As a nature-loving couple with Southern roots, Matt and Lauren Emily dreamed of an outdoor wedding shared with all of their family and friends. A two year engagement allowed them to save up and make it a reality, and Sophan Theam is sharing the beautiful results with us today.
Lauren Emily, a kindergarten teacher, grew up in Georgia; Matt, a truck rental manager, in Florida; they met at Auburn University while attending a party at his fraternity house. She spilled water on her jeans and was lent a change of clothes while they dried... (pretty interesting way to start a story, right?) "After they were done drying I went into the bathroom to change and 'this guy' barged into the bathroom too. In the midst of changing Matt went ahead and politely introduced himself by sticking a hand out. I just remember thinking, this guy just saw me in my underwear!" They went out that night, danced until the bar closed, and the rest is history.
I adored what Matt had to say about his gorgeous bride: "My favorite thing about Lauren Emily is her compassion and generosity towards others. She regularly puts others needs before her own showing her selflessness. We both share a passion for traveling, good food, and entertainment such as theatre and dancing (she's a sexy dancer). She also has a quirky teacher skill she brought home with her... she can fix almost anything with hot glue."
And Lauren Emily, about her man: "My favorite thing about Matt is that he is a strong, caring, and loving man but will join me and my silliness at the drop of a hat. We have a lot, A LOT of fun."
The first look was one of their favorite moments of the day: "Matt cried like a baby when he saw me and never made me feel so beautiful."
Lauren Emily and Matt picked Cross Creek Ranch because, according to the bride, "It felt like us. We always knew having an 'outdoorish' wedding was our dream. Once we saw that chapel after it was built we knew it was meant to be. It was quaint, romantic, and airy."
“We make a great match because Matt keeps us grounded and mature and I bring out the 'kindergarten' in us. I am obsessed with making him laugh and smile.”
The couple honored off their Southern roots and Auburn pride with a peach (instead of bright orange) and navy color palette, boots for the wedding party, and sweet, romantic touches throughout.
Once seated at our sweetheart table, we paused, looked at each other, and talked about how proud we were of this beautiful celebration. We looked around at our close friends and family having a ball and were so pleased. All the people we love the most were in one room/(barn) for us that one day in our whole lives. We wished it would never end.
Looking back now, a very special memory for us and so many others is that our very close friend (in the orange shirt in many many pictures) sadly passed away last week. It was the last time for many to see him dancing like crazy and so happy that night like he always was. He was the life of the party and in this case, our wedding. We hope the article can be 'dedicated' to him: Bear Townsend.