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Emily was very excited for Part II of Laurie Anne + Taylor’s wedding. We can’t blame her: this wedding is full of confection bliss! If you thought nothing could be sweeter than the couple’s love story, check out the mound of Dunkin’ Donuts that stood as the groom’s cake at their reception. (The chocolate-sprinkled pastries were what the couple had for breakfast the first weekend they spent together.) Even sweeter was the wedding cake, a stack of Laurie Anne’s favorite white cookies from Savages Bakery. Lanterns and string lights set the stage for the outdoor reception at Aldridge Gardens
 where the newlyweds celebrated before making their getaway. Special thanks to Stephen Devries for sharing this Alabama soiree!

Our favorite detail of the wedding was: The way the ceremony looked underneath the tree.
Describe your wedding flowers: Blue hydrangeas and wild flowers.
Describe your wedding cake: The bride’s cake was a stack of white cookies from Savage’s Bakery (Laurie Anne’s favorite cookies), and the groom’s cake was a stack of chocolate sprinkled donuts from Dunkin’ Donuts (what we got for breakfast the first weekend Laurie Anne came to visit me in NYC).
What was the biggest challenge you had to overcome while planning your wedding? We had a two-month engagement, so finding quality time to spend with each other away from work and wedding planning was a challenge.
What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? Seeing Laurie Anne step around the corner for the first time on her way to the altar.
Did you write your own vows? If so, what was your favorite phrase, verse or line? Yes, we did write our own vows. “In the name of Jesus, I, Taylor/Laurie Anne, take you, Laurie Anne/Taylor, to be my Wife/Husband. By the power of the Holy Spirit, I promise to love you and remain unconditionally faithful to you. I commit myself to seek Jesus with you daily and to lead you further into the heart of Christ by the grace that has been given to me by the Father, until the day we are parted by death or until Jesus returns.”
What’s next for you as a couple? What are you looking forward to in the future? We have no idea! Life is pretty unpredictable, but we’re up for whatever God brings next.

nicoleyang Written with love by Nicole
  1. avatar Laura Leslie reply

    I love that they incorporated the doughnuts because that’s what they had for breakfast their first weekend together. Yum!

  2. avatar Lisa reply

    What precious vows! And all those sweet treats look amazing…those were some lucky guests :) Congratulations to the gorgeous bride and groom!

  3. avatar Paloma reply

    That groom’s cake is to-die-for and the story behind it may just be sweeter!

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I’ve read a lot of wedding interviews in my time at SW, but can say, without a doubt, that none have been sweeter than Taylor’s account of how he met and eventually won over his lovely bride. (If you don’t usually, you’ll definitely want to read this couple’s sweet story!) After a whirlwind two month engagement, Laurie Anne + Taylor exchanged vows at the Aldridge Gardens, with Stephen Devries on hand to document their intimate service. The bride, in a Bella Couture gown, pulled out all the stops when it came to planning to outfitting her wedding party: pearl gray mix-and-match frocks from J. Crew with coordinating wraps (my favorite), cowboy boots and crisp gray suits for the gents. Laurie Anne’s veil was a Charlsie and Linda Designs creation, and Carol Riley of Lillie’s styled arrangements of lush blue hydrangeas. We’ll see you back here for Part II!

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. (From the groom) We met in ethics class our junior year of college at Auburn University. I was already in class our first day when I saw Laurie Anne walk in. We quickly became close friends that semester. We both liked each other, but I was moving back to Birmingham and she was staying in Auburn. We lost touch and I spent the next three years trying to get over her. By this time I was living in NYC and thought she was out of my life for good. I had deleted her number from my phone and cut off all connection with her in an attempt to really move on. Next thing I know, I have a Facebook message from Laurie Anne telling me she is coming to NYC for a work trip and that she wants to hang out. So here is where I really tried to move on from her. I messaged her back, finally telling her how I really felt and have felt about her since the day we met, fully expecting her to respond like, “Sorry, I had no idea.” But instead her message back to me was a confession about how she has not been able to get me out of her heart, either. We talked on the phone for hours and within two days, she had a plane ticket to come visit me. That was easily the best give days of my life. Somehow the city was practically empty everywhere we went. Several times throughout the weekend we had stumbled our words and almost told each other “I love you,” but had managed to catch ourselves. But after a ferry ride to Staten Island, while sitting at the harbor looking towards Manhattan, I finally told Laurie Anne that I loved her. From there we had the greatest long distance relationship possible. Jesus blessed us with a very generous amount of sky miles, free plane tickets and time off work to where the longest we went without seeing each other was only three weeks…which was torture! A month and a half later, I had quite my job and was returning to Birmingham to get my bride.

Describe the proposal. Since Laurie Anne and I worked together, it made surprising her with a proposal a little tricky. I would pick her up on the way to work and after work would hang out with her until we got tired and then I would head home. So there was really no time to surprise her. I figured my only chance to catch her off guard was the only time we were apart: while she was asleep. The night before, I had been praying about how to go about this proposal and the Lord told me to open my Bible. I randomly opened to a very familiar chapter I had been dwelling on for the past year and began to read. I woke up before the sun, and planned to get to her house at sunrise. I snuck into her room at sunrise, knelt down at the side of her bed and woke her up. I read my promise to her and asked her to marry me. She said, “Yes!!!!”

Written with love by Katharine
  1. avatar laila reply

    really it is a sweet love story.hope you the best Laurie Anne

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  3. avatar Jennifer reply

    This is such a sweet love story! Congrats!!!

  4. avatar Courtney reply

    Such an incredibly sweet story! I wish yall the best!

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Just like last week, we’ve got another sweet Southern inspiration shoot to share! This one is all about honey (which reminded me of this April’s Southern Bride, Kelly, and her adorable favor idea!). Bethany Dean of Glass Jar Photography brought the honey-colored inspiration board of Proper Measures to life with hair help from Suzanne Kantmann and accessories from some of our favorite discount chains (Forever 21, anyone?). The neatest part about this shoot? It took place on the same local honey farm where the featured honey was made! Sweet, indeed.

See even more photos from the shoot on Glass Jar’s blog! Thank you so much for sharing, Bethany!

emily Written with love by Emily
  1. avatar Kate/MagnoliaRouge reply

    This is gorgeous!! Love the colours!

  2. avatar ann wedding favors reply

    This is something extraordinary! I must say that there love for each other is like the succulent and sweet taste of honey. It’s the perfect reflection for the wedding’s theme.

  3. avatar {eclat} event design reply

    Love all the details and the pictures are gorgeous!

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