Rachel & Josh-Morris Arboretum Engagement

It feels like forever ago that I photographed these two at Morris Arboretum! I know that their October wedding is going to be here before I know it though! Rachel and Josh picked out their engagement session location all on their own! I had photographed a wedding here once before, but never got to really explore what the arboretum had to offer.

“We chose Morris Arboretum because we have a love for nature and doing things outside. After researching, we loved that Morris Arboretum also provided many different unique settings for a diverse collection of engagement pictures. One of the most important reasons is that we love to travel together and create new memories and experiences. Since neither of us have ever been to Morris Arboretum, we felt that it would be another beautiful opportunity to create a new memory together. ”

These two actually went to college together, and ran track but never got to know each other until their coach put them together to video tape their teammates during the meet. “Up until that point we were both on the team but had not actually met because we competed in different events. For the rest of that day, we spent time together joking, video taping, and really enjoying each other’s company. Immediately we could both tell there was a connection and that connection lead us to become best friends. ”

Rachel and Josh love to travel together, and it’s only fitting that they got engaged on one of their adventures. They were in Stowe VT, hiking along the “quiet trail” with a view of Mount Mansfield. They stopped at a picnic table and that’s where they got engaged! They now revisit that exact table every year together, which I think is the best tradition.

In October I’ll be photographing these two making it official at Pump House BNB where they’ll be surrounded by love and support from their closest family and friends! I love asking each of them what they’re most excited for when it comes to the wedding. Rachel says, “I am most excited about celebrating our love for one another with our family and closest friends. ” Josh says, “I am most excited to create and put on an event for our family and friends to show truly who Rachel and I are as a couple and that exemplifies our love for each other. ” I’m definitely counting down the days until these two tie the knot! It’s going to be such a great day!

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Julie & Nate- West Chester Oakbourne Mansion Wedding

This past year, I got to photograph not one, but two totally outdoor weddings. I might be biased, because I’m planning my very own outdoor wedding, but if you have can do it, it’s totally worth it!

Julie and Nate are the sweetest, most laid back couple ever. Their wedding took place at an amazing venue in West Chester called the Oakbourne Mansion. Julie says “We wanted a place that was naturally beautiful that we didn’t have to dress up too much. Oakbourne has a beautiful outside area with the water tower, the historical mansion and the surrounding forest.  Also, they let us choose our own caterer which helped us to stay within our budget.”

These two kept their wedding super low key and decided to not have a wedding party, which meant we had so much time for photos of the two of them together. Julie and Nate decided to do a first look so that they could enjoy the entire cocktail hour! They both said that they truly loved doing a first look, it was a perfect time for them to be able to have alone time and be with each other before the craziness of the day unfolded.

Julie’s amazing dress was from BHLDN and was just the perfect dress for her! “I knew I wanted lace and I loved BHLDN’s general aesthetic and price points so I just went there and tried on every lace dress that was in my budget. The one I ended up with had this really cool Victorian vibe that ended up matching the mansion pretty well and it fit perfectly without any alterations so I knew it was the dress for me! ”

Nate’s suit was custom made by Indochino and his favorite color is green so having those little touches of it in his look was just perfect for him!

Julie and Nate’s ceremony location was so beautiful. The enormous trees that they stood under while reading vows to one another was the perfect backdrop. I love how much they just wanted to venue to shine on it’s own without tons of decor to overpower it’s beauty!

When it comes to decor, I feel like that is where your true style really shows through for the wedding day! Like I said, these two are so laid back that I knew their decor was going to be simple yet perfect for the venue they chose. ”I just wanted decor that wasn’t too stylized that just emphasized the natural understated beauty of things. I feel like weddings can really get over the top with decor these days where people end up spending a ton of money or time on assembling this disposable stuff that in the end people just don’t remember. We went with wildflower centerpieces in bud vases, twinkle lights to light up the dance floor and otherwise just let the trees and the night sky bring all the ambiance we needed.”

These two danced the night away under twinkle lights with their closest family and friends! Photographing weddings is such a bittersweet job, because at the end of the night I know I won’t be able to photograph their beautiful wedding again, but at the same time I’m forever grateful that I get to work with such amazing couples who trust me to capture their beautiful weddings!

Photography- Lauren Driscoll Photography
Wedding Planner- Brianne Sheahan of Oh The Details Darling
Dress Designer- BHLDN

Suit Designer- Indochino

Florist- Hoffman Design Group

Hair and Makeup artist/artists-Michele Reilley
Catering-Catering by Rich

Maddy & Janek-Lambertville NJ engagement session

Maddy and Janek are getting so close to their wedding date, so I figured it would be the perfect time to blog about their engagement session! These two met at Ortieb’s which is dive bar in Nothern Liberties. They sat for hours “talking” even though they later learned that they both had no idea what the other was saying since it was so loud inside.They now live about a block away and frequent there regularly!

These two had their session in Lambertville New Jersey, as well as New Hope Pa! They chose the locations because Janek grew up in Lambertville and the two of them spent lots of time together walking the canal path!

I love asking how the couple got engaged, and Maddy said that “It was the final day of our vacation to California. I had just woken up from a nap on the beach in San Diego, so I was completely stunned when I heard “The Wind” by Cat Stevens playing and saw Janek on one knee. ” These two love to travel and were actually going to Maine a week before Mark and I visited last year!

Adventuring with these two through out the canal path and through the wildflower preserve was so much fun! Most of the day was overcast but right at the end of their session a tiny bit of sun peeked through the clouds for the perfect little bit of golden hour!

I’m so excited for these two to make it official in April, it’s going to be the perfect spring wedding! Another question I love asking my couples is what they’re most excited for for their wedding day! Maddy said that the two of them are just excited to celebrate their love with friends and family!

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