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Last week I got to photograph my sweet friend Bridget’s new little love Harrison. Bridget and I became quick friends a few months back when she contacted me about taking some maternity photographs for her. Since then, we’ve spent some time discussing her future photography goals and just becoming closer in general. Bridget is the kind of friend who is your biggest cheerleader, always commenting on my work when she adores it. She is everything that is right with the photography community, and I’m so glad that we’ve gotten to become such friends. This business, while exciting/amazing/exhilarating, is also challenging/lonely/overwhelming. I’m happy that I have someone like Bridget to lift me up, and I can’t wait to support her in her journey.

Alrightttttttttt, now on to the photos! There is so much cuteness in these, just try to contain yourselves. You’ve been warned!



How gorgeous is Bridget? Right?!

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I asked Kai to find me the perfect spot for a family photo, and what do you know – he found me this gem!

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Oh my goodness, I melt. Harrison grabbing Kai’s face? Kai’s little smile? Mom + dad looking on lovingly? MELT.

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Love how this is 100% real life.

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Baby Harrison grabbing Kai’s hand.. my favorite.

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Oh, hey there handsome!

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Family snuggle time.

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That little baby pout!

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You guys make the cutest kids on the planet. I’m so happy I was able to document this time in your lives. Thank you for trusting me, your continued friendship, and for just being the best! xo, Lauren

  • October 2, 2015 - 12:45 am

    zach and sarah - Oooooookay….these are almost a little tooooo perfect. Mom looks AMAZING. The first image of mom and baby…EVERY baby should have a picture with their mom like that. And the black and white of the brothers cuddling? If that doesn’t melt mama’s heart, I don’t know what will. P.S.the house is adorable…just like every image. Well done.ReplyCancel

  • October 2, 2015 - 3:21 pm

    shannon - OH MY GOODNESS!!! these photos are beyond gorgeous!! love love the one of little babe looking over dads shoulder…absolute perfection!! and new motherhood looks STUNNING on this mama…so so SO beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • October 2, 2015 - 9:34 pm

    Maike Pulliam - What an adorable session! That family one on the couch, with the Q in the window is PERFECT!!!! I LOVE it and want one of my own!ReplyCancel

  • October 3, 2015 - 1:29 am

    Chrissy - Whoooooooa…ALL of them are my faves! So beautiful, Lauren!! Bridget is simply radiant! And how could she not be with such a precious family?!?! <3ReplyCancel

  • October 3, 2015 - 3:22 pm

    kristina - these are Soooooooooo sweeeeet! gggaaahhhh! They make me want to have another baby! LOL you make me want to have another baby and captured like this! love this style so much! great work!ReplyCancel

  • October 3, 2015 - 7:22 pm

    Caitlynn - Ahhh! LOVE this session. So very much. That first image of mom and baby – oh goodness! And the spot Kai picked out with him looking straight ahead! That first black and white of the whole family inside – woah! Snuggling on the couch and in bed. I really can’t get enough of this.ReplyCancel

  • October 3, 2015 - 8:34 pm

    Bobbi - One of my new favorite sessions of yours! Your color processing is ON POINT! Beautiful images as always friend!ReplyCancel

  • October 5, 2015 - 1:44 am

    Natalie - These are absolutely great taking! I adore how little Harrison has daddy’s chin!!! Such a beautiful family, fabulous job capturing this precious time in this lives.ReplyCancel

Oh, there is so much to say about this wedding. But let’s start by setting the scene: incredibly sweet, easy going girl contacts me. We chat about her wedding to be held on their recently purchased farmhouse property, what it’s like working in the bridal service industry (she works at Kleinfeld), and end the conversation discussing our love of pit bulls and our own rescued dogs. A Lauren Allmond Photography match made in heaven.

