By Michael Alexander, Staff Photographer | Published October 16, 2014
Last Saturday I was taking photographs at the archdiocesan Chancery during “The Joy Filled Marriage,” a pre-marriage program conducted by the Archdiocese of Atlanta’s Office of Formation and Discipleship. One of the couples I met was Taylor Fairey of St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Alpharetta, and his fiancée Lauren Mathews of St. Benedict Church, Johns Creek.
Taylor and Lauren first met as sophomores when they were students at Blessed Trinity High School in Roswell. They became close friends as juniors and started dating in their senior year. After graduating high school in 2010, they both attended Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville. Lauren remained there all four years, and graduated in May of 2014 with a double major in management and marketing. Taylor transferred to The Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), Atlanta, after his freshman year, where he will earn a degree in industrial engineering.
The couple got engaged to get married two weeks before Lauren’s college graduation. Their wedding will take place at St. Benedict Church on Jan. 2., 2016.
They are on the front end of a process that grows with each passing day of love and eventual marriage. In the Oct. 16 issue of The Georgia Bulletin writer Andrew Nelson profiles three couples (Murphy, Nicholson and Trujillo) who have been together as husband and wife for 50 years. That translates to 18,250 days or 438,00 hours.
The 50th anniversary couples have some great stories and let’s pray that Taylor and Lauren will also have their own in the years ahead.