Ballroom At The Ben Wedding Lauren + Jake
Jake and Lauren’s union last weekend was a waterworks session. The couple hired the J&J Studios team to help them commemorate their engagement in an epic spread. We feel so privileged to have been a part of their love journey. From the decor, ambiance, and menu, everything about this lovely couple’s Ballroom At The Ben wedding was perfect! Jake and Lauren were glowing from the morning when our team arrived to document them getting ready for the ceremony all the way until the end of the evening. Check out the stunning visuals we captured of the bride and groom on their special day.
Jake and Lauren’s Sweet Love Story
Every couple has a love story. For Jake and Lauren, there’s began over four years ago when they met on a popular dating app called JSwipe. At the time, Lauren was living and working full-time in New Jersey and Jake lived thirty minutes away in the suburbs of Philadelphia. He had just moved back to the United States after being deployed in the Israeli army and was eager to start his career in real estate.
When they first matched on JSwipe in August they spent several days talking on the phone and getting to know each other. Jake wanted to take Lauren out right away. However, Lauren’s life was so consumed with work and she was helping her sister prepare for her upcoming wedding in September. Lauren told Jake they would have to wait until September 27th at 7 pm for their date which was over a month later. Jake figured that Lauren was just gently blowing him off.
Jake and Lauren ended up giong out for dinner on that exact date. They spent hours eating, laughing, and talking about everything under the sun. In fact, they stayed so long at the restaurant that they were closing when Jake and Lauren realized that it was time to leave. For the next ten months, Lauren and Jake went on a date every Tuesday at 7pm.
Truly A Matchmade In Heaven
Lauren and Jake are truly a match made in heaven. Lauren describes Jake as the most thoughtful man that she has ever met. “ He has forever changed my life and I feel so lucky to have been loved by him and thankful that I get to love him. He makes me more patient, kinder and challenges me to be the very best version of myself, “ Lauren said during the consultation interview. “Oh yeah, and he makes me laugh constantly!”
Jake recalled first seeing Lauren’s photo on the dating app. “ I fell in love instantly with her beautiful smile and I had to get to know her. She is my best friend, my love.”
Jake’s Heartwarming Proposal
Jake and Lauren got engaged during the pandemic. The couple was in the process of having a beautiful house built when they decided to move in with each other. Jake showed up at Lauren’s apartment in Brooklyn and they moved into their new beautiful home within twelve hours. They went to bed exhausted but Jake had planned an intimate brunch for their close family and friends that very next day.
Robin, Lauren’s sister asked to come up and see their new apartment before the brunch since it was her first time at the building. Lauren invited her and showed her the building’s amenities. Rob insisted on seeing the rooftop that Lauren had been talking about. When they got off the elevator there were roses leading from the elevator to the beautiful rooftop area. Lauren didn’t know what was going on until she saw Jake on bended knee. Jake had invited all of her friends from college and her family to witness this precious moment and she couldn’t believe that it was happening.
Needless to say, Lauren said yes! Jake had been planning this elaborate proposal since November. Everybody knew about Jake’s plans even Lauren’s five year old niece! Jake originally planned to proposed overseas in their trip to Israel. However, when the country shut down during the pandemic he was forced to change his plans.
The Wedding Planning Process
They choose to host their reception at the Ballroom At The Ben because they love the history behind the building. After touring the venue they were amazed by the ballroom and that the space was inviting and welcoming which made it the perfect place for their wedding celebration. Since the wedding was during the Fall season, Jake and Lauren opted for a blend of wine tones for the color scheme. These vibrant hues matched the ballroom’s beautiful scenery effortlessly.
Jake and Lauren spent over a year planning their dream wedding. At times they were uncertain because they didn’t know how things would pan out due to the pandemic and rigid COVID-19 restrictions. However, their families and friends’ support helped them survive the highs and lows of the wedding planning process.
Jake and Lauren’s Ballroom At The Ben Wedding
Jake and Lauren’s Ballroom At The Ben wedding was epic and a simply beautiful experience. Ballroom At The Ben is one of the hottest wedding venues in Philadelphia. Just like the name implies, Ballroom At The Ben is an opulent ballroom characterized by its classic yet elegant design features.
We met up with Lauren and Jake early in the afternoon and capture some visuals of the couple getting ready for the ceremony with the bridal party. The visuals we captured were timeless. Lauren’s first look with her dad was so emotional and we’re happy that we captured it on camera. We even did a fun photoshoot]]\ with the groom and his groomsmen.
There wasn’t a dry eye in the room when Lauren and Jake were officially married by their priest. We made sure we took lots of photographs of the newly married couple and their loved ones after the wedding ceremony.
The reception at the Ballroom At The Ben was a big party. Lauren and Jake with over a hundred of their guests ate, drank, danced and laughed all night long. Our team was there to capture every moment.
Here is a list of all the vendors that made Lauren and Jake’s big day special:
Officiant – Rabbi Budow
Band – Masquerade
Florist – Beautiful Blooms
Jeweler – Custom Made Rings
Groom Shoes – Rivessclothing
Wedding Invitations – April Lynn Designs
Bride Shoes- Manolo Blahnik
Wedding Dress – Allure Bridals
Tuxedo – Custom Made Rivesse Clothing
Cake – Best Cake Kosher Bakery
Makeup Artist – Louis Christian Robert John Salon
Hairstylist – Victoria from Louis Christian Robert John Salon
Lauren and Jake’s Favorite Wedding Memory
Lauren and Jake’s favorite memory from the wedding was the First Look. “After spending the night before apart and spending all morning preparing finally seeing each other dressed up, made it feel more real. There is no better feeling that looking at your partner and immediately feeling your anxieties dissipate, knowing that you’re in this thing together, “ Lauren recalls.
The best advice Lauren said that she would give to couples that are anticipating tying the knot soon is to not stress and worry about every detail. She recalls being overwhelmed with every aspect of the wedding planning specifically the invitations, napkins and the flowers. Yet as she enjoyed her wedding with her partner and loved ones she didn’t give a second thought to any of those things. In fact, Lauren promises, “Even the things that weren’t perfect on the day of, we’re perfect. It’s going to be the best day of your life, enjoy the day and celebrate by letting go of the little things.”
Book J&J Studios For Your Wedding
Lauren and Jake had a phenomenal experience working with the J&J Studios team on both their engagement and wedding day photo sessions. After the wedding the bride expressed to us at throughout the wedding it felt good knowing that we had their back and were solely focused on making sure they were happy.
They appreciated that we made sure we got all the shots even though the bridal party was running behind schedule. We wish this beautiful couple a lifetime of happiness.
Are you ready to tie the knot? It’s important to only a trust a skilled professional with your wedding day visuals. Here at J&J Studios, our photographers have years of experience in capturing wedding ceremonies and receptions. We document the entire occasion from the getting ready phase to the final dance at the reception. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.
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