Lauren & Jeroen’s love story is one of those that could be made into a movie. Jeroen was born and raised in the Netherlands. He came to the states to study abroad at the University of Wisconsin Madison. One night while out, he noticed the most beautiful woman he had ever seen – as the story was told in their wedding day vows. He thought he would never have a chance with such a beautiful person. Jeroen leaned over to his friend to comment on the beautiful woman. Fortunately for Jereon, his friend knew this woman and got to his feet to introduce the two.
For Jeroen, it was love at first sight, and from that day forward he wanted nothing more than to marry Lauren. However, fate had different plans as Jeroen returned to the Netherlands to finish school. Although he and Lauren kept in touch as friends, it wasn’t until a few years later that Lauren flew to Amsterdam for Christmas and they have been together ever since.
Having a transcontinental relationship has many challenges. Lauren and Jeroen persevered through them all and have found soul-mates, no matter the distance, in each other.
It was a joyous day when Lauren & Jeroen moved in together into their NYC home. Just as I had mentioned, this love story could be movie. One Saturday morning in their home after making breakfast, Jeroen put on some music and they danced around the room. Jeroen dropped to one knee, asked Lauren to be his wife, and the rest of the day was spent drinking champagne on the rooftop.
Much like any great romantic movie, there are going to be challenges. When COVID-19 took a grip on the world and especially in the NYC area, Lauren & Jeroen had to put their big NYC wedding on hold. But this challenge didn’t stop this love story. Jeroen found me through an internet search looking for photographers near Lauren’s hometown of Bartlett. These two reached out to plan a front yard wedding at Lauren’s childhood home. With only Lauren’s family, a few close friends, and Jeroen’s parents joining via ZOOM® – these two shared the most beautiful vows of their love story plus the promise of forever.
No amount of time, oceans, continents, or even an unheard of modern-day pandemic was going to stop Lauren & Jeroen from becoming husband and wife.
Here are a few of my favorite parts of their wedding celebration.
Wedding Venue: Private Residence