This Father’s First Gift to His Five-Year-Old Daughter Became the Inspiration Behind Her Whole Wedding

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This story begins with five-year-old Lauren Young, who got an antique hand held mirror as a gift from her dad, along with the oh-so-sweet sentiments: “I hope that you will always look into this mirror and see the same beauty that I see in you.” Many years later, the soon-to-be-bride shared the tale with Bill Hamilton of Bill Hamilton Designs, who found it so touching that it became the inspiration for Lauren’s wedding day. Read on for the full story behind the big day:

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“Some things were well worth the wait,” said Lauren’s now husband, Josh Weber, who waited three hours for Lauren to arrive on their first date. Three years later, on Lauren’s birthday, the sweet duo exchanged wedding vows at the Christ Church Cranbrook, which is near and dear to their families.

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Scottish bagpipers led Lauren and her father down the long church aisle to an eagerly awaiting groom. Following the tradition, the marching musicians also escorted the newlyweds and their bridal party out of the church.

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Following the ceremony, friends and family gathered at the elegant Oakland Hills Country Club for the reception. Comfort was key to the family, so they made sure guests got a warm welcome.

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Meanwhile, Bill Hamilton designed an inviting space and brought in Gourmet Invitations to help design all the printed materials, including a reflective six-foot-tall seating chart inspired by that childhood gift given to the bride when she was just five years old.

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Photographer: Robert Bruce Photography
Wedding Planner: Bill Hamilton Designs
Ceremony Site: Christ Church Cranbrook
Reception Site: Oakland Hills Country Club
Flowers: Bill Hamilton Designs
Hair & Make up: Imagine Three Studios
Invitations: Gourmet Invitations
Linens: Luxe Event Linen
Music: Double Trouble
Video: Shane Tincu Films 

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