Eight years after meeting as students at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, Dan decided that it was time to make his college sweetheart, Lauren, his wife. "After a romantic meal at an old French restaurant in Dallas, the waiter brought me the house specialty dessert, a goblet of fresh melon," says Lauren. "I gave him and Dan an odd look — I was expecting something a little more intricate than melon! — when the waiter said 'Is it not to your liking?' and flipped the goblet over, revealing an engagement ring underneath!" Dan got down on his knees and proposed, and Lauren said "Yes!" through happy tears.
The couple spent a year planning their June 28, 2014 wedding in Sun Valley, Idaho, where Lauren and her family have been visiting since she was a baby. "It's a second home for me, and it has become one for Dan, too," she says. They worked with Taylor'd Events to create a vintage, classic wedding with a fun fly fishing theme at the reception, photographed by Kirsten Schultz. Read on to see all the details!
Though Lauren's father first balked at spending a large sum on a dress that she'd only wear once, he changed his mind once he saw her in her fluted lace Romona Keveza gown. "He told me it was the one before I could even ask," Lauren says.
The bride paired her gown with her mother's veil and an antique pearl necklace that has been worn by Dan's aunt, grandmother, and great grandmother. Her cascading bouquet featured peonies, roses, freesia, dendrobium orchids, and stephanotis, and was wrapped in Lauren's grandmother's lace handkerchief.
The bridesmaids looked classic in knee-length, one-shoulder lace dresses by Monique Lhuillier.
The ceremony took place with Sun Valley's peaks in the background. An aisle strewn with rose petals led to an altar covered in branches, antlers, and white blooms.
Lauren's cousin's three-year-old son served as the ring bearer, wearing a white dinner jacket to match the groom and groomsmen. He carried a pillow with a fake ring attached to it, which was a good idea! "He ran down the aisle straight to his mom, and lost the fake ring along the way," laughs Lauren.
The fishing enthusiasts celebrated with a fishing-themed reception, topping farm tables with blue linens and lots of white flowers.
Tables were named after different types of fish, and topped with arrangements of white hydrangeas, peonies, and roses. Dinner was paired with wines from Washington's Tagaris Winery, provided by a family friend (the vineyard's owners).
The classic white wedding cake featured vanilla sponge with vanilla cream, decorated with fresh flowers. And that's not a real rainbow trout — it's Dan's groom's cake!
Salt Lake City's "No Limits" band had all the guests on the dance floor.
Lauren changed into a short lace dress for the reception. Then, the couple headed to Costa Rica for their honeymoon. Says Lauren, "Have as much fun as you can! It goes by in a split second."
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Trail Creek Pavillion at Sun Valley || Wedding Planner: Taylor'd Events || Bride's Wedding Dress: Romona Keveza || Shoes: Nina Shoes || Hair & Makeup: The Spa at Sun Valley || Bridesmaids' Dresses: Monique Lhuillier || Groom & Groomsmen's Attire: Men's Wearhouse || Wedding Bands: Benji Designs || Florist: Sue Bridgman Florist || Invitations: William Arthur || Music: No Limits || Catering & Wedding Cake: Sun Valley || Groom's Cake: The Sweet Crumb || Rentals: That's Entertainment || Photography: Kirsten Schultz Photography