It all started with a walk in the park when they were 15—Laura was babysitting her cousin’s baby, and Cody was with his mom and their dogs. Since Cody’s mom was a friend of Laura’s cousin, she invited Laura (and the baby) to join them. This was on a Thursday evening, and the following Monday, at that same park, Cody asked Laura to be his girlfriend. “It was definitely love at first sight,” Laura says. “We ran with it, and we’ve been together ever since.”
Another important part of Cody’s life was motocross racing. In September 2013, while with some buddies at a local track, he crashed and broke his back in 12 places, his neck in three places, and his collarbone. That was the turning point for his life. “I remember thinking, ‘I need to marry this girl,’” Cody says. “What if I was never able to actually walk her down the aisle or get down on my knee and propose to her?”
Cody began his recovery and, out of the hospital, tried to figure out how to propose. In the meantime, he sold his motorcycle. “It was a big step for me. I’d never been without a dirt bike almost my entire life,” Cody says. “That was one book closing and another one opening.”
Cody told Laura he thought he could handle a walk to the park, though he was in a full back brace and barely able to move. “That mile long walk might as well have been four miles—it was definitely hard,” Cody says. “I was so excited and was shaking all the way to the park.”
Laura had no idea a proposal was coming, but the park had a lot of sentimental value for them. “He got down on two knees, because he couldn’t really get down on one, pulled the ring out of his pocket and asked me to marry him,” Laura says. “It definitely was a surprise, but being a girl, I always had it in the back of my mind.”
That was in October, and with Cody much recovered, they began planning their wedding for the following March—a country wedding with a formal touch on Laura’s parents’ property.
In preparation, Cody and Laura’s father planted 18,000 square feet of lawn and strung 1,000 feet of lighting. Laura’s father also built a 3,000-pound bridge so they could cross the canal on the property. They were married under an oak tree on the other side, a chandelier hanging from the branches over their heads.
Cody wore a tuxedo, and his personal touches were the Oakley sunglasses and cowboy boots that he and all the groomsmen wore. In fact, the bride and bridesmaids wore cowboy boots, too.
Everything about their wedding was personal and special. Laura and her flower girls arrived in her brother’s candy apple red 1967 Chevelle; and their officiant was Laura’s elementary school principal and family friend, who performed the wedding ceremony for her brother 10 years before.
Laura sums up the entire event in three words: “It was awesome!” And they still live within walking distance of the park.
First Dance Song
"Then" by Brad Paisley
Father/Daughter Dance Song
"Isn't She Lovely" by Stevie Wonder
Mother/Son Dance Song
"My Wish" by Rascal Flatts and "Sexy and I Know It" by LMFAO
Money Dance Song
"Money, Money, Money" by Abba
Details about the cake
We chose a mocha and white cake 3-layered with butter cream frosting and fresh strawberry filing. It was amazing!!! So beautiful!
Details about the flowers
Our main focus were sunflowers...I really didn’t care what else we had. Amy did an amazing job with tying everything together for us.
Details about the favors
We didn’t have actual favors, but our photo booth pictures, which the guests took home with them were their favors. We did though have a popcorn booth in the beginning for guests to get popcorn as our love story unraveled.
Anything else you’d like to share about your wedding?
Our vendors were all amazing! We were able to relax and really enjoy our wedding, and know we were in good hands; it was really comforting.
Our wedding planner and designer was Ramona Arnold from Simple Country Weddings and Vintage Decor Rentals. She was hands down amazing!! She came the day before and set up just about everything. The details were key and placement of everything really tied the whole wedding together. Being there the day before she even offered to come back the next day (after her other wedding) just to tie everything together and put the finishing touches on everything. She was our go to!! Whatever she said went! She has an amazing eye. She also supplied most of our decor rentals.
My wedding dress came from House of Fashion. It was just what I was looking for, and I was able to have them sew on the jeweled belt for a little extra country sparkle!
My employer for the last three years, Ludy's Catering, is amazing and can do anything!!! From station style food, Italian and of course, what we had, Mexican!
Encore Entertainment was our DJ and he was amazing. He thought of everything and I really didn't have to check in with him at all - everything was just done!
One of my bridesmaids, Sarah Angle, loaned us some of her rental décor, which was awesome!!! Also we were able to rummage through our families antiques and even some from family friends. We were able to pull together a lot of unique items that meant a lot to us and were family heirlooms. My favorite were the letters behinds our cake table which came from my grandfather's dry cleaning business, which was special since I never got to meet him.
Lori and Herman Schroeder were kind enough to let us rent their personal limo! Our groomsmen, Buck Ford, was generous enough to pay for it as a gift!
The Bride's brother also loaned his 1967 Chevelle to drive the Bride & Flower Girls to the ceremony.
A family member made all the boxes on the tables for our flowers! Tim and Lori Rogers from 2nd Chance Junk donated old fencing to make the wooden boxes.
Any tips you’d give brides and grooms planning their wedding today?
Laura: Just go with the flow and try not to get uptight about anything - stress just makes it worse. And don’t settle for anything; I know I didn’t. I got exactly what I wanted!!!
Cody: The details don’t really matter, let the small stuff go and let her decide in the end. Honestly you wont remember a lot of it at least not the small stuff.
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