Michael & Stephanie

October 17th, 2015

A circle can represent many things. These two specific circles make up some very important pieces of jewelry that represent eternity for Stephanie and Michael. A bond that can never be broken, the beauty of a promise that no man dare separate, these wedding rings represent an infinite time of loving one another.

Stephanie wore a beautiful mermaid style Lilian West wedding gown covered in lace with a sweetheart neckline accompanied by an ivory belt.

Hampton Cove Wedding Plantation

Hampton Cove is a wedding venue in Gurley, Alabama that has three different ceremony options on site. This venue offers a laid back southern style vibe which is accompanied by a wonderfully accommodating staff that makes for a seamlessly perfect and enjoyable wedding day.

The decorations in the reception area consisted of burlap runners along with babies breath and light pink roses.

The couple gave each other their wedding day presents which included notes to each other. Although they didn't read them out loud, we could tell that the words which made up those notes were words they had both dreamed of reading their whole life.

The ceremony was held in a wooded area by a pond making for beautiful scenery.

Flowers provided by Simpson's Florist

Friends and family came from as far as Louisiana to celebrate this special day with the bride and groom.

The DJ played music pleasing to all ages making the reception a true party. Family and friends gathered on the dance floor and celebrated into the night with the train, electric slide and other fun dances.

Jars filled with hot chocolate were given as party favors for their guests to be able to take a bit of the sweetness of the days events home with them.

A s'more bar included with a fire pit added a fun area for the guests to grab a dessert before showing off their best dance moves.

A Hampton Cove Wedding Plantation tradition is for the newly married couples to put a "Love Lock" on their gate symbolizing their new covenant to one another.

These symbols of love represent the true meaning of marriage giving the world a constant outward representation of this couples promise of everlasting love. Two families bringing their son and daughter to become one, making a new circle.

Mr. and Mrs. Lawson

Pictures Brought To You By

Lauren Tomasella Photography

"It is an absolute joy to do what I love most. Being able to capture life and its many chapters is a true privilege. My interest in photography started at an early age when my family designated me as the family photographer and had me convinced I was the best around!  It stayed with me in high school when I elected to take photography courses, and continued on in college.  My field experiences have led me to where I am today, and I have loved every minute.

When I packed my bags as an Ohio native, almost five years now, and moved to Huntsville, AL for my next chapter, I was so excited for the opportunities that lied ahead.  I have been blessed by so much love and support.  I am most grateful for the welcoming arms of the South.  It has been a whirlwind and I am so overwhelmed with joy.

Turning this passion into a career was when I realized I was not just producing images, I was gifting memories. I provide a photojournalistic approach to lifestyle portraits, weddings and special occasions.  The images I create are lively and colorful. Each session is customized for clients, because of my belief and value in a person’s individuality.  I aspire to create a fun, relaxed atmosphere where the client feels comfortable and personalities will come alive.  My intention is to capture honest moments, which can be held onto and remembered for years to come." 

Awaken Films would like to congratulate the Lawson's and thank you for choosing us to be a part of your wedding day.


The greatest of these is love,