Lauren and Michael are such a sweet, loving couple and were so fun to work with on their October wedding. We also saw some familiar faces, as Lauren’s matron of honor, Sara, was a bride of ours last year! Despite a rainy day, photographer Marie Labbancz was able to capture some amazing shots that I’m dying to share!
We started off the day with hair (Bella Angel) and makeup (Jill Fulop) at Lauren’s mothers house. Bella Angel was seriously our heroes as we were able to schedule them last minute when a previously booked hair stylist cancelled. They as always did an amazing job, all the girls looked beautiful!
With Lauren ready in her dress, we made our way to the limo and off to meet her groom at waterworks for their first look.
In the meantime we made our way to the Mansion on Main in Voorhees, NJ, to set up for their traditional Jewish ceremonies. Setup was a breeze with such amazing staff at the Mansion.
Once the entire bridal party arrived for a few photos we were ready to begin the Tish and Bedeken. For those who don’t know, the male members of the two families join the groom in the Tish, sharing stories, speeches, and refreshments ending in song and parade as they join the ladies who have been greeting the bride in the Bedeken with their own wishes for the couple.
The groom then enters and veils his bride and they both proceed with the Ketubah signing among their closest family and friends. I love watching these ceremonies, they are filled with so much love and celebration, and it’s a wonderful reminder of why we do what we do.
Following these ceremonies, all friends and family moved into the next ceremony location in the Pavillion while we got the bridal party ready to head down the aisle. As is tradition, Michael met Lauren and her parents part of the way down the aisle to escort her to the Chuppah where she did her circling.
My favorite picture of the entire wedding was when the tallit (a prayer shawl) was draped over both Lauren and Michael. Marie captured an incredibly intimate moment between the two of them despite the fact that they were surrounded by over 200 guests.
With the ceremony complete guests enjoyed cocktails and a martini bar while I did a final run-though in the reception location. Beautiful Blooms had three different centerpieces throughout the room all of which featured beautiful peach and yellow roses, ivory hydrangea and tulips.
Guests entered in to the awesome sound of band, Dreamtime, who was a “dream” to work with. Sorry guys, incredibly corny joke but incredibly true.
Everyone had an amazing night, thanks Lauren and Michael for letting us be part of it. Check out more of Marie’s photos of the wedding in our recent weddings gallery!