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On average, how many couples do you work with each year? About 20 wedding couples.

Kaelyn Query

Lexington Event Company

Kaelyn Query is the Founder and President of Lexington Event Company. She started her first business when she was in high school, and while it didn’t have a name at the time, it sparked a passion in her for entertainment, hospitality and events. Since then, she’s dedicated her life to learning everything she can related to the industry - and has worked in every aspect of the business. Kaelyn serves as the Chair of the Kentucky Chamber Small Business Policy Council Committee, and is a current board member of the Lexington Chamber of Commerce and the Lexington Children’s Theatre, and is a member of the Corporate Counsel for Shriner’s of Lexington. She was named a “Top 10 Wedding Planner” by Wedding Row in 2021, “50 Under 50” in 2020 by TOPS in Lexington; named a “Wonder Woman” in 2017 by the Richmond Business Society; named “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2016 by Commerce Lexington Inc. during the Salute to Small Business awards; the “Rookie of the Year” in 2015 by the Premier Chapter of Business Network International; and a “Rising Star” in 2014 by the Lexington Young Professionals Association.

What lead you to pursue event management & design? I got into it on accident. I wanted to be an interior designer and through an internship program realized that wasn’t for me. I started working for a catering company and doing my own events on the side, the rest is history. I’m type-A, which helps with the management piece, but I’m pretty good at being flexible and troubleshooting, which you have to do on event days. What do you love about the bridal industry? I love getting to know my clients’ story. How they met, what they like to do for fun, their engagement story. I’m a hopeless romantic, so I enjoy getting to know the details of their journey. Favorite season for weddings? I don’t have a favorite – I think all four seasons have their perks! I love the ability to create different looks based on the season!

What makes your company different? We get to know our couples as friends – I tell folks I talk to, if you don’t think you could hang out with me… we probably aren’t a good fit. I’m going to be around, a lot, so we need to be very comfortable with each other. We have a bigger team, which helps with troubleshooting and ensuring all details are covered. Favorite thing to facilitate for a wedding? Something custom/unique for their day. We just created three custom brews for a client’s wedding through Mirror Twin Brewing. Custom labels for the cans, custom names, the whole deal! It was a lot of fun and such a fun surprise for the guests. Best advice for couples? Don’t sweat the small stuff. No one else will notice those small details that maybe didn’t land EXACTLY the way you hoped. Don’t get caught up in planning the party that you forget about the real reason you are celebrating. Hire the right vendors and they will take care of you. What is the hardest part of planning an event? Thinking through all of the “What-ifs” that might come up. That’s part of the reason people hire us, to think through the possible issues and ensure they don’t happen. Where do you draw your inspiration? Each event is different. I like to incorporate touches personal to the couple. Then pulling from the season, the venue, the theme, etc.

How many years have you been in business? 19 years planning and managing events; 8 years as a registered, official business. Favorite colors for an event? Bright bold colors, or neutral tones with a bold pop of color. David & Drew Photography 6 • BRIDAL BLISS MAGAZINE

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WINTER 2022 | CONTENTS

KNOW YOUR PROS

WEDDINGS

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Lexington Event Company - Kaelyn Query

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MASON + CHAS | COVER WEDDING

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Electria - Alison Suell

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BRITTNIE + JONATHAN

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Clear Pro DJ - Randy Trent

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MEGHANN + CALEB

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Ephemeral Florals - Kathy Ramsey

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KATLYN + IAN

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HiFi DJ - Tom Little

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ANNA + JUSTIN

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Malone’s Prime Events & Receptions - Allyson Wellman

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KATIE + MATT

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Nadia’s Elegant Events - Nadia Shalash

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AMANDA + BRAEDEN

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Type A Catering & Events - Diane Kellum

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KARI + KEVIN

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Kevin & Anna Photography - Kevin & Anna Thompson

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SIDNEY + SAM

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Rae’s Bouquets - Radonna Bredar

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KAYLA + DEVIN

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Arthur Murray Dance Studio - Hunter Lisle

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SHELLY + BEN

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Mark E Photography - Mark Edwards

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LEIGH ANN + SHANNON

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Sterling Stems, LLC - Brittany Center

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HALEY + AUSTIN

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Chris Dedman Productions - Chris Dedman

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LAUREN + EVAN

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Added Touch Weddings & Events - Bryan Kidd & Lee Pence

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CAROLINE + AARON

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Doug Smith Designs + Events - Doug Smith & Glenn Blind

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KASSIDY + ETHAN

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Riptide Productions - Matt Gwynn

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KRISTYN + DARIN

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Planned to Perfection of the Bluegrass - Betsy Lowe & Lyndsey Calico

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MEAGAN + MATT

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Katie Nelson Fine Art - Katie Nelson

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KIMBERLEY + MATTHEW

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Twirl Lexington - Ty McBrayer

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JENNA + WES

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Kristin Gray Makeup Artistry - Kristin Gray

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Purdon Rentals - Katlyn Goff

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First Dance Lexington - Dani Dunmire

STYLED SHOOTS & FEATURES 96

BEHIND THE SCENES FROM RENEE’S BRIDAL TAKEOVER

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Beautiful Bouquets

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Jameson Douglas Clothing

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Volume 8 Launch Party

VENDORS & VENUES 70

Lexington Venue Map

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Central Kentucky Venue Map

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Vendor Directory

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Favorite genre of music to play at an event? Contemporary music! We love performing modern music in our electric style, especially hard rock and disco! Favorite genre of music to listen to personally? As a classically trained musician, you might assume it would be classical music, but actually, I personally love listening to a large variety of contemporary music in all genres, especially anything with a good beat and catchy chorus.

Alison Suell Electria

Electria is made up of classically trained musicians with a passion for performance. We love sharing our music and helping to bring beautiful sounds and elegance to weddings throughout Kentucky and beyond. Naturally, we believe music is an important element to any event, but especially your most important moments on your wedding day! Not only does Electria offer an acoustic string duo, trio, or quartet for weddings, we also offer a totally unique musical experience with our Electric String Trio. Fusing traditionally classical instruments with contemporary music and backtracks, we have a modern and fresh sound that is unlike any other group. In fact, Electria is Kentucky’s first and only professional Electric String ensemble (and among only a handful in the United States). We often play acoustic for the ceremony and play in our electric style for the cocktail hour and reception. It’s such a blast and guests are usually wowed by the transition from our classical instruments to our electric style! We are classically trained musicians… who rock! You can listen to our acoustic and electric strings on our website at www.electriastrings.com. How many years have you been in business? We officially started in 2011, and were known as Louisville Strings at the time. In 2013, we added our electric string trio and formed what is now Electria. While we’ve officially been a business for 10 years, we’ve actually been playing for weddings even longer than that! 8 • BRIDAL BLISS MAGAZINE

On average, how many couples do you work with each year? We get to work with over 100 couples a year! What do you love about the bridal industry? I love that we get to be a part of creating happy memories and being part of a joyous day! I also love seeing all types of venues, traveling, and working with other vendors – the vendor network here in Kentucky is simply amazing. What makes your company different? Most notably is our electric trio! We play contemporary music on electric versions of our violin, viola, and cello, accompanied by backtracks. With our custom backtracks (which includes drums, effects, and additional instruments), our music parallels the radio version of the songs, just with string melodies instead of lyrics. Beyond our electric trio, one thing that makes us different is our drive for continuous improvement. We’re always adding new music, upgrading equipment, improving systems, and mostly importantly, improving client experience...anything we can do to stay current and provide the best service we can, is always at the forefront of our business mission. Most requested song you play? This year, our most requested contemporary song is “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” but “Canon in D” is always a staple! Best advice for couples? Choose music that you love and that means something to you as a couple. Don’t worry about mixing genres or feel self-conscious about what you like – your music should reflect your style and taste! Plus, the awesome thing about acoustic strings is that

we could play “Canon in D” by Pachelbel followed by “Marry Me” by Train and neither song will sound out of place with the other, because to quote a recent client: “everything sounds classy on strings!” Favorite season for weddings? The fall, especially mid to late September, usually has gorgeous weather! Favorite element of a wedding day? We love playing in our electric style for the cocktail hour when guests are socializing, getting their drinks, and enjoy appetizers. The cocktail hour is the perfect time to entertain your guests with fun live music to set the tone for the rest of your evening and have a great time! Favorite overall song to play at a wedding? We love playing “Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars and seeing how guests start smiling, cheering, or dancing when they hear us play this song! How many songs do you prep for a traditional wedding? We start prelude music 30 minutes before the wedding, and we are typically able to play between 8-10 songs during that time. For the ceremony, we will usually play 4-5 songs, which includes a song for honorary seating of families (such as grandparents and parents), wedding party entrance, bride’s entrance, unity ceremony, and then the exit song. For the cocktail hour or reception, we can typically play between 20-25 songs per hour.


Sarah Burton

Shannon Christie

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As the publishers and editors of Bridal Bliss Magazine, we have the opportunity to tour venues, meet vendors and get the inside scoop on our local wedding industry! When we tell you we truly have the best around, we believe it! Volume 9 has a mix of 2020 and 2021 weddings, including some couples that had a wedding in each year. We understood the assignment for this issue and brought lots of details and inspiration, from BBN shoes to black wedding dresses we have your style covered. Although we’ve seen wedding guest count sizes decrease and weddings become more intimate, weddings are still the perfect opportunity to host your family and closest friends! New to this issue is our Know Your Pro feature, highlighting some of central Kentucky’s most sought out wedding vendors, along with some of your favorite features like our Venue Maps and Directory. We can’t wait to see each of you in person at our upcoming Bridal Bliss Classic bridal shows or your consult at Simply Love Studio! Be sure and tag us in your wedding photos on social media, we live for it! Shannon & Sarah WANT TO SEE YOUR BIG DAY IN

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CEREMONY: October 2020 VOW RENEWAL & CELEBRATION: July 2021 STARTING GUEST COUNT: 250 ENDING GUEST COUNT: 170 DRESS SHOPS: 5 FIRST LOOK: No FIRST DANCE SONG: “When I Look At You” – Bailey Rushlow & Dan Berk HONEYMOON DESTINATION: Cancun, Mexico OUR LOVE STORY: Chas and I met in September 2012. I was a freshman at Dunbar High School and he was a junior. His family is originally from Georgia, but had just recently moved to Lexington for his dad’s job. As the fall continued, we hung out, text, and of course he gave me rides home from school. Around November, we find out that his family has to move back to Georgia for his dad’s job, so Chas would not be finishing the spring semester at Dunbar. I was crushed knowing that I wouldn’t see my best friend every day. Early January 2013, we said our goodbyes and he and his family moved back to Georgia. I was crushed. I knew the connection we had would never be the same with someone else. We would occasionally text after he moved back asking how each other were or what major events had recently happened. Eventually our texts became less and less to almost non-existent. Our birthdays are one day apart, so even if we hadn’t checked in on each other the entire year, I knew every year we would text or have a quick phone call to wish each other happy birthday. It happened every year - 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016. One day in summer of 2017, I was eating with my two maids of honors, Emily and Maddie. Randomly, Maddie asked me about him and I didn’t have much of an answer due to not talking to Chas in so long. Maddie then takes my phone, texts him, and says “You need to move back to Lexington and marry Mason.” I was mortified!! I couldn’t believe she said that. A second later, he replies and laughs. Little did I know that would be the text that would bring Chas and I back together. From that literal moment on, we have talked every day. Late June 2017, we eventually agreed to give things a go although it would be long distance because he was now a senior in college in Georgia and I was about to begin my sophomore year at Kentucky. I figured long distance with Chas would be worth a try since my heart would always skip a beat whenever his name was mentioned. July 2017, was my first solo road trip down to Georgia to see him in person for the first time since January 2013. When I finally arrived and he hugged me, I felt instant relief and felt safe. I felt like I knew this was the beginning of forever with him. The rest of 2017, 2018, and 2019 were filled with lots of rides on the interstate and lots of plane rides. 3 years of not living in the same city, 3 years of living 6-7 hours away from each other. He was my person. He proposed in October 2019 and we finally got married in July 2020 during the pandemic. Due to the pandemic and the unknowns that Covid brought with it, we decided to just have a ceremony to say our vows with our families. We pushed off the “big” wedding until July 2021. Safe to say, it was well worth the wait.







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HAIR & MAKEUP Blush + Glow

VENUE Limestone Hall

TRANSPORTATION Gold Shield Transportation

GETTING READY LOCATION Lexington Marriott City Center

OFFICIANT Greg Horn

DRESS Bridal & Formal

VIDEOGRAPHY Scott Film Co

TUXEDOS Geno’s Formal Affair

HOTEL ROOM BLOCK Hilton Lexington/Downtown

CATERER Type A Catering

REHEARSAL DINNER LOCATION Hilton Lexington/Downtown

CAKES Tinker’s Cake Shop

BRIDAL SHOWER LOCATION Copper Roux

CEREMONY MUSIC Electria

BRIDAL SHOW ATTENDED Bridal Bliss Classic

DJ Clear Pro DJ

REGISTRY Macy’s, Pottery Barn, Williams Sonoma and Bed Bath & Beyond

STATIONERY Simply Done Invites FLORALS Doug Smith Designs + Events RENTALS Purdon Rentals

ALTERATIONS Darling Sew Shop LIGHTING Alpha-Lit Lexington

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see them with their friends and family on the happiest day of their lives.

Randy Trent Clear Pro DJ

Randy Trent, the owner and operator of Clear Pro DJ, has over 25 years of experience as a DJ. He began his career as a radio DJ in Detroit, Michigan. The missing piece, he realized, was people. This led Randy to begin his first mobile DJ business in Michigan in 1998. After moving to Kentucky, Randy began Clear Pro DJ in 2012. He specializes in providing DJ and MC services for both ceremonies and wedding receptions. How many years have you been in business? I have been a DJ for 25 years. I attended broadcasting school and started my career as a radio DJ in Detroit Michigan. I began Clear Pro DJ almost 10 years ago and have loved every minute of getting to be a part of couples’ wedding days.

What makes your company different? I think that what makes my company different is that I work to be more than just a DJ. More than just a guy who presses buttons and plays music. I had one couple encapsulate this well when they said I was a “full service DJ.” That is exactly what I strive to be. Whether it is helping to clear plates from tables, to help with coordination of events, or to give pep talks to people before their speeches, my goal is for the wedding day to be perfect - even beyond the music. Most requested first dance song? There really is not a most requested dance song. Each couple is very unique. I always suggest to my couples that they choose something that means something to them and not just choose a song because it is popular. This means that I have played everything from “Islands in the Stream” by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton to “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran to “Tennessee Whiskey” by Chris Stapleton. My favorite first dance song, though, is a classic - “At Last” by Etta James. Best advice for couples? Choose wedding vendors that you trust, that have a good reputation, and let them handle the details for you so that you can relax and enjoy your wedding day.

