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Roller derby chick meets handsome farm boy – seriously this wedding is one for the books, folks!

When Therese asked me to photograph her wedding, I was BLOWN AWAY and so incredibly HONORED! Therese and I went to college together and we studied photography together. Having anyone ask me to photograph their wedding is incredible, but having another photographer ask me to shoot their wedding is like next level. I won’t lie, I was a little nervous – did I mention that two of the bridesmaids were also photographers? – but everything couldn’t have been more easy going and Therese + Mark couldn’t have trusted me any more.

So without further ado..

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Friends, meet Therese. She is SO great.

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Funny story – one of her bridesmaids was helping her into her dress, ran off to look for scissors and Therese was like “eh, I’ll just do this myself”. I quick turned and grabbed this shot. My brides are pretty awesome.

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First look!

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What’s that Mark? You don’t enjoy red lips?

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Therese made those dope bouquets – SO GOOD.

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LOVE LOVE LOVE

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Posing these guys was SO easy. They were in their own little world.

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Bridal party goals, amirite?

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Just before the ceremony started, a small little storm cloud rolled in. It drizzled for most of the ceremony, but considering they were calling for heavy rain I’d say we got lucky!

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Therese, you are full of JOY.

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Those small moments throughout a ceremony are my favorite. Mark, sneaking a glance at Therese as she puts his wedding band on.

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MARRIED!!!

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Ain’t no gal/guy like a roller derby gal/guy!

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I seriously have the most amazing clients.

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FAVEEEEEEEEE

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Reception time! Seriously, can everyone do an arch? It’s SO MUCH FUN.

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Speeches. They get me every time.

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And now my friends, we party!

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Being married is amazing. Therese, expect this from Mark in a few years.

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These little girls kiiilllllleeedd the dance floor

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Therese + Mark, thank you both so much for sharing your beautiful wedding day with me. You two are amazing, and your wedding day was as fun, sweet, and awesome as you guys! SO MUCH LOVE TO YA! xo, Lauren

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What’s better than a gorgeous August wedding on the lake? Well, not much. But when you have an amazing bride, groom + their awesome family + friends, well that my friends is BETTER! Bonus for me, Kate’s sister Janel is one of my nearest + dearest friends, so I basically got to be surrounded by my bestie all day..

They had THE most gorgeous details..

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Frank, looking SO dapper.

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And Kate + Janel! Oh my sister heart is exploding!

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First look magic..

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..yes, he is going GIRL, YOU LOOK FINE.

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The wedding party! These guys + gals were SO much fun.

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NEW SISTER ALERT!

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Can you even handle how AWESOME they look? Like, stop. I cannot.

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Those moments before walking down the aisle are always my favorite. Major thanks to my girl Mackenzie for this shot!

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Married! I love how he’s cupping her hand with his!

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After the ceremony, we hid off into the woods for a few more shots..

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And then they were introduced for the first time as HUSBAND + WIFE!

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Speeches. They wreck me every time.

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A few more shots on the dock..

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..and then PARTY TIME!

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This might be my favorite reception image, like ever. The spilled wine, the guy nicely trying to pick up some glass, the hands coming from all sides like NO! STOP! DON’T DOOOO THATTTT!!

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Kate, you are just the cutest.

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Kate + Frank, I can’t even begin to express how much I loved photographing your beautiful wedding day. Everything was perfect, from the details, to the location, to the love the two of you clearly have for each other. It was a honor to watch you guys wed. Sending you guys SO much love! xo, Lauren

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I first shot Allison + John’s wedding 3 years ago (and it seriously feels like yesterday!). Since then I’ve shot Allison’s sister’s wedding, her cousin’s wedding, and now I photographed their newborn baby girl, Quinn. There’s not much I love more than getting to document my client’s throughout their lives, so this session was extra special to me. Watching John and Allison take the love they have for each other and placing that love into Quinn is something I can’t quite describe. Let me tell you though, they’re naturals..

 

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FAVE. How could it not be?

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Hiiiiii beautiful Quinn! I won’t take it personal that you’re yawning at me.

