Lauren and Michael are a dating app success story, having met on Hinge. It’s their back story, though, that makes us certain they are meant to be: The newlyweds grew up close by one another, went to sleep away camp just 20 minutes apart, but they never met! However, when two people are meant to meet and become “eternal best friends,” fate somehow finds a way.
You may remember Lauren, beauty editor at Popsugar and stunning bride, from her Instagram Stories takeover on @LoveStoriesTV in April. She took us all behind the scenes as she did the final beauty prep for her wedding day. Well let us just tell you, it all paid off. Lauren looks incredible, as does her entire bridal party and her new hubby, Michael.
Watch Lauren and Michael’s picturesque country club wedding in Garrison, New York (that view, though!) captured by NST Pictures, then read our interview with the bride below — bonus beauty tips included ;).
From the bride:
We met via a dating app — such a unique story for NYC! That said, the connection was instantaneous. Lauren is a beauty editor at Popsugar and Michael does equity research at UBS. We grew up across Westchester country from each other and went to sleep away camp 20 minutes apart, but never met before. It took the app (Hinge) to help us find each other. After about three months of dating, we got into a serious relationship.
As a couple, Vermont has always been our special vacation spot. So it was fitting when Michael proposed on a summer hike in the state. We celebrated with massages and then dinner in town — as only a beauty editor would!
The Garrison was the perfect wedding venue for us (we booked it a week after getting engaged) since the country vibe reminded us of Vermont, but it was much closer to our friends and family in NYC and Westchester. Everything else fell into place during our 10-month engagement before we honeymooned in Bali and Thailand!
All the potential connections you and Michael had prior to matching on Hinge are incredible! You mention an instant connection after finally meeting — do you remember the moment you knew Michael was the one?
I don’t think there was one moment. But the night we met, I went to the bathroom of the wine bar. I looked myself in the mirror and said, “Don’t f*ck this up, Levinson.” My gut said he was a really good guy, and I knew I wanted to get to know him better. In addition to being attracted to him, he seemed like someone I would be friends with.
As a beauty editor, we know our viewers would LOVE your bridal beauty tips. You gave us an inside look at your routine HERE, but what would be your top 3 wedding-prep tips for brides-to-be?
(1) Leading up to my wedding, my dermatologist told me, “Get sleep and wear sunscreen daily.” Definitely the best wedding and LIFE advice!
(2) Book a hair and makeup trial (or two) to make sure you love the look. And photograph it! Everyone says to do this, but actually do it. You’re not too busy. Put yourself and your bridal needs first for a few months. You’re probably spending a few thousand dollars on a photographer, so make sure you’re happy with how you look in those expensive photos!
(3) Get a fabulous, hydrating facial two to three days before your wedding. I went to Joanna Vargas in NYC and got the red-carpet treatment, as she calls it. This included an oxygen treatment, microcurrent, and LED lights, which makes skin glow! But don’t do anything that might irritate your skin (steaming, pimple popping, a peel, etc) or you may be red for photos. You can even to a facial trial the month before to make sure everything agrees with your skin.
How did you find your wedding videographer and what made you choose them?
I found my videographer via Rachel, the founder of Love Stories! We had breakfast, and she recommended NST. Obviously I trusted her judgment — wouldn’t you? Once I spoke to people from NST, I knew they’d be easy to work with. It was a gut instinct. (I was right.) My husband and I also watched videos on their site and loved the cinematic style.
What was the most unexpected thing about your wedding day?
The most unexpected thing about my wedding day was that my husband and I did not care about any of the little decisions leading up to the day that drove us crazy. Salmon or chicken? Learn a choreographed dance or wing it? Cut the cake in the center of the dance floor or off to the side? Etc. My husband and I turned to each other the Sunday after our wedding, laughing, and said, “None of it mattered!” Then we ate pizza.
What was your favorite part of your wedding journey?
One of my favorite memories was my bachelorette party in Aspen, Colorado, in February. Quality time with your girlfriends is such a bonus. We did everything from skiing to drinking champagne in outdoor hot tubs to clubbing. It was a blast. And I felt so special all weekend!
What’s your #1 piece of advice for future brides?
Buy a dress that fits perfectly! I knew I wanted an A-line dress, because that is the shape that works best for my body. Don’t wear a super-tight style if you think you need to lose a lot of weight to be happy in it. I would’ve personally been miserable in a mermaid gown. Stick to what you know works for you, and you’ll feel confident being photographed from every angle. I got very toned before my wedding — especially my arms since I wore a strapless dress — but I probably didn’t lose more than five pounds total. The pressure women sometimes put on themselves to get a “wedding bod” can make the planning experience a nightmare. So take my advice, and just buy a dress you like on you just the way you are!