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YMCA Reindeer Ramble The YMCA of Central Kentucky hosted their 7th Annual Reindeer Ramble 5k Run/ Walk at Keeneland. Participants dressed up in their best yuletide garb and helped raise money for the Y’s summer camp programs. The famous Reindeer Ramble “Santapedes” were in full force including groups of Santa Clauses, reindeer with tutus and even an entire nativity scene! Photos by Alex Orlov


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the next generation of their family just as any other family who has their portrait taken. Why wouldn’t you want to be a part of something like that?” Phillips has also been volunteering as a stage manager for Ichthus Music Festival for the past 20 years and explains, “part of who I am shares with people and desires to affect people in a positive way.” With all that he does to give back, it is safe to say Phillips absolutely does this on a daily basis, and the passion that he feels for his craft shines through in each encounter he has with his clients. Every year, Phillips is getting busier and busier; and with his positive aura and innate talents, it is easy to see why. January 2013 begins his 24th year in business, and Phillips continues to strive for excellence by giving his best to each client, every time. TOPS: What is your favorite subject to photograph? Phillips: To take someone who doesn’t feel like she is beautiful, that she doesn’t measure up to that person on the front of a magazine cover and make her feel that way… that is quite honestly my favorite thing to photograph. How could you not enjoy what you do when you do that? I’ve had many instances over the years that are exactly these moments. Our society has our self-worth so wrapped up in appearance; and when you can take a shot of someone who doesn’t feel “beautiful,” and spin the camera around for her to see, and she gasps and says, ‘that’s not me! I don’t look like that!’ and I can say yes you do, you are beautiful! I also enjoy working with the demographic of women over 30, who stop having their pictures made once they start having children. They keep their focus on the kids, which is wonderful, but they are doing a disservice to their family by not having their likeness captured so they can have those moments documented to pass down to future generations. There is a huge segment of their lives that should be recorded but often isn’t anymore. A big part of it is that there is a false perception out there on what beauty is and isn’t. When we as a society compare ourselves to people on the front of a magazine cover, “beauty” becomes


Who’s Who distorted. Another area I enjoy photographing involves underwater portraiture of sports figures, beauty and fashion. TOPS: What is your secret weapon? Phillips: My wife. She is extremely supportive; and if it were not for her, this business would have been gone a long time ago. When she took over the details, she let me do what I do best, and she handles the organization of our business. Our partnership has been a crucial aspect to our success. TOPS: Is there a dream subject you’d like to photograph? Phillips: On a totally unrealistic side, I would love to work with the band U2. I’ve always been a big fan of their music and to do something for them would be cool. I’ve been around lots of people from the music business, and I’ve photographed events for concerts and been in the back rooms after the show with Martina McBride, Ronnie Milsap, Diamond Rio and Patty Loveless. You know, people are people. I’ve photographed President Clinton for an event at a client’s home, and he was very nice. Other than having the Secret Service around, he was just a normal guy. People are people, and that’s why I love what I do. I would also love to photograph Ashley Judd, whom I sat next to in fifth grade. TOPS: What would you say is your greatest achievement? Phillips: I don’t really think of my life in terms of achievements. I’ve won a few awards and a few blue ribbons here and there, but I don’t find my self-worth in that. My greatest achievement, personally, is being married to the same woman for 20 years and raising two boys who are going to be productive in society. I feel good about my children and knowing that my wife and I have worked hard to raise

them. My greatest achievement, business-wise, is seeing people as people and knowing that when clients leave our studio, they have been given something that will increase in value to them as the years go by. That would be the achievement that I would like to be remembered for more than anything; not that I had accolades, but that I made people feel good about themselves when they maybe didn’t before. I photographed a wedding where the father of the bride passed away suddenly the Saturday after the ceremony, right before the bride got back from her honeymoon. I can remember sitting in the consultation room to watch the slideshow of her wedding images with the bride and her mother on each side of me, all holding hands. We all three cried. We were sitting there as the last image faded. After the slideshow was over, in the darkness of the room, I heard her whisper, “Thank you. Thank you so much for giving me this.” Those were the last images she would ever have made with her father. It could have been any photographer who photographed her wedding, but for those of us who have chosen to make photography our life’s work, that’s what we do as photographers. We capture those moments for our clients. It touched me to see how much more important those portraits became to her after she lost her father. I realized that this experience of losing someone and remembering them through photographs is going to happen to every client that I photograph. Hopefully forty or fifty years later, not six days, but it will happen. So I say to everyone reading this article—don’t put off capturing today’s moments whether it be to mark a milestone or accomplishment in your children’s lives or in your own. If you don’t, ten years from now, you will be saying, “I wish we would have done this ten years ago.”

For more information about having your photograph made by Phillips Mitchell, please visit his webpage at and search Phillips Mitchell Photography on Facebook. To find out more about The Jesus Prom, visit or visit the Jesus Prom 2012 website To find out more information about the Help Portrait please visit their website at



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utting pen to paper about Alzheimers is difficult. It is the kind of disease that not only has an effect on the patient, but on his or her entire family. It is painful to watch and heartbreaking to live through.

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Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, which is a general term for memory loss and other intellectual abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. The greatest known risk factor is increasing age, as the majority of people suffering from the disease are 65 and older. Alzheimer’s, however, can show up in people in their 40s and 50s in the form of early onset Alzheimer’s. Symptoms of Alzheimer’s usually develop slowly and get


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worse over time. In early stages, memory loss is mild and those affected can lead fairly normal lives. However, as the disease progresses, individuals lose the ability to carry on a conversation and respond to their environment. Those with Alzheimer’s live an average of eight years after symptoms become noticeable to others, but several can range from four to 20 years, depending on various other health conditions. Currently, Alzheimer’s does not have a cure. Treatments for symptoms are available that can slow the worsening of dementia and improve quality of life for those affected. Research worldwide strives to find better ways to treat Alzheimer’s, delay its onset and prevent it from developing. An Organization for Hope The Alzheimer’s Association in Central Kentucky provides hope and care for those living with the disease and support for those caring for loved ones. There are over 80,000 people in Kentucky living with Alzheimer’s and over 260,000

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The Alzheimer’s Association was founded on April 10, 1980 after Jerome H. Stone and representatives from several family support groups met with the National Institute on Aging to explore the value of a national non-profit organization to compliment federal efforts surrounding Alzheimer’s disease. The small group has since grown into the largest donor-supported voluntary health organization for Alzheimer’s disease. The Association reaches millions across the globe and has become a vehicle for research and care. With a mission that advocates research, care and support, the Alzheimer’s Association in Central Kentucky is determined to help our local families.

offers online programming at In addition, a 24/7 support hotline for free crisis counseling is available by calling 1-800-272-3900.

