TOPS Weddings | June 2016

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June 2016





Jessica & Mike

Amber & Dallas

Jane & Kenny

Brandice & Todd

38 Color Inspiration

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On the Cover: Kelly McGuire and her flower girls by Amy Wallen Photography






Lucy & Keenon

Alison & Randy

Kristen & Jonathan

Lauren & Matt

Kelly & Nick



Signature Cocktails

Vendor Index

TOPS Marketing | 465 East High St., Ste 201, Lexington, KY 40507 | 859.543.TOPS (8677) | Keith Yarber Publisher

Jen Brown Content Manager & Graphic Design

Teri Turner Advertising Sales Manager

Niki Dillman Advertising Account Executive

Nolan Alt Assistant

Kristen Oakley Editor in Chief

Haley Walls Graphic Design

Debbie Hodges Advertising Account Executive

Jenny Button Drotovick Advertising Account Executive

Keni Parks Photography Manager

Amanda Harper Digital Manager & Senior Designer

Melissa Meatyard Art Director

Danielle Pope Director of Promotions & Marketing

Bonni Jiunta Advertising Account Executive

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Writer: Amanda Harper Interns: Madison Rexroat Hayley Robb

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Johnsons jessica + mike august 15th

Although they attended UK together and even lived in neighboring fraternity/sorority houses, Jessica and Mike didn’t meet until after he had graduated and she was in medical school. They met at Local Taco through a mutual friend and decided to go on a date. They went for drinks at Rincon then wandered around downtown Lexington together. He didn’t tell her he had a triathlon the next morning and stayed out late anyway. After winning his age group, he took Jessica to a Cincinnati Reds game that very afternoon! On a Monday in June, Mike invited Jessica for a walk in Veteran’s Park after work, as they often did. She was running late, but Mike had her meet him on a bridge. He was waiting with their dog, Ghost. When Mike reached into his bag to pull out a ring, Jessica was ecstatic. The couple’s future best man was waiting near the bridge with a camera to capture the moment. Mike is a Lexington native while Jessica grew up in Danville. They chose to have their wedding on her parents’ farm, which allowed them to choose a very relaxed pace for the day. They loved having their wedding at a site so personal to them both, and it offered a beautiful backdrop. Jessica and Mike wanted a small wedding party, so they chose only a best man and a maid of honor who picked their own attire. The couple’s best friends all chose to wear coordinating outfits of their choice. The groom and best man wore matching ties from the Keeneland Gift Shop in blush and navy. Mike wore custom wooden cufflinks engraved with his initials, a wedding gift from the bride. Jessica wore a lace gown with a gold beaded belt from Anthropologie and a birdcage veil with a custom floral hair clip. The ceremony took place at sunset before a massive willow tree. The bride hung strings of flowers from its branches, but they chose to allow the natural beauty of the spot to shine through. Just as Jessica and Mike were about to walk back down the aisle, Ghost started whimpering. They motioned for her to come over and she ran up and gave them both a kiss and walked with them up the aisle–an unplanned moment that the couple will never forget.

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A hayride transported guests from the ceremony site to the reception area. The bride’s uncle Ron took his job as the tractor driver very seriously and showed up in bibbed overalls and a straw hat! Guests loved this detail and everyone took photos with their enthusiastic chauffer. Ron dropped everyone off at a cocktail hour–an idea the couple incorporated into their wedding day at the suggestion of their photographer–where everyone mingled and enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and drinks. This further added to the day’s laid-back vibe, which is exactly what the couple hoped for: they are both very laid-back people and wanted a wedding where they could truly relax and have fun! At the reception, an old canoe served as a beer cooler, keeping the drink line short throughout the evening. Navy chevron tablecloths with blush napkins made the dinner area cheerful and cute, perfect for the casual catered barbeque dinner. Guests’ blue glasses could be labeled with chalk, a fun and practical touch. Gold and blush table numbers were custom made by the bride while the floral arrangements were put together by the bride’s mom, mother-in-law, aunts and best friends: eucalyptus was featured in all the bouquets, a fragrant and quirky choice that really set the look of the day’s floral arrangements apart. The reception area tent had built-in lighting, but floral-scented candles added a romantic glow as the sun set.

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GlenLary Estate Your wedding wish

Photo courtesy of Melanie Mauer


he GlenLary Estate is the premier location for an elegant Southern wedding or special event. From sophisticated casual to exclusively formal, your event will be stunning against the blue Kentucky sky and green pastures.

