From our bride: Although we both live in Atlanta now, it was clear from the beginning of the wedding planning process that I would return to my home town, Lexington, Kentucky. Since Lexington is the Horse and Bourbon Capital of the world we wanted to incorporate what makes Kentucky special into our wedding day.
The attention to detail was amazing and the day was nothing short of perfection. Guests arrived in Kentucky by planes, trains and automobiles. The Bluegrass wedding weekend began with the rehearsal dinner hosted by the groom’s parents at the Woodford Reserve Distillery, where guests were treated to a special tour of the distillery including the stills, barrel warehouse and bottling lines. In the tasting room, the Woodford Reserve Bourbon was flowing, a fireplace with copper detail provided the ambience, while the guest tables were crafted using reclaimed wood from a barn on the Distillery property. Dinner was provided by the celebrity Chef-In-Residence Ouita Michel.
Our wedding invitations were Print at home gold champagne bubble invites that were customized by the bride and her mother with navy envelopes lined with Pink and gold chevron fine paper from PaperSource for a modern look with dramatic impact. The invitations were hand-addressed with gold calligraphy by my mother
We chose to do a first look at the Mansion at Griffin Gate and it helped to take some of the nerves away. The beautiful wedding images were captured by Christine Cornwell Photography. Shortly after the first look, my father picked me up in a vintage 1950 Silver Rolls Royce for the trip to St. Peter’s Catholic Church. The aisle was lined with pink and white rose pew arrangements, alternating with large white and gold lanterns with candles glowing. The Carnegie Quartet provided classical music during the Catholic ceremony presided over by Fr. Norman Fischer. We made our getaway through a sea of bubbles. The whole ceremony was beautiful, dream-like and enchanting.
The bridesmaids attire included a light pink halter top gown with accordion pleats, coordinating pink onyx earrings and bracelets. The bridesmaid bouquets were made of pink roses and white hydrangeas. The finishing touch to each bouquet was a wide ivory grosgrain ribbon embroidered with each bridesmaid’s monogrammed initials in navy. Three flower girls wore floor length tulle gowns complimented by a navy sash embroidered with their initials in light pink. The flower girls wore flower crowns full of white roses.
My all lace Allure Couture gown complimented the glittery Kate Spade heels and matching clutch. I customized the gown by wearing a lace jacket for the church ceremony, changing to lace straps with a keyhole back for the reception entrance and wearing the gown strapless for the later hours of the reception. It was unique, in that everyone thought I wore THREE different gowns, but all I did was change the top! My wedding day hair and makeup was by Pink LOU LOU. The bridal bouquet was created by Doug Smith Design and Events and incorporated pink and white heirloom roses. My late brother’s navy tie was wrapped around the bouquet to keep him close to me during the ceremony. I also carried an heirloom linen handkerchief which has been carried by every bride in my mother’s family for the last 125 years. My veil was also a special family treasure, originally handmade and beaded by my late grandmother and worn by my mother on her wedding day 32 years earlier.
My groom chose navy blue suits with brown Cole Haan leather loafers for himself and his groomsmen. Pink gingham bowties and pocket squares added a touch of summer- breezy fun. These were definitely stylish, whimsical and classy at the same time. Oh, let’s not forget about those red, blue, and white K-bell socks! The two ring bearers wore complimentary navy blue suits and pink gingham bowties, with one carrying an ivory pillow with gold sequin monogrammed initials of the bride and the other carrying an ivory pillow with gold sequin Monogrammed initials of the groom. The pillows were a unique touch to the traditional ring bearers pillow and were sourced from Etsy. The wedding rings were definitely a symbol of the joining of two individuals and two families into one. The main stone in the bridal engagement ring was a 100 year old European cut diamond passed down through generations of the groom’s family. The groom’s elegant gold wedding band was originally worn by the bride’s father and gifted to the couple.
The reception was held at the Keeneland Entertainment Center and Keene Barn, located within the grounds of the historic thoroughbred racetrack. The cocktail hour held in the Keene Barn featured 9 foot tall willow trees decorated with white bulb lights, white draping blowing in the evening breeze and signature drinks – a Bourbon BowTie in honor of the groom and a Pink Cotton in honor of the bride. Hors-de-hourves selections included Kentucky Hot Browns and Pretzel Spoon Short Rib BBQ. Guests were asked to sign a Woodford Reserve Barrel Top in lieu of a guest book.
Each person that was invited to our wedding weekend has touched us, inspired us, helped shape us and become the individuals that we are today. We acquired real Kentucky thoroughbred horseshoes, and with the help of my parents and family friends, we scrubbed and cleaned them, painted them gold, sealed them and gifted them to each guest to take Kentucky luck home with them.
Hair & Make Up: Pink Lou Lou
Photography: Chris Cornwell | Venue: Keeneland | Florals: Doug Smith | Invitations: Bride | Calligraphy: Mother of the Bride | Catering: Turf Catering | Desserts: Cakes by Leigh | Dress: Allure | Shoes: Kate Spade