“Alzheimer’s is a family disease,” says Carol Heitz, whose father passed away several years ago from Alzheimer’s. “Having to watch him go through that for years was heartbreaking, I’m glad the Alzheimer’s Association was there for us.” Heitz isn’t the only one singing the Association’s praises. The Alzheimer’s Association provides both support groups and education to thousands of families and victims of the disease across Central Kentucky.

Educational topics provided by the Association include a serious of educational sessions at each stage of development aimed at helping those diagnosed and their family caregivers understand the characteristics of each stage. Also provided are workshops on financial planning, pharmaceutical issues and resources available given by experts around the community. “These services are for those who for some reason can’t make it to a class or need immediate assistance,” says Lewis.

According to Lewis, many caregivers feel isolated as their loved one becomes more and more dependant on them. The Alzheimer’s Association hopes to get both the caregiver and the person with Alzheimer’s connected with their services as early as possible to provide a continuum of support as the disease progresses.


“We provide both support groups and education to the general public, persons diagnosed with the disease, family and friend caregivers and professionals who work with people with Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia,” says Bari Lewis, the Alzheimer’s Association’s Director of Mission The Alzheimer’s and Service for Greater Kentucky and Southern Indiana. Association also

caregivers providing unpaid care. Those numbers speak volumes to the inherent need for this organization and its supporters.

“The knowledge and emotional support provided by the Association helps caregivers to feel more confident in their role and may lessen the feeling of isolation,” says Lewis.


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KEEPING KENTUCKIANS AWARE As with any cause, keeping the public aware of what you do and stand for is of upmost importance. For the Alzheimer’s Association, awareness not only gives allowance to provide services, but be a part of the answer in advocating funding for research and legislation that supports the local aging population. Working on global, national and local levels, the Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voice for Alzheimer’s disease advocacy. Those involved with the organization work hard to fight for critical Alzheimer’s research, prevention and care initiatives at the state and federal levels. HELPING IS FUN The ways to help the Alzheimer’s Association are infinite, plus you can have a blast doing it. A simple monetary donation goes a long way in helping provide support groups to local families. Also, the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, which is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s, is a huge local event held every September. The 2012 event was

held downtown at the Fifth Third Pavilion and surpassed its fundraising goal. Similar walks are held in surrounding counties throughout the months of September and October. Making Memories is another important event for the Alzheimer’s Association. The 2013 event will take place on May 17th at The Grand Reserve in downtown Lexington. The event includes live music, dinner, and silent and live auctions while raising significant funds for the Alzheimer’s Association Greater Kentucky and Indiana Chapter. “In addition to awareness of our cause and the multitude of issues surrounding Alzheimer’s disease, our goal is to raise funds that continue our mission to provide and enhance care and to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research,” says Lewis. As painful and heartbreaking as Alzheimer’s disease can be, there are people out there fighting for advocacy and a cure. “Until we find a cure,” says Lewis, “the Alzheimer’s Association is here to provide support and resources to anyone affected or just wanting to know more about the disease.”


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Donny Osmond He’s a Little Bit Rock ‘n Roll

by Kathie Stamps

The Justin Bieber of the early 1970s was, hands down, Donny Osmond. His photo appeared 35 times on the cover of “Tiger Beat” magazine (which still exists, believe it or not). The Biebs can only hope he’s still going strong in the year 2049. An accomplished musician and entertainer, Osmond is performing two shows at St. Mark Catholic Church in Richmond on Saturday, Jan. 12. With only 400 seats, the venue is a small, intimate setting for Osmond’s concert. He is bringing his five-piece band and will regale the audience with hit songs that span several decades of material from his days performing with the Osmond Brothers and his own solo career. When he was five years old, little Donny made his television debut on the Andy Williams Show, singing with his brothers. The Osmond Brothers (Alan, Wayne, Merrill, Jay and Donny) went on to record 17 albums from 1962 to 2008, selling 102 million copies all over the world. Their No. 1 single “One Bad Apple” in 1971 featured Donny on lead vocals, securing his


place in the pantheon of teen idols. Other popular songs for the Osmond Brothers included “Yo-Yo,” “Double Lovin’,” The Proud One” and “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother.” The same year “One Bad Apple” was a chart-topping song, Donny Osmond’s debut solo album produced the hit single “Sweet and Innocent.” He recorded six albums in three years, generating such singles as “Go Away Little Girl” and “Puppy Love.” His comeback hit in 1989, at the ripe old age of 31, was “Soldier of Love,” which made it to a No. 2 placement on the Billboard charts. No longer a teen heartthrob but a grandfather, Osmond’s strong hereditary work ethic has never let him slow down. In addition to singing and dancing with the Osmond Brothers, he starred with his sister on the “Donny & Marie” variety show on ABC from 1976 to 1979. He’s been on Broadway several times, including a stint as Gaston in “Beauty and the Beast.” He starred for years in the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice musical “Joseph and

What To Do the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” He hosted the game show “Pyramid” and the “Donny & Marie” talk show. In 2001 he was a contestant on the first celebrity episode of “Fear Factor” and in 2009 he won the ninth season of “Dancing With the Stars” with professional dance partner Kym Johnson. More recently, Osmond sang a duet with Susan Boyle, of “Britain’s Got Talent” fame. The song “This Is the Moment” appears on her fourth album, which was released in November. Osmond grew up in a large family. Besides his four singing partners, there are two older siblings and two younger, for a total of nine kids in the family. Marie and Jimmy are the younger ones. The oldest Osmonds, Virl and Tom, were not part of the official Osmond Brothers group. In honor of Virl and Tom, who were born deaf, the family set up the Olive Osmond Hearing Fund in 2010. Named after their mother, the nonprofit organization raises awareness about hearing health and provides educational materials for those who are deaf and hard of hearing.

handled by Jonas Productions, based in Indianapolis. A week after the Richmond, Ky., show, Osmond will catch up with his sister for the duo’s UK tour in England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland and Northern Ireland, through early February. Then they are back in Las Vegas, performing Tuesday through Saturday at the Flamingo. The Donny & Marie Show at the Flamingo Casino in Las Vegas was voted best all-around performer, best singer (for Donny) and best show in Vegas for 2012. They have been entertaining crowds at the Flamingo since 2008.

