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BRIDALBLISS

Lexington, Kentucky Vol. 6 • WEDDING PUBLICATION • FREE


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Winter 2019 Summer 2019

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Photographer: Bourbon & Brides Florals: Carol Lynn Originals & Events

Wedding Bliss 10 20 26 30 38 44 52 60 66 74 80 84 100 106 110 114 122

Mackenzie + Glenn T. Nikita + Stephen Cassie + Scott Kelly Jo + Carlton Madison + Ryan Liz + Skip Jessica + Jordan Mackenzie + Weston Jenny + Craig Leah + Ricky Cara + Ryan Madison + Ian Kelsey + Michael Laura + Brian Sara + Aaron Tess + Michael Lori + Alex

Bridal Advice 24 36 42 48 58 64 78 108 120 126

Plan for Your Marriage, Not Just Your Wedding A Craft Beer Wedding Engagement Rings Blissful Beauty Managing Stress Are DIY Florals for You? Vendor Spotlight: Bluegrass Tables Top 5 Reasons to Attend Bridal Bliss The First Look Explained Vendor Spotlight: Simply Love Studio

Venues & Vendors 88 92

Venue Maps Vendor Directory

ON THE COVER Photographer: Ebby L Photography Venue: Second Presbyterian Church

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VOLUME 6 PHOTOGRAPHERS

Ariana Jordan Maddox Becky Flanery Becky Willard Ariana Jordan Photography Love & Lenses Photography Becky Willard Photography Sweet Tea Weddings

Bridal Bliss Classic Simply Love Studio Shannon Christie

Sarah Burton

From Downtown Lexington, to small central Kentucky towns to the Red River Gorge Volume 6 has something to offer for every couple. We’re sure as you browse the real weddings and articles written by local vendors that you’re going to find services and vendors you are looking for and vendors you didn’t even know you needed! Once you browse through Bridal Bliss Magazine make your free planning appointment at Simply Love Studio and save the date for Bridal Bliss Classic bridal show on August 25th! We are both here to help you plan your wedding and keep the planning as stress free as possible! Sarah & Shannon

Brooke & Kenny Barrett Pieced Together Photography

Dwayne Lloyd Dwayne Lloyd Photography

Claire Singleton Claire and Barrett

Dana Rogers Dana Rogers Photography

Ebby Lowry Ebby L Photography

Kelsey & Matt Malicote The Malicotes

Photo courtesy of Sarah Dunn

Megan Sweeting Sabrina Hounshell Kevin and Anna Thompson Kevin & Anna Photography Bourbon & Brides Kentucky Seriously Sabrina Photography Wedding Photography

Tammy McConnell Veronica Sparrow Scarlett Michele Bigam Scarlett Michele Photography Tammy Sue Photography Veronica Sparrow Photography Sweet Tea Weddings

WANT TO SEE YOUR BIG DAY IN

BRIDALBLISS? Creative Intern Melanie Martin

Photographer: Lexie Denea Photography

Bridal Bliss Magazine Volume 6, Summer 2019. Published semi-annually by Bridal Bliss Classic, LLC. P.O. Box 235, Georgetown, IN 47122. Copyright © 2019. All rights reserved. Contents may not be reprinted without written permission. Bridal Bliss is a registered trademark of Bridal Bliss Classic, LLC. All Blissful Weddings are provided by photographers with contractual option and ownership as granted by those in photographs. All Bridal Advice is provided by those deemed expert professionals in their field of work. Due to submission from all creative contributors, all work is considered credible. Bridal Bliss Classic, LLC is not responsible for errors or omissions. It is the policy of Bridal Bliss Magazine to only publish the names of Vendors who offer their services in a professional capacity. Vendors who cannot be located with a website or other online search options will not be printed for publication. Our focus is on local weddings in Lexington, vendors whose primary location is outside of the Lexington geographical area

VISIT OUR WEBSITE BRIDALBLISSMAGAZINE.COM FOR SUBMISSION FORMS. PHOTOS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER. WE CAN’T WAIT TO SEE YOUR PICS! may not be printed for publication. Bridal Bliss Magazine reserves the right to alter or omit professional listings for the sake of publication. Bridal Bliss is not responsible for professional or photo credit omitted by the submitting expert for content or advertising purposes. Bridal Bliss Magazine serves as a resource of vendors. While Bridal Bliss, LLC believes the vendors included are professional and credible, Bridal Bliss, LLC and Bridal Bliss Magazine will, in no way, be held responsible for damages, refunds or non-performance by professionals featured within our pages with whom an individual might have an independent contract. All inquires can be sent to: Bridal Bliss Classic, LLC. Attn: Magazine. P.O. Box 235, Georgetown, IN 47122. 859-457-0824. Letters submitted to the editor will be considered for publication. By submitting a letter, you grant Bridal Bliss Magazine the right to edit for clarity and publication rights.

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ABBIE•CHRIS T. MACKENZIE•GLENN Ebby L Photography rainwater photography

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ENGAGEMENT: 9 Months WEDDING MONTH: November STARTING GUEST COUNT: 200 ENDING GUEST COUNT: 175 FIRST LOOK: Yes FIRST DANCE: “Can’t Help Falling in Love” by Andrea Bocelli HONEYMOON DESTINATION: Turks & Caicos Islands FAVORITE PART OF THE PLANNING PROCESS: Knowing that we had the right people helping us and not having to stress over little details! IMPORTANT ELEMENTS: We wanted to be able to interact with all of our friends and family as much as possible and to give thanks to them for the impact they have had on our lives! ADVICE: Hire a professional wedding planner! If it isn’t in your budget for a full-service planner then definitely hire a month-of planner! Try and get your vendors locked in as early as possible. Enjoy being engaged. Don’t take the process too seriously. Take it all in, the whole wedding weekend, it will go by quickly!


PHOTOGRAPHER:

HAIR:

Ebby L Photography

Something Blu

CEREMONY VENUE:

MAKEUP:

Second Presbyterian Church

Ashley Meadows Makeup Artistry

RECEPTION VENUE:

SIGNAGE:

The Carrick House

Bel-Air Florist Designs

FULL SERVICE WEDDING

TRANSPORTATION:

PLANNER:

Gold Shield Transportation

Planned to Perfection of the

VIDEOGRAPHER:

Bluegrass CATERER: Lundy’s Special Events CAKE: Tinker’s Cake Shop BAND: 64 West FLORALS: Rose & Thistle SPECIALTY RENTALS: Nadia’s Elegant Events RENTALS: Mr. Linen

Beyond The Lens HOTEL ROOM BLOCK: Hilton Lexington/Downtown and Hyatt Regency Lexington GROOMSMEN GIFTS: The Keeneland Shop PHOTO BOOTH: Mack Daddy’s Photo Booth REHEARSAL DINNER LOCATION: The Merrick Inn ALTERATIONS: The Needle’s Eye Alterations DANCE LESSONS: Arthur Murray Dance Studio


The Carrick House Lexington’s Premier Reception & Special Event Venue

carrickhouse.com

859-255-0717


ABBIE•CHRIS NIKITA•STEPHEN rainwater photography Ariana Jordan Photography

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ENGAGEMENT: 15 Months STARTING BUDGET: $15,000 ENDING BUDGET: $20,000 STARTING GUEST COUNT: 180 ENDING GUEST COUNT: 110 FIRST LOOK: Yes! Favorite part of our day! FAVORITE DANCE SONG: “Julep” - Punch Brothers HONEYMOON DESTINATION: Costa Rica FAVORITE PART OF PLANNING: I enjoy thrifting, crafting and decorating. Shopping for our centerpieces and making the florals were my favorite! PROPOSAL: We took a beautiful hike with our dog while camping over Memorial Day weekend. On the banks of Green River he asked me to marry him. While we knew we were planning on marriage, I wasn’t anticipating a proposal quite yet. He knew I wanted to have an engagement ring made with a stone I inherited from my grandmother, so he proposed with a lovely band of steel, turquoise and deer antler. His wedding band matches and now I wear my proposal band as my everyday wedding ring! IMPORTANT ELEMENTS: More than any material object, the things most important to use were supporting businesses in our community, guest experience and sustainability. We’re also very big on Southern Hospitality, so making sure that guests were well fed and watered was paramount. Our receiving line was the bar so we could serve everyone their first drink!


PHOTOGRAPHER: Ariana Jordan Photography CEREMONY & RECEPTION VENUE: HomeGrown HideAways CUSTOM WEDDING DRESS: Modern Country Couture MONTH-OF COORDINATOR: Planned to Perfection of the Bluegrass CATERER: J. Render’s Southern Table & Bar and Rolling Oven CAKE: Eve’s Sweets-N-Treats RENTALS: Goff Tents & Events LASH EXTENSIONS AND BROW MICROBLADING: Carrie Minotti, J Michael’s Spa & Salon ESTHETICIAN: ButterSkin by Holly Butters BARTENDING SERVICE: Amendment 21 Bartending


PLAN FOR YOUR MARRIAGE, NOT JUST YOUR WEDDING coaching or counseling can benefit your relationship:

Kensi Duszynski, MA, LMFT, CPC Brave Marriage Coaching & Therapy Your wedding date is set. You’ve said yes to the dress. You’re feeling excited and more ready than ever for your big day, but have you considered the days that come after your wedding? Couples often place so much emphasis on the wedding day that they forget to prepare for the marriage that follows! Contrary to popular belief, marriage is radically different from dating, engagement, or living together. Once commitments are made and rings are exchanged, new issues often emerge unexpectedly. Couples who aren’t prepared for this reality may find themselves caught off guard once the honeymoon is over. However, couples who are proactive about preparing for marriage are 30 percent more likely to stay happily married and are better equipped to handle whatever may come their way. So how can you best prepare for your marriage? Consider hiring a premarital coach or counselor. Think about it: When you began planning for your wedding, did you say to yourself, “I think I’ll just wing it and hope our wedding day turns out the way I’ve always wanted it to?” Of course not! You likely began gathering resources, meeting with a wedding planner/coordinator, and hiring the right people to help you pull off your dream wedding. You were proactive. Hiring a premarital coach or counselor can ease your mind and calm your heart, knowing you did everything you could to plan for an amazing marriage. Here are three ways premarital

1. You get tailored-to-you marriage advice. When it comes to your future marriage, whose help do you want in shaping it? While you may trust the wisdom of your parents, in-laws, mentors, or friends, each of those relationships holds a bias. Whether you realize it or not, this bias affects the way your loved ones advise you as you navigate personality differences, relationship dynamics, sex, finances, family and in-laws. The benefit of premarital coaching is that you receive a professional, third party perspective on your relationship, plus research-based assessment and feedback. Moreover, you receive all of this from someone whose training and expertise is in helping your marriage thrive.

