Lauren & Cody // Wedding at St. Mary Magdalene and The Westin Poinsett

One of my favorite things about photographing weddings is watching the bride and groom’s emotions throughout the day. Most of the time, before the couple sees each other, there is a lot of anticipation and maybe even some nerves. But once that “reveal” happens, whether during a first look or when the bride appears at the end of the aisle, all of that tension melts away into happiness and excitement. That was definitely the case for Lauren and Cody! There were a few tears during Lauren’s walk down the aisle, but once she and Cody were standing next to each other at the altar, the tears quickly dissolved into smiles and happy laughter.

Ever since taking Lauren & Cody’s engagement photos, I was incredibly excited to capture their wedding – and I loved how a few of the elements of their engagement session appeared again in their wedding. Lauren and Cody love biking together, and they wove that into some of their decor – check out their cake toppers, and the vintage bicycle at their reception! Cody’s beloved Jeep also made an appearance again as their getaway car. The Westin Poinsett’s Poinsett Ballroom was the perfect space for the happy couple and their guests to dance the night away! One of the highlights of the night for me was the “hora loca”, or “crazy hour” – a nod to Lauren’s Colombian heritage, where guests donned masks, hats, glowsticks, and other props to make an already hopping dance floor even more fun!

Lauren and Cody – thank you so much for choosing me and Ryan to capture your day! It was one of our favorites ever and we enjoyed every minute of working with you. Best wishes for a beautiful life together!

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Ceremony : St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church

Reception Venue : Westin Poinsett, Poinsett Ballroom

Gown store : Poinsett Bride

Gown Designer : Marisa Bridals

Flowers at Venue : Modfete

Makeup: Renata Stewart

Bouquets : Tammy Pearson (Mother of the Groom)

Ribbon on bouquet : FrouFrou Chic

Tiered Cake : Tessa Pinner Cakes

Smaller Cakes : Brick Street Cafe

Chair rentals : Professional Party Rentals

DJ : Jumping Jukebox

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