Favorite season for weddings? Winter - Having a winter wedding is unique, and there is always a chance for snow which makes for a beautiful backdrop for a wedding. Favorite element of a wedding day? It would have to be the toasts - specifically the Best Man’s toast. I love the jokes, the stories, and I really love to hear about the beginning parts of a relationship from the Best Man’s perspective. Favorite overall song to play at a wedding? “Yeah” by Usher. It just never gets old and everyone seems to have fun whenever it comes on. How many songs do you prepare for a traditional wedding reception? The only songs I actually prepare are the songs that are dance songs (first dance, mother-son, father-daughter, etc.) or are requested by the bride and groom. There are no pre-set play lists because the music for the night is determined by the crowd. I am very intentional about reading the audience to play songs that will be sure to get them up and dancing. If I don’t see a group of people out on the dance floor for a while, you can be sure I am pulling something that will appeal to them to get them out there.

Favorite genre of music to play at an event? My favorite genre of music to play at an event is hip-hop and rap. I love seeing how people react to the songs. They sing along, act it out, dance, and just generally have a lot of fun whenever hip-hop or rap come on. On average, how many couples do you work with each year? I work with about 40 couples each year. What do you love about the wedding industry? I love working with couples and helping them prepare for their wedding day. There is nothing like getting to be a part of a couple’s wedding day and getting to 18 • BRIDAL BLISS MAGAZINE

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ENGAGEMENT: 24 months WEDDING MONTH: November ENDING BUDGET: $10,000 STARTING GUEST COUNT: 50 ENDING GUEST COUNT: 35 FIRST LOOK: Yes FIRST DANCE SONG: “Harvest Moon” – Neil Young FAVORITE PART OF THE PLANNING PROCESS: All of our handmade touches. Jonathan also built our wedding arch! CHOOSING A VENUE: Due to COVID-19, a lot of changes were made to our wedding plans and we wanted our guests to feel comfortable. It was a last minute decision to have our wedding celebration at The Campbell house. We worked with Jason and everything went off without a hitch! We then moved to Wise Bird Cider Co. with a few friends to dance the night away. ADVICE TO OTHER COUPLES: Don’t forget to have fun! You will have so much to do the day of your wedding, but make as much time as possible to be with each other.



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PHOTOGRAPHY Sarah E Dunn Photo and Design

FLORALS Ephemeral Florals

VENUE The Campbell House

HAIR Paige Spurlock, Cha Cha’s

AFTER RECEPTION VENUE Wise Bird Cider Co.

HOTEL ROOM BLOCK The Campbell House

CATERER Minton’s

ALTERATIONS Coco’s Alterations

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Kathy Ramsey Ephemeral Florals

Ephemeral Florals is a full service, nontraditional florist located in Versailles, KY that specializes in crafting refined, garden-inspired floral designs for weddings and special events. The concept of Ephemeral Florals was conjured up in 2018 by Kathy Ramsey, who wanted to offer Lexington, Kentucky and surrounding areas a bespoke and creative approach to foam-free sustainable floristry. Kathy is a KY native with a Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture and a background in native plant nursery production. She intentionally surrounds herself with sustainable and locally grown goodness in her daily life. Ephemeral Florals procures the freshest florals from Bellaire Blooms, Wild Roots, Agape Fields, and Hither Blooms, and other flower farmers in central Kentucky committed to quality and earth-friendly practices. How many years have you been in business? 4 Years Favorite flower to work with? Lisianthus. She looks delicate and frilly, but in reality, she’s very hardy and the opposite of a diva. We use them in nearly every late summer through fall event. Favorite colors in a bouquet? Lots of colors, always. While I love a bold and moody color palette any time of the 24 • BRIDAL BLISS MAGAZINE

year, I enjoy seasonal colors the most. Give me soft pastels in spring, bright and cheery blooms in the summer, and juicy and rich colors for fall. I love celebrating what’s growing during each time of the year in my bouquets.

Best advice for couples? Always hire a good photographer, making sure their style and your goal aesthetic mesh. Give yourself permission to break traditions if they’re not serving you or your dream wedding.

How many couples do you work with each year? We are able to work with about 1822 couples a year doing a mix of fullservice weddings, micro weddings and elopements.

Favorite season for weddings? The months in-between seasons is my favorite. May and September because you get the perfect mix of late spring/early summer and late summer/early fall flowers. So many pretty things are locally available during these special times of the year.

What led you to pursue florals? I’ve always been a crafty person, and I love trying out new crafts to see what I can do. This started out as just a hobby but after a while it stuck! What I love is that every event requires different colors, ingredients, and challenges, it keeps my work fresh and interesting. What do you love about the bridal industry? Connecting with all of our couples, meeting their sweet families, and teaming up with local vendors. I’ve made lots of friends, had the opportunity to work with amazingly talented vendors, and traveled to some beautiful venues. What makes your company different? We’re a proudly non-traditional florist with a special focus on sustainability. We work hard to combat the wasteful nature of traditional floristry through sustainable practices and forming close relationships with our KY growers. Thanks to our couples, we are able to support local farms by buying seasonally available florals. Our designs feature unique ingredients we find while foraging, or blooms cultivated from our cutting garden full of perennials and natives. We also finish most of our bridal bouquets off with botanically-dyed raw silk. We dye these ribbons by hand in small batches just for our brides! Favorite thing to design for a wedding? The bridal bouquet, hands down. I make them as fat as my hands can hold and pack them with color and texture! I love knowing that our bouquets are part of such a special moment.

Favorite element of a wedding day? Presenting the bridal bouquet to the bride. The lead-up is always a scary moment for me but there’s nothing more rewarding or heartwarming than seeing the look on her face! Where do you draw your inspiration? So much of my inspiration comes from my local growers! They grow the coolest varieties and are always showing me something I’ve never seen before. I also draw inspiration from my couples, when they bring me new ideas, we work together to create designs that represent both their aesthetic and my style. The big designers/ florists I admire the most are Ponderosa and Thyme, La Musa de las Flores, and Enemies of the Average. I’m always infatuated with their designs and businesses as a whole. I want to be like them when I grow up!


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ENGAGEMENT: 8 months WEDDING MONTH: July STARTING GUEST COUNT: 150 ENDING GUEST COUNT: 75 FIRST LOOK: Yes FIRST DANCE SONG: “All Your’n” – Tyler Childers FAVORITE PART OF THE PLANNING PROCESS: Being able to dream and plan the wedding with my mother! PROPOSAL: Caleb proposed on horseback! He set up a group trail ride with all of my friends. At one point, I rode away from the group and he followed. He asked if I could get down and help him. As soon as I did, I found him down on one knee. It was the perfect proposal, a private moment between us, with our friends watching from afar. That was just the start of the celebration - he surprised me by taking me to dinner at the same restaurant as our first date. When I told him we were sitting close to where we sat a couple of years ago, he corrected me, saying that we were sitting in the same booth as the first date - that he knew that date would lead here and kept repeating to himself the booth number to memorize it for this exact moment. We then went home, only to find a surprise engagement party he planned! It was the best celebration of love, topped only by our wedding! MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENTS: Food, flowers & family! ADVICE TO OTHER COUPLES: Don’t sweat the small stuff! Your wedding day is about you and your spouse celebrating the love you share in front of your family & friends. Any detail that goes wrong won’t change that!



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PHOTOGRAPHY Kaylie Plummer Photography

HAIR Kentucky Wedding Belles

VENUE Apiary Fine Catering & Events

MAKEUP Makeup By Sarah Lynn

DAY-OF COORDINATOR Bit By Bit Events

REHEARSAL DINNER LOCATION Tony’s of Lexington

CATERER Apiary Fine Catering & Events

REGISTRY Pottery Barn, Williams Sonoma and Bed Bath & Beyond

CAKE Sassy Sweets DJ HiFi DJ FLORALS Stems

ENGAGEMENT RING Shelia Bayes DRESS ALTERATIONS Darling Sew Shop FITNESS Pure Barre Lexington

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What do you love about the wedding industry? The sense of duty. Everyone is there to show up and do a good job for our couples! Favorite First Dance Song? My own, of course. “Amber” by 311. Best advice for couples? Don’t ask just anyone their opinion about wedding plans. Also, be considerate of your guest’s time and travel arrangements.

Tom Little HiFi DJ

I’m Tom, originally from Blytheville, Arkansas. I have been in Lexington since 2011. I have a diverse background in event production and music. Clients respond well to my authentic, encouraging style and energy.

Favorite season for weddings? Winter. Favorite element of a wedding day? The parent dances! Favorite overall song to play at a wedding? Shout from Animal House

How many songs do you prep for a traditional wedding reception? 20-100. Playlists are custom made. When is the best time to book a DJ? As soon as you secure your date and venue! DJs book far in advance. What advice would you give couples seeking a DJ for their wedding? Don’t just google a list of questions to ask in the interview. Be discerning. Go for what suits your needs above anything else. Price won’t tell you everything. What’s a strange question potential clients ask in interviews? Sometimes clients ask if they can come to another client’s wedding to see me in action. Would you want strangers crashing your wedding? Thankfully we have social media to publish photos and videos.

Life is very exciting now with our 1-year-old on the move. My wife and I still get out for the occasional karaoke night or concert, but most weekends are spent filling dance floors in Kentucky! How many years have you been in business? 16 Years Favorite genre of music to play at an event? Oldies/Classics Favorite genre of music to listen to personally? DJs have a hard time choosing only one! HipHop, Crossover Pop, Soul, Funk, Metal, EDM, Alternative Rock, Classic Country. On average, how many couples do you work with each year? 30+ What lead you to pursue entertaining or becoming a DJ? The Skateland DJ for sure. Making mixtapes. Working parties at camps and college. KAYLIE PLUMMER PHOTOGRAPHY 30 • BRIDAL BLISS MAGAZINE


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Happily ever after. Engagement Parties Bridal Showers Bridesmaids Luncheons Rehearsal Dinners Receptions


Malone’s Prime Events & Receptions is the perfect venue for each celebration surrounding your special day! Offering space to accommodate parties large and small, a variety of rooms and décor options, lighting, state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment and a plethora of delicious menu options, each event can be personalized to create beautiful moments and lasting memories. Allow our team to take care of all the details. Contact Allyson Wellman for questions or to begin planning your special event. Call 859.948.3881 or email allysonw@bhglex.com.

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ENGAGEMENT: 15 months WEDDING MONTH: January STARTING BUDGET: $20,000 ENDING BUDGET: $25,000 STARTING GUEST COUNT: 35 ENDING GUEST COUNT: 50 FIRST LOOK: Yes FIRST DANCE SONG: “Can’t Help Falling in Love With You” – Elvis Presley, played on the piano by Aaron Orin FAVORITE PART OF THE PLANNING PROCESS: Planning the whole wedding together! PROPOSAL: We were at home, just the two of us watching a movie. He leaned over and asked, “Do you want to wear this?” CHOOSING A VENUE: For our ceremony we wanted a small, older chapel. Ian’s mom got married at South Elkhorn Christian Church in the Chapel and I loved that it had two aisles. For our reception we wanted a venue that was warm and inviting. The large fireplace at Malone’s Prime Events & Receptions sold us on their space! IMPORTANT ELEMENTS: We wanted our family to be involved in everything. Our wedding date would have been my grandparents 67th wedding anniversary. My dad got ordained so he could marry us and my mom walked me down the aisle. Our children were our bridal party and danced with us on our first dance!





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PHOTOGRAPHY Christopher Michael Images

FLORALS Doug Smith Designs + Events

CEREMONY VENUE South Elkhorn Christian Church

RENTALS Goff Tents & Events and Purdon Rentals

RECEPTION VENUE Malone’s Prime Events & Receptions

HAIR Patricia Thomas, Thomas Blake Studio

DRESS Gretchen Reece Bridal Couture

MAKEUP Ashley Kate

MEN’S ATTIRE Men’s Wearhouse

REHEARSAL DINNER LOCATION Shamrock’s Bar and Grille

CATERER Malone’s Prime Events & Receptions

BRIDAL SHOWER LOCATION Bonefish Grill

CAKE Tinker’s Cake Shop

BRIDAL SHOW Bridal Bliss Classic

MUSICIAN Aaron Orin

ALTERATIONS Darling Sew Shop

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Favorite colors for an event? Personally I love timeless colors like white, silver and/or gold and sage green. What is your favorite day of the week for an event? Malone’s Prime Events and Receptions is the perfect venue for bridal showers and luncheons, which are most popular on Saturday and Sunday. Rehearsal dinners typically take place on Friday evenings and receptions on Saturday afternoons and evenings after ceremonies. We do offer availability for weddings and events 7 days a week. Allyson Wellman Outside Sales Manager Malone’s Prime Events & Receptions

Allyson joined the BHG family in August 2003 as a hostess at Sal’s Italian Chophouse. In January 2005, Allyson was transferred to the corporate office as a receptionist and was promoted a short year later to Director of Training. After building BHG’s training department for 12 years and founding our continuing education program, Allyson was promoted to Benefits Director in early 2018. In February 2019, Allyson accepted the role of Outside Sales Manager for Malone’s Prime Events and Receptions. Allyson also coordinates the annual BHG Thanksgiving dinner for the community. When she’s not at work, Allyson spends her free time with her husband of 12 years Michael and twin girls. How many years have you been in business? Malone’s has been serving over-the-top hospitality since 1998. I joined the team in August of 2003. What all does your venue provide for weddings? Malone’s Prime Events and Receptions offers everything you need to create a wedding or event that fits your needs. Tables, chairs, linens, plate ware, glassware, audio visual equipment, podiums, microphones and more are available for use included in our 14% facilities fee. 40 • BRIDAL BLISS MAGAZINE

What do you love about the wedding industry? Your wedding day is one of the most important and memorable days of your life. I love being a small part of that memory and strive to make it a lasting one! What makes your company different? Aside from our over-the-top hospitality, our staff is highly professional and truly dedicated to offering a memorable experience. We consider ourselves a “no muss, no fuss” venue. Couples communicate with us prior to their event so that we can have all of their requests met before they arrive and can truly enjoy their event without worrying about details or logistics.

Best advice for couples? Don’t worry about the small details that nobody knew about. Afterall, you are the only ones that knew that detail that didn’t happen was supposed to happen. Your special day is to focus on your unity as one, not the small details! Favorite season for weddings? Fall and Winter Where do you draw your inspiration? Timeless, classic. Our facility will be in the background of photos for years to come so we want to ensure the ambiance is always relevant! Anything else you would like to communicate or share with couples about who you are or your business? We would love to have the opportunity and pleasure of working with you for any of your wedding events, from a shower, to rehearsal dinner to day of!



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ENGAGEMENT: 16 months WEDDING MONTH: February STARTING GUEST COUNT: 350 ENDING GUEST COUNT: 200 FIRST LOOK: Yes FIRST DANCE SONG: “God Gave Me You” – Blake Shelton HONEYMOON DESTINATION: Orlando, Florida FAVORITE PART OF THE PLANNING PROCESS: Attending the wedding shows and looking at venues! OUR LOVE STORY: We attended high school together. It was a big high school and we never really talked, but he says he had a crush on me back then. A few years ago, he messaged me on Facebook and the rest is history! PROPOSAL: Justin coaches football. After a game one Friday evening, in front of everyone on the field he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! He said the entire game he kept touching his pocket to make sure the ring was still there! MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENTS: Snow was a very important element for everything we did! I had fake snow for the flower girls to throw instead of flowers and I received my snow the week of the wedding, which made it even more special. Justin likes to say I made it snow from here to Texas because I asked for snow on our wedding day!



