The French Connection
By Addison Parker
Dixie State College stadium may not be as prestigious as Wrigley Field or as prominent as Yankee Stadium, but to Lauren and Tai it holds far more value. The couple were introduced during a Rebels baseball game, and continued to attend each game together through out the season. The team may not have scored big, but Tai and Lauren sure did, as they fell in love over and over again while cheering side by side. The couple continued their romance over the year and when it came time for Lauren to interview for grad school, decisions had to be made. Tai joined Lauren on her interview trip to Pittsburgh. While visiting the “steel city” they decided it would only be appropriate to see the Pittsburgh Pirates game. Halfway into the game Lauren looked up and saw “Lauren and Tai together for time and all eternity.” To Lauren it was more than just three little words, it was a promise of things to come as well as a reminder of what they both wanted together. All of this being displayed on the Jumbotron! Tai brought along a special box of cracker jacks with the ring tucked inside, and as they say “the rest is history.”
After seven months of planning and anticipation the day finally arrived for Lauren and Tai to be married for ‘time and all eternity.’ The sealing was held in the St.George LDS temple. Lauren looked flawless in her drop waist ivory gown, draped in silk petals by her favorite designer Melissa Sweet.
The reception took place in the romantic Sun River Ballroom. The guest list included over 400 of Tai and Lauren’s friends and family. “I know four hundred sounds like a lot,” Lauren said, “but I kept running into people and wishing we had invited them, so we did!” The pair decided on an buffet dinner for two hours to accommodate their guests and alleviate having to stand in a monotonous receiving line. The ballroom was transformed into a secret garden of sorts, as lush floral arrangements filled with blue hydrangeas and ivory blooms encompassed the room. Lauren went with the recommendation from her florist, Kathy at Bloomers Flowers, and was ecstatic with the French inspired accents and depth of detail put into each individual arrangement. With the help of their wedding planner, Laura at Forevermore Events, Lauren and Tai were able to infuse their favorite color blue into the reception, from blue sugar rimmed glasses, to blue flowers, and even sweet little blue robin eggs. Each performed a traditional Polynesian dance for one another. It was a sweet way to honor Tai’s Polynesian heritage while also providing entertainment for those in attendance. Topping the evening off with music and celebration the two were whisked away as they left in their get away car. With stars in their eyes and sunshine on their mind they made way for their exotic honeymoon the following day.