Lauren Davis and John Michael Cummings
The couple wed at The Addison underneath majestic banyan trees, surrounded by friends and family. Overhead stood a stunning dragon wood and curling willow arch, embellished with green amarynthus and scattered ivory hydrangeas.
How Lauren and John met: “The bride and groom met at optometry school in Ft. Lauderdale. After a year of friendship and an interesting turn of events, they became inseparable, and the rest is history!”
Lauren’s gown certainly caught our eye. “[The gown] was a truly dear and special part of the wedding,” says Lauren, explaining that it was her something old and something borrowed. The gown was originally worn by both her grandmother and her mother, and each wore the dress just a little differently with slight alterations made each time. The dress consists of timeless white ivory lace overlaying pale pink taffeta with a unique floral bustle.
Pictures were displayed on the sign-in table honoring each woman who wore the dress, as well as pictures of beloved grandparents and parents on their wedding days. For dancing, the bride changed into a party dress by LulaKate.
The couple paid tribute to Charleston, South Carolina, the location where they got engaged. Photographs of historic Charleston doors and streets served as table numbers. For favors, the couple gifted guests “she-crab soup mix” from 82 Queen, the restaurant they dined at the night they became engaged.
“Every minute, start to finish, was like a dream,” says Lauren. “From having all of our friends and family together for such a celebration, to the moment we first saw each other at the end of the aisle, to finally saying our vows, to wearing my mother’s and grandmother’s dress, to the gorgeous venue, to our amazing band (who literally had the dance floor packed all night), to the hysterical pictures from the photobooth. The whole day was filled with so much love, and seeing our guests having as much fun as they did was a dream come true!”
Perhaps the best surprise of all was that Lauren’s father had written a song just for the occasion. A friend put the song, which had “absolutely beautiful, poetic and loving words,” to music and performed it. It was called “Special Moments.”
Photography: Kent Bristol
Planner: Jamie Lipman of absolute – THE Full Wedding & Event Planning Service
Venue: The Addison
Flowers and decor: Emilie of Five Stars Events
Vidoegraphy: Tall Like Trees
Gown: Passed down from bride’s grandmother and mother
Hair and makeup: Hair – Kristina Branagan, Makeup – Janie Sutherland
Catering: The Addison
Cake: We Take the Cake
Entertainment: Clint Wiley’s None Other
Candy buffet: Sweet Bar Candy Buffets
Cake pops: Mom’s Killer Cakes
Invitations: Sunshine Greeting Card Co.