Photo courtesy of Amy Campbell

Two historic lodging facilities are surrounded by 80 acres of rolling bluegrass amid a working horse farm. Various venue options are available and can accommodate small outdoor galas to large tented affairs and intimate indoor events. The stately Lary House is the perfect place for the bride and her bridesmaids to prepare. The restored Lairy Cabin, with its “techno-rustic� charm, provides space for the groom and the groomsmen to gather. If overnight lodging is desired, accommodations for up to19 guests are available. Enjoy the serenity and privacy the Estate offers including a beautiful star filled night sky away from city lights and the hustle and bustle of traffic. No matter the season, GlenLary can fulfill your wedding wishes. Imagine a crisp and sunny October day where the bright fall colors and cerulean blue skies are the backdrop for your celebration. Or perhaps your wish is a winter wonderland with your friends and family gathered together. Spring and summer weddings on the Estate are spectacular with frolicking fillies and flowers dotting the green landscape. Omnipresent photo op sites include rustic barns, pastures and scenic ponds. GlenLary is not just an impressive and romantic venue, it has a wonderful history. Over 175 years ago it was built by the Lary family who trekked across the Appalachian Mountains to a new land. Settling in the fertile bluegrass, they started a new life. Through good times and bad, sadly they lost their Kentucky home in 1905. But the Lary heart is strong and in 2006, nearly a century later, through determination and perseverance, the Lary by Elizabeth Kirsch Family is home again. & Diane Lary of GlenLary Estate

Photo courtesy of Melanie Mauer

GlenLary Estate 316 Austerlitz Rd, Paris, KY | 305. 968.3075

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The black and white dance floor was illuminated with string lights and moonlight. Bourbon barrels served as cocktail tables. The couple rented a PA system and custom tailored their playlist with a mix of their favorite songs and great dance tunes. Guests danced the night away under the stars, celebrating the love that brought them all together.

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photographer conrhod zonio photography venue mcquerry farm catering lyle's barbeque day of coordinator lex effect bridal gown cinncinnati bridal and formal bridesmaid's attire ann taylor

groom/groomsmen attire macy's & keeneland gift shop rings rivard jewelry cakes martine's pastries tent special events toilets blue moon restrooms

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Hurleys amber + dallas july 25th

Not many couples’ stories begin in PE class, but for Amber and Dallas, that’s where their journey began. They had gym together in high school and quickly became friends. They decided to attend senior prom together, and soon after, began dating. After almost eight years together, Dallas planned for family and friends to meet the couple at their house secretly one November day. With the help of his sister, he carved pumpkins that read “Marry Me?” Amber was surprised by the sweet autumn proposal. As the bride and groom were both born and raised in Louisville, the area was a natural choice for their wedding. The bride looked at many different locations, but once she saw the quaint, old church of Gingerwoods, she immediately fell in love with the site, which is next to a horse farm. Before the ceremony, Dallas surprised his bride with a bottle of champagne and a hand-written note while she was getting ready with her bridesmaids. The bridesmaids wore matching dresses, but their hair, shoes and accessories were varied to reflect the personality of each. Amber carried a handkerchief, given to her by her grandmother. Upon entering the ceremony, guests saw a table set up by the couple that memorialized special people in their lives who had passed. Guests were also given paper fans that read “Best Day Ever July 25th 2015”. Family members ushered guests to their seats, sang and did readings during the ceremony. Amber and Dallas exchanged vows at a rustic wooden arch with flowers hanging from mason jars, overlooking the beautiful farmland of Gingerwoods. The reception was held inside and outside. Inside, lights and drapery were strung from the ceiling. Flowers were a big element of the day’s décor, from the sign that welcomed guests to the many arrangements that bore roses, baby’s breath, hydrangeas and other beautiful blooms in white, pink and blush. The bride accented the florals with gold and navy, which matched the groom’s suit. The outdoors space of the reception was designed with a more rustic flare to match the location. It held additional seating, a lounge area and the dance floor and DJ. The reception was catered by Ladyfingers, who provided a delicious assortment of passed appetizers and a buffet. Guests enjoyed bourbon slushies that were a particular favorite of the groom’s.

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The bride chose to have a traditional tiered cake that was decorated with brushed gold and flowers that matched the bridesmaids’ bouquets. She also selected multiple smaller cakes in a variety of designs and flavors for guests to enjoy. They sat on a table with a rosette table cover, picking up on the day’s floral theme.

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Rather than a guest book, guests signed a painted globe with gold Sharpies. This created a meaningful token for the bride and groom to keep and remember their special day forever. Guests snapped instant pictures at a photo booth and hung them on a clothesline between dancing, eating and celebrating with the couple. The maids of honor “threw down” in a rap battle during their speech while the best man poked good-natured fun at the bride. Amber and Dallas organized their evening so that they were able to dine and spend time with both sets of parents. The ring bearer and flower girl were given carrots and apples to feed to the farm’s horses. In a day full of sweet, sentimental touches, Amber and Dallas enjoyed a truly incredible wedding day that was equal parts sunshine, romance and down-home Kentucky beauty.

