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Lauren & Ben

Holman Ranch Wedding Photography

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Ben and Lauren dreamed of spending the most important day of their lives surrounded by family and friends in a beautiful but laidback California setting. Holman ranch was the first venue they visited, and once they saw the amazing historic location, they knew it also would be the last.

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The couple will never forget getting ready with the wedding party and their parents on the day of the wedding.

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It was a really special moment to toast champagne while Lauren’s mother buttoned –up her Watters Wtoo dress and the bridesmaids helped out with her something old (her mom’s wedding dress lace around her bouquet), something new (keshi pearl earrings and hairpiece from Nordstrom and Etsy), something borrowed (her father’s Milwaukee firefighter badge), and something blue (Kate Spade shoes).

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A watercolor palette of blush, peach, coral, and sea spray blue set the color scheme and rustic, vintage touches tied everything together.

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It truly took a village to make this wedding to happen- Ben and Lauren DIY’ed almost any aspect they could get their hands on, and graciously, friends and family offered to lend their special talents to make the wedding as personal as possible!

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One of the guests noted, “it feels like Lauren and Ben Summercamp moreso than a wedding!” which is exactly how the couple wanted the experience to feel.

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The sun was shining and music was playing (live guitar and bass by Hitwaves Unplugged) when it came time for Ben and Lauren to officially say “I Do.”

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The flowergirls (tutus homemade by the bride) and ring bearer followed the bridesmaids (in Jcrew) and groomsmen (in Kenneth Cole) down the aisle without a hitch.

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A family friend of the bride, Gene, officiated the beautiful ceremony, which included a Time Capsule Unity Ceremony, and concluded with Ben and Lauren’s personal vows.

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One of the couple’s favorites parts of the ceremony was the ring warming ritual, in which all the guests passed Ben and Lauren’s new wedding rings along with a wish or blessing. It allowed them to take a deep breath, look out at all the guests, and soak in the moment.

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After the ceremony, the bridal party and family headed to the golden fields behind Holman to take portraits while the guests enjoyed a wine tasting, beer brewed by the couple and their friend Duncan, and signature cocktails representing the couples’ hometowns (San Francisco Pisco Punches and Wisconsin Old Fashioned’s).

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Yard games and coloring books (homemade by Ben and Lauren), mason jar cocktails (also homemade by Ben and Lauren for the favors, along with koozies), food truck catering (by Roli Roti), and a record-spinning DJ (Trevor from Santa Cruz DJ) sent the message that Ben and Lauren were ready to CELEBRATE their new lives together!

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The couple quickly decided on one of their mutual true loves– travel and adventure– to inspire the wedding invitations and décor.

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Dinner in the rose patio was followed by dancing in the carriage house- only interrupted briefly to watch the hometown Wisconsin Badgers beat Duke in the NCAA championship final four game!

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Guests are still talking about the Shoe Game played during the reception, in which the couple answered questions like “Who made the first move?” by holding up the person’s shoe accordingly.

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The party was going in full force until the very last song of the night- Journey’s “When the Lights Go Down in the City.”

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Read Lauren and Ben’s Love Story

