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2016 has been so, so good to me friends. i have had THEE most amazing clients, best weddings, and some awesome people to work with (vendors + second shooters/assistants alike). and this wedding… well, it is no different.

sara and i bonded over our mutual love of all things dog. we actually talked for an hour about our dogs before we ever even discussed her wedding.

and just for the record. dog people = my people.

so i knew i was going to love this wedding day months before the day was even here. and, what do you know: I WAS RIGHT. and i have a thing about being right; just ask my husband.

but, you don’t have to take my word for it, just go see for yourselves.

 

sara’s details are what dreams are made of..

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here is our beautiful bride! She was so happy ALL DAY.

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pinks + greens + lace + rings

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that window light, girlllll.

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my awesome assistant caught these moody shots (and he’s not even a photographer! major high fives!)

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mamas + their babies, y’all

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quite possibly my favorite shot. that mama love.

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and now we wed!

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omg. the tongue. i die.

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pure bliss + some lavender.

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after the ceremony we headed to the farm and got some of those parents shots…

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…which are always the best.

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the girls! oh my, these girls were so fun.

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and the boys!

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yes, give me all the farm weddings.

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they are seriously some of the happiest people i’ve ever met.

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..and the cutest.

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OTIS!!! when you get married on your family farm, your dog can be a part of the party.

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love this portrait of them!

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so at one point the skies got all crazy and moody.

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speeches are always my fave. a mix of sweet and funny and emotional.

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party time!

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oh, but it didn’t stop there. there were FIREWORKS.

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AND THE ICE CREAM TRUCK STOPPED BY!

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and cake!

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otis was all over the dance floor. he was just waiting for some love and a few treats.

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did i mention that those moody skies opened up and the rain down poured for about 10 minutes? well, they did. but what they left in their wake was an awesome set of clouds that we just had to take advantage of. shout out to the guest who nicely told me i had to get this photo and then apologized for being forward: you are my kinda lady + well, you were right. THIS NEEDED TO HAPPEN.

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sara + tom, thank you both so much for making me feel like family. thank you for trusting me with your wedding day, and thank you for being some awesome, awesome people with some awesome, awesome family + friends. SO MUCH LOVE. xo, lauren

 

southampton, nj.

hair  Danielle’s Beauty Studio // makeup  Danielle’s Beauty Studio // florist  •  Michelle Piccione // assistant • Michael Mackiewicz //  ceremony  • Pemberton United Methodist Church // reception venue  • Allen Farms // dj  • Dan Leidy // cake  •  Gallo’s Bakery // dress  • Country Bride and Gent // bridesmaid dresses  •  Alfred Angelo

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  • August 18, 2016 - 9:27 pm

    Alison - Every time I see work of yours, I love your work MORE. You are a joy, beauty, and emotion capturer and I love following along.ReplyCancel

  • August 19, 2016 - 3:45 am

    shannon - whattttt?! that last shot is insane!!!
    i love how romantic and soft these photos are. such a timeless, beautiful look.
    they look like they know how to party!!! and the sweet pup…love!!ReplyCancel

  • August 19, 2016 - 6:46 am

    Laurie - I am obsessed with these beautiful images you captured!! Stunning work – I love the dress shot, the Momma + their babies – total heart melt! Gorgeous couples portraits – just stunning from start to finish!!ReplyCancel

  • August 19, 2016 - 6:50 pm

    jenny g - SHeeeeesh- sisssstaaa. I just love love love the way you see, use, modify, and edit with LIGHT. Gorgeous, your formula for photographing weddings is just perfection, and this wedding and couple is no exception. Bravo, friend! XOXOReplyCancel

  • August 19, 2016 - 11:44 pm

    Maike - Lauren, this entire wedding is sooooooo AMAZING! Seriously, you had the perfect lighting in the getting ready room, and such beautiful work throughout! I love every single image you posted!ReplyCancel

  • August 20, 2016 - 5:54 pm

    Abbey - Ill be the president of the Lauren Allmond fan club. You are amazing!! Loooove that silo shot. These are all just perfect!ReplyCancel

  • August 20, 2016 - 6:56 pm

    Angie - Have I told you how much I adore your work?!?! You are amazing and these images are so beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • August 22, 2016 - 6:06 am

    Tsone - Your use of light is unreal. Guess what, you’re officially on my favorite bookmarks 😀 WOW!!ReplyCancel

Eeeeeeee! Cutest little newborn session with the cutest family ever coming atcha!

