lauren + darrin

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Lauren and Darrin got married on Friday the 13th.  When you’re as much in love as these two are, there is no superstition in the world that can prevent you from having the best day ever.  From start to finish and everything in between, their wedding represented their personalities perfectly.  The whole day had this wonderful, laid back vibe that was an absolute pleasure to be a part of.  Even their couples’ session was a total dream…we just floated around Delaware Park, laughed hysterically, and grabbed some great shots of them being them!  Such good times!  :)

*Also, this blog post would in no way be complete unless I mentioned the fact that Lauren and Darrin gave us the most amazing gift imaginable: a subscription to BarkBox!!!  There is nothing more exciting for animal loving freaks like us than receiving a box full of dog treats and toys on a monthly basis.  I was OVER THE MOON about this gift (as were our dogs)!  So incredibly thoughtful!!  Thanks again, guys!

Be sure to check out the wedding day memories and planning advice that L and D were kind enough to share!  Look for those throughout the post!

Lauren:  “Getting married on a day like Friday the 13th adds a little more lightheartedness to what can be such a stressful event. I spent most of the morning watching the “Friday the 13th” movie marathon while getting ready; it definitely helped keep me at ease!”
Darrin:  “The bus trip all over the west side was a lot of fun; everybody was smiling and joking.  Also, dodging the other wedding groups in the Japanese Garden was a good time.”
Lauren:  “I was SO in love with my wedding dress. I had seen it online and had to drive almost 2 hours to find it, but it was so worth the trip!  It was amazing to be able to move and dance and not have to worry about a train or anything. It was a perfect fit for a brewery wedding! (Not to mention it’s amazing to have every guest say ‘Oh my gosh, that dress is so you!’)”
Lauren:  “Because we wanted a pretty low key wedding, a Friday night seemed like a perfect fit. Because of schedule constraints on a Friday, we opted to see each other before the wedding. It was a blast to hang out with my soon to be husband and our families before the hectic evening ahead!”
Lauren:  “Even though we had seen each other before the ceremony, I still cried like a baby. It was amazing to finally be married after almost 6 years together!”

Darrin:  “The actual ceremony was wonderful.  It was very special to me to have my oldest son next to me, and my other two great looking kids precede the best looking woman I’ve ever seen walk down the aisle!”

Lauren:  “Though everything was pretty adult-only, Darrin’s kids and my little cousin had a fantastic time breaking it down on the dance floor! (Especially D’s youngest, who eventually passed out on a table at the end of the night!)”

Darrin:  “The absolute best part of the night, was knowing that my wife and family were as happy as they could be, and were enjoying the evening and the moment, and creating memories that will last forever!”

And to wrap up the post, here’s some great advice from L + D:
“Don’t try to make everyone else happy; do what you know is right for you and your other half. With this being Darrin’s second wedding and me never being “the girl that dreams about her wedding day,” it was easy to pick a place like Pearl Street to have our wedding/reception. We did everything our way: a rehearsal dinner at Anchor Bar, a not-so-traditional dress, a Jason (from Friday the 13th) cake topper, and a Buffalo themed late night food station. Our wedding day screamed “us” from beginning to end.  At some point, something will not go the way you planned; like people taking cupcakes while other people are still eating dinner. When it happens, take a deep breath and push it out of your head.”
“If at the end of the day you’re married to the person you love, then everything went perfectly.”

Wedding Vendors Include

Ceremony and Reception: Pearl Street Grill and Brewery
Wedding Dress: Justin Alexander
Bridesmaid Dresses: Alfred Angelo
Groom’s Look: Men’s Wearhouse