The Osmonds are a famous Mormon family, but there are no issues with his performing at a Catholic church. “I have a great respect for the people of the Mormon church, of their missionaries, their values and morality,” said James Sichko, pastor of St. Mark Catholic Church in Richmond. “If we can’t invite people into our community, our space, who are different from us, then we have an issue. The event is called ‘An Evening Among Friends’ and that’s exactly what it’s meant to be,” he said. Sichko, aka Father Jim, started the celebrity concert series at the church in 2005. The “Evening Among Friends” program has featured Regis Philbin, Bill Cosby, Dolly Parton, Natalie Cole and Harry Connick, Jr. (twice), among others. Yes, it is a fundraiser for the church, but that’s not the main emphasis. It’s about joining together as members of a community and giving back to the community. “When Regis came, we gave money back to the YMCA,” Sichko said. “When Bill Cosby was here, we gave money back to the women’s shelter.” After the Donny Osmond concert, the church will make a donation to the Karyn Kuhn Yates Scholarship Fund at Eastern Kentucky University. Yates worked in the Financial Aid department at EKU for 27 years before her death last summer. The “Evening Among Friends” performers know it’s a no-frills environment. It’s not a stadium or performance hall and there are no dressing rooms. They are, however, treated to outstanding hospitality, a welcoming atmosphere, gift baskets in hotel rooms, home-cooked meals and handwritten thank-you notes to every person they bring in. “We treat them and their staff like one of our families,” Sichko said. With 25 rows and a total of 400 seats, the intimacy of the setting makes a night of entertainment even more special. “You don’t get the opportunity to see them in such a space,” Sichko said. Every seat offers a great view of the performer. As for the audio quality, the church’s sanctuary has great acoustics to begin with. Additional details of the sound system and lights for the concert series are

Follow Donny Osmond on Facebook and Twitter (@donnyosmond). An early adopter of technology, he’s had his domain since Feb. 4, 1998. To learn more about the Olive Osmond Hearing Fund, visit

Donny Osmond St. Mark Catholic Church

Saturday, Jan. 12, 5p and 8p Tickets $77 and $125 Available Online at saintmarkcatholicchurch .net/events


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Each year when germ season rolls around, I remember when I was first engaged. While my Mom encouraged the engagement, she made it clear she felt I was a little naïve, and not really prepared for real life. And so she made it her mission to provide me with what she termed, “a dose of reality,” creating or putting me in situations to prove how displaced my many romantic notions were. One such event included a family dinner with relatives. But not even she could have known how the evening would unfold. My husband-to-be certainly didn’t suspect a thing. He thought an invitation to dinner meant he would be fed, enjoy some chitchat, tell a few jokes and earn some goodwill with his future in-laws. Our hosts were a young couple with three preschool children, all of whom had contracted a stomach virus with some seriously wicked symptoms. Faint noxious smells with strong overtones of Lysol permeated the home as we were greeted with the news, “Not everyone is feeling so hot.” A few minutes later our hostess asked if someone would please tend to the pasta, since she had to give one of her children an impromptu bath. “It’s all the way to her socks,” she informed us. On her way to the stove, my mother passed my fiance and me, mumbling, “Now that is reality! What do you think?” “It stinks,” my husband-to-be replied. He was right. And while I probably remain a bit naïve, and do my best to maintain romantic notions, my husband has never forgotten that evening and has spent our over-quarter-century marriage avoiding any involvement in a reenactment. Which does not mean no one gets sick at our house. Truth is — and I cringe to admit my mother may have been right — reality does stink. And

when you have kids, there is plenty of it to go around. I thought I’d gotten off easy with my first child, since she only threw up twice in her first two years of life. While this seemed a very positive quality, what I didn’t realize is that her lack of experience with stomach bugs would render her unable to recognize that horrible sensation that precedes digestive trauma. So, when she did get sick, it usually arrived with great drama as she informed me, far too late, “Mom, my stomach hur---.” The second kid, who turned out to be lactose sensitive, made up for the parenting skills my first didn’t require — particularly ironic since I installed white carpet for the nursery just before he was born. I quickly realized the white carpet was as bad of an idea as giving him cranberry juice when he wasn’t feeling well. By the time the third and fourth kids rolled around, I was a pro at both upchuck prevention and clean up. After all, it’s a fact of life: kids get sick. And of course there are corollary events that involve hot-dog eating, family events and public places. If you’re a Mom, you learn to deal with it. Ask for the clean up on aisle four and move on as quickly as possible. Oh. And only get leather seats in your car. It’s SO worth it. And all this time, that guy who married me despite the gross display of reality we encountered early on, has avoided our offsprings’ smelly realities. I don’t mind. We have a very practical policy in our marriage: only one person needs to deal with unpleasant things. So, he handles the trash, I handle the laundry. I handle sick kids, and he handles pet messes. Now that our kids are older, there is far less for me to handle when it comes to their illnesses. On the other hand, our cat is a prolific hunter and loves to “share” prime parts with us. And the dogs still get into the garbage or eat stuff outside that doesn’t agree with them, and then find a prime spot to unload. The other day, as I was preparing breakfast, I heard the dog heaving… and decided it was time for a nice hot shower.


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52 | Partner, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP

As a lawyer, husband and father, Stephen admits that he wasn’t very fit when he was younger. He began running when he started law school to relieve stress. “Not much changed until I hit 40, when it seemed like I gained 20 pounds overnight,” Stephen says. “I decided I needed to take my health a little more seriously, so I started lifting weights and challenging myself more with my runs.” Now an avid runner, Stephen averages 25 to 30 miles a week, running five days a week. He lifts weights a few times a week and does yoga once a week. “Lots of people give me a hard time about the yoga, but it is great for stretching and flexibility, and helps me avoid running injuries,” Stephen explains.

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In 2012, Stephen participated in two 5Ks, a 10K, a 10 mile run, three half-marathons, two full marathons, Tough Mudder, the Bourbon Chase and a race to the top of the Lexington Financial Center. Since 2012 was such an active year for him, he wants everyone to make the most of the coming year: “Don’t use your age as an excuse for not being active. Get off your butt and do something good for yourself in 2013!”

“I look at fitness as an investment in my longterm quality of life.”


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BELLE VIE MEDSPA 859.245.7546 | | 2337 Sir Barton Way, Suite 130 Belle Vie MedSpa has expanded their services to include Weight Management and Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). Every patient is unique; different goals and lifestyles require programs to be tailored to every individual based on the desired outcome. Belle Vie’s weight loss programs may be as simple as providing nutritional counseling and accountability; supplements and appetite suppressants; HCG injections; or a combination of all the above. Weight loss is often related to a hormone imbalance. HRT addresses symptoms such as an inability to lose or maintain weight loss, depression, fatigue and diminished sex drive or mental clarity. Belle Vie finds many patients come to them for weight loss, but after a review of their medical history, symptoms and goals, they actually need HRT. Other Belle Vie MedSpa services include Massage, Facials, Chemical Peels, Waxing, Lash Extensions in the aesthetic division, and medical aesthetic services such as Botox, Dysport, Restylane, Juvederm, Laser Hair Removal, IPL and Fraxel Laser. For more information regarding Belle Vie MedSpa services and products, visit their website or call directly.

