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The first time I chatted with Martha (over a Tim Horton’s cup of Hot Cocoa of course!) I instantly felt like we were old friends. Her eyes sparkled with excitement as she told me about how she and Logan had dated since high school and how she couldn’t wait to marry him. As she shared the details of her wedding with me, I knew it was going to be an incredibly fun affair! They planned to get married at the church where I grew up in Presque Isle, Maine. Then, we’d go to the woods and fields of wildflowers for some photos via trolly and end up at their family’s farm in Mars Hill, Maine where they’d have a tent filled with more than 300 people that they love celebrating first with cocktails and snacks and lawn games, and later to the tunes of a DJ for a few hours before wrapping up the night with a live band that would rock the house until 1am. I looked forward to this wedding for well over a year, and finally, this weekend, it was finally time to celebrate with Martha and Logan. I can’t say enough about these two. Logan looks at Martha like she’s the only girl in the world and Martha just can’t get enough of her man! The fact that more than 300 people showed up (and there were probably another 300 they could’ve invited) shows how incredibly loved these two are. Martha and Logan, I am overjoyed that after many years of dating you can finally call each other husband and wife! Congratulations!

If you want to see all of the images from Martha + Logan’s big day, or purchase prints or digital file downloads you can do so at their full gallery! Feel free to ask them, or me, for the link!


I don’t even know where to begin to tell you what this day was like, so like in the Sound of music, let’s start at the very beginning:

I remember the exact moment that I met caitlin 11 years ago at Eastern Nazarene College in the lounge of the freshman girl’s dorm. She was sitting on the stairs with a friend she had known from high school and I was alone, knowing no one, and terrified. Rather than letting my fear get the best of me, I scanned the room, saw these two girls sitting on the steps smiling and laughing and decided to myself, they are going to be my friends. I mustered up every ounce of courage in my tiny 5′ tall body and walked over to them and said “Hi, I’m Lauren and I have no friends. Will you please let me sit with you so that no one knows that? And maybe, you could be my friends?” Though I was probably terribly awkward, Caitlin met me with her huge smile an sparkling brown eyes and said “Absolutely!”. Caitlin and I ended up becoming best friends and even roommates in the years to follow at ENC. During those years we had many conversations that lasted all night and into the morning hours about how she always wanted to be a phlebotomist (until she became a stay at home mom) what her dream wedding looked like, her 9 children (8 biological and one adopted) that she planned on having and her prince charming. She had been dreaming this up her entire life, and couldn’t wait a single second for it to become reality.

Well, God had other plans. Fast forward to 10 years later when Caitlin finally decided to sign up for online dating because her prince charming had yet to walk into one of her many blood drives (yes, her dream of being a phlemotomest came true!) and she was sick of waiting.  I heard about a few guys here and there, and then suddenly I didn’t hear much from Caitlin at all. When I finally reached her, she apologized a million times (like she does) for being so busy and caught up with life because she had met this guy and he was INCREDIBLE. She went on and on describing to me this southern gentlemen who was better looking than any guy she’d ever met who made her laugh and loved God. She told me she thought he might be too good to be true so she was going to play it cool for a little while until she figured out what he’s really like, but it was clear that Ben was different. He was special. Little did we know, he was the one.

After meeting Caitlin, Ben made a very smart (yet brave) move and relocated from Nashville, TN to Boston, MA to see where this thing would go. They overcame many obstacles including job hunting in a new city and Ben’s first apartment that ended up being filled with mold and had a stove that didn’t work but nothing could keep their spirits down: they were IN LOVE.

They knew they wanted to spend the rest of their lives together, so when Ben asked Caitlin to marry him it was a yes all the way and they launched into wedding mode! Caitlin and Ben planned so much of the wedding themselves, keeping it a surprise for the rest of us so it was incredibly exciting to see it all unfold. I was incredibly honored to be asked to be a bridesmaid and also couldn’t imagine not taking the photos for their big day, so after a quick chat or two, we decided that with the help of my good friend Brad Smith, I would do both.

I had never photographed a wedding while also being in the wedding party, but I knew for Caitlin and Ben I would make anything happen. It took some finagling, and I’m pretty sure everyone thought I was the worst bridesmaid in the world when I walked down the aisle, took my place in line, set my bouquet down, and then ran around the crowd to grab my camera and started taking photos. (Maybe we should’ve told all the guests I’m actually the professional photographer, too!). They’ll all figure it out once they read this, then maybe they’ll forgive me. I didn’t really realize how strange that would look to all the guests! Ha! Oops!