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photographer amy wallen photography venue gingerwoods catering ladyfingers wedding planner wedding bells of ky florist lloyd's florist bridal gown rebecca's wedding boutique

hair & makeup anna bradshaw bridesmaids' attire forever 21 groom/groomsmen attire tuxedo avenue cakes heitzman's bakery dj sounds unlimited productions

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Stoltzes jane + kenny july 19th

As newcomers to the rowing club at Cambridge University, Jane Batchelor and Kenny Stoltz immersed themselves in the early morning training on the river and club social activities. They found themselves spending a lot of time together, but it was only after friends encouraged Jane that she finally agreed to go on a date with Kenny. They’ve been together since. Jane is a Marketing Manager at Gap, Inc. while Kenny works as a Product Manager for Google. This has meant living abroad and at times, apart. One afternoon while living in London, the pair met up after work with plans to attend a concert together. They found themselves with time to kill, so they browsed outdoor markets and took a stroll along the Thames. Kenny began walking them away from the concert venue, which Jane found a little odd. Kenny stopped them on the Waterloo Bridge and pulled out a photo album he titled “Our Adventure Book”, a nod to the movie Up. When Jane opened it, she read, “Will You go on an adventure with me?” When she looked up, Kenny was holding out a ring. They enjoyed champagne at the concert to celebrate their engagement. Kenny was born in Lexington and lived there until he decided to travel and study abroad. He and Jane had visited at least once a year since they met. The couple decided to pick a wedding venue that made the most of Kentucky’s beautiful landscape. Jane felt The Ashley Inn offered the right accommodations for the bridal party, as well as an equestrian center that helped illustrate the importance of horses in Kentucky to Jane’s British family. Since she and her sisters had ridden and owned horses, she loved the idea of including them in the wedding. Before their wedding ceremony, Jane sent her groom some gifts to mark the occasion. She sent him cufflinks, a pair of monogrammed socks and a rare bourbon tasting set–perfect for a Kentucky wedding! Jane’s gown featured a stunning mermaid silhouette with lace accents that coordinated beautifully with the romantic touches of the wedding décor. She completed her look with a bridal jewelry suite by

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Miriam Haskell. The bridesmaids wore soft lavender dresses with layered pearl and leaf necklaces–a gift from Jane–that complemented the bride’s jewelry. Kenny wore a grey suit with a soft blue Duchamp tie and pocket square, picking up on the day’s pastel palette. He also sported a pair of handcrafted bespoke Buday shoes. The ceremony was held outside, with a beautiful view over rolling hills. The wedding party entered through a pergola decorated with flowers and ferns and walked up an aisle scattered with rose petals. Each row of chairs was decorated with a jar of flowers. The ceremony featured three readings by friends and family members. For the reception, the couple aimed to recreate an English garden party while incorporating some elements of Kentucky. Buntings, mismatched crockery and sweet flower arrangements provided a sense of romance and whimsy. A rustic screen door was propped up to display the seating chart. Bourbon barrels and an aged, antique door served as a bourbon bar. The guestbook cover featured outlines of Jane and Kenny’s home countries, with their hometowns marked with hearts. The couple wanted to serve something tasty that would appeal to all their guests. They were living in the UK at the time, where it was hard to get good barbeque, so they turned to J. Render’s for the catering. The wedding

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cake featured three layers with the bride’s favorite flavors; red velvet, lemon and chocolate sponge. Because the bride loves macarons, the bride’s sister covered the cake with them. A candy bar allowed guests to help themselves to a variety of sweets as a favor from the day. A DJ provided entertainment for the evening. Guests danced, laughed and helped Jane Batchelor and Kenny Stoltz celebrate their new adventure together.

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photographer christine cornwell venue ashley inn bed & breakfast catering j renders bbq florist smalls greenhouse wedding/engagement rings ruth tomlinson bridal gown stephanie allin from the white room headdress & jewelry miriam haskell garter the wedding garter company hair & makeup ana crane bride's shoes rachel simpson

bridesmaids' dresses dessy bridesmaids' headdress & necklace luxedeluxe groom's suit ted baker tie & pocket square duchamp groom's shoes buday shoes groomsmen attire ede & racenscroft cake la petite delicat desserts sweet lulus dj beth mitchell

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Gotchers brandice + todd december 31st

Brandice and Todd had been in contact with one another by email and FaceTime during his deployment in Africa, but they met faceto-face for the first time in July 2013. Their first date was fishing and picnicking at one of Todd’s favorite fishing spots. They were nearly inseparable after that. Todd arranged for a friend to play “Question” by the Old 97s on the guitar while they strolled through Veteran’s Park one afternoon. Todd, shaking with excitement, proposed. A photographer was on standby to capture the moment. The couple decided to host a rehearsal dinner at the Woodford Inn where their family and friends gathered to dine and sip cocktails. Out of town guests received a welcome basket filled with Kentucky Proud products and a tour guide to Lexington and the surrounding area. They gifted the bridesmaids with monogrammed Oxford shirts, Kate Spade jewelry to wear on the wedding day and custom made monogrammed muffs. The groomsmen were given Edward Jagger safety razors, shave kits and a cigar box with a miniature bottle of bourbon. For their New Year’s Eve wedding day, the couple chose Castle Post because they had recently moved to Woodford County and loved the idea of having the festivities so close to their new home. They both loved the castle, but Todd had never been inside. It had been the first place Brandice had visited when relocating to Lexington, so she knew it was the perfect site. Before the ceremony, Todd surprised his bride with two custommade diamond shadow bands. Brandice sent him a silver Charles Hubert pocket watch with the inscription, “I will love you ‘til the end of time.” The ring bearer’s pillow, bride’s wedding clutch and a patch sewn into the bride’s gown were all made from her mother’s wedding dress. The bridesmaids wore black cocktail dresses in different styles, all by Alfred Sung. The groomsmen wore black tuxedos with gold vests and ties, but their gold “Bourbon” socks from Lucky Monkey were a fun Kentucky touch.