As you can see, it is worth the investment to find a premarital coach to guide you toward the marriage you’ve always wanted. If you decide premarital coaching or counseling is worth it to you, make sure to find a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) or a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPCC) who is trained and credentialed in Prepare-Enrich or Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts. There’s no doubt that your wedding day will be a day to remember− but making your marriage one for the record books is up to you! Congratulations as you plan and prepare for the wedding of your dreams. May your marriage be just as beautiful.

2. You learn to set realistic expectations. Few of us ever think twice about our expectations for marriage beforehand. We often assume things will go according to plan, or that our fiancé sees the world in the exact same way we do− when nothing could be further from real life. Premarital coaching gives you the opportunity to make your expectations and assumptions clear upfront. This gives you and your fiancé the chance to discuss what you do and do not agree on− and how to navigate your differences. Setting realistic expectations at the beginning also gives you time to adjust your mindset now, so that you’re not caught off guard later on. 3. You acquire essential skills for marriage. Engaged couples often assume they have everything they need to make love last. But the truth is, marriage requires intentionality and strategy, not just hope and a prayer. Are you certain that you and your fiancé are capable of creating and sticking to a budget? How well do you currently communicate your concerns and assert your desires in a way that regularly results in deeper intimacy (think about your conversations around sex, money, major life choices, or in-laws)? How will you two handle things and keep love alive when you experience distance or disagree? Premarital coaching empowers you to answer those questions confidently by providing you with the skillset you need to create a shared life that you both love. Photo credit: Ashlyn Riley Photography

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CASSIE•SCOTT ABBIE•CHRIS Becky Willard Photography rainwater photography

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ENGAGEMENT: 12 Months WEDDING MONTH: July STARTING BUDGET: $25,000 ENDING BUDGET: $27,000 STARTING GUEST COUNT: 286 ENDING GUEST COUNT: 211 FIRST LOOK: No FIRST DANCE: “Yours”- Russell Dickerson HONEYMOON DESTINATION: St. Lucia FAVORITE PART OF THE PLANNING PROCESS: Seeing my dreams become a reality and planning with my mom! LOVE STORY: We met our sophomore year of college. We were both student athletes and we studied together because we missed the opposite days in class. Study dates turned into real dates! CHOOSING A VENUE: UK Athletics has always been a huge part of Scott’s life and a big part of our relationship. He let me make most of the wedding decisions, so I wanted the venue to be special to him. IMPORTANT ELEMENTS: We wanted our wedding to be fun! Our guests were able to play on Kroger field and have fun! ADVICE: Don’t get caught up in all of the details!


PHOTOGRAPHER:

TRANSPORTATION:

Becky Willard Photography

Gold Shield Transportation

CEREMONY VENUE:

HONEYMOON TRAVEL AGENT:

Tates Creek Presbyterian Church

Avant Travel Agency

RECEPTION VENUE:

VIDEOGRAPHER:

Kroger Field

Reel Kentucky Films

WEDDING DRESS:

HOTEL ROOM BLOCK:

Twirl Lexington

Doubletree Suites by Hilton

SUITS:

and Hyatt Regency

Men’s Wearhouse

REHEARSAL DINNER LOCATION:

CATERER:

Kroger Field

Kroger Field

BRIDAL SHOWER LOCATION:

DJ:

The Club at UK’s Spindletop Hall

DJ Warren Peace

BRIDAL SHOW ATTENDED:

FLORALS:

Bridal Bliss Classic

Stems

ENGAGEMENT RING &

RENTALS:

WEDDING BANDS:

Bryant’s Rent-All

Rivard Fine Jewelry

HAIR & MAKEUP:

ALTERATIONS:

Blo Salon

The Needle’s Eye Alterations


KELLYJO•CARLTON ABBIE•CHRIS Claire and Barrett rainwater photography

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ENGAGEMENT: 15 Months WEDDING MONTH: July STARTING GUEST COUNT: 350 ENDING GUEST COUNT: 271 FIRST LOOK: No HONEYMOON DESTINATION: Maldives FAVORITE PART OF THE PLANNING PROCESS: I enjoyed planning everything! PROPOSAL: On a rainy day in April at Triangle Park our friends & family held up umbrellas that spelled out “Marry Me?” CHOOSING A VENUE: Our biggest concern was the amount of guests and being able to host multiple events. Embassy Suites let us do that and keep the vision what we wanted! IMPORTANT ELEMENTS: We both agreed on one thing, FUN! We also wanted both families and traditions represented. Things like the Mani & Mehendi party and the wedding cake having a saree. ADVICE: Keep dating while you are planning. It seems like every penny you save goes toward your wedding, but find ways to still make time for each other that doesn’t involved wedding stuff!


PHOTOGRAPHER:

DECOR & RENTALS:

Claire and Barrett

Nadia’s Elegant Events

CEREMONY VENUE:

HAIR & MAKEUP:

Historic St. Paul Catholic Church

Blush + Glow

RECEPTION VENUE:

TRANSPORTATION:

Embassy Suites by Hilton

Gold Shield Transportation

MEN’S ATTIRE:

VIDEOGRAPHER:

Men’s Wearhouse

Colin Merritt Wedding Films

MONTH-OF COORDINATION:

HOTEL ROOM BLOCK:

Doug Smith Designs + Events

Embassy Suites by Hilton

CATERER:

BRIDE’S DAY OUT:

Embassy Suites by Hilton

Anthony Vince Nail Spa

and Masala Indian Cuisine

BRIDAL SHOW ATTENDED:

WEDDING CAKE:

Bridal Bliss Classic

Tinker’s Cake Shop

ALTERATIONS:

FLORALS:

Coco’s Alterations

Doug Smith Designs + Events

HENNA ARTIST: White Lotus Mehndi


A CRAFT BEER WEDDING Guest Itinerary A great way to ensure that your people have a good time without a ton of effort is by providing a list of places to stay that are in close proximity to breweries, along with including how to get there and which are your favorite ones. You can make a brewery map, list tour times, which ones have food on site, and whether or not they are family or dog friendly. Don’t forget to add on the great restaurants with craft beers that you may not be able to get anywhere else close by. Suggest places to visit after the wedding to keep the party going!

Riah Durick West Sixth Farm Do you and your partner love craft beer? Are you regulars at your favorite brewery? Do you bring home bottles and cans from your travels to pop open on special nights? Do the two of you fall in love with each other again and again over a good craft beer, and want to weave it into your big day? There’s something cozy about craft beer. It makes you feel at home and at ease while creating a relaxed joy that fills hearts and taste buds with unique flavor. Having craft beer sprinkled about your blissful bash will set a perfect tone, leaving your friends and family feeling like it may have been the best celebration they’ve ever been to. The guests at my own ceremony are still raving about actually being allowed to have a local beer (in a pretty blue mason jar) while they watched my husband and I exchange vows. Let’s talk about all the fun ways you can ensure that this piece of you is experienced by your guests on the weekend you’re set to marry!

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Rehearsal Dinner Quite a few breweries have event spaces, big beer gardens, or even farms with gorgeous plots of land. Explore your options and choose a space that reflects your personality and feels like home− a place where you can eat your favorite food, whether it be catered or made in the brewery kitchen, and drink exactly what you want. Customizable beer packages are almost always an option, which gives you some control of the bar tab. These open spaces are also usually a blank canvas, making it easy to put perfect touches on the decor and ambiance of your night before. The Big Day Do any of your favorite breweries have the option to buy kegs? You can usually get 1/6 barrels - 45 or so beers - and buying three or more varieties will satisfy everyone. Make sure to grab something hoppy, something light and easy, and a decadent dark ale. Are you working with a caterer? Talk with them about your local craft beer options. They may have the inside scoop to more varieties and how to serve them well, taking some pressure off your to-do list.

Photo credit: Kelly Hieronymus

Get creative with flavor! There are hundreds of beer cocktail recipes online and I bet that the breweries you frequent have secret concoctions that make their beer shine. If you’re still deciding on food, ask one of your beloved bartenders to help you make a list of food pairings you can share with your guests to create an immersive taste bud experience. Customize! Get some pint glasses etched with your favorite design, the date or #hashtag so that your guests can continue the celebration at home. Use empty growlers as centerpiece elements. Do party favors right with a can of beer, a custom glass, and some fun stickers. The Following Day Create a small itinerary for your guests with options to reconnect and recover together after the big party. Suggest a great brewery with a brunch option. Time it perfectly with a free tour. Tell them which bartenders will be working that day and to say hi to them for you! When it’s all said and done, your wedding guests will know you by your love of craft beer. This love will be reflected throughout the weekend in all the details. Your people will enjoy themselves and experience your favorite things, and you’ll get to live out these memories over and over as you sit in these treasured places time and time again.


ABBIE•CHRIS MADISON•RYAN rainwater photography Kevin and Anna Photography

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ENGAGEMENT: 11 Months WEDDING MONTH: June STARTING BUDGET: $30,000 ENDING BUDGET: $45,000 STARTING GUEST COUNT: 130 ENDING GUEST COUNT: 170 FIRST LOOK: No FIRST DANCE SONG: “From the Ground Up” – Dan+Shay HONEYMOON DESTINATION: Caribbean Cruise FAVORITE PART OF THE PLANNING PROCESS: Seeing my vision come to life! Putting so much time and effort into one special day, then slowly, but surely seeing it all come together day by day, it’s heartwarming. I loved the connection my bridesmaid and I formed during the wedding planning process! IMPORTANT ELEMENTS: Family. Family was one of the most important aspects of our wedding day. We wanted our wedding day to not only represent us coming together as a couple, but the joining of our families. Photos were another huge element to us on our wedding day.


PHOTOGRAPHER: Kevin and Anna Photography CEREMONY & RECEPTION VENUE: Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa WEDDING DRESS: Renee’s Bridal KY TUXEDOS: Geno’s Formal Affair CATERER: Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa DJ: Kentucky Pro DJ FLORALS: Blooms ‘n Blossoms RENTALS: Bryant’s Rent-All HAIR AND MAKEUP: Joli Salon & Day Spa VIDEOGRAPHER: Open Window Media HOTEL ROOM BLOCK: Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa FAVORS: Crigger Farm Honey REHEARSAL DINNER LOCATION: Malone’s Prime Events & Receptions REGISTRY: Macy’s and Bed Bath and Beyond LIGHTING: Kentucky Pro DJ OTHER: LAB Fabricating


ENGAGEMENT RINGS There are four C’s of diamond quality: cut, carat weight, color, and clarity. All four C’s relate to the unofficial “fifth C”− the cost. However, before getting to that fifth and final C, it’s important to understand how all these factors are measured and assigned a value, the “grade,” as we call it. Right now, however, we are going to focus on cut and carat weight.

