Just the Way You Are :: Lori & John's September Wedding
Food Trucks, Confetti Cannons and a whole lot of fun - that's how I would describe Lori and John's special day. The couple, who has been together for five (probably closer to six because I stink at getting blogs out
on time), met while Lori was responded to an accident on 295 when John pulled over to help on the way to his job. Flash forward a few years later, and a few photo hints later, John popped the question in December 2020.
Lori got her dress from The Curvy Bride in Manalapan Township - side note, I love this bridal store as do many of my brides. I wish it was around when I got my dress. Lori says that she's not girly
so when her family and her went out to the shop, she tried on a lot dresses, but after twenty she found the one they all agreed should be hers. Remember when you were little and tried to twirl around trying to to get your dress/shirt to lift and spin? Well this dress was the dress for it and Lori killed it!
Lori and John opted for the traditional route and did not do a first look. She said they decided he would see the dress and everything when everyone else did. Throughout wedding planning and on their day, the couple made it their day. Not that they didn't take advice or options from others, but at the end of the day, it was about Lori and John - their love story.
So after the ceremony and group photos, the two entered their reception with confetti cannons in hand ready to party. They shared their first dance to Billy Joel's "Just the Way You Are." Once the formalities were said and done, everyone partied and danced the day away.
Lori's said her favorite moments were out on the dance floors with their family and friends dancing. You know Rick would have been out there dancing if he could have been - he was deployed at the time and told me he really missed being apart of his childhood friend's day. Rick actually introduced Lori to me at one of the local events in Bordentown, which led to her reaching out when it came time to find a wedding photographer.
The couple shares their advice for future brides and grooms:
Smile and let your photographers take care of you. Brittany directed us and got great shots.
Make sure you are organized and that they guests are paying attention for when they are needed for photos and make them smile
Make it about you!
Photographer: Brittany Harmening Photography
Bridal Boutique: The Curvy Bride
Catering: Yoo Cuz Food Truck
Venue: Hightstown Elks