Lauren + Patrick | Reem Acra Wedding from Nessa K Photography
Just as Lauren’s Reem Acra ballgown named ‘Eternity’ suggests, Lauren + Patrick’s black-tie wedding is deliciously timeless…with a perfect hint of 60’s vintage styling from the bride and groom. I am such a fan of this perfect mix of modern and vintage, achieved with Lauren’s fresh and high-fashion peachy, coral lips and long, smooth waves worn down in all its golden glory. While the bride’s dark and full eye lashes combined with the beehive bouffant placement of her veil possess the perfect nod to the 60’s mod look. Add Patrick in his charming black tux, and a bridal party outfitted in sleek and polished black satin floor length gowns and there we have it, an instant favorite. Enjoy!
The Ceremony We had our ceremony in the same church where my parents were married, on the same day, 26 years before. St. Albans is on the grounds of the National Cathedral; it’s a less grand, more intimate chapel, with dark wood and stained glass. It’s the smaller, sweeter version of the historic cathedral. Although we had our ceremony at 4:00 p.m., I still had the church flower guild fill the space with candlelight. I wanted the space to feel warm, welcoming and holy. Our reverend was young and kind, and only mentioned this was his first wedding, ever, when we stood at the altar. We felt blessed to be the first couple he has married. Patrick was calm and so handsome as we took our vows. In those moments, everything felt it was just as it should be.
The Reception Our black-tie evening reception was held at The St. Regis in Washington D.C. I swore up and down I’d never have a hotel wedding, but the St. Regis felt more like a grand home, and we felt the staff would provide lovely and gracious service to our guests. We had our cocktail hour on the Astor Terrace, followed by dinner and dancing in the ballroom. We wanted our wedding to be intimate and heartfelt, with good food, good drinks, and a good band.
Lauren’s Dress Search I always thought I’d wear a sleek and lovely Jenny Packman gown, but every time I put on a fitted dress, I felt like I was going to a very special party, but I did not feel like a bride. When I tried on my Reem Acra ball gown, I knew Patrick would love it. It was pretty, and light and feminine. I thought it was perfect parts timeless and modern. It was an easy decision.
How Lauren Felt in Her Wedding Dress Classic, Pretty, Elegant
Why Lauren Decided to Sell Her Wedding Dress I really never thought I would sell it, but after the wedding, reality set-in that I’m never going to be able to wear this beautiful gown again. I don’t want it to sit on a shelf, in a box, for decades. I am keeping my cathedral length veil as a keepsake, but the dress should be enjoyed and loved again!