Benner — Gerard engagement
Steve and Lori Benner are happy to announce the engagement of their son Craig S. Benner to Vanessa C. Gerard, daughter of Robert and Carolyn Gerard.
Craig was born and raised in Thomaston, along with his brother Dustin. Craig graduated from Georges Valley High School in 2002, and received his Bachelor of Arts in Business from Arizona State University in 2009.
Vanessa was born and raised in San Diego, Calif., and is the second of five children. Vanessa graduated from Torrey Pines High School in 2004, and received her Bachelor of Science in Communication from Boston University in 2008.
The couple met in law school, and obtained Juris Doctor degrees from California Western School of Law in 2011. Both are licensed to practice law in California and Maine.
During law school, Craig was a member of the California Innocence Project, and studied International Law abroad in Prague, Czech Republic. Vanessa was Vice President of the Student Bar Association, and competed on the National Mock Trial Team.
Currently, Vanessa serves as a Deputy District Attorney for the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office. Craig practices maritime law as an Associate Attorney with the Turley Law Firm in San Diego.
A West Coast wedding will take place July 12, 2014, at the Estancia Hotel in La Jolla, Calif. The East Coast reception will be July 26, 2014, as the couple return from their honeymoon.