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Real Wedding | Lauren & T. Craig

Tell us a little about yourselves!

Craig and Lauren are both architects who met in graduate school at Pratt. Lauren works at SOM as an architectural designer and Craig is an architecture professor. Craig is theory, Lauren is practice.

Craig grew up in Washington and has mostly Scottish heritage. Lauren grew up in Florida and has Japanese heritage.

Why did you decide to get married where you did?

Craig and I are both architects, and have had a long appreciation of the work of Eero Saarinen. Eero Saarinen designed the TWA terminal at JFK in 1962. The TWA terminal operated as an air terminal from 1962 to 2001, it is now a hotel. Craig teaches the works of Saarinen as part of his curriculum, and has been teaching his students about TWA for years.

We love that every time we fly out of JFK we can have a quick visit to our venue and can remember our special day.

How many guests did you have?

We had 110 guests.

What was your budget?

$50k. (We went slightly over.)

Tell us about your outfits.

All of the bridal looks were Dion Lee. A traditional wedding dress didn’t make sense in their space, so I bought a power suit from a Dion Lee 260 sample sale. Each item cost under $200. The reception dress is from Dion Lee’s F/W 2018 collection. I hunted The Realreal for this dress since it has been a favorite of mine since I saw this runway show six years ago.The total cost of all wedding looks was under $600.

The bridal hair was a reference to Lauren's Japanese heritage. The hair ornaments are vintage kanzashi which Lauren ordered from Japanese eBay. The flowers were references to flowers that grew in Lauren’s childhood home in Florida.

Craig wanted a classic tuxedo to wear both for the wedding and into the future. Ramon Tailor on Forsyth Street in New York was a hero, making sure every item of clothing fit perfectly, even after a few months of dieting. Craig tied the outfit together by his family taran as a pocket square.

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

We wanted this wedding to be a celebration. We wanted to be honest to ourselves, our heritage and our families.

As designers, we appreciate the retro-futurism of the space. The space was the main driver of all aesthetic choices.

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

It was important that both of our distinct cultures were represented in the wedding. Our venue, as a significant building in Modern architecture, provided the perfect setting to combine those two cultures in the marriage.

Craig had his brother, the best man, wear a kilt in the family tartan and provided pocket squares made from the Sinclair tartan for himself and his father. We also had a reading from Robert Burns during the wedding ceremony.

Lauren bought vintage Kanzashi from Japan to incorporate in her hair. Her cousin also read a Shinto wedding blessing in Japanese during the ceremony (there was no translation in the program).

Any tips for couples getting married?

Stay by each other’s side all night long. Constantly remind yourself throughout the day to be present in the moment. Take a second when at the “altar” to look out and appreciate all the family and friends who love you that came out. Be prepared for the day to go by very fast. Make sure to enjoy the feeling of being surrounded by so much love.

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

We are blessed to be surrounded by creative and talented friends. All of the vendors, besides our photographers Kindred, were friends or friends of friends. We wanted to create an atmosphere that allowed our friends to push their creativity within the light constraints of our overall concept. The florist oMg Florals & Design, for example, is the bride’s coworker. She grew up on a farm, but now works as an architect. Giving Marti the freedom to explore her design expertise honed over her architecture career combined with her knowledge of flora and fauna, resulted in incredible floral displays. We wouldn’t even know how to prompt a florist to give us such incredible results.

PhotographerKindred @kindredweddings | Planning & Styling: by Lauren | Flora: oMg Florals & Design @omgflorist | Ceremony & Reception Location: TWA Hotel @twahotel | Celebrant: Kirk Hovenkotter @kirkhovenkotter | Makeup Artist: Karla Duarte @karladuarte.mua | Hair Stylist: Laura Birkeland | Catering + Beverages: TWA Hotel @twahotel | Cake: Copper Spoon Bakery

@copperspoonbakery | Stationery: all graphic design by bride and groom | Entertainment: Non Traditional Wedding DJs @ntweddingdjs | Dresses: Dion Lee @dionlee | Suit: Indochino @indochino |

Engagement & Wedding Rings: Lace by Jenny Wu @lace_jennywu | Shoes: Jeffery Campbell



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