//LOVE STORIES TV EXCLUSIVE REVEAL//
One of the most captivating moments of this wedding video is the vow exchange. Lauren and Rob began writing poems to each other when they started dating (and still do!) so it’s no surprise that their vows enchanted all of their guests — and everyone who watches their film. 🙂 Watch the full video by Films By Andy below and then read our interview with the bride for more on her gorgeous vows and the couple’s insanely adorable love story.
The Love Story:
Rob and I met in college during our Sophomore year. We both majored in science and had several classes together. We became a little closer when we worked on a project together for our Genetics course. We could feel the chemistry (no pun intended) but the timing wasn’t quite right. After that, we didn’t spend much time together outside of classes. It wasn’t until our senior year when I needed a tutor in my biochemistry course and my professor suggested Rob when we were able to reconnect. While my grade wasn’t the greatest, I was actually excited to be a little behind in the class knowing I could finally spend more time with him. Rob was a gentleman, a great tutor, and my grades quickly improved. The more time we spent together the more I was falling for him. We could joke around, talk about anything, or practice biochemistry problems and it was always fun. Everything always felt so natural between us. Before we knew it, finals for our fall semester were rapidly approaching and our time together was coming to a close. I didn’t want things to end so quickly but I wasn’t sure if he felt the same about me.
One Saturday night I went to a Christmas party with some friends and noticed Rob was there as I walked in the door. We started to dance and were having a great time with all of our friends. After a while, my friends wanted to leave so I told Rob I’d see him later. He quickly reached out for my hand and told me he needed to tell me something. I’ll never forget the words that followed. He said, “Lauren, I want you to know I think you are the most beautiful woman on Earth.” As quickly as I could blurt out “uh what!?” he was already gently dipping me down to kiss me. At this point, I was in shock and still couldn’t think to mutter out any words so I said, “I have to go…” and quickly rejoined my friends outside. I didn’t even make it ten feet before I realized what had just happened and started to jump around and scream in excitement.
The next day we met up for our final tutoring session, and there was clearly no denying what we both felt for each other. From then on, we were pretty much inseparable. A few weeks later we took an impromptu trip together to Times Square for New Year’s Eve. As we were watching the ball drop, Rob asked me to officially be his girlfriend right after our first New Year’s kiss. A year and a half later, Rob proposed to me back at our college on the hill overlooking the entire campus, while our parents were secretly watching the whole thing from behind us. After putting the ring on my finger he spun me around to see both of our families cheering. It was perfect.
Your vows are incredible — so inspiring. Did you always know you wanted to write your own vows?
Thank you so much. Yes, I definitely always wanted to write my own vows. Poetry has always been the best way for me to express those deeper, difficult to describe emotions. When Rob and I started dating we began to write poems back and forth to each other, and actually still do. Therefore when I sat down to try to write my vows it was only natural that they came out as a poem. In fact, I remember it was about five months before the wedding and I had a feeling come over me that I need to start my vows. I grabbed a pen and paper and began to write as it was just a stream of consciousness flowing out. I read them again a few months later and they still felt so right to me that I never ended up changing a thing about them.
How did you find your videographer and what made you choose them?
We found Andy after several online searches and were initially drawn to him after reading his ‘about me’ on his website. After binge-watching all of his videos, we were blown away at how he authentically captures couples and truly finds the perfect pieces of their day to put together. Following our first conversation, we instantly connected and knew he would be an essential part of our wedding day. Andy is very professional but at the same time felt just like another good friend attending our wedding. He brought an amazing energy to the entire process and we distinctly remember hearing one of our two photographers say “wow, this guy is awesome!” as Andy was running through the overgrown wildflowers to stay ahead of us. We are so grateful to have found him and wish him continued success!
What was the most unexpected part of your wedding day?
We were surprised at how much all of our guests fully embraced and loved our non-traditional day. We weren’t sure how the way we chose to celebrate would be received since both of our families come from more traditional backgrounds. From the start, we knew we really wanted our personalities to shine through throughout our wedding day. However, so many people told us that it was one of the most memorable weddings they had ever been to because of how personal and intimate it was. We were so happy that our family and friends truly enjoyed all of the different aspects we tied into our day.
What was your favorite part of your wedding journey?
Besides the actual wedding celebration, my favorite part of the journey was looking for and ultimately deciding on a venue. As soon as we met the owners and took a tour of Montague Retreat Center we knew it was OUR place. That was one of those moments that brought the entire engagement into focus as it allowed us to actually imagine what the day could look like. We could imagine our families watching us on the ceremony hill, laughing under the willow tree, and celebrating together in the barn. Going from the imagined to a reality was fun, at times stressful (as many other brides know), but overall a beautiful journey.
What’s your #1 piece of advice for future brides?
My best piece of advice is to make sure that you and your new husband go hide somewhere right after your ceremony and get a moment just to yourselves. It was so special to be able to slow down for a few minutes, take it all in together, and savor the incredible feeling of being married before the craziness of the rest of the wedding day happened.