Posted by Sarah
Names: Lauren & Sam
Wedding Date: July 21, 2012
Wedding Location: Louland Falls & The Country Club, Salt Lake City, Utah
How long did you plan your wedding? 1 year
Wedding Budget: $35000
How many in bridal party? 10 Bridesmaids / 10 Groomsmen
What was the theme for your wedding? Whimsy – Colors were Persian Plum and Appletini. Since I am a School Teacher and my fiancé was a Golf Pro at the time, we themed the wedding so that the tables were named after golf courses that my now husband and I want to one day both golf together at and the seating place card holders were made by my mother out of natural wood golf tees and bling embellished name card circles cut to look like golf balls and were placed on the three wooden tees that were tied with hemp twine as a base. The name card holders were then placed on turf covered holders so they looked like they were on a golf green and my mother embellished toy golf carts and put them in the center of the place card turf covered platforms. (Pepper Nix took photos of all the whimsy)
How much of your wedding was DIY? All the personal touches I wanted were DIY’d by my mother
What was your favorite DIY project? The table seating place card holders that looked like golf balls on the wooden tees and the green turf covered platforms with the embellished toy golf carts. Also the whimsy cocktail tables, my mother made the centerpieces for 8 cocktail round tables. In the center of each to represent me being a school teacher and my husband being a golf pro, she placed my favorite books, Ticonderoga #2 pencils, rulers, toy school bus, photos of me at various school ages, for my husband she placed golf balls, tees, divot repair tools, score cards, small score card pencils, toy golf carts and photos of him from his school age days. We also made a colored themed candy bar with silver scoops and little Chinese take-out boxes in our wedding colors. My mother placed stickers on the take out boxes that said “Thank you for sharing our special day” All the Whimsy turned out great and we got tons of positive comments!
What was your favorite part of your wedding day? Unbeknownst to me, my mother had my 3rd grade students give their advice for a happy marriage. To my utmost surprise, during her toast, my Mother read my student’s advice and it was hilarious! The things 8 and 9 year old’s come up with!
What advice do you have for other couples planning their wedding? It all went by so fast and even though everyone told me how I wouldn’t remember everything and that I would be in a daze, I tried to make sure and slow it down, but I couldn’t, I had to go back and watch the video and look at the photos! So, make sure you slow down and enjoy every minute you can!
If your mother is like mine, creative and a woman with skills, let her plan your wedding…it went off without a hitch and everything, I mean every detail was taken care of so all I did was show up and have a wonderful time at the happiest day of my life!
Lauren’s awesome Mom emailed me a few days after we got their interview done to give me some more info on this awesome couple. She sent me the story of how the happy couple met… when they were 14! (Mom even sent a picture!) It’s too awesome not to share! Here is their meet-cute in the bride’s own words:
It all began our first year at Judge Memorial High School, September 2000. We had four consecutive classes together.Two of which were Drama and Religion. The Homecoming Dance was coming up and neither one of us had a date yet. Sam recalls seeing me in Drama class, and decided to “pull the trigger”. After Drama class we had Religion on the fourth floor with Dr. Qualls. Before class started, Sam walked over to me with his head down and mumbled, “Will you go to Homecoming with me?” I said, “Sure.” Neither one of us had ever been on a date before so we had no idea what was in store. Before the dance, I had worked myself up so much that I had a terrible stomachache. Sam’s mother and her friend Renee told him he needed to get me a flower (minutes before the dance). After procuring said flower, Sam, driven by his mother, came to get me. He walked up to the door and my mother immediately pulled him in for a picture (shown below). We ate dinner at the Hard Rock Café in Trolley Square. I had made myself too sick to eat, so the night was not off to a great start. When dinner was finished, we went to the dance. Once we got there it was almost an immediate split from one another. We spent the majority of the night on opposite sides of the dance floor (along with all the other freshmen boys and girls). When the DJ announced the last song of the night we found each other for the obligatory slow dance before it ended (we left plenty of room for the Holy Spirit). Following the dance, we went to Michael Webber’s parents’ house. The boys played pool while the girls sat around. After the riveting matches of pool were finished, Sam and his mother dropped me off. When my mom asked me how the dance was, I replied by saying we didn’t dance and I was starving! My mom responded with, “Well Sweetheart, you’re only 14 it’s not like you’re going to marry the guy.” After that one and only “date” at the age of 14, Sam and I didn’t speak to each other for the next six years! In the Spring of 2007, after recovering from the trauma of the dance, we bumped into each other at a nightclub in downtown Salt Lake City. We hung out on a couple of occasions, but our timing wasn’t right, we had no idea at the time how perfect we were for each other. By Fall of 2008, we were both single and finally ready to mingle. I added Sam as a friend on Facebook, he replied asking about my Halloween plans. I told him I was having a Halloween party and invited him and a few of his friends, he accepted. In the weeks to come, we got to know each other better and both realized we had something special, something that neither of us had ever felt before.
Lauren’s Mom also shared a bit more about Lauren and Sam’s incredible story.
Something that you should also know that speaks to how special Lauren and Sam both are, is the fact that 6 months into their year long engagement, Lauren began experiencing serious physical problems. She developed double vision, her right arm went numb for months, then her right leg began to go numb as well, she started loosing her balance and several other alarming symptoms arose. We took Lauren to her Primary Care Physician who ran some tests and immediately reffered her to a Neurologist. After months of tests, MRI’s and CT scans the results were in. Lauren was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Her fiance was with her every step of the way, through all the medical tests and appointments, he even took an instruction class to learn how to give Lauren her twice a week MS medicine injections to try and help slow the progression of the disease. Lauren can not self administer the shots as she has suffered from vasalvago syncope (grows quiet and slowly tips over and faints when looking at needles) her entire life. What a condition to have and then realize you have to get twice a week injections!! Not many 26 year old men could handle this, but Sam loves Lauren so much, in sickness and in health! Coming to grips with a life changing ailment, undergoing weekly treatment and trying to go through with a big wedding was taking its toll on Lauren’s already fragile health. So, she let me plan the entire wedding and she suggests that other brides should let their moms plan theirs as well if they have mothers with skills. Lauren said she loved every whimsical detail and everything about her wedding and continues to thank me for it! Lauren’s MS is being treated with a more aggressive medication now, a once a month 4 hour infusion and so far, so good!
Seriously! I am so glad Pepper sent these incredible pictures so we could share Lauren and Sam’s wonderful story and perfectly beautiful wedding.
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Wedding Ceremony Venue: Louland Falls, Parleys Canyon, Utah
Reception Venue and Catering: The Salt Lake Country Club
Officiant at the Ceremony: Weddings by Design,
Photographer: Pepper Nix Photography
Floral Artist: Julie Prince Flowers
Overall Wedding Planner and Chief in Charge of all Whimsy: The mother of the Bride! Mary A. Milburn Hunt,
Cake: Martin’s Fine Desserts
Music at the Wedding Ceremony Venue at Louland Falls: The Maywood String Quarte
DJ/Music/Announcing: Public Opinions Soundstage
Videographer: Forever More Media
Transportation: Something Vintage Something Blue
Invitations: The Write Image, Salt Lake City, UT
Dress Designer: Augusta Jones, with a Crystal Embedded Stella Belt all purchased from Alta Moda Bridal Boutique
Make up Artist: Sister of the Bride: Rachael E. Hunt
Ring Designer: The Jeweler’s Guild, Salt Lake City, UT
Tux/Suit: The Ritz Tuxedos
Bridesmaids Dresses: Lily & Iris
Photo Booth: Funny Face Photo Booth