theirs is a story that encompasses joy and sorrow, laughter and tears. a story that only the Author himself could have written.
she didn’t really know him personally, but as the brother of one of her very dearest friends, she had known of him for years. i imagine she heard all the sweet details of new babies, big hugs, and birthday parties. but when the news came, her heart broke and she was driven to continual and fervent prayer for the man and his family. it was a battle long and hard, one that in ending, left the house all too quiet and desperately missing one.
as she looks back through her journal from those days, she remembers all the specific ways she prayed for his and his children’s hearts. she sought the lord for their peace and for their comfort…she prayed for god to somehow heal them. but her prayers were covering far more than she ever imagined as the mystery of the lord’s plans unfolded and it became clear…
she herself was the answer to the prayers she had prayed.
then the room was breathless as the final touches were completed and lauren stepped out as an exquisitely gorgeous bride.
several miles down the road waited the other piece to this beautifully redemptive story…
and in a perfect ceremony honoring all that had taken place and all that is to come, sam and lauren became husband and wife. i can’t say with certainty what sam was praying here, but i imagine it was the same thing he said to the crowd of loving family and friends the night before at their rehearsal dinner…the lord saved her for this family.
sam and lauren will be the first to tell you that this journey is about far more than just themselves. yes, the two have become one…but they’ve also become a family.
and speaking of family, sam and lauren have been so richly blessed by many who have supported and loved them…
and those family and friends were thrilled to celebrate into the night back at ross bridge.
sam and lauren, i’m so humbled that you asked me to be a part of such an incredible day in the life of your family, and i pray that these photos in some small way reflect the beauty of your story as written so perfectly by the lord. i love you, my friends.
with many thanks…
bride’s dress – bridal bliss
ceremony venue – a.h. reid chapel at samford university
reception venue – ross bridge renaissance
catering – ross bridge renaissance
flowers – heather metcalf of adorned floral
cake – mandy cornelius of mandy makes cakes
entertainment – keith williams
videography – snaplife studios
photography – allison lewis photography (with my amazing other half, anna wamsted)