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A Spring Wedding Day at the Castleton Banquet & Event Center in Windham, New Hampshire

I am so excited to be sharing Mike and Lauren’s wedding day for a few reasons!!! First, I would like to point out the obvious that these two are absolutely adorable!! There were several moments throughout the day, particularly during the first look, that when they held and hugged one another you could just tell they were at home with one another. It was so tender to see!

Second — I want this day to be a testament to what rain on a wedding day can look like. We all were on our toes refreshing the hourly forecast (and minute forecast which I did not realize was a thing until poor Lauren showed me!) and the rain was just not going away. Despite there being thunderstorms, we were still able to make some really beautiful portraits happen!! NO one wants rain, but Mike and Lauren rolled with the punches and trusted me to make sure they still got all the pretty photos despite needing to pivot plans and act fast and on our feet!!

Their day was so much fun. Lauren is just the sweetest and catching Mike’s looks at her throughout the day was just so genuinely perfect. I was living for the blue tones they chose and the fun ruffle chips that were their wedding favors!!

But probably one of my most favorite parts of the day? When I saw that sun glowing hard we booked it outside and even though it was lightly raining…. OHHHHH MAN WAS IT MAGICAL!!!! Probably some of the funnest and most favorite golden hour photos I have ever taken on a wedding day. By that time they were alright with a little fun in the rain and I am so glad that even though water from the sky might have happened, it didn’t ruin their day. And I am so happy with how their whole day went from start to finish!! Celebrating them was just the best, and I am so excited to share more of my favorites from their wedding!!

Lauren and Mike, thank you for trusting me on one of the biggest days of your life!! Enjoy reliving some of the best moments of the day ❤️

xo – Jess

***blogs are a highlight of sessions & weddings, and are not completed galleries. Final galleries will be sent in the coming weeks!***

Vendor Love!


Florist: Lyndsey Loring Design, LLC

Cake/Dessert: Jacques Fine European Pastries

DJ/Band: Matt Perez at Main Event Entertainment

Hair: Shayla at Freya Beauty Salon in Derry NH

Makeup: Celecia Taylor

Wedding Gown: Martin Thornburg at La Scala Bridal, Tewksbury, MA

Bridesmaids Dresses: Morilee from Marry and Tux, Nashua

Invitations: Truly Engaging by Magnet Street

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  1. Sharon Parker says:

    Jess I don’t know how to express my love of the love that you captured with Lauren and Mike. The pictures are absolutely amazing. When Lauren first talked to you she told me you were the photographer for her and Mike. And then when I saw their engagement pictures I knew she was absolutely right. Thank you for your absolute love of what you do and your love and ease of making us all feel comfortable and special.

    • coralcompass says:

      Oh my gosh, you are so so welcome!! It’s been the best time documenting their wedding journey, and I LOVED meeting the people that mean the most to them!! Thank you so much. I truly hope you enjoy their photos for years to come ❤️