We love how modern meets romance in Lauren and John’s wedding. Lauren wanted a romantic and fun wedding, she had a church ceremony and the reception took place at the Birmingham Museum of Art.
How did the two of you meet? John and I have been in school together since 7th grade. We started dating in the 10th grade and after high school we both went to Auburn. After graduating we moved back to Birmingham where we grew up and started working and about a year after moving back we got engaged.
What was the feel that you wanted to accomplish for your wedding and how did you executed that. I really wanted our wedding to have a romantic and fun feeling. Neillie and Lousie of Mariee Ami helped me plan everything and they did such a wonderful job of taking everything I said I wanted and making it real. I love soft, pastel colored flowers and wanted to have a lot of beautiful flowers throughout the ceremony and reception. One of my favorite things we did was create a floral chandelier that hung above the cake in the center of the room. I wanted the floral part to be incorporated in our wedding invitation suite as well. Holly Hollon took everything I said and created the most beautiful invitations from the save the date to the wedding invitation. I loved how everything went together so perfectly. Another thing I loved was in the middle of the reception we passed out mini tambourines, this was such a fun thing to incorporate and everyone loved having a tambourine to shake.
What is the one detail or vendor that you were so happy to have as a part of your wedding? One vendor that I was so happy to have as a part of our wedding was having Bryan Johnson of A Bryan Photo photograph our wedding. I could not have been more happy with how our images turned out. He made the day so laid back and fun and made us feel so comfortable throughout the whole day. I felt like he captured everything that happened so perfectly and now we will be able to have these images to look back at forever.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? The most memorable part of our wedding day was when they opened the doors to the church, and I saw John for the first time. We decided not to see each other before the ceremony, and I will never forget that moment of when I saw him walking down the aisle. My dad and my grandfather both walked me down the aisle and this was something that was very special to me. Having the two of them walk me down to meet my groom was such a special and memorable moment. Another moment that was so special was during the ceremony we had our bridesmaids and groomsmen all lay their hands on us and pray over our marriage. This meant so much to us to have our closest friends pray over us.
Where did you find your dress? I found my wedding dress at Ivory and White, and it was actually the first dress I tried on. The girls there did such a great job at listening to everything I said I wanted in a dress. All of their dresses are so beautiful and they made me feel so comfortable and made the experience so much fun.
Any advice for current Birmingham Brides? Enjoy every moment of the planning process and don’t worry so much about the tiny things. On your wedding day take it all in and and enjoy every minute. Just remember what the day is all about and that is marrying the love of your life. Pray throughout your engagement for this special day and the purpose of it and just enjoy everything!
CREDITS :: Photographer, A Bryan Photo | Wedding Planner & Rentals, Mariee Ami | Reception Venue, Birmingham Museum of Art | Catering, A Social Affair | Bridal Gown, Ivory & White Bridal Boutique | Bridesmaid Gowns & Flower Girl Attire, Bella Bridesmaid | Cake: Barb’s Cakes | Groom & Groomsmen Attire, Mr. Burch Formal Wear | Lighting Design, A.G. Lighting | Registry, Bromberg’s | Rentals, Event Rentals Unlimited | Ceremony Venue, Canterbury United Methodist Church | Floral Design, Buffy Hargett | Hair & Makeup, Celine Russell | Music & Entertainment, Tip Tops | Stationery, Holly Hollon Design & Calligraphy | Transportation, Trolley Time