They met while attending West Point, The United States Military Academy. It was a classic example of beauty and brains meeting handsome and brains – now both 1st Lieutenants. Paul is a Black Hawk helicopter pilot and Lauren works in human resources. And, btw, Lauren’s proud mama told me that Lauren had the top GPA in chemistry for her graduating class. Lauren and Paul are each amazing - but together – well, that’s a married couple to be reckoned with!
Lauren chose to stay and get dressed at the Cedar House Inn, and the morning began warm and bright. However, it didn’t take long for the dramatic weather to begin. A nor’easter was heading their way and it was going to be a big one. By the time Lauren and Paul arrived at the Lightner Museum for their outdoor wedding, the heavy rain was hanging right overhead. The drizzle was just beginning and the big storm was well on it’s way.
After cake cutting, toasts, and lots of hugs, it was time for the bride and groom portraits to begin. We had about 10 minutes before the sky opened up and blew in with a fierce wind and enough rain to completely flood the streets around us. We made the best of it by taking shelter in the cloisters finally ducking out after 45 minutes to grab a few last shots in the lingering drizzle.
Throughout the unexpected weather Lauren and Paul remained gracious and calm – simply enjoying their time together despite being harassed by mother nature. From the bottom of my heart, I thank you both for the honor of capturing your wedding day memories. But, more importantly, I thank you both for your service to our country – your hard work and sacrifice are the true honor.
I love Lauren’s shoes from the Lavendar Collection of Vera Wang.
Lauren’s classic engagement ring is from Tiffany & Co.
Isn’t this great? It’s Lauren’s and Paul’s class rings from West Point.
Lauren’s veil was designed by her mom – perfect for her cute short dress.
The pearls Lauren’s wearing were worn by her mom on her own wedding day and the jeweled headpiece was worn by her sister at her wedding last year.
Lauren’s makeup and hair were done by the Philosophie Salon in St. Augustine.
The Wedding Authority took care of the lovely ceremony and reception details.