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First they meet… Nine.Seventeen.Ten Port De Call, Milwaukee, Wisconsin It could have been any other Friday night. Lauren and friends from her graduate program were celebrating the completion of the first year students’ first big assignment. Among them was Kelsey, who urged her boyfriend Nick to invite some of his friends out in the tiny chance that two singles from the two different worlds may connect and hit it off. Meanwhile, Ben was hanging out with one of his friends Brett who had received an invite from Nick to join Kelsey’s “doctor friends” out “celebrating a tenure promotion” (close enough, Brett!). Their introduction was rocky to say the least- Lauren was sidetracked into a sparring match with good-natured yet sarcastic Brett while Ben watched quietly from the sidelines. Little did Ben know, Lauren was immediately attracted to the “tall quiet musician” and spent the rest of the night trying to win his attention. Luckily for Lauren, Ben was intrigued by the outspoken and lively psychology student, and the two finally struck up a conversation. Although it took Ben awhile to scrap up the nerve to call Lauren after their first introduction, exactly one month and a not-so-subtle nudge from Nick later, Ben and Lauren had their first date at Lauren’s apartment on Oakland Avenue. He’s called her every day since!   …Then they move One.Six.Thirteen Mission District, San Francisco, CA   Ben and Lauren adored the first two years of their relationship in Milwaukee. They collected favorite brunch spots around Riverwest and Brady street (fun), they watched their beloved hometown Packers dominate the road to Superbowl XLV at friends’ charming east side homes and local favorite Scaffidi’s Hideout (more fun), and even helped each other shovel their cars out of snowplowed-in parking spaces during the Snowpocolypse of 2011 (not so fun). When Lauren needed to relocate for her predoctoral psychology internship, the couple had “the conversation” and decided to try their luck at starting a new life together in a bigger and warmer city (after all, if not now, when?). Ben was drawn to the lively culture and activity-inspiring terrain of California, and after interviewing at the University of California San Francisco, Lauren became convinced that the City by the Bay would be their new home. Lauren went first to start her new position while Ben finished up his job back home, but after six months and climbing Skype minutes, Ben moved out and the couple began settling in to their first place together.   He asks… and she says Yes! Eleven.Seventeen.Thirteen Their First Apartment, San Francisco, CA After three years of dating Lauren and watching her ruin almost every surprise anyone has tried to give her with her endearing but endless planning, Ben knew he had to get creative when popping the question in order to give Lauren the romantic and astounding proposal she’d be dreaming of since she was old enough to know what “proposal” meant. He had it all mapped out for the Saturday before Thanksgiving- he would go to Tiffany’s in the morning under the guise of needing to work for a few hours, then he would take Lauren to play tennis at their favorite courts overlooking the city, and when the view was just right he would bend down to “pick something out of his gym bag” and instead pull out the ring. How romantic! But just as Ben had observed with Lauren in the past, she took plans into her own hands and ironically almost sabotaged the very event she was desperately waiting for! While Ben “went to work,” Lauren went to brunch with some of her San Francisco friends, sipped mimosas, and funnily-enough wondered aloud when Ben would pop the question. As her friends ordered another mimosa pitcher, Lauren declined, informing them that Ben had made her promise she’d be up for playing tennis later in the afternoon. After a few encouragements, Lauren decided to jump on in- she and Ben could play tennis tomorrow after all! When Lauren arrived back home Ben realized the sun was setting and the moment had passed, and decided to proceed with Plan B. The next day, with his anticipation mounting, Ben suggested that he and Lauren take their third anniversary picture. For context- Lauren and Ben have a tradition in which they take a picture on their anniversary holding a picture from the year before- they videorecord the process in order to take the best screenshot of the event. Ben patiently waited as Lauren choreographed several versions of the two of them made complicated by their not-so-compliant kitties. Just as Lauren said, “Ok, I think we got it,” Ben rose and proclaimed that there was one more picture they had to take. He proceeded to get down on one knee and ask Lauren the very question she couldn’t wait to say “Yes!” to.   …They seal the Journey with “I Do” Four.Four.Fifteen Holman Ranch and Vineyards, Carmel Valley, CA Ben and Lauren dreamed of spending the most important day of their lives surrounded by family and friends in a beautiful but laidback California setting. Holman ranch was the first venue they visited, and once they saw the amazing historic location, they knew it also would be the last. The couple quickly decided on one of their mutual true loves– travel and adventure– to inspire the wedding invitations and décor. A watercolor palette of blush, peach, coral, and sea spray blue set the color scheme and rustic, vintage touches tied everything together. It truly took a village to make this wedding to happen- Ben and Lauren DIY’ed almost any aspect they could get their hands on, and graciously, friends and family offered to lend their special talents to make the wedding as personal as possible!   One of the guests noted, “it feels like Lauren and Ben Summercamp moreso than a wedding!” which is exactly how the couple wanted the experience to feel. The entire bridal party and some close friends and family stayed in the beautiful bungalows the ranch all weekend, allowing everyone to relax and really take everything in. Yard games and coloring books (homemade by Ben and Lauren), mason jar cocktails (also homemade by Ben and Lauren for the favors, along with koozies), food truck catering (by Roli Roti), and a record-spinning DJ (Trevor from Santa Cruz DJ) sent the message that Ben and Lauren were ready to CELEBRATE their new lives together! The couple will never forget getting ready with the wedding party and their parents on the day of the wedding. Lauren, the bridesmaids, and her mother and cousin Grace enjoyed sipping coffee, helping bridesmaid Marie with the flowers, and tying menus in their robes (gift from the bride, monogrammed by a friend of the bride, along with state necklaces) while taking turns in the chair for hair (by Melissa Marie) and make-up (by the maid of honor, Noa). It was a really special moment to toast champagne while Lauren’s mother buttoned –up her Watters Wtoo dress and the bridemaids helped out with her something old (her mom’s wedding dress lace around her bouquet), something new (keshi pearl earrings and hairpiece from Nordstrom and Etsy), something borrowed (her father’s Milwaukee firefighter badge), and something blue (Kate Spade shoes). Ben, the groomsmen, and the fathers were relieved to get in a few games of pool and open their map cufflinks and custom 6-pack holders (made by the groom) before the pomp and circumstance began. The sun was shining and music was playing (live guitar and bass by Hitwaves Unplugged) when it came time for Ben and Lauren to officially say “I Do.” The flowergirls (tutus homemade by the bride) and ring bearer followed the bridesmaids (in Jcrew) and groomsmen (in Kenneth Cole) down the aisle without a hitch. One of the couple’s favorites parts of the ceremony was the ring warming ritual, in which all the guests passed Ben and Lauren’s new wedding rings along with a wish or blessing. It allowed them to take a deep breath, look out at all the guests, and soak in the moment. They also love looking down at their wedding rings and knowing that every wedding guest warmed it in their hands on their wedding day. A family friend of the bride, Gene, officiated the beautiful ceremony, which included a Time Capsule Unity Ceremony, and concluded with Ben and Lauren’s personal vows. After the ceremony, the bridal party and family headed to the golden fields behind Holman to take portraits while the guests enjoyed a wine tasting, beer brewed by the couple and their friend Duncan, and signature cocktails representing the couples’ hometowns (San Francisco Pisco Punches and Wisconsin Old Fashioned’s). Dinner in the rose patio was followed by dancing in the carriage house- only interrupted briefly to watch the hometown Wisconsin Badgers beat Duke in the NCAA championship final four game! Guests are still talking about the Shoe Game played during the reception, in which the couple answered questions like “Who made the first move?” by holding up the person’s shoe accordingly. The party was going in full force until the very last song of the night- Journey’s “When the Lights Go Down in the City.”
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Venue: Holman Ranch and Vineyards

Officiant: Gene Boyer

Caterer: Roli Roti Gourmet Rotisserie

Wedding Planner: Gina Lett

Cakes & Desserts: Mission Minis

Hair & Makeup: Melissa Marie

Musician: Hit Waves Unplugged

DJ: Trevor Williams, Santa Cruz DJ

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