Lauren and Gordy Hoagland met at the University of Kentucky in a communications class. Several weeks after mutual friends introduced them, Gordy asked Lauren on their first date and as the couple explained, “the rest is sweet history.”
Lauren grew up in Lexington and Gordy is from Louisville, Ky., but he came to Lexington for college in 2008. When they graduated, they both shared a love for Lexington so they decided to stay and plant their roots in the heart of the Bluegrass. Gordy, a commercial real estate broker, and Lauren, a second grade teacher, enjoy spending time with their family and friends, and love playing and walking with their one-year-old mini golden doodle, Huck.
The couple married at Tates Creek Presbyterian on September 27, 2014. The couple chose this location because as Lauren said, “Tates Creek Presbyterian played a huge part not only in our relationship, but it also played a huge part in helping us each personally grow closer to the Lord.”
The minister that officiated the wedding was the head of the campus ministry, Campus Outreach, which Gordy and Lauren were very involved in throughout their time at UK. It was very special to the couple that he officiated because he saw their relationship from the beginning and watched it develop into the true love that they have for each other.
One of the couple’s dear friends, Bebo Baxter, played music during the ceremony. He played and sang their favorite hymn, In Christ Alone, for the entire congregation to worship together. Lauren and Gordy agree that this was one of the most special moments of their wedding day.
Lauren wore her mother’s cathedral length veil for the ceremony as well as her mother-in-law’s garter that had been passed down and worn by each daughter-in-law on their wedding day.
Lauren loves flowers, so it was very important to her to have a lot of beautiful flowers and colors at the reception at Lexington Country Club. Erica Svec from Hide and Seek Design used various shades of coral and peach that really made the arrangements pop. Throughout the reception décor, gold mercury glass was incorporated in the vases, votives and candle sticks.
“We had so much fun dancing and celebrating with our friends and family, we would have loved to have had more time. It was so helpful to stop and look around and take in all the joy, love, beauty and excitement, which helped us remember and savor the sweetness of it all.”
When Lauren was 15 years old, her dad passed away. For the father daughter dance, Lauren danced first with her younger brother, John. Then, each of Lauren’s dad’s four brothers took turns cutting in. It was an emotional, but very special moment.
As Lauren explained, she and Gordy love Graeter’s ice cream so much that they decided to have a Graeter’s ice cream cart come out towards the end of their reception so that guests could enjoy one of their favorite treats.
For couples planning their own weddings, the Hoaglands advise taking moments throughout your wedding day to stop and soak it in.
“It truly does go by so quickly,” said Lauren.
Photographer: Honey Heart Photography
Venue (note if ceremony and reception venues are different): Ceremony: Tates Creek Presbyterian Church; Reception: The Lexington Country Club
Catering (if different from reception venue): food provided by Lexington Country Club
Wedding Planner: Shelly Fortune Event Design
Flowers: Hide and Seek Design
Bridal Gown: Bridal and Formal
Bridal Party Attire: Twirl Boutique (Lula Kate Designer)
Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Warehouse
Cakes: Mondelli’s Bakery, Gluten Free Miracles Bakery
Videographer: Elizabeth Cox Videography