Amanda (my fabulous second shooter, whose images are mixed in with mine below!) and I arrived the day before the wedding, something a 6:00am start time requires. And when we got to meet Miyako + Richie in person I knew that the day was going to be perfect. Miyako + Richie are both so warm, and welcoming. Miyako is sweet and thoughtful, incredibly smart and so completely in love with Richie. Richie is funny and patient, incredibly kind and so completely in love with Miyako.

They both wore an infectious smile all day long.

Amanda and I had the absolute best time documenting this beautiful day – in fact, Amanda joked that this was the best wedding she’s ever photographed and she will never photograph another one that will beat it. As much as I’m sure that statement had to do with the beautiful farmhouse, the perfect decor, the gorgeous dresses and details, I’m also pretty sure that it had to do with the people. Because Miyako + Richie are the kind of people that you immediately adore. Don’t believe me? See for yourself..


6:00am wake up call. Literally. Because I showed up at their house and my car alarm started going off right away. I don’t think that there is a shade of red for the color that my face turned. Luckily, it was dark so no one saw it.. but they certainly heard it!



Here’s Miyako with her beauty team. Seriously, these girls made Miyako even more beautiful than she already is. Everything was perfection.


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Oh, this photo will get me every time. I was leaving Miyako’s room and was heading out to set up Richie for the first look. As I turned to walk out of the door, Miyako’s mom came from around the corner and introduced herself. We chatted for a moment and then she went to go see Miyako. Instinctually I followed her, hoping to warn Amanda to get a shot (and she did), but as she turned the corner, I took a shot. I only took two shots here as they all moved quickly, but my goodness.. I got perfection. The excitement on their faces. Your mom seeing you for the first time as a bride..

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The designer sketch of Miyako’s dress, which her hair was inspired by..

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All day these two were smiling like this. My goodness, I couldn’t stop myself from smiling with them.

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We left their house right after the first look and headed over to Tweefontein Herb Farm. Seriously, if you’re in the New Paltz area you definitely have to check it out. It was incredibly beautiful and quaint, a perfect backdrop.

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Oh my goodness, how CUTE is this photo of Richie that Amanda got? LOVE!

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Their faces! I can’t, I just can’t!

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On the way back to the house, we stopped by a sunflower field on the side of the road. Originally, I was going for something with a sprawling sunflower landscape, but I ended up liking this composition better. I adore the empty road.

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Back at the house! Best looking groomsmen ever, right? But, I mean, wait ’til you see the ladies..

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Ceremony time! Ranger + Willow, their rescue pups were the ring bearers. During our conversations, I’m sure Miyako mentioned this, but for some reason when I read the list of people she sent me I assumed Ranger + Willow were kid names, so I was expecting actual little boys. I quietly laughed to myself when she introduced her dogs to me at the house the day before, like OBVIOUSLY my crazy-dog-mom-spirit-animal would have her dogs in the wedding. Some days I wish I could get married again just so my dogs Red + Blue can be in it. No lie.



The benefits of having a second shooter. Amanda captured this beautiful moment between Miyako + her father before he walked her down the aisle.

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Horses, horses everywhere!

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Miyako got Richie his own special cake, with candles. He was so funny, “should I blow them out?”

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And now for some film love – a mix of medium format and 35mm.

Amanda & I headed up to Tweefontein the day before the wedding to check it out, scope locations etc. Some of the areas we wanted to use didn’t have the best light when we went the next morning for portraits, but I grabbed some shots from around the area anyway..

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Amanda say this and said “Oh my god. How can we get them up there with that moss?” HA!



And now, back at Tweefontein the next day with Miyako + Richie.