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PHOTOGRAPHY Christopher Michael Images

TRANSPORTATION Gold Shield Transportation

VENUE The Prizing House

VIDEOGRAPHY Christopher Michael Images

DRESS Renee’s Bridal

DONUTS Mike’s Donuts

MEN’S ATTIRE Men’s Wearhouse

REHEARSAL DINNER LOCATION Wilshire’s Restaurant and Events

FLOWER GIRL DRESS A & B Designs Handmade

BRIDAL SHOWER LOCATION Hamburg Farms Clubhouse

CATERER The Prizing House

BRIDAL SHOW ATTENDED Bridal Bliss Classic and Diamond Rings & Pretty Things

CAKE Something Sweet Cake DJ 308 Entertainment FLORALS Blooms ‘n Blossoms HAIR Tyra Harney and Amy Votaw

REGISTRY Bed Bath & Beyond ENGAGEMENT RING Cravens & Lewis Jewelers WEDDING BAND Santana’s Fine Diamonds

MAKEUP Noreena Butler and Lindsay Whitt

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Nadia Shalash Nadia’s Elegant Events

Nadia’s Elegant Events is based in Lexington, KY, but travels throughout Kentucky and surrounding states to help couples bring their wedding vision to life! Our array of services consists of full-service décor, furniture rentals, gold chiavari chairs, stages, dance floor wraps and more. For more inspiration and photos visit our social media pages. How many years have you been in business? 14 Years Favorite esthetic to work with? My favorite weddings are romantic and classical weddings. There is nothing like soft hues, delicate lighting, lots of candles and florals. Classic weddings are timeless. They are formal, clean and have an overall traditional look. Favorite colors for an event either design or floral? Champagne, gold, ivory and any greenery! I love florals in weddings, but love completing the look with chiavari chairs, ceiling drapes and dance floor wraps! On average, how many weddings & events do you decorate for each year? We do between 30-50 weddings and events per year. What led you to pursue event design? In 2013, there were many family gatherings occurring and I was tasked with decorating my brother in law’s 46 • BRIDAL BLISS MAGAZINE

wedding. This was the first big event I had ever done. After that I decided to purchase some inventory. One of my friends trusted me with her engagement party. She was so happy with the way everything turned out that she hired me for her henna and wedding. After that day I decided it was time to expand! What do you love about the wedding industry? I love the wedding industry because I feel like everyone in the local industry works to accomplish one goal: to bring a couple’s vision to life. I love how everyone within the industry is always willing to help a hand. I also love how everyone is warm and accepting to all the different cultures and nationalities we work with. Many of my couples are from a different country and want the culture present in their weddings and everyone works together to incorporate the vibrant themes and cultures. Favorite season for weddings? Summer weddings! Favorite design element of a wedding day? The dance floor wraps I offer. I look forward to soon offering the floor wraps that are entirely printed with designs not only names and initials! The way they take the reception look to the next level is incredible!

Favorite thing to design for a wedding? My favorite thing to design is when a bride comes to me and asks for full decor for the venue. My biggest décor package which includes chiavari chairs, centerpieces, up lights, stage decor, aisle way entrance, cool sparklers, ceiling drapes and floor wrap. It really is the whole package. When I refer to stage decor, a lot of Middle Eastern, African, and Asian weddings have a tradition of decorating a stage. Usually, the bride and groom are on a high platform so that they are easily visible to the guests. The stage floor, fronts and side are covered in white. There is a backdrop that is picked, furniture pieces, chandeliers, florals, pedestals and any other props we find suitable to go with the theme of the event. This is a major part of the weddings and events I am decorate for. Anything else you would like to communicate or share with couples about who you are? I love working with couples and collaborating with other vendors in the community to help make the couple’s vision come to life. Truly I feel like I have an eye for turning venues into something magical.



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ENGAGEMENT: 15 months WEDDING MONTH: June STARTING GUEST COUNT: 150 ENDING GUEST COUNT: 130 FIRST LOOK: Yes FIRST DANCE SONG: “Mean To Me” – Brett Eldredge HONEYMOON DESTINATION: St. Lucia LOVE STORY: We met at a Big Blue Madness Campout, but later found out we were in the same preschool class! IMPORTANT ELEMENTS: We wanted to be able to include our dogs in photos! Instead of giving each other gifts we gave our mothers and grandmothers gifts. Instead of buying a veil to match my dress, I wore my sister’s veil and it was perfect! We read our vows to each other alone after our first look, it was nice to have a moment with just each other. ADVICE TO OTHER COUPLES: Things happen, don’t sweat the small stuff! Take time before or after the ceremony to be by yourselves for a few minutes!







ALL ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHY Conrhod Zonio Photography

THE VENDORS

HAIR & MAKEUP Posh Salon & Spa

VENUE Castle & Key Distillery

TRANSPORTATION Gold Shield Transportation

DRESS Bridal & Formal

TRAVEL AGENT Avant Travel

SUITS Geno’s Formal Affair

VIDEOGRAPHY LW Films

MONTH-OF COORDINATOR Doug Smith Designs + Events

HOTEL ROOM BLOCK Courtyard By Marriott Lexington Keeneland/Airport

CATERER Type A Catering & Events CAKE Caramanda’s Cake Shoppe MACARONS The Futile Bakery DJ Kentucky Pro DJ STATIONERY Simply Done Invites FLORALS Doug Smith Designs + Events RENTALS Purdon Rentals

PHOTO BOOTH Bluegrass Photo Booth REHEARSAL DINNER LOCATION Tony’s of Lexington REGISTRY Bed Bath & Beyond RINGS Diamonds by Danielle ALTERATIONS The Needle’s Eye Alterations FITNESS Strong Shop Fitness

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catering, especially not weddings, but it just kind of happened. I did my first wedding in July of 2003, and that couple is married with five kids.

Diane Kellum

Type A Catering & Events

Diane Kellum is a self-proclaimed foodie who has loved being in the kitchen and entertaining for as long as she can remember. She grew up in a house where Friday night pizza meant starting with flour and yeast, and some of her favorite holiday memories are helping her dad prepare Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner. College found her pursuing industrial engineering rather than culinary school, but ultimately, she found her way to the kitchen, and has never left. While Type A Catering has standard menus for potential clients, Diane loves it when she gets to sit down with a couple, and can create something totally unique to them. And it’s not just menu design that she enjoys. She believes that she and her team are responsible for a huge part of the wedding guests’ overall experience, so she loves the nitty gritty of the entire design process, from picking china and glassware, to linens and decor, to helping create the perfect flow for the reception.

Why weddings? Because they are never get boring. No two weddings are the same, even if they have similar menus, the overall design is different. Favorite appetizer to serve at a wedding? Cheese and Charcuterie Display.

Best advice for couples? Take a deep, hard dive into your budget. My engineering background makes me really comfortable with numbers, and I think many couples start picking items without having a great feel for how much each thing should cost based on their budget. Whatever you budget is, set 10% to the side for fun money/emergency money. You’ll be in a better spot financially WHEN you go over, because everyone goes over their budget.

What adult beverages do you recommend serving at weddings? I love his and her drinks, I think it is fun, and it helps those guests that don’t have a go to drink, have something new and different to try. Since we are in Kentucky, I like doing one bourbon cocktail like an Old Fashioned or a Keeneland Breeze. I like pairing that with a clear liquor, either a vodka or rum. Mules, Dirty Shirleys, or Oaks Lilies are great options for a vodka cocktail.

Favorite colors for a wedding? Summertime - hot pinks, yellows and corals. Fall – hunter and mossy greens, cranberry, pumpkin (I really like the ivory ones), and touches of amber.

What is your personal favorite drink to serve at weddings? Blackberry Mint Lemonade (virgin or with a shot of vodka)

Favorite element on the wedding day: I love when the groom sees the bride for the first time. I like elements of both the first look and waiting, either way seeing his face when he sees her for the first time is awesome.

What makes Type A Catering different? We really focus on being a boutique, bespoke caterer. We definitely fall in the quality over quantity. We are never going to be doing a hundred weddings, or even 50 a year. Our sweet spot is about 30 weddings a year, where we can be really hands on with our clients and their events.

Favorite season for weddings? Winter: January, February & March because guests aren’t going to so many weddings and events and your wedding tends to be more memorable.

Favorite central Kentucky restaurants: Tony’s of Lexington, Epping’s on Eastside or Dudley’s on Short.

We sat down with Diane to learn a little bit about the woman behind the creative genius. Number of years catering: 18 years. Type A Catering has existed for 9 of those years. How did you get into weddings? I was taking a year off between my undergrad, planning to go to graduate school, and had an opportunity to cook for my church. I had no plans to start CONRHOD ZONIO PHOTOGRAPHY 56 • BRIDAL BLISS MAGAZINE


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ENGAGEMENT: 34 months (#COVID) WEDDING MONTH: June ENDING BUDGET: $32,000 STARTING GUEST COUNT: 120 ENDING GUEST COUNT: 50 FIRST LOOK: Yes FIRST DANCE SONG: “You and I (Nobody in the World)” – John Legend HONEYMOON DESTINATION: Antigua FAVORITE PART OF THE PLANNING PROCESS: Food tasting with Type A Catering PROPOSAL: Kevin proposed at Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre during my favorite artist’s performance of my favorite song! CHOOSING A VENUE: Although we live out of state now, I am from Frankfort and we’re big bourbon collectors. Buffalo Trace is my favorite Distillery, so it was an easy choice for us! IMPORTANT ELEMENTS: We wanted a romantic theme with lots of florals, our dogs to be in the wedding, lots of photos and a fun DJ! ADVICE TO OTHER COUPLES: You can’t control every aspect of planning or the actual day of. Hire a coordinator so you don’t have to worry about anything! Our coordinator, Doug Smith Designs + Events were miracle workers!



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PHOTOGRAPHY Kevin and Anna Photography

DJ Kentucky Pro DJ

VENUE Buffalo Trace Distillery

FLORALS Doug Smith Designs + Events

DRESS Twirl Lexington

RENTALS Events with Design

MONTH-OF COORDINATOR Doug Smith Designs + Events

HAIR & MAKEUP Blush + Glow

CATERER Type A Catering & Events

TRANSPORTATION Gold Shield Transportation

CAKE Tinker’s Cake Shop

VIDEOGRAPHY Paper Crane Cinema Co.

BOURBON BALL CAKE POPS Tinker’s Cake Shop

HOTEL ROOM BLOCK Fairfield Inn

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What makes your company different? Being a husband-and-wife team, on the wedding day, we both shoot but in our own creative ways. We also have different creative strengths that allow us to create images full of emotion with beautiful backdrops. Having the experience of photographing over 150 weddings, we understand how to create an amazing wedding day experience.

Kevin & Anna Thompson

Kevin & Anna Photography

We are Kevin and Anna, a husband and wife wedding photography team located in Lexington, Kentucky. We love couples who are adventurously in love. How many years have you been in business? 10 years What are your favorite types of photos to take? Golden hour/Sunset photos with a dreamy landscape. On average, how many couples do you work with each year? We work with about 30-40 couples a year, whether it’s for their wedding, engagement, proposal, elopement, maternity, or family session. We love connecting with our couples and capture their love story beyond their wedding day. What led you to pursue photography? We first started with a love for nature photography. As we started taking photos of different events and people, we realized how much we loved connecting with couples and capturing their love stories. As a husband-and-wife team, we find a connection with engaged couples. What do you love about the wedding industry? We love how it has allowed us to meet so many amazing people, from couples to wedding vendors. It has created a fun family that we feel so blessed to be a part of. 62 • BRIDAL BLISS MAGAZINE

The most unique portrait you’ve taken? The most unique bridal portrait we’ve taken was when we hiked 4 miles roundtrip to an overlook in the Red River Gorge at sunset. It was the most beautiful view with the dreamiest light. We love going on adventures to epic places. Favorite venues or spots to shoot at? We love outdoor venues with amazing views. It’s hard to nail down a favorite, but we love being in the Red River Gorge, Hemlock Springs, Evans Orchard, Talon Winery, The Barn at Springhouse, Spindletop, The Bluegrass Wedding Barn, Keeneland, The Apiary, Shaker Village, The Kentucky Castle, Buffalo Trace, The Griffin Gate Marriott, The Galerie, and Ashford Acres Inn. Best advice for couples? When choosing a wedding photographer, we say there are two important things you should consider. The first is to make sure you love their style. In 10 years, will you look back and be happy with the style you chose? Trends come and go, but your wedding photos are timeless. The second is your connection to the photographer.

You are going to spend more time with your photographers than anyone else on your wedding day. They will set the tone and emotion of your wedding day. Make sure it’s someone your feel makes you have fun and that you trust. Favorite Season for a wedding? We love the flowers in early spring, glowing sunsets in the summer, and late fall color. Favorite moment of the wedding day? We love the first look. It such an intimate moment that we get to capture. It was actually my favorite part of the wedding day. We got to hug, kiss, and feel all the emotions while being alone. We also got to spend the whole day together taking fun photos. I love getting to relive that with couples. How many photographs do you take for an average wedding? We take a lot, but we usually get that down to about 1,000 images. Sometimes it’s more, and sometimes it’s less depending on first look, travel, and length of the ceremony. We don’t hold back any good photos and want couples to have them all. Anything else you would like to communicate or share with couples about who you are or your business? We love getting to know our couples and building a relationship with them throughout the wedding process. We do this by doing an engagement session for all of our couples. This helps them to get to know us and to make them comfortable before the wedding day.


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ENGAGEMENT: 24 months WEDDING MONTH: October STARTING GUEST COUNT: 160 ENDING GUEST COUNT: 100 DRESS SHOPS: 8 FIRST LOOK: Yes FIRST DANCE SONG: “All of Me” – John Legend HONEYMOON DESTINATION: North Carolina, originally Jamaica FAVORITE PART OF THE PLANNING PROCESS: Getting to spend so much time with my family and friends planning everything! PROPOSAL: One day in November, I was having brunch with my friends at The Kentucky Castle. Brunch turned into the whole day and Sam asking me to marry him on the rooftop. I actually said “I do” on accident because I was so overwhelmed! After I said yes, we went to my sister’s house where my friends and family were gathered for a surprise engagement party. It was a whirlwind and a real-life fairytale! CHOOSING A VENUE: We toured several venues before seeing The Thoroughbred Center, but ultimately it checked all of our boxes! Our wedding was in the fall and the leaves would be changing, so the scenery was the perfect photo backdrop. Their event staff made everything so easy. IMPORTANT ELEMENTS: We really wanted everything to be “us” – by incorporating special details from each of our personalities, families and values. We picked out all of the details, my cousin Kaylynn made our cake and we even grew our own white pumpkins that we used for décor!



