Lauren + Nate’s Love Story
When Lauren had to move to Indianapolis for work, that didn’t stop them from seeing each other. In fact, Nate spent almost every weekend visiting her! True love right there!! One big milestone they’ve already shared together is getting their first pup! Lauren brought Ollie home and told Nate it was just a test, he knew right away Ollie was already going to be part of their family.
The Wedding Day
Lauren + Nate, oh how sweet these two are! Even their friends and family were full of warm welcomes and big smiles! Everywhere I turned, I was greeted with open arms throughout the entire day and I really felt like family. It was such a honor to photograph their big day and I am so excited to share some of my favorites from their wedding day.
Lauren and Nate both got ready in a place special to them, their own home in downtown Grand Rapids. As soon as I walked through the door, I was instantly welcomed with tail wags by the sweetest boy ever, Ollie…Lauren and Nates pup. He’s quite the influencer in GR if you didn’t know. He definitely stole the pre-ceremony show during photos and I think we can all agree that he’s the cutest thing ever.
Not only that, everything was gorgeous! We had the most beautiful weather for a May wedding. Their decor was such a good mix of industrial, modern, and elegance to it…I absolutely loved seeing their vision come to life. A minimalistic invitation suite, bright bouquet, a classic a-line gown, the exposed brick, an intricate detailed church, it was such a dream.
We ended the night at the Brickyard Tavern dancing and singing to music, every single guest had a smile on their face and Lauren and Nate radiated with so much joy. One last photo opt features me making my way around the large condo to access a balcony for a huge group photo looking down (check out the end of the blog for this one, it’s such a fun reception shot)!
Lauren and Nate are holding an official reception this December with an even bigger guest list, it’s going to be such a party and I cannot wait!
Lauren and Nate, you two have filled my heart with so much joy and warmth. I will forever be grateful for such a sweet couple and I cannot wait to celebrate with you again this December! It’s been such a pleasure getting to document your love story as well as fall in love with your beautiful city of GR. Congrats Mr + Mrs Beckman!!
Ceremony: Basilica of St Adalbert, Reception + Catering: BrickYard Tavern, Gown: Renee Austin, Florist: Stems Market, Grooms Attire: Mens Wearhouse, Shoes: Nordstrom Badgley Mischka, Invites: Minted, Makeup: Hanna Wagner Design, Hair: Lexi Conkey Hair, Earrings: Olive and Piper, Rings: Russell and Ballard
Look at this handsome guy!! The sweetest!
Mr. Steal The Show who didn’t want to get off the bed LOL
Lauren, you looked SO GORGEOUS!!
The prettiest church you’ll ever see, ahhh!
The most entertaining part of the day was this. Tons of moving in and out from this location because of the cars…Lauren and Nate were such troopers LOL! Good thing they had all the poses nailed down, they killed it!
So excited to see everyone on the dancefloor again in December, my goodness was it so much fun to photograph!!
All the squinty eyes because it was 80 degrees and the reflecting white pavement was super bright LOL
Are you having a Grand Rapids wedding?