Lauren and Kiel are a perfect match. When we first sat down together, I felt so comfortable, like we had been friends for a long time. They bring out the best in each other, and have this natural way of making everyone they meet feel at ease.
Lauren has always loved The Wizard of Oz, and had the most adorable ruby slipper themed details for her wedding. Her garter and shoes must have brought good luck on her big day - the forecast called for rain but we had beautiful skies until the ceremony ended. Then as we rushed inside to the reception for a brief moment a rainbow appeared in the sky! Lauren and Kiel's wedding day was magical, filled with endless love and joy.
As the girls were getting ready, Kiel was with his closest friends preparing for the biggest day of his life.
We traveled to a nearby forest preserve for the first look and bridal party photos. Kiel waited nervously for Lauren on a beautiful trail, but once they saw each other for the first time the nerves melted away and these two couldn't stop smiling. Lauren looked absolutely stunning, she was the most gorgeous bride.
When we arrived at The Arboretum Club, everything looked absolutely perfect for Lauren and Kiel's fall wedding. It was such a gorgeous day, we found a few beautiful spots out on the golf course for some more pictures before the ceremony.
Lauren and Kiel chose a close family friend to officiate their wedding, who happened to be my youth pastor when I was growing up! Seeing Pastor Randy again made Lauren and Kiel's wedding even that much more special, his ceremony was so thoughtful and meaningful. And when Lauren's mom sang to the bride and groom nearly everyone was moved to tears.
During cocktail hour, guests were treated to the acoustic grassroots music of Miles Over Mountains before heading into dinner. It was a such a fun and beautiful night.
Thank you, Lauren and Kiel, for sharing this unforgettable day with us. We love you and wish you a lifetime of happiness together!
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