Both Nemer and Lauren went hiking together at Haystack Memorial Tower (where we got engaged) and said “i love you” at the top of the tower a few years prior. Nemer said it first.
When I first met Lauren and Nemer, I could tell they weren’t 100% sure what to do or ask. Which I love. Honestly, when I meet with a couple I don’t want them to be pro at finding photographer. I want a couple to come my way to learn and build a relationship with. To guide my couples thru an exciting process and work with them to create images that are all theirs. And when Lauren and Nemer met up, they of course knew the first thing they wanted. Good photos… In their words and thoughts about finding a photographer for their day “the pictures of course. we looked through dozens of profiles and searched for the style we liked. we wanted a balance between traditional photos and something a bit more edgy without being too crazy. and of course, you had to be a nice guy when we met, not a total weirdo…” I guess I passed. haha
So meeting this couple, Nemer and Lauren… This is what it’s all about. Friends… Being that friend for each other. Hanging out, then starting to work out together and before you know it, they realized that the person they wanted to spend more and more time with, was the person they had right in front of them. So the story begins… And Nemer being a sneaky one planned a great proposal with help from one of Lauren’s friends… “August 1st, 2014. Lauren had a day off from work and made plans to go hiking with her best friend Tonya. Lauren called Nemer that morning at work, disappointing that he had never taken the day off as they had planned. Tonya took Lauren hiking at haystack memorial towel in norfolk. This is a place nemer and lauren had gone hiking often and tonya had never been. This is also the place lauren and nemer first said “i love you” to each other. The hike goes up a trail and there is a memorial tower at the top. When tonya and lauren reached the tower, there is a spiral staircase inside. Lauren says, “oh look, candles..that’s cute!” She was unaware that nemer had placed a tea light candle on each stair. On the next set of stairs there were rose pedals all over the ground and lauren says, “rose petals, this is so pretty!” At the top of the tower nemer was waiting all dressed up with a dozen roses, got down on one knee and asked her to spend the rest of her life with him…and of course she was totally surprised and said yes! She never considered that Nemer would have done all this because she called his work phone and spoke to him only an hour ago….she didnt know that he had the IT guy at work transfer his calls from his desk to his cellphone the day before. He had planned the whole day out with tonya and she had secretly been helping him ring shop for months prior.” Talk about a proposal that went quite perfectly.
Then comes their wedding day. It was, BY FAR, the nicest day of the year thus far. The weather was perfect. Which, as anyone local knows, was pure luck this year. And for a Sunday day wedding, I’ll be totally honest, IT WAS GREAT! Some day weddings can hold people back, and some Sunday day weddings can hold people back more. Guests can already be thinking about work on Monday, or hide at their table because the lights are up and the sun is high. But NOT this wedding, this one was pure greatness!!! And as always, the food was delicious and the staff always great. Because it is, after all the Riverview in Simsbury / Weatogue. From the starting of that venue, I have yet to shoot a wedding there where things don’t just go smoothly. 100 people to 400 people. The Riverview gets the job done and makes sure that the couple has the perfect day.
As for their wedding day, it was another wedding that I got to work with a good friend Harry of HG Entertainment (click here to actually read more about Harry). And the videographer, it was my first time working with Carlos but he was a hoot and played barnacle all day. For a videographer that’s sort of key. He didn’t go crazy and get in my way, he just worked smart and let me do my thing while he got what he needed along side.
Anyway, back to these two and their day… Nerves were, well…. Low. Lauren felt it a little as the morning un-folded, “Nemer. He says he played it cool leading up to the wedding we were actually both really calm and not nervous at all. The morning of the wedding i woke up very excited and still not nervous. As i watched courtney get her hair and makeup done, it suddenly became real for me and i was nervous. Nervous about what a big life change this was going to be, but i knew it was right and continued to be excited. nemer claims he was not nervous at all that morning.” I actually have to agree, getting to the church, he was laughing, relaxed and just enjoying the moments. I didn’t feel anything other than excitement coming from him. And his thoughts were probably wrapped safe with their love and knowing that soon enough, he would be seeing his beautiful wife walking down the aisle and together, exiting the church hand in hand, heart in heart, life starting together……
From there, their day just rolled along, there didn’t seem to be anything that slowed it down or speed it up. It just flowed… From their favorite moments in the day “The actual wedding vows, that’s what the whole day was about. and for lauren-listening to courtney give her speech. we are incredibly close and have become even closer over the past few years. we lived together for our whole lives, until after the wedding when nemer and i moved in together. her speech was incredibly touching and certainly a moment i wont forget.”
When it came to anything they would change for their day, “the photographer?……. JK 😀 Seriously, Nothing at all, we had beautiful weather and we were surrounded by all of our friends and family who mean the most to us. Honestly, everything was perfect. including the photographer!”
And last but not least, what their futures now hold (other than all the awesome photos I saw from their honeymoon)… “we are enjoying are new roles as husband and wife…so far lol we are house hunting and plan to enjoy our summer with family and friends”
From here, feel free to hit the share button below, or leave a comment to give this couple their “congrats” or love… And THANK YOU Lauren and Nemer for inviting me into your day and THANK YOU to all the friends and family for supporting their love now and for ever.
I think his name is Tim and he likes Starbucks…. 🙂 (why yes… Yes I do. haha)
harry gambardella – HG Entertainment
Sandra, price chopper The flowers were truly beautiful. Def. took first place for flowers outside of a full time floral designer.
lauren carried an embroidered handkerchief as her something “old” that her mom also carried on her wedding day..which originally belonged to laurens mom’s grandmother
Michael’s limousine & transportation service (not impressed, not worth mentioning)
Beckers of west Hartford. bride’s set is Gabrielle and co.
uxes from maria Christine’s bridal
ade by the bride