Lauren & Stephen found each other on match.com; their love is proof that online dating works! The first couple of times they met were ‘fake dates,’ as Lauren jokingly called them. For the first one, Lauren invited Stephen to her favourite coffee shop and a stroll through the local farmers market (Stephen would later propose to Lauren in the garden of that same coffee shop). The second date was Stephen’s idea. ‘He took me trail running on a super rocky cliff, I thought I was going to die. Really, I think he just wanted to show off his athletic prowess,’ Lauren laughs. They say third time is a charm; the next date was at a cozy little restaurant downtown. Stephen was immediately wowed when Lauren showed up in a stunning short dress & heels and he couldn’t keep his eyes off her legs. That and the fact that she had at one point taken a gun safety class and obtained her hunting license (‘in very clear opposition to my personal beliefs against hunting and guns,’ Lauren adds!) They fell in love quickly and went on many adventures together. The beginning of their biggest adventure yet awaited at none other than Jellyfish restaurant in beautiful Punta Cana. It was a dream-come-true.
Lauren’s friends from college came up with a nickname for her, ‘Jewel‘ – and it stuck. It describes her perfectly – Lauren is so radiant, joyful, warm and loving. I was honoured to spend time with her at sunrise on the day of the wedding – we got together to create some amazing Boudoir beach portraits as a gift for Stephen. Isn’t that the best present idea ever? Her Goddess glow intensified with the tender rays of the rising sun on an empty beach, it was magical. Rob & I rushed home to process a few teasers so that Stephen would enjoy the surprise that same day – keep scrolling and you’ll get to see his face as he experiences a mini-slideshow on our iPad right before the ceremony.
Lauren & Stephen, you are so wonderful and have a beautiful family!! We hope you enjoy reliving your love story through these images and feel our love!!! xoxo
A few hours later, Jellyfish is ready for their Big Day!
According to Stephen, ‘best gift EVER!’
The ‘First Look’ before guests arrive.
‘He never fails to make me laugh or bring a smile to my face. He has little quirks that make him him. I love that if he’s going to dedicate himself to something, he dives in headfirst, wholeheartedly. He doesn’t do anything half-assed.’
Lauren’s sister officiates the wedding.
Mayte’s new signature creation – spiced yucca towers topped with avocado and shrimp! Mmmmmmm….