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Brandice made a grand entrance from the top of the castle’s staircase, escorted by her father to the altar. The interior of Castle Post added to the couple’s theme, adding gold tones and beautiful details. Signs with Art Deco detailing further enhanced the elegance and feel of a New Year’s Eve celebration. The bride created favors for her guests by wrapping Hershey Deluxe Kisses in sheer ivory organza bags with an Art Deco label that ready “Brandi and Todd, Midnight Kisses, 12.31.15”. Incorporating both the wedding theme and the bride’s work as a Retail Sales Representative for The Hershey Company, this was a truly sweet way to thank guests for sharing in the couple’s big day! Guests also signed a wooden puzzle in lieu of a guestbook, and a bottle of champagne that the couple planned to drink on their first wedding anniversary. The reception began with an open bar and hors d’oeuvres in the foyer while guests mingled and toured the castle. It then progressed to a buffet dinner in the grand ballroom, followed by toasts and the cutting of the couple’s three-tier cake, wrapped in gold ribbon and topped with ivory roses. The bride and her father danced to “Memories” by Elvis Presley, as they had done when she was a little girl.

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Gem Source

What’s old is new again E

state gems are a timeless wedding trend. Many brides choose to incorporate sentimental stones into their engagement rings, wedding bands or other bridal jewelry. This makes a meaningful piece of jewelry even more special and tells a story that weaves together the past with the couple’s future together. Jim Salyer, a registered gemologist (GIA), founded Gem Source in 1989 with an emphasis on creating high-quality, finely crafted jewelry. “I felt the tradition of celebrating key moments in peoples’ lives with gifts of fine jewelry–future heirloom pieces–should be held to higher standards than the usual price point merchandising and marketing often used by typical jewelry outlets.” He built Gem Source into a family-owned and operated business: his wife, Gerry, and their two sons, Ian and Luke, also work there. Estate diamonds and gems have to be handled carefully and properly set by an expert who understands the unique properties of each stone. Choosing the right mounting will not only ensure that the stone remains secure, but will also ensure that it is displayed to its fullest potential. One option for brides looking to update an old ring is to remake the original ring in a more current metal. Gem Source had one client who chose to have an antique ring recreated in white gold using all the original stones: also, most rings can be adapted to varying shapes. This preserves the unique history and antique feel of the ring while bringing it into the 21st century! They also handle estate appraisals and consignments. Another option is to have an estate gem mounted in an entirely new custom-designed setting. Adding accent stones of other gems creates a piece that is unique to the bride-to-be who wears it. For brides who don’t already have a center stone, don’t fret! Gem Source has a Find Your Diamond tool that lets the buyer choose the right stone for their needs. Fine genuine sapphire is a Gem Source specialty, and a timeless favorite of brides from all eras. For the bride-to-be who already has the perfect engagement ring, a big concern might be what to choose for the wedding band. Jim’s solution? “Have a wedding band custom made,” he advises. “I design them to perfectly fit the contour of your ring while mirroring the engagement ring’s style. That creates a seamless look that will wow you for years to come.” Whether for an engagement ring, wedding band or sentimental piece of your bridal suite, make sure your jewelry tells a story!

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Gem Source, Inc. 368 Southland Dr. | 859.278.3108

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Throughout the evening, guests had the option of dancing the night away in the ballroom or heading to the billiards room, where they could watch college football and play pool or poker until the New Year’s Eve countdown and midnight champagne toast. Everyone lined the exit with lit sparklers to send Brandice and Todd off on a new year and a new life together.

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groom/groomsmen attire geno's tuxedos groomsmen socks lucky monkey hair & makeup lux hair bar cake tinker cakes dj affairs to remember invitations cardinal & straw fine paper goods

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1. The Limited Short Floral Necklace 2. Teri Jon by Rickie Freeman Tulle Gown with Lace Overlay 3. Guerlain Rouge G Long-Lasting Lipstick in Rose Glace

4. Badgley Mischka Assandra Pump 5. David Yurman Starburst Ring 6. Tocca Simone Eau de Parfum Rollerball

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1. Lancôme® Hypnôse Waterproof Custom Volume Mascara 4. Kate Spade Black Primrose Hill Goldie Bag 2.. AX Armani Exchange Smart Diamond Analog Watch 5. Kate Spade Gayla Sunglasses 3. Kate Spade Two of a Kind Cozy Set 6. Nanette Lepore Sleeveless Lace Fit & Flare Dress in Black

