HOW THEY MET
Today we’re excited to feature the wedding of Lauren & Sergio! From their proposal to the big day, the couple chose to make The Barn a big part of their story. Read on for a beautiful extra special wedding for the Charlotte’s team, as well as some amazing advice from Lauren.
Lauren and Sergio first met through a mutual friend at a bar.
“My friend Carly and I were going out for drinks and happened to run into Sergio and Nick. Carly had known the two of them from growing up in the same area.”
The four hung out for the evening getting to know each other. They even made plans to grab breakfast the following morning.
“Sergio loves to say that I stood him up that following morning, but actually Carly wasn’t feeling great and I wasn’t about to go all by myself!”
It all worked out after that initial meeting. Lauren & Sergio stayed in touch and a few months later started dating.
For the perfect proposal, Sergio enlisted the help of Kellye Hildebrandt, a family friend and coordinator for events at The Barn.
“Sergio had Kellye ask me if we would be interested in doing a mini couple’s photo shoot at The Barn. This made it seem like it was all her idea so I wouldn’t suspect anything!”
The couple had never had any pictures done so Lauren jumped at the chance! Kellye had a photographer looking to do some practice shooting couples. It just so happened to fall on Lauren and Sergio’s anniversary weekend.
“Leading up to it whenever people found out we were getting pictures taken Sergio would act like it was such a drag to do just to make sure I didn’t get any ideas of what actually may be happening.”
Lindsey, (Lauren’s older sister and Charlotte’s store manager) insisted on doing hair and makeup for the shoot which didn’t surprise Lauren.
“It was completely normal for Lindsey to offer because there is no way she would let me have pictures done without her being my stylist!”
When the day finally came Kellye and the photographer, Brittany, met Sergio and Lauren at The Barn ready to make some magic.
“We started in the Cherry orchard taking some photos there, then moved to an open field that had the most amazing view.”
While in the field, Brittany asked to get some solo shots of Lauren. This gave Sergio a moment to snag the ring from Kellye who was playing assistant to the photographer for the day. After a few more solo pictures, Sergio led Lauren to a new spot where he was ready to get down on one knee all while Brittany was there to snag the pics.
“Sergio got down on one knee, took out the ring and said: ‘It has always been me and you and that’s how I want it to be forever. Will you be my wife?’”
“I did have my suspicions that maybe a proposal was coming but nothing can compare to the moment when it actually happened!”
The couple finished up their photo shoot – turning it into an engagement shoot. About 16 months later, the couple would end up saying “I do” at the same venue where their engagement began!