ALL ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHY Wildflower Photography

THE VENDORS

HAIR SRE Beauty Bar

CEREMONY VENUE Historic St. Paul Catholic Church

MAKEUP Makeup By Sarah Lynn

RECEPTION VENUE The Thoroughbred Center

TRANSPORTATION Cornett’s Limo Service

GETTING READY LOCATION SRE Beauty Bar

PRIEST Father Norman Fischer

DRESS The Steel Magnolia

VIDEOGRAPHY Colin Merritt Wedding Films

BRIDESMAID DRESSES David’s Bridal

PHOTO BOOTH Trivend, Inc.

MEN’S ATTIRE Men’s Wearhouse

REHEARSAL DINNER LOCATION The Thoroughbred Center

CATERER Red State BBQ

BRIDAL SHOWER LOCATION The Olive Branch Boutique

DESSERTS Kona Ice of the Bluegrass

BRIDAL SHOW ATTENDED Bridal Bliss Classic

CEREMONY MUSIC Robert Vanover

REGISTRY Bed Bath and Beyond

DJ DJ Solo

ALTERATIONS Juliya’s Alterations

FLORALS Rae’s Bouquets

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because I don’t think everyone realizes just how many colors and shapes there are of roses. They also hold up the best in any weather including hot steamy days. In the summer and fall, I love using cockscomb from my garden if the colors work, or other unique flowers. Favorite colors in an arrangement or bouquet? “I love all my children equally!” When I do an all-white bouquet, I think it’s the prettiest thing I’ve seen. Then I do one bursting with color and suddenly it’s the prettiest–I really do love them all! Radonna Bredar Rae’s Bouquets

Radonna Bredar grew up on a farm in Ottenheim, KY (Lincoln County), and even though the days were full, there was always time to admire a cheerful zinnia or field of daisies. Her mother (who called her “Rae”) taught her the joy found in gardening, and she’s never lost that love of digging in the dirt. Now, she not only grows flowers for herself, but helps others celebrate and connect through the beauty of fresh flower arrangements and bouquets. Radonna knows the importance of strong roots – Rae’s Bouquets is based in Danville, KY, where she and her family have lived for decades. Her husband and daughter are teachers in different central Kentucky school systems, and she herself has worked for local hospitals and medical offices as a nuclear medicine technologist. She uses locally grown blooms whenever possible, and always customizes each design -- not around specific flowers so much as around the feeling the bride wants to evoke. Romantic or glamorous, whimsical or elegant…just as every bride is unique, so is her bouquet! How many years have you been in business? I have been working with (and growing) flowers for years, but I didn’t start doing weddings until about 7 years ago. Favorite flower to work with? I love hydrangeas and roses no matter the season. Roses get a bad reputation, 68 • BRIDAL BLISS MAGAZINE

On average, how many couples do you work with each year? I try to do only 1 big wedding a weekend (or 2 smaller ones) so I can give each couple their dream day. I probably work with 12-15 per year, in addition to other floral arrangements/events, but I am a small business looking to get a little bigger. What lead you to pursue florals? That goes back to my childhood. My mother loved flowers, and after she died, I started growing more and appreciating her love for them in a new way. When my daughter was attending school at Centre College, one of her friends asked for help with her wedding flowers…and the rest is history! What do you love about the wedding industry? I love the joy and happiness a wedding brings, especially when I can help make the “dream day” a reality. What makes Rae’s Bouquets different? I’m different because I’m small – every client gets a truly personal experience. I grow a lot of my flowers when I can, and I also try to use local businesses if possible. My husband and daughter do a lot to help, which makes us a pretty efficient team!

Favorite thing to design for a wedding? My favorite things to design are definitely the bridal bouquet and an arch (if there is one). Those are always the showstopper elements that capture the feeling of the day. Best advice for couples? Don’t get to set on recreating something exactly as you saw it online – this is your day! Having an overall feeling/look you want to go for will allow for flexibility and personalization. Favorite season for weddings? All can all be gorgeous. A spring wedding is lovely – new beginnings, a welcome change in the air, the sun shining. There is also something about the dramatic look of a fall wedding, with all those dark, rich reds and purples. You can’t go wrong! Favorite element of a wedding day? Seeing the bride’s face light up when she first sees her bouquet…that is my favorite moment. I love knowing I’ve helped her to feel truly special. Where do you draw your inspiration? Inspiration comes from the bride and the vision she has for her wedding. I try to get to know the brides and know what they really want. You can only know that by talking to them several times, so they feel comfortable enough to tell you what they are really thinking.


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21c Museum Hotel

Break from tradition. Celebrate, meet and revel in beautiful lightfilled event spaces that feature contemporary art from the 21c collection. With several galleries to choose from, you are sure to find the perfect spot. 21c brings 7,000 square feet of art-filled gallery and event space to historic downtown Lexington. Featuring a wide range of spaces, the property can accommodate events ranging from an intimate cocktail gathering to stunning weddings.

Lang Thomas

Love the Renauds

Limestone Halll

Limestone Hall lives in the top floor of the recently renovated historic courthouse. Featuring an open floor plan with three customizable rooms – Limestone Hall is open to all vendors and competitively price. Check it out when planning your wedding or next event!

limestonehall.com

The Clerestory

Housed in a former bus depot & inspired by the original architecture of the space, Clerestory was created to meet a need for large events. With an open layout surrounded by walls of original windows, the venue can accommodate up to 350 people in a fresh, elevated, yet industrial space.

theclerestory.com

21clexington.com

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Jessica Lynn Hatton Photography

Copper Roux

Located minutes from downtown Lexington, Copper Roux is the perfect location for your upcoming wedding, rehearsal dinner, cocktail party, banquet, or meeting. Inspired by all things Kentucky, Copper Roux incorporates a Bourbon and Equestrian theme that is ideal for Lexington. The space offers a contemporary design with rustic elements, a lovely custom bar area and great patio. An open floor plan allows flexibility of set up and full use of the gorgeous space.

bayoubluegrass.com

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Rochambeau Photography

The Round Barn Stable of Memories

Located in the heart of Lexington, the Round Barn Stable of Memories is one of Lexington’s historic landmarks and architectural treasures. After being restored as a museum, The Round Barn offers a historic but elegant location for any special event or wedding. A gorgeous chandelier hangs from the center creating a warm ambiance. Second floor area/ overlook can be used as an additional event space, small wedding ceremonies, cocktail hour, displays and much more.

Origin Hotel Lexington

In the heart of the Bluegrass, the Woodford Reserve Club No two events are alike. At Origin our dedicated team will work with you to design an event that distinctly reflects you. From locally inspired menus to customized options that share you vision, we will help you create a full experience.

originhotel.com/hotels/lexington

bayoubluegrass.com

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Blessed Bee Photography

Kevin and Anna Photography

Christopher Michael Images

UK Athletics Hospitality

In the heart of the Bluegrass, the Longship Club at Kroger Field is a beautiful and unique venue that can be perfectly tailored for your big day. Southern hospitality and dedicated staff will ensure your personalized event is unforgettable. From engagement events and rehearsal dinners to ceremonies and receptions, the venues at Kroger Field can accommodate your every need. Let us make this the wedding of your dreams!

The Signature Club of Lansdowne

Weddings at the club are simply elegant. You can create an event that has a truly romantic and beautiful backdrop for the most special day of your life. It is sure to leave your guests with a lasting impression and create a lifetime of memories for you.

signatureclub.org

ukahonline.com

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Talon Winery

talonwine.com

bluegrasshospitality.com/malones-prime

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Seriously Sabrina Photography

Talon Winery exclusive wedding venues! Ca’Barn’et Barrel Barn features seating indoor for 250, heat/air, indoor restrooms, bar, kitchen, foyer and amazing outdoor ceremony sites including the Vineyard, Afterglow Arbor and Old Farm Pond. Our outdoor Monarch Pavilion includes a covered, open-air patio with seating for 60 and includes kitchen, bar area and unlimited outdoor space for ceremonies or parties.

Malone’s Prime Events & Receptions

An ideal venue for your special day! This exquisite venue offers a unique atmosphere, accommodating intimate dinners to grand receptions. With a variety of room and décor options, lighting, state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment and a plethora of delicious menu options, each couple will be able to create a personal and memorable event.

Zorro

The Coach House at Zorro is Kentucky’s newest wedding event venue. With beautiful refined spaces to make your wedding vision come true. Zorro comes complete with a south terrace ceremony lawn, valet parking, cocktail hour spaces, reception coach house and a 4,800 sq foot luxury bridal suite/grooms’ den that can be converted to a honeymoon suite. Located off Old Richmond Road on Grimes Mill Road in Lexington.

Claire and Barrett

Embassy Suites UK/Lexington Coldstream

With more than 14,000 square feet of flexible event space, we are fully equipped to make dreams come true! Embassy Suites has options for your multi-day event including showers, ceremony, rehearsal dinner, reception and any other celebrating you may have planned. Our expert planning professionals can help with catering and any other special requests.

embassysuites.com

zorroeventsky.com

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What do you love about the wedding industry? It’s really exciting to be a part of someone’s special day. Once on the dance floor, it’ll be memory you’ll keep forever and watch over and over again! What makes your company different? We go the extra mile to make sure each lesson is individualized for the couple. It’s not a cookie cutter approach, we want your first dance to be as unique as you are.

Hunter Lisle

Arthur Murray Dance Studio

With our amazing team we founded the Arthur Murray Dance Studio of Lexington over 21 years ago. Quickly growing to be one of the largest dance studios in the world, we’ve had the pleasure of teaching much of Kentucky to dance! We teach Social, Latin, Ballroom, C&W, and all forms of dancing to both singles and couples. As a world judge, I’ve seen almost everything! We can also help you compete too, but one of our passions is teaching couples their first dance. We make it easy from the first breathless moment you walk on the floor to the resounding applause when you can breathe and the dance is done - we’re there for you!

Most requested dance to teach to engaged couples? We see a lot of ‘Rumba’ as an adaptation to many songs, only because sometimes the rhythm works so well. We also do a lot of ‘medleys’ where you pick the song(s) and we tailor make it just for you.

How do lessons begin? It’s easy, call or text the studio and schedule a free private lesson - we’ll take it from there! Anything else you would like to communicate or share with couples about your business? We’ve seen a lot of shortcuts in our time. Your wedding is important and we hope you’ll take your time and let us work with you to make it the best day possible. Our staff are some of the bests in the world and will take the lead with you to make it easy!

Do most couples choose the song or the dance first? Most couples choose the song and then we choreograph it just for them. So, when they step out on the dance floor they can relax and be themselves! Best advice for couples? Start early! The sooner you start lessons the easier it is! How many lessons does it take for a couple to have a reception-ready dance? It really depends on the couple and the complexity of what they want. We’ve done quick dances in as little as 4 lessons and really amazing once in a lifetime dances too!

How many years have you been in business? I have been with Arthur Murray for 38 years, 21 of those in Lexington! Favorite ballroom dance to enjoy yourself? Tango, the first dance I ever learned! Favorite ballroom dance to teach? Tango, it’s one of the most fun dances for people to learn. It teaches connection, communication, and timing - with the rhythm of the music and with yourself. How many lessons do you teach each year? We are very fortunate to be one of the largest Arthur Murray’s in the world, teaching over 15,000 lessons a year. EBBY L PHOTOGRAPHY 72 • BRIDAL BLISS MAGAZINE


wellington

millersburg

Sunset Ridge Farm Events

Mustard Seed Hill

Tammy Sue Photography

Journeys begin, where the blacktop ends! NEW… 50 secluded acres, Historic Barn, Vintage Open-Air Chapel, Lakes, Cliffs, Log Lodge & Swimming Pool. Exclusive 3 day weekend stay is included in the package rate! Our farm is surrounded by the Daniel Boone Forest, 19 mi. to Red River Gorge & 8 mi. to Cave Run Lake. Host 250 guests in vintage elegance, rustic chic, or just simple nature. Personalizing your wedding with endless furniture & decor is included in your Wedding Weekend Celebration!

Mustard Seed Hill is a unique destination in the heart of Kentucky’s Bluegrass Region. Set in the charming small town of Millersburg approximately 30 minutes north of Lexington. Our 14 acre property allows you to create a unique event of your own. This historic setting is not only the perfect venue for your wedding, but also offers lodging for your guests in our new Bed & Breakfast onsite.

mustardseedhill.events

sunsetridgefarmevents.com

georgetown

Evans Orchard Event Barn

lexington

Kevin and Anna Photography

The Event Barn at Evans Orchard, nestled in Georgetown, KY, is the perfect site for your elegant southern wedding. Our renovated tobacco barn offers indoor seating for up to 200 guests as well as a getting ready room for bride and groom, caterers’ prep room, modern restrooms and plenty of parking. Outdoor views of the family farm provide a wonderful opportunity for an outdoor ceremony on a warm Kentucky evening.

evansorchardeventbarn.com

wilmore

The Bryan House

somerset

Farm on the Lake

The Bryan House is a 12-acre Historic property located just outside of Lexington, in Jessamine County. This grand estate has multiple wedding and reception locations, as well as overnight accommodations and gathering areas. Additionally, the setting is ideal for rehearsal dinners, Sunday brunches and various wedding preparations, thereby making it the ideal one-stop location.

thebryanhouseky.com

berea

Historic Boone Tavern

Willie Wilson Photography

Farm On The Lake is a one of a kind venue with panoramic views of Lake Cumberland. The property has a barn available for your wedding day or tent options. The property can accommodate up to 175 guests and operates April through October.

farmonthelake.webs.com

Boone Tavern offers seven separate and beautifully restored event rooms available for 6 to 150 guests. We can’t wait to work with you to make your event memorable and unique!

boonetavernhotel.com

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ABBIE•CHRIS KAYLA•DEVIN rainwater photography Mark E Photography

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THE BLISS

ENGAGEMENT: 6 months WEDDING MONTH: June STARTING BUDGET: $10,000 ENDING BUDGET: $15,000 STARTING GUEST COUNT: 200 ENDING GUEST COUNT: 120 FIRST LOOK: Yes FIRST DANCE SONG: “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” – Frankie Valli HONEYMOON DESTINATION: Cancun, Mexico FAVORITE PART OF THE PLANNING PROCESS: Wedding dress shopping! LOVE STORY: Our families went to the same church. He got up the nerve to ask me on a date, I accepted and we clicked immediately. PROPOSAL: Devin proposed on our 1-year anniversary. We went to the Kentucky Horse Park to see the lights. At the end there is a huge light up Christmas ornament that you can stand in and take photos. He dropped to one knee there and asked me to marry him! I was completely oblivious and had no idea it was coming! ADVICE: No matter how tired you get taking photos listen to your photographer! It is worth it to have all of the memories!



