There are many words that could be used to describe Laura & Richie’s wedding, held at the Inverrary Country Club in Lauderhill, FL: sunny, gorgeous, hectic to some, relaxing to others… but most of all, fun! This couple really knows how to throw a party and their big day offered nonstop entertainment. But more importantly, they got a chance at a beautiful cathedral in front of many friends & family members from all over the globe to publicly declare their love that will last forever. I was behind the camera but was surrounded by inspiration. My camera captured the fleeting moments, turning them into tangent memories that will endure time, as this couple’s promise to be together forever will as well. From the interesting way they met to the days spent as newlyweds on their honeymoon, the story of these two is one I’ll always remember.
Match.com was a so-called “last resort” for both Laura, a girl raised in New Jersey, and Richie, a New Yorker. Yet it was on the last week of Laura’s subscription to the site (due to “too many horrible first dates”) that the two found one another and discovered they had a special connection. Talk about timing! She claims that they were “two nerds who connected through cyberspace”, so a first date was planned. In late January of 2013 on MLK day, the two went to the Fort Lauderdale Museum. With Richie’s funny, witty and sarcastic personality mixed with Laura, a girl who loves to laugh, the special “cyberspace” connection carried over to the “real world” and the two already knew they had something good. It was a long day beginning at noon at the science museum and ending at 8:30 at night after doing many other activities like grabbing food, ice cream and getting to walk and talk in the park,really cultivating that connection.
After a while of being together, Richie decided that Laura was, in fact, the one. He made a plan to recreate their first date, planning to go to the same park they had spent hours getting to know one another. There was a snag though when Laura began to feel unwell; Richie thought the plan was busted. But he was determined. After dinner at a restaurant, the two found a quaint bench to sit and talk. This is where he popped the question. He asked Laura to marry him, leaving her speechless. With tears in both of their eyes she said “yes”, and just like that, the couple was engaged to be married.
Picture this (or just check out the actual pictures a little further down!): a classically decorated, simplistically beautiful cathedral, St. Anthony’s Catholic Church. The mood and the room were bright and a-buzz with excitement. Laura’s son Domenic was beaming with pride for his mom and you could see the joy bubbling inside of him, anxious to walk his mom down the aisle “just right”. He did a magnificent job. At the end of that aisle was Monsignor Dixon who gave a beautiful mass. Laura and Richie were blessed to receive the sacrament of marriage and the couple sealed the deal with the exchanging of vows and a kiss.
Later at the Inverrary Country Club is where the party really started. The food was great, the drinks were flowing and the dancing was nonstop! Laura said she was dancing so much she eventually “ruined” her hair, but she claims it didn’t even phase her. That’s a lot of dancing! You could tell Richie was having a wonderful time, too. He took his new bride in his arms as they had their first dance to “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran. The couple agree that the lyrics speak perfectly to their commitment to one another. Friends and family were clearly thankful to be a part of this happy day, and the fun that the rambunctious newlyweds were having was all too contagious.
What better way to start off a new marriage than to take a trip to Puerto Rico for the honeymoon?! The two visited Old San Juan and participated in many awesome activities such as ziplining and rum-tasting tours. They got a chance to soak up the culture and history of the area, as well as some of those warm Puerto Rican sun rays.
After all the fun in the sun and their romantic getaway, the two came back home. Back to work, back to life as it was before… except there was one difference: Laura and Richie came back as a happily and newly wed couple.
See all the images from the wedding here.
Photographic Team: Maibel, Maureen and Jennifer