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Miyako + Richie, it was my honor to capture your beautiful wedding day. I know that you both will enjoy years and years of love and happiness. I hope to visit your home full of rescue dogs, chickens and goats one day soon! xo, Lauren

  • September 27, 2015 - 3:44 pm

    kristina - Stunnnnning wedding, couple, and photography! love all of these!ReplyCancel

  • September 27, 2015 - 9:50 pm

    Abbey - Um, hello perfection!! Seriously everything is so gorgeous. The shots of her veil over her whole body?! Ahhhh dying!! Amazing work!ReplyCancel

  • September 28, 2015 - 2:44 am

    Jacqie - You blew it out of the park! Super big high fives. Love them all! That bridesmaid shot is pretty awesome.ReplyCancel

  • September 28, 2015 - 2:54 am

    shannon - my gosh!!! so many amazing, amazing photos!!! the b/w one of her putting her shoes on took my breath away! and i love the one of the groom with his good!!!ReplyCancel

  • September 28, 2015 - 5:57 am

    Julina - um whoa….. excuse me while I pick my jaw up from the floor…. these are just amazing!!!ReplyCancel

  • September 28, 2015 - 11:51 pm

    Natalie - Holy crap, this wedding is a DREAM!! This location is soooooo gorgeous, not to mention the most adorable couple ever. I’m entirely jealous of every single detail. You are amazing Lauren!! This has got to be your best work yet!ReplyCancel

  • September 29, 2015 - 7:31 pm

    Nicki - I”m OBSESSED with this wedding! Everything from the house, to the dress, the beautful florals. Everything was perfect! Their first look is seriously amazing and I LOVE the photo session right after. You totally outdid yourself on this wedding. Every moment is photographed amazingly. Awesome awesome job!!ReplyCancel

  • September 29, 2015 - 9:56 pm

    katie - That shot of her putting on her shoe???? CLASSIC! Love how much fun this couple had all day! You have such amazing talent for capturing all the right moments. This wedding is spectacular.ReplyCancel

  • September 30, 2015 - 12:40 am

    erin s - Whaaaaaaat?! These look like they jumped out of a magazine! Gorgeous day and couple! You told their day so perfectly! Proud of you sister :)ReplyCancel

  • September 30, 2015 - 1:25 am

    Gisselle - this wedding was PERFECTION from beginning to end. And you did such a wonderful job at documenting it all!!!ReplyCancel

  • September 30, 2015 - 6:48 pm

    Karen - Everything about this wedding is perfection! I didn’t want this blog to end. Amazing work! so lovely.ReplyCancel

  • September 30, 2015 - 9:52 pm

    Pat and Lou Sehl - I love the one of you in front of the red barn. So beautiful! You both look so happy and relaxed. Best wishes for a long and happy life in your beautiful home.ReplyCancel

  • October 3, 2015 - 5:27 am

    Caitlynn - WOAH! Wedding heaven. This couple is stunning. Those getting-ready images – LOVE. Especially the shot with mom seeing her daughter for the first time. Those bride/groom portraits are incredible. Love that pretty light behind them. Everything about this is perfect.ReplyCancel

Estee + Jesse are two of the most fun, outgoing, and in love people I’ve ever met. When I photographed their engagement session, it was hard to take a bad shot of them! They were laughing, and snuggling, and needed absolutely zero direction from me. I knew that their Crossed Keys wedding was going to be perfection, and even with the rain that eventually graced us with its presence, it was. Enjoy some of their beautiful day!


I love getting ready images, and this one is definitely a favorite. There is so much anticipation and anxiousness during this time.

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Those shoes, though. Am I right?

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Estee was so incredibly beautiful and classic on her wedding day. She is seriously one of the kindest, most beautiful people I’ve ever met. And she’s also a whole lot of fun. Like seriously, the girl can party.. and that’s my kind of girl!

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LUCY! True story: Jesse said that he knew that he was really digging Estee when she talked about how cute and sweet his dog was. That’s when he knew that he really liked her. I mean, HOW CUTE IS THAT?! Anyone who is all crazy about their dog is okay in my book.



First look! My awesome second shooter Amanda captured this. She’s kind of the best.

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Jesse, always a gentleman.

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While I was getting a few shots from the front, Amanda was getting some interesting shots from the side. It’s so great to have a second shooter, because they can see things from a different angle, and quickly. It would’ve taken me an extra few minutes for every pose to get additional compositions, which adds up to a lot of time when the rain is about to come down!

