Gorgeous Adams Pond Wedding – Lauren & Josh
"These are two of my most favorite stories to tell! My husband Josh and I met in August of 2012 in the Sprint Cup garages at Charlotte Motor Speedway, and some would say, the rest is history. What started as an innocent smile from across those garages soon grew into the fun and excitement of something new, even though I didn't think I'd ever hear from him again after that day. When we met, Josh was living in North Myrtle Beach, SC and I had just graduated college (from Virginia Tech - GO Hokies!) and was back home in Roanoke, VA - so needless to say, we didn't have many opportunities to see each other. I lost count of the hours of sleep I lost FaceTiming him, talking on the phone, or staying up late watching movies "together" while talking. FaceTimes turned into weekend visits, and weekend visits turned into a long-distance relationship, and soon enough we couldn't get enough of each other. After a year and a half of dating long distance, I moved to Lexington, SC in May of 2014. We got Mack a month later! Fast forward two years, and we were on our way home from one of our many trips to visit friends of ours at Lake Norman in Mooresville, NC. I was particularly sleepy (and admittedly grumpy) when we got home that night, so I laid down on the couch to watch a movie. Before I knew it, Mack came prancing out of our bedroom with a little black box in his mouth. Confused, I grabbed it from him (thinking it was something he wasn't supposed to have, of course), and then it clicked. On June 12, 2016, I was a heap of blubbery, happy tears as Josh proposed in our living room with Mack by our side. In between all the "Oh my gods" and "Are you serious," I managed to say a very, very excited YES!I think my favorite part of that story to tell, though, is that Josh's original plan was to propose on a boat on the lake. Little did I know, he forgot to bring the ring that weekend..."
"I had always known (since I was a little girl, of course) that I wanted to have a simple, elegant fall wedding. I like to refer to the colors we chose as "fall versions of spring colors" - muted, subtle tones of blush, sage green, and nude with touches of burnt orange and ivory. One thing those closest to me know about me is that I strive to find meaning in everything I do, especially in planning the most important day of my life! In keeping with our simple style yet meaningful planning, I carried my late grandmother's Bible down the aisle, while my sister-in-law read a verse from 1 Corinthians during our ceremony. My "something old" was actually my husband's wedding gift to me - his great, great grandmother's diamond and yellow gold tearing."
"We stuck with dark stained wood that had beautiful scripted wording for most of our decor and signage, from the welcome and menu signs to the one that told our guests where they could get their groove on after the ceremony. We put out photos of us from our engagement session (and when I say us, I mean my husband, myself, and our black lab Mack...) and our florist added the most beautiful arrangements throughout the entire space. Our venue is a historic home on an estate dating back to the 1700s, situated on beautiful land with abundant weeping willows and a former grits mill, overlooking a beautiful pond. I absolutely loved being able to utilize both the indoor and outdoor spaces!"
"Our flowers were one of my most favorite aspects of our wedding day. I had arrangements made for our centerpieces, bouquets, boutonnieres, and decor for the aisle. I also had special corsages made for our mothers, grandmothers, and my Mack dog. The roses, ranunculus, chrysanthemums, eucalyptus and other greenery completed our day in the most perfect way."
My uncle officiated our wedding. My cousin did a reading from Les Miserables. My husband's sister read from the bible and was my bridesmaid, and my brother was an usher (and walked my sweet mother down the aisle). It was so special to me to be able to include members of both of our families in our ceremony. We were also "that couple" and had our sweet Mack dog walk down the aisle (assisted by my sweet cousin) to introduce my bridesmaids. He was incredibly handsome in his ivory bowtie collar! You wouldn't think that something as simple as having your dog present would make such a big difference, but it was those tiny touches that really made our day perfect. I do have to say, though, that was only a close second to my favorite part of the day - the reception! Anyone else get overwhelmed with emotions having all of your family, friends, and closest loved ones in one place celebrating you??"
"This goes back to my teenage years and always knowing how certain parts of my wedding day would look. And sure enough, I only tried on six wedding gowns before I fell head-over-heels in love with my own. I wore a strapless, allover lace, fit and flare Essense of Australia gown with a sweetheart neckline and a gorgeous (I mean, GORGEOUS) chapel length train. I completed my look with a waltz length veil with a lace trim, a beautiful crystal belt, and ivory Badgley Mischka heels. My husband wore a light grey suit with an ivory paisley patterned tie and cognac dress shoes. He completed his look with teal dress socks that had pictures of black labs on them. And yes, he looked incredibly handsome."
Photographer: Nikki Morgan Photography, LLC // Venue: The Millstone at Adams Pond // Event Planner: JWK Weddings // Floral Designer: White House Wedding Flowers // Cake Designer: Parkland Cakes // Apparel: Studio I Do // Musicians: EdgeWire Music // DJ: Sound Quest DJ's // Cinema & Video: Cinema Couture // Caterer: Southern Way Catering