When local news anchor Lauren Freeman’s producers rushed her back to her desk for a live news segment one morning, something seemed strange.
“I was confused because we usually don’t go on the air with such little information, but I went out there anyway,” she remembers. As graphics rolled, co-anchor Owen Conflenti read the report: “We have breaking news from the KPRC Local 2 Studios. Dr. Forrest Roth has something he wants to ask Lauren.” With that announcement, Lauren’s boyfriend, Forrest, arrived on the set. “We weren’t on the air, but I thought we were,” Lauren says. “Forrest got on one knee and I said, ‘Yes,’ before he even asked. Everyone was in on it except me.”
Lauren and Forrest’s romance started as a station set-up as well. Forrest, a plastic surgeon, had never seen Lauren on the news. The couple met on a blind date at Bice Restaurant, set up by mutual friend, station contributor Roseann Rogers.
The couple planned their wedding in a short six weeks and chose their River Oaks home—built for entertaining, with glass doors opening out to a courtyard, a lush backyard and fountains—as the perfect spot to celebrate their reception after a garden ceremony at The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa.
Forrest says his favorite part of the wedding weekend was their last few minutes together before the ceremony. “I helped Lauren get dressed and we drove together to the ceremony. Halfway there we realized we had forgotten the bouquet and had to go back,” he recounts, adding that they made good time in a Maserati borrowed for the occasion.
At the hotel ceremony, a jazz trio played traditional Christian hymns. White mums, gardenias, orchids and freesia served as a fragrant backdrop for photos by Nhan Photography.
Back at the couple’s home, All Occasion Party Rentals arranged white tables throughout the house and Who Made the Cake provided a four-tier Italian crème cake adorned with lightly-dusted silver and gold mums.
“It was such a neat experience to have it at home, at a place that’s special to us,” Lauren says fondly of her reception. What’s more, she adds, “We’ll get to reap the benefit of wedding preparations, like landscaping, for years to come!”