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This shot is everything being a new mama is about. Rocking those little tiny bodies while they sleep, smelling their sweet, soft heads. There’s nothing like it.

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It was really, really hard not to walk out with Quinn under my arm.

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Don’t you just love Riley the dog in all these photos? He’s like “Fine, you can take my picture, but I won’t smile”. And that shot on the right?! SO.MUCH.LOVE.

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Quinn “Enough with the photos. I’m trying to chat with my mom and dad, okay?”

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Are the Ellers perfect? Why, yes, yes they are.

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Those last shots are usually my favorite. And, oh look! Riley finally smiled for me!

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Allison, John, Quinn and Riley – there aren’t enough words to express how happy I am for you guys. I know you’re going to be great parents, role models and inspirations to sweet baby Quinn. And I can’t wait to watch your family grow! xo, Lauren

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  • July 21, 2017 - 10:13 pm

    shannon - these could not be more perfect! such an absolutely perfect babe. such a gorgeous family. amazing, amazing work!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • July 22, 2017 - 12:05 am

    Kristine B - I had to scroll quickly because DANG this adorable family session is giving me baby fever. Amazing images. These will be so cool from them to look back on in coming years. Beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • July 22, 2017 - 1:43 am

    Rachael Allex - Such a beautiful couple, gorgeous home and adorable baby! Love these so much!ReplyCancel

  • July 23, 2017 - 1:01 pm

    Natalie - Shut up. These are gorgeous!!! How stinking adorable is Miss Quinn?? I adore her name. Beautiful family captured perfectly.ReplyCancel

  • July 28, 2017 - 2:23 am

    Caitlynn - Crazy beautiful. Your favorite is my favorite. I also may have died when I saw Quinn yawning. Perfect.ReplyCancel

  • August 1, 2017 - 3:44 pm

    Bobbi - BAAAAAAABYYYYY!!!!!!! I love this session. Talk about makin’ my ovaries ache. AHHHHHH!!!!! MAKE IT STOPPPPP! Needless to say, beautiful images. :)ReplyCancel

This wedding is admittedly one of my favorites. It could have something to do with the bride’s amazing dress, the sweet families watching their babies marry, and the fact that her son walked her down the aisle and her daughter was her maid of honor (SO.MUCH.LOVE.)

Oh, and the desserts. Man, did I shove a few cookies in my mouth on the way out. SOOO GOOOODD.

 

 

This is Dawn, she’s so great. And she’s being walked down the aisle by her son, Michael. So sweet, right?!

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He dropped the rings. It was pretty funny.

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Grandparent hugs!

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New grandparent hugs!

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I’ve known these guys for like, forever. Mike was one of my best guy friends growing up. And I just LOVEEE this shot of them. Mama G. is definitely gonna frame this one.

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These kids are some of the nicest, sweetest kids you’ll ever meet. Not that I’m surprised because Dawn is their mama!

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FAM SQUAD!

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A few bride/groom portraits..

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WOWZA! Some good looking people right there!

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First dance feelz.

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I got all my dancing shots in like 10 minutes. TALK ABOUT PARTY!!

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Dawn, Anthony, Olivia, Michael + everyone else – thank you all so much! I adore you guys and loved capturing the love that you all share. I’d wish you so much love and happiness, but you’ve already got that, so instead I’ll just say that I can’t wait to watch it grow! xo, Lauren

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  • July 20, 2017 - 4:11 pm

    Rachael Allex - What a sweet, intimate wedding! Those shots by the water are stunning, such beautiful work as always Lauren!!ReplyCancel

  • July 21, 2017 - 12:09 pm

    Natalie - I just can’t get enough of your weddings! I adore these. The colors are perfection. And of course, your reception shots are always THE BEST!!! You rock!ReplyCancel

  • July 21, 2017 - 6:05 pm

    Bobbi - I’m in LOVE with EVERY image!!! The bride’s dress looks perfect on her! FO’REAL!!!! Your compositions, posing, processing and most importantly your skills in capturing a truly candid moment are impeccable! Sending love and high fives friendos!ReplyCancel

