It could not have been a more beautiful September day! The sunlight was beautiful, the air perfect. I never remember being too warm or too cold, but I do remember smiling at lot at how lovely everything looked. The florals were vibrant with texture and color, the details were so sweet and meaningful. Lauren was so calm and happy to be getting ready with her girls; Mark was full of anticipation.
Lauren and Mark are two of my favorite people. Lauren is calm but intentional. She is always concerned with the well-being of others around her. She is selfless and beautiful, and she adores Mark. I love the way that she looks at him, with such admiration and care. Mark is a gentleman in every sense of the word. He cares for Lauren and always puts her needs before his own, he has class, he has a great sense of humor, and he is quite romantic with his love for Lauren. There's this one picture I took when Mark looked over at me just before Lauren walked down the aisle (with his back to her, as they do in England), and his smile was just beaming!
This wedding was not only special because of their love for one another but because of the sacrifice they've made to keep and protect this love. Lauren met Mark in England when she worked there for a season after college. Mark fell head over heels in love with Lauren, and instead of letting her move back to the states alone, he secured a job in the US, packed up his entire life, and moved to the US for Lauren. I recently heard someone say "true love never comes without sacrifice," and that is certainly true. But what a reward for their sacrifice! To see them both so full of joy, committing their lives to one another with their friends and family surrounding them, made it all worth it. I loved hearing the British accents and jargon throughout the day - the carpark (parking lot), braces (suspenders), and my personal favorite - "be upstanding!" (stand up!). Their wedding represented a true marriage of cultures and traditions, and it was the perfect celebration for Lauren and Mark.
Congratulations, Mr. and Mrs. Whyman! So happy for you both!
Venue: The Matthews House
Officiant: Candy Snively
Cake Artist & Caterer: The Matthews House
Florist: Brides and Bouquets
Event Coordinator: The Matthews House
Reception DJ: Touch of Class DJ's
Hair & Makeup Artist: MakeUp For Your Day
Invitations: Wedding Paper Divas
Save the Dates: Minted
Wedding Dress: Melissa Sweet at David's Bridal
Bridesmaids' Dresses: J.Crew
Bridesmaids' Shoes: Badgley Mischka