Lauri and Mike : Engagement


They held each others’ hands as dawn slipped inside the taxi through the lightly frosted windows. Lauri spoke about their wedding and Mike nodded in happy approval—she found the perfect wedding dress (happy nod), they chose their first dance song (happy nod), they were excited for their engagement session on the Las Vegas Strip (slightly happy nod). It’s just that we’re a little nervous for this shoot, Lauri quickly explained. At this, Mike laced his fingers around Lauri’s and gave a little squeeze. His love and devotion for Lauri is evident in the way he listens her to every word. As if they were dipped in honey. He loves her that much.

Mike loves Lauri so much he agreed to have their engagement session begin around 6:45AM. Apparently, words dipped in honey can never be denied 😉

Lauri and Mikey have a totally rad wedding planned for this August in Philadelphia and I couldn’t be more excited to meet their friends and family. Okay, aaaaand try a real Philly Cheese Steak (without the meat of course!). I’m also stoked to run up the same steps Rocky Balboa did…I shall pump my fists with glorious victory! Lauri and Mikey are some of the coolest and sweetest people one could meet and I’m honored to be documenting their wedding day!

I was able to snap a few frames amidst the piles of junk before getting kicked out! Woohoo! 🙂

We ended the engagement session at The Bellagio Hotel and the morning light was just beautiful!

To see more of their engagement session, CLICK HERE for a slideshow!

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  1. B

    March 26th, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    These are fabulous! I just had to look over them again… and again. Woo hoo for scrap metal and great models =]

  2. Cathy Crawley

    March 26th, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    Wow, these are great! And what commitment to be ready for a shoot before 6.45am! I really love that first shot. 😉

  3. Jason

    March 26th, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    Nice work, Jasmine! Getting kicked out of an area is fine after the shots are taken, right?! As Becker has mentioned in the past….get the shot and then ask for forgiveness if needed! Looked like a beautiful morning….

  4. B

    March 26th, 2008 at 9:28 pm

    Sorry… I had to comment on the slide show. Uh, you need to go to Vegas more often. You were truly inspired. I just fell in love with this couple and I don’t even know them! The shots are killer.

  5. Donna Carbone

    March 26th, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    Jasmine, I LOVE the pictures! Lauri and Mike look so cute. You captured them perfectly! Thank you!!
    – Donna Carbone (Lauri’s mom)

  6. Ben & Laura

    March 26th, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    Great Shots … they are fun and full of life! We love your work by the way 🙂

  7. Noelle

    March 26th, 2008 at 9:41 pm

    i love how often you post! its great, some blogs just get so stale! they go weeks with no posts! your a constant blogger, and i love it, i give you mucho props for that lady! not to mention your work is absolutely stunning!

  8. jeanette sanchez

    March 26th, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    Love the Vegas sign and the heart shot is too clever!

  9. Alicia

    March 26th, 2008 at 10:06 pm

    I just love your knack for flare! It adds a special kick to the sparkle that is already in their eyes. Love it!

  10. kara pennington

    March 26th, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    these are great! love the junk pile shots! 🙂

  11. Lauri

    March 26th, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    OH MY GOSH!! I absolutely LOOOOVE them all! You are AMAZING! Seriously. The last one above with the flare totally rocks!!! I want it printed out giant and on our wall forever! 🙂 Thank you so so so much! 🙂

  12. Katie

    March 26th, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    These are awesome!!! Lauri and Mikey, you guys look so cool and hot!!! Jasmine, you’ve captured their personalities perfectly. 🙂 Also, when you come to Philly, I can direct you to a super delicious vegetarian cheese steak place. I’m obsessed with it. Gianna’s on South and 6th. Yum, yum.

  13. Akil Bennett

    March 26th, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    Great shots jasmine! You’ve just made me reconsider shooting early in the morning because the lighting is great. In the end it’s worth it, nice job!

  14. Gena McMillan

    March 26th, 2008 at 10:46 pm

    Jasmine I was looking forward to this post soo much. How did you all decide where you wanted to shoot? Or was it kind of a fly by the seat of you pants shoot? I love the last one. She has such amazing eyes!!

