Oh my gosh these two lovebirds! Lauren & Kevin are absolutely made for each other – a power couple so gorgeous, loving, sincere and inspiring… You could spend a few minutes with them and feel like you’ve been friends friends forever – at least we did!! They knew they were soulmates pretty much from the first date – and are inseparable. Lauren, on the Proposal: ‘Kevin proposed to me in our favourite spot… BED! It was late at night and he was in the midst of telling me how lucky we were to be so in love and he ended up asking me right then and there! I always thought he would do something more elaborate, but it was just us, and it was perfect!’ Here’s the beautiful story of their Wedding, starting with classy & saucy Boudoir highlights Lauren surprised Kevin with … followed by their AMAZING wedding at Jellyfish Restaurant … and finally, a very special sunrise Rock the Dress. Enjoy! To Lauren & Kevin – love you guys to the moon. You two are so special and we’re so happy to call you friends. Hugs & kisses, Katya, Rob & baby Zion. Beautiful decor by Gianna & Clara at Jellyfish Punta Cana Top three things Kevin loves about Lauren: ‘Her sense of humor, how kind-hearted/thoughtful she is, and how much she loves me.’ Kevin’s priceless reaction to seeing some of the Boudoir teasers. Top three things Lauren loves about Kevin: ‘What Kevin said! Also, his butt, and how we can spend every single day together and not get sick of each other.’ This isn’t just another ‘LOVE’ necklace. This was Lauren’s grandmother’s handwriting… Wow, Kevin! Beautiful, emotional First Look. Ideal day together according to Kevin: ‘Rainy day: me + Lauren + Otty (our fur baby pug) couching it and cuddling. Sunny day: exploring the world in a new way.’ Ideal day together according to Lauren: ‘I agree with Kevin!! Also, traveling somewhere we haven’t been together.’ Most romantic memory together according to Kevin: ‘When I had Lauren listen to the song I wanted to dance to for our first dance. “That’s All” by Nat King Cole … it was after we had dinner at our favourite restaurant in Hampden. We both cried like babies!’ Most romantic memory together according to Lauren: ‘I loved the day we went to D.C. and we sat by the large fountain and just enjoyed the atmosphere and each other; that was pretty romantic.’ Lauren: ‘I’m walking down the aisle to “Moon River” by the Honey Trees…it was my grandparents’ song. My grandfather just passed away last month and my grandmother passed 9 years ago, so it’s a tribute to them.’ Kevin’s favourite guilty pleasures: ‘Singing Glee in the car/karaoke, making Lauren’s ‘walking tacos’ with my chili.’ Lauren’s favourite guilty pleasures: ‘Reality TV, ice cream, walking tacos!’ Kevin’s favourite gift from Lauren: ‘she got me an “I pick you” guitar pick when we first started dating, I loved that.’ Lauren’s favourite gift from Kevin: ‘hands down, my engagement ring!! It’s so perfect!!’ ‘Our first dance is to “That’s All” by Nat King Cole, it is the most beautiful song and it sums up our relationship pretty perfectly.’ Unforgettable ‘Rock the Dress’ at sunrise… Lauren’s first sunrise EVER! Kevin: ‘With Lauren by my side, I’m more focused, and definitely happier. I’m much calmer, and I’m the man I’ve always wanted to be.’ Lauren: ‘Kevin makes my life is better in every way, honestly. I feel a love that I’ve always dreamed of and I get to be with my best friend every single day… it’s pretty amazing, we are very lucky.’ Lauren: ‘I love that you push me and believe in me even when I don’t believe in myself.’ Kevin: ‘I love that you put up with me, good times and bad.’ BRIDE & GROOM POST-WEDDING REFLECTIONS:
What did you love most about your Wedding?
Lauren: ‘Oh my gosh… what wasn’t to love?! It was an absolutely magical day, an actual dream come true. There were so many amazing moments, and the Jellyfish itself… I mean, WOW. It’s incredible. What I loved most was the amazing team we had to pull it all off and being in paradise with the ones I love the most, especially my husband!’ 🙂
Kevin: ‘The First Look. Seeing Lauren for the first time was a magical moment I will never forget. The build up to that moment made everything that much more special. Katya & Rob really made sure we made the most of the moment.’
Any regrets, what would you have done differently if you could?
Lauren: ‘There was a moment after we got back from Punta Cana when Kevin & I started to think about some of the things we forgot to do, etc. and then we both looked at each other and said “You know what, our day was AMAZING and we are not going to look back on it with anything but pure joy, it was such an incredible day/experience…. so, NO REGRETS’ 🙂
Kevin: ‘No regrets, but I wish I would’ve had more time to really take it all in. Although it’s cliche, the day really did go by in an instant… if only there were more hours in that day!’
3 of your most memorable moments from the Day / Wedding week?
