Stephanie and Lauren became best friends during their undergraduate work, and shared their hopes and dreams amid the chaos of classes and schedules. Lauren told Stephanie about her love of travel, hiking, her enthusiasm for the NFL (Go Panthers!), and her enjoyment of tasting craft beer — even her love of scuba diving.

The two remained friends as Stephanie traveled on to graduate school. As best friends often do, Stephanie remained on the lookout for the ‘perfect guy’ for her friend Lauren.

At school, Stephanie met Michael — someone who loves to travel, is a huge fan of Notre Dame football (his alma mater), brews his own craft beer, cooks ethnic food and even scuba dives. Naturally, she immediately began playing matchmaker. Despite Stephanie’s attempts, the timing was never right for Lauren and Michael to meet — that is, until Stephanie’s own wedding! During the hectic chaos of her own wedding, Stephanie made sure cupid’s arrow was perfectly aimed toward her best friend, and as they say, the rest is history.

When I met this couple, they had flown in from San Francisco for their Engagement Session at Davidson College, ending with a beautiful sunset at Lake Davidson. We immediately hit it off! They were so relaxed and happy together, I knew it was going to be a great session. Throughout the session, I learned the couple had nearly traveled the globe during the past two years — scuba diving in Belize and Honduras, camping in the Shenandoah National Park, biking in the Badlands — you name it! To culminate some of their vast interests, they’re even hosting their rehearsal dinner at the Olde Mecklenburg Brewery in Charlotte, NC. I could go on and on about these two — I just wish they were my neighbors! They’re just so full of life, love and completely happy, beautiful people.

Lauren and Michael will exchange vows on June 14th at Little Church on the Lane followed by a reception at the Carmel Country Club.

And just to think — all it took was a little matchmaking by a best friend.

“But I traveled a long way

And it took time…

To find you…but, I did find you…

And he blessed my soul…” ~ I Found You by Alabama Shakes

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Lauren’s hair and makeup done by the incredibly talented Layne Owensby with Blush Beauty and Makeup.

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