This session was especially fun for me as I’ve known Kristen for SUCH.A.LONG.TIME! And anyone that knows Kristen, knows that she is one of the best people ever (ever, ever, ever). You can’t help but smile in her presence because she’s alwaysssss smiling. Or laughing. Or hugging you.

And then you have Chris who is kind of the coolest cat that ever was. Also probably one of the happiest, most laid back people I’ve ever met. You kind of can’t help but really, really like this guy.

I headed up to their house a few weeks ago (bonus points for living on my block you guys!), and took some photos of their new little love, Sofie Lou. And, well… I just can’t even. So you’re just gonna have to go look.

Sofie was having none of my shenanigans. Girl just wanted some SHUT.EYE.

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Kristen glows all the time, but especially as a mama.

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And Chris is the cutest dad.

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Sweet, sleepy Sofie.

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Babies holding on to their parent’s fingers will never get old. It just won’t.

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Everything about these two is straight outta a magazine.

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Sofie did not actually sleep our entire session, but apparently those are my favorite shots!

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The way he looks at her is like MAGIC. I’m tellin’ ya.

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Sofie decided to wake up and join us for a few shots..

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My heart. I kept coming back to this shot, and not just because it’s a nice shot, or it’s pretty symmetrical (which I’m kind of really in to).. but also. That movement. Sofie was crying, and Kristen was doing her best to calm her. She just laid her in her lap and starting swaying back and forth. This is what being a parent is about, these are the moments that I love to capture and preserve for my families.

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Yes, Kristen is a goddess.

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The new family + an old family painting.

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Kristen, Chris + Sofie – thank you for allowing me to document the beginning of your lives together. I can’t wait to watch Sofie grow + have Frances show her all the cool things about living on our block! Also, make sure to stop down for a beer. Like, any time. xo, Lauren

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  • August 19, 2016 - 1:18 pm

    Bobbi - You are insanely talented!!!! Your clients are lucky to have you. You rock that 35mm!ReplyCancel

  • August 19, 2016 - 6:53 pm

    jenny g - hi lauren. can i please move to a house on your block too?! ummmm how lucky are these three to have YOU in their back pocket?!! sheeeesh, would kill to have that amazing mom bod and these images to drool over forever… XOXOReplyCancel

  • August 19, 2016 - 11:45 pm

    Maike - Oh my goodness! What a fantastic session. If/when we have kids, I hope to have a session JUST like this. Beautiful work!ReplyCancel

  • August 20, 2016 - 6:03 pm

    Abbey - Oh my gosh I am dead over this cute baby. Her hair!! These are perfect images that capture bringing a new baby home beautifully.ReplyCancel

  • August 20, 2016 - 6:58 pm

    Angie - These are so sweet and perfect!! Love them all!ReplyCancel

  • August 22, 2016 - 6:08 am

    Tsone - Are you kidding me Lauren? Seriously? You are seriously talented. Excuse me while I pick my jaw off my desk. kthanx.ReplyCancel

Guys, get ready for the most beautiful + fun wedding of the summer! Amanda + Brian’s wedding was full of so much love, so many tears, so much pretty and DEFINITELY so much fun!

I mean, just look at these deets..

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The girls! They were so much fun all day!

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Amanda + Rocky, her baby.

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Brian’s little sister with a killer braid + gorgeous eyelashes..

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Favorite shot EVER.

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The bride and the woman who raised her <3

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Ceremony time..

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Right after they kissed, Brian’s baby sister broke down in tears and it was the cutest thing that ever happened.

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MARRIED!

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After the ceremony, we headed over to Race St. Pier for some photographs. Moments before, the sky had opened up and it POURED. At first, we were all a little nervous, but it ended up working out – it cleared the park for us!

