Hello friends! I am a Louisville native with a heart for loving others. I have traveled around the country for work and school but have always called Kentucky home. I work full time as an orthotist-prosthetist treating children with special healthcare needs. I absolutely love my patients and feel so blessed to serve them every day. I’ve been married to my hunky husband for over a year and we have one feisty feline. We live in a well-loved historic craftsman home which is always in a state of transition. We spend a lot of our time working on our home, traveling to visit family and friends, and enjoying a good beverage on our front porch!
I became a #heidibride a few years ago when I met up with my mom in Birmingham to try on dresses. I had always admired the story and beauty of Heidi’s dresses but never thought I’d be so lucky to wear one on my wedding day. The moment we stepped foot in the atelier we felt something so powerful! Mom looked at me and confidently said, “Your dress is here! I feel it!”. A few months later I wore my stunning Ruthy Gail dress with custom Brookley lace details.
I never imagined having the opportunity to custom design my dream wedding gown. My Build a Bride experience was beyond my wildest dreams! I cannot wait to connect with brides and take this journey with them as they continue their love story and become a #heidibride!
READ MORE ABOUT Lauren'S WEDDING DAY AS A #BUILDABRIDE!
The wedding celebration of Lauren and Tim was a timeless, Kentucky classic. They celebrated their wedding with a traditional Catholic Mass at St. Peter’s Catholic Church. An elegant, Kentucky inspired, reception followed at The Thoroughbred Center. Horse farms, rock fences, and a beautiful sunset over the rolling bluegrass hills set the backdrop for their perfect day. The colors were gold and dusty indigo. The floral arrangements contained all the bride’s favorites, anemones, roses, and eucalyptus, arranged by DC Blooms. Her bridal bouquet was tied up with a gold ribbon and family heirloom rosary. The three-tiered wedding cake was displayed on a Kentucky bourbon barrel, layered with the bride and groom’s favorite flavors, lemon and butter pecan. Events by MJ created The Thoroughbred Center into a masterpiece with his ceiling décor and soft lighting. Guests enjoyed craft beer and Manhattans, the couple’s favorites, while enjoying music by Clear Pro DJ. They danced to their last song while twirling on the dance floor under a tiered chandelier and then exiting with sparklers. The beautiful day was captured by Love The Renauds Photography. The bride and groom were very intentional with the many details throughout their wedding day. The bride danced with her grandfather, the groom danced with his mother, and the bride was surprised by a dance with her mother, siblings, and grandparents. The groomsmen were given reclaimed wood tie bars each engraved with a personalized image. The bridesmaids were given monogrammed clutches. The bride gave her family members, her future in-laws, and her husband, handkerchiefsembroidered with personalized messages telling them how much they meant to her. The groom’s father presented him with his late grandfather’s handkerchief to carry. The bride was presented with a blessed medal to wear inside her wedding dress from her husband’s late grandmother. This medal was worn alongside her Phi Mu sorority pin, borrowed from her Phi Mu little sister/one of her bridesmaids. The bride’s parents divorced when she was young and for most of her life, her mother’s yellow gold, radiant cut diamond ring had been kept in a jewelry box. When the couple began talking about getting married, the bride’s mom graciously offered her once treasured ring to them. After her husband received many of the bride’s ideas, he gave the ring a chance at a new love story with the help of Lee Michaels Jewelers. He proposed in St. Louis with both of their families watching from the bushes! The engagement ring features her mom’s center diamond along with many of her smaller accent diamonds. The original yellow gold was melted down to create all the details featured in the setting. The wedding band was crafted with her mother’s yellow gold and represents the three wedding vows in the Catholic church. After these two rings were created, a few of her mom’s diamonds remained. The bride had a necklace made with those diamonds to give to her mother. On the wedding day, her mother wore this necklace while her little sister wore her mom’s original wedding band. All three of them shared in the new love story of their family heirloom.
The bride and her mother went wedding dress shopping in Birmingham, Fall 2016. They scheduled countless appointments on a Saturday afternoon trying to find the perfect dress on their short timeline. The bride had loved and followed Heidi Elnora for years and always dreamed of experiencing a dress appointment in her atelier. As soon as they stepped foot inside, the bride’s mom exclaimed “Your dress is here! I can feel it." After trying on multiple beautiful gowns, she fell in love with her perfect dress from the Build-A-Bride collection, Ruthy Gail. The ladies at the atelier added custom gold and off-white Brookley lace accents and straps to tie into the gold accents throughout the wedding. She couldn’t imagine any dress more perfect! Their wedding hashtag was #MyNewKentuckyNolan, a play on words from My Old Kentucky Home. After living away from her home in Kentucky for ten years, the bride felt like planning this wedding was the beginning of a journey back home. After the wedding, they couple moved from across the country back to begin their newest adventure in the place they love the most. A phrase they’ve always loved and they used throughout in the wedding was “Today begins our greatest adventure." They feel so blessed to begin our greatest adventure together as new Nolans in their Old Kentucky Home.