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5. J. Crew Boys’ Ludlow Suit Vest in Seersucker 1. The Limited Chunky Bead Necklace 6. Burberry Touch for Men Eau De Toilette 2. Adrianna Papell Beaded Illusion Neck Gown 3. The Wedding Outlet Flourish Border Monogram Dress Tag 7. Lancôme® Nail Polish in Bleu Ciel Parisien 4. French Connection Subtle Samuel Silk Tie

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1. Lancôme Trésor Midnight Rose Eau de Parfum 2. La Petite Délicat Blackberry French Macarons 3. Smashbox Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer

4. Adrianna Papell Art Deco Beaded Blouson Gown 5. Paloma Picasso Olive Leaf Ring 6. Besame Brightening Violet Powder

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1. Wedding Paper Divas Vivid Blooms Thank You Cards in Fuchsia 2. Ralph Lauren Ruched One Shoulder Gown 3. MAC Lipstick in Be Silly

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4. Kate Spade Women’s Izzy Heels 5. Kate Spade Vienna Lane Ring Holder in Pink 6. J. Crew English Satin Tie in Wild Beet

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1. Kate Spade New York Bridal Collection Wedding Planner 5. Southern Proper Stripe Cotton-Silk Bowtie 2. Maggy London Brocade Floral Fit-and-Flare Dress in Aqua 6. Pottery Barn McKenna Leather Jewelry Roll 7. Jordan Alexander Blue Earrings 3. Sash & Bow Sprouts About Necklace 4. Kate Spade Women’s Ideal Dress Sandal

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5. Save on Crafts 5.75 inch Mint Julep Cup 1. David’s Bridal Long Strapless Lace Bridesmaid Dress 6. The Wedding Outlet Rose Ring Box 2. Kate Spade Darling Point “&” Cake Topper 3. Zales 1.8 CT. Diamond Ribbon Wrapped Contour Wedding Band 7. Kate Spade Silver Street “Hello Sunshine” Compact 4. Zales Men’s 5.0mm Comfort Fit Wedding Band

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1. Antica Farmacista Prosecco Bubble Bath 2. Martine’s Pastries Gold Cake with Flowers 3. Milly Geo Frame Clutch in Gold

4. The Wedding Outlet Golden Elegance Favor Fans 5. Jennifer Behr Pedoulas Barrette 6. Happ & Stahns Tear Catcher Perfume in Jasmine Riviera

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Swinfords lucy + keenon june 27th

Keenon met Lucy while he was interning at the law office where she worked. Their first date was a year later, enjoying dinner together at Charlie Brown’s before taking in a movie at the Kentucky Theatre. They each knew they had found someone magical. When they were trapped in a rainstorm on their second date, Lucy realized that no matter what came their way, they enjoyed just being together. In September 2014, Keenon asked Lucy if she wanted to go for a hike through Raven Run Nature Sanctuary. When they approached their favorite spot, Keenon suggested they take a break. They snapped a photo and as Lucy got up to continue their hike, she realized Keenon wasn’t following along. When she turned, she saw him down on one knee, which took her by complete surprise. She says she carried a glow down the trail with them that lasted through the wedding and beyond! Colby Tavern, a restored historic house that was once a stopping point between Lexington and Winchester for travelers such as Henry Clay and Andrew Jackson, is the home of Keenon’s aunt and uncle. Enchanted with the grand home and lush fields, Lucy and Keenon chose it as the site for their wedding celebration. On the list of National Register of Historic Places, the house put a unique Southern mark on every element of the celebration. Lucy and Keenon shared a first look moment in the garden. Lucy walked down the grassy path from the house to find Keenon standing with his back to her. She tapped him on the shoulder and they both took in the excitement and romance of their big day. Lucy’s gown featured soft draping in the bust with lace detailing on the overskirt. Her bouquet featured white flowers accented with soft pink blooms. Keenon wore a khaki suit with a striped Jos. A. Bank tie with a felt heart embroidered on the back featuring their initials and wedding date. The ceremony was held in a horseshoe formation at the historically restored home. Urns bearing arrangements of greenery and blooms offered a beautiful decoration for the space. Lucy treasured the moment of saying her vows, feeling the honest and pure love that their relationship is built upon. She knew that walking down the aisle and

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looking into her groom’s eyes was the only part of the day that truly mattered. The twelve attendants were close family and friends, with Keenon’s father serving as Best Man and Lucy’s sister as the Matron of Honor. The bridesmaids wore dresses in a deep navy, accessorized with pearl illusion necklaces, and they carried bouquets in shades of bright pink. Their three nieces served as “flower princesses” while their nephew did a reading. The reception was held inside sail-top tents near the property’s barn; flags at the peak of each tent blew cheerily in the breeze. Flower-draped chandeliers hung inside to illuminate the space. Each table bore a sheer polka dotted table cover, accented by pink napkins. The seating chart was hung on an antique iron door, decorated with a swath of flowers and greenery; small coordinating table arrangements offered a charming feel throughout the tent. Though the sky teased the couple and their guests all evening with the threat of rain, the sky opened up to a beautiful sunset, when candles were lit to offer a romantic glow throughout the night.