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Love birds..

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The best.

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The girls looking adorable.

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The boys being hysterical..

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This shot might tie with the one from this wedding, where the group dropped his pants..

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Favorite!

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First dance feels, y’all.

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Those parent dances, though..

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And now, we PARTY!

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I have never seen someone hold as many beers. High fives all around!

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YESSSSSS.

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Amanda + Brian – thank you so much for allowing me in to your lives to capture your beautiful wedding day. I love you guys and I had the BEST TIME EVER! xo, Lauren

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  • July 28, 2016 - 3:12 pm

    Maike - These images are so fun! I’m loving those shots under that bridge… yes!!!!ReplyCancel

  • July 28, 2016 - 3:16 pm

    Natalie - Flawless, as always Lauren!!! I totally dig that first bubble shot with the bubbles in focus, STELLAR!!! Also, that dress is AMAZING! Beautiful bride & beautiful work!ReplyCancel

  • July 28, 2016 - 3:47 pm

    Chrissy - Um, can I be you when I grow up?!?! HOW ARE YOU SO AMAZING?!?! Love these all sooooo much!! And Amanda, you are STUNNING.ReplyCancel

  • July 28, 2016 - 7:11 pm

    Kendra - Umm the dog watching her get ready is amazing!! This is an awesome wedding! I love the guy double fisting at the reception! But the best picture is the group shot where the groomsmen is doing (what looks like) a cartwheel! What a awesome fun group!ReplyCancel

  • July 28, 2016 - 9:33 pm

    shannon - i seriously have no words…these are INCREDIBLE!!! what?! so amazing. and they look like the BEST, most FUN couple ever…oh, and the most gorgeous!!!ReplyCancel

  • July 29, 2016 - 2:32 am

    jenny grimm - Sheeeeeesh, these are all GOOORGEOUS images!! XOXOReplyCancel

  • August 1, 2016 - 12:59 pm

    gisselle - I LOVE all of the little moments you capture. amazing work, as usual!ReplyCancel

Happy Friday, y’all! Today I’m sharing with you a beautiful extended family session on the gorgeous beaches of NJ (don’t believe all the hype you hear about NJ – the people and places are great!).

Case in point: this family and all their people. It’s hard to feel like an outsider when you’re around the Depmans because their sole purpose in life is making you feel welcome and included. I’ve know the Depmans for yearsssss, and Kate (that sassy little brunette) and I have been friends for what feels like forever. But I still remember the first time meeting Kate’s parents and they couldn’t stop asking me questions about myself or asking me if I was hungry or needed anything. THOSE ARE SOME GOOD PEOPLE.

I met up with these guys on a beautiful beach in Sea Isle..

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This is Melissa. She’s a twin (you’ll see Megan below). Her family is beautiful, aren’t they?

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They really like each other, people! It’s a miracle!

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Hiiiiiiiiiiiiii Ada!

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This guy is so sweet + inquisitive. He’s also a jokester, which means he’s right up my alley.

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This is Megan. She’s a twin (see above). She’s the sweetest.

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Mama love, people.

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SPENCE! Can I take you home with me?

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This is sassy Katie (see above above). God she’s gorg.

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The last of The Depman4 (that should really be a name you guys adopt) is Adam.

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Literally the cutest, right?!

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And the two people that started it all.. <3

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After some portraits, we headed down to the beach to do some of my favorites: candids!

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Expert shell collectors.

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And a few more portraits..

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Ada requested this shot. She’s the best.

