiiiiiiiind of obsessed with this photograph. The light, the trees, the way he’s holding her, and she’s holding him back..

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At the very end, before we headed into our cars I realized that I hadn’t done a sweeping landscape while at the Watchung Reservation. Right by the parking lot there was a log, so I asked if they’d humor me for one more shot. I’m so glad that they did.



Tara + Zac, I adore you guys! I can’t wait to photograph your wedding next year, AND I can’t wait to see you guys again tomorrow while your good friends Nikki and Finn are married! xo, Lauren

  • October 23, 2015 - 1:48 am

    Maike Pulliam - What a sweet engagement session, and the image you are obsessed with, same here! It’s PERFECT! I also really love the shot of their legs and shadows. I’d totally hang that on the wall big 😉ReplyCancel

  • October 23, 2015 - 3:16 am

    shannon - awwwwwww….they are so sweetly in love. these are fantastic!! and what a show stealer that pup is!!! stunning couple, stunning photos!!ReplyCancel

  • October 23, 2015 - 6:27 pm

    Natalie - Beautiful couple!! The fall colors are GORGEOUS!!ReplyCancel

  • October 26, 2015 - 5:00 pm

    Gisselle - WOW these are stunning!!! The ones on the porch are too adorable!! Well done!ReplyCancel

  • October 29, 2015 - 2:48 am

    Caitlynn - Oh goodness! Their dog is the best! Those fall images are perfection. Seriously. This couple is so gorgeous. I adore the way you captured them. So glad they jumped into the weeds AND didn’t see any snakes. Ha!ReplyCancel