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Hall History & Character

“ cannot say enough wonderful things about Spindletop for my June


2015 wedding. From the beginning of the planning to the day of the Wedding, everything was perfect! Our wedding coordinator, Allison VanderHorst, was PHENOMENAL,” states Andi, a happy bride. At The Club at UK’s Spindletop Hall, a fairytale wedding is exactly what the bride may expect. Having the memorable wedding event of your dreams is one of the many privileges of being a member of Spindletop Hall, an exquisite southern mansion on 60 beautiful acres in the heart of the Bluegrass. After enjoying a scenic drive to the estate, your breath will be taken away at the sight of the lovely spiral staircase and opulent chandelier in the grand entrance hall. Spindletop is a private club, but was deemed by Pansy Yount, the original owner and builder of the house, to be a showplace of Kentucky. When completed in 1937 it was a modern mansion of classical architecture. The historic former home can accommodate any type of wedding event, large or small, while also providing a uniquely intimate and special feeling for all who experience its splendor. From the veranda overlooking the scenic south lawn to the fountain that graces the entrance plaza to the mansion’s façade itself, your photo artist will have ample places to capture perfect images to record your nuptial celebrations.

Photo courtesy of Eleven:11 Photography

When you choose Spindletop Hall, you are not simply choosing a wedding venue; you are becoming a member and a part of the Spindletop family. Wedding Coordinator Allison VanderHorst and the Club’s service team work hard to ensure your every need is met so that your day will be stress-free, fun and completely joyful. Your on-site wedding coordinator will assist you with every detail, including choosing a menu from the award-winning chef and culinary team, working with other vendors, and being at your side throughout the event. All you will need to do is sit back and let the professionals do the work. If you are seeking a venue that is in a class all by itself for the most special day of your life, then The Club at UK’s Spindletop Hall is the choice for you. The history and gorgeous character of the mansion and grounds are the perfect setting for southern romance. And here’s the best part—your first year of membership is included and established upon the booking of your wedding event. Call today to begin planning for a lifetime of memories!

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Photo courtesy of Eleven:11 Photography

The Club at UK’s Spindletop Hall 3414 Ironworks Pike | 859. 255.2777

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The three-tiered wedding cake featured rustic buttercream icing. It was trimmed with greenery and decorated with pink ranunculus. The groom’s cake was drizzled with chocolate and decorated with chocolate shavings. It was topped with a replica of the couple’s dog, including their beloved pet in their special day. As they swayed to “Moon Dance” by Van Morrison, Lucy looked around the reception space and was wowed to see that she was living the wedding of her dreams. The evening offered summer magic for the couple and their guests, who danced, laughed and toasted the love of a lifetime.

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photographer melanie mauer venue colby tavern catering apiary catering florist magnolia floral designs

wedding planner shelly fortune hair & makeup pink lou lou designs cake martine's pastries tent all occasions

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Millers alison + randy september 6th

Like many couples these days, Alison and Randy met online. They chatted for about a month before having their first date. They continued to meet, exploring all the best things that Kentucky offers, like local wine tastings, camping at Natural Bridge, tailgating at Keeneland, watching UK games, enjoying festivals at Boyd’s Orchard and trying local restaurants. Alison moved to Kentucky in 1996 with a Master’s degree in International Management and Marketing and works in Harrodsburg for Wausau Paper. Randy, an alumnus of both Purdue and Michigan State, moved to Kentucky in 2005 to work for Corning Incorporated in Harrodsburg. They both have come to love Kentucky and consider it their home. When it became clear that he had found the one, Randy made reservations at The Thoroughbred Club for Valentine’s Day. At a secluded table, decked out with candles and roses, Randy got down on one knee–and Alison was delighted to say, “Yes!” When they began planning their wedding, The Thoroughbred Club seemed like a natural choice of venue, as it would offer out of town guests a glimpse at the beauty and history of Kentucky’s Thoroughbred industry. Before the ceremony, Randy sent his bride a copy of their wedding invitation printed on Gorilla® Glass, a product made by his company. Because their faith is an important part of their commitment, Alison gave Randy a family Bible with their names imprinted on the cover. Alison wore a light cream lace dress with a short train, accessorized with a tennis bracelet that Randy had given her for their first dating anniversary. Her shoes had “Mrs. Miller, established 9.6.15” stickered on the bottom. Throughout the day, she carried a cross that was crocheted by her mother. The bridesmaids wore floor-length gold gowns with ruffles down the backs. Alison gave them matching monogrammed clutches to carry during the reception. Alison’s daughter, Ashley, served as maid of honor and wore a matching satin dress; both she and her mother wore flowers and pearls in their hair. The groom and groomsmen wore black suits with ties that matched the bridesmaids’ dresses. The ceremony was held outside, with white and pink rose petals lining the aisle and creating a monogram at the end. Guests sang the hymn “Joyful,

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Joyful We Adore Thee” and friends of the couple sang “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”. A string trio played selections before, during and after the ceremony. Close friends read scripture. During the ceremony, Randy spoke of his love to Ashley as her stepfather and presented her with a keepsake necklace. Inside The Thoroughbred Club, tables were decorated with pink garden roses, green berries and green and white hydrangeas. Smaller arrangements were created in julep cups, a nod to the Kentucky setting. Each place setting had a dinner and bar menu detailed in the wedding theme colors and every guest received a birdseed favor, as the groom has an interest in birding.