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Depman family – thank you so much for allowing me to capture your beautiful family. You guys are the best! I hope you enjoyed the rest of your vacation, and I can’t wait until you see all the photos! xo, Lauren

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  • July 22, 2016 - 3:41 pm

    Chrissy - What a gorgeous family!!! Love the combination of posed and candid images!!ReplyCancel

  • July 22, 2016 - 4:02 pm

    Maike - Everyone should have a beach extended family session. I LOVE this crew and the amazing job you did photographing them! Well done!ReplyCancel

  • July 22, 2016 - 4:20 pm

    Kristine b - I love when families do extended fam photos!! This session is beautiful! An adorable fam and I love their outfit coordinating!ReplyCancel

  • July 22, 2016 - 6:06 pm

    Laura M - Gorgeous family – all of these photos show how loving and sweet they are!ReplyCancel

  • July 22, 2016 - 6:14 pm

    Abbey - Beautiful!! What w gorgeous family and gorgeous setting!! These will look so awesome on their walls!ReplyCancel

  • July 23, 2016 - 1:12 am

    Jenny - Good grief, I’d kill for these of my fam! BEAUTIFUL people and images!ReplyCancel

  • July 23, 2016 - 2:47 am

    Justina - Awesome candid images, that looks so fun!!! Your family shots are great, how wonderful this family had the opportunity to all be photographed together!ReplyCancel

  • July 23, 2016 - 5:08 pm

    Angie - The light!! It is so gorgeous and so is this family! Not to mention the ridiculously cute kids!!ReplyCancel

  • July 24, 2016 - 5:21 pm

    jenny grimm - Man, LOVE these gorgeous family portraits- both candid and formal. And beaches are THE BEST!! XOXOReplyCancel

  • July 24, 2016 - 8:23 pm

    gisselle - Gorgeous family!! LOVE beach sessions!ReplyCancel

  • July 29, 2016 - 9:32 pm

    Bobbi - What a fun family!! Love the last one of the three kids together 😀ReplyCancel

Earlier this week I headed up to my second favorite state (NY) to see my first favorite girls (Purchase alum!). My beautiful friend Christie is so close to giving birth to her daughter and there were some portraits I just wanted to do. So me and my girls decided to get together for some dinner + have a mini little photo shoot. We can’t wait to welcome our newest little lady in to the clan.

We met up at Ashley’s and that window light was sooooo good.

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After dinner, we headed down to the water close to Christie’s old house. It was magical.

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A bridge, a sunset, what else do you need?!

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My beautiful, beautiful friend.

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STOP BEING THE CUTEST CHRISTIE.

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It was dark, but there was still a sliver of light. So I made all my friends pose for me for a few shots..

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MARLENA. YOU VIXEN.

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Oh, my lovely Yng.

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And Ashley. She’s a master of the eye contact.

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And hey! Here I am. They made me pose too. It’s so awkward being on this side: I feel your pain, people.

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Love you guys. Always. <3

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  • July 22, 2016 - 3:33 am

    Ashley - These are great ❤️ You are so talented Lauren.ReplyCancel

  • July 22, 2016 - 3:36 pm

    Chrissy - Aww, I love these!!! That bridge/sunset/bump shot is AMAZING!!!ReplyCancel

  • July 22, 2016 - 3:58 pm

    Maike - Oh my goodness, these are beautiful! This makes me think I need to do something similar with my favorite women friends. Gorgeous post!!!ReplyCancel

  • July 22, 2016 - 6:01 pm

    Laura M - Ridiculously cute and such a great idea!!ReplyCancel

  • July 22, 2016 - 6:10 pm

    Abbey - Stunning! You had me at that first shot!ReplyCancel

  • July 23, 2016 - 3:01 pm

    Justina - Christie and your girls rocked all their shots. Lauren, that one of you at the end is awesome – I love getting to see who’s usually on the other side of the camera 😉ReplyCancel

  • July 23, 2016 - 4:57 pm

    Angie - What a beautiful post!! Makes me want to do this with my friends!ReplyCancel

  • July 24, 2016 - 5:17 pm

    jenny grimm - LAUREN. You keep raisin’ that photographic bar, man! LOVE all of these, that sunset is killer. Your gorgeous friends are so lucky to have you in their back pocket! 😉 XOXOReplyCancel

  • July 24, 2016 - 8:22 pm

    gisselle - BEAUTIFUL!! Love that sunset!!ReplyCancel

  • July 29, 2016 - 9:30 pm

    Bobbi - What a gorgeous mama-to-be!! Love your sunset images too 😀ReplyCancel