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Lauren and Cody Gearlds




Lauren (Durham) and Cory both attended undergrad at Western Kentucky University and had mutual friends, although they never met. Seven years after graduation, one of Lauren’s best friends who was Spirit Masters with Cory, introduced the two. The couple settled in their careers and life in Bowling Green, while Cory enjoyed serving on foreign missions when he could. After seven days in Guatemala, Lauren flew down to visit Cory. The team in Guatemala told Lauren they were planning to take photos at sunset on the beach and she and Cory headed down to meet everyone. When they arrived on the beach, with the sunset painting a beautiful canvas as a background, Cory ask Lauren to spend their lives together.

Lauren and Cory decided to plan their wedding themselves with the help of their family and friends. They dreamed of a classic, romantic wedding with rustic accents and Arbor Stone Vineyards offered the exact details and class to make their wedding day perfect. Décor paired with the vineyard were grapevine napkin rings, wine colored accents and custom wine corks for the wedding favors.

As they planned the colors for their day, they wanted a color scheme that wasn’t too feminine, matched the atmosphere of the venue and the season and wasn’t too formal. The final color scheme they chose was navy, wine and blush. Lauren’s dress was a classic off the shoulder, long sleeved dress that was perfect for a Fall day. She accented her dress with Cory’s mother’s pearl necklace that served as her something old and something borrowed.

Lauren and Cory spent their honeymoon at Cocos Hotel in Antigua and Barbuda. They stayed in a beachfront bungalow with a private pool. The resort did not have televisions, the wifi was spotty, there was only one restaurant (but the food was incredible) so it was the perfect place to unwind and decompress after months of wedding planning. They enjoyed starting their lives together at one of the most beautiful places they had ever seen.

October 19, 2019
Behind The Scenes

Brides Parents: Gary and Becky Durham
Grooms Parents: Ricky and Sheena Gearlds
Man of Honor: Jonathan Crumes
Bridesmaids: Whitney Waller, Allyson Fitzsimmons and Chloe Durham
Best Man: Justin Gearlds
Groomsmen: Michael Elder, Andrew Cusick and Seth Wilson
Flower Girl: Harper Gearlds
Ring Bearer: Finn Gearlds
Ushers: Dillon Geralds and Gavin Geralds
Ceremony & Reception venue: Arbor Stone Vineyards | Leitchfield, KY
Photographer: Julie Hall Photography 
Videographer: Luke Metzger
Caterer and Wedding Cake/Desserts: Jill and Aubrey Duncan and Ashton Young
Bride’s Gown: Bridals of Regiss Park
Suits: FHG Clothiers
Groom and Groomsmen Socks: Dapper Classics
Hair Stylist: Nicole McGee and Ashton Anderson
Makeup: Nicole McGee and Sabrina Holdcraft
Florist: Wisteria by Mariah Ginn
Entertainment at Reception: Black Tie Affair
First Dance Song: Speechless - Dan + Shay

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