Lauren and Ben | DIY Alabama Wedding | Part 1

Destination Weddings

Gerald and I have been looking forward to photographing Lauren & Ben’s Alabama wedding for over a year. Not only have I known Lauren and her family since she was 6 years old (wow, it makes me feel old to admit that!), but Lauren is a fellow artist and all of the wedding/photo inspiration emails that have passed back and forth between us over the last year made us practically giddy to photograph her wedding!

Ben & Lauren first met back in the 9th grade, but it wasn’t until the summer between high school and college that Ben’s persistence and good timing paid off and their love began to blossom. Lauren went away to college in Florence, but quickly returned home when she decided to pursue love and art in Huntsville.

Lauren completely designed and styled her entire lemon yellow and soft gray wedding, and with help from her mom, Ben and lots of family friends, she created every single detail you see by hand. A few of my favorite details included a typewriter and note cards as the guestbook, old fashioned yard games with hand painted signs, lemons (everywhere), the guys’ converse shoes, the friends & family potluck-style dessert buffet, and the candy bar filled with everyone’s favorite yellow candies. Countless hours, and lots of love went into their DIY wedding, and we are so excited to share it with you here!

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Stay tuned for Part 2 of Lauren & Ben’s wedding, which will hit the blog tomorrow!

Save The Date & Invitation Design: Lauren Fowler Design | Venue: Annabella at Cedar Glen | Florist: Gatehouse Flowers | Hair: Hunky Dory Hair Salon | Cake: Family Friend | Event Design: Lauren Fowler Design | Officiant: Paul at Summit Crossing Church | Wedding Gown: White by Vera Wang | Photography: The Popes

Hannah Chen : 08:04 June 2, 2011 Reply
Oh my goodness.... I think I'm in love! With both this wedding (amazing!) and your INCREDIBLE photos! I definitely feel like I was there... awesome work! Makes me want to get married all over again :)
Kristyn Hogan : 09:12 June 2, 2011 Reply
LOVE her dress with the gray ribbon! Great work guys, beautiful wedding!
Holly Mulvenon-Wright : 11:12 June 2, 2011 Reply
Beautiful as always. And what a creative way to keep the unity candles from going out if there's wind!
jamie delaine : 14:37 June 2, 2011 Reply
gray + yellow = favourite colour combo. love her dress. love these images.
Kip Beelman : 14:52 June 2, 2011 Reply
BEAUTIFUL wedding and people captured perfectly. Bravo friends.
Lauren Snitko : 19:42 June 2, 2011 Reply
I'm in love! These turned out sooo amazing! I couldn't be happier! :) We look so cute!
Erica Pruett : 19:44 June 2, 2011 Reply
Can't wait for more! Love to my bestie and her new hubs ya'll are glowing from the inside out!
Shelly Snitko : 19:53 June 2, 2011 Reply
Love these...simply wonderful! Popes, you totally captured every detail in such a beautiful blessed and thankful you all came to Alabama to share this special day with all of us. You both rock!!!
Alice Rosalie Crisp : 19:55 June 2, 2011 Reply
Everyone of these pictures are a piece of art, love it!
Stephanie Davis Nichols : 20:08 June 2, 2011 Reply
tHIS IS JUST gorgeous!!!!! i LOVE all the yellow!! the dress is amazing and I love the little girls dresses with the tights under them! Truly a BEAUTIFUL wedding!!!
Vicky Williamson Mansfield : 20:11 June 2, 2011 Reply
Stunningly beautiful pics! Can't wait to see the rest!
Leyhan Jordan Neyman : 20:13 June 2, 2011 Reply
Absolutely beautiful!!!!
Sarah Rhodes : 20:15 June 2, 2011 Reply
Pure happiness! I love these photos and these people!!! Have fun newlyweds! :)
Sheila Green Nichols : 20:16 June 2, 2011 Reply
Simply stunning. I need to take you to lunch so I can pick that creative brain of yours! Message me your schedule, hopefully we can get together soon! :)
Dayna Rainey : 20:17 June 2, 2011 Reply
Wow! Awesome photos! What a beautiful couple!
Stacy Nesselrotte : 20:17 June 2, 2011 Reply
Amazing! Just Beautiful!
Betsy, La Vida : 20:55 June 2, 2011 Reply
Oh come on, you guys!!! Gorgeous wedding and amazing photos!! Totally inspired and lovely :) nicely done!
Deborah Ward : 05:07 June 3, 2011 Reply
So sweet and beautiful! Love overflowing in every detail - how special!
Amanda Rousseau : 08:13 June 3, 2011 Reply
OMGOSH!! Photos turned out just beautifully! I am SO glad I got to be part of your special day!! I love you both tons! I am blessed by you often, and praise God for your union into one flesh!!
Pam Snitko : 10:27 June 3, 2011 Reply
Picture perfect! Completely enjoyed, being a part of the Enchanting world you created this day, and looking forward the Happily Ever Afters you create from now on. As Grandpa would say, "May you be as happy as you make others". Exceptional pictures. Love you both.
Wendy Roe : 12:41 June 3, 2011 Reply
LOVE LOVE, this is publication worthy - thought about submitting anywhere? Look looking at your work Arika!
Barbara Gibson : 15:26 June 3, 2011 Reply
The pictures were awesome. Everything was so beautiful. The bride especially. Looking forward to seeing all of the pictures.
laurel mcconnell : 23:27 June 17, 2011 Reply
Jenny GG : 00:53 June 23, 2011 Reply
i LOVE your photos!!!

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