LAUREN & CHARLES | SEABRIGHT BEACH CLUB WEDDING

Lauren and Charlie’s summer wedding took place in Holy Cross Church on a lovely August Saturday afternoon. I was so happy that their wedding day had finally arrived especially after their sweet engagement session in July. Lauren and Charlie’s wedding invitation suite was made by Pauline’s Paperie. Brandi Grooms Johnson met Charlie and the boys at his childhood home to capture some candid moments before they left for the ceremony.  I couldn’t be more grateful for such a wonderful photographer assisting me! Charlie’s dad surprised him with a special Cheerios lamp as a remembrance of the nights that they’d sit together at the table and discuss the day’s events and his mom could not have been happier having all the boys over to the house before the wedding! Over at Lauren’s family home, makeup artist Catherine Hunter put the final touches on Lauren’s makeup. She had already had her hair done by Giovanna from the Jon Lori Salon. She looked amazing! Lauren’s  jewelry and accessories were classic and elegant. Her “borrowed” diamond chandelier earrings were stunning! Love this image that Brandi took of them. Lauren’s sister and maid of honor, Melissa,  just had to give her big sister a huge hug before they went upstairs to put her gown on! Before the rehearsal dinner the night before Lauren’s parents presented her with a copy of The Velveteen Rabbit autographed by the illustrator Donna Green with her favorite quote from the book.  She also received a bracelet  from her siblings as a surprise gift right before the rehearsal as well. So sweet! Lauren’s romantic Casablanca beaded lace on point d’esprit over satin gown from Barefoot Bride was perfect for her! All the florals were absolutely beautiful! I was so delighted to get the chance to work with Kate Duffy, owner of Katydid’s, again. I have always been huge admirer of hers! Lauren and Charlie were absolutely thrilled to see each other for the first time that day. Their first kiss as husband and wife! The bridesmaids J. Crew navy strapless gowns in chiffon were delicate and romantic. Charlie and the boys looked so handsome in their salmon trousers, navy blazers, light blue shirts and nautical sailboat and compass ties from Allyn Neckwear. We decided to walk over the Sea Bright Bridge to the reception at Seabright Beach Club! I couldn’t get over all the cheers and honks that came from passersby. It was so much fun! Their cake from The Flaky Tart was simple and elegant.  I understand it was quite delicious too! There was also a special birthday cake for Lauren’s dad Peter! Before we headed to the beach for some fun and romantic photos, Lauren and Charlie met their friends from our beach club, Chapel Beach Club, for a champagne toast! It was great when Lauren’s mom Penny spied her friends on the dune! Melissa was the best maid of honor ever! Not only did she perform all of the usual and expected responsibilities she also carried my second camera while we were on the beach. Lauren and Charlie are Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School graduates, so of course we had to gather some of their fellow graduates on the dunes for a photo. I just adore how Lauren looked so lovingly at Charlie during their first dance to Van Morrison’s These are the Days. Charlie’s best man and cousin, Jack, had everyone laughing hysterically during his toast! The Jazz Lobsters had the dance floor packed all night, with Lauren at the center of it all. Congratulations Lauren and Charlie! Weddings like yours make me feel so incredibly lucky to be a wedding photographer!