Their Story: After her first marriage ended, Lauren Groce feared she might never find the love of her life. “I thought I would find Mr. Good Enough,” she says. Instead, she met Chad Hauck on Tinder and fell for his kindness and genuine nature. “He was just so endearing,” says Lauren, an emergency room nurse from Jefferson Township. “He’s a sweet guy, he wears his heart on his sleeve, and he’s very real.” In Chad, a carpenter from Toronto, Ohio, she found “perfect contentment.”
Will You Marry Me?: In 2014, Chad proposed on his birthday, October 11, in front of loved ones. As they sang “Happy Birthday,” Lauren couldn’t understand why he was crying. But he dropped to one knee and told her that this was the year his wish was finally coming true-—and asked her to become his wife.
Details of the Day: Lauren, 34, and Chad, 37, married on August 15, 2015, at The Inn at Millrace Pond in Hope Township. The wedding was relaxed, fun and intimate. Their 110 guests sat in a ring around them during the outdoor ceremony. “That made it easier for me to handle the emotions,” Lauren says. “I felt like they were there holding us up and supporting us.” A special guest at the ceremony was the couple’s Chihuahua named Matador. Highlights of the night included a bacon bar during the cocktail hour and a flash mob led by the couple to “Happy,” by Pharrell Williams. Purple stood out as the accent color, making a splash among the white and ivory flowers and on custom Converse sneakers the couple wore at the tented reception.
The Feeling of the Day: The wedding was a dream come true for Lauren. “It was just perfect,” she says. “I was finally marrying my best friend, and it was what I always imagined, but I didn’t think it would happen for me. It was totally magical.”
Favors: Mason jars to be used for drinks during the reception and beyond, and chocolate buckeyes, in a nod to Chad’s home state.
Favorite Moment: The happiness of exchanging rings. Lauren describes it as “the moment of being married and expressing that love for him and Chad knowing that I belong to him and he belongs to me.”
Favorite Detail: Her homemade bridal bouquet. Lauren made the bouquet using silk flowers and brooches. “It was a piece of me rather than flowers that were going to die and something that I could keep forever,” she says.
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Wedding Planner: Danielle Rothweiler, Rothweiler Event Design, Verona
Bride’s Gown: Pronovias, from Elizabeth Johns, Morristown
Bride’s Shoes: ChristyNgShoes, from Etsy for ceremony; Converse for reception
Groom’s Attire: John Varvatos, NYC
String Trio for Ceremony & Cocktail Hour: Music for the Moment, Mendham
Deejay & Photo Booth: Paul Anthony Entertainment-PAE Event Group, Short Hills
Caterer & Cake: Frungillo Caterers, Mountain Lakes
Hair: Gillian Moritz, Beauty Artist Group, Millburn
Makeup: Kim Musa, Tarte Cosmetics
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Flowers: Belle Fiore, Nanuet, New York
Videography: Joey G’s Memories Video & Photography, New York City
Officiant: Mitchell Maged, Oakland
Rings & Jewelry: Walter Bauman Jewelers, West Orange
Transportation: RPD Executive Coach, Green Brook
honeymoon: A trip to Peter Island, Turks and Caicos, and Jamaica