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Only Jesse would start off with a crouching bow, and then follow it up as a zombie. HA!

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A piece of lace on Estee’s GORGEOUS dress came off, so she did what any bride would do – she sewed it back on.

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Estee and her dad walking towards the ceremony tent.

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Mr. + Mrs. Kolodin! [note all the tie-dye yamakas. Estee + Jesse are huge dead heads. They were even ecstatic when one of their engagement photos looked like Jerry Garcia in the clouds. I love when client’s add personal touches to their wedding day.]

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Amanda shot full length first dance shots, while I went for something a little more creative. Again, great reason to have a second photographer!

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This photograph is so entirely them. LOVE.

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Estee + Jesse had an after party that included lots more alcohol, food that they got delivered from a food truck (that, along with Estee’s love of Lucy) sealed the deal for these two (seriously, all Jesse’s friends were super impressed when they found out Estee knew about the food from this one out of the way food truck), AND a reggae band that they both love. It was the after party of after parties.

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Estee + Jesse, your wedding was fantastic and honestly one of my favorites. It was beautiful, fun, and filled with so much love for you both. Congratulations on your new life together as Mr. and Mrs. xo, Lauren

  • September 22, 2015 - 1:25 pm

    katie - are you kidding????? That dress, her shoes, that BOUQUET!!!!!!! This couple had style and man oh man am I in love with each of your shots! So creative and fun! Love your documentary style woven into this wedding – SO many great candids! They are such a beautiful couple!ReplyCancel

  • September 22, 2015 - 2:25 pm

    jacqie - those shots in the garden are money! <3ReplyCancel

  • September 22, 2015 - 5:14 pm

    shannon - SO gorgeous!!! love the location, love their style!! they are gorgeously in love. you captured it all perfectly!ReplyCancel

  • September 23, 2015 - 1:00 am

    Abbey - Wowwwww these are so beautiful! This wedding looks so fun and the pics are stunning! Well done!ReplyCancel

  • September 24, 2015 - 9:18 pm

    Julina - what an amazing wedding!!!!! And what a beautiful bride!!! The images doing the hora is downright amazing!ReplyCancel

  • September 25, 2015 - 6:27 pm

    Sherri House - Congrats Estee and Jesse !! Your day looked absolutely perfect. Your flowers are stunning beyond anything I have ever seen, and the photographer was talented and captured it all !ReplyCancel

  • September 26, 2015 - 6:23 pm

    Natalie - These are GORGEOUS! This couple is stunning, and this wedding is pure perfection!ReplyCancel

  • September 27, 2015 - 3:19 pm

    kristina - Now that looks like an awesome party!! Love all the pictures, you are amazing!ReplyCancel

  • September 28, 2015 - 1:03 pm

    Karen - The garden shots of the first look are so beautiful! It reminds me of a gorgeous wedding party in Europe. Love the light and fun and beautiful day! So well done!ReplyCancel

  • September 29, 2015 - 1:50 am

    Gisselle - what a perfect day!!! These two are adorable, I love their style, and you captured this day perfectly. Well doneReplyCancel

  • September 29, 2015 - 6:29 pm

    Nicki - I’m in LOVE with this wedding!! Everything about it is perfect! The venue, the dress, those beautiful bouquets and of course this GORGEOUS couple! Love their portraits after the first look, they are stunning! You did such an amazing job documenting their day. I wish I was a guest at this wedding, it looks so fun! Awesome job Lauren!ReplyCancel

  • September 30, 2015 - 12:21 am

    erin s - Whoa! The storytelling in this post is phenom! I seriously feel like I was there. So much gorgeousness and so many beautiful memories captured here! Fantastic work as always :)ReplyCancel

  • October 1, 2015 - 4:56 am

    Caitlynn - Can we talk about how insanely gorgeous this couple is?!? Wowzers. I’m dying over all their portraits. LOVE them so much. Their reception looks like a crazy amount of fun. You guys captured it so well!ReplyCancel

This session is a special one for me. My childhood best friend Gretchen is a new mama and I was lucky enough to get to photograph her growing little family. I’ve photographed Gretchen’s engagementweddingmaternity, and now newborn session. Being with her on this journey has been amazing.. not only can I see where her life has gone, but I also get to see where my work has grown.