SURFSET FITNESS 615.410.5020 | 333 E Main St Suite 160 Hours away from the ocean, it’s hard to imagine Lexington getting fit by surfing. But that’s just what Surfset Fitness is here to offer! Opening in February 2013, Surfset Fitness will offer a brand new type of fitness class that combines the excitement of surfing with an effective full body workout. For anyone interested in pursuing an offbeat fitness method that has proven results, Surfset Fitness is a fun and challenging option. All of Surfset’s exercises are done on the revolutionary Rip Surfer X. This machine simulates the physical demands of surfing without any water. Designed to engage your core and stabilizer muscles, the Rip Surfer X helps create real change, inside and out. It’s adjustable to all fitness levels, offering anyone a challenge. They will also offer Surfset attire made by Under Armour, as well as Zico coconut water to refresh every visitor. The atmosphere of Surfset Fitness is unlike any other workout facility. Guests will love the fun, excitement and challenge of this new fitness studio, located at Main and Rose.


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SWEAT LEXINGTON 859.368.7922 | | 867 E High St, Suite 250 SWEAT has been open for its first exciting year, offering Lexington unique, professional and effective cardiovascular workouts. SWEAT offers non-impact rowing and low-impact BarreCardio workouts. Both promise to mix up that same old boring fitness regimen. Cardiovascular training is an essential element to weight management, heart health and cholesterol. It actually lifts your mood & stamina! Sweat makes it easy to incorporate Cardio into your daily lifestyle by offering classes all day, 7 days a week! SWEAT instructors and coaches are trained to give you safe, one-on-one, personalized workouts. You won’t have to worry about being new, feeling self conscious or keeping up because the instructors listen to your needs and promise hands-on professional results! There are no membership fees and if you have not already tried it out, your first class is FREE! Sweat also offers an array of the leading men and women’s fitness-wear. Sweat to Live, and Live to Sweat.

PLASTIC SURGEONS OF LEXINGTON Dr. J. Michael Moore, Dr. Joe Hill, Dr. Andrew Moore, Dr. Sherwood Moore 859.276.3883 | | 1401 Harrodsburd Rd, B488 Body contouring is a phrase used to describe several different types of surgical procedures, which are often used in combination to restore a lean and youthful appearing body type. Common names for these various procedures include breast lift, arm lift, tummy tuck, thigh lift, and liposuction. First and foremost, these procedures are not designed to be weight loss procedures. On the contrary, they are designed to remove excess skin and subcutaneous fat that accumulates as we age and fluctuate weight via conspicuously placed incisions. Liposuction, as an example, is one of the most common surgical procedures performed by Board-certified plastic surgeons, indicating the importance our society places on body shape. Ideal patients for these procedures are otherwise healthy individuals who have sustained a significant amount of weight loss resulting in excess skin and subcutaneous fat in many areas of the body or those who have isolated areas of excess skin and fat not responsive to diet and exercise. For more information regarding these types of procedures, please call Plastic Surgeons of Lexington, P.L.L.C.


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SCHROEDER FAMILY DENTISTRY 859.276.5496 | | 2401 Regency Rd. With over 20 years of experience using sedation dentistry, Dr. Fred Schroeder has perfected the art of anxiety free dentistry. Dr. Schroeder is one of the first dentists in the Central Kentucky area to become Board Certified for the administration of moderate sedation. Halcion sedation is a simple, needle free form of sedation that provides a straightforward solution for many patients that experience anxiety associated with dental visits. Containing an amnesia component, halcion is taken in pill form prior to dental appointments. Dr. Schroeder and his staff use extreme care skill and judgment when monitoring each sedation patient to provide the most positive dental experience possible. Smiling is made easy at Dr. Schroeder’s office with the use of sedation dentistry.

DR. SUSAN NEIL 859.278.6435 | | 2101 Nicholasville Rd., Suite 206 Dr Susan Neil is a board certified physician who specializes in non-surgical cosmetic treatments and integrative medicine. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, The American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery and the American Academy of Anti-Ageing and Regenerative Medicine. In early 2012 Dr. Neil introduced Liposonix to Kentucky, offering a non-surgical permanent method for reducing targeted fat in the waist, flank and hip areas. Liposonix uses high-intensity ultrasound to destroy fat cells, which are then reabsorbed by the body. One treatment typically results in a 1-2 inch decrease, and may be repeated after 3 months if needed, although it is intended for people at normal body weight, for localized fat reduction, not weight-loss. The energy used also causes collagen contraction, so there is no increase in loose skin afterwards. Dr. Neil was also among the first physicians in the US to use Thermage®, which is now celebrating its 10 year anniversary. Thermage® is a unique non-surgical procedure for firming and contouring skin and reducing wrinkles. It can be performed on the eyelids and body as well as the face. Since its introduction in 2002, over 1 million treatments have been performed worldwide. In the past year Dr. Neil added a specialized Thermage device for treating the body, for faster treatment of loose skin on the arms, abdomen or thighs, as well as improving the appearance of cellulite, usually in one treatment, although with more skin laxity a six-month follow-up treatment may be advised. Dr. Neil offers complementary consultations for both Liposonix and Thermage treatments.


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ARTHUR MURRAY 859.278.7711 | 1801 Alexandria Dr. Suite 132 This year, it’s time to try something different to stay in shape! Ballroom Dancing in fast becoming one of the most popular sports to lost weight, stay fit, and have fun! Dancing with or without a partner during a private lesson will burn an average of anywhere from 450 – 600 calories at a time. Most students find that dancing is the equivalent of walking a mile and a half ! With so many different dances like Tango, Waltz, Rumba, Samba, and Quick Step, there is something for everyone. Take the first step – if you can walk, you can dance! Don’t miss the chance to enjoy learning to dance! Try a free private lesson and see how easy and fun it can be with Lexington’s favorite dance studio!

LEXINGTON WOMEN’S HEALTH 859.264.8811 | | 1775 Alysheba Way, Suite 180 So what’s all the hype about robotic surgery? Even just ten years ago, the concept of a physician in an operating room with a robot assisting seemed farfetched. But it’s true. When the difficult decision is made to undergo hysterectomy, women are often concerned about the amount of time required for recovery. These days, everyone’s too busy to be down for surgery! Women want the least invasive option that will meet their needs safely. Robotic surgery has distinct advantages over traditional surgery requiring a large incision on the abdomen. Robotic surgery is done through small incisions less than one centimeter. It follows that there is less pain with robotic surgery. Robotic surgery is much more precise than other operations and as a result, there is less blood loss. Operations for women with multiple prior surgeries or a very large uterus can be done with robotic technique. For any woman facing hysterectomy and told she is not a candidate for minimally invasive surgery, certainly seek a second opinion! Chances are, she could be home the same day as the operation and back to most normal activities in 2 weeks!


