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lauren & jon are an adorable couple & their wedding was a lovely intimate event…the love birds exchanged vowes before their closest family & friends at VERITAS, a vineyard nestled in the hills of virginia…lauren was beautiful in her hand crafted TWIGS & HONEY headpiece…& the newlyweds are pictured below holding hand made signs by CHERYL WEST…but the most important detail is…..

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the groom is my baby brother…so it’s with great joy that i share these images….their wedding is also featured in the current issue of WEDDINGS UNVEILED….hope you enjoy this peak into a very special day for my family….it was such an honor to capture their day….i also want to give a special thanks to janie at THE BRIDE’S CAFE who designed all of the beautiful florals….the flowers were just perfect.

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engagement “kiss & tell”……

“We were out of town for our two-year anniversary… we had just finished getting ready to go out for drinks at the place we first met when Jon said ‘come over here and let me see how beautiful you are’… as I did a silly little twirl and stood before him, he dropped to one knee and took a ring box from his pocket… when he opened the box and I saw the ring I didn’t hear any of the (no-doubt practiced and sweet) things he said after that, I just let out a happy squeak and pounced on him, kissing him between laughter and tears of happiness… minutes later he said ‘I’ll take that as a yes?’… I smiled and kissed him again, whispering ‘yes!’”

-Lauren

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lauren & jon had a few moments alone before the ceremony in the a clearing near the vineyard

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their reception room, with the help of courtney spencer from MERRIMENT EVENTS, was a lovely blend of country style & modern touches…the room was a combination of good taste and comfort…

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the calligraphy on the seating cards & tables were carefully crafted by PRETTY PEN JEN

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lauren & jon’s nuptials took place at sunset…it was breathtaking

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the ceremony was performed by a sea captain….

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lauren is clearly a natural beauty & her wedding look was beautifully enhanced by ERIKA NIXON

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wedding “kiss & tell”…..

“There is no kiss as wonderful and magical as the first time I kissed Jon after we said our vows… I know the sun was setting over the beautiful vineyard behind us and we were surrounded by our family and friends, but my world consisted only of him… I just kept thinking “my husband… my husband… my husband!” “

-Lauren

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although i cannot fully believe my little brother is old enough to have a wife, it was truly amazing to witness their obvious love & affection….& it’s wonderful to have another sister…simply love + family

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their beautiful cake was created by K ROSE CAKES

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my lovely little nieces were the flower girls & my beautiful daughter was my assitant

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it was wonderful to have our family & lauren’s together

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not only were their dogs included but my beautiful sister was the “best man”

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“just married” parasol hand-painted by I DO ORIGINALS

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as the day came to an end we shared cake by candlelight….

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xoxo

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OMELLE

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this was a dream come true for me…photographing the wedding of a lovely couple….cherise & aaron…and the icing on the cake is that chersie is one of the founders of an amazing luxury shoe company called OMELLE (pronounced “ahm’ elle”)…all the shoes in the collection are crafted in italy…the shoes are unique & stylish…with architectural details….i am coveting the pair below….

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most of you already know, that i get a little weak in the knees around a beautiful pair of shoes….i was beside myself at this lovely wedding…i should mention, it was planned by the amazing LISA VORCE….she perfectly captured the essence of this sweet couple….classic timeless touches mixed with modern charm….a perfect compliment to the fabulous shoes that seemed to be everywhere….

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because pretty much every female guest was rocking a pair of OMELLE shoes

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of course, the most important element of the day was the absolutely palpable affection these two love birds had for each other…they were so tender & kind with each other….simply wonderful….xoxoxo

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kiss & tell (she said)….

“When the doors to the church opened on our wedding day, all I could see was Aaron waiting to take my hand at the end of the aisle, ready to embark on our journey together as husband and wife.  Our five year relationship was a series of hellos and goodbyes, as I lived in New Orleans for two years and Los Angeles for three years of our courtship and Aaron lived in Las Vegas.  Most of the kisses we shared have been at an airport or through the travels we experienced together around the world.  However, the most memorable kiss we have ever shared was after we were pronounced husband and wife, knowing we would never have to say goodbye and our kiss was symbolic of a new life as one.  I would forever be with the love of my life, my biggest supporter and my best friend for an eternity.”

Cherise Angelle Hurlburt

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kiss & tell (he said)….

“Our courtship lasted five years and earned us approximately fifty thousand frequent flier miles.  Cherise was based in New Orleans for the first two years of our relationship and Los Angeles for the remaining thirty-six months.  As much as I wanted to be elsewhere, I was in Las Vegas.  If you had asked previous to our wedding day, “what was your most memorable kiss?” , we would have had great difficulty naming a specific place or date.  Our minds flashback to the many undistinguishable airport terminals because it forever seemed we were constantly coming or going from one another.  As cliche as it may sound, we both agree that there was only one kiss, the kiss that ended the distance and our elite frequent flier programs, the kiss we shared at our wedding.  I was standing on the alter with my best man when the doors at the front of the church swung open and I saw a silhouette encompassed by a brilliant white light.  It was the last time Cherise would ever have to come to me.  I cannot but help to think of the metaphor of the church being like a terminal.  However, in this instance, when we kissed, a kiss we had practiced on many prior occasions, we were departing not on planes, but from our individual persons.  We were one.  Never again would we be saying good-bye.”

Aaron Hurlburt

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have a beautiful shoe day….xoxo

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