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Lauren Fine & Benjamin Morrissey

There is probably a word for the phenomenon of spotting someone interesting just as you leave a room, or meeting a handsome stranger on the last day of vacation, or—as happened to Lauren Fine—finding your soul mate after you’ve accepted a job in a faraway city. Some might be tempted to call it bad timing, but the doctor and her now husband, Benjamin Morrissey, took a more positive approach.

They moved swiftly.

Lauren says she knew after their first date that Ben, who was just starting as an emergency medicine intern at Highland General Hospital in Oakland, California, where Lauren was finishing her medical residency, was someone special. The feeling was mutual, and the two fell in love quickly, talked about marriage only a week after their first kiss, and within six months were engaged and planning a wedding.

“I had been in long-distance relationships before and really didn’t want to do it again,” Lauren says about their fast-track decision. “That was not my plan for my adult life. I certainly didn’t want to date someone long distance if it wasn’t going to work out.” But right from the start, Ben and Lauren agreed on a lot—including the fact that they were a super match. They hosted their October 26, 2013, ceremony at Trinity River Audubon Center.

Lauren and Ben have spent the last two years flying back and forth between Texas, where she practices emergency medicine at Baylor University Medical Center, and California, where Ben is a second-year resident in emergency medicine in Oakland. They plan to fully make a home in Dallas in 2016. “Kind of crazy, but it works,” she says.

Where their wedding was concerned, they also took a somewhat nontraditional approach.

They chose the Audubon Center for its quiet setting and modern architecture. They worked with After Yes after falling for its pretty but restrained aesthetic. And Lauren says she is obsessed with the whimsical floral creations of Bows & Arrows. Together, the vendors delivered a sophisticated yet lighthearted setting for an evening of ceremony and celebration: a handmade chuppah with paper garlands and tassels; bouquets and table arrangements of lavender hydrangeas, peach dahlias, pink peonies, and ferns; and DIY ice-cream sundaes instead of cake.

The real beauty of the design was its simplicity. Nothing surpassed the beauty of the bride in her Nardos Imam gown; the sincerity of the officiant who spoke on the universal themes of friendship and love; or the good humor of the bride’s father, who played the guitar and sang “Fools Rush In.”

Ceremony Site: Trinity River Audubon Center
Photographer/Studio: Apryl Ann
Bridal Gown Designer: Nardos Imam
Bridal Gown Retailer: The Bridal Salon at Stanley Korshak
Hair & Makeup: Carpe Diem Bride
Groom’s Attire: Hugo Boss
Bridesmaids Dresses Designers: Alice + Olivia; BCBG
Bridesmaids Dresses Retailers: Nordstrom; Dillard’s
Flowers: Bows & Arrows
Stationery: Blue Eye Brown Eye
Reception Site: Trinity River Audubon Center
Ice Cream: Carnival Barker’s
Caterer: Bolsa Mercado
Favors: JK Chocolate
DJ: Glenn Roush Entertainment
Lighting: Glenn Roush Entertainment
Wedding Rentals: Glenn Roush Entertainment; Ducky Bob’s
Wedding Planner: Elizabeth Gonzales, After Yes

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