Lauren and Cole spent most of their relationship (including most of their engagement) apart: Lauren working in NYC as a Kindergarten Teacher and Cole living in Texas taking on the finance world. It’s hard to imagine how anyone could make this work, until you meet Lauren and Cole. Lauren is one of those proverbially gorgeous girls who doesn’t know it. Cole knows it though. His face simply beams when he looks at her. Cole is a quiet guy whose inner-strength compliments Lauren’s warmth and depth of feeling. The energy between them is that sweet, dewy-eyed, young kind of love that can sometimes fade after a couple’s first few months together. Not for Lauren and Cole! It’s this passion and strength of their connection that has held them together from afar. At their lovely Autumn Princeton wedding, I had the privilege to witness and capture those looks again and again. From their heart-melting first look, to the glances they exchanged during the ceremony, from their first dance to their looks shared during the toasts, Lauren and Cole were the idyllic image of giddy newlyweds, eager to start their lives together, finally under the same roof in the same state.
My wonderful second shooter Kristy and I had a fabulous time spending the day with this sweet couple and their delightful family and friends. After getting ready with her fun and attentive bridesmaids, Lauren and Cole met for their first look on the Princeton Campus under the beautiful Gothic arches. Their ceremony at Princeton Trinity Church was the perfect setting for this traditional couple’s vows and for Lauren’s gorgeous cathedral-length veil. A beautiful rendition of Ave Maria brought tears to some eyes, as did Lauren’s Dad’s touching toast later in the night. At their reception at the Nassau Inn, Lauren’s Dad offered a lot of great marriage advice, and I was touched by one piece so much that I shared it with my husband when I got home that night: “Always choose being together even over opportunities to make more money that require you to be apart.” Lauren’s sister and Cole’s brother gave hilarious speeches that had everyone laughing. Everyone danced the night away, and after a fabulous time with family and friends Lauren and Cole whisked away to St. Lucia to celebrate their first days together as husband and wife by soaking up some sun.
Thank you Lauren and Cole for inviting me to be a part of your gorgeous wedding day and for the super flattering review. I am honored to have been a witness to all the joy, laughter and tears!