ALL ABOUT

THE VENDORS

PHOTOGRAPHY Mark E Photography

DJ Courtney Conley

2ND SHOOTER Conrhod Zonio Photography

FLORALS Country Girls Weddings & Party Boutique

VENUE Red River Gorge Wedding Barn

HAIR Hannah Ousley

DRESS The White Dress of Lexington

MAKEUP Melissa Crider Horner

MEN’S ATTIRE Men’s Wearhouse

OFFICIANT Pastor Larry Patrick

PLANNER Country Girls Weddings & Party Boutique

VIDEOGRAPHY Sarah’s Wedding Videography

CATERER Pig in a Poke

ALTERATIONS Juliya’s Alterations

CAKE Wanda Howard

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What lead you to pursuing Photography? My experience as a yearbook photographer in high school where I was exposed to training aimed at photojournalism. What do you love about the bridal industry? Wedding photography checks all the boxes for me. It is challenging both technically and creatively, it is rewarding to make couples happy and it is continually evolving. There is no end to the knowledge and skills to be learned that relate to wedding photography.

Mark Edwards Mark E Photography

From age 13 into college, I grew up in Harrodsburg spending most of my time at my family’s motorcycle & ATV business. My early years there were spent in the service department before I gradually transitioned to general manager as my parents aged and retired. Continual customer satisfaction training from Yamaha, Suzuki, and Kawasaki coupled with almost forty years of personal experience has taught me the benefits of treating people right. That includes employees as well as customers. In high school, I was chosen as one of two photographers for the school’s yearbook. I transferred from UK to Morehead State to follow my now wife, Denise who was the other yearbook photographer. We had our own wedding after I graduated. In addition to photography, I serve as coleader on the audio/video team at our church. I plan to continue to photograph weddings until the fun no longer outweighs the physical effort it requires. How many years have you been in business? 3 Years Favorite types of photos are your favorite to take? A great sparkler exit, but really any of the moments that happen between people during the day. Reception speeches are often a good source of those. Having two daughters, I enjoy the first look with dad too. 78 • BRIDAL BLISS MAGAZINE

What makes your Mark E Photography different? Dedication to the idea that I’m at a wedding to serve the couple and their guests. My time with them is limited so I make sure the couple understands that we will spend it how they want. I educate them on the pros and cons of each decision made from our first contact to the sendoff at the end of the day. I want them to be ultimately be in control of what we do on wedding day. Wedding guests often remark with things like “You’re doing a great job” even though they haven’t seen a single image I’ve produced yet. They are really referring to how I’m constantly on the go and working to satisfy the popup request that come to me. Most unique Bridal portrait you’ve taken? It was more about where I stood than the actual result. I was standing in a hunting blind about 10 feet above the ground that the bride had used in the prior season. Favorite venues or spots to shoot at? Any place that offers a variety of places for portraits. I have really enjoyed shooting at The Kentucky Castle, The Campbell House and Brown Hotel. The front stairs of the old restored Fayette County Courthouse are pretty awesome at dusk with the right lighting!

Best advice for couples? Don’t put things off. Start building a wedding day schedule soon and adjust as needed including the day of. Use a day-of coordinator if you can. Build in a cushion for every segment of the day and plan for thirty minutes of downtime right before the ceremony. Favorite season for weddings? Fall when it’s cooler. Favorite element of a wedding day? The first time the couple sees each other all dressed up and when they walk (or run) away from the altar with unstoppable smiles. Favorite moment of a wedding day? When the bride is listening to the groom read his promises to her. The look on her face can’t be duplicated in a posed photograph. Anything else you would like to communicate or share with couples about who you are or your business? I owe credit for my fast growth in this industry to a great group of photographers in the Lexington. Some of the best photographers in our area have shared knowledge with me, encouraged me, had me second shoot for them with awesome couples at really nice venues, and served as second shooter for me when needed.


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Therefore, even though I can carry out numerous designs, numerous styles, and color palettes, neutrals have become my strength by far. Creams, Whites, Taupe, Black, etc. On average, how many couples do you work with each year? 30-40 couples per year What do you love about the wedding industry? Seeing the hard work, the behind the scenes come to life and the dreams of our clients coming to life. Brittany Center Sterling Stems, LLC

Sterling Stems is a locally and family-owned flower shop that has been a staple of the Mount Sterling community for nearly 40 years. Where we welcome every customer as if they were a part of our own family. How many years have you been in business? We purchased the business 11 years ago this year, and I have been the lead designer over all Sterling Stems weddings and events for close to 7 years. Favorite flower to work with? Dahlias have always been my absolute favorite even before designing. The Café Au Latte Dahlia, which is a large dahlia with a warm cream tone, is a perfect neutral for any color palette. The natural flow and movement of the dahlia in any arrangement paired with the large size, always makes an eye-catching appearance. Favorite colors in an arrangement or bouquet? I am partially colorblind, that is extremely rare for a woman, but even more rare for artists and art instructors. I spent many years in school to counteract my disability and learn to work with it, so it would not hinder my creating. With my studies, I developed a way for my eyes to distinguish value to determine the color if for any reason I faced an issue of not recognizing the colors I am deficient in, such as; red, green, blue and purple. 80 • BRIDAL BLISS MAGAZINE

What makes your company different? Our small-town mentality. Even though we have grown tremendously over the past couple years, we still put customer service and small-town manors at the forefront of our business. Favorite thing to design for a wedding? That has to be a tie between bridal bouquets and large installation pieces like arbors. I love working large, even when I painted, I built my own canvases and worked on large scale. Best advice for couples? Find vendors that you connect with, that take the time to understand your vision and meet your needs. Favorite season for weddings? Fall is my absolute favorite season with the rich cozy color schemes.

Favorite element of a wedding day? Choosing focal points to highlight within the ceremony and reception that are jaw dropping show stopping pieces. Where do you draw your inspiration? I draw my inspiration from meeting and talking with the couple, hearing their visions personal styles, then working to come up with a personal creation tailored for them.



Vendor Directory

Central Kentucky is rich in tradition, horses, bourbon & amazing Wedding Professionals. Whether you are looking for the perfect dress or stunning flowers, we’ve got it all. The Vendors listed in our Vendor guide are sure to help you impress your guests and plan the wedding of your dreams!

BARTENDING

BEAUTY

BRIDAL SHOW

AMENDMENT 21

EVANLUTION SALON

BRIDAL BLISS CLASSIC

859-749-8648 amendment21bartending.com

502-382-0810 evanlutionsalon.com

SET THE BAR KENTUCKY

IMAGE INSIGHT

859-334-0487 setthebarky.com

859-379-9150 imageinsight.me

859-457-0824 BridalBlissClassic.com

COORDINATOR

PLANNED TO PERFECTION plannedtoperfectionbluegrass.com

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CAKES AND SWEETS

CATERING

DANCE INSTRUCTION

SPOTZ GELATO

BAYOU BLUEGRASS CATERING

FIRST DANCE LEXINGTON

502-282-3750 spotzgelato.com

859-523-7915 bayoubluegrass.com

SUGAR DUSTED BLESSINGS

SISTERS AND FRIENDS CATERING

323-553-1330 FirstDanceLexington.com

606-308-3223

859-489-7116 sistersandfriendscatering.com

DISC JOCKEYS

SWEETS BY CINDY

SWEET LILU’S 859-879-3210 sweetlilus.com

CHRIS DEDMAN PRODUCTIONS

859-374-5005 sweetsbycindyky.com

TINKERS

TYPE A CATERING & EVENTS

HIFI DJ

859-252-9636 tinkerscakeshop.com

859-619-3198 typeacateringandevents.com

859-806-2792 CDProDJ.com

hifidj.biz

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FLORALS & DESIGN

FORMAL WEAR

HEALTH & WELLNESS

BENJAMIN’S FLOWERS AND GIFTS

RELIX BRIDAL

ARENA CHIROPRACTIC

502-699-2724 benjaminsflowersandgifts.com

CAROL LYNN ORIGINALS & EVENTS 859-253-0545 carollynnevents.com

DOUG SMITH DESIGNS + EVENTS 859-494-2209 dougsmithdesigns.com

FOLEY’S FLORIST AND GIFTS 859-986-8175 foleysfloristandgifts.com

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859-523-1273 relixbridal.com

859-213-0651 wellnesswithapurpose.com

RENEE’S BRIDAL 850-291-2174 reneesbridalky.com

JEWELRY

THE STEEL MAGNOLIA

KENDRA SCOTT

606-451-9649 thesteelmagnoliabridal.com

859-229-4083 kendrascott.com

RIVARD FINE JEWELRY 859-272-7766 rivardfinejewelry.com


MUSIC

PHOTOGRAPHERS

RENTALS

EMILY FIFE - HARPIST

KEVIN & ANNA PHOTOGRAPHY

CENTRAL KY TENTS & EVENTS

859-576-5075 kevinandannaweddings.com

859-779-8141 centralkytentsandevents.com

ROCHAMBEAU PHOTOGRAPHY

GOFF TENTS & EVENTS

270-860-9354 emilyfifeharpist.com

PHOTO BOOTH

859-327-4978 loverochambeau.com

W

859-887-5272 gofftents.com

WESBROWNPHOTOGRAPHY

BLUEGRASS PHOTO BOOTH 859-474-0749 bluegrassphotobooth.com

CLEAR CHOICE PHOTO BOOTH clearchoicephotobooth.com

WES BROWN PHOTOGRAPHY 606-219-4065 wesbrownphotography.com

PURDON RENTALS 859-266-1197 purdonrental.com

SPECIAL EVENTS TENT RENTAL 859-420-9942 specialeventsky.com

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VENUES

21c MUSEUM HOTEL 859-899-6800 21clexington.com

CITY OF DANVILLE danvilleky.org

EMBASSY SUITES LEXINGTON/UK COLDSTREAM

MALONE’S PRIME EVENTS & RECEPTIONS

EVANS ORCHARD EVENT BARN

MUSTARD SEED HILL

859-455-5000 embassysuites.com

502-316-2433 evansorchardeventbarn.com

859-335-6500 bluegrasshospitalitygroup.com

859-685-2190 mustardseedhill.events

CLERESTORY AT GREYLINE

HILTON LEXINGTON/DOWNTOWN

ORIGIN HOTEL LEXINGTON

859-231-9000 hilton.com

859-245-0400 originhotel.com/hotels/lexington

COPPER ROUX

LIMESTONE HALL

THE ROUND BARN STABLE OF MEMORIES

theclerestory.com

606-560-0376 bayoubluegrass.com

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859-230-5365 limestonehall.com

606-560-0376 bayoubluegrass.com


THE SIGNATURE CLUB 859-277-6600 signatureclub.org

ZORRO

859-533-8584 zorroeventsky.com

We hope this Vendor Directory helps you find your wedding day vendors!

Sunset Ridge Farm WEDDING AND EVENT VENUE

Be sure to mention you found them here!

WILDERNESS LODGE

SUNSET RIDGE FARM EVENTS 606-776-6517 sunsetridgefarmevents.com

WEDDING RESOURCE CENTER Are you a vendor and don’t see your logo here? Email us at hello@ bridalblissmagazine.com

TALON WINERY 859-971-9797 talonwine.com

SIMPLY LOVE STUDIO

for more info!

859-550-3825 simplylovestudio.com

THE THOROUGHBRED CENTER 859-293-1853 thethoroughbredcenter.com

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ABBIE•CHRIS SHELLY•BEN rainwater photography Jennifer Chang Photography

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ENGAGEMENT: 24 months WEDDING MONTH: June STARTING GUEST COUNT: 250 ENDING GUEST COUNT: 100 FIRST LOOK: Yes FIRST DANCE SONG: “Sunday Best” – Surfaces HONEYMOON DESTINATION: Familymoon road trip to Bar Harbor, ME FAVORITE PART OF THE PLANNING PROCESS: Seeing it all come together! CHOOSING A VENUE: His family owns the Boat Dock and I knew it would be perfect! IMPORTANT ELEMENTS: Capturing the fun with family and friends! ADVICE TO OTHER COUPLES: Try not to stress too much, in the end it’s going to be fun! I definitely recommend a first look so you can get the majority of your portraits done ahead of time and have longer to be with your guests!





ALL ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHY Jennifer Chang Photography

THE VENDORS

BOUQUETS Valerie Caldwell

VENUE Fryman’s Boat Dock

RENTALS Bryant’s Rent-All and Oasis Tent & Event

DRESS Renee’s Bridal

HAIR Francesca Hessing

BRIDESMAID DRESSES David’s Bridal

MAKEUP Megan Walden

MEN’S ATTIRE Men’s Wearhouse

VIDEOGRAPHY Veronica Sparrow Photography

CATERER Bella Notte

PHOTO BOOTH Bearded Brothers Photo Booth

CAKE Nothing Bundt Cakes

REHEARSAL DINNER CATERER Blue Door Smokehouse

MACARONS The Futile Bakery

BRIDAL SHOW ATTENDED Bridal Bliss Classic

DJ Chris Dedman Productions

ENGAGEMENT RING Meg C Jewelry Gallery

FLORALS Faith & Feathers

BARTENDING SERVICE Bella Notte

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Know Your PRO

Chris Dedman

Chris Dedman Productions

Chris Dedman has been delivering quality entertainment to couples in central Kentucky for over 32 years. His passion and love for what he does is infectious. He is truly in the business to give couples the best day of their lives. Chris has produced over a thousand of weddings with a 100% satisfaction rating to date. When you put your trust into Chris Dedman Productions, they will deliver everything they promise and much more! How many years have you been in business? I have been in the entertainment business for 33yrs. I started DJing at the age of 12. I started out doing my friend’s birthday parties. I remember I had a nice modified home stereo system, 2 - Sony CD discman players, a dual tape deck, 2 - Technic 1200 record players, a radio shack realistic 4 channel mixer and a red and blue police light. I honestly thought I was the man! Favorite genre of music to play at an event? My favorite genre of music is late 90’s and early 2000’s Hip Hop/Top 40. So many amazing artists and dance songs came from that era. My personal favorite era of music to listen to would be Country music from the 90’s and early 2000’s or old school Hip Hop and R&B. It really just depends on my mood at the time. On average, how many couples do you work with each year? After rebranding in 2020 we are doing between 25 - 30 weddings a year so we can offer a full-service experience. 94 • BRIDAL BLISS MAGAZINE

What lead you to pursue entertaining or becoming a DJ? Growing up I was influenced by music my whole life. My dad loved Motown and classic rock and a little country. My mom on the other hand was Rock, country and 70 and 80’s top 40, and my grandfather loved Frank Sinatra, the rat pack, Louie Armstrong, Etta James and Billy Holiday along with classic country. I was in the school choir. I also grew up during a time where music was great across all genres where MTV, VH-1 and CMT was music all day every day. The love of music is why I love doing what I do. What do you love about the wedding industry? The industry as a whole is like a big family. I love how we look out for each other and always willing to lend a hand if someone needs help. It takes a village to put on a wedding and being able to work together is very important for our couples. What makes your company different? I think what makes my company different is the one-on-one service we offer our couples. We want to get to know them, their wants and their needs. This is their day so we want It to be beautiful and amazing for them and their guests. We create moments for them and their guests that will last for a lifetime. They are not just another couple getting married, they are family to us. We do this by using the continued education and training that we invest in yearly, our years of experience and what we learned working for Disney to deliver this for each couple we work with.

