Lauren and Dustin got married in front of their close family and friends at their friend’s backyard and had a beautiful intimate ceremony. Then for their reception walked over to their other friend’s back yard which was right across the street where they had a tent set up and had a fun reception planned. The reception was laid back and perfect for these two, I asked Lauren and Dustin to answer some questions to get to know them better and here what they had to say:
WHAT’S THE STORY BEHIND THE TWO OF YOU, HOW AND WHERE DID YOU MEET?
We met on an online dating site called OkCupid. We didn't even match up highly, but he had kind eyes and was playing a banjo in his profile picture, so I gave him my phone number. We talked on the phone for so many hours before we met, I felt like I already knew him. It's the only first date I've ever been on that I wasn't nervous, just excited to get to spend time with my friend. He is a pilot and lived over an hour away from me at the time, ended up flying his own plane down to meet me for our first date.
CAN YOU TELL ME ABOUT THE PROPOSAL AND HOW IT WAS DONE?
When we first started dating, Dustin booked a hotel room at a hotel on the beach and that weekend was when I realized I loved him. For the proposal, he booked the same hotel a year later and took me to see a concert by one of our favorite artists, White Buffalo. We went to get margaritas and tacos, saw the best concert I'd ever been to, and when we got back to the room he had champagne waiting and asked me to sit on the patio with him to watch the stars. He was asking me questions about constellations and finally asked, "Can I ask you one more question?" When I turned around, he was on one knee with the ring. Everything about it was perfect.
WHAT LED YOU TO CHOOSE PHOTOS BY NEYAN FOR YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY?
I used The Knot & Yelp to help me find vendors since I was planning a wedding from California. Photos by Neyan seemed to be highly rated and I liked the pictures on the website. Neyan was great about answering questions from the first contact and after our first Skype meeting; we felt she fit what we were looking for perfectly
WHAT’S THE MOST MEMORABLE MOMENT FROM YOUR WEDDING DAY?
The day was a complete blur, like everyone said it would be. The overall feeling of fun, lightheartedness and love that I felt the whole day was exactly what we wanted and I'll always remember that feeling.
ANY ADVICE FOR FUTURE COUPLES PLANNING THEIR WEDDING?
Enjoy the planning! You only get to pick your vendors once. You only get to have a bridal shower once. All of the little things that may seem stressful at the time, they're some of the best memories. Enjoy all of the moments leading up to the ultimate prize, which is getting to celebrate finding the love of your life! Don't forget what it's all really about.
KANSAS CITY WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHER | PHOTOS BY NEYAN