Jim Salyer Gem Source Every girl has dreamt about what her engagement ring will look like. It is probably the most important piece of jewelry you will ever own or buy, and actually choosing that perfect ring can be harder than it sounds − there are so many options! Not to mention, the average cost of a quality one carat diamond engagement ring is around $5,700! So, how do you make that kind of a decision? How do you know which ring is the ring?

Cut, as referred to in this context, is a measure of the quality of cut, rather than a description of shape − which is a topic for a different day. We look at the workmanship of the diamond to evaluate how perfectly cut it is. More specifically, we focus on polish, symmetry, and proportions. Each shape of diamond has a preferred range of all these criteria to arrive at their optimum performance of brilliance − which is a mix of reflected and refracted light. So, how are cut and carat weight related? The answer is simple economics − the cost of a production. A rough diamond crystal, well cut to ideal specifications, will only yield profit of about 40% (at best!) of its original weight. This means that if the diamond cutter can

increase that 40% yield and still have a salable finished product, it has increased value (see illustration). The lighter, more perfectly cut specimen will be noticeably more brilliant, a difference that you can see without a trained eye. To put it simply, the more brilliant a diamond is, the brighter and livelier.  This concept of cut and carat weight has nothing to do with color or clarity grade, they are far simpler. Our next article will feature how they’re graded. Finding and choosing that perfect ring can be hard, and the process can seem overwhelming. You aren’t just choosing any ring, you are choosing one that represents your marriage and relationship. Hopefully, with this little bit of insight on what makes a quality diamond, you will be able to choose that perfect engagement ring without all the extra stress. Happy shopping!

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LIZ•SKIP ABBIE•CHRIS Kevin and Anna Photography rainwater photography

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ENGAGEMENT: 1 Year WEDDING MONTH: November STARTING GUEST COUNT: 175 ENDING GUEST COUNT: 144 FIRST LOOK: Yes FAVORITE PART OF THE PLANNING PROCESS: The planning process for me was a bit different. I had an idea and a vision of what Skip and I were looking for. Being venue owners, we were singularly focused on our couple’s weddings and didn’t devote much time to our own wedding until our last couple was married. This left us about 4 weeks to tie up most of our planning. Hiring the most phenomenal vendors is what made the planning process so incredible for us. HONEYMOON: We spent 2 weeks popping into local restaurants, cafes and attractions in our own backyard of Eastern Kentucky. PROPOSAL: Skip took me hiking on one of our favorite trails in the Red River Gorge one sunny January day. We hiked to a lookout and he sat down on a log. He patiently waited until I was finished snacking before getting down on one knee and proposing. CHOOSING A VENUE: We built our venue with the purpose of getting married there, so the choice was pretty easy for us!


PHOTOGRAPHER: Kevin and Anna Photography CEREMONY & RECEPTION VENUE: Hemlock Springs WEDDING DRESS: Renee’s Bridal KY MONTH-OF COORDINATOR: Kalyn Powell CATERER: City Barbecue DONUTS: Chocolat Inn & Café BLUEGRASS BAND: Southern Blend STATIONERY: Kalyn Powell BRIDAL BOUQUET: Positive Attraction Soaps Company HAIR & MAKEUP: Danielle Braden, Studio B Color Lounge REHEARSAL DINNER LOCATION: Sky Bridge Station


BLISSFUL Beauty How you look and feel on your wedding day is something that you will never forget. The memory of being your most beautiful self as you walk down to the aisle to your partner is something that should rank high on your list of planning priorities. Many professionals can recommend beauty routines and habits to get your body, face, hair and skin in the perfect condition to glow. Those same professionals can also offer hair and make up needs to pamper the Bride, Groom and entire Bridal Party.

SPECIAL BEAUTY DIRECTORY

Photo: Ali Ann Photography Hair: Stephanie Queen Makeup: Deata Gregory

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All that is Lovely-A Beauty Boutique Lauren Prather 859-585-0139 thestylistlauren@gmail.com

Hair Nation Salon and Spa Stephanie Trimble 859-252-4247 stephanietrimble4247@gmail.com

Blush + Glow Allison Jenks info@blushandglowlex.com www.blushandglowlex.com

Indigo Salon & Wellness Devan Edwards, Bridal Coordinator 859-259-3333 indigosalonbrides@gmail.com

Blushing Beauty by Ashley Ashley Richardson 859-699-0284 blushingbeautlex@yahoo.com

Makeup by Sarah Lynn Sarah Gottlob 859-433-5815 hello@makeupbysarahlynn.com

Evanlution Salon Evan Barnett 502-382-0810 evan@evanlutionsalon.com

Mary Kay Michelle Williams 859-351-5306 mwilliams800stacey@yahoo.com

Glam Lex Events Brianna Swain 859-797-1679 glamlexevents@yahoo.com

Salon Bleu Hair Boutique Deata Gregory, The Makeup & Hairy Godmother 859-277-4247 thesalonbleu@gmail.com www.thesalonbleu.com


BEFORE AND AFTER

by Deata Gregory with Salon Bleu Hair Boutique

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updos

BLISSFUL

GlamLex Events

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Mollie Monthie Radden Photo: Becklynn Bleu Photography

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The Stylist Lauren Photo: The Malicotes

Evan Barnett Photo: Becklynn Bleu Photography

Evan Barnett Photo: Becklynn Bleu Photography

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GlamLex Events


Experience and Training Look for a seasoned professional. Are they licensed with the State Board or a free-lancer? How many years have they been working or number of bridal parties glammed? Are brides their specialty? Do they have training in photography/camera ready cosmetics? Do they have experience with hair extensions or hair pieces, if needed?

Deata Gregory Salon Bleu Hair Boutique After you have decided on your colors, theme, gown, veil or headpiece you must then think about your hair and makeup! There are lots of things to keep in mind when making hair and makeup decisions. Here are some questions you need to ask yourself: What is your vision of yourself as you walk down the aisle? Do you see yourself trendy, modern, vintage, romantic or classic?  How will you style your hair? Will you use a veil or headpiece?

Can they adhere to a schedule and time constraints? You wouldn’t want to miss your ceremony because your Glam Specialist can’t keep on schedule. Can they perform under pressure? Are they willing to work with your wedding planner? Wedding Planners are also a great way to get referrals for Beauty Professionals. Products What brand is used? Are they hypoallergenic? What is provided the day of service?

Do you want your bridesmaids to have their hair professionally done?

Consultation Do they offer a free consult? If a consultation is not free, what is the cost?

What will be your makeup style? Will you select a more natural makeup application? Or a stronger look with a smokey eye and red lip?

Practice session Can they complete your vision? Are you comfortable with them and believe in their abilities?

There are so many beauty choices for you to decide. Once you’ve made up your mind, or at least have a vision, it’s time to select your Glam Specialist. There are many incredibly talented hair and makeup artists in Central Kentucky. Once you think you are close to selecting the perfect Glam Specialist, always request examples of their work from other bridal parties they have glammed. Here’s how I recommend finding the perfect fit for your wedding day.

On-site and Off-site services Are they working in a full-service salon in case you and your party require additional services? Will they travel to you and are there travel charges?

Referrals Having a former bride suggest and encourage your selection of her professional can give you comfort.

Do they offer additional professionals or assistants for larger bridal parties? Is there an additional cost if they bring additional assistants? Are they willing to work on flower girls? Hygiene Trained professionals use clean implements and keep a tidy area or travel kit. Ask how their brushes are cleaned and how they keep from contaminating or double dipping in products.

Each member of the bridal party should have separate cosmetic brushes and sponges for hygienic reasons. Are they using disposable applicators and wands to remove the risk of cross contamination? Men’s Grooming Can your professional clean up necklines, eyebrows, ear hair or apply wax and spays for the groom and his party? Is that a separate fee? Time frame What is their availability for your wedding day? Will you need them for pre-wedding Glam only? Will you need them for touch ups after first looks and after photos before the wedding? Will you need adjustments or hair changes after the wedding but before the reception?   How do they charge for that? Is there a day fee?  Packages Do they offer bridal packages or is everything a la carte?  Payment Most professionals require a nonrefundable 50 percent deposit to hold the date. What are the payment arrangements and what is included? When is the balance due?  Contracts Read all contracts and understand completely with what you are signing. Contacts ensure that both parties are protected and professional.  Additional Services Do they offer engagement Glam?  If you are having engagement photos taken, having a Glam Specialist present can ensure the best photos. This is a also a great way for your Glam Specialist to become familiar with you and your needs. What other services are available for your bridal party?  I know this is a long list and I hope you don’t feel overwhelmed. This will help you make the best decisions for your wedding day hair and makeup. One thing is for sure, you must feel secure, comfortable, confident and satisfied with your selection because it can make the difference in your special day! 

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ENGAGEMENT: 3 Years WEDDING MONTH: October STARTING GUEST COUNT: 175 ENDING GUEST COUNT: 150 FIRST LOOK: No FIRST DANCE SONG: “Tennessee Whiskey” – Cover of Chris Stapleton HONEYMOON DESTINATION: Siesta Key - our favorite beach! FAVORITE PART OF THE PLANNING PROCESS: Renovating and designing our venue with my husband. It was a once in a lifetime experience and I’m so grateful for it! LOVE STORY: Our first actual date was to Evan’s Orchard to pick pumpkins and the rest is history! CHOOSING A VENUE: Jordan and I moved back to Kentucky in early 2018 when we started renovating a nearly 100 year old church we purchased in downtown Versailles. There was no question in our minds we would get married in our venue, whether construction was complete or not! ADVICE: Something will inevitably not go as planned, just laugh it off and move on!