Best advice for couples? My advice to couples, in regards to entertainment is to do your homework before you sign your contract. Your DJ/ MC can make or break your wedding day. Check their reviews, ask for references and make sure they are insured. They are there to do much more than just play music. Favorite season for weddings? The Fall is by far one of my favorite seasons for weddings. It’s much cooler and the fall colors are just beautiful in central Kentucky. Favorite element of a wedding day? The ceremony is my favorite element of a wedding. Watching someone marry their person and their best friend is just magical. Favorite overall song to play at a wedding? “(I’ve Had) The Time of my Life” by Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes is by far one of my favorite songs to play. Most people can relate to it and it’s just a feel-good fun song. It’s one that I will often end the night with. The cool thing is watching people leave the reception singing it. How many songs do you prep for a traditional wedding reception? In general, I will prep between 60 to 70 songs per wedding. It just really depends on the hours and if we are providing the music for cocktail hour. You can only play around 64 songs in an uninterrupted 4-hour set. We do a lot of things in those 4hrs so you won’t ever be able to play that many songs.

Most requested First Dance Song? “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran Favorite First Dance Song? “At Last” by Etta James

BOURBON AND BRIDES


10 West Main Street | Mount Sterling, KY

As Seen On

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@Renees_bridal

850-291-2174 Photo credit: Jennifer Chang Photography


FEATURE BEHIND THE SCENES FROM RENEE’S BRIDAL TAKEOVER Renee’s Bridal, based in Mt. Sterling, KY filmed Season 2 of Renee’s Bridal Takeover for ABC 36 during summer 2020. Here are some rare behind the scene photos from Pretty Pixels Photography of that wedding. Follow Renee’s Bridal on social media for Season 3 of Renee’s Bridal Takeover coming in 2022.

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beat the natural beauty of fresh flowers, though times have changed and there are some great high-quality silks on the market now. When purchasing fresh and silk flowers they are actually about the same cost, sometimes silks are even more pricy! However, renting silk flowers is a great option for many applications, especially if you are on a budget!

Bryan Kidd and Lee Pence Added Touch

Bryan Kidd is originally from Berea, KY. He studied interior design at Eastern Kentucky University and went on to get his Master of Divinity from Mercer University in Atlanta, GA. Lee Pence is from Montgomery, AL. Lee also attended EKU where she studied business management. She currently lives in Richmond, KY with her husband and three children. Bryan and Lee have worked together for about fifteen years and have owned Added Touch together for five years. How many years have you been in business? Added Touch has been in business for 35 years! The original owners opened their shop in 1986. After working for the business for about twelve years, Lee and Brian decided to purchase Added Touch. We have owned Added Touch together for five years now, and we love every crazy moment of it! What are the different services you offer? We pride ourselves in being a full-service business – offering wedding planning, day-of wedding directing, event design and styling, décor rentals, as well as fresh and silk custom flower options. Each of our clients are unique, and we love being able to create custom packages that suit their specific event needs. What are benefits to fresh vs. silk florals? Many couples are surprised to learn that we offer both fresh and silk floral options, and there are benefits to both! It’s hard to

On average, how many couples do you work with each year? Since purchasing the business in 2017, we have poured lots of time and energy into growing the business. Over the past five years our events calendar has steadily grown each year. Currently, we service between 20-25 couples per year. What do you love about the bridal industry? Truthfully, the couples are the best part! It is such an honor and privilege to be able to assist clients on one of their most memorable and special days, we don’t take that lightly. What makes your company different? Added Touch is special because of the variety of services we offer. We truly can be a “one stop shop” for all our client’s design and planning needs. It takes a lot of work and stress off our clients, not having to source through multiple different vendors. Favorite thing to design for a wedding? Lee really enjoys creating beautiful bridal bouquets and floral displays. The more unique and rarer the flower is, the happier she is! I love when I am able to build custom backdrops and other types of installations. I love being creative and working with my hands to put together something original.

Favorite element of a wedding day? When we have the privilege of directing a wedding, our favorite moment of the day is always the moment right before the bride walks down the aisle. The wedding party is already in place, guests are waiting in anticipation, and the music is playing. We always pause, adjust the bride’s dress, remind her to smile, and then swing open the doors. It’s such a special moment. Where do you draw your inspiration? My parents have a farm in Berea, KY with a pumpkin patch, corn maze, remote cabin in the woods, and lots of sheep! I find inspiration all around the farm in the dramatic sunsets, wooded trails, and even in the wildflowers that grow together in the hay fields. Lee often says she “lets the flowers speak” to her when designing, having a basic idea of what she wants to create but allowing the individual flowers dictate how they need to work together to complement each other. Anything else you would like to communicate or share with couples about who you are or your business? Don’t be afraid to be different! Just because “tradition says” to do it one way, it’s your wedding – do whatever the heck YOU want! We love working with all types of weddings. Grand and elegant, simple and chique, or themed with a sense of individual flair; we can help you create the wedding of your dreams!

Best advice for couples? Enjoy the process! I know it’s cliché advice, but it’s true, as long as you get married to the person you love, the day is still a success. Favorite season for weddings? FALL! Hands down. Nature is so gorgeous in the fall, color pallets are endless, and the weather is typically much more comfortable. This time of year, the design options are endless! LULU BELL PHOTOGRAPHY

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ENGAGEMENT: 9 months WEDDING MONTH: August STARTING GUEST COUNT: 190 ENDING GUEST COUNT: 119 FIRST LOOK: Yes, at Keeneland! FIRST DANCE SONG: “When You Say Nothing At All” – Keith Whitley HONEYMOON DESTINATION: Palm Beach, Florida FAVORITE PART OF THE PLANNING PROCESS: Working with Doug Smith Designs + Events! He made me feel very organized! We loved having a bugler do the call to post and glow sticks on the dance floor! OUR LOVE STORY: We met through mutual friends at a Halloween party. I was dressed as Minnie Mouse and he was dressed as a biker with a mullet. PROPOSAL: After a fancier than usual dinner we went to see Southern Lights at the Kentucky Horse Park. We got out of the car for the walking portion and were talking about our past two years together. We came around the corner of a building and I saw a bench with a soft white blanket, a big heart, a bottle of champagne and two champagne flutes. I knew immediately it was happening! ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES: At the very least, get a day-of coordinator! Wedding planning does get overwhelming, but you have to keep everything in perspective. The only thing you need to focus on is setting yourself up for a good marriage. The party on the wedding day is just a bonus!





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PHOTOGRAPHY Keith & Melissa Photography

HAIR Mollie Monthie

CEREMONY & RECEPTION VENUE The Campbell House

MAKEUP GlamLex Events

DRESS Renee’s Bridal

TRANSPORTATION Gold Shield Transportation

BRIDESMAID DRESSES David’s Bridal

VIDEOGRAPHY Royal Weddings Photography & Videos

MEN’S ATTIRE Geno’s Formal Affair

HOTEL ROOM BLOCK The Campbell House

MONTH-OF COORDINATOR Doug Smith Designs + Events

REHEARSAL DINNER LOCATION Bella Notte

CATERER The Campbell House

BRIDAL SHOW ATTENDED Bridal Bliss Classic

CAKES Bit of Whimsy Cakes

REGISTRY Dillards and Bed Bath & Beyond

DJ Kentucky Pro DJ

DANCE LESSONS The Ballroom House

PHOTO BOOTH Kentucky Pro DJ

CEREMONY MUSIC The Grass Cats

DAY-OF STATIONERY Simply Done Invites

ICE SCULPTURE Lexington Ice Sculptures

FLORALS Doug Smith Designs + Events

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What makes your company different? Glenn and I treat the business like our child—we love what we do. Favorite thing to design for a wedding? Large statement pieces that can be constructed onsite. Best advice for couples? Relax and enjoy the process and hire a wedding planner/coordinator. Favorite season for weddings? Fall—the colors and textures of available flowers and greenery is like no other time of the year. Doug Smith and Glenn Blind Doug Smith Designs + Events

Doug Smith and Glenn Blind established Doug Smith Designs + Events in 2006 as a special event floral company specializing in weddings. As years passed, Doug and Glenn’s passion for weddings was evident. As a result of their passion, they branched into wedding and event coordination. Today, Doug Smith Designs + Events is a well sought-after resource to help couples with coordinating and décor for their special day.

Favorite element of a wedding day? Watching the bride’s reaction to getting her bouquet on the day of and seeing other vendors in the set-up process and catching up with them. Anything else you would like to communicate or share with couples about who you are or your business? We absolutely love what we do and we would be honored to be a part of your special day.

How many years have you been in business? 15 Years Favorite flower to work with? We get asked that often! I don’t have a favorite, but roses have such a wide range of colors that make them great options for any event.

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Favorite colors in a bouquet or arrangement? Either monochromatic or fall colors On average, how many couples do you work with each year? 55-60 couples between flowers, planning and coordinating What do you love about the wedding industry? Community, Community, Community! Its always good to be able to bounce things off other vendors if needed. CREATED WITH GRACE PHOTOGRAPHY 106 • BRIDAL BLISS MAGAZINE

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ENGAGEMENT: 19 months WEDDING MONTH: June STARTING BUDGET: $45,000 ENDING BUDGET: $52,000 STARTING GUEST COUNT: 275 ENDING GUEST COUNT: 225 FIRST LOOK: Yes FIRST DANCE SONG: “Angel” – Jack Johnson HONEYMOON DESTINATION: St. Maarten FAVORITE PART OF THE PLANNING PROCESS: Food tasting! PROPOSAL: Austin proposed in Denver, Colorado on a mountain top called Loveland Press. We were there on a trip with friends, who were totally in on the secret. I was completely surprised up until the very second he asked me to marry him! It was a snowy mountain sunset view; champagne and my best friends complete with a professional photographer. CHOOSING A VENUE: We wanted a venue that offered indoor and outdoor space. We love the classic, Kentucky feel of Spindletop and how versatile the space is. They have inhouse catering, day of coordinator and made things so easy for us. IMPORTANT ELEMENTS: Food, bar & guest experience! We also knew we wanted a great photographer! ADVICE TO OTHER COUPLES: Trust your vendors!



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OFFICIANT Reverend Bryan Scott Holley

VENUE The Club at UK’s Spindletop Hall

VIDEOGRAPHY 606 Productions

MEN’S ATTIRE Men’s Wearhouse

HOTEL ROOM BLOCK Embassy Suites by Hilton Lexington/UK Coldstream

MONTH-OF COORDINATING Amberly Brislin Weddings CATERER The Club at UK’s Spindletop Hall CAKE Lesley Ingram Cakes CEREMONY MUSIC Fiero Strings DJ RipTide Productions FLORALS The Design Center RENTALS Goff Tents & Events HAIR Hair by Maddie Woff MAKEUP Bailey Carter TRANSPORTATION Celebrity Limousine

BRIDESMAID GIFTS Kendra Scott GROOMSMEN GIFTS Woodford Reserve FAVORS Maker’s Mark Shooters & Bourbon Balls PHOTO BOOTH RipTide Productions REHEARSAL DINNER CATERER Mi Pequena Hacienda BRIDAL LUNCHEON Lexington Country Club REGISTRY Pottery Barn WEDDING DAY JEWELRY Maple & J and Miss Priss LIGHTING Goff Tents & Events ALTERATIONS Moda Alterations & Embroidery BRIDAL BLISS MAGAZINE • 111


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Favorite genre of music to listen to personally? I listen to a lot of Beach Vibes and Country music. At my core, I’m just an ole country boy who likes to have fun.

Matt Gwynn Riptide Productions

Greetings Y’all. Matt Gwynn here with Riptide Productions. I’m a single dad to an amazing 13-year-old boy, and love life. Music and travel fill a lot of our time. I have lived across the eastern sea border for many years, but Lexington has been home for 15 years now and we love it. A lot of sweat and tears went into building this business, and I couldn’t have done it without the love and support of my son, and my family back home. Huge thanks to my team and their continued dedication to providing top notch entertainment to couples in the Kentucky area. I love what I do. Much love to everyone out there who took the time to read a little about myself and Riptide Productions. I thank you.

On average, how many couples do you work with each year? I have the pleasure of working with over 100 new couples. What lead you to pursue entertaining or becoming a DJ? I have always enjoyed entertaining and music. Public speaking, comedy, and reading a crowd have always been strong attributes of mine. What do you love about the wedding industry? I honestly love bringing joy to our couple’s one big day. I love seeing smiles, laughter, and families coming together for one epic night. One epic occasion. Knowing we played a part in that is special to us. What makes your company different? We want to create an experience for you and your guests that goes above and beyond expectations. We want everyone to be tired by the last song, from dancing. Our whole goal is ensuring every guest leaves happy. We meticulously plan the atmosphere and vibe you want to feel when you walk into that reception for the first time.

Favorite First Dance Song? This is so tough. There are so many, but I’ll say Forever After All by Luke Combs! Best advice for couples? Just engaged? Plan a date as soon as you can and begin research. I’d personally recommend seeing Sarah at Simply Love Studio first thing! Favorite season for weddings? I love them all, but Fall wins it all for me. Favorite over-all song to play at a wedding? Every song we play is great! We have a secret recipe when it comes to mixing songs and what we play. Right now, the song I have the most fun with playing is Levitating by Dua Lipa. How many songs do you prep for a traditional wedding reception? We typically create 6 different playlists for each wedding we perform if we are providing ceremony music. If the wedding reception is scheduled to be 2 hours of dancing, we typically will create a custom set for 3-4 hours of music. Songs and vibes can change fast at a wedding, and we are ready for that.

How many years have you been in business? I’ve actually been DJing for 15+ years for fun and family events. I started Riptide Productions 6 years ago. If you didn’t own your current business, what would you do? If I didn’t own Riptide Productions I’d be in the realty business. Favorite genre of music to play at an event? At most events we play popular pop hits from the 80’s-today. I personally love every genre we play. I love music. I just wish I could sing!

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ENGAGEMENT: 5 months WEDDING MONTH: December STARTING BUDGET: $20,000 ENDING BUDGET: $18,000 STARTING GUEST COUNT: 200 ENDING GUEST COUNT: 150 DRESS SHOPS: 1 FIRST LOOK: No FIRST DANCE SONG: “Our Love” – Judah and the Lion HONEYMOON DESTINATION: Dominican Republic FAVORITE PART OF THE PLANNING PROCESS: Bonding with Evan, my mother and mother-in-law! CHOOSING A VENUE: Evan’s family is originally from Michigan so we wanted to show his family a beautiful Kentucky wedding! When we saw Zorro Events it was love at first site. The venue was everything I had imagined. It encapsulates Kentucky perfectly. MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENTS: Our photography, videography and venue! I wanted to be able to look back on our wedding day exactly how it was and our photographer and videographer captured it perfectly. ADVICE FOR OTHER COUPLES: Enjoy the planning process! Enjoy being engaged! Being engaged is such a sweet time that often gets overshadowed by dresses, cakes, flowers, etc. I encourage you to include your soon to be spouse in the process and make it something you do together!



