Lauren & Dustin have the kind of love that inspires those around them to love bigger & sweeter…..and to sing at the top of their lungs while they’re doing it.
Andy & I have been fortunate enough to bear witness to hundreds of weddings, and we’ve seen love come in all shapes and sizes. But, in all these years of documenting weddings, I cannot recall another wedding where 250 of the couple’s friends & family gathered around, arm in arm, swaying, singing and delighting as two people they love danced their first dance as husband and wife.
Don’t get me wrong, we’ve seen a lot of good first dances, and some really stand out, even 14 years later. But, Lauren & Dustin’s first dance nearly had me so lost in the moment and so mesmerized that I wanted to put down my camera and just soak it all in….sponge up all that love & goodness, because being in that room, in that moment, you could actually feel the love. And, at the end of a long, busy summer season, it was just the elixir my tender heart needed.
I had been enjoying myself all day, but that first dance….it was just the coolest! Lauren & Dustin swayed and spun and loved up on each other dancing to Old Crow Medicine Show’s version of the Dylan classic, Wagon Wheel, which I have always thought was cool, but from now on, every time I hear that song, I’ll think of them, which makes it even cooler! (Play it in the background HERE as you look at these images and you might just feel the love too.)
Lauren & Dustin got married last month at St. Elizabeth Seton Church in Falmouth. It was a glorious September day….warm, dry, sunny Cape Cod perfection. The getting ready process started in the morning, with Lauren at her parents’ Falmouth home. Dustin and his family were across the street at a neighbor’s home. Closeness was definitely at the core of this day of love & celebration and we are super excited to share this little sneak peek of Lauren & Dustin’s fabulous wedding. So without further ado…..
Lauren gets the finishing touches on her beautiful ocean blue eyes. Meanwhile her & Dustin’s beloved poochie, MeadowMae gets her wedding day bow.
Lauren’s crazy beautiful Lee Ann Belter gown, which came with this stunning lace jacket she wore for the ceremony. The neckline was stunning!
Lauren takes a quick look at herself before she heads downstairs to show her gal pals…
Lovely Lauren gets a warm reception from her beautiful besties….These girls were so fun and so warm & supportive. Love that kind of girl power!
Dapper Dustin….love the navy suit and hip bow tie!
Dustin’s mate and co-best man Keith gets a little help with his bow tie, while cousin and groomsman, Rickey, prepares to tape a GoPro to a liquor bottle…it’s time to party!
Reading a card from his soon-to-be missus and opening some pretty amazing cuff links Lauren got for him. Love his expression as he reads the card.
Lauren is absolutely glowing as she and her sweet Papa, Jack, make their way to St. Elizabeth Seton Church.
Loooove Dustin’s expression as he watches the love of his life make her way down the aisle…..Lauren and her dad look pretty happy too. Sighhhhhh!
Watching your children grow and make their own life must be one of the most heartwarming and simultaneously heart-wrenching things for a parent. You could almost feel the flutter of emotions Jack was experiencing in this moment. Just so beautiful.
So happy to be standing next to each other, surrounded by so much love & support.
Pledging hearts, exchanging vows, looking deep and with much love…..
With this ring, I thee wed.
Love Keith’s sweet, approving look as Lauren & Dustin seal it with a kiss.
How Lauren & Dustin walked up the aisle together says so much about them and their wonderful love for each other. Close. Close. Close. Just adore these two!
After Lauren & Dustin’s happy “I dos!” they wanted to quickly stop at their favorite beach, back by Lauren’s parents’ home…
So they could also include sweet Meadow in some of the love & celebration. Such a cute family pic! I spy this year’s holiday card.
After a quick stop, we headed to the stunning Oyster Harbors Club in Osterville for some family & bridal party photos before guests began arriving for cocktail hour. Gotta say…..we just looooove when we have a gap of time like this to do photos and still cover the entire cocktail hour!!
You get yours girl….
These peeps were so much fun to be around and such a delight to photograph. Wish we could do it again!
The lovely ladies….such beauties!! Inside & out! xx
Champagne + oodles of love + a picture perfect setting = THIS
Some of the gorgeous details that peppered Lauren & Dustin’s day, including stunning white & green floral arrangements by Lilac Florals.
A familiar face to Team Bello, Tyler, the brother of one of our past grooms, Justin, enjoys himself during cocktail hour. It was so great to see Justin & Stefania and Justin’s family again!! We hadn’t seen them since their wedding six years ago. Also love these cool party favors, who doesn’t love a cute wine stopper?
One of my favorite parts of a wedding is watching couples together…Rickey and his gorgeous girlfriend were having too much fun together all day. Lauren & Dustin’s cake was super cool. They had collected, bleached and dried out the oyster shells especially to decorate their cake. They were so cool I actually thought they were white chocolate. Glad I didn’t try and steal a bite. (wink wink)
Love how I captured the bean bag perfectly in air with Lauren & Dustin’s initials & wedding date. Totally didn’t plan this, but couldn’t have asked for better positioning!!
The happy was contagious….and delightful to document.
What ever did we do before our phones were also cameras???
Easy, breezy, beautiful…..
Everyone say, “Cheese!”
Sneaking a kiss during the group photo…
I love a late summer wedding, the sun sets a little earlier, it’s still warm and everyone wants to be outside. As cocktail hour winded to a close on the back lawn, overlooking the water, the sun set, blanketing the day in a warm orange embrace that seemed perfectly befitting Lauren & Dustin.
Like I said earlier….Lauren & Dustin’s first dance was so special, with everyone gathered around, singing along and cheering them on. So much love it was palpable.
Toasting to love…
Big hugs from bestie Katie, whose toast was warm, sweet, funny….perfect.
As was the roast, I mean toast, from Dustin’s besties Keith & Dana. These guys are the kind of best friends everyone wishes they had.
They even cracked each other up…..LOVE!
Smiles all around…
After speeches were done, the happy moved to the dance floor, where everyone got their party on….
Sweet Caitlin and her lovely mister get serenaded by the band’s sax player.
This next photo was soooooo fun to capture. I believe the young man in the wheelchair is Lauren’s cousin, and Andy & I watched him absolutely light up the place when his dad wheeled him out onto the dance floor so he could get his boogie on. I remember we had a moment like this at my sister’s wedding, when my aunt wheeled out the mom of my new brother-in-law, who was battling pretty severe MS. My brother-in-law’s mom loved being included and the loving attention lavished on her. My sister and her hubby danced around her and the joy was infectious. It was exactly the same at this wedding and it was so wonderful to watch and (passively) participate in!!!
Lauren’s adorable brother, Bill, gets his boogie on with bridesmaid Jennifer.
A little old school invisible jump rope…..woooo hooo!
One of my favorite songs at a wedding is Shout! People go nuts for it….and Lauren & Dustin were no exception….how low can you go??? Love this moment as one of the band’s singers sings right to Dustin & Lauren, with family & friends gathered in close.
Thank you Lauren & Dustin soooo very much for including us in your incredible wedding. You two….the way you love each other and those closest to you is so beautiful and we hope these photos reflect all that love & beauty! We hope too that you enjoy this little sneak peek as we wait to get your proof book back from the printer. Cannot wait to share it with you and all of the love & goodness that was your wedding day!! Thank you again for everything!! With big love & hugs, Chris & Andy xoxo