How did you two meet?
Zach: "We met the night I moved to Birmingham at a friend’s movie night. I remember seeing her on the couch and thinking to myself, 'She is really pretty! I think I am going to like Birmingham!'"
How and when did Zach propose?
Lauren: "Zach proposed on April 2, 2017. It was a Sunday afternoon and we had gone to Another Broken Egg for brunch after church. He then took me on a walk in Jemison Park and got down on one knee near the concrete bridge that allows you to cross the stream. It was a PERFECT day. My birthday was two days prior, and he mentioned something about a walk after church at dinner that night. I said I would bring clothes to change in after church, but he insisted that we stay in our nice church clothes, which I thought was odd. I went the rest of the weekend wondering if this could be it, but didn't want to get my hopes up. So I made sure my nails were painted and had a nice dress on just in case ;)"
Zach: "I proposed on April 2, 2017. I tried to surprise her after her birthday, but she caught on! We had brunch that we were both a little too nervous to eat, and then went for a walk on Jemison trail where I got down on one knee and for some reason, she said, 'yes!'"
What are some things y'all like to do together?
Zach: "We love traveling, cooking, movies, music, and of course anything related to Auburn."
Lauren: "Honestly, I have so much fun doing literally anything with him! Long car rides are probably some of my favorites because we get to talk about anything and everything with no distractions! We had a long car ride to move him out to Arizona in May and it was awesome! Many people suggest taking a road trip with your significant other before you marry them, to be sure you can stand them after being cooped up in a small space for a long amount of time! I definitely agree! In the future, we really want to travel over seas!"
Lauren-- what's one thing you admire most about Zach?
Lauren: "What I admire most about Zach is his patience. This is a virtue that does not come naturally to me. I always knew that I would need a patient man for a husband, and I have found exactly that and so much more in Zach. I also love that he is on my side, no matter what. He is my biggest fan and supporter and is always so encouraging in anything I wish to do. He never puts me down and I have gained so much confidence since dating him. He truly is my best friend and I cannot wait to marry him!"
Zach- what's one thing you admire most about Lauren?
Zach: "It’s hard to pick just one thing, but I love her fire. She is strong and pushes me to better myself and experience new things. She makes each day new and exciting. She is the best person I know."
What was each of yall's favorite part of the day?
Lauren: "We can’t really pin point one specific moment that was our favorite, there were too many, so I guess we will come up with a few highlights! We were very thankful to have had our pastor from Shades, Jacob Simmons, marry us. His message was perfect and it hit on all the difficulties of long distance and the joy that now in marriage we won’t have that anymore! Another highlight was honestly the whole reception! I remember looking in the room and it seeming empty. I wondered where all the people were. When we went outside, I realized that over half the guests were on the overlook deck enjoying the AMAZING weather and views it had to offer! We also just enjoyed dancing with our friends and family and won’t forget the AU Singers serenading us with the Auburn Alma Mater! That day was truly perfect in our eyes and we couldn’t have asked for a better wedding day!"
What's next for you two?
Lauren: "Well, funny you ask! We moved 2,000 miles away from 'home' to Tucson, Arizona immediately after our honeymoon. Zach has been there for 15 months already, and his job has us here for probably another year. While he is working on this job, I am finishing up my Masters of Math Education and should be done in May."
Ceremony: First Baptist Church Huntsville
Reception: Baron Bluff at Burritt on the Mountain
Dress: The White Room AL
Veil: Bella’s Bridal and Formal
H&MU: Under The Veil
Flowers: In Bloom
Bridesmaids dresses: Bella Bridesmaids
Engagement ring: Diamonds Direct
Wedding band: McGuires of Tucson
Caterer: The Chef Next Door
Cake & cheesecakes: Batter Up Cakes
H&MU: Under The Veil
Flowers: In Bloom
Invitations/Programs: Frost Printing
Band: Big Daddy Kingfish
Photobooth: Oh Snap! Photobooth