These two met when they were both attending the Stony Brook Southampton Writer’s Conference on Long Island. Lauren and Gregory had been assigned to the same small group to workshop each other’s novels. So, technically, their writing was their first “introduction” to each other. On the day of the wedding, they played on this unique introduction with beautiful letters they had written to one another before the ceremony. Kimberly, and I were honored to be able to capture the moment they read those letters together.
Their first look was probably our favorite part of the day. Lauren staged a first look with Gregory and the emotion was palpable throughout. It’s obvious that these two are very loving and very close, which made them wonderful people to photograph. We loved in particular the portrait of Lauren letting her shawl fly in the breeze as well as the moody picture of Gregory with the dark clouds.
These two poured so much attention into the little details of the day. For example, Gregory’s mother had a piece of ribbon embroidered with Lauren’s new initials and her wedding date sewn into the lining of her dress. The ring bearer also carried a book of Pablo Neruda’s poetry, which Gregory had given Lauren on one of their first Valentine’s Days together, calling back to their love of writing. They even had vintage typewriters for people to type out notes to them instead of signing a guest book.
The attention to detail even shone through in their choices for picture locations. Lauren’s parents had their reception at the Hotel Hershey, and they had some pictures from 1979 of her mother out by the little pools behind the hotel. The bride and groom wanted to capture that same feeling and stage some pictures there, which was a wonderful touch.
Of course, these two are also big foodies, so we were sure to get pictures of all the amazing food as well as the ice cream truck that came for the reception.
Gregory & Lauren, your wedding was truly a unique and beautiful event, filled with wonderful people. We were so blessed to be part of it.
Caterer: The Scarlet Runner (Jason Taney)
Cake: Bella Manse (Renee Hackman)
DJ: ProVolve Entertainment (Declan Murphy)
Linens: Express Linens (Bev)
Florist: Petals with Style (Stacia McClune-McComsey)