I originally went over to Gretchen + Ryan’s apartment to snag a few shots of Wyatt, but then quickly realized that they were moving in to their first home within a matter of weeks. It didn’t seem right to capture their new family at this apartment when they’d be moving in to their home so soon. So we delayed the session and I’m so glad that we did. There is nothing like your new family in your new home.



Gretchen + Ryan’s first baby, Rocco. Not to be outdone by baby Wyatt, Rocco made his presence known during our photoshoot.

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The crying shots always get me. It is so much what being a new parent is about.

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That father-son love.

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Are they not seriously the cutest? Like ever?

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Gretchen was made for motherhood. She was always the motherly friend when we were growing up, taking care of everyone, comforting them, etc. Plus, she’s always LOVED babies. When she comes over to visit with Frances it’s only a matter of minutes before she’s sitting on the floor playing whatever game interests Frances at the time.

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It didn’t take Wyatt long to realize that his mama is the funniest lady around. Smart boy.

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And now a few film frames! I brought along my 35 mm and took a few shots of them on the front steps. I really love incorporating a bit of film in to my sessions.

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Gretchen, Ryan, Rocco + Wyatt – congrats on this next step in your lives. Much love. xo, Lauren

  • September 17, 2015 - 11:04 pm

    Angie - LOVE this session!! I love the mixture of outdoor and indoor images and the film ones at the end. So many sweet moments captured and their dog is too funny.ReplyCancel

  • September 18, 2015 - 12:26 am

    Abbey - What a cutie!! I love all the ones in his nursery. So precious!ReplyCancel

  • September 18, 2015 - 1:01 am

    Bobbi - Such a cute family! That second one with Rocco and his little head tilted… that’s my favorite. 😀 Love them all Lauren!!!ReplyCancel

  • September 18, 2015 - 5:47 pm

    Karen - I love Baby Wyatt! I am crazy about the shot of him on his momma’s knees. Wyatt is one lucky baby to grow up in a house with so much love! Great shoot!ReplyCancel

  • September 18, 2015 - 6:15 pm

    Julina - If this doesn’t give all the ladies baby fever I don’t know what will! These are just downright gorgeous!!!! Beautiful work!!!ReplyCancel

  • September 20, 2015 - 4:22 pm

    Megan D - this little baby is too much!!!! Such a sweet family! Love all of these!ReplyCancel

  • September 20, 2015 - 8:53 pm

    jacqie - NAILED this lifestyle session! LOVE it! xoxoReplyCancel

  • September 20, 2015 - 8:55 pm

    shannon - he is perfectly perfect!!! i love these so much!! hes adorable and they are a gorgeous family. love that you got some inside and outsideReplyCancel

  • September 20, 2015 - 10:12 pm

    Maike Pulliam - Oh goodness… that image of him looking straight at the camera! LOVE it!ReplyCancel

  • September 21, 2015 - 6:30 pm

    erin s - OMG this session is perfection! I love that it really is a day in the life in the most beautiful form. Gorgeous!!!ReplyCancel

  • September 23, 2015 - 8:26 pm

    Melissa Yocum - What an old soul! So adorable, these images! Super sweet family!ReplyCancel

I knew from the beginning that Gary + Barbara’s wedding was going to be awesome. Gary and Barbara talked about the day with such enthusiasm and love –  both for each other and for the actual day. And, it definitely did not disappoint! When I showed up to the Lambertville Station Inn, I was greeted by a super chipper Barbara, which is saying a lot because it was 6:00 AM! She was already so excited for the day, excited for the first look, and excited to see me and my second shooter Meg. And the day only got better from there. Don’t believe me? Well, take a look.. You’re definitely gonna wanna get ready to smile at this wedding!


