Lauren & Jeremy | Gaylord National Harbor Wedding

Most of the time, you think it’s the kind of thing that really only happens in the movies. Little Rascals or My Girl or even Sweet Home Alabama. Boy meets girl when they’re five years old. They grow up as best friends and before you know it, that friendship grows into love. Real love. You know, the kind that people make movies, write stories and sing songs about.

Well, forget what you thought, because Jeremy and Lauren prove that kind of love isn’t just for movies.

When they were just five and six years old, Jeremy and Lauren met on the dance floor, of all place. They both grew up as dancers, and spent their childhoods tapping, plié-ing and sashaying together. Though they were just friends, they were always friends. Even when lengths of time would pass between their reunions, Lauren and Jeremy’s friendship always picked up right where it left off. It wasn’t until more than 20 years after they first met that their rekindled friendship ignited something so much bigger.

Fast forward from that first meeting in dance class to this past weekend, when Lauren and Jeremy said yes to forever surrounded by some of the most important people in their lives. Seeing them together just a few minutes before they would become husband and wife, everything about their love just made sense. Lauren’s sweet and hilarious disposition fits so perfectly next to Jeremy’s kindness and desire to take care of those around him. They’re two puzzle pieces that have been molded to fit each other for the past twenty-six years. That’s the kind of love that you know is going to last the ages.

I was so honored to be welcomed into L+J’s day to capture the start of this brand new journey. Everything about the day was flawless: Lauren’s sparkly accessories, the boy’s purple socks, the grandeur of the Gaylord… even the rain that threatened the forecast stayed at bay! I am so excited to share this incredible couple’s day with you all, and so without further ado…

Introducing: Mr. and Mrs. Horst

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What did I tell you? If you love yourself some sparkles, you’re going to love Lauren’s details! gaylord_national_harbor_wedding_0002 gaylord_national_harbor_wedding_0023 gaylord_national_harbor_wedding_0005
And here’s where my eyes watered for the first time that day… Jeremy wrote Lauren this poem and had it delivered to her that morning!
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Adored Lauren’s blinged out bouquet!
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!!! Lauren, you beautiful bride, you!
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Jeremy was busy looking dapper…


And waiting to see his bride for the first time on their wedding day… (Thank you to Matoli for these shots and for being my incredible right hand woman once again!) gaylord_national_harbor_wedding_0031
First look time!
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And then things just got more and more adorable… and didn’t stop all day long.
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The rain even held off long enough to venture outside on the docks of National Harbor!
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Jeremy and Lauren, your love MELTS my heart!
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Lauren, you’re perfect.
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Something about this one on the right has me swooning and all weak in the knees <3
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Can we all agree that if Jeremy ever needs a part time job, there’s a modeling career just waiting for him?

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The Gaylord is a pretty magnificent place!
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Oh, you two are wonderful.
And before the rain started back up, we were able to fit in some portraits for the girls…
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…before we moved inside with the guys
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Got to have a dance pose throwback, of course!
One of my favorites! May or may not be because Jeremy’s groomsman is basically eating his shoulder ;)
If you’re going to have a wedding day with a chance of rain, the Gaylord’s atrium is the place to do it! The indoor tropical gardens make you feel like you’re outside the whole time.
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The Hickory Steakhouse at the Gaylord hosted the gorgeous reception dinner…
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I am 100% on board with a wine-themed reception! Adored all of the vino details.
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If your cake cutter isn’t blinged out, you might be doing it wrong!
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A good cake smash is always worth it :)
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Congratulations Lauren and Jeremy!! And a million thank you’s to the vendors that made the day so wonderful:

Venue » The Gaylord at National Harbor
Wedding Gown » David’s Bridal Collect vw9768
Bridesmaids’ Dresses » Target
Mens’ Tuxes » Men’s Wearhouse
Bridal Hair » Caiti (Friend of the Bride)
Caterer » The Hickory Steakhouse
Bakery » Susan Alexander
Wedding Planner » Kate Boram
Invitations and Stationery » Wedding Paper Divas
Second Shooter » Matoli Keely Photography

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