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Oh, these two. Amanda + Darnell came to me after they had seen the wedding photographs that I had done for a friend of theirs from middle school, Miyako. THIS IS THE POWER OF THE INTERNETS, PEOPLE.

Since I was pretty much obsessed with Miyako (and Richie!), I knew that I was going to love Amanda + Darnell. And I was right.

I met them on a chilly morning in Brooklyn so traipse around the place that they call home.

 

First up, the Brooklyn Promenade. It was kind of fantastic, and the houses in the neighborhood are TO DIE FOR.

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Then we headed to the school where Amanda + Darnell first met all those years ago in middle school. Yes, these two have known each other since the beginning. They started as friends and then some years later, when they were older, found each other again. It’s like a fairy tale. Except it’s real.

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Shooting in a school when no one is there is pretty rad.

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STOP IT WITH THIS CUTENESS. I can’t deal.

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I love the shot of the them to the left! They’re all “heyyyyy! this is THE place!”

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Next up, the Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, otherwise known as Heaven. It was pretty cold this morning and we got there RIGHT when it opened, but it was still soo crowded and full of people. But a little creative placement and VOILA!

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A favorite. How incredibly regal do these two look? Love.

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Sometimes you find some lines + lines + lines.

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Amanda + Darnell – thank you soooo much, from the bottom of my heart, for being so great. For telling stupid jokes and nuzzling your noses for hours on end. You guys are amazing and I can’t wait to photograph your wedding this summer! xo, Lauren

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  • April 14, 2016 - 6:50 pm

    Angie - These are seriously gorgeous!! I love them all! Such a beautiful couple and that light!ReplyCancel

  • April 15, 2016 - 6:01 pm

    Maike Pulliam - Woah, woah WOAH! LOVE this session! And totally awesomely rad images in that school! Love that it was incorporated into this shoot!ReplyCancel

  • April 15, 2016 - 7:01 pm

    erin s - Whaaaaaaaaaat?! Lauren! Every time I see you posted a blog I get so excited because I know it’s going to be something insane! You are pure magic and then this couple?! So gorgeous and so in love! I can’t wait for the wedding photos!ReplyCancel

  • April 15, 2016 - 7:17 pm

    Jenn - STUNNING. Seriously. Stunning. So many favorites. I LOVE how you worked that school!ReplyCancel

Are you ready for the sweetest engagement session in the most magical place?! Well, feast your eyes on Katherine + Sam.

Katherine’s mom Mary contacted me a few months ago to tell me that Katherine had gotten engaged and that they would love for me to photograph another wedding for their family. (Insert all the heart emoticons you have possibly ever seen). Two years ago I had photographed Katherine’s sister Allison’s wedding and it was amazing. The Parsons family is so sweet and welcoming, so when I got Mary’s email I was ecstatic.

Not long after, I met with this two at Camp Ockanickon for their engagement session. Both Katherine and Sam had gone to summer camp here (and even at the same time, even though Sam says he doesn’t remember) and so this place is incredibly special to them. Annnnnnddd, it was pretty amazing! But I’ll let you see for yourselves…

 

The first stop. I mean, seriously?! There was fog rolling in off the water. It was amazing.

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CANOES.

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Oh, I just love you two!

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There are all these fabulous bridges around – it was magical.

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Could they be any cuter?!

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After spending some time at camp, we went back to their house to grab a few shots with the pups. One of my FAVORITE things to do. Seriously, animals are like your children.

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My favorite! I told Katherine I was going to get a shot with her gorgeous hardwood floors.

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Katherine + Sam, thank you so much for allowing me to document this time in your lives. I cannot wait until your wedding in October, and I can’t wait to party again with the Parsons! xo, Lauren

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  • April 14, 2016 - 6:52 pm

    Angie - Love these!! Sweet couple and that location is gorgeous! I’m a total sucker for the ones back at home too though!ReplyCancel

  • April 15, 2016 - 6:03 pm

    Maike Pulliam - What a gorgeous session! LOVE that reflection shot, and those beautiful images of them in the woods. Lovely.ReplyCancel

  • April 15, 2016 - 7:03 pm

    erin s - These are goooooooorgeous!! I love the different sides of them you were able to capture – their at home casual selves and their romantic sides as well. So much pretty and too many favs to count! Great work as always!ReplyCancel

Get ready for the sweetest April wedding ever!

