I remember Mike and Lauren emailing and sharing that they would be getting married in the Chapel and I was so excited! I’ve been wanting to shoot a FULL CNU wedding for a while now and this was my chance! Mike and Lauren have been waiting for this day and it was perfect. If every June wedding could be 68 degrees that would be amazing!! They shared their first look under the colonnade at the fine art center and it was gorgeous. Lauren wanted to see Michael for the first time under the arches and it was perfect. Those portraits were some of my favorites from the entire day!

I’ve known Lauren since my days at CNU being on the worship team together, so this day was rather surreal to me. I remember late nights at rehearsal talking about how I would photograph her wedding one day. Back then, I had JUST started. I was so new and I remember thinking “Really, you want ME to shoot it?! I’m not even that good!”. But when you’re a college student and you really only know of one photographer, you’re going to love her stuff. :) Sure enough, 6-7 years later, here we are! I was photographing Lauren’s wedding!! I love this girl and I couldn’t be more excited for her new life that she’s starting with Mike. He’s the sweetest man with such a gentle, kind spirit about him and I just loved being the one that got to capture their day!! Enjoy their wedding through our eyes!!

Dress Store | All the Rage

Dress Designer | Allure Bridals

Florist | Churchland’s Village Flower Shop

Venue | Christopher Newport University

Hair & Make Up | Behind the Veil

DJ & Lighting | Surf and Sound Events

Catering| CNU Catering 

Bridesmaid Dresses | Allure Bridesmaid

Groomsmen Attire | Men’s Wearhouse

Invitations | Wedding Paper Divas

xoxo, Katelyn
14 Comments Weddings
  1. Cindy reply

    Wow – love everything about this wedding! Colors, Venue, dresses, flowers, bride and groom! Thanks for sharing your work Katelyn!

  2. Megan K. Marcus reply

    How cute is this wedding?! Simple yet SO beautiful and elegant! Love!! And those portraits with the archway… dying. Also I think my favorite dress shot of yours like ever is in this post (the b+w one)! Gorgeous work as always!!

  3. Sara Winant reply

    SQUEAL!!! LOVE!!!!! <3 <3 <3 <3

  4. Julee reply

    These are GORGEOUS! You both did an amazing job of capturing such a special day!

  5. Jackie Hobday reply

    absolutely beautiful pictures! The venue was stunning to say nothing of the Bride! I knew Lauren and her family when she was still in elementary school and I can’t even tell you how happy this makes me. My only comment is…. Are there any pictures of the mother of the Bride? Or maybe they just didn’t make it into the beautiful montage that you displayed here?

    • Katelyn reply

      Hi Jackie! I don’t blog family formals but the mother of the bride is helping the bride with her necklace and in the reception dancing pictures:)

  6. Shelley Hohe reply

    Gorgeous photos! I love the architecture it is so different than here on the west coast. Makes me want to move :) I love the colors too, especially how the reception venue looked like it was made just for her wedding. Oh and I absolute love how you pose the wedding party when there is an odd # …so perfect and one I will have to remember when shooting my next wedding. Thanks for sharing!!! Xoxo

  7. Ashley reply

    What a stunning wedding! We were there that day scouting out the university! Beautiful job as always!!

  8. Sarah Anne Hayes reply

    Goodness, gracious, so lovely! It’s hard to believe that’s our campus! Incredible job, Katelyn!

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  10. Kristina W. reply

    Yay! CNU weddings make me so happy too!!!! Great seeing this beautiful couple celebrate the beginning of their marrraige there! So much fun seeing Sarah, Matt, and Rosemary Trible in the photos too!

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