I have known that this was going to be a really easy wedding to photograph since the day that Lauren and her mother, Alice, first came in to talk to me about their wedding. A more relaxed mother and bride would be hard find. They made it clear from the beginning that they did not want to get caught up in a whirlwind of details planning the wedding, and instead wanted to keep their focus on what is really essential to every wedding – the celebration with all of their family and friends of a marriage of two people who are truly in love. And I have to say that the wedding exceeded all of their expectations.
Ryan told me that he has loved Lauren ever since he first asked her to dance in the seventh grade. She was too shy to dance with him then, and he told me that it took him a long time to even get her talk to him. But she had stolen his heart, and by high school they were a couple. Although they have been a together now for years, it is really sweet to see how Lauren still looks just a little bashful when she smiles up a Ryan with that twinkle in her eyes.
Neither Lauren or Ryan enjoy being the center of attention, preferring instead to concentrate on making sure that everyone around them is having a wonderful time. The wedding was as lovely as the two of them. Lauren couldn’t have looked more beautiful in her Modern Trousseau gown from the Fleur de Bridal Boutique and her gorgeous lace veil, an heirloom, worn by her mother and aunts many years before. Her bridesmaids’ magenta pink gowns by Amsale complemented her dress perfectly. St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Ladue was beautifully decorated by Ken Miesner with lush arrangements of lilies and roses. The highlight of the ceremony was definitely the the sword arch provided by Ryan’s Marine Corps buddies as he and Lauren exited the church as Mr. and Mrs. Harbison. A few sprinkles greeted the bride and groom as they arrived at Saint Louis Country Club, but the sky cleared in short order, and they had perfect evening for their celebration. The theme of lilies and roses was carried out in the ballroom which was filled with their wonderful fragrance. Lauren and Ryan cut their cake, by Encore Baking Company, with Ryan’s saber. Ryan then led his bride to the dance floor for their first dance which then opened the dance floor for all their guests to rock the night away to the sounds of Arvell and Company.
Congratulations to you both!