In case you didn’t know, we love a “how we met” story. In Lauren and Addison’s case, they win the prize for most darling introduction! They met as mere babes in kindergarten! They sat next to each other, you guys. This sweet fact played an important part in the design of their day. In the large bookshelf within the entrance of their venue, The Sonnet House, they displayed childhood photos, yearbooks they had signed in kindergarten, and other mementos of their wonder years. Other significant pieces of Lauren and Addison’s life together were woven throughout, too. For instance, the table that Addision used when he proposed? It also served as the table at which they shared their first communion as husband and wife, and now it’s sitting in their dining room! And while Lauren’s gorgeous, classic dress was a custom Lea-Ann Belter gown, her sash and bow were from her debutante gown.
How did your sweetie propose?
“We were “going to dinner” to celebrate the end of a long school year for both of us and Addison arrived at my house over an hour early and said he wanted to go on a drive. We drove up to my favorite lookout over the whole city and he proposed in front of the most picturesque outdoor Birmingham view! Our families arrived soon after and a photographer took great photos for us!”
How did you choose your gown?
“I actually loved the bottom of a Lea-Ann Belter gown so much, but wanted some lace on the top. I was able to “build” my perfect dress with a lace bolero that matched a sash and bow I wore to my debutante ball that served as my “something old.” ”
Tell us about your day!
“We spent so much time thinking through little details. Our theme was simple, relaxed, and sweet. We wanted to celebrate the nearly 20 years we’ve known each other and all those who have made us who we are. For example, on a large bookshelf that was in a room in the Sonnet House, we displayed childhood photos, yearbooks that we had signed in kindergarten, ballet costumes, track cleats, soccer uniforms, and any fun mementos our parents had been kind enough to save all these years. We also made our band a priority and were lucky enough to find the very best band around. People are still telling us months later how much fun they had dancing for hours on end! During our ceremony, we took communion for the first time as a couple on the beautiful table that Addison had used when he proposed to me. It is in our living room now and it makes me smile every day!”
What was your first dance song?
“We danced to “You Are the Best Thing” (and sang every word, of course!)”
Describe your wedding day in 5 words or less:
“Best. Day. Ever.”
What was the funniest moment of your day?
“Probably when I realized during the “garter toss” that I had completely forgotten to ever put a garter on, so my husband threw flowers instead!”
What was your something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue?
“Old: sash/bow from my debutante
Blue: garter bow”
Where did you go on your honeymoon?
“London, England (best decision ever!!)”
Any advice for future brides/grooms?
“Soak up every second of your wedding day because it flies by all too quickly. This is the one day in your entire life you’ll have all of your friends and family in one place celebrating the two of you. Enjoy it.”
Lauren + Addision’s Sonnet House Wedding Vendors
wedding dress: custom Lea-An Belter gown via White Dresses | photographer: Laura Wilkerson Photography | venue + catering: Sonnet House | florals: Corey Daniels | groom’s suit: The Black Tux | bridesmaid dresses: Revelry | band: Matt Carroll and the Browncoats | invitations: Huntsville Paper Co. | calligraphy: Cahaburn | hair + makeup: Looks by Laney B., Melissa Bogardus at Makeup Me | videography: ByDesign Films