Lauren and Brandon are getting married next June at the Peninsula. Lauren and Brandon do such a good job of telling their story, I am going to leave you with simply our favorites from this wonderful shoot along the lake. Scroll down for their story!
How Lauren and Brandon met:
If you ask Lauren: The night I returned from a five week training program in LA, I had some friends over. One of my new friends from the program brought his best friend Brandon. We chatted, played the Chicago name game and the following day met again at a barbeque in my mother's yard. Towards the end of dinner Brandon asked me where my friend and I were planning on going that evening. I said we hadn't decided yet. Brandon coyly suggested that we go to the same place, wherever that may be. From there, for the next three and a half years, Brandon and I usually ended to going to the same place.
If you ask Brandon: We first met freshman year of high school at a homecoming dance for a school that neither of us went to. She admits to being there, but doesn't remember meeting me. I, of course, remember meeting (who could forget) her. As the years passed by and our paths didn't cross we finally met again at her apartment when she got back from training in LA. My best friend invited me and said this girl's from Chicago you should come up and say hi, you probably know some of the same people. We chatted for a bit and then my friend and I left, but I had a feeling I hadn't made much of an impression again. The next night we met again at her mom's barbeque and the third time was finally the charm. At the end of the night I asked her where she was going and when she said she wasn't sure I said, well we want to go wherever you're going. Since then that's always been the case.
Lauren had been working extra hours and weekends for three weeks now. Brandon invited her on a "date night" Friday , November 4th. We usually go out the 6th of every month (who says we can't have a monthly anniversary!). The 6th fell on a Monday, so Brandon invited Lauren out that Friday. She wouldn't get off of work until 7:30, but Brandon insisted she leave work at 7 to make a surprise "show" that started at 7:30. After wrestling with the logistics of having the car, parking, timing, etc, we decided that Lauren would get in her car at 7 and call Brandon to find out where to go. At 7 on the dot, Lauren left school and was handed an envelope by a man standing with a black towncar. Inside the envelope, Lauren found a note that told her to tell the driver to take her to where Brandon and she had their first date. Slightly confused (reading "do not call, just follow the clues"), Lauren told the driver to take her to Le Creperie. There, she walked in and the bar-tender handed her another envelope with another note telling her to meet Brandon where we fell in love, which she knew was at her first apartment, which became their first apartment. Inside the door, she found another envelope telling her to meet Brandon where his "ring fund" started. This she knew was Brandon's cute name for the second job he picked up to save for her ring. She told the driver to take her to Paris Club. There, she was handed yet another envelope that told her to meet Brandon upstairs. When she reached the top of the pitch-black stairwell, he eyes followed the candle-lit path of roses to meet Brandon's in the middle of the room. There, Brandon handed her the final envelope, which read "Lauren Casty..." As she read it, he dropped to one knee and finished the question with "I love you. Those three words have my life in them. Will you marry me?"