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Real Wedding | Lauren + Brian

Tell us a little about yourselves!

Brian and I met in 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. We both moved there after college and were set up on a blind date. We quickly figured out that we’re from the same neighborhood back in California - we had the same doctor, same dentist, same everything. We were living parallel lives until we finally met in Australia. Two years later, we moved back to the US and chose to settle into the cutest little beach town we could find – we have lived in Laguna Beach ever since!



Why did you decide to get married where you did?


We have an annual tradition of visiting NYC the week before Christmas. Brian grew up visiting family on the east coast and spent his long weekends watching Broadway shows and eating dollar slice pizza. I have my own cherished memories in city that never sleeps; travelling to New York for work, attending New York Fashion Week, and spending summer with friends in the Hamptons. We’ve always romanticized New York – the energy is infectious, and the possibilities are endless. We’ve always joked that we feel most ourselves within its chaos. What was once a fun, annual NYC trip now takes on a bit more significance – celebrating our wedding anniversary!


How many guests did you have?

We invited immediate family only - there were 10 of us total, including Brian and I.


Two of our best friends lived a block away from the venue, so they put on a tux and gown and walked over to officiate us. It was so special!


Tell us about your outfits.

My dress was custom made by Chelsea-based designer, Kate March. I knew I wanted a dress that felt like a modern take on the vintage-inspired designs of the 19th-century. From there, Kate and I dreamed up my dream dress. It was handmade with vintage, deadstock fabric, making it feel timeless, romantic, and nostalgic. It was such a fun process - my mom and I made lifelong memories travelling to New York for design meetings and fittings. Kate was so great to work with!


What was the most important aspect for you, in terms of planning your wedding?

We envisioned our wedding as intimate and cozy — a gathering that felt more like a dinner party than a grand event. Our dream came to life inside the candle-lit garden courtyard of our favorite Italian restaurant, Palma, nestled in the heart of the West Village. It was simply, perfect.


Were there any elements that were important for you to incorporate?

Because our wedding was so small, it was important to us that friends and family play a special part in it. From surprising me with a “something borrowed” and “something blue” to writing a personalized poem that was read during the ceremony, friends and family from all different parts of our lives contributed to our special day from afar. It made the day even more meaningful!


Any tips for couples getting married?

It’s easy to get caught up in the typical wedding traditions. Remember, it’s your day. Make it exactly how you want! Keep whatever traditions feel special to you, and forget the rest.


Are there any vendors that you would like to tell us a little more about?

Lindsay from Studio Jones NYC played numerous roles: creative director, florist, day-of coordinator, stylist, cake courier, playlist curator, and so many more. Working with her was a highlight of our weekend – she is an absolute dream!


Last but not least, Nicole Plett and Madeline Javier – they both put so much love into the photo and video work that they do. I would recommend them time and time again!


Photographer: Nicole Plett @nicole.marie.plett | Videographer: Madeline Javier @madelineejavier | Ceremony Location: Palma @palmanyc | Reception Location: Palma @palmanyc | Wedding Design Director: Studio Jones NYC @studiojones | Design Assistant: Claire Reidy @clarereidy_ | Linens: Salter House | Flora: Studio Jones NYC @studiojones | Makeup: Becca Guidice Makeup @beccaguidicemakeup  | Hair: Jasmine Burnside@jasmineburnsidehair | Catering + Beverages: Palma @palmanyc | Cake: From Lucie @fromlucienyc | Stationery: Sunday Gelato @sunday.gelato | Wedding Dress: Kate March @undonebykate | Shoes: Larroude  @larroude | Ring: Vintage gold croissant ring from Bride's Grandmother


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