Lauren & Gilles: A Traditional Church Wedding in Philadelphia, PA

Lauren and Gilles first met while Lauren was in college and studying abroad for a year in Gilles’ hometown of Avignon, France. “I always saw him in group situations and remember thinking he was really cute,” Lauren says. The Bride Lauren Peterson, 23, high school french teacher The Groom Gilles Arcusi, 26, student The Date August 3 After her friends went back to the States, Gilles called Lauren and asked her out. “I remember how nervous I was to be going out with him and being the only American,” she recalls. The two truly connected, and it was a painful goodbye when Lauren left for the States that spring. They stayed together long-distance for a year-and-a-half. “We loved each other so much that it was definitely worth it,” Lauren says. Just three days before one of Gilles’ visits ended, he proposed to Lauren with a ring made using her grandmother’s engagement diamond. A year later they were married twice, first in Philadelphia and then in France.