Lauren and Mike, who met in nursing school, were married on October 27, 2018.
Lauren dazzled in a strapless fit-and-flare lace gown with a sweetheart neckline, peach-colored ribbon belt, and a train. Her accessories included a lace-edged veil, drop earrings, and a drop pendant necklace. Her bouquet was composed of a variety of blooms in shades of white, pink, fuchsia, and red with eucalyptus leaves. Her maid of honor wore a full-length dress with a sparkly gold top and a flowing dark red skirt. Four bridesmaids wore full-length sparkly dark red gowns in a variety of silhouettes, while the junior bridesmaid wore a dark red one-shoulder gown. The bridal party carried smaller versions of the bride’s bouquet, tied with gold ribbons.
Mike got married in a blue tuxedo with black lapels, white shirt, black vest, dark red bow tie, black pocket square, and red rose boutonniere. His two groomswomen wore individual full-length dark blue dresses. His four groomsmen wore blue tuxedos with black lapels, white shirts, black vests, black ties, black pocket squares, and white rose boutonnieres.
The couple read personal vows to each other during the outdoor ceremony, which also included their mothers reading a poem, the officiant sharing the story of how the bride and groom met, and all the guests releasing butterflies.
The reception had a vintage travel theme: Guests signed a globe instead of a guest book and could fill out a card offering advice on where the couple should honeymoon. There were also travel-themed seating charts, placecards, table numbers, and menus.
Guests dined on plated caprese salads and a buffet that included grilled Tuscan chicken, herb-crusted pork loin, mixed grilled vegetables, and twice-baked potatoes. There were two signature cocktails available.
During the speeches, Lauren’s father reminded the couple that marriage “is not 50-50; it’s 100-100.” Mike’s father said that it was not just Mike who was lucky to meet Lauren — their whole family was. The best woman talked about being Mike’s best friend, and the maid of honor spoke about how well the groom complements the bride.
Lauren and Mike shared their first dance as a married couple to “Ends of the Earth” by Lord Huron. Lauren and her father danced to “You Better Believe” by Train, and Mike and his mother danced to “93 Million Miles” by Jason Mraz.
Wedding fun included a photobooth and games such as I Spy and an icebreaker game.
The three-tier wedding cake had a map decoration on the bottom, a white rosette design in the middle, and a globe on top.
We wish all the best to Mike and Lauren in their adventures together!
Photography by: Leslie Ann Photography