Lauren and Anthony
This rustic southern wedding was perfect for outdoor loving couple Anthony & Lauren. The couple met at a friends birthday party and began dating shortly after. They dated three years before deciding to spend the rest of their lives together. Both Anthony and Lauren love going to the beach, watching football and are avid deer hunters. Their love of the outdoors and all things Southern was a strong theme throughout the wedding ceremony and reception.
Lauren, a Pediatric ICU Nurse, loves to hunt. She even shot her first deer this year. Lauren was attracted to Anthony’s fun personality and the way he kept her laughing. She also noticed he had an old fashioned sense of romance, and it has kept her going ever since.
Anthony, an Entrepreneur with his own clothing line, loves the outdoors and hobbies as a leather maker. He was attracted to Lauren’s sense of adventure and love of hunting. He also thought she had a great smile, and tries hard every day to make her laugh.
Anthony spent weeks scheming with Lauren’s Dad, to plan the perfect proposal. When the time came, Anthony wrote out the proposal in Christmas lights atop a roof. He then brought Lauren down to a family bonfire and turned on the lights. Lauren was so surprised and delighted to say yes to the man of her dreams.
The Wedding Day & Ceremony
The wedding day began with the Bridesmaids and Bride getting ready in the lodge on a cool fall day with gorgeous attire by The New Image. Everyone was relaxed and peaceful. Lake Iamonia Lodge in Tallahassee, Florida was the perfect venue for this rustic outdoor wedding. The groom had small surprises for the bride throughout the day. From signs, along the road to the venue with a message, to a secret message written on the bottom of the Bride’s shoe, the romance was stunning. The bride tucked a family handkerchief into her bouquet, created by A Country Rose. The bouquet also included a family brooch. The Bride also wore her mother’s pearl necklace that perfectly complimented her wedding gown. The ceremony was held outdoors under a pergola decorated with handmade garlands and the guests sat under the trees in antique church pews. The vows were sweet and sincere. The couple looked stunning as they shared their first kiss and were pronounced man and wife.
The Reception at Lake Iamonia Lodge
The reception was filled with simple southern decor. The Bride made the guests favors that included an old family recipe for jam and pickles. There was also a sentimental table to honor guest who had passed away and were not in attendance. Wooden rounds were the centerpieces on each table that held flowers and fun facts about the newlyweds. As the night progressed, it turned into a full dance party. Everyone took a turn on the dance floor. As the Bride and Groom concluded their evening, they left through a line of glow sticks and well wishes to start their honeymoon.
Anthony and Lauren will take a mini-honeymoon to Destin, Florida before moving into their home together. They are also looking forward to taking a full honeymoon to France in April of next year. They are looking forward to spending their first few weeks as husband and wife decorating their new home and making memories together.
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Photographic Team Members: Vanessa Velez, Julie Worthy and Adrea Thomas
Wedding Planner: www.erinmook.com
Make-up: Sara Keister – Hairapy Salon
Hair: Ashley Easom – Designing Women
Catering: Randy – Deep Down Backwood BBQ