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..
Lindsay and Sam kept telling me they weren’t photogenic. I kept telling them that they were crazy.
The light at Manasquan beach was OUT.OF.THIS.WORLD.
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.
Seriously, how gorgeous is Lindsay?!
The result of a hilarious answer to a very basic question. Lindsay, I adore you.
And a personal fave, because COME ON.
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
Alexis, Paul + their amazing Downtown Club wedding are here!! Philly weddings, man. Nothing beats ’em. These two came to me after I photographed Alexis’ cousins’ weddings – Allison + John, and Katherine + Sam. So I’ve gotten to know Alexis’ family pretty well over the years and, well, let’s just say that these guys love hard and they party hard, and they’re pretty much the best people EVER to photograph!
First up, Alexis’ gorgeous details..
This is Alexis – isn’t she the cutest?! Look at that little crinkle nose!
Somewhere in Philadelphia…. Hey Paul!!
The guys were kiiiiinnnnddddd of awesome. Big props to my second shooter, Mackenzie for all her awesome shots!
Meanwhile, back in New Jersey. Dads dancing with their daughters doesn’t make me cry AT ALL. Nope, nope, I’m totally good. YOU’RE CRYING.
Perhaps my favorite photo of a bride with her parents, like EVER.
Moments before walking down the aisle..
The most awesome bridal party photos are gonna follow..
These two were as much in love as they were fun, and they were SO EASY to photograph!
The Downtown Club is what dreams are made of.. seriously.
Introducing, for the first time as husband and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Lonergan!! (can you tell I’ve done a few of these?)
Speeches are always my favorite part of the day..
..cause of this..
And now they party!!!
Alexis + Paul, thank you so much for trusting me to capture your beautiful wedding day. I had the absolute best time capturing your love, surrounded by your family + friends, at the most gorgeous Philadelphia venue. xo, Lauren
dress • Mikaella // dress shop • La Belle Mariee //shoes • Badgley Mischka // hair + makeup • Your Day Your Way // florist • Beautiful Blooms // invitations • c3 Design // venue • Downtown Club // band • CTO Soho // bridesmaids • Bella Bridesmaids // groomsmen • Macy’s // second shooter • Mackenzie Piggott
Everything about this wedding is SO, SO perfect. When I showed up to the Faunbrook Bed and Breakfast I was immediately blown away – had I just entered a dream? Where had this place been all my life?! Well, friends I’m happy to share that it only got better from there..
To prove my point, let’s start with Abbey’s gorgeous dress..
And here’s Belisario! He’s just as lovely.
Dads and daughters.
Abbey went to meet Belisario for their first look with a glass of whiskey cause she’s the best almost-wife ever.
Belisario’s family traveled all the way from Columbia to be at their wedding. It was a wedding, a reunion, and full of so much love and so many hugs (and a few naps, like his grandfather was taking here)
I love this moment SO MUCH.
Belisario’s father gave a small speech to the couple and her parents while his sister translated. It was beautiful.
And then Abbey’s dad gave a speech before dinner and it was SO, SO sweet. It really felt like it helped to solidify their night, and a wedding’s purpose – to bring two families together.
Abbey + Belisario are kind of perfect, right?
Then they danced the night away!
I love this shot of Abbey, her brother and her parents all dancing with their spouses. It was beautiful.
Abbey + Belisario, thank you both so much for allowing me to capture your beautiful wedding day. You’re both so sweet, so gracious, and so incredibly down to earth. And, well, you introduced me to the famous Prantl’s toasted almond torte, so I pretty much owe you for life. xo, Lauren
dress • bhldn // shoes • Vince Camuto // hair + makeup • Calista Salon and Spa // florist • Cottage Flowers // venue • Faunbrook Bed and Breakfast // caterer • Serock Catering // bakery • Prantls // assistant • Jackie Pastore
Are you guys ready for the most beautiful outdoor wedding? Cause Sara + Sean’s day is full of so much love, so much, happiness, and so much beauty that you might have to sit yourselves down..
..you’ve been warned.
Down here, that’s Sara. She’s pretty rad.
Oh, and gorgeous. Did I mention that she’s gorgeous?
Sean, you ain’t so bad yourself.
Their first look was one for the books. SO MUCH LOVE BETWEEN THESE TWO.
The way they look at each other – stopped me in my tracks a few times.. more on that later..
There is no picture that is as fun as playing with Pop-pop’s hair.
Yup, they’re adorable.
The ring bearer got loose during the processional, and I cannot stop laughing at their faces.
Back to those looks I was talking about..
You two are perfect.
Here, Sara’s dad started to rise as they declared “is there any reason that these two should not be wed?” He’s a total jokester and it was such a good moment.
After the ceremony, we did some more portraits..
CAN YOU EVEN HANDLE THIS LIGHT, THIS COUPLE, THIS VINTAGE COUCH?!?
Speeches are always one of my favorite moments of the night..
..where else do you see a gigantic Hershey’s bar?
LOVE! This was right after Sara + Sean’s friend gave the friendship toast: “There a good ships and there are wood ships and there are ships that sail the sea. But the best ships are friendships and forever may they be!”
And then they partied!
And ate donuts!
And partied some more!
Sara + Sean – there aren’t enough words to express how much I adore you two, how much I loved your wedding day, or you guys, or your families or your friends. I’m so honored to have been able to witness your marriage, the start of your lives together, and the best damn party I’ve ever photographed. xo, Lauren
dress • bhldn // shoes • bhldn // hair • Hairport // makeup • Make Me Sparkle // bridesmaids • bhldn // groomsmen • Perry Ellis // florist • Zenplicity // venue • Lakeside Clubhouse // venue • L&M Bakery // dj • DJs Available // assistant • Bridget Quigley