Lauren & Matt // Lake Wedding Film

Lauren and Matt met for the first time when they were 8 years old. After years of knowing each other, they became closer friends in their high school senior Anatomy class. Matt asked Lauren to his senior homecoming and 5 years later they were planning their wedding! These two high school sweethearts were married on a perfect spring day in Alabama! 

Here is Lauren and Matt's perspective of their wedding day ... 

{Lauren} Our wedding day is something we will always cherish forever. Having an April wedding can be so unpredictable for weather, but our day was absolutely perfect. We had so much fun celebrating with all our loved ones and can’t believe how fast the day went by. Having a big, southern Antebellum Home wedding on the lake while marrying your best friend surrounded by friends and family was the greatest feeling in the world. 

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What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? 

{Lauren} I had several favorite moments throughout the day such as my bridesmaids and dad seeing my dress for the first time, the pre-ceremony prayer with our officiator, celebrating with our loved ones, walking along the lake with my husband at sunset for a few quick picture/video shots, and much more. My most memorable moments though are my 1st look with Matt and walking down the aisle with my dad to meet Matt at the altar. Both are moments that I felt the Lord was smiling down on us. 

{Matt} I have many memories from our wedding day, but there’s one that sticks out above all. I remember making the long walk to the boathouse for the first look. As we waited for Lauren to arrive, I remember the warm wind softly blowing across the lake. I also remember how the nerves were building up in anticipation for my beautiful bride. As I heard her making her way up to the top of the boathouse to meet me, what was probably 5 minutes felt like 5 hours. I could hear her walking towards me, and finally, a gentle tap on my shoulder. The second I turned around, all the nerves, worries, and anxieties melted away. I felt comforted immediately, and knew this would be the best day of our lives… so far. 

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What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? 

{Lauren} The biggest challenge we had to overcome is wedding planning while both working full-time. Many nights were spent addressing cards, finishing registries, and having vendor meetings. You just have to keep a positive mindset and enjoy that special time because looking back we had so much fun together planning the day we would become husband and wife after our many years of dating. 

How did you make the ceremony unique and represent you?

{Lauren} We chose for our ceremony to be a worship service unto the Lord celebrating our union. We chose to give worship by focusing on the true meaning of marriage and singing one of our favorite hymns, “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing.” I loved how our officiator said marriage is not how long you can endure but how constantly you can love. 

What moments made your reception special? 

{Lauren} Our reception was such a blast to celebrate with all our friends and family who have supported us throughout our lives and relationship. Matt and I chose “Then” as our first song because Brad Paisley was our mutual love when we first started dating, my dad and I chose “My Little Girl” because of our love for Tim McGraw throughout my childhood, and Matt and I chose “Sweet Caroline” as our final song because of our mutual grand love for baseball. We loved having our sorority and fraternity there to surround us and sing our ritual songs to us on our joyous day. Our sparkler exit was the perfect way to end the night—it was beautiful to see!

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Tell us about finding your perfect wedding dress. 

{Lauren} Finding my wedding dress was actually very easy! I had an exact shape, style, and color I wanted. Shortly after my search began, I ran across a dress that ended up being THE dress. It was just the style I had in mind, perfect for an outdoor wedding, and so me! After that, I found the perfect veil and hot pink wedges to make my attire complete!

Did you have any heirlooms you used in your wedding?

{Lauren} Yes, I wore my great grandmother’s brooch on my bouquet on top of a lace, monogrammed “S” hankerchief my sorority Little/Bridesmaid got me while in Belgium when I got engaged. 

Why did you decide to do a “first look”? 

{Lauren} I am very traditional, so I had originally not wanted one. Shortly into planning, we got talked into having a first look and do not regret it one bit. We would recommend having one to anyone having doubts. Words cannot describe how at peace I felt spending that quiet and alone time with my groom admiring God’s beautiful creation that surrounded us that Easter Saturday for our wedding day. We just enjoyed talking with each other before the events began. Nothing will ever take away the feeling you will get as you walk down the aisle to your groom, not even a first look. Both are special moments and both are memories that will stay with me forever. 

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What advice do you have for couples planning their wedding?

{Lauren} Enjoy it as much as possible. Don’t get too stressed about little details because everything will fall into place. We had a wonderful planner and day of coordinator who helped to take our stress away as well. Use your engagement period and continue to through marriage to learn more about your spouse and to grow spiritually. Joining a small group bible study has been such a blessing to go through life with people at our same life stage. 

{Matt} Times can get stressful, but remember why you are planning a wedding. As long as the both of you say your vows, all the other details don’t matter in comparison. Just stay organized, and do most of your planning early while y’all are excited to do the planning. Once time gets short, things get crazy. So do most of the planning early!

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What’s next for you? 

{Lauren} We are looking forward to building our lives together, living everyday to bring glory to our Savior, starting a family in the future, and many years of love, joy, and laughter with each other. 

Congratulations Lauren and Matt! Thank you for trusting us to capture your story! 

Those who helped make Lauren and Matt's wedding perfect ...

Wedding Venue: Antebellum Weddings at Oak Island in Wilsonville, Alabama
Photographer: High Cotton Photography 
Planner/Coordinator: Candace Armstrong & Terri Bozeman
Florist: Purple Petals Florist 
DJ: Jhon Russell 
Caterer: Chef Troy's Talk of the Town
Cake: Indulge Sweet Shoppe
Koozies: Totally Promotional