  15. Leo

    March 26th, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    Love the pic’s. I love the light in the background. Did you use a reflector at all for fill light for their faces?
    Keep it coming.

  16. Alissa

    March 26th, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    Lauri and Mikey are two of my favorite people and seeing them on your blog is extremely exciting! You’ve really captured the essence of them! Beautiful work!

  17. Melissa McClure

    March 26th, 2008 at 11:21 pm

    Gorgeous Jasmine! Love the junk yard shots! I shot a wedding in downtown Philly last year – it was awesome! 🙂

  18. gabriel.ryan.

    March 26th, 2008 at 11:31 pm

    you rule! i wish you’d take some pictures of me & my wife… oh wait… 😉

  19. christina LeMarr

    March 26th, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    Gorgeous!! As always!!

  20. Shannon P

    March 26th, 2008 at 11:42 pm

    What a beautiful bride to be and a couple that looks very thrilled about their upcoming date! Gorgeous colors and pictures, like always!

  21. andrea

    March 26th, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    These are fantastic! My favorite is the third one down from the top — it totally captures Lauri’s personality. Jasmine, I’m so excited to meet you at the wedding! –Andrea (Lauri’s sister)

  22. Meredith Williams

    March 27th, 2008 at 12:06 am

    So beautiful, I especially love the flare shot too.. and of course the vegas signs, really amazing captures!

  23. Dennis Urbiztondo

    March 27th, 2008 at 12:07 am

    Very NICE :0)

  24. Melissa Koehler

    March 27th, 2008 at 12:37 am

    Jasmine, these are so fabulous! I am loving all of them. Amazing as always!

  25. Simply Modern Weddings

    March 27th, 2008 at 1:00 am

    Great lighting on these photos! Yummy for philly cheese steak now….mmm mmm! 🙂

  26. kerri mcconnell

    March 27th, 2008 at 1:15 am

    simply beautiful. these 2 are gorgeous for 6:45 in the morning. such yummy light!

  27. kate

    March 27th, 2008 at 1:51 am

    wow – her eyes are so beautiful! great job Jas 🙂

  28. Michael Blanchard

    March 27th, 2008 at 2:00 am

    Please tell me your kidding me! …ABSOLUTELY breathtaking. This is the first thing I’ve seen from everyone’s week at wppi that made me wish I had gone too…

  29. katherine Bowman

    March 27th, 2008 at 2:15 am

    great photos, fun location!!

  30. Mikey

    March 27th, 2008 at 2:32 am

    When Lauri called me at work to tell me that the engagement pictures were up I couldn’t wait to rush home and look at em. The pictures are absolutely perfect, they couldn’t be better. I love the way you captured Lauri’s beautiful big eyeballs, her eyes are amazing. Thank you so much and we are so looking foward to you shooting the wedding!

  31. Katie Thurmes

    March 27th, 2008 at 3:57 am

    love that "wedding" shot…very vegas, very fun. great seeing you!

  32. Lezlie

    March 27th, 2008 at 4:14 am

    These are super fun. The last one is stellar!

  33. kimberlee

    March 27th, 2008 at 4:37 am

    lovin that shot in front of the bellagio- the shadow from her heels is freakin’ awesome!!! 🙂

  34. kymberli q.

    March 27th, 2008 at 4:55 am

    These are soooo cute! Great job, Jasmine!

  35. Leah Simmers

    March 27th, 2008 at 5:14 am

    THese are cute, I really like the one with the heart on the ground, fun!!

  36. Fred Egan

    March 27th, 2008 at 5:18 am

    I ALSO love the WEDDING location 😀

  37. cassandra m

    March 27th, 2008 at 5:21 am

    Love the shoe shot in the slideshow. awesome. what a great shot…how did you fit that in with WPPI?

  38. YazyJo

    March 27th, 2008 at 6:09 am

    Awesome as always!! You are sweet, true to others, awesome writer and photographer 🙂 Thanks for all you do.

  39. ricki ford

    March 27th, 2008 at 12:57 pm

    these are great, that moring light is beautiful.

