I love the way love finds people. Every love story is beautifully unique, and Cody and Lauren's is no exception. These two first met one another on the street outside an old theater-turned-church in small town Plain City. Cody moved from Oregon, and Lauren was working towards her degree at OSU. They'd both recently started attending the small-town church when Lauren first noticed Cody and casually asked the pastor's wife about him. Several weeks later, Cody's eyes were opened and he saw her for the first time. That Sunday he chased her out the doors of the church, afraid she was walking out of his life never to be seen again. She laughs when she tells this part of the story because he was a bit out of breath when he caught up to her to introduce himself. They hit it off immediately, and the rest is history.
They tied the knot several weeks ago, surrounded by family, friends, and their new community from the theater-turned-church. Love stories may not be playing on the big screen at the theater-turned-church anymore, but the greatest love stories were never in the movies anyway. They're happening all around in real life, and Cody and Lauren's love story is just another evidence of God's goodness.
Starbucks for the bride? Check.
Kisses for his grandmother.
Cody was beside himself with excitement to see Lauren.
Fun fact about Cody: He EXPRESSES how he feels with words, action, and much emotion. So when he saw Lauren in her dress, there was lots of expressing. Such a priceless moment!
His gift to her...
…and she surprised him as well.
Their vows were sweet, funny, and deeply meaningful all at the same time.
Gorgeous and delicious cake made by the lovely and talented Brenda.
The shoe game yielded lots of laughs.
First dance as Mr. & Mrs.
Tired, happy, and with hearts full and shoulders sun-kissed, they were farewelled with sparklers and sent off into the sunset.
Congratulations again, Cody and Lauren! It was an honor to photograph your day.
Hey there! I'm Deborah Grace, and this little space you've stumbled into is a peek into my world, and into the world of those who've allowed me into their stories . I'm a photographer, an artist, a storyteller, and a dreamer. I adore the way photography has afforded me the opportunity to glimpse into people's stories. People are beautiful, imperfect, messy and wonderful. I think most times we just need to know that we're doing okay at this life thing. That's why I take photos. I think people often miss the beauty of their own stories because they're in the middle of them. I think my lens is basically just a gift God put in my hands to help others see how wonderful they really are, and that their stories matter. I always feel like the lucky one because I am. Getting to hear your messy, imperfect, hilarious, one-of-a-kind adventure-of-a-story never fails to convince me that in spite of everything, God is making something really beautiful out of all of us. And that inspires my socks off every time. So yes. I'm the lucky one who gets an in to the beautiful stories that people are. I love new friends so drop me a line if you'd like to connect. -xoxo
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