Lauren and Scott - both as individuals and as a couple - have blown me away since the first time I met them. Warm, sincere, loving, and fun, they live and love with intention. A couple that gives so much to everyone around them really deserved an amazing wedding day, and with our own Desiree behind the wheel, and a host of our Fave creative pros, they got just that... with the gorgeous captures by Elaine Palladino to document every meaningful moment.
I loved how Elaine introduced these two: "The moment we met Lauren and Scott, we were smitten... with them, with their story, with their warmth and humor. Weddings like these, filled with so much joy and love, are a result of people like Lauren and Scott who make it a point to make everyone feel like they are a part of something big. And their love is big. It blanketed over everyone who was lucky enough to witness two genuine people twine their hearts together for a lifetime. The rain stayed gone when we needed it to, Soul music played in a festival nearby, we took a trip for a wedding day tequila shot at the bar where Lauren and Scott met, and the dancing didn't stop all night. It was perfect."
Lauren's mother provided her 'something blue', embroidering her initials on the inside of her dress; they used her late grandmother's crochet needle (also blue) to button it up.
Lauren and Scott met in downtown West Palm Beach, about a month before Lauren moved to New Jersey for one year. Because of the impending move, she turned him down, but he was persistent: "You're going to have 30 dinners before you leave - I'm just asking you to have one with me". So they went to brunch, and the rest is history. As they met there, first lived together there, and wanted to show their friends and family their home (and make a fun destination weekend out of it to boot), West Palm Beach was an easy choice of locale. The Lake Pavilion provided the perfect blank space and gorgeous setting along the Intracoastal.
Lauren loves Scott's kindhearted nature: "I knew it as soon as we met - when he talked about his students and his basketball players - that he was someone truly compassionate and amazingly selfless. He also makes me laugh, and is my best friend and makes me feel like I can accomplish anything." And as for Scott: "I love how beautiful and funny she is, and how supportive she is. I really admire her. She's so tough and just the best."
When it came to favorite details, Lauren adored the flowers by Julia Rohde Designs ("Hands down the most beautiful flowers I've ever seen, and exactly how I wanted them to look. But better.") and Scott, the chuppah and the music. And when rain forced them to change gears and move the ceremony from a local park, the two rolled with it and wound up loving the change" "It couldn't have worked out better. Our family and friends were sprawled/cramped everywhere in The Lake Pavilion, and it felt like a very personal, very intimate celebration."
Scott's sister Stephanie wrote and officiated the ceremony, and the couple exchanged personal vows they wrote themselves. They also incorporated the Jewish wedding traditions of circling seven times and smashing the glass. Afterwards, they walked back down the aisle to Edwarde Sharpe's 40 Day Dream, one of the first songs they listened to as a couple. Lauren says it was one of the happiest moments of her life.
The two paid homage to the place they met - Roxy's - by taking a quick walk there right after the ceremony for pictures. They took a tequila shot together on the same bar stools they met on, and were serenaded with "Hava Nagila" by the packed bar's patrons. How perfect is that?
For the reception, they aimed for what Lauren describes as "a constant flow of FUN and LOVE", with dancing and socializing instead of a sit down dinner and cake cutting. Long wood tables and lounge areas with vintage pieces from Unearthed Vintage set the scene, and Earth and Sugar's delish desserts rounded off the evening.
“The entire day was the best moment of our lives. We loved the first look, hearing the vows we had written for one another, the ceremony written by Scott's sister, Lauren's father-daughter dance, Scott's dance with all of the important women in his life, the toasts, and concluding the night with a tearful, joyous group hug with 150 people during 'Piano Man'. ”
And now, the video from Steadfast Weddings:
Mazel tov, Lauren and Scott! I couldn't be happier for the two of you.