By Sarah Boerkircher


John and Laura Beth Saunier were first introduced in the seventh grade at Christ the King’s Oktoberfest by John’s cousin, Laura Schnettler. Laura and Laura Beth danced together at Diana Evans School of Dance and John was a new student at Christ the King School.

John and Laura Beth remained friends throughout high school and college, but when Laura Beth asked John to be her date to her best friend’s wedding and sparks flew. John and Laura Beth have been inseparable ever since.

John and Laura Beth call Kentucky home—Laura Beth grew up in Lexington and John in Winchester. Both come from very large families, who all live or have ties to Kentucky.

“We both left Kentucky to attend college—Ole Miss and South Carolina—but both knew we would return home down the road. We are huge Kentucky Wildcat fans and our biggest hobbies are going to the Thoroughbred Club and Keeneland,” said John.

The couple married on June 17, 2017 at Cathedral of Christ the King. When it came time to choose where to marry, Christ the King was the obvious choice for John and Laura Beth.

“John and I attended school at Christ the King and it is the church where I was baptized. Our families have also attended church there all our lives,” Laura Beth said. “We were both actually confirmed together. Many of our family members have celebrated baptisms and weddings at Christ the King, including our parents.”

The reception was held at Lexington Country Club, with a clear tent with lights covering the patio. Pink flowers and small candles were the centerpieces on the tables and the wedding cake table was sparkle pink.

Laura Beth’s favorite color is pink, so she knew pink would be incorporated in every aspect of the wedding. With the help of Doug Smith and Glenn Blind from Doug Smith Designs and Events, Laura Beth had her fairy tale pink wedding.

“We wanted a romantic but fun vibe, and Doug and Glenn definitely made that happen,” said Laura Beth.

Laura Beth and John had three different first dance songs, which were choreographed by Arthur Murray. The couple chose “Crusin” by Smokey Robinson, “One Dance” by Drake and “September” by Earth, Wind & Fire. Laura Beth and her dad also had a choreographed danced and danced to “I Loved Her First” by Heartland, followed by “I Can’t Help Myself” by the Four Tops. John and his mom danced to “Ms. Grace” by The Tymes.

The couple agreed that their wedding day seemed perfect because it was a day full of happiness and excitement.

“One of the absolute best moments was our first look,” Laura Beth said. “Since our wedding ceremony was in the evening, we did our first look before we headed over to the church. We were so happy to see each other on the day that we had been anticipating for a very long time. This is one of our favorite things to relive when we look back at our photos and watch our wedding video,” Laura Beth said.

The Sauniers made it a point to take time to soak in having their family and friends in one place. They said they enjoyed being at the altar and looking out to see all their family and friends in the pews.

“It was something extremely special and unforgettable,” John said. “We also stepped away from our reception and went upstairs to look down at all our family and friends dancing, having fun and celebrating—it was an extremely special feeling.”

While the Saunier’s wouldn’t change one thing about their wedding day, which they have nicknamed “the best day ever,” they do recommend enjoying all the moments leading up to your special day.

“Even though our planning lasted a little over a year, it all flies by, so try to enjoy every step” said Laura Beth. “Everything about our wedding day seemed like a dream come true. While we were excited to go and start our lives together, it was a day that we never wanted to end. It was really the best day ever.”

photography by : Malicote Photography