PHOTOGRAPHER:

FLORALS:

Claire and Barrett

Fields in Bloom

CEREMONY & RECEPTION VENUE:

RENTALS:

The Galerie

Bryant’s Rent-All

WEDDING DRESS:

HAIR:

The White Dress of Lexington

Whytney Poe

FLOWER GIRL DRESS:

MAKEUP:

La Petite Boutique

Donald Blanton

SUITS:

VIDEOGRAPHER:

Macy’s

Keith & Melissa Photography

WEDDING RESOURCE CENTER:

HOTEL ROOM BLOCK:

Simply Love Studio

Holiday Inn Express - Versailles

CATERER:

BRIDESMAID GIFTS:

Sweet Lilu’s

La Petite Boutique

WEDDING CAKE:

REHEARSAL DINNER LOCATION:

Sweet Lilu’s

The Galerie

GROOM’S CAKE:

REHEARSAL DINNER CATERER:

Sweet Lilu’s

Sweet Lilu’s

BAND:

REGISTRY:

Wax Factory

Macy’s, Pottery Barn and

STATIONERY:

Williams-Sonoma

Simply Done Invites

RINGS: Rivard Fine Jewelry


MANAGING STRESS

Amy Hudson Young Living Essential Oils Planning a wedding can be as full of emotion as the wedding day itself. Many people truly underestimate the amount of time it takes, how much money it costs, and the stressors it adds to your relationships because most people have never planned a big event at this point in their lives. In my 11 years as an event planner I cannot count how many parents would admit to me that weddings have turned into something much larger than they experienced as a young adult. Feeling overwhelmed at some point in the wedding planning process is pretty normal and it’s important to have ways to overcome those moments when they happen. Anxiety has become the number one mental health issue in North America. It’s estimated that one third of the North American adult population experiences anxiety unwellness issues.1 If you don’t have anxiety yourself, you know someone who does and women are twice as likely to be afflicted than men. I believe the number of men who struggle with generalized anxiety is much higher because many don’t report it to their doctors.1 It can range from feeling unsettled to feeling completely overwhelmed (or worse) on a normal day. Now let’s go ahead and add the task of planning a wedding on top of it. The wedding planning checklist alone is enough to throw the most level-headed bride into a minor panic. If we also add money issues, family drama, all the opinions, and alcohol into the mix and it’s a wonder more people aren’t on Valium! It doesn’t have to be this way. Let’s talk about 5 ways to overcome overwhelm WITHOUT the use of drugs, alcohol, or screen time (a.k.a. avoidance). 1. Express Your Emotions. We’ve been conditioned as a society to view certain emotions as “good” and other emotions as “bad.” In truth, 60 • BRIDAL BLISS MAGAZINE

no emotion is good or bad, they are simply forms of expression based on your thoughts. When we conceal our emotions, we shove them down into our body and that trapped energy can affect the way our bodies function. If we’re stressed and exhausted, we usually don’t work out. If we’re angry, we can feel our body tightening and the tension instantly appears. When we’re busy and overwhelmed, sometimes we drink way too many grande iced lattes instead of eating whole foods and drinking plenty of water. So start by finding a safe space to express your emotion, whether it’s in your car, in your bedroom, or in the middle of nowhere. Once you find that space, let it out. Give yourself permission to cry, scream, rant... whatever comes up for you is find. Just let it out and then let it go. 2. Breathe and Move. Once you’ve allowed yourself to release that trapped emotion, breathe and move. This is the part where you go for a run, get back to your yoga mat, crank up the radio and dance your butt off. Moving your body moves the energy out of your system. Breathing deeply helps you to relax, lowers your blood pressure, relieves stress, and keeps you centered. It also brings you into this moment. It’s only when you’re too focused on the future that you feel anxious. It’s only when you’re too focused on past mistakes that you feel guilt. Focusing on what is happening right now will allow you to realize that everything is going to be OK. 3. Self Care. Honey, when’s the last time you took a bath? I’m talking an epsom salt bath with a good book where you just relax. When’s the last time you went for a walk or a hike? Made your favorite meal? Bought yourself flowers? Took a nap in the middle of the day? When is the last time you took time to do something that YOU wanted to do and I’m not talking about playing Candy Crush or scrolling through Instagram. If you immediately think you “don’t have time” that’s EXACTLY why you need to prioritize this step. We all have exactly the same number of hours in the day to use, so cut down your screen time and open space in your day to enjoy your life. Oh and drink plenty of water. Seriously. That stuff will give you life. 4. Get Organized. Sometimes we feel completely overwhelmed because there is so much that needs to be done and we’re on a deadline. I completely get it. We feel overwhelmed because we don’t know where to start. This is when it’s time for a good ole brain dump! Grab that pretty little notebook and your favorite color pen. Sit down and write out every single thing that you need to do. Keep writing until you can safely say that you are finished. Once you feel complete, look over that list and choose one thing, only one, to do. Viewing your to-do list as a list of things you choose to do verses things you have

to do releases a lot of self-imposed pressure. I find it best to choose the absolute easiest thing to do first. Maybe it’s “take out the trash.” BOOM! Check it off. Now choose one more thing, just one, and do it. Keep going until you’ve checked off five things. Then stop. Tomorrow, work on five more things. If you really get on a roll, and you’re feeling good, by all means keep going. This is one more exercise in staying present. We only get overwhelmed when our minds are living in the future. You cannot do anything in the future. You can only do something right now. 5. Oil up. Sometimes this is my first step, other times this is my only step. Grab an essential oil, put a drop in your hands, rub your hands together, cup your hands over your nose and inhale. Tests have shown oils reach the heart, liver, and thyroid in three seconds when inhaled. They have the ability to cross the blood-brain barrier and work on your emotions via the limbic system in your brain. They help release emotional trauma as well as relax and clear the mind. Essential oils are made up of different constituents: monoterpenes, sesquiterpenes, and phenols. Phenols clean and repair receptor sites while sesquiterpenes bring oxygen to the brain. The oils that work best for your emotions are those that are high in sesquiterpenes: Cedarwood, Vetiver, Sandalwood, Black Pepper, Patchouli, Myrrh, Ginger, Frankincense, Lavender.2 Some of my other favorites to use when life gets overwhelming are Stress Away, Peace and Calming, Valor, Hope, and Believe. I use and recommend Young Living essential oils for one reason: purity. Why can’t you just buy oils at the grocery store? Purity. You get what you pay for. I have seen bottles of Frankincense for $7 at the grocery store—but it costs more than that just to distill! It’s a red flag that the oil has been adulterated. To learn more about essential oils, please visit my website at www.amyhudson.co. If you are struggling, you are not alone. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness, it is a sign of strength. People love witnessing someone be vulnerable, but avoid showing vulnerability themselves. The fact of the matter is showing vulnerability by expressing your emotions allows for deeper connections with those you love. That requires bravery on your part. Working with these five steps will not only help you overcome the overwhelm that can accompany wedding planning, but also help you live a more fulfilling life. Your life is blossoming right now. Consider this transitional time of going from “single” to “married” to be your chance to grow as a person. After all, your beautiful wedding is just one day in your beautiful life. 1 Source: www.anxietycentre.com 2 Source: THE BLOOD-BRAIN BARRIER - http://www.oilhealer.com/ bloodbrain.cfm By David Stewart, Ph.D.,R.A.


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ENGAGEMENT: 17 Months STARTING BUDGET? $20,000 ENDING BUDGET? $27,000 STARTING GUEST COUNT? 185 ENDING GUEST COUNT? 150 WEDDING DRESS SHOPS? 2 FIRST DANCE SONG: “The Rest of Our Life” – Tim McGraw & Faith Hill FAVORITE PART OF THE PLANNING PROCESS: Working with all of our vendors! HONEYMOON DESTINATION? Hawaii LOVE STORY: We met through mutual friends and went on multiple double dates. Our first date alone, Weston swept me off my feet flying us in a small plane around Cincinnati. We dated for 3.5 years before he asked me to marry him! CHOOSING A VENUE: We chose Buffalo Trace because it is unique to Kentucky. When we visited, we were blown away by the beauty and rich history of the distillery. IMPORTANT ELEMENTS: Cocktail hour and a distillery tour that ended with a tasting allowed us the opportunity to finish taking photos. During this time, Weston and I were also able to have a private dinner and a minute to soak in our day!


PHOTOGRAPHER:

VIDEOGRAPHER:

Dwayne Lloyd Photography

Alyson Biggs Films

CEREMONY & RECEPTION VENUE:

HOTEL ROOM BLOCK:

Buffalo Trace Distillery

Capital Plaza Hotel

WEDDING DRESS SHOP:

BRIDESMAID GIFTS:

The White Dress of Lexington

Kendra Scott

MONTH-OF COORDATINOR:

REHEARSAL DINNER LOCATION:

Faith & Feathers

Glen-Willis House

CATERER:

REHEARSAL DINNER CATERER:

Terri’s Catering At The

Terri’s Catering At The

Glen-Willis House

Glen-Willis House

CAKE:

REGISTRY:

Poppy’s Bakery

Pottery Barn and

FLORALS:

Bed Bath & Beyond

Faith & Feathers

WEDDING BAND:

RENTALS:

Cravens & Lewis Jewelers

Bryant’s Rent-All

ALTERATIONS:

HAIR:

The Needle’s Eye Alterations

Veronica’s Hair Design

DANCE LESSONS:

TRANSPORTATION:

Arthur Murray DanceStudio

Thoroughbred Limousine

PERSONAL TRAINING: Elite Fitness, Georgetown


ARE DIY FLORALS FOR YOU? get overwhelming. It takes time to make the perfect bouquet and other floral designs. Make sure you have plenty of time and support to complete the tasks at hand. Fresh flowers are typically picked up two days before wedding for designing.

Ahlai Combs, Julie Ross, and Jordyn Ritchie Agape Fields, Specialty Cut Flowers With the recent wave of Do It Yourselfers, you may think that saving money on arranging your own wedding or special event florals is something you want to do. You will save money, there’s no question about that. You will also get the rewarding feeling of creating something special for your big day or event. Before you decide to take on doing your own wedding flowers, it’s best to consider several questions: DO YOU HAVE THE EXTRA TIME? The week of your wedding is filled with so many wonderful activities and things can

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DO YOU HAVE A GOOD SUPPORT TEAM TO HELP PUT TOGETHER THE BOUQUETS AND ARRANGEMENTS? Wedding floral design is not typically something you will want to do on your own. It’s best to have plenty of help. If you have bridesmaids, they are your “go-to” helpers for your big day and would surely love to assist with the floral arranging as well. Maybe you have friends or family members that love to work with flowers too. Whomever you enlist, they will be a big help to you! You could even make the floral arranging time into a “girl’s night in get together”. Pick up your flowers on Thursday, add some snacks and create! DO YOU HAVE WORKSPACE TO DO THE FLORAL ARRANGING? Design work is messy. There will be a lot of cut leaves and stems piling up, needing disposal. You will need an area that is cool and has ready access to water. A large kitchen counter works great if you aren’t preparing the florals at the venue.