  • July 21, 2017 - 10:03 pm

    shannon - these are some of the most loving and kind photos i have ever seen. you can just see and feel how much they all adore each other. what a simply perfect wedding!ReplyCancel

  • July 21, 2017 - 11:50 pm

    Kristine B - Love! The bride’s gown is gorgeous and she is glowing in every image! I adore this wedding.ReplyCancel

  • July 28, 2017 - 2:14 am

    Caitlynn - Girl, you rock every wedding. Love this one so much, especially because of the sweet story behind it. It seems like truly a beautiful and loving day. Those bride/groom portraits are gorgeous, and those 10 minute reception shots rock.ReplyCancel

Lindsay is the cousin and cousin-in-law of one of my all time favorite couples, Zac + Tara, and from the moment I spoke with her I LOVEDDDD HERRRR. Lindsay is one of the absolute sweetest people you will ever meet – and she’s also silly, and hilarious, and so much fun! I was so happy to meet up with these two and get a chance to meet Sam who is also the nicest guy ever (do you see a pattern here?).

First up, some golden light for ya..

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Lindsay and Sam kept telling me they weren’t photogenic. I kept telling them that they were crazy.

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The light at Manasquan beach was OUT.OF.THIS.WORLD.

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Sam has a boat, and they spend loooottttssss of time on it, so it was only right that we took a few shots at the dock.

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YES.

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Seriously, how gorgeous is Lindsay?!

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The result of a hilarious answer to a very basic question. Lindsay, I adore you.

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And a personal fave, because COME ON.

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Lindsay + Sam – thank you so much for allowing me to capture your love, for introducing me to Manasquan (even if I still can’t pronounce it), and for directing me to a delicious slice of jersey shore pizza. YUM. Can’t wait until your wedding in January! xo, Lauren

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  • July 12, 2017 - 5:48 pm

    Maike R Pulliam - WOAH!!! That last one is magical, but really, this whole session is gorgeous. Well done.ReplyCancel

  • July 12, 2017 - 8:25 pm

    Kendra - those boat shots!!!!!! That sun was absolutely perfect!! The dock shot are a super close 2nd place for me! I love this session!!ReplyCancel

  • July 13, 2017 - 6:34 pm

    Chrissy - Holy moly!!! These are AMAZING! I can’t pick a favorite!!!ReplyCancel

  • July 13, 2017 - 10:35 pm

    Caitlynn - Lauren! You are on a roll! I’m dying over those shots on the boat and on the dock. Holy gorgeous couple!! It looks like a dream.ReplyCancel

  • July 13, 2017 - 11:04 pm

    Tina - Perfect coastal beauty! Love the settings and the light is so lovely! Stunning!ReplyCancel

  • July 14, 2017 - 1:00 am

    Rachael Allex - Wow, what a stunning location!! I’m obsessed with the second one on the boat. These are all just so amazing!ReplyCancel

  • July 14, 2017 - 8:50 pm

    Lindsay - LOVE them!!! You are SO amazing!! I am so excited for the wedding!ReplyCancel

    • July 15, 2017 - 1:03 pm

      laurenfm - Lindsay, I’m so happy you love them! I can’t wait until the wedding too!!!!ReplyCancel

  • July 16, 2017 - 5:05 am

    zach and sarah - If “not photogenic” means “could be featured in a magazine” then, yes, she’s right. They are such a beautiful couple, and these images couldn’t be more perfect. I want to visit this location! Great job on ALL of these!ReplyCancel

  • July 17, 2017 - 4:03 am

    Karen - what and insanely gorgeous couple and session! The setting is to die for! They are so sweet together!ReplyCancel

  • July 17, 2017 - 3:50 pm

    Natalie - WOW WOW WOW!! I can’t get enough of this session. Her dress is so beautiful. That shot on the boat with the sun flare… perfection! And seriously with that last one? It needs to be HUUUUGE in their home. You knocked it out of the park, friend!ReplyCancel

  • July 18, 2017 - 4:31 pm

    Bobbi - WOWZA!!! This couple is downright gorgeous! I love all of these!! 😀 Great job as always!ReplyCancel