Lauren never dreamed she'd have a winter wedding. In the end, though, it was just one of many unexpected pleasures that her special day would bring. It all started when Lauren's boyfriend of four years, Brad, took her out for what she thought was her birthday dinner. That night, as they were discussing some houses she had seen, she said, "You know, I really think we should get married," a joking comment she'd made more than once before. "Yeah, well, if we're going to get married then we'll need one of these," Brad replied as he pulled out the ring. "I almost fell over," Lauren remembers. They set their sights on an October ceremony over a year and a half away. "One of the best things about a winter wedding is that you have your pick of venues," says Lauren. The couple decided to marry at the Water's Edge Resort in Westbrook.