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PRIVÉ MEDSPA 859.523.5893 3363 Tates Creek Rd.

Privé Medical Spa has been serving Lexington for over a year and offers clients the benefits of a spa atmosphere while providing medical attention. Brandice Harrison, Physician Assistant, and Carrie Clifford-Bennett, Nurse Practitioner, have 13 years of combined aesthetic experience. They and their staff tailor every client’s experience to meet their individual skincare needs and preferences.

CROSSFIT MAXIMUS 859.317.9568 2560 Palumbo Dr., Suite 110 821 National Ave. CrossFit involves doing constantly varied, high-intensity, functional movement, resulting in a powerful workout that’s never dull. With a different daily schedule of workouts and varied workouts for each class, the body never reaches a plateau—there will always be a new and exciting challenge to face. The intensity factor means compressing the workout into a shorter time frame while maintaining proper form and technique. Functional movements are natural, safe movements that the body is built to do in everyday life. By combining these three elements, CrossFit creates a workout that produces results. CrossFit can be scaled to any body, age or level of fitness. Everyone can experience CrossFit firsthand and the first class is free.


Privé is passionate about bringing their clients achievable, believable beauty. They select products and services that will improve clients’ skin, making them look and feel fresher, younger and healthier. Privé specializes in skincare and aesthetic medical services including Botox, Dysport and Dermal Fillers and they carry products from SkinCeuticals, Obagi, Jane Iredale Makeup and Clarisonic. Privé will begin offering laser treatments in the first quarter of 2013, as well.

FIT 859.309.3131 342 Romany Rd. New to Chevy Chase, Fit offers a unique take on fitness for men and women of all fitness levels. They offer a variety of classes for cardio and toning in a small, non-intimidating environment, allowing for personal attention. They even have childcare services available to parents while they exercise. Fit’s cycling classes utilize the Evo Bike with Core Active Stayframe, allowing it to sway side to side like a real bike, which engages the core and upper body more than a stationary position. They also offer yoga, Raise the Bar, TRX Circuit classes and more. Fit’s online reservation system makes it easy for students to save their seat before they leave home. No contracts, memberships or long-term commitments are needed at Fit. Guests are welcome to purchase single classes, discounted packages or monthly unlimited packages.

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Power UP with Healthy Recipes!


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Easy Turkey Skillet Dinner ¾ 1 3 3 1 ½ ¼ 2

Nonstick cooking spray pound lean ground turkey medium onion, peeled and chopped tomatoes, chopped tablespoons tomato paste teaspoon each dried basil, oregano and garlic powder teaspoon salt teaspoon ground black pepper medium zucchini, sliced

Spray nonstick cooking spray in a large skillet. Brown turkey and onion over medium heat until turkey is cooked through and onion is soft, about 10 minutes.

Spinach Salad with Seared Bok Choy, Ginger and Cilantro

1 Tbsp canola oil 1 bunch bok choy, rinsed well and chopped (4 cups) 1⁄3 cup chopped whole green onions 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 tsp minced fresh ginger 1 Tbsp reduced-sodium soy sauce 1⁄4 tsp freshly ground black pepper 2 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro 4 cups fresh baby spinach leaves

Add tomatoes, tomato paste and seasonings. Simmer over medium heat for 10 minutes. Add zucchini and cook for 5 minutes more. Serve while hot. (NAPS)

In large skillet, heat canola oil over medium-high heat. Add bok choy, green onions, garlic and ginger and cook 2–3 minutes or until bok choy is tender-crisp. Add soy sauce and pepper, stir to coat and cook 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in cilantro. Arrange spinach leaves on serving platter. Spoon bok choy mixture over spinach and serve. (NAPS)

Pistachios with Black and White Peppercorns 4 1 1⁄4 1⁄4

tablespoons canola oil pound American pistachios, in shell ounce ground black peppercorns ounce ground white peppercorns Sea salt to taste

Warm the canola oil in a stovetop pan, add the pistachios and toast evenly. Add the ground black and white pepper, coat evenly and continue toasting; season with sea salt to taste. Remove from heat and serve warm in the dish of your choice. There are a variety of great ways to enjoy the protein power of pistachios. (NAPS)


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4 pounds fresh PEI mussels 4 ounces white wine 2 teaspoons red onions, finely chopped 6 tablespoons sweet chili sauce 4 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro One-half lime squeezed

Rinse fresh PEI mussels in cold water. Tap any mussels that are still open. Discard any mussels that remain open. Place mussels in a saute pan, adding wine, red onions, sweet chili sauce, cilantro and lime. Cover pan and allow to steam until mussels start to open up.

Yum Yum Veggie Sliders

1 can black beans (drained, rinsed) 1/2 small red bell pepper, (1/3 cup small dice) 1/2 small onion, (1/3 cup small dice) 1 stalk of celery, (1/3 cup small dice) 3 cloves garlic (peeled, diced) 1/3 cups California raisins (finely chopped) 1 egg 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon chili powder 1/2 teaspoon chipotle powder 2 teaspoons cumin 3/4 cup bread crumbs 1/2 cup quinoa, cooked and cooled

If grilling, preheat an outdoor grill for high heat, lightly oil a sheet of aluminum foil. If baking, preheat oven to 375 degrees (F) and lightly oil a baking sheet. In a medium bowl, mash black beans until thick and pasty. In a small bowl, mix finely chopped bell pepper, onion, celery, garlic and California raisins. Stir into mashed beans. In another small bowl, stir egg, salt, chili and chipotle powder and cumin. Stir the egg mixture into mashed beans. Mix in bread crumbs and quinoa until mixture is sticky and holds together. Divide into small patties. Makes 12 patties. (NEWSUSA)


Stir the pan occasionally to ensure the chili sauce coats all the mussels. Discard any mussels that do not open. Serve mussels in large oval bowl with your favorite bread for dipping. (NEWSUSA)

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Pear-Oat Smoothie Spinach and Artichoke Macaroni and Cheese 2 1 1

cups dry whole grain macaroni pasta (14-oz) can artichokes, drained and chopped (10-oz) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry 4 oz Parmesan cheese, freshly grated; 1⁄4 cup reserved for topping 2 oz Romano cheese, freshly grated (or substitute with extra Parmesan) 4 oz reduced-fat Monterey Jack cheese, shredded 2 Tbsp flour 2 cups Smart Balance® Fat Free Milk and Omega-3s 1 clove garlic, pressed or minced 1⁄2 tsp black pepper 1⁄2 cup breadcrumbs

