Lauren + Justin :: Anguilla, BWI :: Wedding Rehearsal

Here’s a fun fact: Lauren and Justin are actually the first of FIVE couples in their cluster of friends (whether directly or indirectly related) who’ve bestowed upon us the great honor of capturing their respective wedding days from now through 2013. At this rate, we’re going to be BFFs with all the guests by the time we get to the fifth wedding :).

View of the CuisinArt Resort in Anguilla BWI before Lauren and Justin's wedding rehearsal. Captured by Caribbean Destination Wedding Photographer Ben Lau.

But in any case, Lauren and Justin decided they would tie the knot in Anguilla – a familiar piece of paradise that’s always held a special place in their hearts. I was simultaneously happy and sad when they asked me to come along to capture this beautiful day for them. I was deliriously happy because I was getting a few more stamps in the ol’ passport, but a bit sad because I was going to be nowhere near beach-shape by their wedding day (and of course, I would be away from the wife and kid for 3 days and 2 nights…sniff, sniff). This brings us to the ultimate conclusion where I would be the fully clothed guy on the beach wearing a camera and a sexy farmer’s tan. OHHH YEAH!!!

View of the patio at the CuisinArt Resort & Spa in Anguilla, BWI. Captured by Caribbean Destination Wedding photographer Ben Lau before Lauren and Justin's rehearsal dinner on the island.

Upon arrival at the CuisinArt Resort & Spa, I almost kinda half-expected my room to be filled with small kitchen appliances. However, I was surprised to learn that Lauren and Justin had generously set me up in a gimungo suite with this amazing view. I suppose this’ll do. I thought to myself :).

Father and son playing in the sand at the CuisinArt Resort & Spa in Anguilla, BWI. Captured by Caribbean Destination Wedding Photographer Ben Lau.

I rendez-vous’d with the rest of the guests who were already at the beach, throwing sand balls at each other.

Sand ball at the CuisinArt Resort & Spa in Anguilla, BWI. Captured by Caribbean Destination Wedding Photographer Ben Lau.

I’ve never seen sand do that. Have you?

Lauren and Sophie make an entrance towards the beach at the CuisinArt Resort & Spa in Anguilla BWI. Captured by Caribbean Destination Wedding Photographer Ben Lau.

The bride-to-be makes her grand entrance with her adorable little daughter Sophie.

Mexican restaurant in Anguilla BWI for Lauren and Justin's rehearsal dinner. Captured by Caribbean Destination Wedding Photographer Ben Lau.

There’s actually a funny story about how a Mexican restaurant ended up in Anguilla. Some tourist guy was in the mood for a taco, but couldn’t find one on the island. Long story short, he opened one up. BEST FISH TACOS EVER!

Groom makes a speech during his rehearsal dinner in Anguilla BWI. Captured by Caribbean Destination Wedding Photographer Ben Lau.

And of course, the groom :).

Rehearsal dinner in Anguilla BWI. Captured by Caribbean Destination Wedding Photographer Ben Lau.

It was finally time to eat, drink and get married :).

Live performance at CuisinArt Resort & Spa in Anguilla BWI. Captured by Caribbean Destination Wedding Photographer Ben Lau.

But of course, all evenings must draw to an end. And what better way to end a night than with some live music from a local legend? But alas, this was just the appetizer for the main course to come. In the mean time, to view these photos and more, please visit us at www.facebook.com/benlauphotography (and please “like” us while you’re there!). I hope you guys enjoyed Part 1 of Lauren and Justin’s wedding extravaganza!

Have a great weekend everyone :) ~ Ben

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