Lauren’s first look with her father is a moment I will never forget capturing. Lauren’s Mom passed away from cancer in 2009. To feel like her Mom was part of her wedding day she had a replica of her Mom’s wedding dress made.
“That moment with my Dad was very special. It’s sweet that you remember it too. My dress was a replica of my Mom’s wedding dress. I had hers copied by knitters in NYC, making one change to open up the back…I thought I was setting myself up to be boiling on a hot June day running around in a knit cashmere sweater dress (my parents were married in November, so her dress made seasonal sense – mine not so much!) but the rain and unexpectedly chilly weather was serendipitous for me in that warm dress. We lost my Mom to cancer in 2009, so the dress was one of a few ways she was present at our wedding. I think one of my maids of honor actually said it best in her speech that night – I had a piece of my Mom wrapped around my body. It was important for me to have a moment with my Dad before the ceremony that was marked and special, rather than him happening to see me walk in the room or vice verse. It was a loaded moment, him being the one parent to see me in my wedding dress, a dress that was meant to honor my Mom and a copy of the dress he married her in. I think all I said to you before hand was “I want a moment for my Dad to see me in my dress”. I hadn’t even thought of it as a photo opportunity – just a moment that I wanted to have. I happened to be upstairs getting ready so you suggested the staircase and it couldn’t have been a lovelier or sweeter setting. I remember a rush of emotion walking down the stairs, I remember tears welling up and him wrapping me in his arms. I remember thinking about all the times I’d walked down the stairs in the home I grew up in all dressed up, it was just like I was headed to prom or something. The moment was perfect and your photos of it are incredible. When I look at them I’m transported right back there into that magical moment.” -Lauren