Sneak Peek & Vacation!!

**Note to all of my awesome people I’m already working with and possible awesome people that I could be working with in the future – I’m leaving on a jet plane and I’ll be back next Thursday!!  It’s vacation time for Lauren C Photography!  I’ll still check emails every once in a while, but I probably won’t respond until I get back…..unless I absolutely have to.  Doesn’t mean I don’t love you all!  Thank you for your patience while I get some much needed beach time into my life  :)  **

Since I’m leaving and haven’t had a chance to do the full blog write-up for Rebecca and Nick yet, here are a few sneak peeks from their Kent Island Yacht Club wedding.  Much more from that to come after I get back!  And just because….a photo from my vacation to Cancun right around this same time last year.  I never blogged about it and I didn’t actually take my camera with me, so that’s just something from my old phone.  Maybe next year I’ll blog a photo from this year’s vacation  ;)

Jaime + Michael : Ravens M&T Bank Stadium Wedding {Maryland Wedding Photographer}

In sickness and in health.  Those are words I have heard probably at least a hundred times by now, but never have they hit me as hard as when I listened to Jaime be brought to tears as she said them to Michael.  I’m not going to go all into the unfortunate struggles that Jaime and Michael have had to face already in their relationship, but I want the world to know that Jaime is one strong, kickass, sweet to the core chica that is truly an inspiration.  And Michael is a model of a committed and loving man that has stood by her side.  To have them choose me as the one that got to be there as their dream of marrying on the field at the Ravens M&T Bank Stadium came true….I don’t know how I got so lucky.  And beyond that, to have Jaime’s Mom tell me, when I met her the morning of their wedding, that Jaime was over the moon happy to have me as their photographer and that she has heard so much about me…..that I have no idea how happy Jaime was to have me there…….it’s the most rewarding and gratifying feeling.  I can’t thank her enough for that.

It truly was a day I will never forget.  A wedding that Jaime had told me was what helped keep her happy and with a positive outlook through everything.  Jaime and Michael, hardcore Ravens fans both with Ravens tattoos, got to marry on the 50 yard line at M&T Bank Stadium surrounded by the most important people in their lives.  How many people can say that?!  They celebrated afterwards on the club level, decorated with purple and orange for the Baltimore Birds.  And I can’t forget to mention how awesome it was that we all got to hang out before the ceremony in the Ravens locker room, grabbing a few photos and hitting the “Play Like a Raven” sign on the way out.  Seriously…..how did I get so lucky?!  They even had pictures of Jaime and Michael scrolling through on the big screens out on the field during the ceremony.   They made it on the big screen!!  The stadium was theirs for the day and it couldn’t have happened to a sweeter and more deserving couple.  On several different occassions I overheard Michael say “How cool is this?!”, and even asked me if he could take a second break from photos so he could grab a photo of them on the big screens because it was just so cool.  They were both in awe of the magic that their day had become…..constantly grateful and so much in love.  I was left in awe of this great couple I was given the gift of knowing.

Ok….enough of this sappy stuff…..moving on!!  Haha!

All the great vendors from the day:
Hair:  Phyllis with Nucci Salon & Spa
Makeup:  Danielle Collier (personal friend)
Venue:  M&T Bank Stadium
Flowers:  Richardson’s Flowers and Gifts
DJ:  Luxor Music Services
Photographer:  Lauren C Photography
Videography:  In Motion Video
Catering:  Aramark
Cake:  Baltimore Cakery
Invitations:  Preston’s Stationary
Dress:  Casablanca from Juliet’s Bridal
Shoes:  The Dessy Group
Favors:  Bay Imprint 

Sam + Steve : Grand Historic Venue Wedding {Maryland Wedding Photographer}

I really am loving having my brides and grooms tell me what it is they love most about the other person.  It’s such an intimate glimpse into the relationship of people I sometimes don’t really know all that well so far, and yet they’re letting me into their world and their relationship.  It’s such a simple question, and a lot of times, as was the case with Sam and Steve, a fairly simple answer.  But those simple answers speak volumes and show that the love between two people so excited to get married is pure and easy and doesn’t have to be a complicated thing.  Steve loves how every day is so much fun with Sam.  I saw how he genuinely found joy in seeing Sam smile and dance and have the time of her life on their wedding day.  Sam loves how kind and considerate Steve is and how he always treats others with respect and genuinely cares about the people around him.  I had never met Sam and Steve before their wedding day because they live in Nebraska, and had never even talked to Steve over the phone.  After their first look was the first time I had even said a word to Steve.  Yet he immediately treated me as if he knew me and we were friends and was even offering to carry my bags around for me.  The groom was trying to carry my bags.  Nicest guy ever.  I really do love how I get to see these traits in my couples come to life before my eyes.  It just makes me smile  :)
What also makes me smile is thinking back on how I had this sweet bride and groom hanging out in the park across from The Grand Historic Venue after taking their portraits and waiting for the bridal party to come outside, and one of Baltimore’s finest ladies comes strolling along (who I also learned was hanging out with Steve and Marisa, my second shooter, right before we did their first look….so she was coming back for round two) and she started talking craziness and asked which one of us wanted to fight her and I quote “I mean physically fight” while taking one hand and punching it into her other hand.  Oh yeah.  The people you meet and the fun little quirks of a wedding day.  I have to say I was at a loss of what to do at that time and I felt horrible that this was happening to Sam and Steve while we’re trying to have a fun time with photos, but I’m sure they’ll look back on that moment and laugh just like I do.  And I’m glad that I get the pleasure of working with the absolute best brides and grooms that they could find humor in it, too.
Anyway, aside from the randoms we met in Baltimore, Sam and Steve’s wedding was one of the most enjoyable ones to date.  Genuinely fun and sweet people all around combined with the GORGEOUS Grand Historic Venue, absolutely seamless and perfect planning from Stephanie of Dream Day Planners, awesome music from Ivan of Crow Entertainment, and the just as awesome work of the rest of the vendors and people that had a hand in this wedding……….I really couldn’t ask for me.  And, as always, the kick butt photos and help from my second shooter Marisa!  :)
So Sam and Steve……who wants to fight me?  I mean like physically fight?!?!  ;)  Hope you love the photos you two!!

