Childhood connections and traditions were a key feature of Lauren and Sam’s charming August wedding. Lauren followed in the footsteps of her younger self, walking from her parent’s home to the church that she had frequented as a child, where she exchanged vows with the love of her life.
It didn’t take long for Lauren and Sam to realise that they had found ‘The One’ when they first met. The pair were introduced on a dating website at the end of 2011 and, after spending some time chatting online, decided to meet in person in early 2012. “From that moment, it was love at first sight.”
After four years, involving the couple travelling the two-hour distance between them to see each other, Sam got down on one knee.
“We travelled to London on 6th December 2016 for a birthday treat to see Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. We decided to stay for two nights and had planned to visit Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park, something we had done for a few years at this point.
“When arriving at Hyde Park, Sam decided to take us on a detour round the gardens first. It was then by a gorgeous tree that Sam got down on one knee and popped the question: ‘Lauren Amy Elizabeth Price, will you marry me?’ I honestly could not believe this moment had come, and immediately said ‘yes’.
“It was at this point that a lady walked towards us, this was the wonderful Gemma. Sam, being the amazing man he is, had asked Gemma to hide and photograph the whole proposal! Those pictures I will treasure for the rest of my life, seeing both our reactions is just incredible. Not only did Gemma capture that moment, she then took the time to take some more pictures around the lake and Winter Wonderland itself. It was a truly magical day.”
When it came to the engagement ring, Lauren had made sure Sam knew exactly what she liked during the course of their relationship. The ring was a French pave, platinum band with diamonds down each side and a larger centre-stone, with the stones selected and the design commissioned by Sam. It certainly didn’t disappoint.
After 18 months, the couple tied the knot in the quaint village of Elham, Kent.
Photographer: Gemma Giorgio
The Wedding Dress
Lauren chose a Ronald Joyce gown from a small bridal boutique in Kent. She tried on around six dresses before finding ‘The One’ and knew her gown was special because of the way it made her feel.
“My wedding dress was INCREDIBLE. When I put that dress on the first time and on my wedding day, it made me feel incredible and beautiful. I thought I knew what type of dress I wanted, but when I tried on dresses I was completely thrown. Finally, after a few sessions of trying on dresses I found the perfect one.
“It was a princess style with a sweetheart neckline, mesh and lace around the chest to the neck with a slight capped sleeve of lace. It had a beautiful train already attached, but also came with a lace train which attached to the back. It was absolutely beautiful.”
Lauren finished the look with the additional lace train and a short veil, allowing the stunning train to take centre stage.
“I had bought a large mirror to have in the front room as we got ready in the family house that I grew up in. I remember putting on my dress and the look being completed. I looked into the mirror and felt the happiest I had ever felt, not only because I felt beautiful but because I was about to marry my best friend.”
Lauren’s hair and makeup were done by Emma Smisson and it only took one trial for Lauren to decide on her bridal beauty look.
“It was very similar to my normal look. I wanted to feel comfortable with my style. I had my hair curled and half up with the jewelled headband and I went for a classic brown smokey eye.”
A stunning jewelled headband, silver bracelet and some pearl and diamond halo earrings complemented Lauren’s classic bridal style beautifully.
The Wedding Party
Lauren’s sister, Olivia, was the maid of honour and her soon-to-be sister-in-law, Ella, was a bridesmaid. Niece Orla and four nephews served as the adorable flower girl and pageboys.
The bridesmaids helped Lauren to choose pastel pink gowns by Sorella Vita from the same boutique as Lauren’s dress.
When it came to the groom and his groomsmen, Lauren and Sam chose blue hues to contrast with the pastel pinks in the flowers and bridesmaid dresses.
“Sam decided he wanted to stand out from the groomsmen and therefore chose a different suit. He opted for a blue chequered three-piece suit with white shirt, pale pink tie and handkerchief. The groomsmen wore navy blue three-piece suits with white shirt, pale pink tie and handkerchief.”
The Moss Bros suits were chosen by Sam, Lauren and the groomsmen and Sam’s suit was tailor-made while the groomsmen’s suits were hired.
Sam’s suit was finished with a tie clip, personalised with his initials, given to him as wedding gift from Lauren.