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cup low-fat milk small ripe pear (skin on), cored and chopped 1⁄4 cup rolled oats 2 dates, pitted 1⁄2 teaspoon cinnamon 4 ice cubes Blend all ingredients until smooth. Note: Add more ice for a colder/thicker smoothie. (NAPS)

Cook macaroni in boiling water in a medium saucepan until al dente; drain. Combine drained pasta in a 9x13-inch baking dish with artichokes, spinach and cheeses except 1⁄4 cup Parmesan reserved for topping. Return same saucepan to stovetop. Place flour in saucepan and whisk in milk until smooth. Add garlic and pepper. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. Remove from heat and pour sauce over pasta mixture in baking dish. Stir to distribute sauce throughout. Bake, covered, at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and stir until cheese sauce is creamy and smooth. Combine reserved 1⁄4 cup Parmesan with breadcrumbs and sprinkle on top. Return to oven and bake, uncovered, for 20 minutes longer or until sauce is bubbly and wtopping starts to brown. Yield: 10 (1-cup) servings. (NAPS)


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FINANCE: OWNER’S MANUAL by Tom Dupree The Money Man

Do you remember the first thing you owned? It could have been a pair of shoes, a new bicycle, a CD from your favorite group, or your own cell phone. Do you remember how you cared for it? Because you had to wait for it, or perhaps earn it, you appreciated it. You found out that ownership is work. Whatever it is that you own you must care for and maintain. It comes with the territory, and it helps that thing which you own be valuable to you. Maintenance takes time and patience. We own a few dogs. What I have found out is that they own me. The reason is because we make sure they are fed high quality dog food and get plenty of loving attention and exercise. That takes a lot of effort and money, but we are rewarded with healthy, happy and loyal pets. I found more than one of them wandering out in the woods with no collar. I am convinced that they have had a better life with our family than they would have had otherwise. In our recent election, one of the major ideas at stake was who owns America. Is America owned by those who have the power to tax and confiscate away things that others have worked to build and own? Or is America owned by those who love it and who will continue to build and rebuild that which is taken from them or destroyed? It’s a good question. Right now, President Obama’s Federal government is in a position to take more of the substance of Americans who produce it. Nobody voted for this in the last election, but because our government believes it has the power to do so, it will. Ostensibly this money is being redirected to more productive uses for it. Or perhaps it is being “invested” in things like education. But the producers of the money will have no say in whether or not they pay it and for what it will be used. This is the same thing as the government taking away your dog or cat and telling you they have more “productive” use for it. All of a sudden that pet goes from being owned, and ownership implies love and responsibility, to an orphan. We don’t always see it this way because as citizens, we are numb to government overreach. We are used to it, resigned to it, and we accept it in a fatalistic way. To a certain degree we have allowed envy of those who have more than us restrain us from speaking out when we see confiscation going on. “Those rich SOBs have plenty. They can afford it,” we think to ourselves. That doesn’t make it right.


I have known a number of rich people in my career. They are generally no different than people who aren’t rich. Many of them are not all that good looking, of average to sometimes less than average intelligence, and they aren’t always highly competent. They are just people. However, one thing most of them have in common is they understand and are passionate about ownership. They don’t always fight for it, are sometimes ashamed of it, but they understand it. And to understand ownership is to understand love, because without it you cannot care for what you own. Love and effort are the only things that ever build anything worth having. America wouldn’t be what it is without love and effort, and the ownership that comes from them. And I am here speaking of material ownership. Sadly, that is something our government and those who run it don’t understand.

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Kellie Clarke and the team from Norwalk helped with a lot of the design in the home. Jill had her vision and Clark helped bring it to life. The living room off the kitchen is one room that is full of life and charm. With the beams from the old tobacco barn creating a cathedral ceiling above, the room feels open and modern. Little touches like the rug with a Native American pattern and an old feed box found in Jill’s father-in-law’s barn bring the room back to down-home comfort. The stone fireplace continues up to the ceiling creates a focal point for the room while a comfortable tan couch and two cushy plaid chairs create comfortable seating for family and guests. Above is a sweet surprise; a chandelier candelabrum lights the room and makes the space able to transform to a formal area with ease.


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The huge master suite is cozy with colonial style details. Recessed lighting makes the space modern, but doesn’t take away from the vintage sconces on the walls. The master bath looks fit for Thomas Jefferson with weathered colonial-style cabinetry and wrought iron detailing.

Also upstairs is a guest room and John and Jill’s son Lane’s room. His room is plain and perfect for a young boy. Inspiration hangs on the wall opposite his bed where over a dozen of Lane’s original artwork over the years is framed and on display. It is a sweet touch for a child’s bedroom.


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The home’s screened-in porch leads to a large outdoor porch complete with a stone fireplace to match the one inside. Comfortable but chic outdoor furniture from Norwalk makes the space seem like another room in the home. The porch looks out onto the sod fields of Mahan Farms. This place is more than just a home for the Mahans. The family hopes to grow old here. “I designed it so the home could evolve to our future,” says Jill. The Mahans have brought their heart to this home and they plan on keeping it here.


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GARDENING: remember to care for your feathered friends this winter by Michelle Rauch, Gardening Enthusiast

Salads, fresh fruits, and vegetables tempt my taste buds during the Spring and Summer. I savor soups, stews, and hot casseroles during the Fall and Winter months. Just as our bodies crave different tastes as the seasons change, the nutritional needs of our feathered friends differ, too. Winter presents challenges outside the obvious dip in temperature. The days are shorter which means there is not as much time for birds to seek out their food sources. Their natural supply of insects and worms is dormant, dead or obscured by snow. Water and shelter are harder to find. This is where we can step in to ensure birds can be among the survival of the fittest. I admit, like my gardening, I made a beginner’s mistake last winter when it came to feeding birds. Simply put, I did not. My gardening was done for the winter and so was my effort to keep my two feeders full. This summer I bought more feeders and started learning about food. I’m taking that knowledge and putting it to practice this winter. Birds require nourishment that will give them the energy needed to stay warm. High calorie, high fat food is a must. Start with suet. Its 100% pure fat. The hard, solid substance is sold in “cake form” and is very affordable. You can find suet cakes as cheap as a dollar. I have mine stacked with nut cakes (no pun intended) on a stackable hanger made for cakes. You can also hang them in metal cages.

in my yard, but generally speaking, they are limited in the big picture. Keep your man made-bird houses out as a refuge from wind, rain, ice, snow and predators. If you have not done so already, clean the houses to make sure there are no parasitic bugs. The same advice applies to your feeders. My finch feeder remained untouched and full for more than a month. When I asked an expert, I was told it was likely the food may have spoiled and the feeder needed cleaning. Makes sense—I wouldn’t want to eat spoiled food from a dirty plate, so why would a bird? I threw the food out and disinfected the feeder with a mixture of diluted bleach (10%) and water. Although maintaining a birdbath or other water source has inherent challenges during freezing weather, birds still need it. You can purchase a specially designed heater for your birdbath, or can keep an eye on the water you put out. A helping hand from us can ensure birds make it through the long, cold winter. Plus, they’re so enjoyable to watch from inside, especially the beautiful red Cardinals contrasting with white snow. Happy New Year!