All the vendors!!
Venue: The Grand Historic Venue
Coordinator:  Dream Day Planners
Photography: Lauren C Photography
Second Shooter: Marisa of MisaMe Photography
Flowers:  Divine Designs & Events
Hair/Makeup: K.Co Designs Salon and Day Spa
DJ: Ivan of Crow Entertainment
Napkins: Dreamers Event Rentals
Invitations/Stationary: Wedding Paper Divas
Cake/Desserts: Santoni’s Marketplace & Catering
Bridal gown and tuxes: The Bridal Boutique

I don’t normally do “special” edits to photos….I like to keep things clean and natural.  But I loved this photo so much I played around with it just a little bit and love giving it a more vintage feel.  
Steve, it’s a topiary!!  ;)

Rosie + Jeremy : The Mansion at Valley Country Club Wedding {Maryland Wedding Photographer}

I love cheesecake!!  Not only because it’s super delicious, but it also brought these two lovebirds together.  Rosie and Jeremy met as coworkers at The Cheesecake Factory back in 2008, when Rosie was a hostess and Jeremy was a server.  They went on their first date on Rosie’s 21st birthday and the rest is yummy, delicious history, all leading up to their beautiful wedding at The Mansion at Valley Country Club where they committed their lives to each other.
One of my favorite things to do now is ask my brides and grooms what they love most about each other.  And then I love it even more when, after spending a little time with them, I can see exactly what they described in the other person.  Rosie told me, that with Jeremy, she loves his sense of humor and his ability to always cheer her up.  People seriously, if you need cheering up or need a good laugh, hang out with Jeremy.  He’s constantly being goofy and making faces (you will definitely see this later) and just spending time being happy.  Then Jeremy told me that, with Rosie, she is sweet and sincere and makes him feel loved even when they aren’t together.  He said that he often has coworkers ask him why he’s so happy all the time, even during stressful work days…..and she is the reason.   And then he added in at the end “Plus she’s hot”!   I won’t comment on the “she’s hot” part….ok whatever fine, she’s hot Jeremy…..but Rosie is one of those people that has sweetness running through her veins and you can’t help but love her…..even though you don’t want to because she’s hot.  Haha!  ;)

Yes, Jeremy has a twin brother, Josh.  It’s not a camera or photoshop trick.  And yes, I got duped by them at the beginning of the day.  But we won’t talk about that.  Punks.  But I do have to talk for a second about the amazing Marisa, my second shooter for the day.  I feel bad for even putting some of these photos on my blog because some of the most gorgeous ones in this post were taken by her.  She kicked serious butt for me at this wedding when I got a little frazzled with running around having to take some of the required pictures and I asked her to do things like take some bridal portraits of Rosie in the bridal suite.  And her classic close-up sunflare portraits during the bride and groom portraits which I had 5 minutes for.  Legit only 5 minutes.  And I had to fight for that so that it wasn’t only 2.  Ugh.  Yeah.  Anyway, Marisa is the best.  :)

The wonderful vendor list!
Venue and Catering : The Mansion at Valley Country Club
Hair : Image Is…..Salon
Makeup : Fresh Faces by Cindy
Flowers : Sheila Smith
Photography : Lauren C Photography
Second Shooter : Marisa of MisaMe Photography
DJ : Santana Entertainment
Cheesecake : The Cheesecake Factory
Bridal shop : Amanda Ritchey Bridal & Beauty

And so begins the many times the Zoolander face makes an appearance…..
Daddy’s first look!  
Dude seriously.
It wouldn’t stop.
First touch.  So sweet  :)
Marisa, I love you  :)
Color or B&W?  I couldn’t decide!
5 minutes is already up??!!  Oh well, what can you do?!  Haha!!

Lindsay and Scott’s Annapolis Engagement Session {Maryland Wedding Photographer}

Some of my brides and grooms are a little nervous about being in front of the camera and that’s totally fine……it’s my job to ease them in to it and help them see that it’s really not so bad and can actually be a lot of fun.  And seriously, there’s nothing wrong with being nervous….I totally freeze up and become a complete weirdo when a camera is pointed at me.  I can tell other people what to do with their body, but when it comes to me…..what do I do with my hands?!…..I can’t make a serious face, I just look depressed or angry!…..why does my chest get so red and splotchy??  I’m a hot mess.

And then there’s Lindsay and Scott……complete opposite!  Lindsay was the cutest, giddiest, most excited person to have her and Scott’s engagement photos done.  I LOVED it!  I could tell that she had been studying my photos because she knew exactly what to do when I asked for sultry or smitten and all the weird other words I might throw out.  And Scott….well Scott was happily along for the ride  ;)  But he ended up having fun too at my expense and making fun of me whenever I told them to cuddle or nuzzle.  Brat  ;)  I really did have a blast walking around the waterfront in downtown Annapolis with these two.  Even when I got us kicked out of a private marina.  Oops.  Whatever…..totally worth it because what we were able to grab before the kicking out is some of my favorite stuff from the session!  I would do it again Mr. Yacht Club worker!

Anyway, I can’t wait for their wedding in a few months at Circle D Farm where, Scott, you’ll be doing some more cuddling and nuzzling!!

F A C E B O O K
W e d d i n g   W i r e