Lauren and Dave’s wedding was one I had been looking forward to for a long time. I’ve become friends with them over the past year and wanted their wedding to go asbolutely perfectly. So I was a little less than thrilled when the weather called for a hurricane that day and we found out the Asbury Park zombie walk was being held too. Panic began to set in, and I packed the car with all kinds of crazy supplies in case of an emergency. But as Saturday approached, some luck turned our way and the zombie walk was postponed for a week. This was great news. The hurricane, while it sucked a lot…didn’t come close to ruining the day. Since it didn’t hit the jersey shore, it just added a ton of wind and rain, but Lauren and Dave were brave enough to face the weather and do some photos outside in the 40mph winds. Hero status.
When I arrived, Lauren was very calm, with her hair and makeup ready, eating lunch. She was the most relaxed non-bridezilla bride I have ever encountered. It was amazing, especially considering the weather. After she put her on dress (that looked like a beautiful cloud), her and Dave had a first look at the hotel and portraits before their ceremony. We made our way to Porta in Asbury Park, where they were married in an intimate ceremony, followed by a terrific reception. Porta is an incredibly unique space, with a lot of charm. Since Lauren and Dave love pizza, it was the perfect venue for them, as guests (and me) enjoyed the gourmet pizzas and later on dessert pizzas. The restaurant has paintings of animals on the walls in the reception space, cool doors everywhere, and these long crystal lights hanging over the dance floor. Almost every chair in the reception room was a different vintage chair. I was amazed by all the little DIY details at the reception. Lauren and Dave had polaroid cameras, a homemade guest book, a kick-ass cookie table (a Pittsburgh tradition), mad libs, old family photos, and favors that were donations to City Kitties, a non-profit cat rescue in Philadelphia. It was obvious they put a lot of time and thought into their wedding, and it paid off. Everyone had a wonderful time, and the dance floor was packed all night long. All of their friends and family were so happy to celebrate with them. On a side note, every single one of the cookies I ate was delicious, and I had several. Working with and getting to know Lauren and Dave has been a real pleasure. I am so happy for them and wish them a very long and wonderful marriage!