Peanuts, whole or shelled, are another power food for winter feeding. They are high in protein and fat, and they won’t freeze. Many backyard birds will flock to your yard if you make peanuts available. Oil sunflower seed is another winner. Loaded with more calories than striped sunflower, coupled with its thinner shell, makes this another great choice for winter. It is equally important to make sure your feeders remain full all winter long so the birds can always find their source of food easily. In addition to the challenge of finding food, shelter can also become scarce. After the leaves have fallen, there are fewer places to escape from the cold, biting wind. I have three natural evergreens


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Is 2013 your year to eat healthier, get in shape, spend less money or be more charitable? This is the time of year when you resolve to accomplish whatever goal(s) you have set for yourself. Even if you’re planning a party in the next couple of months, you don’t have to break your New Year’s resolutions. The following tips can help you stick to your resolutions while planning a party that does not sacrifice style. Choose Healthy Party Food Cake and ice cream are traditional party staples. Of course, no party, whether it’s a birthday party or a cocktail party, is complete without dessert. But, healthy food can be fun, too! For a kids’ party, start with a nutritious first course. If kids eat healthy starters, like peanut butter sandwiches on whole wheat bread or vegetables served with dip, they will be less likely to fill up on dessert. Another tactic for getting kids to eat nutritious food is to display it in an interesting way. Fruit kabobs or vegetables cut into fun shapes will have guests reaching for seconds. Desserts also get a healthy makeover if you scale down portions and make healthy swaps. For example, muffins and yogurt parfaits are great lower calorie swaps for the usual cake and ice cream. Plan a Party Around an Activity It’s simple to sneak a little exercise into a kids’ party without them even having a clue. Venues like bowling alleys, gymnasiums, pools, batting cages and skating rinks all allow kids to get exercise and burn off some of their party excitement. At-home birthday parties can also incorporate energy burning activities. Activities like dance parties, scavenger hunts and relay races are examples of entertaining athome party events. Kids aren’t the only ones who love children’s birthday parties filled with activities. Parents will appreciate their little ones getting some much needed exercise and the good night of sleep that’s sure to follow.

tions for the party. An added bonus of making your own decorations is that your party will have a one of a kind, custom look. Another way to save money is to host the party at your home instead of paying for an expensive party venue. Also, consider choosing a party time which would not require you to serve a full meal. Appetizers and bite-sized snacks often are less pricey than a full meal. For an adult party, you can save money by providing a scaled down bar. Setting out beer and wine or just one signature drink will save you the cost of a full bar. Finally, you can save money if you plan your party in advance. If you are not rushed to purchase items for the party, you’ll have the opportunity to scour for sales on party decorations and party food. Think Charitably About Your Party If you have committed to be more charitable in 2013, incorporate this goal into your next party. For birthday parties, donations to the guest of honor’s favorite charity can be made in lieu of gifts. For instance, if your child is an animal lover, ask her if she’d like to have guests donate items to the local animal shelter. Additionally, when shopping for party gifts or favors, look for gifts that give back. Many companies donate portions of their profits to charity or create special products for charitable causes. With just a little bit of planning and organization, the parties you host in 2013 can be fantastic. Since you won’t have to break your New Year’s resolution, you’ll feel great about the party, too!

Planning a Party on a Budget Hosting a party doesn’t have to break your New Year’s resolution to stick to a budget. The most memorable parties aren’t necessarily the ones that cost the most money. The first way to save money is to tackle as many DIY projects as you can. You can start by making your own decoraTo get the recipe for the cranberry muffins shown here visit


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ETIQUETTE: table manners 101 by Sue Ann Truitt Etiquette Consultant

The holidays are past; gifts are given and decorations are stored. Now is the time to concentrate on a few areas of self improvement. Not just New Year’s Resolutions, but betterment that will make an impact on every aspect of life. Yes, good manners! Good manners give confidence in a situation, whether it is an important date or a job interview. Norman Vincent Peel wrote the book “How to Win Friends and Influence People.” This is accomplished with the practice of good manners. Parents and grandparents teach young children to always say “please and thank you.” Manners are learned from that stage forward. Then, manners can be overlooked, forgotten or just not practiced. It is important to review your manners quotient. Table manners begin when you have a meal with or without another person. Always sit where the place card or the host indicates. Never change places on your own. If there is no indication, consider sitting next to the person you know least about and enjoy making a new friend. Upon being seated, first unfold your napkin below the edge of the table. Place the napkin in your lap folded in half with the fold next to your body. Do not begin to eat until everyone at the table has been served and the host takes the first bite. Follow your host’s lead throughout the meal. Keep your hands or hand in your lap when not in use. Sit up straight and eat the food by bringing the food to your mouth. Do not bring your mouth down to the food. Once you have used a knife, fork or spoon, always place it on the plate, never back on the table. Do not ask for more or different food from what you see on the table. If it is available, it will be offered to you. When beverages are brought to you, you may politely say, “No, thank you,” but never turn your glass or cup upside down on the table.

Salt and pepper are always passed together. When passing an item with a handle, turn the handle toward the receiver which makes it easier to grasp. When being served soup, always dip the spoon away from you. Sip the soup from the side of the spoon. In between sips, place the spoon on the plate under the soup bowl. The use of a butter knife or a butter spreader need not be complex. If the meal is served with one butter knife and a butter dish, it is meant to be used by everyone. Use this knife to put a small amount of butter on your individual bread plate. Do not use this knife to spread onto your own bread. If there is a small butter spreader at your place, it is for your individual use only. Should there not be an individual spreader, then use the dinner knife. Bread should be torn into small bite size pieces one piece at a time. Each piece should be buttered as you eat it. Bread is never for sopping gravy and sauces or for wiping your plate. When finished with the meal, place the used flatware on your plate in the four o’clock position imagining that the plate is a clock. With these well-practiced manners in mind, it becomes an honor to have dinner in someone’s home or to be invited to join them at a restaurant. Good manners make everyone feel confident and comfortable. They put guests and hosts alike at ease with one another. Keeping these basic manners as a part of everyday living will become easier and easier. Dining etiquette is about making a meal more pleasant for everybody. Enjoy!

Food is always passed to your right. When the meal is served family style with the serving dishes on the table, begin by serving yourself first from the dish nearest you. Then pass to the person on your right. Should someone request a dish near you for a second helping, pass the dish to that person without serving yourself. After they have taken a portion, ask for the dish to be returned to serve yourself.