Jess & Jake are one of the sweetest couples ever. They are both incredibly laid back. They wanted their wedding to be an event that everyone could enjoy – which is why they split their cocktail hour up in the middle: they had a 1/2 of cocktails, then they had the ceremony, then right back into cocktails. It was kind of amazing – and all of their guests were incredibly happy.

These two were a dream to photograph – totally listened to everything I wanted to do, and so super in love that I couldn’t take a bad photograph. I also couldn’t have shot this wedding day nearly as well without my amazing second shooter Joy. Joy is as talented as she is sweet and I loved spending the day with her. Some of her shots are mixed in below! Enjoy their beautiful day!

 

Any bride that wears flats is my kind of bride.

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Jess looked so classic, from her gorgeous dress, to her beautiful hair and simple yet elegant jewelry. LOVE.

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Meanwhile, Joy was photographing the boys..

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Hiiiiiiiiii Jake:)

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First looks are some of the best moments of the day.

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You can’t direct smiles like that. That is all THEM. Sigh.

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Joy got this killer reflection shot. It’s pretty perfect.

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Jess + Jake’s closest people. They were all pretty rad.

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Jess! You’re gorgeous!

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Ceremony time! Jess was sooo excited to walk down the aisle.

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Jess + Jake are big sports fan and Philly fans. All of their details were fantastic, especially this sign.

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Ha! And they’re funny!

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After dinner, we headed out for a few shots at sunset. It was incredibly COLD, but these two were troopers. I’m so happy we went out there.

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Joy and her fun little gold lens! Such a favorite of mine!

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And now we party!!

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Aunt Deb at the DJ station!

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Mother of the Groom and Mother of the Bride sharing a dance.

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Jess + Jake, thank you so much for allowing me to capture your beautiful wedding day. I couldn’t have asked for better clients with better families or better friends – you guys are the reason that I love what I do! Congratulations! xo, Lauren

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  • April 7, 2016 - 11:08 pm

    Natalie - That green is soooooo pretty!! Are you serious with those sunset photos!?! HOLY CRAP! Fabulous job, Lauren!!ReplyCancel

  • April 8, 2016 - 3:42 pm

    Destinee - Wow! That sun flare shot is perfection! These are so, so beautiful! Your work is truly amazing. Looks like such a fun, love filled day! Great work!ReplyCancel

  • April 8, 2016 - 4:21 pm

    Maike Pulliam - Awww, man, this ENTIRE wedding is gorgeous! LOVE it! Especially loving that reflection shot of the bride and groom!ReplyCancel

  • April 8, 2016 - 7:09 pm

    erin s - Lauren! These are perfection! So gorgeous! Way to rock that light and your rich editing is so stunning :) Gorgeous as ever!ReplyCancel

  • April 12, 2016 - 3:43 am

    Caitlynn Bryan - I could write paragraph after paragraph about this wedding! Amazing from start to finish. Those getting ready images, the wedding party portraits, black and white intimate details during the ceremony, those incredible dancing shots, and that shot of the Jake kissing Jess on the forehead – LOVE that one! What talent you have!ReplyCancel

  • April 13, 2016 - 10:46 am

    Diane shirley - love the pictures!! the golden lens outside makes it look like wedding rings!ReplyCancel

  • April 13, 2016 - 10:49 am

    Diane shirley - like the newspaper idea…
    love when Diane is putting on his boutonniere
    Bill performing the ceremony
    the outside shots
    jake waiting to see Jess…

    super job!ReplyCancel

  • April 13, 2016 - 10:54 am

    Diane shirley - I think each time I look at them I see more …like Jess’s father wiping a tear! how dear!
    you will have a tough time picking out pictures, Jake & Jess!ReplyCancel

These two! Prepare yourselves for the cutest, happiest couple that ever was. Alli + Jeff were a dream to photograph – they laughed at all my cheesy jokes, they laughed at each other, and they laughed at themselves – my favorite kind of people. I met these two on a chilly Wednesday at Thompson Park – you’d never know it though, as these two were champs. Poor Jeff was even in the middle of cold, but he never complained once! I seriously cannot wait for their wedding in July.

