I got to spend my birthday photographing these two on Peaks Island on a perfectly beautiful summer day. As soon as I arrived, I could feel the casual, but still warm and welcoming, vibe that this wedding had from start to finish. These two don't take themselves too seriously, and that just puts everyone at ease.
I soon learned that the one photo Arthur really wanted was of the Holy Donuts being delivered by water taxi. If you've experienced them, you understand this. If you haven't, you need to. They were such a hit at the reception that I barely got them photographed before they literally disappeared before my eyes!
These two had a very cool vintage travel theme running through the event, with tickets as seating cards and a retro model plane greeting guests by the front door. They have done a fair amount of globe trotting together, so it seemed very fitting to have these touches running throughout. Lauren's father, Doug, joked during his toast that his daughter brought him a several thousand cigar as a souvenir from one of her international trips that he made possible.
The sun set ever so slowly on this nearly summer solstice affair, as guests danced and wandered down the dock to check out the view of Portland over the water. I even got to visit with another emilie inc. couple we just adore, Sara and Brett, as Sara and Lauren know each other from college. People as fun and genuine as Lauren and Arthur obviously have great friends. I had a big smile on my face as I boarded the ferry back, thankful I got to spend the day with such a lovely couple.
Lauren and Arthur, thank you so very much for having me and I hope you had an amazing time in Nova Scotia!
How they met, in their own words:
A friend of ours, Bridget Kendall, pointed Arthur out to Lauren shortly after he started at Wayfair (their mutual employer). Lauren thought he was good looking but way too young. Fast forward a few months and Lauren started noticing Arthur again (Arthur says they worked together on a project before this but Lauren has no memory of it.) Lauren started talking to him at the company Christmas party that December. Arthur's very short response was, "Your hair looks nice."
The following January Lauren was moving to London for a new position at Wayfair. Unfortunately, she didn't make it past customs without a work visa and was deported the day she arrived. Four very sad days later Lauren went to the Friday night office party. She spotted Arthur and saw this a chance to try again. Arthur's responses must have been more flirtatious because they ended up talking all night, long enough that he changed his plans to go to New York City that night. The relationship quickly escalated from there and six weeks after that night Lauren finally had her visa and was off to England. Daily calls, countless flights across the Atlantic and three European vacations later Lauren decided Arthur was worth leaving London behind. Two years after moving home, the morning wthey were flying to Dubai and South Africa, Arthur completely surprised Lauren when he asked her to be his "Homey, Lover and Friend."
photographer: Denise, emilie inc. photography • venue: Harbor View at Jones Landing, Peaks Island • catering: Black Tie • flowers: Broadturn Farm • tunes: Celebration Corporation • sweets: Holy Donut • hair/make-up: Big Day Beauty • transportation: Casco Bay Lines • gown: Claire Pettibone • men: Indochino • invitation: Ming Thompson, Pounding Mill Press • honeymoon: Nova Scotia