LAUREN + STEVEN // HARTLEY BOTANICA // SOMIS, CALIFORNIA
LET'S GET MILOVICHED
Lauren and Steven were hands down one my absolute favorite couples I've ever worked with. They made my job easy, were fully trusting, had incredible taste, and were fun to spend time with. Their entire wedding process was a breeze and come wedding day, everything was completely perfect.
I want to start off by saying, if you're listening to the throwback song I have enclosed in this blog post, it is here for a reason. Not only was it their first dance song, but it was also my parents first dance song! Their entire wedding party sang with them while they danced as husband and wife for the first time. It was definitely one of the most magical and fun moments to capture of the evening. I thought it was only fitting to include Lauren's favorite singer in this post while her and Steven reminisce on the best day ever.
The day wasn't just about Steven and Lauren. Steven has a son, named Caden, so as much as this was uniting two people in love, it was also an official union for all three of them. Lauren has been a part of his life since the start and it was so beautiful to witness the bond all three of them have together, as well as individually. I loved capturing Steven and Caden together and witnessing that unique relationship between a father and a son. At one point in the day, I was walking with Caden and I asked him, "Are you excited for today?" and he excitedly said, "YES! Lauren will finally be my step-mom!" At the altar, Lauren even read him his own special tear inducing vows. See below for that photo! And YES, I absolutely cried.
The big day took place at one of the most gorgeous venues I've ever seen, Hartley Botanica. Everything about this venue is magical. The grounds from head to toe had everything you could ever want or desire from a place to hold your wedding. Also, it doesn't hurt that this particular couple planned a wedding that was of VERY similar taste to my own, which made it all the more fun to photograph. Gotta love clients who have similar style!
Ten years in the making, Lauren and Steven finally said "I Do" on Saturday, October 7th surrounded by family and friends. You can tell how absolutely LOVED these two are by everyone around them. It was very telling just how great these two are just based on how their family and friends treated and talked about them. It may sound like something that would seem obvious, but there was something very different and effortless with this bunch.
Anyways, below is a formal sneak peek and some of my favorites from their day! ENJOY!
VENDORS & DETAILS:
Venue: Hartley Botanica, Photographer: Ashley Burns Photography, Dress: Allure Bridal, Bridesmaid Dress: Vera Wang White, Tuxes: Vera Wang Black, Hair: Haley Weinrich & Janelle Harris, Makeup: Javier Mena & Geena Elizabeth, DJ: Oh Whatta Night, Florals: Acton Creative Flowers, Harpist: Amber Lynn, Calligraphy: Fine Tip Feather, Cake: Jill's Cakes, Video: Verge Film, Caterer: Command & Performance Catering