DO YOU HAVE ALL THE TOOLS YOU WILL NEED? You will need garden snips, buckets, vases, and various other supplies. Everyone has vases laying around. You can call your friends and ask them to save various jars and bottles to be used for the table florals. Thrift shops and yard sales are also places you can find vases and jars at a reasonable price. DO YOU HAVE THE ABILITY TO TRANSPORT AND STORE THE BOUQUETS AND ARRANGEMENTS ONCE YOU ARE DONE WITH YOUR DESIGNS? If you are doing the design work somewhere other than the event, you will need to figure out how to transport vases filled with flowers and water to your final destination. A car with seats that fold down to hold everything level is great. Crates, boxes, even drink carriers can be used to hold vases for transportation. Once again, a good support team will come in handy caring for and transporting your designs. There are many tutorials on floral design to be found online as well. Designing your own wedding florals is a budget friendly option for brides and it can be extremely rewarding to “Do It Yourself ”!


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ENGAGEMENT: 12 Months WEDDING MONTH: October STARTING GUEST COUNT: 325 ENDING GUEST COUNT: 230 FIRST LOOK: No FAVORITE PART OF PLANNING: Discussing floral and décor with my mother, as she works for the florist and designed my bouquet! PROPOSAL: Craig proposed during a date in Denver, where he surprised me with tickets to see a play. Afterwards we took a pedicab to a local park to view an outdoor sculpture exhibit and he proposed at the park! CHOOSING A VENUE: We knew we wanted to get married outdoors, as nature is a big part of our lives and upbringing. Craig’s family farm seemed to be the perfect place! IMPORTANT ELEMENTS: We wanted good food, great music and wonderful company. Smooth bourbon, fancy clothes and some cute animals were certainly a plus.


PHOTOGRAPHER: Dana Rogers Photography CEREMONY & RECEPTION VENUE: Family Farm BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Anthropologie MONTH-OF COORDINATOR: All About You Celebrations DOUGHNUTS: North Lime Coffee & Donuts BAND: The 23 String Band FLORALS: Nanz & Kraft Florists RENTALS: Reliable Rentals HAIR: Kristin Chandler CUSTOM DIY BACKDROP: Corie Caudill REHEARSAL DINNER LOCATION: Catering By Kate at 934 Main


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ENGAGEMENT: 5 Months WEDDING MONTH: August STARTING GUEST COUNT: 180 ENDING GUEST COUNT: 123 FIRST LOOK: No FIRST DANCE SONG: “I Get to Love You” – Ruelle FAVORITE PART OF THE PLANNING PROCESS: Dance lessons! LOVE STORY: We reconnected at a Halloween party. We played pool for hours. When I left I told him not to text me, call me, Facebook me or make me laugh. He did all of those things and we’ve been together since! CHOOSING A VENUE: We wanted an industrial, but vintage feel and The Ashland Train Depot was perfect! IMPORTANT ELEMENTS: Food and photography! We wanted our guests to have a good time and we wanted our unique day captured in a way to remember always!

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PHOTOGRAPHER: Seriously Sabrina Photography CEREMONY & RECEPTION VENUE: The Ashland Train Depot CATERER: The Pig’s Blanket WEDDING CAKE: Tipton’s Traditions Bakery DJ: Robert Harris HAIR & MAKEUP: Kandace Caldwell-Eickbush, Vida Loca Salon RINGS: Jared WEDDING DAY JEWELRY: Macy’s DANCE LESSONS: Arthur Murray Dance Studio


VENDOR SPOTLIGHT:

CUSTOM SWEETHEART TABLE BY BLUEGRASS TABLES reception has ended, the table will then be delivered to your home for years of traditions to come.

As you’re planning your wedding day, you are probably incorporating heirlooms and family traditions throughout the day. Your guests might not know they are present, but you do and that’s what is important.

The things that happen at our dining room table make up a lifetime of memories from homework, holiday meals, romantic candlelight dinners, hard conversations, late night laughs with old friends, homemade pancakes, board games and more. A table is where you share life together with those you care most about. It’s where you laugh together, play together, cry together, and pray together. Our options for tables are endless. We will work with you to build a table that’s as unique as you are. You can customize your table by choosing the type of wood, stain color, painted base, benches, and leg style.  We also offer custom laser engraving so you can put a special verse, important date, monogram, or quote on the bottom of your table.

We are here to help you start a tradition of your own! Our dream is to custom build a table where you will enjoy your first meal together as a couple during your reception. Once the

Part of what makes us unique is that we offer free delivery to your venue so there’s no added stress for you! Plus we have a registry available on our website for your friends & family.

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Imagine being able to look back at all those memories around your table and know this table was used for your wedding! We can also help create other custom items for your wedding day. We are here to help your create heirloom pieces that will last a lifetime!


MAKE A STATEMENT Say more than “I do” on your wedding day. Express your unique style with a venue that lets you be true to you. From rehearsal dinners to intimate ceremonies to farewell brunches, make it memorable in the galleries of 21c. > Learn more at 21cLexington.com

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ENGAGEMENT: 22 Months WEDDING MONTH: June STARTING & ENDING BUDGET: $20,000 STARTING GUEST COUNT: 150 ENDING GUEST COUNT: 200 FIRST LOOK: With my Dad! FIRST DANCE SONG: “Thinking Out Loud”- Ed Sheeran FAVORITE PART OF THE PLANNING PROCESS: Tours and tastings! LOVE STORY: Ryan worked for my father for several years and every month or so my dad would tell me, “I have someone I want you to meet.” I kindly replied, “I’m currently seeing someone, dad.” “Well, when that ends.” He was right. I gave in and let Ryan take me on a date. We’ve been inseparable for almost six years. PROPOSAL: Ryan took me to Talon Winery. He handed me a piece of paper, which turned out to be a clue. Each clue was a memory of the times we shared. The last clue was hidden in a scarf that he had tied around our dog’s neck and it said, “Will you marry my dad?” IMPORTANT ELEMENTS: We wanted a venue that allowed us to get ready on the property, included great spaces for photos, a big dance floor and a sparkler send-off!


PHOTOGRAPHERS:

Becky Flanery and Scarlett Bigam, Sweet Tea Weddings CEREMONY & RECEPTION VENUE: Warrenwood Manor MEN’S ATTIRE:

Geno’s Formal Affair WEDDING CAKE: Sweets By Cindy DJ:

Pulse Mobile Entertainment CALLIGRAPHY:

Kate McStay Photography FLORALS:

Mitchell Christian Designs RENTALS:

Goff Tents & Events HAIR:

The Color Bar

TRANSPORTATION:

Gold Shield Transportation OFFICIANT: Jeff Eller

VIDEOGRAPHER: LW Films

BRIDAL SHOW ATTENDED: Bridal Bliss Classic REGISTRY:

Bed Bath & Beyond ALTERATIONS:

Moda Alterations & Embroidery


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ENGAGEMENT: 8 Months WEDDING MONTH: September STARTING GUEST COUNT: 75 ENDING GUEST COUNT: 130 FIRST LOOK: No FIRST DANCE SONG: “Give It All We Got Tonight” – George Strait HONEYMOON DESTINATION: Aruba FAVORITE PART OF THE PLANNING PROCESS: Choosing and designing different eclectic and vintage pieces with my mom and friends! PROPOSAL: He set my alarm for 45 minutes early on my birthday morning. He woke me up, handed me the cutest display of dried flowers painted gold, a coffee cup that said Mrs. and a candy dish with my ring in it! CHOOSING A VENUE: As a little girl I dreamed about my wedding on our family farm. I wanted a place where our families could come together for several days and stay on the property. We even had our rehearsal dinner there because it was all so convenient. IMPORTANT ELEMENTS: Seeing all of my ideas transpire on the farm, just as I had imagined them as a young girl was very important. This included the ceremony being water-side. We had cocktails and appetizers around the pool, games on the front lawn and a 100-year-old barn as our backdrop. The vintage furniture and décor pieces set the mood for the elegant, rustic look I had always envisioned.


PHOTOGRAPHER: Tammy Sue Photography CEREMONY & RECEPTION VENUE: Sunset Ridge Farm Events BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Macy’s MEN’S ATTIRE: Jos. A. Bank CATERER: Elliott Collett & Elizabeth Queen WEDDING & GROOM’S CAKES: Batter-Up Bake Shoppe DJ: Decades of Music RENTALS: Bryant’s Rent-All and Thompson Catering and Special Events HAIR: Caroline Queen, Shabby Chic Hair Salon TRANSPORTATION: Dever Golf Carts VIDEOGRAPHER: Wellsbrook Studios REHEARSAL DINNER LOCATION: Sunset Ridge Farm Events REHEARSAL DINNER CATERER: Pop’s Southern Style BBQ BRIDAL SHOWER LOCATION: Sunset Ridge Farm Events BRIDE’S WEDDING DAY JEWELRY: Jared LIGHTING: Decades of Music


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Limestone Hall

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!

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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.

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Our indoor pool is being transformed into an authentic Kentucky venue that will feature touches of the equine community and history that is part of our legacy. This NEWLY created venue will have close to 7,000 square feet of open space that will have you appreciating the uniqueness of what Lexington and Kentucky proud is all about. We are also REDESIGNING our current ballroom that is close to 4200 square feet to have some of the same design features as the NEW venue. *Picture featured

UK Athletics Hospitality

In the heart of the Bluegrass, the Woodford Reserve 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!

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Talon Winery

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.

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Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa

The Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa sets the stage for a truly distinctive wedding that evokes the spirit of Lexington, Kentucky. Our array of reception venues includes an authentic antebellum mansion and a rolling, scenic lawn. Also benefit from an array of on-site amenities, including an award-winning culinary team.

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Holly Hill Events at Fasig-Tipton

The Holly Hill Events team will help you create a memorable occasion with superior Bluegrass hospitality and exemplary cuisine made from ingredients sourced from local farms and producers.

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Spindletop Hall is located in the heart of the Bluegrass only fifteen minutes from downtown. We provide superb food with excellent service.   Our unique venue gives you that historic Southern mansion feel unlike anything else in Lexington.  This is the place to create a memory of a lifetime!

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.

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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.

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The Thoroughbred Center

Nestled among the rolling hills of the Bluegrass, we offer an exceptional wedding venue offering both indoor and outdoor ceremony and reception locations. With affordable rates and an experienced staff to assist you with all of your planning stages.

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AshWood on Antioch Barn

AshWood On Antioch Barn is the perfect place to make the wedding of your dreams come true. It is elegant and classy, yet rustic so any bride can add their own touches on this unique tobacco barn residing on 460 acres of beautiful farmland in the heart of the bluegrass. Being near Paris, Lexington, Winchester and Georgetown we are located conveniently for any and all guest on your big day!

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Versailles The Galerie

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The Foundry on Broadway

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With historic charm and industrial space, The Foundry on Broadway is Frankfort’s premier wedding and special events venue. With an airy, industrial loft feel, exposed brick walls, wood beam ceiling and more than 4,500 square feet of usable space, The Foundry on Broadway is a stunning and unique event space that breathes life into Downtown Frankfort. Be one of the FIRST to host your event at this new favorite spot!

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The Historical Glen Willis House sits on 2 acres of flower beds and a  manicured lawn overlooking the Kentucky River and damm  with a plantation setting approximately 2 blocks from Buffalo Trace Distillery. You will find lots of historical charm including flowing lace curtains and shiny maple hardwood floors .We offer exclusive caters on site for all food and beverages. We also have Tables, chairs, A bridal suite and a grooms dressing room. 

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The West Sixth Farm is an outdoor venue in the heart of Central Kentucky, located on West Sixth Brewing’s 120 acre property in Frankfort, KY complete with rolling hills, hop yard, cider apple orchard, hiking trails & more. This blank canvas event field is anchored by mature trees, wellmaintained flat land, pond features, and of course, complete with West Sixth Brewing beer packages and hospitality.

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Located in the heart of historic Downtown Versailles, just minutes from both Keeneland and Woodford Reserve. The Galerie is one of Central Kentucky’s premier wedding destinations. Originally constructed in 1922, The Galerie’s nearly 8,000 square feet of interior event space was thoughtfully reimagined in 2018. While maintaining the timeless beauty and elegance of this historic property, the new four-room bridal suite, groom’s suite and family lounges were designed with modern couples in mind!

thegalerieky.com

terriscatering.net

Shaker Village

wilmore

Weddings at Asbury

Glint Studios

Amidst the timeless architecture and an enduring spirit sits a refined and inspiring storybook Kentucky wedding destination. Tranquil yet powerful, Shaker Village provides the ideal setting for the simplest ceremony or the grandest reception. Celebrate all weekend, with inspiring experiences as dramatic as you are. From a cozy evening marshmallow roast and hayride, to bourbon tastings, picnics and private tours, let Shaker Village tailor a weekend made just for you. Make your own history at Shaker Village.

shakervillageky.org

bryantsville

Weddings at Asbury is located on the campus of Asbury Theological Seminary, just south of Lexington Kentucky. With two beautiful chapels, a reception hall, catering, and overnight accommodations all in one convenient location, Weddings at Asbury will make your special day one you’ll cherish for a lifetime. Find us online at weddingsatasbury.com or on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

The Ashley Inn

weddingsatasbury.com

Paint lick

The Denny House

Keith & Melissa Photography

The nostalgic Ashley Inn is the most romantic location for your indoor or outdoor destination wedding. Say your vows lakeside, under a weeping willow, on the front lawn of the antebellum mansion, or in a rustic horse barn. Our open-air, fully enclosable Carriage House is perfect for your reception, and comes equipped with all the facilities you need.

ashleyinnbandb.com

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Picture yourself marrying your true love in a romantic historical mansion, between the Greek Revival pillars on the front steps, on the lush grounds under a tree, or under the twinkling lights in the newly renovated rustic tobacco barn. The Denny House is your perfect choice just minutes from Richmond, Berea and Lancaster.

dennyhouse.com


georgetown

Cynthiana

morehead

Ashford Acres Inn

MeadowView Weddings and Events

Evans Orchard Event Barn

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.

Wedding Venue close to Lexington, Georgetown, & Paris with catering, wedding cakes, ceremony & reception rentals, and day of coordination for weddings with up to 200 guests. Call 859-298-2989 or email info@ashfordacresinn.com to set up your FREE wedding consultation at Ashford Acres Inn.

MeadowView Weddings & Events is a premier event venue located in Morehead, KY on Kentucky 801 and is only minutes from scenic Cave Run Lake. We are a rustic, yet modern fully climate controlled building that can cater to any style of event. Contact us today for your FREE tour and consult.

ashfordacresinn.com

eventsatmeadowview.com

evansorchardeventbarn.com

lexington

richmond

Copper Fox Event Center

winchester

wellington Sunset Ridge Farm Events

The Winchester Opera House

Tammy Sue Photography Terry Enterprises

Copper Fox, an old two-screen movie theatre, has been transformed into the perfect location for your wedding! Beautiful design and a neutral color palette allow for you to make this space your own. Open to all vendors, and customizable for any size event - and access all day!

copperfoxevents.com

Style and Story

The Winchester Opera House & Moundale Manor are premiere full service venues offering a wide range of services, including in-house gourmet catering, décor and design experts, and impeccable wedding coordinators. Let us help you create the wedding of your dreams!

winchesteroperahouse.com

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! 

sunsetridgefarmevents.com

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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 2019 Vendor guide are sure to help you impress your guests and plan the wedding of your dreams!

CAKES & SWEETS

MV Photography

Bit of Whimsy Cakes (859) 582-5010 www.bitofwhimsycakes.com becky@bitofwhimsycakes.com

Crank & Boom www.crankandboom.com booking@crankandboom.com

Spotz Gelato (502) 682-3750 www.spotzgelato.com

Keith and MelissaPhotography

Sweets by Cindy (859) 374-5005 www.sweetsbycindyky.com

CATERING

Five by Five Photography

Kelli Lynn Photography

Bayou Bluegrass Catering (859) 523-3915 www.bayoubluegrass.com shannajohnson@bayoubluegrass.com

Willie Wilson Photography

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Wes Brown Photography

Gourmet Goodies (859) 887-1027 www.gourmetgoodiesbythelma.com catering.gourmetgoodies@gmail.com

Love the Renauds

Selma’s Catering (859) 971-2763 www.selmascatering.com selma@selmascatering.com

Kevin and Anna Photography

LaDonna’s Catering (606) 309-3187 www.ladonnascatering.net ladonnascatering@hotmail.com

Kevin and Anna Photography

Type A Catering (859) 619-3198 www.typeacatering.com diane@typeacatering.com


DANCE INSTRUCTION

Arthur Murray Dance Studio (859) 278-7711 www.dancestudiolexingtonky.com hunterlisle@yahoo.com

The Ballroom House (859) 309-1362 www.theballroomhouse.com info@theballroomhouse.com

DISC JOCKEYS

Kevin and Anna Photography

C.D. Productions Mobile DJ (859) 806-2792 www.cdprodj.com chris@cdprodj.com

Kevin and Anna Photography

KY Sounds (859) 333-6858 www.kysounds.com james@kysounds.com

Love the Renauds

Clear Pro DJ (859) 327-9187 www.clearprodj.com randy@clearprodj.com

HiFi DJ

HiFi DJ (859 )319-9473 www.hifidj.biz hifilex@gmail.com

Keith and Melissa Photography

Soundwave Mobile DJ (859) 314-7908 www.soundwavemdj.com soundwavediscjockey@yahoo.com

EVENT DESIGN

Nadia’s Elegant Events (859) 539-2211 www.nadiaselegantevents.com nadiaselegantevents@outlook.com

Passionate Event Designs 859-866-8137 www.passionateeventdesigns.com BRIDAL BLISS MAGAZINE • 95


FLORALS

Bourbon and Brides Kentucky Wedding Photography

Agape Fields, Specialty Cut Flowers www.agapefields.com flowers@agapefields.com

Blooms ‘n Blossoms (859) 421-9915 www.bloomsnblossomsky.com hello@bloomsnblossomsky.com

Carol Lynn Originals & Events (859) 253-0545 www.carollynnevents.com carolllynnevents@aol.com

Doug Smith Designs + Events (859) 494-2209 www.dougsmithdesigns.com doug@dougsmithdesigns.com

Events Delight (859) 327-1947 www.eventsdelight.com

Fields in Bloom (859) 433-6030 www.fieldsinbloomky.com

Fleur de Lys Designs by Suzanne (859) 806-1677 fdld.ky@gmail.com

Foley’s Florist and Gifts (859) 986-8175 www.foleysfloristandgifts.com shelley@foleysfloristandgifts.com

Great Expectations KY (859) 576-3406 www.greatexpectationsky.com deanna.dillender@gmail.com

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FORMAL WEAR

Wes Brown Photography

Build-A-Bride (859) 583-5393 www.buildabride.com/maria-montgomery mariamontgomery7@gmail.com

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Geno’s Formal Affair (859) 276-1461 www.gfatux.com

Melissa and Gary Photography

Meant to Be Boutique (859) 523-4711 www.meanttobeboutique.com hello@meanttobeboutique.com


Nomad by NK

Relix Bridal (859) 523-1273 www.relixbridal.com hello@relixbridal.com

Bradley Quinn Photography

Renee’s Bridal KY (850) 291-2174 www.facebook.com/kyreneesbridal reneesbridal@yahoo.com

Bella Grace Studios

Twirl Boutique (859) 309-2493 www.twirllexington.com ty@twirlboutique.com

GIFTS & DECOR HAIR & MAKEUP

The Crazy Bunny Lady (859) 552-2060 www.thecrazybunnylady.etsy.com thecrazybunnylady1@gmail.com Evanlution Salon (502) 382-0810 www.evanlutionsalon.com evan@evanlutionsalon.com

INVITATIONS

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Arena Chiropractic (859) 213-0651 www.wellnesswithapurpose.com bmarenachiropractic@gmail.com

Young Living Essential Oils (859) 948-2035 www.amyhudson.co amyhudson0823@gmail.com

MUSIC

Simply Done Invites (859) 474-1998 www.simplydoneinvites.com simplydoneinvites@gmail.com

Emily Fife, Harpist (270) 860-9354 www.emilyfifeharpist.com mrs.emilyfife11@gmail.com

Graceful Harp (859) 948-5247 www.gracefulharp.com krista@gracefulharp.com BRIDAL BLISS MAGAZINE • 97


OFFICIANT

PHOTO BOOTHS Kentuky's Premier Photo Booth Company

Bourbon & Brides Kentucky Wedding Photography

KY Sounds (859) 333-6858 www.kysounds.com james@kysounds.com

Clear Choice Photo Booth (859) 353-3005 www.clearchoicephotobooth.com clearchoicekentucky@gmail.com

PHOTOGRAPHY

Becky Willard Photography (502) 370-6375 www.beckywillardphotography.com beckywillardphotography@gmail.com

Kevin and Anna Photography (859) 576-5075 www.kevinandannaweddings.com info@kevinandannaweddings.com

Rochambeau Photography (859) 327-4978 www.loverochambeau.com hi@loverochambeau.com

PLANNERS Wes Brown Photography (606) 219-4065 www.wesbrownweddings.com

Nina & Wes Photography

Doug Smith Designs + Events (859) 494-2209 www.dougsmithdesigns.com

Love the Renauds

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Great Expectations KY (859) 539-7137 www.greatexpectationsky.com

Kevin and Anna Photography

Planned to Perfection of the Bluegrass (859) 699-4979 www.plannedtoperfectionbluegrass.com

White Oak Design, Co. (502) 523-1734 www.whiteoakdesignco.com whiteoakdesignco@gmail.com


RENTALS

Goff Tents & Events (859) 887-5272 www.gofftents.com ian@gofftents.com

Purdon’s Rental & Sales (859) 266-1197 www.purdonsrental.com katie@purdonrental.com

RESOURCE CENTER & BRIDAL SHOW

Keith and Melissa Photography

Bridal Bliss Classic (859) 457-0824 www.bridalblissclassic.com shannon@bridalblissclassic.com

Simply Love Studio (859) 550-3825 www.simplylovestudio.com sarah@simplylovestudio.com

REHEARSAL DINNER

TRANSPORTATION

Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse (859) 554-7000 www.jeffruby.com

Ebby L Photography

Gold Shield Transportation (859) 255-6388 www.goldshieldcars.com goldshield@goldshieldcars.com BRIDAL BLISS MAGAZINE • 99


TRAVEL & HONEYMOON

Going Places Travel (502) 863-9831 www.weplantrips.com marti@goingplacestrvl.com

VENUES

The Malicotes

21c Museum Hotel (859) 899-6800 www.21clexington.com jdavis@21chotels.com

Wes Brown Photography

Embassy Suites (859) 455-5000 www.embassysuites.com susan.fogle@hilton.com

Terry Enterprises

Apiary - Fine Catering and Events (859) 254-2225 www.the-apiary.com ewinganne@the-apiary.com

Kevin and Anna Photography

Evans Orchard Event Barn (502) 316-2433 www.evansorchardeventbarn.com events@evansorchard.com

Honey Heart Photography

Hilton Lexington/Downtown (859) 281-3758 www.hiltonlexington.com alex.hubbard@hilton.com 100 • BRIDAL BLISS MAGAZINE

Copper Fox Event Center (859) 230-5365 www.copperfoxevents.com hello@copperfoxevents.com

Brandi Potter Photography

Hemlock Springs (502) 216-4557 www.eventsathemlocksprings.com info@eventsathemlocksprings.com

Love the Renauds

Limestone Hall (859) 230-5365 www.limestonehall.com hello@limestonehall.com

MeadowView Weddings & Events (606) 356-5237 www.eventsatmeadowview.com info@eventsatmeadowview.com


Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill (859) 734-5411 https://shakervillageky.org weddings@shakervillageky.org

Sunset Ridge Farm Events (606) 776-6517 www.sunsetridgefarmevents.com sunsetridgefarmevents@gmail.com

The Carrick House (859) 255-0717 www.carrickhouse.com paige@lundyscatering.com

The Foundry on Broadway (502) 354-3686 www.foundryonbroadway.com

The Signature Club Grand Ballroom (859) 277-6600 ex. 1 www.signatureclub.org aturner@signatureclub.org

Kevin and Anna Photography

Kevin and Anna Photography

The Club at UK’s Spindletop Hall (859) 255-2777 www.spindletophall.org

Blessed Bee Photography

UK Athletics Hospitality (859) 218-3947 www.ukahonline.com bethany.varner@uky.edu

West Sixth Farm (859) 705-0915 www.westsixthfarm.com info@westsixth.com

VIDEOGRAPHY

Beyond the Lens www.beyondthelens.tv beyondthelens3814@gmail.com

LW Films (859) 806-7367 www.LWFilms.wedding lukewoodwardfilms@gmail.com


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ENGAGEMENT: 15 Months

WEDDING MONTH: October

STARTING BUDGET: $20,000 ENDING BUDGET: $30,000

STARTING GUEST COUNT: 350 ENDING GUEST COUNT: 200 FIRST LOOK? No

FIRST DANCE SONG: “Perfect” – Ed Sheeran

FAVORITE PART OF PLANNING PROCESS: Working with our photographers! CHOOSING A VENUE:

We chose Limestone Hall after touring it, when it was mostly dirt. We knew it had potential! IMPORTANT ELEMENTS:

Great photographers, a happy bridal party and my grandfather officiating our ceremony! ADVICE:

Don’t stress about the small silly stuff because it won’t matter at all on the big day!


PHOTOGRAPHER:

VIDEOGRAPHER:

The Malicotes

Bonnie Guinn

CEREMONY & RECEPTION VENUE:

HOTEL ROOM BLOCK:

Limestone Hall

Hyatt Regency Lexington

MEN’S ATTIRE:

BRIDESMAID’S GIFTS:

Geno’s Formal Affair

Anthropologie

CATERER:

PHOTO BOOTH:

Type A Catering

The Malicotes

WEDDING CAKE:

REHEARSAL DINNER LOCATION:

The Sweet Shoppe by Beth

Carson’s Food & Drink

DJ:

BRIDAL SHOW ATTENDED:

John Sims

Bridal Bliss Classic

FLORALS:

REGISTRY:

My Favorite Things

Macy’s and Pottery Barn

RENTALS:

ENGAGEMENT RING:

Purdon’s Rental and Sales

Rivard Fine Jewelry

HAIR & MAKEUP:

WEDDING BAND:

the [iki] movement

Sheila Bayes Fine Jewelry

TRANSPORTATION:

ALTERATIONS:

Gold Shield Transportation

DH Designs PERSONAL TRAINING: SWEAT Studio


ABBIE•CHRIS LAURA•BRIAN rainwater Liz Terry photography Photography

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ENGAGEMENT: 7 Months WEDDING MONTH: October STARTING BUDGET: $10,000 ENDING BUDGET: $10,800 STARTING GUEST COUNT: 200 ENDING GUEST COUNT: 175 FIRST LOOK? No FIRST DANCE SONG: “Still Falling For You” – Ellie Goulding CHOOSING A VENUE: The Barn at McCall Springs was a good combination of aesthetics, price, and location! IMPORTANT ELEMENTS: That our friends and family were there to celebrate with us, incorporating our faith and making some lovely memories! ADVICE: Really take the day in and try to appreciate everything. People tell you it goes fast, but it really does go FAST!

PHOTOGRAPHER: Liz Terry Photography CEREMONY VENUE: St. Lawrence Catholic Church RECEPTION VENUE: The Barn at McCall Springs CATERER: Hill of Beans BBQ WEDDING CAKE: Plehn’s Bakery FLORALS: Lawrenceburg Flower Shop HAIR & MAKEUP: 855 Salon


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A few of your friends have already gotten married. Mom knows everyone in town. The question is, who do YOU want to work with? By attending a Bridal Bliss Classic, you get to meet vendors face to face. You can start understanding who these businesses are that everyone is talking about and what services they can offer. Yes, a bridal show can be a bit overwhelming. It can also shed some light on who the top professionals are in the area and what types of ideas they can bring to life. BRIDAL BLISS MAGAZINE PG. 48 110 • BRIDAL BLISS MAGAZINE

IT WAS VERY ORGANIZED AND R IGHT ON SCHEDULE. IT WAS SIMPLY GORGEOUS!!!! -Lashara Phillips


BR IDAL BLISS CLASSIC EXCEEDED ALL OF MY EXPECTATIONS. IT WAS MY FIRST BR IDAL SHOW AND I AM SO GLAD I WENT. -William Jacobson

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Many Wedding Professionals offer discounts or additional services when you meet them at a bridal show or sign a contract with them the afternoon that you meet. By attending a Bridal Bliss Classic event, you can learn what these specials are and possibly make a great deal to save money in your budget. You may even find a vendor or two giving away an amazing prize. We've never met an engaged couple who turned down a free DJ!

I HAD NO IDEA WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN I WALKED INTO THE HILTON. I WAS COMPLETELY BLOWN AWAY BY EVERYTHING THERE WAS TO SEE, TOUCH AND TASTE. MY MOM WAS SO EXCITED TO MEET PEOPLE AND TALK IDEAS. I SIGNED 3 CONTRACTS WHILE I WAS AT THE EVENT. THAT IS A GOOD DAY OF WORK! - Reece Philpot

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Every season brings a new set of colors, flavors, designs and ideas that keep weddings current and different from the season before. It's the job of Wedding Professionals to know what these trends are, and how YOU can have them. By attending a Bridal Bliss Classic event, you can see all the latest trends right in front of you. You can decide which ones to incorporate into your wedding and really impress your guests.

MY FAVOR ITE PART WAS THE BAG FULL OF GOODIES I TOOK HOME. I HAVE SO MUCH INFORMATION TO LOOK AT AND SHARE WITH MY FIANCE. SINCE HE COULDN'T AT TEND WITH ME, THIS IS A GREAT WAY TO BR ING HIM UP TO SPEED AND START GET TING SER IOUS ABOUT BOOK ING OUR VENDORS. - Braylon Smith

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We said it! Come eat the food! The cakes and catering that Wedding Professionals provide is out of this world. It is designed to impress. Bakeries and Caterers bring their A-game to Bridal Bliss Classic events to show off for YOU. Treat yourself to their offerings and fall in love with a flavor or creation that you want to serve to your guests. You won't be disappointed.

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Have you ever wondered how Brides & Grooms end up with those magazine worthy shots? Did you know that your favorite Taylor Swift song can sound incredibly classy when played on a string instrument? You never know what you'll find at a Bridal Bliss Classic event. What you DO find might just be the final piece of the puzzle you were looking for. The ideas are endless and the creativity and skill of our vendors is unmatched. Lexington truly has the BEST of the BEST when it comes to Wedding Professionals.

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ENGAGEMENT: 9 Months ENDING GUEST COUNT: 140 FIRST DANCE SONG: “Perfect” - Ed Sheeran FAVORITE PART OF THE PLANNING PROCESS: Planning every aspect together as a couple. PROPOSAL: He setup a penguin encounter! Since penguins are my favorite animal, Aaron wanted the penguin to bring the ring out, but the staff were concerned the penguin might eat the ring! IMPORTANT ELEMENTS: For our ceremony and reception in Lexington, I wanted to incorporate my Persian heritage with the Sofreh Agdh and music. ADVICE: Enjoy the entire process of planning and be present in the moment. Don’t stress about the small stuff.


PHOTOGRAPHER:

RENTALS:

Pieced Together Photography

Events With Design and Purdon’s Rental & Sales

CEREMONY LOCATION: Santorini, Greece

HAIR & MAKEUP: Planet Salon & Spa

RECEPTION LOCATION: The Livery

PHOTO BOOTH: Pieced Together Photography

SUITS: Logan’s of Lexington

BRIDAL SHOW ATTENDED: Bridal Bliss Classic

CATERER: DaRae & Friends Catering

REGISTRY: Macy’s and Bed Bath & Beyond

DJ: Music by Mike G

ALTERATIONS: Coco Alterations

STATIONERY: Simply Done Invites

DANCE LESSONS: Arthur Murray Dance Studio

FLORALS: Fleur de Lys Designs by Suzanne


TESS•MICHAEL ELL•CHRIS Bourbon and Brides Kentucky Wedding Photography rainwater photography

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ENGAGEMENT: 13 Months WEDDING MONTH: June STARTING & ENDING BUDGET: $18,000 STARTING GUEST COUNT: 217 ENDING GUEST COUNT: 119 DRESS SHOPS: 2 FIRST LOOK: Yes FIRST DANCE SONG: “Tenerife Sea” – Ed Sheeran FAVORITE PART OF THE PLANNING PROCESS: I loved walking into my venue before the ceremony and seeing all of my details come together perfectly! CHOOSING A VENUE: We love being outside and wanted a venue with an outdoor ceremony & reception option, but with an indoor backup plan for rain. IMPORTANT ELEMENTS: Minimizing stress for ourselves, our family and our wedding party was important to us. We also wanted our out-of-town guests to enjoy their first taste of Kentucky, so we included special touches like Crank & Boom and homemade bourbon balls. Our first look and bridal party photos were taken at Keeneland where we were able to include our dogs in our pre-wedding festivities! ADVICE: Find vendors that you trust! I asked my hair & makeup artist to change things up the morning of the wedding and she made me feel absolutely beautiful. My florist took a rough concept in my head and put together bouquets and a hair piece that were better than I ever imagined. Our photographer made both of us feel comfortable throughout the planning experience, providing advice as we considered our day-of schedule and guiding us through the wedding day. By finding vendors you trust, you take so much stress off of yourself and your family!


PHOTOGRAPHER: Bourbon and Brides Kentucky Wedding Photography CEREMONY & RECEPTION VENUE: Castle Hill Winery WEDDING DRESS: Twirl Lexington BRIDESMAID DRESSES: Twirl Lexington SUITS: Men’s Wearhouse CATERER: Minton’s at 760 DESSERTS: Crank & Boom Craft Ice Cream DJ: C.D. Productions Mobile DJ FLORALS: Carol Lynn Originals & Events RENTALS: Bryant’s Rent-All HAIR & MAKEUP: Evanlution Salon TRANSPORTATION: Gold Shield Transportation HOTEL ROOM BLOCK: Hilton Lexington/Downtown BRIDAL SHOW ATTENDED: Bridal Bliss Classic RINGS: Rivard Fine Jewelry BRIDE’S WEDDING DAY JEWELRY: Shelia Bayes Fine Jewelers ALTERATIONS: The Needle’s Eye Alterations


The First Look Explained

Keith and Melissa Photography You’ve probably seen those beautiful pictures of the couple facing each other, full of excitement, maybe even teary eyed. Your first thought is, “Wow, look at how much emotion is captured in that image!” There is a good chance that you are looking at an image captured during a first look. Here are the pros, the possible cons, and how it affects your wedding day timeline. There is a place you can go to escape on your wedding day, to be with the one you’re spending the rest of your life with. You can leave the chaos of the day and relax, mentally preparing yourself for that long walk down the aisle. This isn’t some fairytale place, it really can exist! To find this happy, calm place, you need only to include it in your wedding day timeline. It won’t be far away, but it will feel like you are stepping into a special place before you start your journey together. What happens when you enter this unique place? Your photographers and videographers will position the groom in a secluded spot where he awaits. The bride, ready to see her groom, will walk up behind him and signal for him to turn around. What happens after that is truly magical! It is a sweet time set aside before the ceremony, that allows the couple to assure each other, feel emotion, and ease the tension of the big day. The first look allows time for the couple to have an intimate, non-rushed time to capture beautiful romantic photos. Because you can plan for it to take place well in advance of the ceremony, you don’t have to be concerned 122 • BRIDAL BLISS MAGAZINE

about hurrying to the next event. Your photographer has time to capture the authentic love and excitement that comes with marrying your best friend. Then, all the wedding party and even family photos can take place before the ceremony so that afterwards, everyone is free to party! After portraits, you can hang out with your closest friends and family and the tension will be gone! You can touch up your makeup, grab a drink, and have a seat before the walk down the aisle. The first look also allows you to arrive at your reception faster. Once all your guests are present, you’ll want to be with them as much as possible. Nobody likes to miss out on cocktail hour or even the first several minutes of the reception. Your guests will be thrilled to see you mingling with them rather than hidden away for an hour taking photos after the ceremony. One concern may be that it’s not traditional. Some couples dismiss the notion even before seeing the positives that a first look can bring. We understand, you want your groom to be surprised and provide a REACTION when you walk down the aisle. Often, couples will dismiss the first look for fear that they will lose that reaction, and that the groom will not be emotional when the time comes. This could not be further from the truth! The tension and nerves of the wedding day can wreak havoc on the reaction of the groom. The bride isn’t the only one who gets nervous on a wedding day! A first look provides MAJOR stress relief, allows both of you time to relax, and provides a special, intimate time together that produces a wonderful REACTION! Because the first look is not the traditional option, you may be worried that your family members will disapprove. However, you must remember that this is your day and your memories, so you should do what works best for you! Your family members will most likely see the value in the first look once they realize what a lovely moment it truly is. We have had grandmothers comment about how precious it was to watch the first look from a distance! What is provided in place of “tradition” is an extra memorable moment that you will cherish forever. After being with each other for those intimate moments, the stress is gone, and the

REACTION is much more likely to come! You get to laugh, cry, hold each other, and spend time together that will surely be remembered as a one of the best moments on your big day! As you walk down the aisle toward your groom, he now feels at ease and able to focus on the special moment happening and give you that REACTION you want!


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ENGAGEMENT: 8.5 MONTHS WEDDING MONTH: AUGUST STARTING BUDGET: $15,000 ENDING BUDGET: $20,000 STARTING GUEST COUNT: 150 ENDING GUEST COUNT: 180 FIRST LOOK: Yes

FIRST SONGE: “Overjoyed”- Victor Wooten

FAVORITE PART OF THE PLANNING PROCESS: The memories made and cake tasting! LOVE STORY: We met at a tennis cardio class!

PROPOSAL: We always set a time to have a Christmas celebration for just the two of us. That day he presented me with a large box. I nervously opened it to find another wrapped box, I continued to open box after box until I got to a ring box! CHOOSING A VENUE: Our parents both graduated from UK and Hilary J. Boone was a tennis player, so we knew that was supposed to be our venue!

IMPORTANT ELEMENTS: Have a Greek ceremony, avenue that offered a ton in-house, dress, exceptional food, photos & video and a first look so we could focus on just us. Lots of important elements to us! ADVICE: At minimum, hire a month-of coordinator so that you can enjoy the day.


PHOTOGRAPHER:

RENTALS:

Veronica Sparrow Photography

Purdon’s Rental & Sales

CEREMONY VENUE:

HAIR:

Holy Mother Queen of All Greek

Indigo Salon & Wellness

Orthodox Church

VIDEOGRAPHER:

RECEPTION VENUE:

Britney The Director

Hilary J. Boone Center

HOTEL ROOM BLOCK:

MEN’S ATTIRE:

Embassy Suites by Hilton and

JoS. A. Bank

Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa

WEDDING RESOURCE CENTER:

REHEARSAL DINNER LOCATION:

Simply Love Studio

Athenian Grill

MONTH-OF COORDINATOR:

BRIDAL SHOW ATTENDED:

Doug Smith Designs + Events

Bridal Bliss Classic

CATERER:

REGISTRY:

Hilary J. Boone Center

Bed Bath & Beyond and

CAKE:

L.V. Harkness & Company

Tinker’s Cake Shop

RINGS:

DJ:

Rivard Fine Jewelry

SoundWave Mobile Disc Jockey

WEDDING DAY JEWELRY:

STATIONERY:

Kendra Scott

L.V. Harkness & Company

LIGHTING:

FLORALS:

SoundWave Mobile Disc Jockey

Great Expectations KY


VENDOR SPOTLIGHT:

SIMPLY LOVE STUDIO

Sarah Burton Wedding Planner What exactly is Simply Love Studio (SLS)? Simply Love Studio is a bridal show and bridal magazine come to life every day of the week. We’ll schedule a time that is good for you to come in and we chat about your wedding and all of the aspects involved! How is Simply Love Studio free to Couples? SLS is able to provide the service to Couples at no charge because central Kentucky area wedding vendors financially support the Studio by paying yearly membership fees. I do not make a commission based on when you book a Studio vendor or a non-Studio vendor. What can we expect during our meeting at Simply Love Studio? We recommend allowing about 45 minutes to an hour for your meeting.  You are welcome to bring your fiancé, mother, maid of honor, who ever you would like.  We encourage you to bring your wedding binder if you have started one, any pictures or anything that might help us understand your wedding day vision. During our meeting we will help you find a venue and/or vendors that fit your style, budget and personality. We can work on a to do list and arrange it based on priorities. If you are farther along in the planning we can help with a wedding day timeline, including what time hair and makeup should start, what time your caterer should arrive, all of those things so that your vendors will all be on the same page on your wedding day. 128 • BRIDAL BLISS MAGAZINE

How many times can we have a meeting at Simply Love Studio? You can meet with Simply Love Studio as many times as you need to. There is no cost to come back in. Many Couples do make a second and third appointment later in their planning so that we can help them with an updated to-do list. What are Simply Love Studio hours? We are by appointment so our hours vary. We can meet with you any weekday or weekend at a time that works best for your schedule.  How do I schedule my planning session with Simply Love Studio? You can email us at sarah@simplylovestudio.com or by calling 859-550-3825. Where is Simply Love Studio located? We are located in the French Quarter Square on Richmond Road beside Geno’s Formal Affair.

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VOLUME 5

VENUE: The Mane on Main CATERER: Dupree Events + Catering PHOTOGRAPHER: Burtch Photography

DESSERTS: Tinker’s Cake Shop DJ: KY Sounds RENTALS: Purdon’s Rental & Sales

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