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The signature cocktail was made by Randy’s family called Harry Harry’s, a refreshing mixture of citrus and vodka. Randy also chose to serve Woodford Reserve bourbon. Guests enjoyed passed hors d’oeuvres before dining from a number of dinner stations. Late in the evening, guests enjoyed some late night wings and sliders. The cake mirrored the bride’s dress with the buttercream frosting and featured layers of Italian Cream cake, red velvet and lemon with raspberry filling. The couple took dance lessons during the summer to prepare for their first dance. They choreographed a routine dance set to Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud”. After the dancing, laughter, dining and merriment, guests lined the exit with lit sparklers to send Alison and Randy off on their honeymoon to Traverse City, Michigan.

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photographer willie wilson venue/catering thoroughbred club of america florist stems bridal gown david's bridal hair deshauna wilson makeup jen banks bride's rings tiffany's bridesmaid's attire david's bridal

cakes desserts by rebecca groom's ring jared's dj tony the tiger accommodations marriott courtyard dance lessons arthur murray strings anna hess pastor Jim Bettermann

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Hendricksons kristen + jonathan september 5th

Kristen grew up in Versailles and met Jonathan during her senior year at the University of Alabama. They began dating and found they shared a love of traveling, going to the lake and watching sports–both UK basketball and Alabama football. They love going to the wineries in the North Georgia Mountains, and Jonathan knew it would be the perfect place to propose. So one hot June day, he drove them to their favorite winery, Montaluce, and proposed within five minutes because he was so nervous! Though they both now live in Atlanta, it was clear from the beginning that they would return to the bride’s hometown for their big day. Since many of their guests were coming from far away, they wanted to incorporate as much of what makes Kentucky special into their wedding day as possible. The bride created her invitations with a mix of materials. She hand cut the Paper Source envelope liner paper to match the invitations, ordered from Gartner Studios. They chose to have a first look at the Mansion at Griffin Gate. It helped calm their nerves. Kristen’s father picked her up in a vintage 1950 Rolls Royce for the trip to the ceremony site, St. Peter’s Catholic Church. The aisle was lined with pink and white rose pew arrangements, alternating with white and gold lanterns that illuminated the space with candlelight. The Carnegie Quartet provided classical music during the ceremony, which was officiated by Fr. Norman Fischer. Guests filled the air with bubbles as the couple made their exit to the reception. The bride wore a lace jacket for the church ceremony, which she removed for the reception, showing off her gown’s lace straps and keyhole back. Later on in the evening, she transformed the dress again, removing the straps entirely. She carried her late brother’s tie wrapped around her bouquet to have him close during the ceremony. She also carried an heirloom linen handkerchief, which has been carried by every bride in her mother’s family for 125 years. Her veil was also a family treasure, originally handmade and beaded by her late grandmother and worn by her mother on her wedding day 32 years prior. The groom and groomsmen wore navy with pink gingham bowties from High Cotton Ties and pocket squares, adding a touch of whimsy.

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The cocktail hour was held outside of Keeneland’s Keene Barn. Draped white bulb lights that swayed in the evening breeze, hung from the willow trees on the grounds. Guests sipped signature cocktails created in honor of the bride and groom while nibbling hors d’oeuvres like Kentucky Hot Browns and Pretzel Spoon Short Rib BBQ. They signed a Woodford Reserve barrel top, a special keepsake for the couple. The reception progressed into the Keeneland Entertainment Center. Guests were treated to an elegant dinner of prime rib. Adults perused a full premium bar while kids (and the kids at heart) enjoyed a pink-themed candy bar. Kristen and her friend

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crafted the signage boards for the wedding. The table linens included gold overlays with gold glitter table runners. The head table bore a long pink and white rose table runner and gold accents. The three-tier Mr. and Mrs. cake continued the day’s gold champagne bubble theme, and the script topper complemented the table number signs. Two separate lounge areas featured seating and pillows by the bride’s employer. A dance floor allowed guests to cut loose to the tunes of the Donny Brook band. The couple exited through a tunnel of sparklers. As a special gift to each of their guest, the couple found real Thoroughbred horseshoes. With the help of family and friends, they scrubbed and painted each one gold. Every guest went home with a little Kentucky luck and the love and appreciation of Kristen and Jonathan.

