Real MTB Wedding || Lauren + Chandler
Y'all. I don't even know where to begin with this couple. We've had the privilege of having Lauren in our shop twice, both as the bride and as a member of the bride's entourage, and we LOVE her. She was an absolute vision in her Hayley Paige gown and her love store with Chandler is so cute it will make you squeal. Enjoy the photos and vendor scoop from their gorgeous wedding day, and learn more about their story below!
Can you give us a glimpse into you & your hubs's love story?
Chandler and I met four years ago. I was in nursing school working through my last day of clinicals when he came rolling in (shirtless) to the ICU. It just so happened I was assigned to be his nurse. I’m not even going to lie… I was iffy about having to take care of this hunky man. After my obligatory nursing assessment of his injury, I logged onto Twitter and tweeted, “I can’t decide if I love or hate having an attractive patient.” The awkwardness of our attraction was undeniable and I was trying my hardest to keep it professional! Despite the sparks, I kept it strictly business. The end of the day approached and as we were saying our goodbye’s, Chandler (being the business man that he is) asked me to jot down my number and email address. He proceeded to explain that the hospital he worked for “is always needing nurses” and he could help me find a job when I graduate. I giggled inside knowing his true intentions. He contacted me and we arranged a dinner date that next weekend. We haven’t looked back since….In case you were wondering, I have yet to receive information regarding his employment proposal.
What was it about your dress that made you realize it was "the one?"
I was pretty open to any dress style, but the gals at MTB helped me narrow it down to the fit and flare silhouette. I was liking the dresses I was trying on but just wasn't loving any of them. Ashton finally said, "let's bring out the Hayley Paige from the back, she'll love it". I walked over to it on the mannequin and noticed all of the soft, feminine details from the subtle lace down to the horse hair ruffle. I put it on and the inside was so soft and comfortable and it just felt like it was custom made for me. When I walked out, my family must have felt my smitten energy because there was a simultaneous gasp from them all. Although this was my first dress appointment, I knew this dress was special. I reluctantly left Meant to Be to try on other dresses at other appointments... We tried and we liked, but didn't love. No other dress came close to having the same effect. Ty, Liz and Ashton met me back at MTB to see the dress on one last time. My favorite memory was that instance.... When we all squealed and clapped and poured the champagne to celebrated the moment that I announced that the dress was Meant to Be!!
What is your favorite memory from your wedding day?
Our first kiss. After our vows to each other and feeling the electricity and excitement of our forever upon us… With the support and blessing of everyone we loved surrounding us, in that moment. It was perfect.
What has been the best thing about marriage so far?
The best thing about marriage thus far is that we get to spend every single day with our favorite person. We find ourselves strategizing on a daily basis to find more time together. We have both commented on the new found confidence that marriage gives us as individuals, as well. We laugh about our (HUGE) personality differences but its these differences that have and will continue to strengthen our individual weaknesses. We learn from each other every single day.
Any pieces of wisdom or advice you'd like to share with future brides, engaged gals, or newlyweds like yourself?
I don't feel very qualified to give out marriage wisdom just yet so I'll share a little insight on our outlook on our future. We have vowed to keep "us" our only number one priority. We know that life with all of its evil and nastiness and hurt has us (and everyone for that matter) in its cross hairs. All of those nasty distractions and feelings can so easily creep in just to find a way to erase anything that's good and happy. Chandler and I recognize that this is all very real. All we can do now is promise to fight through it together as it comes, find a little humor and positivity, and create some really wonderful memories in the process.
Additionally, I'd like to remind all brides to make sure you don't get too caught up in the madness of the wedding and planning. It's really not worth the stress and the expense. Focus on a few staples that are unique to you to make the day super special but mainly remember the real meaning of your wedding day... Your marriage.