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


The pictures were awesome. Everything was so beautiful. The bride especially. Looking forward to seeing all of the pictures.

LOVE LOVE, this is publication worthy – thought about submitting anywhere? Look looking at your work Arika!

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.

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!!

So sweet and beautiful! Love overflowing in every detail – how special!

Oh come on, you guys!!! Gorgeous wedding and amazing photos!! Totally inspired and lovely 🙂 nicely done!

Stacy Nesselrotte

Amazing! Just Beautiful!

Wow! Awesome photos! What a beautiful couple!

Sheila Green Nichols

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! 🙂

Pure happiness! I love these photos and these people!!! Have fun newlyweds! 🙂

Vicky Williamson Mansfield

Stunningly beautiful pics! Can’t wait to see the rest!

Stephanie Davis Nichols

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!!!

Alice Rosalie Crisp

Everyone of these pictures are a piece of art, love it!

Love these…simply wonderful! Popes, you totally captured every detail in such a beautiful way…so blessed and thankful you all came to Alabama to share this special day with all of us. You both rock!!!

Can’t wait for more! Love to my bestie and her new hubs ya’ll are glowing from the inside out!

I’m in love! These turned out sooo amazing! I couldn’t be happier! 🙂 We look so cute!

BEAUTIFUL wedding and people captured perfectly. Bravo friends.

gray + yellow = favourite colour combo. love her dress. love these images.

Holly Mulvenon-Wright

Beautiful as always. And what a creative way to keep the unity candles from going out if there’s wind!

LOVE her dress with the gray ribbon! Great work guys, beautiful wedding!

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 🙂