 

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Alli is kind of amazing.

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Literally the entire session. Just laughing + loving + having fun. My favorite kind of people.

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A total favorite.

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They were so willing to do whatever I asked. Even stand in the middle of a frisbee golf course and almost get hit. Whoops.

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Alli + Jeff both play frisbee golf, so we needed a photo with their frisbees. I love how silly these two are.

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Alli + Jeff – thank you both so much for allowing me to capture this time in your lives. You guys are simply the best, and I cannot wait until your wedding this summer! xo, Lauren

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  • April 7, 2016 - 7:02 pm

    Natalie - I can’t even stand how cute they are!! I ADORE how he makes her laugh! A beautiful job capturing their love, friend!ReplyCancel

  • April 7, 2016 - 7:28 pm

    Maike Pulliam - Oh goodness, this session is SUPER adorable! I’m in love with every single black and white featured!ReplyCancel

  • April 7, 2016 - 10:00 pm

    Bobbi Sheridan - SOOOOOO GOOOOOOOD!!!!! I love the 2nd and 4th ones. You nailed this session Lauren!ReplyCancel

  • April 8, 2016 - 7:07 pm

    erin s - Whoa these are stunning@@ I love the colors, the wind and all of the connection! What a beautiful and in love couple! Amazing work as always!ReplyCancel

  • April 12, 2016 - 3:34 am

    Caitlynn Bryan - Okaaaay, these two are the absolute cutest! I cannot wait for the wedding! Alli, you picked the perfect outfit, especially that yellow scarf. I also adore the images on the bridge. Goodness, so good!ReplyCancel

I first met Crystal & Gary when I photographed the birth of their two beautiful twin girls last year. Crystal is a photographer herself so I was flattered that she’d want me to photograph her new little loves. One year later, and she asked me if I wouldn’t mind coming and photographing their first birthday party. Without hesitation I said “YES!”. Seeing your birth babies again is like something I can’t explain. You watched them come on to this world, you shared a sacred space with their parents (some of whom are just entering this world of parenthood for the first time). It’s an honor to get to witness this time.

And then to get to see those babies again, those once itty-bitty little people now talking and laughing or crawling and crying, it’s perfection.

Crystal’s decorations were on point and amazing..

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A photo of one of my photos. Now if I take a photo of this photo it’ll be like Inception, right?

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Claire showed up to the party ready to… sleep.

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But Isla was ready to groove.

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This little guy was so sweet!

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We tried to get a shot of the girls together. It went like this.

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Babies and the birthday song go together like peanut butter and mustard: not at all.

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During certain events like birthday parties or births, I like to incorporate a little video. Basically, anything that has some down time. I did a video for Claire & Isla’s birth that Crystal & Gary loved, so she asked me if I wouldn’t mind doing another. Again, no hesitation on the yes. I love putting together these videos. And every time I learn something new.

 

 

Crystal + Gary + Claire + Isla – thanks so much for inviting me in to your family’s special space again. I love watching these girls grow and I love spending time with your amazing, amazing family! xo, Lauren

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  • March 17, 2016 - 9:39 pm

    Maike Pulliam - Ahhh!!! The two shots of the girls together are PERFECT!!!! Or perfectly imperfect? Fun images!ReplyCancel

  • March 19, 2016 - 12:10 pm

    Bridget Quigley - Lauren! I love love love these images… and the video was wonderful as well! You always capture emotion… (I’m over here teary-eyed!).. thanks for sharing xoxoReplyCancel

  • March 20, 2016 - 8:42 pm

    katie - OMGOODNESS!!!!!! I love love love all those details and all that happiness – SOOOOOOOOO adorable!ReplyCancel

  • March 21, 2016 - 3:54 pm

    Laurie - Oh my goodness, how much fun was this day!! So many beautiful details captured, and so much happy!! Love it :)ReplyCancel

  • March 21, 2016 - 10:21 pm

    Nicki - Omg this birthday party is beyond adorable!! Love all those pretty pink details and DYING over the matching tutus!! Awesome job Lauren!!ReplyCancel