Physical therapists Lauren and James met at a mixer in school. After forming a lasting friendship, they realized their hearts wanted much, much more. They made it official and the rest was history. Share their love!
This Is It
“Getting engaged was one of the best nights of my life,” says Lauren. “When we first started sharing long talks, I knew we had the same morals, principles and beliefs. Once we started being able to finish each other’s sentences, I said to myself, ‘This is it!’”
Lauren found her one-shouldered Simone Carvalli wedding gown at a local bridal boutique recommended to her by a family friend. It was the second one she tried on. “I knew it was the one when I saw myself in the three-way mirror with it on. It complemented my body and made me feel perfect."
"I started to have a closer relationship with God because James re-introduced me to church," says Lauren about her handsome new husband. "We laugh constantly and we rarely fight or get annoyed with one another. I am a better person because of him."
"James has great taste, so I wasn't worried at all when I let him handle all of the attire for the guys," boasts Lauren. He chose a tailor-made suit with an ivory jacket with a black, satin wide shawl.
Lauren's father walked her down the aisle as they played Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin performed by Innocenti Strings Quartet. "He has always been my protector and greatest supporter," she says. "This time was no different. It really symbolized the transition from the role of daughter to wife."
Lauren and James asked their parents to participate in the unity candle ceremony at their ceremony, to help unite their families as one. They also accepted communion and had their favorite scriptures read.
"I had butterflies in my stomach just trying to soak in the moment and exactly what was happening," says Lauren. "I was just smiling and saying to myself, 'Yes, this is it. We're actually getting married.'"
"We are a 'less is more' kind of couple," admits James. "We didn't want too much decor or for it to seem gaudy. The hall was already beautiful so there wasn't much that we needed. In the corner, we did have a photo booth, which was provided by the deejay company, Genesis Events."
"We had a budget, but my father, who really wanted this wedding, was able to pay for the majority of it, which really helped us alot," says Lauren. "We had a flexible budget that we mostly stuck to," James adds.
"It was the best day of my life," says Lauren. The happy couple honeymooned in Aruba after tying the knot. Did you enjoy their traditional wedding style as much as we did? Tell us your favorite details below and see more photos over at The Bride's Cafe. Want to see your wedding joy shared in Bridal Bliss? Email us now!