Continuing my "Wedding Wednesday" series, it seems like a good idea to start with an introduction of the people who played an important role in our wedding. We jokingly refer to this group as "The Lineup" because of Alex and his friends' ties to working in the sports industry. Our D.J. for the reception was an actual P.A. Guy, who Alex met while working at USC-Upstate. When he provided introductions for the group, he performed it as if we were an actual team lineup...it was hilarious!
Lauren Nicole was born in south Louisiana, on March 12, 1980-something. She grew up in Abbeville, LA, with her parents and younger brother, Austin. In 2000-something, Lauren graduated from high school and went on to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Family and Consumer Sciences with a concentration in Child, Family, and Social Services from Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, LA. She completed a Child Life Internship at St. Luke’s Children’s Hospital in Boise, ID (2008), and worked as a Program Assistant for Wonders of Washington in the greater Washington, DC area (2009). She then moved to Raleigh, NC to further her studies at North Carolina State University. After completing a Master’s degree in Extension Education in 2011, Lauren moved to Arkansas to begin her work as the Volunteer Coordinator for Camp Aldersgate in Little Rock.
Alexander Blake was born in southeast North Carolina on November 15, 1980-something. He was adopted in December of that same year. He attended elementary school in the Benson, NC area, before moving to Dunn, NC at the age of 11. In 2000-something, Alex graduated from high school and went on to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Parks & Recreation Management from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. In 2007, he moved to Greenville, NC to further his studies at East Carolina University. After completing a Master’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science with a concentration in Sport Management, Alex went on to begin an unpaid internship at Campbell University in Buies Creek, NC (2009). Then, Alex moved to Spartanburg, SC, for a paid internship at USC-Upstate. In 2010, Alex was promoted to Assistant Media Relations Director, taking on the role of primary contact for women’s soccer, men’s basketball, baseball, and tennis. In 2012, Alex made the big move west to northeast Louisiana after accepting the position as Director of Media Relations for a local university.
Dawn – She (Maid of Honor) and Lauren met through 4-H at Louisiana Co-Op Camp in 2004; they’ve since shared countless state and national-level 4-H experiences over the years. Dawn was working toward a Master’s of Occupational Therapy at Washington University in St. Louis, MO, at the time of the wedding. These days, Dawn works as an Occupational Therapist at The Emerge Center in Baton Rouge, LA.
Alyssa – Alyssa is Lauren’s first cousin; they grew up together, sharing a love for family and Nanna’s good cooking. At the time of the wedding, Alyssa is in her Senior year of high school.
Lendy – Lendy and Lauren were classmates and fellow Graduate Assistants in the Agricultural Education Department at North Carolina State University (2009-2011). Lendy is currently employed by the North Carolina Farm Bureau, based in Raleigh.
Kara – Kara and Lauren were introduced by mutual friends while both were students at North Carolina State University (2010). At the time of the wedding, Kara had recently received her degree in Agricultural Education and was actively pursuing employment opportunities. Since then, Kara married the love of her life, Peyton, and they built a log home together. She currently works for an agriculture company based in RTP (Raleigh, NC).
Victoria – Victoria and Lauren met at a local 4-H event when the girls were in middle school. At the time of the wedding, Victoria was pursuing her Master’s in Speech-Language Pathology at the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. Since then, she and her husband, Seth, gave birth to a son (Carter, Dec. 2012), and have another child on the way (Sept. 2015).
Bill – Bill is Alex’s Best Man and wonderful father. He lives in southeastern North Carolina and is currently employed by Sampson Bladen Oil Company.
Christopher – Chris and Alex met in 2009 during Alex’s internship at Campbell University in Buies Creek, NC. Chris is an Agricultural Education teacher at a private school in eastern North Carolina. He recently became engaged and has plans to tie the knot in December 2015.
Justin – Justin and Alex were cabinmates at Camp Caraway in 2006. At the time of the wedding, Justin worked as an armed security guard for North Carolina Detective Agency. Now, Justin is employed as a firefighter in Wilmington, NC.
Scott – Scott and Alex were coworkers at USC-Upstate in Spartanburg, SC (2009-2012). Currently, Scott serves as the Associate Director of Athletics at a private university in Texas. He and his wife, Marla, have two sons (Cade - 9; Reid - 7).
Austin – Alex met Lauren’s brother, Austin, on his debut visit to Louisiana in Summer 2011. At the time of the wedding, Austin was a Junior at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA. Austin has since received his Bachelor's Degree, and is now currently pursuing a Master's Degree at LSU-BR.
Ring Bearer & Flower Girls:
Drew (Lauren’s godchild), Sophie, and Emma are Lauren’s four-year-old cousins (two, at the time of the wedding). They love reading books and are enjoy attending preschool. The triplets live in Scott, LA.
There you have it - our wedding party. Of course, there are other people who were integral in this whole process (namely family, but also other friends, and of course vendors), but let's just keep it simple and stick with these "first string" players. Thanks for visiting!
Note: "The Lineup" was originally written in 2012 featured on our wedding website, hosted by Shutterfly.
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