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REHEARSAL DINNER LOCATION Zorro Events

VENUE Zorro Events

REHEARSAL DINNER CATERER Moe’s Southwest Grill

DRESS The Steel Magnolia

RINGS Jared

SUITS Men’s Wearhouse

ALTERATIONS Stitches Custom Sewing

CATERER City Barbeque

WEDDING DAY JEWELRY Kendra Scott

CAKE Sugar Dusted Blessings Bake Shop

BARTENDING SERVICE Set The Bar KY

DJ Soundwave Mobile Disc Jockey STATIONERY Southland Printing FLORALS The Tended Thicket RENTALS Bryant’s Rent-All and Warford and Co. HAIR Three Zero Three Salon VIDEOGRAPHY Vichet Duong BRIDAL BLISS MAGAZINE • 117


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ENGAGEMENT: 4 months WEDDING MONTH: July STARTING BUDGET: $10,000 ENDING BUDGET: $10,000 STARTING GUEST COUNT: 80 ENDING GUEST COUNT: 65 FIRST LOOK: No FIRST DANCE SONG: “I Can Love You Like That” – John Michael Montgomery OUR LOVE STORY: Aaron and I went to high school together; he was younger than me though so we didn’t know each other well. Fast forward, he came to my salon to get his hair cut from me, for 3 years, trying to get me to go on a date with him. I finally gave him the chance and knew he was the one just a couple of months into our relationship. CHOOSING A VENUE: We live on a farm and wanted to get married there all along! IMPORTANT ELEMENTS: It was important for us to have a small wedding and we really wanted good photos! ADVICE TO OTHER COUPLES: Relax and enjoy. Work out any last-minute details the day before.



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PHOTOGRAPHY Scarlett Michele Photography CATERER Thyme Catering CAKE Lesley Ingram Cakes RENTALS Goff Tents & Events HAIR Alicia Warner RINGS Carroll’s Wholesale Jewelry

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ENGAGEMENT: 8 months WEDDING MONTH: October STARTING BUDGET: $7,000 ENDING BUDGET: $9,000 STARTING GUEST COUNT: 100 ENDING GUEST COUNT: 32 FIRST LOOK: Yes FIRST DANCE SONG: “Golden Hour” – Kasey Musgraves CHOOSING A VENUE: We had our ceremony in a closed off forest area on my parent’s property and the reception was in a stripped horse barn. IMPORTANT ELEMENTS: There were so many important elements for us! We wanted an amazing photographer to capture the day, with our closest family and friends there. We had many family heirlooms as a part of our day. My engagement ring was Ethan’s grandmother’s ring and I wore my grandmother’s pearls the day of. We also included my grandmother’s books as decoration. And, pie. Pumpkin and Pecan pie



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PHOTOGRAPHY Rainwater Photography DRESS Relix Bridal FLORALS In Bloom Flower Farm HAIR & MAKEUP A List Salon REGISTRY

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ENGAGEMENT: 24 months WEDDING MONTH: September ENDING BUDGET: $10,000 STARTING GUEST COUNT: 150 ENDING GUEST COUNT: 110 FIRST LOOK: Yes FIRST DANCE SONG: “Today” – The Smashing Pumpkins FAVORITE PART OF THE PLANNING PROCESS: Wearing a custom black wedding dress! HONEYMOON DESTINATION: Denver, Colorado CHOOSING A VENUE: We wanted a local venue to us and we loved the entrance at Sterling Oaks at Acorns! IMPORTANT ELEMENTS: Working with Elizabeth Crum Bridal to design my black wedding dress. We wanted everyone to have fun and enjoy celebrating our wedding day with us. ADVICE TO OTHER COUPLES: Relax and don’t stress! There will definitely be obstacles during planning, but at the end of the day all that matters if you get to marry your soul mate! Highly recommend a spa day before the wedding, too.



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PHOTOGRAPHY Pieced Together Photography VENUE Sterling Oaks at Acorns WEDDING COORDINATOR Sterling Oaks at Acorns FLOWER GIRL DRESS Dillard’s CAKE Mimi’s Cake & Cupcakes DJ Casey Raser FLORALS Sterling Stems LLC RENTALS Bryant’s Rent-All and KM Creatives HAIR Heather Burchett MAKEUP Katelyn Tout BRIDAL SHOWER LOCATION Sterling Oaks at Acorns

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What lead you to pursue event management & design? From day one, we wanted the flexibility to earn extra income within our personal time constraints. To put it another way, we were starting our professional careers and starting families when we joined the industry in 2009. There were a lot of commitments to juggle! Time that remained went to growing our small business. Event management, planning, and design allowed us to use our professional skills in communication, marketing, and organization--at our pace and at times of our choosing. Betsy Lowe + Lyndsey Calico Planned to Perfection of the Bluegrass

Planned to Perfection of the Bluegrass is a boutique wedding and event planning company located in the heart of Kentucky. Our professional planners and coordinators are style savvy, budget conscious and thoroughly engaged in the planning process. Our passion is to plan and execute fantasy proposals, dream weddings, intimate elopements and inspiring events. We are proudly LGTBQ friendly and value diversity at every opportunity. How many years have you been in business? Our first wedding was in the Spring of 2009. We think of that as the one that ‘launched’ our business and allowed us to build what we are today. 2021 is PtoP’s 12th year in business!

What do you love about the bridal industry? We love that the wedding industry changes constantly. The design, styles, colors, and people we meet change with every wedding! No one day in this business is the same as the one before. The cultures we encounter and learn about are wondrous and our clients inspire us to be the best we can be. What makes your company different? Planned to Perfection of the Bluegrass is a team of professional coordinators and planners. Currently, we have FIVE extraordinarily talented women who collaborate to bring together the best weddings in the Bluegrass. We complement each other’s strengths and weaknesses to the advantage of our clients. Our skill sets range from budgeting to bartending and everything in between.

Favorite thing to facilitate for a wedding? Our favorite thing to make easier for our clients is the whole process of planning. We love hearing “I feel so much better after talking to you.” Our job is to remove the stress, make the planning easier, and ensure their wedding day runs smoothly. The best feeling comes at the end of the wedding, all are happy, and the day(s) was PERFECT. Best advice for couples? Your wedding is for YOU. Not anyone else. Not your future in-laws, not your parents, your friends, or for the social media bots. Make it about you as a couple and no one else. What is the hardest part of planning an event? Hands down, the most difficult part is proper communication. Clear, concise, and timely communication is key to a successfully produced event. Perhaps it’s a hard conversation about budget and affordability or a difficult conversation about family or vendor dynamics. As with life, everyone needs to speak up, state their needs, and communicate effectively.

Favorite esthetic to work with? We really love all styles of artistry. Our esthetic is what our clients want -- and they want the spectrum! Our favorites are the ones that really challenge our creativity and make us think outside the box. We are working on a tropical wedding for 2022 and we are excited by all the opportunities that it brings! On average, how many couples do you work with each year? Before the pandemic, our average was 43. We are building back with that as our goal for 2022, but our team is growing to accommodate 60 or more couples a year. KEVIN & ANNA PHOTOGRAPHY 130 • BRIDAL BLISS MAGAZINE



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ENGAGEMENT: 9 months WEDDING MONTH: May STARTING GUEST COUNT: 120 ENDING GUEST COUNT: 125 FIRST LOOK: No FIRST DANCE SONG: “This Magic Moment” – The Drifters HONEYMOON DESTINATION: London, England FAVORITE PART OF THE PLANNING PROCESS: Working with Betsy at Planned to Perfection to create the feel we wanted and our tasting at Keeneland! LOVE STORY: We met in law school at Ohio State University and began as friends. After graduation we continued to talk every day despite being in different cities. We planned a trip to Washington DC to see the cherry blossoms in bloom. After that trip our relationship solidified and Matt was able to find a job to be close to me. CHOOSING A VENUE: As a child, I grew up visiting my grandparents in Lexington, with some of my best memories having been in the bluegrass. Matt went to EKU and frequented Keeneland. We wanted a venue that represented both of us. IMPORTANT ELEMENTS: We wanted less of a formal gathering and more of a party feel. Music, food and drinks were our top priority!





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PHOTOGRAPHY Lynda-Lindsey Photography

HAIR & MAKEUP Blush + Glow

VENUE Keeneland

TRANSPORTATION Wombles

GETTING READY LOCATION 21c Museum Hotel

HOTEL ROOM BLOCK 21c Museum Hotel, Hilton Lexington/ Downtown, Hyatt Regency, and Residence Inn

FULL-SERVICE WEDDING PLANNER Planned to Perfection of the Bluegrass CATERER Keeneland CAKE Tinker’s Cake Shop LATE NIGHT SNACK Apollo Pizza CEREMONY MUSIC Electria BAND 3 Piece Revival FLORALS Bel Air Florist

LIVE PAINT Katie Nelson Fine Art REHEARSAL DINNER LOCATION Tony’s of Lexington REGISTRY Crate & Barrel and Williams Sonoma LIGHTING Alpha-Lit Lexington SPRAY TAN Hourglass Aesthetics and Salon DAY-OF PET CHAUFFER Piper Pal’s Pet Care

RENTALS Canvas Event Furniture, Champagne Walls of KY, and Purdon Rentals

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Katie Nelson Katie Nelson Fine Art

I have been painting as a hobby for just shy of 10 years, and am finally pursuing my talent professionally this year. I am deeply connected to each painting I create, and I consider it pure joy to create for people. At weddings I curate moments from the event and combine them, creating a work of art as unique as the couple getting married. How many years have you been in business? I have been painting as Katie Nelson Fine Art for one year. What is your professional training as an artist? I have a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from Asbury University. I also paint daily, so my practice has been huge in developing my skill. When you are given a blank canvas to paint whatever you want, what do you prefer to paint? I am passionate about creating work that evokes deep emotions. My calling in life is to create work that leads people to God, to see that simply because of who they are, they are loved, and are worthy of grace and mercy. I deeply think that we all could be reminded of those things, whether spiritual or not. The work I create tends to depict the human form in an abstract environment. On average, how many couples do you work with each year? This year I have worked with 14 couples, my goal is 25-30 for 2022! 138 • BRIDAL BLISS MAGAZINE

What do you love about the bridal industry? I love seeing what areas of each event couples choose to really make their own. I’m a big fan of twists on classic traditions. I am also loving the camaraderie between vendors. What makes you different than other artists painting at private events? I am Katie Nelson, really there is no one like me. That may sound really arrogant, but it has taken me 27 years to see that I am a special person, because I am me. I have a gift that is unique to me, and other artists have a gift that is unique to them. For my artistic style specifically, I love to push light and put an emphasis on the environment surrounding the couple. I also take a lot of pride in my accuracy of the human form. I get a lot of comments about how the painting looks “just like xyz.” What special requests do you receive? Couples request that their dogs be included in the painting! I even have gotten to add special tributes to grandparents who have passed. What size paintings do you offer? For live wedding paintings I currently offer 16x20, 18x24, 24x30, and 24x36. I am always happy to entertain custom sizes if the opportunity arises. Best advice for couples? Make sure you splurge on things you really want. Find something unique to you and amplify it throughout your day. Be sure to eat and drink plenty of water too! As far as wedding paintings go though, if you have an idea, please let me know. I always love being trusted to do my thing, trust me, you will not be disappointed!

How long does it take you to complete a painting at a wedding? The amount of time is different depending on the size and medium. I stay at each event for four to six hours and work as much as the paint allows. A smaller acrylic painting, I could complete in about six hours, while oil paintings take several months after the event. I tell couples to expect 3-6 months after the event, but I have been completing them in about 2 months. Do you offer more than just canvas paintings? I also offer cards (minimum order of 50) made from an image of the painting once it has been completed. I think they could be really unique thank you cards. There are of course my 4 main sizes, but new things are on the horizon. I have two test weddings this fall, so keep an eye out for additional packages! Anything else you would like to communicate or share with couples about who you are or your business? I have always wanted to be involved in the wedding industry, and this has given me a really unique way to be involved. I do not only do live wedding painting, commissions are a large part of my business too, and hopefully my own collections of work!

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Favorite season for weddings? My wedding was in the Spring and I love the newness that comes with spring, but fall weddings have a special place in my heart. Favorite element of a wedding day? I love the cocktail hour, in between the ceremony and reception. I love hearing the joy in multiple conversations. People reconnecting and celebrating their friends and family. When I am not working a wedding, I love a good DJ and dance floor. SAMIE LEE PHOTOGRAPHY


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Ty McBrayer, Owner Twirl Lexington

For over 10 years, at Twirl Lexington we’ve had the gift of joyfully styling brides in our collection of beautiful, timeless designer wedding dresses. At Twirl, we believe in celebrating every story that walks through our door. We believe that when you say “yes” to your dress at Twirl you are saying “yes” to confidence and joy. We believe in creating experiences that cultivate legacies of beauty & love. We believe in celebrating your journey towards building a meaningful marriage with your best friend.

How many years have you been in business? 12 years Favorite brand of dress? That’s not fair! It’s like picking a favorite child! I love something about each of our brands. I love the simplicity and elegance of Jenny Yoo. I love the way unexpected elements are combined in Beccar. Stella York and Martina Liana can do no wrong with lace! My newest obsession is curating our own private label - The Heart Full of Joy Collection. We can handpick the exact styles we want for our brides and a portion of each gown sold is donated to the American Heart Association in memory of my friend. 140 • BRIDAL BLISS MAGAZINE

Favorite color of bridesmaid dress? Navy - It’s classic and looks good on everyone!

the relief they feel when they look in the mirror and realize they’ve done it and they look amazing!

How many brides visit your store a week? On average around 20

Best advice for couples? Focus just as much on building a beautiful marriage as you have on building the perfect wedding day.

What lead you to open a bridal store? I opened Twirl in 2009. I wanted to create a space where women could feel loved and celebrated on a daily basis while starting a new season of life. What do you love about the bridal industry? I love that each company in the bridal industry is a small business. We each have our own stories and talents as to why we chose this path and we each have our own way of encouraging couples. Watching everyone work together to make dreams happen for couples is such a beautiful process to watch unfold. What makes your store different? Each person at Twirl truly LOVES encouraging people. I call our team the ultimate hype squad! We love what we do and hope that comes through to each person that walks through our doors. Favorite moment of a dress purchase? I love witnessing the transformation of confused bride to confident bride! So many of our brides come in overwhelmed by what they want for their bridal look and unsure they will actually find something they love. I love witnessing

Favorite season for weddings? I’m partial to Spring and late Spring weddings. Favorite element of a wedding day? The anticipation leading up to the ceremony and the moments immediately following after the walk back down the aisle! Are there any fashion icons that inspire you? I have always loved Audrey Hepburn and even named my daughter Audrey! I love her clean and classic looks that can transcend ages.


FEATURE JAMESON DOUGLAS Bridal Bliss Magazine and Jameson Douglas Clothing teamed up for a custom suit giveaway to one lucky Bridal Bliss Classic attendee. Guests could register at both the Winter & Evening Classic shows. The winner was Tony Guidugli. He worked with Jameson Douglas Clothing co-owner Bradley to design the perfect suit for his October 2nd wedding.