Lauren: ’It’s hard to pick just 3, but I’d say First Look, that was so special. Katya even played OUR song as I was walking up to Kevin, and that whole moment was so emotional! Walking down the aisle with my dad was really emotional as well. It was to “Moon River” which was my grandparents’ song. I remember seeing only Kevin as I was walking down the aisle and it was like we were by ourselves. I also LOVED our Rock the Dress Session with Katya & Rob two days after our wedding. Believe it or not, it was my first sunrise ever in my life that I actually watched and admired (needless to say I’m not a morning person) and what an experience. That sunrise session was hands down the most romantic thing Kevin and I have ever done together, it was an unforgettable experience.’
Kevin: ‘The speeches from both the rehearsal and the Wedding were some of my favourite moments; to actually be on the receiving end was something I’ll never forget. The actual ceremony was also another memorable moment. My new brother-in-law, Nic, did an amazing job officiating. Saying my vows and hearing Lauren’s vows to me was so emotional. Lastly, the dance party. Little did I know, I’d be hit with 3 solid 80’s rock jams back to back… needless to say, it was a good time!’
Comments about vendors, resort etc.
Lauren: ‘We had such an amazing team who worked their butts off for us, and made our day as special as it was: Jellyfish: Clara, Gianna, and Janet are unreal! The decor was breathtaking, Clara & Gianna made my vision come to life and were so sweet through the entire process, I just loved them! Janet was so helpful from the moment we got there, she kept everything organized and on time all day. The venue itself is truly a work of art, and what the decorators add to it, is just incredible. The venue reinvents itself time and again and watching my vision come to life was really like a dream. Katya & Rob: I don’t know what else I can say that everyone else hasn’t said already about these two, but I’m going to try to not sound redundant. In a word: WOW. Their love for each other just spills out into their work. They put every ounce of themselves into what they do, and to top it off they are two of the coolest, most genuine people I’ve ever met in my entire life, and SOOOO in love! Their love story was just perfect, they met at a wedding that she was photographing and he was a guest…I mean are you kidding me? How perfect is that? They are clearly soulmates, and it was so beautiful to have that energy surrounding our wedding day. Kevin and I simply cannot thank them enough. Our guests still talk about how incredible they were together. They were above and beyond anything we could have ever wanted from photographers. I felt so comfortable with them, like I had known them both forever. They are true artists who love what they do, and I feel lucky to have been able to meet them and have 3 unbelievable sessions with them. I hope to stay in touch with them for many years to come. Andrea Kuchera (MUA for Anna Nuet): What a fun and amazing woman! We had a blast together during both of my hair and makeup sessions (boudoir & wedding). My bridal party and I just loved her, and I was so honoured she came back for my wedding after being with us ALL DAY LONG. She was such a hit at the wedding, and my hair & makeup was AMAZING! Exactly what I wanted and it lasted all day and all night! Juan & Diego (CoresFilms): I have seen every wedding video Diego has put together and they are so moving, and so unique! It’s unlike any wedding videos I’ve ever seen. Right off the bat, I knew I had to have them. They were so great during the wedding, I hardly even knew they were there! Ana (Cake Studio Bavaro): While I didn’t get a chance to meet Ana, our cake was stunning and best of all DELICIOUS! I would definitely recommend her, as her cakes are true works of art. Melia Resort: We had a few room issues, but overall I was so pleased with this resort. The grounds are beautiful, and while it is rather large, they do have plenty of ways to get where you need to go quickly. The size was never an issue for me. My guests seemed to really enjoy themselves. Most everyone upgraded to the Level and we were thankful that was the case. I would definitely stay there again.’
Kevin: ‘Katya & Rob were amazing! Rob is definitely a “guys guy” and was really easy to get along with, he brought out the best in me. Same goes for Katya… As a couple, they are down to earth, amazing people. They make you feel really comfortable even when you’re not.
The Jellyfish Restaurant was incredible. After seeing it on the web for 9 months, it exceeded my expectations and then some. The staff were also great and made sure we were comfortable and catered to our every need.
The Melia resort was great, but I definitely wish we would’ve booked a longer stay at another resort after the wedding for some alone time.’
Any advice for future Brides/Grooms!
Lauren: ‘Take in all the moments of your Big Day. I know everyone says this, but it truly goes by SO FAST! Remember, at the end of the day it’s about the two of you. The day of the wedding I woke up in the biggest panic of my life, so worried about every detail and how the day was going to go, and Kevin looked at me and said “Lauren, even if everything goes wrong today (which it won’t), at the end of the day we still have each other.” I will never forget that as long as I live. And that goes for any moment, not just your wedding day. It’s about the two of you and as long as you have each other, everything is going to work out. Oh, and one other thing…after the wedding, move to another resort!!! 😉 Kevin and I loved having our guests close, but we didn’t get much alone time, so we’re planning another honeymoon…’ Kevin: ‘Lean forward, chest out… haha 🙂 Take it all in because it goes by super fast. To all the grooms out there: I know some of you might have hangups about the Rock the Dress Sessions… I did myself, but to this day it was one of the most memorable experiences of my life, you won’t regret it!!’