Real Wedding Wednesdays: Lauren Smirh and Brett McPherson

Nicholas Youngblood

Lauren and Brett McPherson’s wedding was full to the brim with personal flair. The ceremony featured a pianist and cellist playing music from the couple’s favorite movies, their darling German Shepherd acted as ring bearer and Lauren’s horse was even able to make it for cocktail hour.

What’s more, the event was highlighted by miraculous fixes to some seriously unexpected issues.

When Lauren was getting ready on the day of her wedding, her dress turned out to be too big; a major issue for a strapless gown. Luckily, their venue coordinator, April Smith, had prior experience at a bridal boutique; she altered the gown, sewing Lauren into it just an hour before the ceremony.

“She was a godsend!” Lauren says.

Then at cocktail hour, Lauren’s beloved horse, Honor, arrived for formal pictures. Disaster struck yet again, when the horse got locked inside the trailer—with the keys still at the barn . This was not the kind of hitch they were planning for when bringing their equine companion along.

When they were unable to get the door open, Lauren’s aunt came to the rescue with her wedding present for the couple: a Dremel tool that was able to crack open the lock.

Here’s hoping it will be a smooth ride for the newlyweds from here on out!

The Details

Wedding date: July 15, 2017

Wedding colors: Coral and brown

Theme: Elegant and rustic

Attendants: Four bridesmaids and four groomsmen

Bride wore: Melissa Sweet gown and a veil from David’s Bridal, shoes from Sandal Tree Co.

Gown preservation: David’s Bridal

Makeup: January Adams / Makeup by January

Hair stylist: Courtney Karg at Bankz Salon

Groom wore: Tuxedo rented from American Commodore Tuxedo

Rings: CDI Diamonds & Jewelry

Bridesmaids wore: Gowns from David’s Bridal

Groomsmen wore: Tuxedos rented from American Commodore Tuxedo

Rehearsal dinner: BJ’s Brewhouse

Ceremony: Irongate Equestrian Center

Officiant: Damian King of United Marriage Services

Reception: Irongate Equestrian Center

Caterer: Catering by Scott

Cake: Misty’s Cakery

Florist: Madison House Designs

Photographer: Brett Loves Elle Photography


Reception tunes: Freddie James DJs

First dance: “Drowning” by the Backstreet Boys

Ceremony musicians: Pianist Nick Kline and cellist Phillip Baltzer

Registries: Bed Bath & Beyond and Amazon

Newlywed accommodations: Hampton Inn

Guest accommodations: Hampton Inn

Honeymoon: Walt Disney World and Universal Studios