August 4, 2012

Jami & Kevin Reynolds

WOW Wedding

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hen Kevin and Jami first met in Southeastern Kentucky as tweens, their short lived romance ended after only two dates. As they grew into young adults, they lost touch. The two could have never imagined what fate had in store. Jami moved to Los Angeles, working with the horse industry. Kevin went to Southern California to pursue a music career. By coincidence, they both ended up at The Comedy Store on the Sunset Strip on the same night. Amazed to see each other sitting at opposite sides of the stage, they exchanged hugs and promised to keep in touch this time. Jami continued her professional career while Kevin played in music halls across the country. After meeting up for coffee one night, they decided to truly pursue their relationship. The couple decided to drive to Kevin’s Malibu home to spend Thanksgiving together. Kevin put a song he wrote for Jami on as they enjoyed the beautiful Pacific Coast Highway views. As the sun was setting over the ocean, Kevin pulled over, claiming something was wrong with the back tire. When he called for Jami’s assistance, she stepped out to find him on bended knee with a ring.

honoring Southern tradition.The groom’s uncle officiated the ceremony. Kevin’s grandfather was a well-renown preacher, so the officiant included his traditional vow exchange.

After living in LA, it was important to Jami and Kevin to return to the Bluegrass to be married, surrounded by all their family and friends. They chose Spindletop Hall for its Southern charm.

The bride and groom were actually two of the last people to leave the reception. The couple enjoyed spending time with their parents before jetting off on their European honeymoon, and just taking time to savor every moment of their unforgettable day.

The couple wanted an overall theme of rocker chic, incorporating their West Coast style while

Upon arrival at Spindletop Hall, guests were greeted with a glass of the father of the groom’s special recipe lemonade in mint julep glasses. A string quartet played rock n’ roll classics as everyone was seated. After the ceremony, guests were treated to passed hors d’oeuvres and modern pop and rock music played by the string quartet. Guests enjoyed savory Southern starters such as hot brown puff pastries, crab cakes and goat cheese crostinis. Dinner featured prime rib, antipastas and mashed potatoes in martini glasses. After plenty of dancing and laughter, everyone enjoyed a late-night snack of mini burgers and fries to keep the energy high. The purple velvet wedding cake featured a row of rhinestones, Swarovski crystal accents and over 600 handmade sugar flowers. All together, the cake stood at least five feet tall! The pistachio groom’s cake was a replica of the vintage Fender Telecaster he performs with on his band’s national tours.

by Amanda Harper Photography by Kentucky Studio 130

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The headpiece choice for your wedding day truly tops off your wedding style. Often the headpiece is the single thing your guests will remember about your wedding look, because it frames and highlights your glowing face. Many brides don’t realize that their dress is ‘the one’ until they see it paired with the right veil, and they truly feel, and look, like a bride for the first time. Nothing says ‘bride’ more than a veil! One of the oldest wedding traditions, a veil symbolizes modesty and purity, especially when worn over the face during the ceremony. In ‘ye olden days’, grooms often saw their bride for the first time when ‘the veil is lifted’, thus the much used term. But these days, few brides cover their faces during the ceremony for several reasons. It can ruin the wedding photographs, your friends and family can’t see the joy on your face, and the bride gets only a muted view of her meticulously planned wedding. But veils are still the number one headpiece choice for today’s bride. We will start with the shortest of veils, and work our way to the longest and most dramatic. THE BIRDCAGE A great trend for a vibrant, stylish bride is the birdcage, perfect for the bride that feels that a traditional veil is too fussy. Popularized in the 20’s, birdcage veils bring both a vintage or ultra modern feel to your wedding day look. The birdcage involves a ‘cage’ of open netting that comes down over one or both eyes, your nose, or to the chin to cover the entire face. Birdcage netting can be seated in a fascinator on the side of the head, in a band or on a floral comb and is best worn with an updo. The birdcage veil will elevate your style level and will make a great statement. If you are a sassy and quirky bride, the birdcage is for you. THE FLYAWAY VEIL One of the most iconic of veils, the flyaway veil is perfect for someone who is fun, flirtatious and not a bit fussy or pretentious. The flyaway is the shortest veil that falls behind the head, and is wispy and multilayered. Usually less than 20” long, its short length is less formal, but is still a true veil appropriate for short or long wedding gowns. It’s perfect for City Hall, unconventional and themed weddings, and informal wedding settings. If you’re a non-traditional bride with attitude this is a great veil for you. The flyaway is perfectly short and sweet. THE ELBOW VEIL Just as you would expect, the elbow veil gracefully falls over your shoulders and ends just above the elbow. It easily floats along your upper arms and can fall over the front of the arm to surround your face and upper torso for a very bridal effect. It’s length ranges between 28” and 36”. The elbow veil is working its way toward formal, but its shorter length is still a more casual veil alternative. This was the length of choice in the 50’s, and is back again in a big way – walking the line

perfectly between vintage and modern, or casual and formal. When in doubt, choose an elbow length veil – you can’t go wrong. THE FINGERTIP VEIL The next length choice takes the veil down to the tips of your outstretched fingers, great for photographs because the bride can play with the veil when posing or dancing. Its style is intended to surround you like a floating cape. Made popular in the 40’s and 50’s, it is a very requested look now as it was the length worn by Kate Middleton when she married Prince William. The fingertip veil is elegant and formal, but still not fussy. This length is obviously fit for a (future) queen! WALTZ, CHAPEL AND CATHEDRAL LENGTH VEILS We can ‘waltz’ through the remaining veil lengths, as they are the most dramatic, and most formal of all, staring with the waltz length veil. This veil falls between your knees and ankles, and is aptly named because you can dance in it without holding or removing the veil. The chapel length veil reaches to the floor and can extend up to three feet past your gowns hemline. This length has been growing in popularity, and is the most popular of these three longer veils. The cathedral length veil - think Julie Andrews in the Sound of Music and Princess Diana – is the most dramatic and longest of all and works only in the most grand of wedding settings. CHOOSE THE VEIL THAT IS RIGHT FOR YOUR SPECIAL DAY You may say ‘Yes to the Dress’, but on your wedding day your veil will be your new best friend, so choose one that you are comfortable with, that will be low maintenance and that complements your personality.


What’s New

Megan (Riggs) & Ryan Lunch November 30, 2012 Photo by Shaun Ring Photography

Keisha (Johnson) & Shane Allen September 1, 2012 Photo by Kentucky Studio

Wedding Announcements

Lindsey (Bedman) & Mason Williams August 4, 2012 Photo by Beth Hutton

Alayna Faye (Gathy) & David Wesley Alford November 24, 2012 Emily Faith Photography

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