First up is Barbara’s gorgeous dress! Meg and I took it down to the water and hung it on the tree. It only seemed fitting that we photographed it with the bridge behind it since Gary is a bridge engineer.





Here’s our beautiful bride! And how cute is she?! Her face when she saw herself was just amazing!

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Meanwhile, my second shooter Meg was off photographing the guys. I could not have done it without Meg! Not only is she an amazing photographer, but she was totally peppy and ready to go all day. Having a second shooter is invaluable at times!

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First look anticipation. These moments are always some of my favorite on a wedding day..

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We were a little behind schedule and our original plan was to take the entire bridal party to this woodsy area, but we decided to scrap that idea. However, Gary and Barbara were still totally in to going to the woods, and I’m so glad that they did. They braved spiders and grass, and honestly they were so amazing about it! These are some of my favorites..

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Back at Lambertville, we started photographing the bridal party. How stunning are Barbara’s bridesmaids?!



Another Meg shot! This was the best! The guys kept chanting Gar-y Sor-kin, and it made for a pretty epic photo!

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The bride and her dad. I love moments like these.

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After the Ketubah is signed, it’s ceremony time!

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Barbara had the most beautiful centerpieces. The whole day was flawless..

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The hora! One of my favorite parts of the wedding day festivities..

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Another example of why it’s so great to have a second shooter! I was to the side of them and after getting the shots I could, I looked over to see Meg right in the money spot! This part of the dance is short lived, and I knew I wouldn’t be able to make it through the crowd to get there, but luckily Meg was right there ready to go. This shot is one of my favorites!

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Gary + Barbara – I had the best time at your wedding. Everything was perfect, including you two and all of your families and friends. I wish you all the love and happiness in the world! xo, Lauren

  • September 14, 2015 - 5:17 pm

    shannon - beautiful!! the gorgeous couple, the amazing moments you captured, the beautiful details….all so gorgeous!! wonderful, wonderful work!ReplyCancel

  • September 15, 2015 - 7:15 pm

    Maike Pulliam - Oooh, I LOVE those tree shots! And their cake. Gorgeous work and gorgeous wedding/people!ReplyCancel

  • September 16, 2015 - 1:27 am

    Angie - Absolutely gorgeous!! She’s so beautiful and their day looks like it was perfect! Loving all those details and moments you captured!ReplyCancel

  • September 16, 2015 - 2:46 am

    Megan D - This couple is gorrrrrgeous!!! I’m in-love with the portraits in the tall trees! Gorgeous images of a perfect day Lauren!!ReplyCancel

  • September 16, 2015 - 8:56 pm

    Abbey - Ooooh my gosh. The light in these portraits. Just stunning!!! Actually, the light in all these photos are perfection. And she is probably he cutest bride ever. Love them all!ReplyCancel

  • September 17, 2015 - 2:42 am

    Karen - What a gorgeous light and airy wedding! The bride and groom’s forest portraits are gorgeous! Loved the shot of the groom on the chair… you rocked that wedding!ReplyCancel

  • September 17, 2015 - 1:45 pm

    erin s - Wow, these are gorgeous! Gorgeous couple, gorgeous location, gorgeous details! Amazing job as always capturing such a special day :)ReplyCancel

  • September 17, 2015 - 10:12 pm

    Bobbi - HOLY WOW! These images are incredible! Each one more impressive than the last! Seriously blown away right now!!!!ReplyCancel

  • September 20, 2015 - 8:41 pm

    jacqie - What an amazing reception! Looks like so much fun! I adore those woodland bride and groom portraits.ReplyCancel

  • September 23, 2015 - 8:32 pm

    Melissa Yocum - Goodness what a gorgeous day!! Their first look and following portraits are so beautiful!! And you processing is beautiful! You should be SO proud of these!ReplyCancel