You know how you always hear about those little girls who sit on their beds dreaming of their wedding gown? They’ve known since they were nine that they were going to get married in a princess cut ivory gown with a cathedral veil. Like that’s the ultimate dream. Well let us tell you, after we photographed Justin and Lauren’s hotel wedding, we figured out that there is a much better dream that we hope that every little girl hopes and wishes for.
After the father of the bride, maid of honor, and best man spoke, Justin took the microphone for his toast. He spoke eloquently as he started telling all the guests that gratitude never goes out of style. And then he followed it by thanking everyone with the utmost gratitude for not only a beautiful day, but for the support they have given him and Lauren throughout their relationship. The heart he put in the message felt like it was a personal thank you to each and every person in the room. Then he turned to both his and Lauren’s parents where he went on to praise their marriages and tell everyone of his hopes to build a marriage like theirs.
Justin’s parents’ eyes filled with tears while Lauren’s parents beamed at the young man their daughter had married. He then changed pace and with his signature charm had the entire room laughing. And then he turned to his new wife. His admiration towards Lauren had everyone’s hearts in puddles on the floor. And as he called everyone to toast Lauren, she beamed up at her new husband. This is the dream.
Now, if it seems like we’re only obsessed with Justin, that’s because we’re just getting started. Lauren is equal parts class, beauty, and kindness. She is also full of pure joy. For most of the day, you could find her laughing with her guests or with the biggest smile on her face beaming at the day unfolding. She has an unwavering bubbly, sweet energy about her which is clearly reflected in her friends.
She has surrounded herself with ladies that were so supportive and generous the entire day. They were absolutely amazing to both Lauren and everyone they came into contact with. This is a true testament to what a great friend Lauren is. It also means that we have way too many bridesmaids photos in their blog post but they are just too beautiful to get rid of any! And then on top of all that, isn’t Lauren an absolutely radiant bride?!
The moral of the story? Justin and Lauren are absolutely wonderful human beings that we know will build a marriage even more beautiful than their wedding day. We are so thankful to have been a part of a tiny piece of their journey together.
The Amazing Vendor Team:
Dress: Allure Bridal from The Wedding Shoppe
Makeup: Kelsey Simones – True Beauty by Kelsey
Hair: Elevate Salon & Spa
Bridesmaids’ Attire: Kennedy Blue from The Wedding Shoppe
Groom + Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Warehouse
Floral: Hvyee Floral
Videographer: Wedding Day Rewind
DJ: DJ Cox
Caterer, Cake, & Venue: The Hotel at Kirkwood Center
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
String Quartet: Corridor String Quartet