Lauryn planned the most magnificent wedding with her fiancé Rob in all of six months. We were floored with all of the thought, personality and special touches these two were able to incorporate into their wedding day with such a short wedding planning timeline. Lauryn a self-described dual personality went back and forth before deciding to just honor both personalities by infusing her love for classic romantic designs and her love for earthy, rustic nature inspired elements. Ethereal Gardens wedding venue in Escondido was the perfect backdrop for her juxtaposed wedding vision. When describing her design inspiration she put it best stating “Let’s just say I am getting married in a barn…wearing a satin ballgown!” She brought in chiffon curtains to dress the wooden barn doors and had eucalyptus garland tie backs that romantically draped to the floor. The color palette was kept clean and neutral with soft ivory’s, greens and then popped with a dreamy touch of dusty blue. The neutral color palette really allowed the contrasting naturalist and romanticist themes to take center stage.
Lauryn arrived to Ethereal Gardens with her girl gang of ladies all dressed in satin blue pajamas. The girls had been getting glammed up by Sarah Ankerman of Ankerman Artistry in the morning before arriving to the wedding venue. Lauryn’s hair was this lovely combination of the fairytale like golden locks of Rapunzel meets the unexpected edge of Daenerys Targaryen. The bridal and groom suites at Etheral are quite unbelievable so we made the most of the morning taking photos of Lauryn and her girls in their matching pajamas all around the bridal suite, especially on the legendary hanging bed. After sipping some champagne and refueling on Nessy burgers and dogs it was time to get dressed. Lauryn’s bridesmaids looked delicate in their airy blue gowns from David’s Bridal. I loved how each of her bridesmaids had a different design for their dress. The light flowing fabric of the girls gowns perfectly contrasted the bold satin ballgown that Lauryn wore. Lauryn came out of the room looking like an other worldly knockout in her Jenny Woo satin strapless gown with a rhinestone belt. Her deep red lip brought the classic look together. I am such a fangirl for Lauryn and how she shook things up, merging eras of bridal style and taking the timeless but making it new, fresh and all her own.
After photographing Lauryn with her bridesmaids and adorable flower girls she awaited her father for a first look. He had never seen her wedding dress before so it was such a surprise. Rob and Lauryn took a moment for a first touch before heading off to the ceremony. I got goosebumps as I witnessed them sharing the moment, Lauryn batting back tears as she embraced Rob. The wedding ceremony took place in the barn. The couple said I Do in front of family and friends, the celebratory cheers post kiss roared out as the couple strolled down the aisle as husband and wife.
The couple had live music from Muzzii Events playing during cocktail hour. Both Lauryn and Rob’s family have suffered shattering losses so the couple used their cocktail hour to have photos and narrative stories of their lost loved ones to honor them and make their presence felt. Their reception took place in the massive white tent in the meadow at Ethereal Gardens. Guests danced and dined as the candles burned down. Eric from Muzzii kept the dance floor packed until the time of the send off. Guests exited the tent with the gorgeous floral arrangements by Soiree Floral Design and amazing personalized scented candles from Candles of Hope. Lauryn had two custom scents (because dual personalities and duh, more is more haha). She had a feminine grapefruit and vanilla scent as well as a more masculine amber, clove and lemon. The company Candles of Hope which she chose to create the wedding favors gives 10% of its proceeds to end human sex trafficking and the company employs women who had fallen victim to sex trafficking as well. Lauryn was so happy to support Candles of Hope and it was important to her to use this company for her wedding favors.
Rob and Lauryn exited the tent and walked the drive lined with cheering family and friends. Her father and his 1934 Ford “Vicky” awaited them at the end of the drive. A just married banner and Duff beer cans (Lauryn’s maiden name is Duffer) were lovingly attached to the glossy black hot rod so the newlyweds could exit in style! These two were one of the most easy-going couples ever, they were just so happy to be getting married and honestly nothing else really mattered other than that and the couple’s family and friends. Lauryn, Rob, it was an honor to document your wedding day, you’re both so kind and seeing how much your family and friends love you it’s obvious what amazing people you both are. Wishing you all the love in the world!
Here is what Lauryn and Rob had to say after receiving their wedding gallery:
“I don’t think I can actually put into words how stellar this team is. Emily & Ryan…. whew! You guys worked your butts off for us and I cannot thank you enough. From the very first time I called Ryan to see if they had our wedding date available I knew, I had to have them. The planning process was so ridiculously easy, I actually had a moment where I thought ” this shouldn’t be this easy, I must be missing something.” One thing that no one tells you is that your photographer is literally in your face all day, so hopefully you like them! And I promise, Emily & Ryan, minty fresh breath! I swear Emily had more of my red lipstick on her shirt from touch ups, then was actually on my lips. If you haven’t decided on your photographer yet- book these guys, you will not regret it. The day flies by and the photos are all that you have to remember. We will treasure our photos for the rest of our lives. “
Creative Team| Photography: Emry Photography| Videography: Emry Photography| Venue: Ethereal Gardens| DJ: Muzzii Events| Live Music: Muzzii Events| Florals: Soiree Floral Design| Hair & Makeup Artist: Sarah Ankerman, Ankerman Artistry| Cake: Elegance On Display| Brides Dress: bhldn, Jenny Woo| Brides Shoes: Badgley Mischka| Brides Jewelry: Erin Fader| Bridesmaids Gowns: David’s Bridal| Wedding Favors: Candles Of Hope|