Lauren-Chris Vow Renewal-McConnells, South Carolina, US
Jessica Drew Photography beautifully captured Lauren-Chris Vow Renewal-McConnells in South Carolina, US.
Event Date: July 1, 2018 – Lauren-Chris Vow Renewal-McConnells
From Jessica Drew Photography: Lauren-Chris Vow Renewal-McConnells
Lauren and Chris celebrated 5 years of marriage and renewed their vows in a sunflower field in SC! This started out as a planned styled shoot and in talking with Lauren I discovered that she didn’t have any pictures she liked from their wedding. She wanted to wear her wedding dress and she wanted to renew their vows. It turned out to be an intimate, lovely vow renewal!
Q and A with the couple: Lauren-Chris Vow Renewal-McConnells
Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette? Did you incorporate any cultural or religious traditions in any part of your day?
For our vow renewal we wanted something simple yet beautiful. Our wedding was small, simple and special yet we did not have any professional photos of our day. We wanted our vow renewal to be similar but with many photos to capture our emotions. I wore my wedding dress which has a very vintage feel to it so I liked the idea of eucalyptus and white flowers to go along with that antique look. The sunflower theme added a fun and spunky but to it all. One thing that wasn’t planned but that we loved was that it rained at our vow renewal. It is considered good luck in some cultures for it to rain on your wedding day and we also had a light shower on our wedding day five years ago.
Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception? Was any part of the decor DIY?
Our vow renewal ceremony and reception were both in the sunflower field. The great thing about having an outdoor location like that is there’s not much need for decoration, nature did the hard work! We used some complimentary colors on the tables and let the sunflowers do the rest of the work.
What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?
I absolutely love how the flowers turned out. My bouquet was full of eucalyptus which is my favorite as well as white roses and some other beautiful flowers and plants. My hair stylist also used some of those pieces to accent my hair which tied it all in. And of course, sunflowers everywhere!
Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?
Our renewal was simple and that was my favorite part. It wasn’t about all the stuff that would stress me out getting planned like music and food. We had some simple Frank Sinatra style music playing and kept the focus on the love behind it all.
Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.
When we originally got married I picked out my dress because I wanted something vintage and classic but with a twist. My dress is an a line dusty rose dress with ivory lace overlay. It has a v neck and a bit of a flared skirt. Since our wedding I lost a lot of weight so I had my dress taken in. I had her take out some of the flare in the skirt, narrow the shoulder straps and add a thin ribbon belt. Chris wore a very classic grey suit. He decided to forego the jacket and wore the vest alone which really completed the look. He also wore brown dress shoes and a navy blue, thin tie. I think he couldn’t have been more handsome.
How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.
We met through some friends. Chris actually didn’t remember meeting me the first time so when our friend introduced us the second time he said, “Chris this is Lauren, I think y’all have met before.” I said, “yes” and Chris said, “no” at the same time as we shook hands. It was very awkward but we obviously recovered well.
The proposal was everything I could have wanted. We were out-of-town, staying in a cabin on a large area of land. Chris woke me up and we went on a walk. I remember thinking that the view was gorgeous and if he had gotten a ring it would have been a great place to propose. But I was certain he didn’t have a ring because he had wanted to go look at rings the morning we were leaving town. Very sneaky of him.
But he knew he had to throw me off because it’s so hard to surprise me. I figured he was proposing soon since he was so insistent on looking at rings but had no clue it was that soon, he had already gotten a ring the week before. He said, “this is one of those views you’ll remember for the rest of your life.” Then proposed.
What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?
I remember being so nervous on my wedding say that it was difficult to enjoy all of the special moments. I loved my vow renewal because all of those nerves were gone and I was able to just soak up all the goodness around me.
Do you have any wedding planning or marriage advice that you’d like to share with other couples planning their day?
It’s easy to get caught up in wanting every detail to be just right on your big day but when you look back you’re going to remember the people, the feelings, and all of the joy. Something is bound to be not just how you planned or time running behind. Don’t sweat it, just let it go and don’t even try to fix it. Just soak up all the love around you.
Lauren-Chris Vow Renewal-McConnells:
Venue: Private Residence
Equipment Rentals: Party Reflections
Calligrapher: About the Alphabet
Makeup Artist: Girl Time with Nathalia
Bakery: Sugar & Spice Bakery
Invitation Designer: Celesia Faith Marketing & Events, LLC
Hair Stylist: ERMc Hairstylist
Floral Designer: My Darling Flower
Photographer: Jessica Drew Photography – other examples of their work featured on AisleMemories – Kristen and Jack Engagement at South Carolina State House, Columbia, SC, US
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