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ENGAGEMENT: 13 months WEDDING MONTHS: October and April OCTOBER GUEST COUNT: 25 STARTING GUEST COUNT: 325 ENDING GUEST COUNT: 143 FIRST DANCE SONG: “Rumor” – Lee Brice CHOOSING A VENUE: We were in the process of moving from Connecticut to Louisville when we got engaged. I grew up in Colorado and Matt grew up in Connecticut. We figured Kentucky was in the middle and it would be easier for us to plan where we lived. When we saw The GlenLary Estate we knew it was the one! We could not image a more picturesque Kentucky venue! IMPORTANT ELEMENTS: Our family & friends in attendance followed by band, food and bar! ADVICE: Hire a wedding planner! Alicia with Great Expectations KY was the best money we spent. With all of our Covid changes, she handled every hiccup and managed to pull off two of the best days of our lives! Remember what is important and why you are getting married. There was a lot of heartache and tears that came when we had to push our big October wedding to April. Our October ceremony was small, intimate and absolutely perfect. Of the 25 people that attended, my Grammy was there. She unexpectedly passed away a week before our April wedding. What that taught me is that everything works out as it is supposed to at the end of the day. No matter how big or small your wedding is, it’s truly magical.

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PHOTOGRAPHY Kate McStay Photography CEREMONY VENUE Cathedral of Christ the King RECEPTION VENUE The GlenLary Estate GETTING READY LOCATION Lexington Griffin Gate Marriott Golf Resort & Spa REHEARSAL DINNER LOCATION Epping’s on Eastside

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PHOTOGRAPHY Kate McStay Photography VENUE The GlenLary Estate DRESS Twirl Lexington MEN’S ATTIRE The Black Tux FULL-SERVICE WEDDING PLANNING Alicia Collins, Great Expectations KY CATERER DaRae & Friends Catering CAKES Bit of Whimsy Cakes BAND Kudmani

FLORALS Alicia Collins, Great Expectations KY RENTALS Bryant’s Rental-All HAIR Hair by Maddie Woff MAKEUP Kristin Gray Makeup Artistry TRANSPORTATION Gold Shield Transportation and Wombles VIDEOGRAPHY LW Films HOTEL ROOM BLOCK Lexington Griffin Gate Marriott Golf Resort & Spa BRIDESMAID GIFTS Kendra Scott GROOMSMEN GIFTS Barrett’s Barrel Engraving and Beyond FAVORS Bulleit Bourbon 50ml REHEARSAL DINNER LOCATION Lexington Griffin Gate Marriott Golf Resort & Spa Mansion REGISTRY Crate & Barrel and Williams Sonoma ALTERATIONS Beautiful Bustles Alterations by Meghan Hicks BRIDAL BLISS MAGAZINE • 147


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Kristin Gray Kristin Gray Makeup Artistry

With a decade of makeup artistry experience and training throughout the nation, Professional Makeup Artist, Kristin Gray and her team offer Makeup services in Lexington and beyond! By way of MAC Cosmetics, Yves Saint Laurent and her own personal flair for the art, a Texas native, previous Las Vegas dream chaser and bridal connoisseur Kristin and her team can help make your vision come to life on your wedding day! How many years have you been in business? I’ve been doing makeup all my life, as I come from a family of artists, and freelanced for years after moving to Lexington in 2013. Kristin Gray Makeup Artistry (KGMA) wasn’t established until about six years ago. Favorite colors to work with? I love some blended neutrals. More specifically, rusty colors. MAC had/has this one shadow called “Uninterrupted” that is a mustardy-chartreuse shade, that has always been close to my heart. Mixing a set of warmer neutrals with a soft matte baby pink, or a mauve is another favorite combo! What is your favorite part of the beauty process? I’m really into skin. I know everyone thinks eyes, but I’ve been doing it so long and so many brides request the same look, that it’s really second nature to me. I think skin is so personal to a client

and being able to transform what can be an insecurity for some, into a flawless canvas - while working with texture and hyperpigmentation, dryness, etc. it’s really really something I love.

views their makeup, you can feel that when they feel beautiful, they are more confident than they were before, and ready to go conquer the day! That makes leaving a little bit easier.

I also never let my clients see the look until I’m completely done. So it’s always fun to see the “big reveal” at the end. I guess it’s kind of risky on my part because it could be a good or bad reaction, but 99.9% of the time, it’s a good one!

Best advice for couples? From a makeup standpoint, book makeup at the same time as you would your venue, photographer, essentially when you have your date. We really do book up!

On average, how many brides do you work with each year? My team has grown over the years and we can take on roughly 100 brides a year, although we like to try and make the weekends sane for everyone involved. What do you love about the bridal industry? I love how the bridal community has really grown to know each other over the years. Lexington is small, yet full of amazing talent. I love that we all support each other and how women driven the community is. We know how to recommend certain vendors to certain clients based upon an aesthetic that matches up or based upon how in sync the personalities are. I think that’s a cool perk of working within a close-knit community. What makes you different? My team is very specifically trained to be well versed in the world of luxury makeup, and airbrush – for everyone. We specialize in not having a specialty if you will. We love working with the LGBTQ+ community, every age and race imaginable. Beauty can’t fit in one particular box, and we pride ourselves on not trying to force it. I love making people feel beautiful. If you are a human, and you have skin – we got you! We are all also very real and fun to be around!

Favorite season for weddings? Although it’s always insane, I love the fall! Where do you draw your inspiration? Everywhere. I think experience is the best teacher of all. As you grow as a person, and as an artist, it becomes easier to see beauty in the little things. If you look for inspiration, it doesn’t come as easy as if you just let it be. You never know when something may catch your eye. Anything else you would like to communicate or share with couples about who your business? Booking a makeup artist can be daunting to some and it shouldn’t be! Believe it or not most of my clients don’t wear makeup, and if they do, very little on a regular basis. That is OK! Our goal is to enhance your natural beauty without making you feel like someone other than yourself. We are here to accentuate your features, not transform them. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and be specific with what you want. And if you’re clueless, we’ve got you too! Enjoy the process!

Favorite part of a wedding day? There’s a moment of calmness after the bride has seen her makeup that I love. There are so many feelings and nerves and jitters throughout the mornings, that getting your makeup done is really an intimate experience, as it’s usually the last hour you have alone before putting on your dress and getting married. So, to me, it’s really the most special part of the wedding day - When the bride/groom KATE MCSTAY PHOTOGRAPHY

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ENGAGEMENT: 32 months WEDDING MONTH: August STARTING BUDGET: $30,000 ENDING BUDGET: $35,000 STARTING GUEST COUNT: 250 ENDING GUEST COUNT: 165 FIRST LOOK: No FIRST DANCE SONG: “LOVE” – Nat King Cole PROPOSAL: Wes took me to Mexico after graduating nursing school. Our last night I thought we were taking sunset photos at the beach, but Wes had arranged a private dinner. He hired a photographer and proposed on the pier! CHOOSING A VENUE: Covid changed all of our plans. We legally got married in 2020 and had our reception in 2021. Hilton Lexington/Downtown was not our original venue, but it all worked out! Their staff was amazing, we loved having all of our food and drink included at the venue and loved the convenience of being Downtown Lexington! IMPORTANT ELEMENTS: We included a lot of personal touches in our wedding day. We had a sign with our dog’s face, custom UK jerseys with our last name and a Batman logo on our cake. Plus, Wes and I worked with a dance company in Cincinnati where we now live to choreograph two dances!





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PHOTOGRAPHY Keith & Melissa Photography

RENTALS Purdon Rentals

CEREMONY VENUE The Carrick House

HAIR Hair by Maddie Woff

RECEPTION VENUE Hilton Lexington/Downtown

MAKEUP Makeup by Sarah Lynn

DRESS Carrie Karibo Bridal Boutique

OFFICIANT Pastor Nick Sandefur

BRIDESMAID DRESSES David’s Bridal

VIDEOGRAPHY Beyond the Lens

FLOWER GIRL DRESS David’s Bridal

HOTEL ROOM BLOCK Hilton Lexington/Downtown

TUXEDOS Men’s Wearhouse

PHOTO BOOTH Picture Perfect Photo Booth

CATERER Hilton Lexington/Downtown

REHEARSAL DINNER LOCATION Hilton Lexington/Downtown

CAKE Martine’s Pastries and Nothing Bundt Cakes

BRIDAL SHOW ATTENDED Diamond Rings & Pretty Things

WEDDING RESOURCE CENTER Simply Love Studio DJ Tiger’s DJ Services FLORALS Carol Lynn Originals & Events

REGISTRY Macy’s and Bed Bath & Beyond ALTERATIONS The Needle’s Eye Alterations BOURBON BARREL HEAD GUEST BOOK Bourbon Creek

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Favorite colors for an event? Bold red or soft pink.

Katlyn Goff Purdon Rentals

To know me is to know that I am a family girl, my husband and four kids are my world. I also am a working mom and I love my career. I have worked in sales since I was fifteen and with each job, I’ve had it has only made me stronger, more passionate and knowledgeable. In the event industry I have done almost everything there is to do from helping put up a tent, to pulling stakes, bleaching linen, producing wedding masterpieces and helping the best brides and grooms create magic. Every day is a new adventure that I look forward to.

How many couples do you work with each year? Thousands! We provide many different services and everyone is looking for something different. Some couples we provide full-service rentals for like tent, tables, chairs, linens and more and for some couples that have an indoor venue we may only provide linens. What lead you to pursue event design? I’ve been in different aspects of the event world for a long time. Weddings is where I found my passion. The whole process of helping a couple make their day a perfect reflection of them is priceless. What do you love about the wedding industry? I love when couples come in with a blank slate. We start from the ground up and make their vision come to life. Bringing details and color to such a special day is part of what I love most about the wedding industry.

What makes your company different? We want Purdon Rentals to be a unique rental experience so we have an extensive inventory with infinite possibilities and excellent customer service. What all does Purdon Rentals offer? We have tents, tables, chairs, linen, dinnerware, catering equipment, and glassware. We also have custom lighting and draping options. Favorite season for weddings? Winter! I have a love affair with snow. I think it is magical and can provide a fairytale backdrop to an event. Where do you draw your inspiration? Inspiration can come from anywhere. I draw inspiration from a lot of places in my life. Especially the couples I meet and other vendors I get to work with. Anything else you would like to communicate or share with couples about who you are or your business? I love the unique challenges and possibilities that come from every wedding we are a part of. Large or small, I love planning and executing the perfect event.

How many years have you been in business? Purdon Rentals has been in business since 1974 and I have been with the company for 2 years. If you didn’t own your current business, what would you do? Something in sales. I love interacting with people and getting them exactly what they want. Connecting with people is a gift. Sales are a large part of my background before I started in the event rental industry. I can’t imagine a day where I don’t get to meet new people and learn their story. Favorite product to work with? Linens! You don’t realize the importance or the drama you can present with just a table covering. I love all the colors, patterns, and fabrics we offer. It can make any event pop! KEVIN & ANNA PHOTOGRAPHY; SCOTT PADGETT PHOTOGRAPHY; NINA & WES PHOTOGRAPHY; CHRIS CORNWELL PHOTOGRAPHY 156 • BRIDAL BLISS MAGAZINE


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Favorite dance style to teach? Basics of partnering, swing and salsa

Dani Dunmire First Dance Lexington

Dani Dunmire was born and raised in Northern California and has danced professionally and taught across the country for over 15 years. She holds a BFA in Dance from the University of California - Irvine, and has danced for Celebrity Cruises, ballet companies, and commercially. In addition, she has back up danced for country artists, and toured with the Utah Ballroom Dance Company. She has a strong passion for teaching and coaching all levels and ages. She loves figuring out how people learn. When she’s not working with couples to prepare for a wedding or spoiling her pup, she’s teaching ballet at local dance studios, leading group fitness classes around town, and is the head coach for a high school dance team in Lexington, KY. How many years have you been in business? I have been teaching dance for 15 years. I started working with friends who wanted to feel confident during their first dance, how to do a few simple moves and maybe a dip - things that would make great photos. Through word of mouth, I would teach lessons on weekends and loved being able to help people feel better about dancing on their big day. When I moved to Nashville in 2015, I realized there was a need for someone who specializes in wedding dances and could teach in an approachable way that didn’t rely on a ballroom syllabus. First Dance Nashville was born! In the fall of 2019, I relocated to Lexington and decided to open up First Dance Lexington out of my home studio. 158 • BRIDAL BLISS MAGAZINE

Favorite dance style you enjoy for yourself? My first true love in dance was ballet. On average, how many couples do you work with each year? I work with about 50 couples in person over the course of a year. I recently launched my virtual customized video series that will allow me to help more couples outside of the Bluegrass! What do you love about the bridal industry? It sounds cheesy, but I love love. Being able to work with couples to help them feel confident on their special day is so rewarding. Everyone comes together for this ONE big event! What makes your company different? First Dance Lexington is a completely customizable experience. At First Dance Lexington we can throw out the rule book and teach couples based on their goals, learning style and level. If they only have the time and budget for one lesson, they will leave that one lesson feeling confident to step onto the dance floor on your wedding day. We understand that their goal may not be to learn perfect waltz technique, but rather to learn moves that they will be able to execute in a wedding dress to avoid those two minutes of the “middle school sway”. How do you kick start your relationship with a couple? Before their first lesson, they will fill out a short form. This is their chance to share any vision they may have, as well as give me any details of their wedding dress that they feel might affect their movement (this way, we won’t have to discuss the dress in front of their fiancé). I always like to start the first lesson with simple partnering exercises to help break the ice and get everyone laughing and having fun. Where do you usually meet with couples? I have an in-home dance studio (dream come true!) where we can meet. In addition, I offer visits to their home and venue for an additional fee. If we need more space, say for all the parents or even the whole wedding party, then I have relationships with local dance studios to use their studio for the lesson.

Best advice for couples? DON’T GET SICK OF YOUR FIRST DANCE SONG! You can practice your dance moves to other songs. The moves might be quicker, or slower, but that’s ok. The important thing is that you are working on your partnering skills, communicating with one another and feeling confident doing the moves. You will want your first dance song to feel fresh and exciting in the moment, so don’t over-practice it to the point that you lose joy in the song. Where do you draw your inspiration? I draw my inspiration from speaking with my clients. Their story and energy influence the moves I give them to create their first dance. Anything else you would like to communicate or share with couples about who you are or your business? I know the thought of taking dance lessons might be completely out of your comfort zone for you and/or your partner, but that’s even more of a reason to take one! You and your partner will bond as a couple, reduce wedding planning stress, and laugh a lot all while gaining confidence to dance during your wedding and avoid awkward, mundane dance moves. One 45-minute private lesson can make all the difference! Also, you will have a bunch of pictures and videos of your first dance, let’s make sure they’re keepers!

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HOST VENUE & CATERING: Origin Hotel Lexington

PHOTOGRAPHY: y Veronica Sparrow Photography

DJ: Pulse Mobile Entertainment

ORNAMENTS: The Crazy Bunny Lady

LIGHTING: Alpha-Lit Lexington

LINENS: Purdon Rentals

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