Anyhoo… despite a few things being stacked against them (a forecast for rain, their hotel getting struck by lightening and having no power or AC on what turned out the hottest day of the year and a blaaaaaaazing hot day of 99 degrees with “oppressive humidity”), nothing could dampen their spirits. I like to think Caitlin’s dad was looking down from heaven and pulling some strings to make sure his baby girl had the day she had always dreamt of because as soon as the ceremony began, an angel pushed the biggest cloud right in front of the sun, casting us all in a blanket of shade and making sure there was zero sign of rain in sight. Caitlin and Ben got their perfect garden ceremony and romantic candlelit reception.

Caitlin + Ben wanted their day to be honoring to God, one another and to their families. They added many special touches, like a foot washing ceremony to model how Jesus washed his disciples feet and commanded us to do the same. They wanted to begin their marriage by humbling themselves and serving one another as Jesus served his disciples. What a beautiful example to all of us. Caitlin also put together the most heartwarming slide show of images of her and her Dad (who passed away from cancer several years ago) and was joined by her big brother, Collin, who danced with her to the song “You should be here”. She wanted to make sure that the role her father played in her life was recognized and honored. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house. It was such a beautiful moment.

The night wrapped up with a little cake in the face (ahem! Mr. Bratcher!) and then a whole lot of singing and dancing! I’m happy to say that my sweet friend found her prince charming and got her fairy tale wedding, after all. Caitlin and Ben, I love you both and am so incredibly overjoyed that God has brought you together. I’m so excited to see what life brings you in Nashville and can’t wait to get my first announcement that baby one of nine is on it’s way! JK, I think they have settled on three ;). Love love love you.

Caitlin + Ben, Here is your story:

If you want to see ALL of the images from Caitlin + Ben’s wedding or purchase prints or digital files, you can do so here: Caitlin + Ben’s Full Gallery


Also, I need to point out that I could NOT have done this day without the help of Brad from Brad Smith Photography. He took over while I played the role of bridesmaid during the ceremony and the formal photos that I had to be in. Thank you so much for your help and for making this dual bridesmaid-photographer thing a reality for me so I could photograph my friends wedding AND stand beside her as she said her I Do’s!

I’ve known Casey since she was a little peanut in a tutu at the dance school that I used to attend and teach at. Ever since she was little she’s been full of spunk and beauty! She grew up into a talented teenager and young woman winning pageant titles left and right. When she called me to let me know she had JUST gotten engaged (like literally moments before our call) and had to have me as her photographer I was incredibly honored and excited to capture her and Ben’s love story.
Looking at the weather forecast for their outdoor ceremony, I’ll admit, I had my doubts. It called for rain, and lots of it. When I arrived and began to get my camera out of the car a sudden downpour began and I was nervous. I expected to be greeted by a stressed out bride and groom to be, but instead I was welcomed in by Ben’s ginormous excited smile. He was so excited to marry Casey, and see all their friends and family–rain wasn’t going to darken his mood. Right when it was time to sneak out for photos of the guys the clouds parted and bright sunshine greeted us with glee. From then on out it was sunshine, sparklers and fireworks (literally.).
Casey and Ben, the two of you are a match made in heaven. Together you’ve created a beautiful home, and now have begun your family as Mr. and Mrs. Blackstone. I am so happy for you both and so thankful that you trusted me to capture your big day.
Casey and Ben, here is your story:
  • Sandra Bonville

    Thank you Lauren!
    LOVE THEM ALL!ReplyCancel

    • Hurray! I’m so glad you love them, Sandra! Thank you for sharing Casey + Ben’s wedding day with me! It was an honor to capture such a special day for your family! xoxoReplyCancel


Ashley + Stephen had the most beautiful wedding that was equal parts casual, fun and elegant at Terrydiddle Farm in Rehoboth, MA. I was so incredibly excited when Ashley reached out to me about photographing her upcoming wedding, as after a few seconds of her describing her vision for the day I knew it would be right up my alley with horses, an outdoor ceremony, games, sparklers and s’mores.
These two lovebirds met in college, when after lots of encouragement, a very non-enthusiastic Ashley was convinced to join in a game of frisbee that Stephen was also playing. According to her she ended up having a “somewhat fun time” and the two connected, became close and started dating shortly after. I’ll bet she’s pretty glad she said yes to that frisbee game, now! The two have a mutual love for fun activities like playing games, rock climbing, campfires and spending time with their friends and family so when it came time to planning a wedding they realized Terrydiddle Farm was the perfect place where they could incorporate many of those passions into their wedding day (yes, there was even FRISBEE). Ashley and Stephen have a beautiful love story and everyone who loves them knows that these two were put on this earth by God to be together, united in love.
Ashley and Stephen, here is your story: