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BRIDALBLISS

Lexington, Kentucky Vol. 7 • WEDDING PUBLICATION • FREE


DANI FORD PHOTOGRAPHY

DANI FORD PHOTOGRAPHY

Your Special Occasion IS OUR MAIN EVENT

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Winter 2020 | CONTENTS

Wedding Bliss 10 18 22 28 32 38 42 52 56 64 68 74 82 100 110 114 120 130 134 138 144 148 152 156 162 166

Erika & Zackary Lindsey & Brad Emily & Jason Lauren & Josh Hannah & Graham Brooke & Aaron Emily & Janeesh Samantha & Michael Amanda & Wesley Mimi & Andy Emmaline & Joshua Kristin & Drew | COVER WEDDING Natalie & Lincoln Renee & Les Katie & Erin Samantha & James Nicole & Louis Lindsey & Jonathan Courtney & Joey Betsy & Deshon AROUND THE BLUEGRASS Meagan & David Molly & Atreyo Courtney & Trey Jennifer & Deron Audrey & Jonathan Asope & Nate

Bouquet: Carol Lynn Originals & Events Photos: Love and Lenses Photography

Articles 16 26 36 50 62 72 118 127 128

Be Calm and Budget On Where Manners Matter Videography vs Photography The Art of a Consultation Engagement Photos Party Enhancers Sweatin’ For The Wedding Men’s Attire FAQ Why I love KentuckyWeddings

Styled Shoots & Features 46 104 108 124 142 160

Citrus and Blooms The Bluegrass Beauty Vendor Spotlight: Simply Love Studio First Anniversary Wildly In Love Bridal Bliss Summer Classic

Vendors & Venues 86 90

Venue Maps Vendor Directory

Cover Photo: Love and Lenses Photography


Bridal Bliss Classic Simply Love Studio Shannon Christie

Sarah Burton

Time flies when you’re having fun! It’s hard to believe we are on Volume 7 already. The best part about Bridal Bliss Magazine is we can make changes to our original plan anytime we want so that we can best serve couples and vendors! Since the beginning we have been very adamant about only publishing real weddings, but this issue we decided we would publish one vendor styled shoot. Except one turned into four. As you are browsing through the magazine you will be able to distinguish those four from the real weddings. We even put a price tag on those features to help you bring them to life! If there’s something you want to see in the Summer issue shoot us a message, we would love to hear from you! Sarah & Shannon WANT TO SEE YOUR BIG DAY IN

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Creative Intern Danielle Mullins

Creative Intern Anastasia Pixler

Bridal Bliss Magazine Volume 7, Winter 2020. Published semi-annually by Bridal Bliss Classic, LLC. P.O. Box 235, Georgetown, IN 47122. Copyright © 2019/2020. 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 the local wedding industry in Lexington. Vendors whose primary location is outside of the Lexington

PHOTOS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY YOUR PHOTOGRAPHER. WE CAN’T WAIT TO SEE YOUR PICS! geographical area 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 or customer 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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ERIKA•ZACHARY ABBIE•CHRIS Linkes Photography rainwater photography

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ENGAGEMENT: 8 months WEDDING MONTH: August ENDING BUDGET: $25,000 FIRST LOOK: No STARTING GUEST COUNT: 150 ENDING GUEST COUNT: 135 FIRST DANCE: “Never Enough” - Caleb + Kelsey FAVORITE PART OF THE PLANNING PROCESS: Every step of aging our own bourbon in our personal barrel and bottling it with Bluegrass Distillers for our favors! CHOOSING A VENUE: We fell in love with Fasig-Tipton as soon as we pulled on the property. I knew it was “our venue” after talking to their event coordinator about all of the details of having a wedding there. IMPORTANT ELEMENTS: I wanted our wedding day to be “us.” We both have a heart for Kentucky so we wanted to throw in some Kentucky elements throughout the wedding. Our wedding processional started with “My Old Kentucky Home” and we walked into the reception to the hype song that plays at the beginning of UK basketball games. We chose to feed each other s’mores instead of a traditional wedding cake and more. Everything was carefully thought out with our relationship and Kentucky in mind. ADVICE: Don’t worry about “tradition” or what others think! We didn’t do a first look, bouquet toss or garter toss. We DIY’d a lot. Our day was perfect because it was what we wanted. Lastly, hire a perfect team of vendors who will work hard for you and allow you to be you!


PHOTOGRAPHER:

HOTEL ROOM BLOCK:

Linkes Photography

Embassy Suites by

CEREMONY VENUE:

Hilton Lexington/UK Coldstream

Fasig-Tipton

FAVORS:

RECEPTION VENUE:

Bluegrass Distillers

Fasig-Tipton, The Kentucky Room

REHEARSAL DINNER LOCATION:

DRESS:

Mirror Twin Brewing

Twirl Lexington

REHEARSAL DINNER CATERER:

SUITS:

Rolling Oven

Men’s Wearhouse

BRIDAL SHOWER LOCATION:

CATERER:

Slainte Public House and

Holly Hill Events

The Glen-Willis House

DJ:

BRIDAL SHOW ATTENDED:

Pulse Mobile Entertainment

Bridal Bliss Classic

FLORALS:

REGISTRY:

Blooms ‘n Blossoms

Bed Bath and Beyond

RENTALS:

LIGHTING:

Bryant’s Rent-All

Pulse Mobile Entertainment

TRANSPORTATION:

CORNHOLE BOARDS:

Gold Shield Transportation

Little by Little LEX


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BE CALM AND BUDGET ON 250 people on your guest list? And don’t even get me started on the flowers – those dreamy peonies are HOW MUCH A STEM?! Cue the crying and enter the wedding money meltdown.

Lindsay McCollum White Oak Design, Co. A letter to the newly engaged couple: You’re getting married - I am so excited for you! Epic Pinterest board? Check. Invite list? Double check. So far, your parents said they would give some money to help and you’re pretty sure you can snag a great deal on food since your cousin works for one of the local catering companies. Wedding planning is a breeze; why do so many people say it’s uber stressful? Hold that thought – you just found out that your venue wants an extra $500 per hour if you plan to party after 9:00p.m. (at least grandma would be content). Why in the world does cake cost over $1,250 when you only have

A total wedding budget is the number one thing I see couples neglect during their wedding planning. A good wedding budget will streamline and simplify your entire wedding planning process (not to mention save you from opening up a line of credit that will haunt you into the future). Need some advice for staying on budget? Follow these tips to manage overspending and reduce wedding planning woes: 1. Write it down. Just like with your personal budget, you may not have any idea how much things can add up until you put it on paper. Include every expense you can think of – even the small ones! Excel spreadsheets are my favorite that allow for easy tracking. 2. Cushion the numbers. If you’re unsure, increase the estimate. 3. Shrink the guest list. More people, more problems! Not to say that your friends and family are problematic, but they do increase food and drink costs, table linens, centerpieces, transportation and logistical plans...you get my point. An intimate affair with your nearest and dearest will let you make intentional decisions that speak to you and your love without as much compromising for the budget.

4. Prioritize. Is it more important for you to have an amazing photographer, or to get flowers in every centerpiece? Know how your vendors rank BEFORE booking so you can stay flexible when you talk money. 5. Have a contingency. Set aside 5-10% of your total budget as a contingency. Last minute add-ons can throw your budget for a loop after you’ve been so diligent throughout the planning process. Having money set aside can make crunch time decisions simple and stress-free. 6. Hire the right vendors. Less is NOT always more. A quality vendor who is experienced, licensed, and insured may cost a little more on the front end, but can save you from disaster later. 7. Plan for Rain. ALWAYS have a rain plan, and include that on the budget.

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Most importantly, look at the bigger picture. At the end of the day, we’re talking about ONE day. Sure, it’s one of the most important days of your life; but it’s also one day. Don’t overthink it, don’t lose yourself to it, and don’t get yourself into trouble over it. The wedding of your dreams won’t be dreamy for long if you’re broke and in-debt when all is said and done. Whether you plan to spend five or fifty thousand, no amount of money will compare to the feeling you get with your new husband or wife by your side.


The Historical Glen-Willis House sits on 2 acres of

flowerbeds and a manicured lawn overlooking the Kentucky River with a plantation setting. Approximately 2 blocks from Buffalo Trace Distillery with lots of historical charm, including flowing lace curtains and shiny maple hardwood floors. GlenWillis offers exclusive on-site catering, tables & chairs and a bridal suite! terrismanager@yahoo.com 900 Wilkinson Blvd, Frankfort, KY 40601

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Photo credit: Sweet Tea Weddings

YOU SAID YES!

LET US HELP YOU CELEBRATE.

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1801 NEWTOWN PIKE LEXINGTON, KY (859) 859-5000

YOU’VE BEEN THINKING ABOUT THIS DAY SINCE YOU WERE A LITTLE GIRL. LET US TAKE OVER FOR A WHILE. Photo Credit: Claire and Barrett


ABBIE•CHRIS LINDSEY•BRAD rainwater photography Willie Wilson Photography

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ENGAGEMENT: 11 Months WEDDING MONTH: January STARTING BUDGET: $35,000 ENDING BUDGET: $45,000 STARTING GUEST COUNT: 180 ENDING GUEST COUNT: 153 FIRST LOOK: No FIRST DANCE SONG: “At Last” - Etta James FAVORITE PART OF THE PLANNING PROCESS: Watching everything come together! PROPOSAL: Brad and I drove through whiteout conditions to Chicago as a Valentine’s Day trip. When we got to the hotel, there were two dozen roses, champagne, and strawberries. Brad got down on one knee. I immediately started sobbing! Of course, I squeaked out a “yes.” HOW DID YOU CHOOSE YOUR VENUE: I met with the Wedding Specialist at the Hilton Lexington/ Downtown, and she sealed the deal! She was amazing to work with from the get go. WHAT ELEMENTS WERE MOST IMPORTANT TO YOU: It was really important that our ceremony and reception reflected us, not what our parents wanted. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE OTHER COUPLES: You probably won’t like what you think you will. Keep your mind open and remember that this day is about YOU and YOUR PARTNER.No one should take that away from you!


PHOTOGRAPHER:

FLORALS:

Willie Wilson Photography

Blooms ‘n Blossoms

CEREMONY & RECEPTION VENUE:

HAIR & MAKEUP:

Hilton Lexington/Downtown

Simply Makeup & Hair

WEDDING DRESS:

HOTEL ROOM BLOCK:

The White Dress of Lexington

Hilton Lexington/Downtown

MEN’S ATTIRE:

REHEARSAL DINNER LOCATION:

Men’s Wearhouse

Tony’s of Lexington

CATERER:

REGISTRY:

Hilton Lexington/Downtown

Williams Sonoma and

WEDDING & GROOM’S CAKE: Martine’s Pastries BAND: Superfecta STATIONERY: Parchment Press

Bed Bath and Beyond RINGS: Rivard Fine Jewelry ALTERATIONS: Juliya’s Alterations PERSONAL TRAINING/GYM: CYCLEBAR


ABBIE•CHRIS EMILY•JASON rainwater Wes Brownphotography Photography

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ENGAGEMENT: 11 Months WEDDING MONTH: September STARTING BUDGET: $15,000 ENDING BUDGET: $17,000 STARTING GUEST COUNT: 200 ENDING GUEST COUNT: 140 FIRST LOOK? Yes FIRST DANCE SONG: “From This Moment On” –Shania Twain LOVE STORY: We met 7 years ago through mutual friends at UK. Fast forward to 2017, I was living in Nashville and Jason was coming to visit. We went to the hottest Titans game that year and left early to go eat. I knew that day we were going to get married!! IMPORTANT ELEMENTS: We both wanted a venue that could accommodate our ceremony & reception. Flowers and stationery were important to me and the DJ was important to Jason. We both lost our grandfathers earlier this year and I wanted to make sure we had a tribute to them as well!


PHOTOGRAPHER:

HAIR & MAKEUP:

Wes Brown Photography

Blushing Beauty Lex by Ashley

CEREMONY & RECEPTION VENUE:

TRAVEL AGENT:

Warrenwood Manor

Trips to Cherish

MEN’S ATTIRE:

HOTEL ROOM BLOCK:

Geno’s Formal Affair

Hampton Inn Danville and Holiday

WEDDING RESOURCE CENTER:

Inn Express & Suites Danville

Simply Love Studio

GROOMSMEN GIFTS:

MONTH-OF-COORDINATOR:

Logan’s of Lexington

Warrenwood Manor

PHOTO BOOTH:

CATERER:

Clear Choice Photo Booth

City Barbeque

REHEARSAL DINNER LOCATION:

CAKE:

Embassy Suites by

Sweets by Cindy

Hilton Lexington Green

DJ:

REGISTRY:

Kentucky Pro DJ

Bed Bath and Beyond

STATIONERY:

RINGS:

Simply Done Invites

The Faithful Platform

FLORALS:

GYM:

Fields in Bloom

Burn Boot Camp

RENTALS: Purdon’s Rental & Sales


WHERE MANNERS MATTER When in search of the perfect gown…

Kevin and Anna Photography

Robin Hammond Southern Hospitality Etiquette

Searching for the perfect gown, is a big event for you, your mother, grandmothers, and bridesmaids, but please remember to include your soon to be mother-in-law. Regardless of the personal or geographical relationship you have with her, extend a personal invitation through a special phone call. One of the hardest roles for the mother of the groom is sitting on the sidelines, especially if she doesn’t have any daughters of her own. Including her in this special moment shows that you respect and value her opinion. Even if she chooses not to, or is unable to attend, she will appreciate your kind gesture. My grandmother always reminded me that “you don’t just marry your groom, but his entire family.” Starting off on a positive note is always best.

Always be the gracious bride Congratulations on your recent engagement! I hope that it has been everything you ever dreamed of and more. So, now comes one of the most exciting moments in your life; the parties, the planning, the cake tastings, the dancing, the etiquette! Wait, what?! Yes, you read that correctly, I mentioned etiquette. Whether you are a bride, mother of the bride, or mother of the groom, I wish to share some simple tips on how to be the most gracious person as you begin planning for the big day.

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Your friends and/or families will most likely begin discussing hosting engagement parties and showers for you and your groom. While these events are exciting, please do not feel that you need to include your entire wedding guest list. Be thoughtful of your guest list; how far someone has to travel, their personal or financial situation, your relationship, etc. Most guests will attempt to attend a party because they want to “shower” you with love; don’t make it unachievable or difficult for your guests. Regardless of your relationship, it is never appropriate to solicit a shower from someone; placing someone in such

an uncomfortable situation could possibly make them feel obligated to host.

Your gift registry

Setting up a wedding gift registry often reminds me of what it felt like to be a kid at Christmas; new, pretty, shiny, and sparkling things. You need only to choose two stores for your registry. Be sure to select stores with guests in mind, that offer online shopping and shipping. Most gifts will be sent to the bride’s home prior to the wedding. Be considerate of your guests by selecting items in price ranges that fit everyone’s budget; include items like dish towels, kitchen gadgets and other items that aren’t ridiculously expensive.

The handwritten “thank you”

Send a handwritten “thank you” to anyone who hosts an event, sends a gift, or goes out of their way to help you during this time. Nothing says a gracious bride more than a few moments of your time and heartfelt words on a note card. You don’t need to rush out and purchase the most expensive stationery to express your gratitude either. Stationery comes in a wide variety of choices and can fit into anyone’s budget.


ABBIE•CHRIS LAUREN•JOSH rainwater photography Keith & Melissa Photography

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ENGAGEMENT: 7 Months

WEDDING MONTH: August

STARTING GUEST COUNT: 200 ENDING GUEST COUNT: 165

STARTING BUDGET: $20,000 ENDING BUDGET: $25,000 FIRST LOOK: Yes

FIRST DANCE SONG: “When I Say I Do” - Matthew West HONEYMOON DESTINATION: Destin, Florida

FAVORITE PART OF THE PLANNING PROCESS: Food and cake tastings! LOVE STORY:

Our friends met through a dating app and we both tagged along for their first date. I’m certainly glad I decided to be a “wing woman” that night! We’ve been together for almost 3 years now! IMPORTANT ELEMENTS:

I wanted our friends and family to have a great time. The food and DJ were really important to us! ADVICE:

Enjoy the planning process. Don’t wish it away!


PHOTOGRAPHER:

FLORALS:

Keith & Melissa Photography

Carol Lynn Originals & Events

CEREMONY VENUE:

HAIR:

Southland Christian Church

Erin Shaden, The Salon at Buckhorn

RECEPTION VENUE:

MAKEUP:

The Signature Club of Lansdowne

Makeup by Sarah Lynn

WEDDING DRESS:

OFFICIANT:

Twirl Lexington

Shaun Denney,

SUITS: Men’s Wearhouse CHURCH COORDINATOR: Sharon Hahn CATERER: Type A Catering CAKE: Batter & Buttercream DJ: RipTide Productions

Southland Christian Church HOTEL ROOM BLOCK: Home2 Suites by Hilton PHOTO BOOTH: RipTide Productions REHEARSAL DINNER LOCATION: Malone’s Prime Events & Receptions BRIDAL SHOW ATTENDED: Bridal Bliss Classic ALTERATIONS: Your Special Day Alterations


ABBIE•CHRIS HANNAH•GRAHAM rainwater photography Keith & Melissa Photography

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ENGAGEMENT: 18 Months WEDDING MONTH: June STARTING BUDGET? $20,000 ENDING BUDGET? $25,000 STARTING GUEST COUNT? 265 ENDING GUEST COUNT? 200 FIRST LOOK: No FAVORITE PART OF THE PLANNING PROCESS: Creating a colorful fiesta! I love to decorate and it gave me a challenge. We didn’t want it to be tacky or over the top!

LOVE STORY: I was a senior at UK and got a hostess job at Malone’s. I was immediately smitten with this handsome guy with brooding eyebrows and chiseled jaw. Once I heard he was single, it was all over! We went to Pazzo’s for a UK basketball game for our first date. We’ve been inseparable ever since!

PROPOSAL: We were decorating our Christmas tree and towards the end he was handing me ornaments one by one. I heard him say “see how this one fits” I turned toward him,and he was on one knee with my beautiful ring. CHOOSING A VENUE: The Round Barn is beautiful, had plenty of room for our guest count and was a one-stop shop in terms of venue, catering and bar. Erin Ennis, our venue coordinator,was amazing. She is honestly what sold us!


PHOTOGRAPHER: Keith & Melissa Photography CEREMONY & RECEPTION VENUE: The Round Barn Stable of Memories MEN’S ATTIRE: Geno’s Formal Affair CATERER: Bayou Bluegrass Catering FLORALS: Fields in Bloom SIGNAGE: Katlyn Ann Art HOTEL ROOM BLOCK: SpringHill Suites by Marriott Lexington REHEARSAL DINNER LOCATION: Malone’s Prime Events and Receptions BRIDAL SHOWER LOCATION: Shakespeare and Co. REGISTRY: Macy’s RINGS: Kay Jewelers WEDDING DAY JEWELRY: Kendra Scott


VIDEOGRAPHY VS PHOTOGRAPHY: WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE? #1: YOUR FACE Your face tells a story in the way your lips smile, the way your eyes move, even the way it adjusts to the never-ending emotions of the day. Your face is always busy expressing your moods and feelings. When a photographer captures a laugh in a photo, you get one moment; that one simple reminder. But when your videographer films that same laugh, you get the movement, the sound, and the action. You get to see 100 pictures strung together that captures everything, and you get to relive it all as if you were still there!

Steve Hicks Keith & Melissa Photography Most engaged couples are under the impression that on their wedding day a photographer and videographer set out to accomplish the same task. However, it doesn’t quite work that way. Just one minute of video shot at 60 frames per second captures 3600 pictures. That is too much action to miss considering the day is supposed to be the most important day of your life! The photographers you choose are going to work with you, your bridal party, and your family to create a series of snapshots. They are going to do a great job at posing you and your party to create a work of art to hang in your home, or place in an album. Your special day will look just perfect! Your videographer will be there also, with the goal to capture moments as they happen. Videographers are great at creating a documentary of your entire day, filled with a ton of fun, and unforgettable moments. These animated moments will capture all the emotions of the day. While a picture captures a moment for all to see, a video lets you relive that moment as if it keeps happening again and again! “So, do I really need both?” You should certainly consider the three F’s when thinking about adding wedding videography to your budget.

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#2: YOUR FANS Let’s be honest, in today’s world of social media we share almost everything with our close friends. Your friends and family cannot wait for you to post pictures and videos from your wedding day. Not just friends who were lucky enough to be in attendance, but you cannot forget about your cousin who moved out of state for a new job. Or it could be elderly Aunt Alice who was unable to attend for medical reasons. Imagine their delight when they not only get to see the beautiful picture the photographer caught of you and your father walking down the aisle, but they also get to watch as he fought back tears the entire trip.

They will have the chance to actually live through your wedding day as though they were there! #3: YOUR FUN! At your reception, your photographers are going to be busy capturing snapshots of all the many activities you have planned (cake cutting, the bouquet toss, dancing etc.). Your videographer will be filming those same moments. From the lights, to the laughter, to your head slowly falling on your Groom’s shoulder as you have one last dance to end the night, your videographer is going to capture all the fun of your wedding day. Like the first time your husband twirled you on the dance floor, or the moment your bridesmaid and little cousin dove simultaneously for the coveted bouquet. You may even get video evidence that your Uncle Bob really is a dancer. A photographer is a must have on your wedding day. They will immortalize all of the details of your day, but there is only so much they can do. Consider a videographer to capture the sights and sounds that create an emotionally engaging experience for you and your spouse to cherish for many years to come.


Brooke Grow 859-433-6030 www.fieldsinbloomky.com brookegrow@fieldsinbloomky.com

Image: Keith and Melissa Photography


BROOKE•AARON ELL•CHRIS Bourbon and Brides Kentucky Wedding Photography rainwater photography

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ENGAGEMENT: 7 Months WEDDING MONTH: June

STARTING GUEST COUNT: 250 ENDING GUEST COUNT: 200 DRESS SHOPS: 1

FIRST LOOK: Yes

FIRST DANCE SONG: “Perfect” – Ed Sheeran

FAVORITE PART OF THE PLANNING PROCESS: Dress shopping, flowers and meeting vendors! HONEYMOON DESTINATION: Hawaii CHOOSING A VENUE:

After we toured The Round Barn I didn’t even want to tour another wedding venue. It is beautiful and fit everything I wanted for my wedding day. Erin Ennis with Bayou Bluegrass Catering made us feel like we were in the best hands. IMPORTANT ELEMENTS:

Ceremony, family and dancing! My uncle is a priest so it was important for him to marry us in the church I grew up in. ADVICE:

Have fun! Pick out the things that make you happy and showcase your personalities!


PHOTOGRAPHER:

TRANSPORTATION:

Bourbon and Brides Kentucky Wedding Photography

Celebrity Limousine

CEREMONY VENUE: Pax Christi Catholic Church RECEPTION VENUE:

VIDEOGRAPHY: Upchurch Media HOTEL ROOM BLOCK:

The Round Barn Stable of Memories

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Lexington

WEDDING DRESS:

BRIDESMAID GIFTS:

Twirl Lexington

Kendra Scott

BRIDESMAID DRESSES:

FAVORS:

Twirl Lexington

Old Kentucky Chocolates

SUITS:

REHEARSAL DINNER:

Geno’s Formal Affair

Copper Roux

CATERER:

REHEARSAL DINNER CATERER:

Bayou Bluegrass Catering

Bayou Bluegrass Catering

CAKE & GROOM’S CAKE:

BRIDAL SHOW ATTENDED:

The Sweet Shoppe by Beth

Bridal Bliss Classic

DJ:

REGISTRY:

C.D. Productions Mobile DJ

Macy’s and Bed Bath and Beyond

FLORALS:

WEDDING DAY JEWELRY:

Carol Lynn Originals & Events

Kendra Scott

HAIR & MAKEUP:

ALTERATIONS:

GlamLex

DH Designs


ABBIE•CHRIS EMILY•JANEESH rainwater photography Ariana Jordan Photography

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ENGAGEMENT: 9 Months WEDDING MONTH: March STARTING BUDGET: $15,000 ENDING BUDGET: $25,000 STARTING GUEST COUNT: 150 ENDING GUEST COUNT: 115 FIRST LOOK: No FIRST DANCE SONG: “You Are the Best Thing” – Ray Lamontagne PROPOSAL: We were in Savannah, Georgia for a long weekend. Janeesh really wanted to visit the park bench from a Forrest Gump scene. It was a hot day, so I suggested leaving to go to a coffee shop. He insisted we stay and enjoy the square. Then a violin duo approached and began playing John Legend’s, “All of Me,” I cried a LOT! I honestly don’t even remember what he said! HOW DID YOU CHOOSE YOUR VENUE: We wanted something that had its own beauty. If we decided not to decorate, it would still be beautiful. Talon Winery & Vineyards was perfect! When we toured the venue, we enjoyed a glass of wine in the tasting room and knew we had found the venue. WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE OTHER BRIDES: Enjoy the process of planning your wedding! It is stressful and will push you to your limits, but it comes and goes by so fast. Delegate wedding day responsibilities to your bridesmaids. Don’t forget about the groom! He will need help, too!


PHOTOGRAPHER:

MAKEUP:

Ariana Jordan Photography

Ericka Nicole Makeup Artistry

CEREMONY & RECEPTION VENUE:

VIDEOGRAPHER:

Talon Winery & Vineyards

DMZ Productions

WEDDING PLANNER:

HOTEL ROOM BLOCK:

Wedding Day Coordinator

Courtyard by Marriott

CATERER:

REHEARSAL DINNER LOCATION:

Bayou Bluegrass Catering

The Merrick Inn

CAKE:

REGISTRY:

Happy as a Lark Cakes

Williams Sonoma and

DJ:

Bed Bath and Beyond

DMZ Productions

ENGAGEMENT RING:

STATIONERY:

Meg C Jewelry

Simply Done Invites

ALTERATIONS:

FLORALS:

Fashion Fit Alterations

Stems RENTALS: Bryant’s Rent-All HAIR: Danielle Bruckner, Hello Beautiful Salon

DANCE LESSONS: Arthur Murray Dance Studio


STYLED Shoot “CITRUS AND BLOOMS”

We wanted to showcase a bright and cheery citrus themed wedding for this shoot! We wanted to contrast the historic venue; Mustard Seed Hill’s traditional look by planning something unexpected and we thought the best way to do that was to let the colors run wild! We drew our inspiration from nature’s oranges, blood-oranges, lemon-yellows, grapefruit pink and vibrant lime greens that translated into vivid florals and sliced citrus fruits throughout. This color pallet along with the sleek gold & white flatware and solid white chairs helped us achieve the ultra-modern, chic outdoor brunch wedding look!


MAKE IT yours

THE DETAILS BASED UPON A WEDDING WITH 100 GUESTS PLANNING $2000 FLORAL $2750 GOWN $1700 JEWELRY $1300 RENTALS $2000 VENUE $4000 CATERING $3500 SWEETS $1500 BARTENDING $500 BAR $2400 PHOTOGRAPHY $3200 STATIONERY $800

THE VENDORS


THE ART OF A CONSULTATION

Alexandra Pallos Alexandra Pallos Floral & Events For most people, their wedding day is something they have dreamed of for years. Most vendors in the wedding industry do their job because they are hopeless romantics, people pleasers and creative junkies who want nothing more than to give you the wedding day of your dreams. However, that may not happen if your consultation isn’t thorough. Remember, even someone with the best intentions can’t give you what you want if they don’t truly understand what you want. “Smart people ask questions, and there are no dumb questions.”

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  Questions, when asked correctly, will get to the heart of what someone desires. If you are about to meet with a vendor for your wedding, be prepared with a list of questions that are important for you to have answered. You will also want to be prepared to answer a lot of questions as well.  If the vendor that you are meeting doesn’t ask a lot of questions, you may want to proceed with caution.     When I meet with a bride, she will usually have photographs (many times lots of them) of all sorts of things she likes, from centerpieces to bouquets and everything in between. Often they are not even the same style of bouquets, so I ask two of the most crucial questions you can ask a bride: “What is it about this photograph that you love?” and “Is there anything that you don’t like?” You would be surprised that most of the time it is just a specific flower, shape/ style, color palette or ribbon that is loved, but not the overall photo. This makes the second question about dislike even more crucial. Often, a client hasn’t even considered what they do not like in the photo. But when asked to look and answer, 9 times out of 10, there is at least one thing they do not like. That one thing is super important, especially when my creations are about to be a part of one of the most important days in someone’s life.  

To ensure your consultation is thorough, be specific in your answers when your vendor is digging deeper into an answer. For example, when someone tells me that they love a “whimsical” look to a flower arrangement, I ask them to explain what whimsical means to them and to show me a picture of an arrangement that they think is whimsical.  I recently had a client use the word, “moody” to describe what they wanted their arrangements Photo credit: Kelly Hieronymus to look like and let me tell you, that took a lot of clarification. However, it was worth it to clarify “moody” so that I could deliver to her exactly what she wanted on her wedding day.   If you’re stuck on what questions you might want to ask a potential vendor, here are a few that I think are important:   “What do you think sets you apart from other vendors?”   “Do you have any other events the day of, or the weekend of my wedding? If so, how do you generally handle that and how can I be sure that my wedding is a priority to you?”   “What is the best way for us to communicate?  Email, text or phone calls?”


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Kaelyn Query Founder, President 859-230-5365 www.lexingtoneventco.com kaelyn@lexingtoneventco.com

Photo credits: Keith & Melissa Photography and Kevin and Anna Photography

History, Romance, and Country Elegance!

Located in Stanford, KY

Photo Credit: Sarah Dunn Photography

859-516-2107 | arcadiaevents.net


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ENGAGEMENT: 16 months STARTING GUEST COUNT: 162 ENDING GUEST COUNT: 96 FIRST LOOK: Yes FIRST DANCE: ”Coming Home” - Leon Bridges LOVE STORY: We are high school sweethearts! We had PE and health class together. Michael would always flirt with me! One day while I was walking home from the bus stop, I got a call from an unknown phone number. Turns out Michael had asked my friend for my number! This started our friendship. We eventually started dating and have now been together for 14 years! PROPOSAL: We were on an adventurous trip in Canada and during a long hike on the first day he proposed! He waited until we were alone at one of the lookouts and used his drone to capture the moment from afar. He knows I’m shy around others and that I love being outside, it was a perfect moment! ADVICE: ENJOY EVERY MOMENT! It really does fly by. Enjoy the planning with your spouse, plan those tiny details before your rehearsal so you can be organized and enjoy the time leading up to the big day. Assign someone to remember to bring the important things from where the bridal party is getting ready at to the venue. Breathe! Take lots of photos, take it all in, and dance!


PHOTOGRAPHER:

MAKEUP:

Photography by Adele

Something Blu

CEREMONY & RECEPTION VENUE:

TRANSPORTATION:

Talon Winery & Vineyards

Gold Shield Transportation

SUITS:

OFFICIANT:

Geno’s Formal Affair MONTH-OF COORDINATOR: Planned to Perfection of the Bluegrass DESSERTS: North Lime Bakery and BabyCakes Cupcakes DJ: Clear Pro DJ

Brewster McLeod HOTEL ROOM BLOCK: Courtyard by Marriott HOTEL ROOM BLOCK: Hilton Lexington/Downtown PHOTO BOOTH: Bearded Brothers Photo Booth

STATIONERY:

REHEARSAL DINNER CATERER:

Samantha Kate Design

Rolling Oven

FLORALS:

DANCE LESSONS:

Fields in Bloom

Arthur Murray Dance Studio

RENTALS: Purdon’s Rental & Sales HAIR : Kentucky Wedding Belles

BOURBON BARREL LID GUEST BOOK: Joanna Tate Monograms


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ENGAGEMENT: 10 Months WEDDING MONTH: May STARTING GUEST COUNT: 450 ENDING GUEST COUNT: 350 FIRST LOOK: Yes FIRST DANCE SONG: “Wildfire” – Wes Borden (written & recorded by the groom) PROPOSAL: Wes put a note on our dog’s collar for me to see when I got home from work. The note said, “Can Wes be my dad? I love him a whole lot!” CHOOSING A VENUE: I have always wanted to get married on my family’s farm. My dad and brother were so gracious to turn the farm into a beautiful venue for my wedding day and now a venue that is available for other couples to rent! ADVICE: Enjoy the planning process and don’t sweat the small stuff - like rain on your wedding day!


PHOTOGRAPHER:

HOTEL ROOM BLOCK:

Amy Campbell Photography

Embassy Suites by Hilton Lexington

CEREMONY & RECEPTION VENUE: One Oak WEDDING PLANNER: Great Expectations KY CATERER: DaRae & Friends Catering CAKE: Classic Cakes by Linda STATIONERY: Cardinal and Straw Fine Paper Goods FLORALS: Great Expectations KY RENTALS: Bryant’s Rent-All, Goff Tents &

Events and Purdon’s Rental & Sales MAKEUP: Kristin Gray Makeup Artistry VIDEOGRAPHER: Scott Hayes Productions

Green and Homewood Suites by Hilton Lexington Fayette Mall

REHEARSAL DINNER LOCATION: One Oak REHEARSAL DINNER CATERER: Lyles BBQ Company REGISTRY: Macy’s, Williams Sonoma and Bed Bath and Beyond LIGHTING AND DRAPING: Goff Tents & Events RESTROOM TRAILER: Blue Moon Restrooms BAND: Evolution Party Band GYM: LiveWELL Training Club


ENGAGEMENT PHOTOS From there, we get into styling! What reads well on camera? I personally love dramatic things. Long gowns, capes, an amazing coat, you will love seeing and feeling the full fantasy. Try to have a LOT of reference for styling and fashion. I tell my brides to refer to multiple old issues of Vogue, and anything they can think of or want to be styled in an interesting way.

Natasha Raichel Natasha Raichel Photography While weddings are amazing and glamorous, an engagement photo session is a huge foundation for the entire event. It’s the preliminary love story and creates the visual journey up until the big day! But don’t stress! Here is my step-by-step engagement photoshoot tips: I like to start by having a couple send me inspiration photos that they feel drawn to the mood, color & so on. Those dictate how I shoot. Some couples are light and airy, some are much more dramatic. Think about what you want these pictures to say because they can set the tone for your wedding day.

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Once you’ve nailed styling, it’s location, location, location. Find new places to shoot, or places that pertain to your love story. Your location could also hint at your wedding colors or themes. Lighting is another huge thing to plan for. For light and airy clients, I suggest natural light midday to golden hour very soft. For my dramatic clients, break out your photographer’s lighting and take it on location. For getting sunset perfect and exposing for all darker styled shoots the light is a necessity. During the shoot your photographer will pose you and your future spouse in loving and in funny ways. They do this for two reasons. One, they want you to laugh and have a great experience; this will create the bestlooking photos. Two, it gives a chance for your photographer to get to know you as a couple, so you are all comfortable with each other on your wedding day. You will probably spend more time with your photographer than your spouse on your big day.


Boudoi r It’s time to celebrate YOU. www.FranzettiPhotography.com


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ENGAGEMENT: 12 Months WEDDING MONTH: August STARTING GUEST COUNT: 230 ENDING GUEST COUNT: 170 FIRST LOOK: Yes FAVORITE PART OF THE PLANNING PROCESS: Cake tasting at Tinker’s! HONEYMOON DESTINATION: Asheville, NC PROPOSAL: Andy and I enjoyed a lovely meal at Lockbox and strolled through the art gallery after dinner, just like we did on our second date. I noticed a gallery door was closed and mentioned it to Andy. He gave me a smile and walked over to the door and opened it. I protested, but he guided me in without a word. When I walked in the room I saw champagne, truffles, dozens of framed photos of us, our families and our dog. Andy proposed and it was the easiest question I ever had to answer. CHOOSING A VENUE: We wanted an indoor venue and The Carrick House fit us perfectly. ADVICE: Invest in a wedding planner. Doug & Glenn with Doug Smith Designs + Events made the whole wedding planning process much more enjoyable. We were able to relax and enjoy the wedding day knowing that everything was taken care of!


PHOTOGRAPHERS:

MAKEUP:

Kevin and Anna Photography

Hair & Makeup by Kelley J

CEREMONY VENUE:

TRANSPORTATION:

First United Methodist Church

Gold Shield Transportation

RECEPTION VENUE:

HOTEL ROOM BLOCK:

The Carrick House

Hilton Lexington/Downtown

MEN’S ATTIRE:

PHOTO BOOTH:

Geno’s Formal Affair

Bluegrass Photo Booth

FULL SERVICE WEDDING

REHEARSAL DINNER LOCATION:

PLANNER:

Doug Smith Designs + Events

Malone’s Prime Events and Receptions

CATERER:

BRIDAL SHOW ATTENDED:

Lundy’s Special Events

Bridal Bliss Classic

CAKE:

REGISTRY:

Tinker’s Cake Shop

Bed Bath and Beyond

RENTALS:

RINGS:

Doug Smith Designs + Events

Rivards Fine Jewelry

RENTALS: Purdon’s Rental and Sales HAIR: All That Is Lovely - A Beauty Boutique

ALTERATIONS: The Needle’s Eye Alterations


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ENGAGEMENT: 18 Months WEDDING MONTH: June STARTING BUDGET: $25,000 ENDING BUDGET: $30,000 STARTING GUEST COUNT: 190 ENDING GUEST COUNT: 135 NUMBER OF DRESS SHOPS VISITED: 1 FIRST LOOK: No FIRST SONGE: “Blessed”- Thomas Rhett FAVORITE PART OF THE PLANNING PROCESS: Picking out the music! LOVE STORY: We met while working at UK Hospital! CHOOSING A VENUE: We were looking for a venue that could really showcase what Kentucky is all about. The majority of our guests were coming from out of town. Limestone Hall was perfect because it is beautiful, and it is in Downtown Lexington! IMPORTANT ELEMENTS: I really wanted to showcase how amazing Lexington is and why I fell in love with it. It was important that we kept everything local from the food to the welcome basket! ADVICE: Research your vendors and find the perfect team for your day!


PHOTOGRAPHER:

RENTALS:

Brittany + JJ Photography

Mr. Linen and

CEREMONY VENUE:

Purdon’s Rental & Sales

St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church

HAIR AND MAKEUP:

RECEPTION VENUE:

Ashley Frankel, Bak 4 More Studio

Limestone Hall

TRANSPORTATION:

WEDDING DRESS:

Gold Shield Transportation

The White Dress of Lexington

PHOTOBOOTH:

SUITS:

Tara Emilie Photography

Cuff to Collar

REHEARSAL DINNER CATERER:

WEDDING PLANNER:

Goodfellas Pizzeria

Renee Harris

BRIDAL SHOW ATTENDED:

CATERER:

Bridal Biss Evening Classic

Selma’s Catering

REGISTRY:

DESSERTS:

Macy’s and Bed Bath and Beyond

North Lime Coffee & Donuts

WEDDING DAY JEWELRY:

and Selma’s Catering

Kendra Scott

DJ:

UPLIGHTING:

Pulse Mobile Entertainment

Pulse Mobile Entertainment

FLORALS:

ALTERATIONS:

Jeanie Gorrell Floral Design

The Alteration Lady

FAVORS: Honey, Crigger Farm


PARTY ENHANCERS Club Style Lighting - These lights are referred to as moving head fixtures. They rotate and send colors of light in any direction. They can cover the whole room and create cool designs on the walls or dance floor. You could even use them to spotlight the first dance! Monogram Lighting - Put your initials or names in lights! This effect personalizes your day more than any other option. There are many different designs offered, or you could have a custom design made!

Jason Henninger Kentucky Pro DJ Your wedding date is set. You’ve said yes to Do you want your wedding guests to have an amazing time at your reception? Do you want them walking away saying, “That was the best reception, ever!” We know you do, so let’s talk about ways you can level-up your reception. LIGHTING There are many different styles of lighting that you can choose from, and each of them will serve a different purpose. Up Lighting – These are lights that are placed around the room and can help boost the atmosphere. They will help highlight the venue and create different moods throughout the night. The lights can be one static color all night, or they can be programed to change colors to the beat of the music!

PHOTO BOOTHS There are all types of booths to choose from, so it should be easy to find one that fits your style. Magic Mirror Booth - This is a 65” Mirror that is very interactive with your guests! It is touch screen and it complements you or your great photos. Your guests can play games and even sign their names on the screen. Standard Photo Booth - These are the booths that been around for years, but everyone loves them. They are simple to use and they print photo strips for your guests to keep. Social Photo Booth - This booth is small and compact, but it also offers “gifs” and “bursts” and it will email or text you the videos and photos immediately!

Confetti Shots – It is exactly what it sounds like, confetti going off! If your venue allows, it makes for a super cool moment and amazing photos! Foam Glow Sticks - LED glow sticks that are multi-colored and fun. They give your guests a take home toy after they’ve been dancing with them all night. Co2 Canon - A growing trend that allows the DJ, bride, or groom a chance to shoot low lying fog onto the dance floor. It’s a great way to cool your guests down when the dance floor is packed! Indoor Cold Sparkler Fountains - This is the Wow-Factor! These are indoor safe and can be used for a Grand Entrance, First Dance, and Grand Exit! At Kentucky Pro DJ, we offer all of these extras on top of our DJ/MC services to make your wedding even more memorable, however you don’t have to use our DJ services to have some of the extras. Feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions about any of the party enhancers we’ve mentioned here!

Mobile “Roaming” Booth - This style of booth is used more as a mobile selfie booth. This style is usually found in an attendant’s hand while roaming cocktail hour or the dance floor!

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DANCE FLOOR ADDITIONS These add-ons are designed to keep the party hopping!

The Malicotes


Love in color. Because true love deserves to be expressed thoughtfully, colorfully, and with unyielding joy. There’s no love like yours. There’s no place like 21c. > Learn more about our wedding packages at 21cLexington.com

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ENGAGEMENT: 12 Months WEDDING MONTH: June STARTING BUDGET: $25,000 ENDING BUDGET: $35,000 STARTING GUEST COUNT: 100 ENDING GUEST COUNT: 65 FIRST LOOK: No FIRST DANCE SONG: “Never Tear Us Apart” - INXS PROPOSAL: I always wanted to visit New York City. Drew booked a summer trip to NYC. We took a subway to Central Park where we had to walk up the tallest, non-working escalator I’ve ever seen! Looking to the top made us dizzy. Drew had a specific bridge where he wanted to propose to me. He couldn’t find it, so we walked around aimlessly. He kept professing his love for me, more than usual. He took me over top of Gapstow Bridge and dropped to one knee! It was in the spot I had always dreamed of. I’ll cherish the memory forever. CHOOSING A VENUE: Picking our venue was easy! We are more of a modern couple and felt comfortable going against tradition. We wanted our wedding to be a celebration! We loved the rotating artwork at 21c Museum Hotel. We knew there would be countless art pieces for our guests to look at and interact with. ADVICE: Take a deep breath, relax, be present and enjoy this moment while it lasts! The actual day goes by so fast, and then it’s over! Every person who comes will show you their love, so soak up those feelings!


PHOTOGRAPHER:

FLORALS:

Love and Lenses Photography

Carol Lynn Originals & Events

CEREMONY & RECEPTION VENUE:

RENTALS:

21c Museum Hotel Lexington

Canvas Event Furniture

WEDDING DRESS:

HAIR:

The White Dress of Lexington

Lizzy Earnest, Cha Cha’s

TUXEDOS:

MAKEUP:

Men’s Wearhouse

Tara Odom

WEDDING PLANNER:

HOTEL ROOM BLOCK:

L&M Detailed Events

Embassy Suites by Hilton

CATERER:

Lexington Green

Lockbox at 21c Museum Hotel

REHEARSAL DINNER LOCATION:

WEDDING CAKE:

REGISTRY:

Lexington

Tinker’s Cake Shop DESSERTS: North Lime Coffee & Donuts CEREMONY MUSIC: SMT Music DJ: Kentucky Pro DJ STATIONERY: Simply Done Invites

Portofino Pottery Barn, Williams-Sonoma, and Bed Bath & Beyond RINGS: The Diamond Gallery LIGHTING: Kentucky Pro DJ ALTERATIONS: The Needle’s Eye Alterations


NATALIE•LINCOLN ABBIE•CHRIS Dustin Stevenson Photography rainwater photography

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ENGAGEMENT: 9 Months WEDDING MONTH: June STARTING GUEST COUNT: 190 ENDING GUEST COUNT: 162 FIRST LOOK: Yes FIRST DANCE SONG: “Prayed for You” – Matt Stell FAVORITE PART OF THE PLANNING PROCESS: Finalizing the timeline and all of the little details!

CHOOSING A VENUE: I was sold on The Grand Reserve as soon as we walked inside. I miss living in Lexington, and the venue exudes a Kentucky vibe! I immediately could picture my wedding there.

IMPORTANT ELEMENTS: I have always wanted my wedding to be a big party, I love to dance! The DJ, the dance area, the lighting, the drinks, the food and of course the glow sticks were the most important to me. I also wanted my photos at Keeneland, fulfilling that Kentucky Wedding vibe. Ourphotographer captured it all perfectly.

ADVICE: I was the most unorganized bride you will meet! If you are the same, make sure you have a strong support system to help you plan your day. Do not be afraid to ask questions. Also, think about those little elements that are important to you. Visualize it! That helped me plan out the small details. At the end of the day though, you’re marrying your prince charming and that is all that matters!


PHOTOGRAPHER:

HAIR:

Dustin Stevenson Photography

Faith Grant, Studio J Salon & Spa Boutique

CEREMONY VENUE: Garden Branch - The Grand Reserve RECEPTION VENUE: The Grand Reserve SUITS: Macy’s MONTH OF COORDINATOR: Grand Events Planning & Design CATERER: Bluegrass Catering WEDDING CAKE: The Sugar Forest DJ: Kentucky Pro DJ FLORALS: Carol Lynn Originals & Events

MAKEUP: Erica Slade, Flawless Faces by Erica TRANSPORTATION: Gold Shield Transportation HOTEL ROOM BLOCK: Hyatt Regency Lexington PHOTO BOOTH: Kentucky Pro DJ CUSTOM GIFTS: The Crazy Bunny Lady REHEARSAL DINNER LOCATION: Hyatt Regency Lexington REGISTRY: Bed Bath and Beyond ALTERATIONS: The Needle’s Eye Alterations


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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!

limestonehall.com

Aaron Stringer Photography

Hilton Lexington/Downtown

Say “I do” at the Hilton Lexington / Downtown! Our luxurious venue will enhance all of the special occasions surrounding your Wedding – from your Welcome Party and Rehearsal Dinner to your Ceremony, Reception and Honeymoon. With the help of our event specialist, every detail will be custom-designed to reflect your personal taste and vision!

lexingtondowntown.hilton.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

Kevin and Anna Photography

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

theheartwoodlex.com

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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.

bayoubluegrass.com

Blessed Bee Photography

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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The Heartwood

Located within a 2-minute drive from downtown Lexington, this unique space boasts an open floor plan, industrial decor and a beautiful canvas for your next event or celebration. At the core of our services is the belief in exceptional hospitality, and our experienced staff will work with you to bring your event to life. Celebrate with us today!

Seriously Sabrina Photography

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.

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.

thethoroughbred-center.com

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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.

marriott.com/lexky

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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.

hollyhillinn.com/catering-events

Kevin and Anna Photography

The Club at UK’s Spindletop Hall

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!

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Holly Hill Inn

A warm welcome awaits you at the Holly Hill Inn! Owed by Ouita Michel, 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. Experience the 1840’s elegance of Holly Hill Inn and treat your guests to the best of the Bluegrass!

The Foundry on Broadway

The Glen-Willis House

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!

foundryonbroadway.com

hollyhillinn.com

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. 

terriscatering.net

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The Show Barn at Daynabrook Farm

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Kristyna Coslow Photography

The Farmstead opened in 2018 after reviving a 105-yearold barn while adding 5 Climate Controlled Rooms within. The Historic property, located 30 minutes from Lexington, has a house available for accommodations & more. The Farmstead is a true Historic wooden barn with character to make your day (and portraits) one of a kind and phenomenal sunsets for golden hour photos.

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The Show Barn features a beautiful Kentucky bluegrass backdrop. The southern charm is incredibly unique. Climate controlled, with the ability to be your ideal space for a rustic celebration or a more elegant and more formal affair!

daynabrookfarm.com

farmsteadky.com

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The Ashley Inn

The Bryan House, opening in the spring of 2020, is a 12-acre 1830s Historic property located just outside of Lexington. This grand estate has multiple wedding and reception locations, as well as overnight accommodations and gathering areas.

thebryanhouseky.com

CMW Photography

One Oak has created a unique event venue for the beginner or the professional. We will work to help create your “One of a Kind” event. You choose your own pre-approved vendors to control your budget and event design. We provide the perfect setting.

oneoaky.com

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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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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.

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.

“Goin’ to the Chapel and we’re gonna get married!” Our venue includes: 6 Ceremony & Reception Sites for 250 Guests, Vintage Open-Air Chapel, Historic Barn, 2 Lakes, Forest, Cliffs, on 50 secluded acres, deep in the Daniel Boone Forest. Celebrate your wedding over a 3-day stay in the 4,500 sq. ft Log Lodge.

sunsetridgefarmevents.com

eventsatmeadowview.com

evansorchardeventbarn.com

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Historic Shelby Manor at Arcadia Farm

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Copper Fox Event Center

The Denny House

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Historic Shelby Manor at Arcadia Farm is nestled in the green hills of Lincoln Count and was built in 1836. This elegant four-story mansion is situated on 600 acres of lush private farmland providing a distinctive setting to any special occasion including weddings, bridal showers and other celebratory events.

arcadiaevent.net

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

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

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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!

BOUDOIR PHOTOGRAPHY

Franzetti Photography (859) 588-0762 www.franzettiphotography.com

CAKES & SWEETS

Keith & Melissa Photography

MV Photography

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

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

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

CATERING

Five by Five Photography

Jenfolio

Kelli Lynn Photography

Bayou Bluegrass Catering (859) 523-7915 www.bayoubluegrass.com

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City Barbeque & Catering (859) 940-4259 www.citybbq.com

Holly Hill Inn Events (859)846-4732 www.hollyhillinn.com


Sweet Tea Weddings

Terri’s Catering (502) 875-3031 www.terriscatering.net

Kevin and Anna Photography

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

DANCE INSTRUCTION

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

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

DISC JOCKEYS

Love the Renauds

HiFi DJ

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

HiFi DJ (833) 443-4583 www.hifidj.biz

RipTide Productions (859) 433-0881 www.riptidedjs.com

Pulse Mobile Entertainment (859) 797-9177 www.facebook.com/pulsemobileentertainment

Kevin and Anna Photography

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

Brittany + JJ Photography

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EVENT DESIGN

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

FLORALS

Kevin and Anna Photography

Agape Fields (859) 312-0979 www.agapefields.com

Bourbon and Brides Kentucky Wedding Photography

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

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

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

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

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

Great Expectations KY (859) 576-3406 www.greatexpectationsky.com

Sherwood Design and Events (859) 359-2049 www.sherwooddesignandevents.com

The Malicotes

Seriously Sabrina Photography

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FORMAL WEAR

Wes Brown Photography

Build-A-Bride (502) 221-1237 buildabride.com/lauren-nolan

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

The White Dress of Lexington (859) 276-3737 www.whitedresslexky.com

Twirl Lexington (859) 309-2493 www.twirlboutique.com

Bradley Quinn Photography

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

The Malicotes

HAIR & MAKEUP

Blushing Beauty Lex By Ashley 859-699-0284

Evanlution Salon (502) 382-0810 www.evanlutionsalon.com evan@evanlutionsalon.com

HEALTH & WELLNESS

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

Mimoga Events (772) 370-5156 www.mimoga.com

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JEWELRY

Meg C Jewelry Gallery (859) 231-5902 megcgallery.com

MUSIC

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

Graceful Harp (859) 948-5247 www.gracefulharp.com krista@gracefulharp.com

PHOTO BOOTHS Kentuky's Premier Photo Booth Company

The Malicotes

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

Kentucky Pro DJ (859) 200-5156 www.kyprodj.com

Snapshots Photo Booth Co. (833) 443-4583 www.facebook.com/snapshotsphotoboothco

PHOTOGRAPHY

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

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Cindy Dover Photography (513) 276 8203 www.cindydoverphotography.com

Keith & Melissa Photography (859) 338-6738 www.kmrussellphotography.com


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

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

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

PLANNERS

Aaron StringerPhotography

Candice Ford Event Design (859) 494-9465 www.candicefordeventdesign.com

Love the Renauds

Lexington Event Company (859) 230-5365 www.lexingtoneventco.com

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

Nina & Wes Photography

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

Wedding Day Coordinator (859) 552-8891 www.facebook.com/wdclexington

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

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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

Kevin and Anna Photography

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

STATIONERY

Wild Joy Studios www.wildjoystudios.com

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


VENUES

The Malicotes

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

Wes Brown Photography

Embassy Suites (859) 455-5000 www.embassysuites.com

Honey Heart Photography

Kevin and Anna Photography

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

Sarah Dunn Photography

Historic Shelby Manor at Arcadia Farm (912) 541-5683 www.arcadiaevent.net

Holly Hill Events At Fasig-Tipton (859) 846-4732 www.hollyhillinn.com/catering-events

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

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

One Oak (859) 888-0591 www.oneoaky.com

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

The Ashley Inn (859) 548-4922 www.ashleyinnbandb.com

Hilton Lexington/Downtown (859) 281-3758 www.hiltonlexington.com

CMW Photography

Love the Renauds

Keith & Melissa Photography

The Bryan House www.TheBryanHouseKY.com


Love the Renauds

Kevin and Anna Photography

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

The Glen-Willis House (502) 875-3031 www.terriscatering.net

David Sexton

The Renfro House (859) 265-0503 www.farmsteadky.com

Blessed Bee Photography

UK Athletics Hospitality (859) 218-3947 www.ukahonline.com

VIDEOGRAPHY

Keith & Melissa Photography (859) 338-6738 www.kmrussellphotography.com

The Heartwood (859) 230-5365 www.theheartwoodlex.com

Kevin and Anna Photography

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

Seriously Sabrina Photography

Zorro (859) 619-2199 www.sorroeventsky.com

The Thoroughbred Center (859) 293-1853 www.thethoroughbredcenter.com


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859-699-4979

ptopofthebluegrass@gmail.com


ABBIE•CHRIS RENEE•LES rainwaterand photography Jenfolio Wedding Portrait Photography

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ENGAGEMENT: 15 Months WEDDING MONTH: December STARTING GUEST COUNT: 80 ENDING GUEST COUNT: 150 FIRST LOOK: Yes FAVORITE PART OF THE PLANNING PROCESS: Designing three gowns myself and letting my husband pick! HONEYMOON DESTINATION: Caribbean LOVE STORY: Les was in Florida for vacation and I was at a hotel for a conference. My friends dropped me off at the convention center while they went to the beach. They jokingly said when they dropped me off they were going to find the man of my dreams. Well, sure enough they did! We went to dinner that evening and talked for hours! PROPOSAL: On a trip to the mountains for my birthday, Les pulls into a jewelry store. He said we should just go in and look. Next thing I know, he said, “Do you like this ring?” I responded with, “I do, but you know if you buy it you will have to marry me.” He looked at me and said, “The question is will you marry me?” IMPORTANT ELEMENTS: The food! Growing up in a southern family, good hospitality is centered around a wonderful meal!


PHOTOGRAPHER:

RENTALS:

Jenfolio Wedding and Portrait

Mr. Linen KY

Photography

HAIR & MAKEUP:

CEREMONY & RECEPTION VENUE:

The Hair Company

Gateway Regional Arts Center

VIDEOGRAPHY:

WEDDING DRESS:

Jenfolio Wedding and Portrait

Renee’s Bridal KY

Photography

MONTH-OF COORDINATOR:

FAVORS:

Allow Me Events

Custom Cookies by Donna Cassidy

CATERER:

REHEARSAL DINNER LOCATION:

This Land is Our Land Youth

Tomatoes and Flames

Leadership

BRIDAL SHOW ATTENDED:

CAKE:

Bridal Bliss Classic

Bit of Whimsy Cakes

ENGAGEMENT RING:

DESSERTS:

Jared

Spoonful of Sugar

RINGS:

DJ:

Carolls Wholesale Jewelry

Decades of Music

WEDDING DAY JEWELRY:

STATIONERY:

Renee’s Bridal KY

Good Shepherd’s Printing

LIGHTING:

FLORALS:

Decades of Music

The Added Touch

ALTERATIONS: Renee’s Bridal KY


STYLED Shoot

“THE BLUEGRASS BEAUTY”

The phrase “Kentucky elegance” may seem like an oxymoron, but to those of us who love weddings in the Bluegrass State, it’s a way of life! Inspired by the timeless greens and golds of Keeneland and the textures true to Kentucky heritage, this styled shoot brings bridal sophistication home. Lighted signs and geometric elements balance traditional rustic with modern whimsy, while braided cheesecloth, horseshoe name cards and lead ropes complement rolling Kentucky hills. Intentional details and personal touches were important in the creation of this shoot, with the vendors striving to encourage couples to make their wedding fun and personal! Imagine a private picnic for you and your significant other before the ceremony to stave off those hangries, or an equine meet-and-greet to calm your nerves! Whether you’re looking for southern charm or something else entirely, make sure your wedding design speaks to your soul!


MAKE IT yours

THE DETAILS BASED UPON A WEDDING WITH 100 GUESTS PLANNING $3250 PHOTOGRAPHY $3650 VENUE & BAR $4700 RENTALS $1283 FLORALS $3750 CAKE $550 CATERING $2650 GROOM’S ATTIRE $1050 HAIR & MAKEUP $200 INVITATIONS $260

THE VENDORS

Bit of Whimsy Cakes


VENDOR SPOTLIGHT:

SIMPLY LOVE STUDIO

Sarah Burton Wedding Concierge 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 provides our services 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 todo 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, who should walk down the aisle when, all of those things, so that your vendors will all be on the same page on your wedding day. 108 • 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. There is no cost to come back. 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.

Kevin and Anna Photography


3380 Paris Pike Lexington, KY 40511

(859) 293-1853

events@thethoroughbredcenter.com

Photo credit: Keith & Melissa Photography

Wedding Design, Planning & Coordination that brings elevated service to every couple NOW BOOKING FALL 2020 - SPRING 2021 WWW.WHITEOAKDESIGNCO.COM

502.523.1734

PHOTO CREDIT: LOVE HUNTERS PHOTOGRAPHY


ABBIE•CHRIS KATIE•ERIN rainwater photography Dwayne Lloyd Photography

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ENGAGEMENT: 12 Months WEDDING MONTH: June

STARTING BUDGET: $30,000 ENDING BUDGET: $50,000

STARTING GUEST COUNT: 100 ENDING GUEST COUNT: 86

FIRST LOOK? No FIRST DANCE SONG: “The One” – Kodaline FAVORITE PART OF PLANNING PROCESS: Meeting with our vendors!

HONEYMOON DESTINATION: Bahamas CHOOSING A VENUE:

Katie grew up in Lexington. Kentucky was a great central point for both of our families who would be traveling. When we saw The Barn at Springhouse Gardens we knew immediately it was the venue for us. It is magical! IMPORTANT ELEMENTS:

We had three non-negotiable items: great music, great photographer and a great videographer. We wanted to have a fantastic party that we could remember forever, and of course, lots of bourbon! ADVICE:

Be up front with each other about what is most important to each of you on the wedding day. Also, get a month-of coordinator. It allows you to enjoy the day knowing they are taking care of everything!


PHOTOGRAPHER:

FLORALS:

Dwayne Lloyd Photography

Nicholasville Florist and Gift Shop

CEREMONY & RECEPTION VENUE:

RENTALS:

The Barn at Springhouse Gardens

Goff Tents & Events

MONTH-OF COORDINATOR:

HAIR & MAKEUP:

Kayla Weber Nord

Kelli Marshall

and Debbie Weber

TRANSPORTATION:

CATERER:

Gold Shield Transportation

DaRae and Friends Catering

VIDEOGRAPHY:

WEDDING CAKE:

Manis Productions

Tinker’s Cake Shop

HOTEL ROOM BLOCK:

DESSERTS:

Residence Inn by Lexington

Crank and Boom Craft Ice Cream

Keeneland/Airport

COCKTAIL HOUR MUSIC:

LIGHTING:

Grits & Soul

Goff Tents & Events

DJ: C.D. Productions Mobile DJ


ABBIE•CHRIS SAMANTHA•JAMES rainwater photography Becky Willard Photography

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ENGAGEMENT: 5 Months WEDDING MONTH: June

STARTING BUDGET: $6,000

ENDING GUEST COUNT: $10,000 STARTING GUEST COUNT: 300 ENDING GUEST COUNT: 230 FIRST LOOK: Yes

FIRST DANCE SONG: “Love Like This” – Ben Rector

HONEYMOON DESTINATION: Charleston, South Carolina LOVE STORY:

We met at our best friend’s wedding. We were both in the bridal party, but he was too nervous to ask me to dance. We settled for an ice cream date a month later. CHOOSING A VENUE:

We chose our venue based on location, price and aesthetic. The Heartwood was perfect for us! IMPORTANT ELEMENTS: A great caterer! ADVICE:

Take your day slowly and pay attention to the ones you love, all around you.

Picture courtesy of Simply Done Invites


PHOTOGRAPHER:

FLORALS:

Becky Willard Photography

Covenant Threads

CEREMONY VENUE:

HAIR & MAKEUP:

Grace Baptist Church

Jessah Marlee Designs

RECEPTION VENUE

HOTEL ROOM BLOCK:

The Heartwood DRESS SHOP: David’s Bridal SUITS: Macy’s CATERER: Natalie’s Catering CAKE: Cakes by Coco STATIONERY: Jessah Marlee Designs

Home2 Suites by Hilton Lexington REGISTRY: Macy’s RINGS: The Faithful Platform ALTERATIONS: Covenant Threads


SWEATIN’ FOR THE WEDDING

Josh Bowen, BS, CSCS, NSCA-CPT Fitness Professional/Owner Aspire Fitness You should feel beautiful inside and out on your wedding day! You shouldn’t be stressed out about how you will look in photos or not enjoying the food at all your celebrations. I know that looking your best, whether in a bridal gown or in your tuxedo, is important to you. I am here to help you achieve your goal weight and boost your confidence with some simple tips! I have been training brides and grooms for the past 16 years and I have learned some very valuable data. If you are sitting there reading this article and you are saying to yourself, “I need to get in shape for my wedding but I don’t know how,” this piece is for you! Here are my tops three tips to prepare for your wedding!

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PREPARATION IS EVERYTHING Preparing for a wedding is no different than an athlete preparing for an athletic completion. Athletes often look at the date of the event and work backwards. Essentially, you will look at your wedding day and then design a plan. The earlier you devise the plan the better. The more preparation you have the better. You can’t expect to get in the best shape of your life in 30 days, especially if you haven’t been working out. The more planning and preparation time the better. I advise that brides start a workout regimen at least 4-6 months out from their wedding. This gives you enough workout time to really see some great results. WEIGHTS OVER CARDIO For all the cardio junkies out there, ditch the treadmill and pick up the dumbbells. Resistance training is far superior to cardio in the body transformation department. If you want to change your body composition and look lean and mean in your day attire, the best option is to start a resistance training program. 3-4 days a week of lifting will have a dramatic impact on your body. Resistance training may not burn as many calories during the event as cardio does but it will burn more calories over the next 24-48 hours because of the increased oxygen demands.

DON’T GO ON A DIET Diets are restrictive and aren’t helpful in creating successful long term success. You want to be in the best shape of your life, but don’t do so by dieting. Your nutrition should be something you enjoy and something that you can build your life around. I always suggest that my clients eat foods high in protein (eggs, chicken, beef) because the protein helps their muscles recover and rebuild. I suggest that everyone shoot for at least half their bodyweight in grams of protein. For example, if you weigh 100 lbs., you should shoot for 50 grams of protein. Keep in mind that everyone’s needs are different, some may need more or less than others, however good protein sources will aid in your body transformation in a big way. To talk more about your wedding day nutrition, feel free to reach out to me, I’m happy to help you reach your goals!


859-213-0651

403 Marquis Ave. Suite 100 Lexington, Kentucky www.wellnesswithapurpose.com

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NICOLE•LOUIS ABBIE•CHRIS Jessica Lynn Hatton Photography rainwater photography

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ENGAGEMENT: 14 Months

WEDDING MONTH: September

STARTING BUDGET: $20,000 ENDING BUDGET: $35,000

STARTING GUEST COUNT: 120 ENDING GUEST COUNT: 98 FIRST LOOK: Yes

FIRST DANCE SONG: “Perfect” - Ed Sheeran

FAVORITE PART OF THE PLANNING PROCESS: Selecting the venue!

HONEYMOON DESTINATION: Europe PROPOSAL:

He took me to the Tudor House in DC and proposed under a

beautiful 100+ year old tree. He forgot what he was going to say,

but it didn’t matter to me. It was such a whirlwind of excitement and emotion. He secretly hired a photographer to capture the moment and also flew my best friend in to witness it! CHOOSING A VENUE:

I wanted a venue that could host both the ceremony and

reception. The Kentucky Castle has some great options and who doesn’t want to dance on the roof? ADVICE:

Pick 2 or 3 aspects of the wedding that are most important to you and spend your time and money on those!


PHOTOGRAPHER: Jessica Lynn Hatton Photography CEREMONY & RECEPTION VENUE: The Kentucky Castle CATERER: The Kentucky Castle DJ: RipTide Productions FLORALS: Events Delight RENTALS: Goff Tents & Events HAIR & MAKEUP: Sara Drury VIDEOGRAPHY: White Owl Weddings HOTEL ROOM BLOCK: Embassy Suites by Hilton Lexington Green REHEARSAL DINNER LOCATION: Bella Notte REGISTRY: Macy’s DANCE LESSONS: Arthur Murray Dance Studio


STYLED Shoot “FIRST ANNIVERSARY”

From the photographer: I love the beautiful warm tones of fall and the “cozy” feel in the air. I had a vision and love that the participating vendors trusted me to pull it off! The first anniversary gift is paper. Paper symbolizes new beginnings and our couple was able to incorporate that tradition.


MAKE IT yours

THE DETAILS PHOTOGRAPHY $250 CAKE $50

THE VENDORS

Bit of Whimsy Cakes

CATCHY NAME PRODUCTIONS

Events Delight


MEN’S ATTIRE FAQ What is the difference between a tuxedo and a suit? Tuxedos tend to have satin features such as lapels, buttons and pocket trim, whereas suits do not. A tuxedo is also usually worn with a bow tie and a vest or cummerbund which give them a really formal look.

Jennifer Baker Store Manager Geno’s Formal Affair While some people may think that a groom’s attire is mundane, there is a lot of room for creativity and individuality. You may add interest to your ensemble via color in a tie, vest, or a pocket square. You could play with different patterns on your accessories or throw on a fun pair of socks. You could wear a print on your jacket or wear printed suspenders instead of a vest. we understand that all these options can get confusing and that’s why we’re here to answer all your questions. Regardless of your style or the choices you make, there is one choice that is most important: Finding your perfect formal attire for such an important day is all about feeling comfortable and confident; and marrying the love of your life! Do you want a suit or a tuxedo? The best rule of thumb is to match your dressiness to that of your fiancé. If the wedding is considered formal, you should wear a tuxedo. If it is considered semi-formal, you should wear a suit.

What color do you want? The primary tuxedo color used to be black but now you have many options. You can still stay classic in a navy or you could walk on the wild side in red! There are variables to consider when making this decision. The first is your color palette for the wedding. If you want to match a vest or tie to a bridesmaid dress, you’ll want to find a suit that is complementary to this color. Should you wear the same style or color as the groomsmen? Many grooms want their style a little different than the rest of the party. You could do something as simple as change the tie color, type or do a completely different tux. Is your wedding inside or outside? If you are planning an outdoor wedding you may consider a lighter color or a more lightweight fabric. How do you feel in the style? The groom’s attire should reflect their own style and personality. Find a cut that is right for you. Suits and tuxedos are both available in three basic cuts. A trim fit will cater to those grooms who want more of a tailored, European cut. A modern fit will be slightly tapered in the waist but will feel less tight in the shoulders. A classic fit is the original cut that flatters most body types.

Should you rent or buy? If you are buying, suits are generally more cost effective than a tuxedo. A purchase suit will only be $40 to $100 more than your average rental price and the bonus is that you get to keep it! You can have a purchased suit tailored for a perfect fit. One of the benefits of renting, however, is that there are far more style options in the suit as well as the accessories. You can also make sure all of your groomsmen look exactly the same down to the shoes and everything usually comes packaged so you don’t have to find items individually. At Geno’s Formal Affair we offer a groom’s preview so you can come in after selecting what you think is the best fit for you to see what you look like in the suit or tuxedo before wearing it on your big day!

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WHY I LOVE KENTUCKY WEDDINGS Lauren Ashley German Wedding Day Coordinator There is nothing like a Kentucky wedding! I love seeing the special details my couples incorporate into their day - from mint juleps to bourbon balls to the Call to Post.

Angela Sallee Bit By Bit Events One thing I absolutely love about Kentucky weddings is the diversity. There is a venue, a vendor, a place for every style of wedding. Whether it’s a barn, green open spaces, a mountainside, or a ballroom, you will find all those options within an hour of Lexington. If the couple likes industrial or clean lines, color or a neutral pallet, BBQ or a 5-course meal, there is literally something offered for everyone.

James & Ed Younce KY Sounds We love... love! We love Music! Kentucky weddings are amazing because of the natural surroundings that we often take for granted that other places don’t have. Contrary to stereotypes, the people & music in Kentucky are so diverse! We may transition from Bluegrass banjo tunes to 90s Hip-Hop to Classic Rock to Swing songs all in one night. We love it!

Whitney Franklin Lexington Marriott City Center & Residence Inn Lexington City Center Being a Kentucky native who worked in the wedding industry in another state, I love seeing all the traditions of our Bluegrass State essentially “puts on display” at Kentucky weddings. We Kentuckians have a unique love and pride for our state. When someone gets married in Kentucky, they want their guests to KNOW they’re at a wedding in Kentucky. Be it a Hot Brown in the form of a passed hors d’oeuvre, a bourbon barrel lid used as the guestbook, or cream candy as the favor, Kentucky wedding guests know they experienced our “Old Kentucky Home”. Couples are so proud to give them that experience!

Renee Cunningham Renee’s Bridal The heartbeat of my bride and the heartbeat of the designs that I am able to create here in Kentucky are truly rich in tradition and bathed in the heritage of a Southern-Kentucky Wedding. Kentucky is a state full of hospitality and while very diverse from the Thoroughbred Farms to the Appalachian Mountains, my Bride’s come from near and far. They all share this common factor, the love and value for their wedding gown and day. Many of the details they dream up are specific to this area of the South. Bride’s here in the Bluegrass State are all about the gown and the heart that goes into the details behind the big day.

Kevin and Anna Thompson Kevin and Anna Photography We love Kentucky weddings because of the diversity of the landscape. From barns, horse farms, rolling hills, to the mountains and forests of the Red River Gorge. There are many unique places to get married from the cave systems of western Kentucky to the quaint small towns to the bustling cities like Lexington and Louisville. We can’t forget all of the gorgeous historic homes, distilleries, and of course, Kentucky Bourbon Trail. There is a wedding venue for every couple here. 128 • BRIDAL BLISS MAGAZINE


AROUND THE BLUEGRASS Kentucky is quickly becoming a top wedding destination for couples from all over the United States. Between the bourbon, horses, bluegrass and amazing cuisine, couples can’t wait to show their guests a good time. Many of our local pros in Central-KY venture outside our area to help bring wedding dreams to life. We are excited to show off a few weddings that venture outside our local Lexington lines and capture more Kentucky traditions for couples. We hope you enjoy this collection from around the Bluegrass!

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LINDSEY•JONATHAN Becky Willard Photography

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ENGAGEMENT: 9 Months WEDDING MONTH: April STARTING GUEST COUNT: 200 ENDING GUEST COUNT: 150 FIRST LOOK? Yes FIRST DANCE SONG: “Bless the Broken Road” –Rascal Flatts LOVE STORY: My stepmom and Jonathan’s sister knew we had to meet and intriduced us at a soccer game. A little later, Jonathan reached out to go on our first date. CHOOSING A VENUE: Southeast Christian Church was very important to us, even before we met. We then picked Garden Court because of its beautiful grounds and the price! IMPORTANT ELEMENTS: Having a great photographer and videographer, my father walking me down the aisle, spending the morning getting ready with my bridesmaids, Jonathan’s best man’s speech, and having a live band. ADVICE: Enjoy every moment, stop multiple times throughout the day to soak in all in. When you’re at the altar, turn around to see all your guests.


PHOTOGRAPHER:

HAIR:

Becky Willard Photography

Wedding Hair by Laura Conard

CEREMONY VENUE:

MAKEUP:

Southeast Christian Church,

Sloan Winters,

Chapel in the Woods

The Beauty Bar at Circe

RECEPTION VENUE:

TRANSPORTATION:

Garden Court

R & R Limousine

BRIDESMAID DRESSES:

HOTEL ROOM BLOCK:

Rebecca’s Wedding Boutique

Hilton Garden Inn Louisville Mall

SUITS:

of St. Matthews

Lloyd’s Florist

PHOTO BOOTH:

CATERER:

Clear Choice Photo Booth

Bristol Catering

REHEARSAL DINNER LOCATION:

CAKE:

Pat’s Steakhouse

Stir Crazy Cakes

REGISTRY:

BAND:

Macy’s, Pottery Barn and

Kudmani

Williams-Sonoma

FLORALS:

RINGS:

Lloyd’s Florist

Jordan Clines Fine Jewelry

RENTALS:

GYM:

Chair Flair Linens

HomeFit Personal Training Company


ABBIE•CHRIS COURTNEY•JOEY rainwater photography Keith & Melissa Photography

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ENGAGEMENT: 12 Months WEDDING MONTH: August STARTING GUEST COUNT: 250 ENDING GUEST COUNT: 220 FIRST LOOK? Yes FIRST DANCE SONG: “Mean to Me” –Brett Eldredge LOVE STORY: We went to junior prom together, and then reunited at a UK/ UofL game and have been together ever since. In the past 8 years we have gone through 2 Navy deployments, 1 college graduation, and a first home! HOW DID HE PROPOSE: On a sailboat in Key West at sunset! CHOOSING A VENUE: A month before the wedding we found out our original venue was closing! Luckily the Refinery was just about to open and they were so accommodating and helped us plan a new wedding in 3 weeks. IMPORTANT ELEMENTS: Our officiant, Joey’s sister Jamie and our flower girl and junior bridesmaid, my sisters Sam and Charlee. Since Joey is in the Navy and I grew up on water we wanted to incorporate a Nautical theme. ADVICE: Don’t worry about the small stuff! The day will be perfect no matter what!


PHOTOGRAPHER:

MAKEUP:

Keith & Melissa Photography

Jessica Dedman, Andrea Hayden

CEREMONY & RECEPTION VENUE:

& Sarah Owens

The Refinery

TRANSPORTATION:

WEDDING DRESS:

2 Vets and A Limo

Couture Closet Bridal Boutique

VIDEOGRAPHER:

SUITS:

Toast Wedding Films

JoS. A Bank

HOTEL ROOM BLOCK:

CATERER:

The Galt House Hotel

Bob Young Catering

REHEARSAL DINNER LOCATION:

CAKE:

Captain’s Quarters Restaurant

Sweets by Millie

RINGS:

GROOM’S CAKE:

Davis Jewelers

Terry Giles

ALTERATIONS:

DJ:

Melissa Luther Lennie

DJ ACE

BARTENDER:

FLORALS:

Twisted Sisters Bar Service

Country Squire Florist HAIR: Alexa Coury Bridal Hair & Morgan Fite


ABBIE•CHRIS BETSY•DESHON rainwater photography Kevin and Anna Photography

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ENGAGEMENT: 10 Months WEDDING MONTH: August STARTING BUDGET: $25,000 ENDING BUDGET: $35,000 STARTING GUEST COUNT: 290 ENDING GUEST COUNT: 221 FIRST DANCE SONG: “Perfect” –Ed Sheeran with Beyonce FAVORITE PART OF PLANNING PROCESS: Talking with my mom every day and giving her updates, taking engagement photos and tastings! CHOOSING A VENUE: We wanted our ceremony and reception venue to be the same and big enough to invite all of our family and friends! IMPORTANT ELEMENTS: Deshon is a foodie and was very concerned with how good the food was going to be and what bourbon would be served. I was really excited about the live band. We both also loved having photographers we knew we could trust in Kevin and Anna Photography. Overall, we were most excited about the guest list and having all our family and friends in one place for the best party ever! ADVICE: Enjoy the process. Even when you are having to make a thousand decisions and communicate with what feels like hundreds of people at a time, it’s honestly worth it and so exciting when it all comes together beautifully on the best day of your life. Take it all in. Most people say the night happens so fast. I purposely took moments to look around and take mental pictures of all the amazing people and things I truly believe I will never forget!


PHOTOGRAPHER:

RENTALS:

Kevin and Anna Photography

Couture Events by Ruth

CEREMONY & RECEPTION VENUE:

HAIR & MAKEUP:

The Olmstead

Simply Hair and Makeup

WEDDING DRESS:

TRAVEL AGENT:

Couture Closet Bridal Boutique

Memorable Travels & Honeymoons

BRIDESMAID DRESSES:

VIDEOGRAPHER:

David’s Bridal

Champ Game Live Productions

MENS ATTIRE:

HOTEL ROOM BLOCK:

JoS. A Bank

Hilton Garden Inn Louisville

WEDDING PLANNING

Mall of St. Matthews

Engagements, LLC

FAVORS:

CATERER:

Lottery Tickets

Masterson’s Catering

REHEARSAL DINNER LOCATION:

CAKE:

80/20 at Kaelin’s

Plehn’s Bakery

REGISTRY:

BAND:

Macy’s and Bed Bath and Beyond

The Downtown Band

RINGS:

STATIONERY:

Shane Co.

Impressions

ALTERATIONS:

FLORALS:

Seams by Therese

Lloyd’s Florist


STYLED Shoot “WILDLY IN LOVE”

This styled shoot was designed for couples that have always dreamed about having a destination wedding, but want the perks of planning locally. African elements were added to this concept, with tropical breezy florals, tribal patterns, and sunset lighting. We believe the best way to create the dream look is to pick a space that embodies majority of the atmosphere and add detailed themed elements to it. The Louisville Zoo didn’t disappoint! Safari animal interactions with surrounding wildlife really brought the wow factor to this shoot! Rustic and metallic accents made it current, edgy, and modern while also blending with the romantic vibe. Plated colorful catering complimented the decor and helped the guests feel as though they are truly in Africa experiencing the local cuisine. We had so much fun designing this shoot with the Louisville Zoo and working with clients to imagine and create sophistication!


MAKE IT yours

THE DETAILS BASED UPON A WEDDING WITH 100 GUESTS PLANNING $1500 FLORALS $800 BRIDE JUMPSUIT $500 GOWN $1800 HAIR & MAKEUP (BRIDE ONLY) $175 RENTALS $1200 VENUE $1500 CATERING $3500 BAR $2400 PHOTOGRAPHY $3500 VIDEOGRAPHY $2500

THE VENDORS


ABBIE•CHRIS MEAGAN•DAVID photography Bob rainwater & Suzie Knoll Photography

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ENGAGEMENT: 12 Months WEDDING MONTH: October STARTING GUEST COUNT: 200 ENDING GUEST COUNT: 180 FIRST LOOK: Yes FIRST DANCE SONG: “Hold On” –Michael Buble HASHTAG: #lovetakesflight FAVORITE PART OF PLANNING PROCESS: Planning together with my now husband! PROPOSAL: David put together a lovely video and pulled me on stage during his graduation from Air Force Pilot Training, in front of his Wing, Group, and Squadron Commanders and 400-500 other people. I was caught off guard, but it was the most memorable moment of my life and he secretly brought my mother down to be there for it. CHOOSING A VENUE: We wanted something unique for our wedding that would fit our story. My husband and I have shared many moments in the Vintage Warbirds Hangar prior to our wedding, so it felt like the only place for our new chapter to begin. IMPORTANT ELEMENTS: Our wedding had to be fun and memorable. After our vows, we changed into flight suits and had our “first flight” as a married couple. Our choices in DJ, Photography, Catering, and Videography were very important. Our photographer actually climbed into another plane and took pictures of us during flight!


PHOTOGRAPHER:

HAIR & MAKEUP:

Bob & Suzie Knoll Photography

Misty Loggie

CEREMONY & RECEPTION VENUE:

VIDEOGRAPHER:

Bowman Field

Paper Crane Cinema Co.

WEDDING DRESS:

REHEARSAL DINNER LOCATION:

Bridal Warehouse

Bowman Field

BRIDESMAID DRESSES:

REHEARSAL DINNER CATERER:

Bridal Warehouse

Bourbon Raw

DAY-OF COORDINATOR

BRIDAL SHOW ATTENDED:

Planned Perfection Events

Bridal Bliss Classic

CATERER:

REGISTRY:

Kingsley Meats & Catering

Bed Bath and Beyond

CAKE:

RINGS:

Plehn’s Bakery

Davis Jewelers

DJ:

and Genesis Diamonds

Odyssey Entertainment RENTALS: Rent & Rave


ABBIE•CHRIS MOLLY•ATREYO rainwater photography Charity Hedges Photography

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WEDDING MONTH: August STARTING BUDGET: $20,000 ENDING BUDGET: $22,000 STARTING GUEST COUNT: 120 ENDING GUEST COUNT: 100 FIRST LOOK: Yes FIRST DANCE SONG: “Stay With You” –John Legend HONEYMOON DESTINATION: South Africa CHOOSING A VENUE: We are huge history buffs and wanted an indoor and outdoor venue, so The Frazier History Museum was a perfect fit! IMPORTANT ELEMENTS: We wanted everyone to have fun, good food and drinks. ADVICE: Have fun and enjoy every moment!


PHOTOGRAPHER: Charity Hedges Photography CEREMONY & RECEPTION VENUE: The Frazier History Museum WEDDING PLANNER Bliss Events & Co. CATERER: Ladyfingers Catering CAKE: GT Treats DJ: Extreme Southern Productions HAIR: J. Nicolle Salon & Spa MAKEUP: The Beauty Patrol HOTEL ROOM BLOCK: Omni Louisville Hotel PHOTO BOOTH: Extreme Southern Productions REHEARSAL DINNER LOCATION: The Eagle Louisville RINGS: Shane & Co. LIGHTING: Extreme Southern Productions


ABBIE•CHRIS COURTNEY•TREY rainwater photography Morgan Worley Photography

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ENGAGEMENT: 13 Months

WEDDING MONTH: September STARTING BUDGET: $17,000 ENDING BUDGET: $23,000

STARTING GUEST COUNT: 185 ENDING GUEST COUNT: 175 DRESS SHOPS: 1 FIRST LOOK: No

FIRST DANCE SONG: “Baby I’m Yours” –Arctic Monkeys FAVORITE PART OF PLANNING PROCESS: Seeing everything come together! LOVE STORY:

Trey and I met at a housewarming party for our friends. There was an instant connection between us and we talked all night. The next day we became Facebook friends and a horrible pickup line sealed the deal. CHOOSING A VENUE:

We knew we wanted the same ceremony and reception venue and we wanted it indoors. We also looked for a venue that had an open vendor policy. IMPORTANT ELEMENTS:

Great music, delicious food, and an amazing selection of desserts!


PHOTOGRAPHER:

Morgan Worley Photography

CEREMONY & RECEPTION VENUE: The Foundry at Glassworks DRESS:

Couture Closet Bridal Boutique BRIDESMAID DRESSES:

Rebecca’s Wedding Boutique SUITS:

Men’s Wearhouse

WEDDING PLANNER:

Simply Lacuna Weddings & Events CATERER:

Beha Catering DESSERTS:

Nothing Bundt Cakes and Spotz Gelato DJ:

Left Stage Productions FLORALS: Flourish

HAIR & MAKEUP:

Austin Downey and Monica Velasco VIDEOGRAPHER: Hunter Ezell

GROOMSMEN GIFT: Beards and Beers

REHEARSAL DINNER LOCATION: Brazeiros Brazilian Steakhouse RINGS:

Aesthetics in Jewelry


ABBIE•CHRIS JENNIFER•DERON rainwater photography Pursue Media

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ENGAGEMENT: 11 Months

WEDDING MONTH: September STARTING BUDGET: $45,000 ENDING BUDGET: $49,000

STARTING GUEST COUNT: 288 ENDING GUEST COUNT: 202 DRESS SHOPS: 1

FIRST LOOK: With my dad only

FIRST DANCE SONG: “All My Life” –K-Ci and JoJo

BRIDE’S FAVORITE PART OF PLANNING PROCESS:

Having a vision and seeing it come to life the day of the wedding! GROOMS’S FAVORITE PART OF PLANNING PROCESS: Picking out the food! LOVE STORY:

We met through mutual friends. Not long after, Deron bought a new house so I went over to help him move in and proudly proclaimed a room as my future closet (which it now is)! CHOOSING A VENUE:

Being a wedding coordinator myself I knew I wanted an outdoor ceremony and cocktail hour and an indoor reception. IMPORTANT ELEMENTS:

That all our loved ones were in one place and enjoyed the day as much as we did!


PHOTOGRAPHER:

ARBOR FLORALS:

Pursue Media

The Wild Willow Flower Farm

CEREMONY & RECEPTION VENUE:

HAIR:

Tayvin Gardens

Katie Dunn

DRESS:

MAKEUP:

Rebecca’s Wedding Boutique

The Beauty Patrol

SUITS:

VIDEOGRAPHER:

Macy’s

Pursue Media

WEDDING PLANNING

PHOTO BOOTH:

Fit To Be Tied Weddings & Events

Tank Entertainment

& Christine Smallwood

REHEARSAL DINNER LOCATION:

CATERER:

Pub by Novo

The Linen Apron

REGISTRY:

DJ:

Bed Bath and Beyond

Tank Entertainment

LIGHTING:

STATIONERY:

Tank Entertainment

Fit To Be Tied Weddings & Events

GYM:

FLORALS:

Katy Hearn Gym

Fit To Be Tied Weddings & Events

LIVE PAINTING: Stephanie Hilen Art


The Bridal Bliss Summer Classic took place on August 30, 2019 at the Hilton Lexington/Downtown. More than 100 Wedding Professionals were on-site to meet with excited engaged couples. There were lots of cakes and catering to taste along with give-aways and fantastic ideas. Many thanks to our Sponsors: Geno's Formal Affair, Purdon's Rental & Sales and Renee's Bridal, KY. Our next event at the Hilton is scheduled for January 5, 2020. Visit our website: www.bridalblissclassic.com for a list of all our 2019 and 2020 Bridal Events.


Photo Credit: Ruth Weinstock Photography


ABBIE•CHRIS AUDREY•JONATHAN rainwater photography Cassie Lopez Photography

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ENGAGEMENT: 17 Months WEDDING MONTH: May

STARTING BUDGET: $35,000 ENDING BUDGET: $45,000

STARTING GUEST COUNT: 250 ENDING GUEST COUNT: 200 FIRST LOOK: No

FIRST DANCE SONG:

“Making Memories of Us” –Ketih Urban (sung by bride’s father) FAVORITE PART OF PLANNING PROCESS: Dress shopping and choosing the music! CHOOSING A VENUE:

The Polo Barn at Saxony is the only venue we looked at it in person. I absolutely fell in love with it. We could have our rehearsal dinner, ceremony and reception all in one location. After seeing the venue my heart was set there! IMPORTANT ELEMENTS:

Food & Music! Kentucky Pro DJ kept our guests on the dance floor all night long! ADVICE:

It’s okay to stress before the wedding, but the on the day of, let it all go. Don’t sweat the small stuff.


PHOTOGRAPHER:

TRANSPORTATION:

Cassie Lopez Photography

Gold Shield Transportation

CEREMONY & RECEPTION VENUE:

OFFICIANT:

The Polo Barn at Saxony

Greg Horn

MEN’S ATTIRE:

HOTEL ROOM BLOCK:

JoS. A. Bank

Hilton Lexington/Downtown

FULL-SERVICE PLANNER:

GROOMSMEN GIFTS:

Lexington Event Company

Maker’s Mark & Woodford Reserve

CATERER:

PHOTO BOOTH:

Sweet Lilu’s

Fairytales Photography

CAKE:

REHEARSAL DINNER LOCATION:

Sweet Lilu’s

The Polo Barn at Saxony

DJ:

REHEARSAL DINNER CATERER:

C.D. Productions Mobile DJ

DoubleH BBQ

STATIONERY:

BRIDAL SHOW ATTENDED:

Simply Done Invites

Bridal Bliss Classic

FLORALS:

LIGHTING:

Stems

Goff Tents & Events

RENTALS:

and Kentucky Pro DJ

Bryant’s Rent-All, Goff Tents & Events and Purdon’s Rental & Sales

The Needle’s Eye Alterations

HAIR: GlamLex MAKEUP: Prime Beauty Studio

ALTERATIONS: COCKTAIL HOUR MUSIC: Ben Lacy RESTROOMS: Blue Moon Restrooms


ABBIE•CHRIS ASOPE•NATE Kevin and Anna Photography rainwater photography

catholic wedding ceremony and reception

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ENGAGEMENT: 18 Months WEDDING MONTH: June STARTING GUEST COUNT: 300 ENDING GUEST COUNT: 230 FIRST LOOK: No FIRST DANCE: “Best Party” - Daniel Caesar CHOOSING A VENUE: We knew we wanted to be in downtown Lexington so that our three-day event was convenient for all of our guests. We fell in love with the décor and view from The Mane on Main! It was the perfect mix of modern and elegant. IMPORTANT ELEMENTS: We wanted to make sure our days represented us. Having bright colors that embodied the liveliness and brightness of our relationship was important. We had a mix of Nigerian and Kentucky vibes to complete the perfect representation of our union and bring many people from different walks of life (and continents) together! ADVICE: Soak it all in! Enjoy the process, enjoy the memories, but most of all enjoy your partner because this will truly be the start of the best part of your lives!!


PHOTOGRAPHER:

HAIR:

Kevin and Anna Photography

Indigo Salon

CEREMONY VENUE:

MAKEUP:

Cathedral of Christ the King

Olivia Song

RECEPTION VENUE:

TRANSPORTATION:

The Mane on Main

Gold Shield Transportation

SUITS:

VIDEOGRAPHER:

Macy’s

Luke Woodard Films

WEDDING PLANNER:

HOTEL ROOM BLOCK:

Planned to Perfection of the

21c Museum Hotel Lexington

Bluegrass

REHEARSAL DINNER LOCATION:

CATERER:

Tony’s of Lexington

Dupree Catering

BRIDAL SHOWER LOCATION:

CAKE:

Hilary J. Boone Center

Tinker’s Cake Shop

LIGHTING:

DJ:

BMF Sound Design

BMF Sound Design

SPARKLER FOUNTAINS:

FLORALS:

Kentucky Pro DJ

Carol Lynn Originals & Events RENTALS: Purdon’s Rental & Sales


ABBIE•CHRIS ASOPE•NATE Kevin and Anna Photography rainwater photography

traditional nigerian engagement ceremony

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ENDING BUDGET: $25,000 HONEYMOON DESTINATION: Costa Rica FROM THE BRIDE ON THEIR NIGERIAN ATTIRE: Our outfits reflected both Nigerian culture and our personal preferences. This was easy to do because they were custom made for us. For instance our first (burnt orange and royal blue) and third (magenta) outfits were made out of aso-oke, a traditional hand-woven Yoruba fabric, usually worn for special occasions. My mum and I travelled to Lagos, Nigeria in January to choose the fabrics, type of aso-oke, colors and design so the fabric could be woven for us, and the outfits made on time for our June wedding! I fell in love with the designer Bimmms (Tradition by Bimmms), because she was so in tune with what I wanted and my aesthetics! We choose vibrant jewel tone colors (royal blue, burnt orange, magenta) because they are so warm and vibrant, just like the culture. We picked royal blue because it is Nate’s favorite color– Go Cats! Burnt orange for my outfit to provide both contrast andcompliment. Our outfits also represented different Nigerian cultures, the burnt orange and royal blue are classic and traditional Yoruba/Nigerian styles (agbada, bub, and Sokoto with fila for the groom, and buba, iro, and ikpele for the bride), while the magenta outfits were a more fashionable and modern day style. Our middle outfits–Royal blue long sleeve tunic and pants for Nate and the matching long George fabric dress and coral beads were a nod to my mum ‘s culture–she is Esan, and my dad is Yoruba.


PHOTOGRAPHER: Kevin and Anna Photography RECEPTION VENUE: The Livery WEDDING PLANNER: PLANNER: Planned to Perfection of the Bluegrass CAKE: Tinker’s Cake Shop RENTALS: Nadia’s Elegant Events and Purdon’s Rental & Sales LIGHTING:: LIGHTING BMF Sound Design VIDEOGRAPHER: Luke Woodard Films REGISTRY: Macy’s BARTENDING: Lexington Bartending School


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