Lauren Stallworth is a Southern girl through and through, and when she met her future husband in New York City, she was determined to have a chic Memphis wedding back home.
After graduating from the University of Alabama, Lauren knew New York was the place for her. As it turned out, her decision to move proved serendipitous in every way. Right after relocating, she was out with her roommate one night when New York native Scott Imbrosciano crossed her path. “I was at a sports bar watching college football when all of a sudden, a beautiful Southern brunette walked into the bar with her friend,” says Scott of the night they met. “Suffice it to say, those college football games no longer piqued my interest.”
Scott and Lauren talked for hours; eventually, he asked her to join him for dinner the following night. “I instantly thought she was the woman I would marry, and I even told my friends that much,” says Scott. “It took some time, but I’m glad I was right!”
Several years after that first chance meeting in New York City, Lauren and Scott were vacationing on beautiful St. Martin when Hurricane Irma struck the island, wreaking havoc and leaving them stranded for a week. “The experience had the chance to make or break us,” says Lauren. “Fortunately, we saw the best in each other during that devastating experience, and we both decided we didn’t want to live another day without each other.” Three months later, Scott made sure of just that.
Wanting the proposal to both align with their initial meeting and capture the magic of the holiday season in NYC, Scott planned 12 days of Christmas adventures for Lauren. They saw The Nutcracker at Lincoln Center, the amazing Christmas decorations at Rolf’s, the tree at the Rockefeller Center, and on the last night, they planned to have dinner at Wolfgang’s Steakhouse. Beforehand, they stopped by Gramercy Park Hotel for a cocktail at what Scott claimed was a secret bar that had just opened. When they arrived, Scott got down on one knee and asked Lauren to be his wife. She, of course, said yes. “We celebrated in Gramercy Park and followed with a champagne toast and delicious dinner at Wolfgang’s,” says Lauren. “The next day Scott had planned a brunch with all my close girlfriends as a surprise. He’s just the cutest — he’s so thoughtful.”
As she began considering the wedding day, Lauren knew she wanted to get married back home in Memphis, and she knew that the top priority was simply having the night of their lives with friends, family and each other. They quickly decided that the ceremony would take place at the Stallworth family’s home church, beautiful Second Presbyterian Church, but the reception location was a bit of a challenge. Lauren wanted to channel her favorite movie of all time, Father of the Bride, and host the reception at her family home, but The University Club also seemed like a good option for everything they wanted to accomplish in the reception space. Ultimately, the couple came up with a solution that would incorporate all of the meaningful locations Lauren had in mind: She would spend the day getting ready at her parents’ home; they would have the reception at The University Club; and they would host a classic, Southern farewell brunch at the family home the morning after the wedding.
Lauren’s style is chic and modern with a touch of flair, and her gorgeous Oscar de la Renta wedding gown captured that aesthetic exquisitely. A v-neckline and trumpet silhouette were enhanced with a bit of drama: fabric cascading down the back of the dress to pool in an elegant train. To complement Lauren’s look, the bridesmaids wore navy off-the-shoulder dresses — a nod to the navy dresses her mother’s bridesmaids wore — and carried simple, round bouquets with blooms in shades of white and cream. Appropriate for the black-tie affair, Scott and his groomsmen wore black tuxedos and bow ties.
After spending a beautiful November day getting ready alongside her bridesmaids and her parents, Lauren walked down the stairwell and out the front door of her family home to see her groom for the first time. They shared a sweet moment together before making their way to the church, where about 350 guests had filled the pews at Second Presbyterian Church in Memphis. The bride walked down the aisle on her father’s arm to the regal notes of “Prince of Denmark’s March,” and met her groom at the altar. There, they recited traditional vows and exchanged rings before heading back up the aisle as husband and wife.
The reception was the definition of magical with a cocktail hour accompanied by a jazz trio and a brass second line-style parade into the tented reception space. As guests passed through arches of baby’s breath, Calla Lilies and other delicate white blooms, the clear-topped tent opened up before them, draped with twinkling lights and an installation of florals and crystals suspended above the dance floor. “The tent from Father of the Bride inspired our tent,” says Lauren. “All of the lights on the top were stunning and really created a romantic feel throughout the night.”
Guests enjoyed a true Memphis experience with a whole-hog dinner along with beef tenderloin, truffle spinach, mini twice-baked potatoes, spring rolls and smoked salmon. The bride was particularly fond of the fry bar featuring truffle, shoestring and waffle fries, with sauces to accompany them. In a nod to their unforgettable Hurricane Irma experience on St. Martin, hurricane drinks were served during the reception, along with napkins bearing the phrase, ‘till death do us part.’ Meanwhile, the band played “Rock You Like a Hurricane.” Later in the night, guests sipped on Manhattans, served to represent Lauren and Scott’s beloved New York home.
After indulging in a delicious meal, cutting the cake and toasting their marriage, Scott and Lauren had a wonderful night dancing and celebrating alongside their loved ones, all gathered under one tent. “We both knew our top priority for the evening was to have the time of our lives with friends, family and each other,” says Lauren. “We 100 percent accomplished that mission and wish we could relive the night over again!”
It was such a delight to learn about your magical day — thanks for sharing it with us, Lauren and Scott!
- Photography: Stephanie Rhea Photography
- Wedding planner: Russell and Ruthie Events
- Wedding dress: Oscar de la Renta
- Accessories: Mindy Lam
- Bridesmaids’ dresses: Amsale, Dessy
- Groom’s attire: Enzo Custom Tailoring
- Groomsmen’s attire: Calvin Klein
- Cake: The Flour Garden
- Flowers: The Garden District
- Venues: Second Presbyterian Church, The University Club
- Design: White Door Events
- Catering: The University Club
- Band: Big Bling and the Funk Machine, Jeremy Shrader Jazz Trio
- Hair: Mary Miller at Ryan Patrick Salon
- Makeup: Faces by Seven
- Merchandise/stationery design: The Stovall Collection
- Videography: John Myers Videography
- Guest accommodations: Hu. Hotel
- Rehearsal dinner: Itta Bena
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