  40. Donna

    March 27th, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    She is ADORABLE! At any rate, it wasn’t that warm during WPPI. I’m impressed they don’t look cold!

  41. Kenzie Shores

    March 27th, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    These are just BEAUTIFUL! I love the morning light!

  42. Mary

    March 27th, 2008 at 3:39 pm

    absolutely beautiful… no big shock there!

  43. Alyssa Lang

    March 27th, 2008 at 3:48 pm

    You mean to tell me you actually did work while in Vegas? lol They are gorgeous. I love the heart one in front of the Vegas sign!

  44. Maegan

    March 27th, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    BEAUTIFUL!!!!! Jasmine you are such and inspiration and I only hope that one day I can show this much love and passion in my photographs. I guess no longer a blog stalker either. Great work.

  45. Sandra

    March 27th, 2008 at 3:56 pm

    OOOO Pats & Geno’s are great…but Im sitting here trying to figure out how you go about having a philly steak without the steak….Oh and don’t forget to try to philly soft pretzles…

    I hope you will love Philly when you get here. Hopefully you can do a starbox lunch philly style 😉

  46. Maegan

    March 27th, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    OHHHHH!!! That would be a FAB idea, Starbox lunch in Philly. I’d even drive down from Toronto for that one.

  47. Charmarie

    March 27th, 2008 at 3:59 pm

    I love the second to last photo of them on sitting next to the fountain. The time of day was perfect and I like how she’s leaning into him. Stunning photos!

  48. therese

    March 27th, 2008 at 4:10 pm

    oh, they’re gorgeous! love the back lit ones, fabulous as per usual, well done

  49. TonyaPeterson

    March 27th, 2008 at 4:46 pm

    hmmm…hoe will you ahve a cheese staek without steak! LOL. These pics are amazing! The lighting is so beautiful. Nothing beats morning light!

  50. Ellen

    March 27th, 2008 at 5:15 pm

    This pictures are gorgeous!!!

  51. Nataly

    March 27th, 2008 at 5:36 pm

    I love the shot with wedding behind it! Great images, like always 🙂

  52. ohana photography ~ david & kimi b

    March 27th, 2008 at 5:52 pm

    don’t you hate that you always get kicked out of the best places to shoot!! love the junk yard image! love it!

  53. Marlin Munoz

    March 27th, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    They kicked you out at that early in the morning?!?! Some people just have no appreciation for art!! Wonderful images!

  54. Charise

    March 27th, 2008 at 10:20 pm

    You ROCK Jasmine!! The lighting is so great!!!

  55. sandy

    March 28th, 2008 at 4:49 am

    girl, you make junk yard look good!! great job!!

  56. amy blackburn

    March 28th, 2008 at 5:09 am

    your pictures make my eyes happy.


  57. Danielle

    March 28th, 2008 at 3:36 pm

    LOVED the slideshow! THe edgy music set such a different tone for this shoot!

  58. Frannie

    March 28th, 2008 at 6:28 pm

    I love these! They’re just so sassy and cute. 😀

  59. daniel galang

    March 31st, 2008 at 9:34 am

    hi jasmine! i was first led to your blog by a friend of mine, jasmine marie, and have been following along for a little while! I loved this shoot and just wanted to add that your work is absolutely beautiful and particularly inspiring to me… very much so.. =)

  60. Jenn

    April 1st, 2008 at 3:21 am

    I come here all the time and never comment but I just adore that last photo! So cute… I love the colors.

  61. Kyle Nalley

    April 2nd, 2008 at 6:49 pm

    Oh man–that last one is a killer!!

  62. Lydia

    April 4th, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    I can’t wait to watch the video to see how you took all of these awesome pictures!

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  64. Jean

    May 24th, 2008 at 9:17 pm

    Jasmine, these photos are incredible!! These two look GREAT (as always)! What perfect light and what perfect subjects. I am THRILLED to meet you at the wedding!! Lauri absolutely chose the perfect photographer. 🙂

  65. Kay English

    August 6th, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    <3 this!!! When were you in Vegas? that’s soooo cool! I heart the last one!

  66. Katrina

    September 23rd, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    The lighting in that last one makes me swoon! Great shots!