Genuine, heartfelt, romantic…there are all kinds of words we could use to describe Lauren and Liz’s wedding day. But what really gets us is how utterly adorable they are together. The way these two clearly cherish each other (wait until you read their proposal and wedding story below) gives us all the serious feels. Well, that and how crazy chic they are! Honestly – a white suit (those booties!) and white wedding gown? Killer.
Tell us about your engagement:
“Last summer, Liz and I were planning on going home to Saratoga Springs for Fourth of July weekend. On our drive home, Liz had mentioned that she wanted to go for a hike… on Thursday… at 3 o’clock in the afternoon. I didn’t really think much of it since we often went hiking when visiting my family in upstate NY. But there was something different about this very specific hike. Needless to say, I still had no idea what was about to happen. Thursday at 3pm rolled around, and we began our hiking adventure. Now, keep in mind, Liz is very bad at keeping secrets – so I obviously tried to push the boundaries a little bit and see if I could get anything out of her. All the way up the mountain… nothing. Once we finally got to the top of Sleeping Beauty (my favorite mountain to hike in the Adirondacks), Liz suggested that we head over towards our favorite spot at the summit. She asked me to stand facing away from her towards the lake/mountains so that she could take a picture. When I turned back around, she was down on one knee and asked if I would spend the rest of my life with her. It was the perfect start to our life-long love letter.”
How did you choose your gown?
“When my sister, mother, grandmother and I went to Something Bleu Bridal shop, I had an idea in my head of the type of dress I was looking for, but was very open-minded going into the day. We walked into the shop, and immediately, I saw my dress. It was almost as if the lights had been turned off, other than the spotlight shining down on THIS DRESS. I literally had tunnel vision, walked directly over to where it was standing, and bumped into my sister who had walked in a different direction to the same exact spot. We both looked at each other and nodded. “This is the one.” Of course I still tried on ten other dresses for the experience, obviously – but the first dress I put on was the one that I left with. It was meant to be!”
What’s your funniest wedding day memory?
“My 79 year old grandmother tearing up the dance floor! She would literally challenge anyone that dared step into her dance circle. It was hands down the best dance battle I’ve ever witnessed.”
Five words that best describe your sweetie:
Lauren: “My wife is a woman of many things, but most importantly she is: compassionate, thoughtful, caring, adorably funny and beautiful (inside and out).” Liz: “Lauren is beautiful, passionate, creative, intelligent and fun-loving.”
Tell us about your day! Did you have a style or theme in mind?
“The first time that Liz and I saw the National Museum of Dance, we fell in love. Each and every time that we drove up to the venue, there was not a single cloud in the sky. We took this as a sign that the museum was a perfect fit for us – or that it would absolutely pour on our wedding day; but that’s supposed to be good luck, right? We chose the museum based on the intimate setting it provided as well as the ability we had to customize the day.
In wanting to portray a “rustic romantic” setting, we chose our florist, Samantha Nass, and our boutique ceremony designer, Rustic Robin Events, to help bring out the antique aspect of our venue. Samantha’s lantern and wooden wine box center pieces (made personally by her husband for our wedding) with the neutral/blush flowers were absolutely gorgeous! With over 200 candles scattered throughout the ballroom, it was hard not to be overcome by the romance. Outside in the courtyard, during our ceremony, the wine barrels and rustic doorway/arches were filled with the beautiful floral arrangements and carried the intimate feeling throughout the entirety of the venue.
Liz and I created our own personalized ceremony programs (with the help of my graphic designer sister/Maid of Honor… plus a few design ideas from Pinterest!) that doubled as fans for our guests outside. We printed black and white photos of our friends and families to hang on a wooden frame strung with clothesline and pins. My mother handmade truffles with our initials and wedding date to send home with our guests as favors and a way to remember how sweet true love really is. We also hand-wrote on every chalkboard sign throughout the venue – from the note regarding our bubble send-off after we said ‘I do’, to the message in a bottle we requested that our guests leave for us, rolled up inside rustic wine bottles, all the way to my personal favorite, our ceremony seating chart which read “Choose a seat, not a side, either way you’re for a bride” (thanks again, Pinterest!) – personalized from our hearts to our guests!
The wedding was so meaningful to the two of us based on the fact that we had Liz’s Uncle (the Honorable) marry us, and my second cousin, Eoin, play his acoustic guitar during the ceremony. We incorporated a reading from the Supreme Court ruling as observed by Supreme Justice Anthony Kennedy, declaring same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states just one year prior to our wedding date. From there, our first dance song, “I Choose You” by Sara Bareilles, was played beautifully by Eoin – one of our favorite (and very emotional) parts of the day! Once we had been officially married, we requested that our DJ, Total Entertainment Music, convert the beautiful ballroom into a serious dance floor for the remainder of the evening. The food (catered by Old Daley), music and company made for an absolutely perfect day and night; and we are so thankful to have had the amazing Thompson Photography Group there with us to capture every special moment throughout! Liz and I consider ourselves incredibly lucky in that each and every vendor that we worked with helped to make our dream wedding a rustic, romantic reality!”
Do you gave any advice for future planning couples?
“Enjoy it! The process can definitely be stressful at times, don’t get me wrong; but the most important thing is to realize how quickly the time goes by. If you choose vendors that you trust and respect, it makes the journey that much more enjoyable!”
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
“Liz and I LOVE to travel. We’re pretty adventurous and aren’t really the type to sit on the beach for longer than oh, let’s say an hour (seriously though – trying to get that woman to sit still is a REAL task). We decided that we were going to take a tour of the North American West coast. We flew out to Seattle, then drove up to Vancouver for a few days, traveled through the Canadian Rockies (from Jasper National Park over to Banff National Park), made a pit stop in Portland, and then drove the Pacific Highway down the California coast. It was an unbelievable experience and the best two weeks of my life!”
Lauren + Elizabeth’s Wedding Vendors
wedding dress: Astrid & Mercedes Divine via Something Bleu Bridal | photographer: Thompson Photography Group | venue: National Museum of Dance | | florals: Samantha Nass Floral Design | caterer: Old Daley Catering | wedding cake: Make Me a Cake Next Door | DJ: Total Entertainment Music | hair: Lipstick N’ Lashes | rentals: Rustic Robin Boutique Rentals