Being high school sweethearts from Muscle Shoals, Alabama and loving on one another for over nine years, one thing is very clear, they are better together, and no one knows that better than Laura. "I've always felt like we understand each other better than anyone else in the world. We never stay angry for very long, and we've always been that way. No matter what comes our way, we work it out together. Taft just gets me like nobody else does!"
From their first date on the 4th of July at Bridgestreet in Huntsville senior year, Laura and Taft were inseparable and shared many unforgettable milestones together. Their journey together charted a course for the two to attend college at the University of Alabama following graduation. The years flew by and soon Taft was off to take a job in Vidalia, Georgia. Laura remained in Tuscaloosa to complete graduate school. For the first time, they found themselves separated by distance. "It was tough, but made us stronger. I was so happy when Taft moved to Birmingham in 2015 and it wasn't long before I found a job in the Magic City, too. Everything just fell into place from there."
With time usually there is growth! And, with growth comes a realization of the value of those we love most. Laura freely expressed she "knew Taft was the one when I realized how comfortable he makes me feel. I can be myself completely with him. Ask anyone-- he's just easy to love! I've always admired his confidence and willingness to try new things. Taft can talk to anyone about anything, and he is one of the most genuine people I've ever met. I fall more and more for him every day.We have been together for 9 years. Yes, some people said "it's about time" when Taft proposed, but sometimes the best things really do take time. We took everything at own pace and wouldn't change a thing about it."
Even with Taft's proposal to Laura, their timing had to be perfect for them. Completely unaware of what Taft's intentions were on this night, Laura attempted to cancel dinner plans. However, with a bit of insisting by Taft, the two enjoyed a memorable dinner. Following dinner, "we went to Taft's loft downtown because he said his sister wanted to meet us there. When we got there, however, she was nowhere to be found... but the lights were on and her purse was on the table, so Taft said maybe she had gone up to the roof. After all, it was a beautiful night. I walked out onto the rooftop deck first and the string lights were lit, but Lacey wasn't there. When I turned around to tell Taft, he was already down on one knee. I was so shocked that I think the first thing I said was something like "Wait... What are you doing? What's happening?" It didn't really hit me until I heard a camera flash and realized that Lacey had been hiding around the corner and was there to take pictures of it all. And then came the happy tears. Just like in the cheesy movies, Taft had to ask me if I actually said yes because neither of us really remembered what we said in that moment. We were too excited!"
Deciding on the perfect location for their spring wedding, Laura and Taft will wed April 21, 2018 at The Sonnet House in Leeds, Alabama. Surrounded by all those that fill their hearts, these two will recite their vows to one another in an Anthropologie meets English garden inspired wedding. "Think dusty blues, hand-dyed silk table runners, loosely bunched floral displays, and lots of greenery. It's romantic and modern and I can't wait to see it come together!" Here's to their "someday"!
Photographer- Alisha Crossley Photography