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Real Wedding | Sarah + Lauren

Tell us a little about yourselves!

We are a creative queer couple living in Brooklyn, who work in art and music. We’re obsessed with

our dog Pip and our cat Bill.

Why did you decide to get married where you did?

Our biggest considerations were covid safety flexibility and finding a truly safe space for a same-sex wedding. We explored a few venues through Baltimore and Philadelphia, where our family are based, but ultimately felt that the backyard of Lauren’s childhood home (where her parents still live) was the perfect combination of practical and magical.

Lauren measured the backyard and created a floor-plan that mapped out everything from the tent to the buffet line to ensure everything would fit well, and once we were sure, it all just clicked.

How many guests did you have?


Tell us about your outfits.

Sarah wore a custom monochromatic relaxed-fit three piece suit (no shirt!) from The Tailory NY and Lauren wore a lace and chiffon dress from Watters, paired with bedazzled leather boots from Betsey Johnson. She had a vision for the shoes much earlier than the dress, and knew she wanted to wear boots for a slightly edgier feel that’s more in line with her everyday style.

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

We wanted to prioritize our extended families being able to attend - especially those who were older or immunocompromised - even if covid was surging. We structured many of our big decisions around open-air procedures and providing resources for our guests to travel safely, which led to resourcing from our closest friends and families instead of certain vendors.

We’re fortunate to have friends who work in creative fields and have next-level management skills. We also wanted to make sure the wedding felt completely like us, so we handled most of the aesthetic decisions ourselves.

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

We are an interfaith couple who chose to have a Jewish wedding. It was important to us for our ceremony to be more spiritual than religious, and fully inviting to both families. We worked with our

officiant to create a unique gender neutral, universalist ceremony that felt comfortable and

meaningful for us.

Any tips for couples getting married, particularly during the pandemic?

Just do it. You never know if or when the world is going to shut down again. And wear great shoes!

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

Lauren is very passionate about food, so it was very important to her to have a quality menu that

went beyond typical wedding food (which can be disappointing). We had a vision for simple,

seasonal vegetables and proteins grilled a la minute in open air on site, so guests could see and smell the food while it was being prepared.

We spoke with several caterers before we found one who was able to take this on and execute at

he high quality we were after. B.Lin Catering did an amazing job making our vision a reality!

We also couldn’t have been happier with our photographer, Courtney Miener. She and her partner Sam supported us so much throughout the day and made us feel so comfortable, which was really impactful for us. We really wanted a photographer who worked with film and would gel with us personally, and felt 100% that we made the right choice.

Photographer : Courtney Miener @courtneyleeweddings | Ceremony + Reception Location : Private residence, Baltimore MD | Celebrant : Ariana Katz @threadpodcast | Entertainment : DJ Amy Reid @amyreid_music + Vibraphonist Will Shore @w_shore | Rentals : Tents + tables from Loane Bros @loanebros | Chuppah : Etsy with styling by the couple | Flora : Lucky Penny Floral @luckypennyfloral | Catering + Beverages : B.Lin Catering @blincatering | Donuts : Okie Dokie Donuts @okiedokiedonuts | Cake : Ovenly @ovenly | Stationery : Designed by Lauren, letterpress by Pistachio Press | Lauren's Dress : Watters @watters | Sarah's Suit : Custom The Tailory NYC @thetailorynyc | Engagement Ring : Designed by Lauren, made by Misha & Co. @jewelrybymisha | Wedding Rings : Designed by the couple, made by Misha & Co. @jewelrybymisha | Shoes : Betsey Johnson @betseyjohnson (Lauren) + Vagabond @vagabondshoemakers (Sarah)


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