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photographer christine cornwell venue keeneland entertainment center catering turf catering florist doug smith designs wedding planner doug smith & glenn blind bridal gown allure couture collection hair & makeup pink lou lou, allison johnson

bridesmaids' dresses belk groom/groomsmen attire jos a. bank invitations papersource and mother of the bride cake cakes by leigh dj/band donny brook ceremony music carnegie quartet exit photography adam brester

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Ramseys lauren + matt may 23rd

Matt coached Lauren’s brother on the local high school's football team. Lauren first saw Matt at an athletic banquet at the end of the season, where later that evening, a coach set the two up. Their time spent together was so wonderful, they were engaged after only four short months! When friends and family would ask if they were sure, Lauren and Matt would always just smile and reply, “When you know, you know!” Their engagement was the day before Matt’s birthday and the hottest of the year. They hiked out on one of the trails around Cumberland Falls. Lauren climbed to the top of a rock to lie in the sun with her eyes closed (“like a lizard,” she put it) while Matt wandered away. He returned and tapped her on the shoulder. He asked Lauren if she loved him. She laughed and said yes. He tapped her on the shoulder again, and this time, she turned around. He asked, “Then, will you marry me?” Matt had gone and arranged for another hiker to capture the moment on camera. Despite growing up just five minutes apart, the two never met until they were in their twenties. Matt played football for the University of Kentucky, and the two are now Lexingtonians. They enjoy watching UK sports, walking around their neighborhood and talking and laughing during supper. The morning of the wedding, Lauren, her bridesmaids and her family gathered at her mom and dad’s house for a honeymoon shower and bridal breakfast. They got their hair and makeup done while dancing, laughing and reminiscing. During the first few months of their relationship, the couple spent a lot of time out on Matt’s family farm. They knew there wasn’t any other place on earth they would rather be married than Pickard Farm. Lauren and Matt had a first look moment. They walked together on the pier and Lauren was unpleasantly surprised when a gust of wind picked up her veil and nearly tossed it in the pond! Fortunately, it was saved by a rail. The wedding ceremony was held out in the field on an altar Lauren’s dad made out of concrete. He made six columns to line the aisle and they thatched a covering out of tree limbs. Lauren wore a flower crown of peonies and rosebuds with a veil monogrammed in blush to match her gown. Her cousin, Cathy Jacobs, lent her a pair of pearl and diamond earrings as the bride’s “something borrowed” while another cousin, Joy Robyn Dixon

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Fenwick, gave her an antique compact as her “something old”; a blue patch sewn into her dress was the “something blue”. The couple exited the ceremony in a bright red farm truck decorated with tin cans. The reception was held in the barn. Lights were strung both inside and outside through a tent that was attached for dining space. Blush fabric was draped from the ceiling. In the loft, a pink cotton rag garland stretched from one end of the barn to the other and marked off additional seating space. Tables bore bouquets of snapdragons or peonies with hydrangeas: the bride wanted as many flowers in the barn as could fit! Pale blue gingham tablecloths gave the space a downhome feel. Place settings were accented with napkins in the day's signature colors. A cigar roller from Kentucky Gentleman Cigars handed out bourbon-dipped cigars and did a demonstration of the rolling process. Corn hole boards painted by a friend of the bride provided entertainment and guests snapped instant photos in a photo booth. With two dance floors and lots of room for dining and having fun, there was plenty for guests to enjoy. Everyone was well fed,

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Lexington Opera House & Lexington Convention Center D

owntown Lexington has a beauty and culture all its own, and the Lexington Center Corporation can help you capture the ambiance of downtown Lexington on your special day. The elegant Lexington Opera House cannot be matched by any other venue in town. Distinctive Victorian style and richly appointed décor create an elegant setting. Your dream wedding can come to life on the Opera House stage. Theatrical effects and specialized lighting are readily available to create your personal design and theme. Décor can be extravagant, or can be minimized to let the elegance of the Opera House speak for itself. The stunning grand staircase and the Queen Boxes offer dramatic backdrops for photos. There are many opportunities to use the high quality space, and brides have access to the entire building. Front of house and technical staff will be ready to assist you throughout the event, and some in-house equipment is provided. Another option is the Lexington Center located next to Triangle Park and overlooking Lexington’s beloved Triangle Park Fountain and dramatic downtown city views. The Bluegrass and the Thoroughbred Ballrooms give the Lexington Center the ability to host beautiful weddings of all sizes, but the pre-function area is what really sets the Lexington Center apart from other potential downtown locations. Grand windows look out onto one of the most beautiful views in downtown, creating a romantic setting for a ceremony or reception. The pre-function area can easily stand on its own for a ceremony or reception, or be combined with one of the ballrooms to maximize space to allow the Lexington Center to accommodate weddings of all sizes. At the Opera House, brides are free to choose their own catering, but must purchase alcohol through the Lexington Center Corporation. The Hyatt Regency hotel is the exclusive caterer for the Lexington Center. Brides are free to choose vendors for all other amenities. The Opera House and the Lexington Center are gorgeous venues with central locations near downtown attractions and hotels.

Lexington Opera House 859.233.4567x3286 | Lexington Convention Center 859.233.4567x3220 |

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Hilary J.

Renaud Wedding Photography

Boone Center Campus Connection T

he Hilary J. Boone Center at the University of Kentucky is a perfect choice for wedding events, especially for those who bleed blue! With the Boone Center located in the heart of UK’s campus and very near downtown Lexington, it is an easily accessible and convenient venue for you and your guests on your special day and beyond. The Boone Center offers unbelievably affordable memberships, a top notch chef and culinary team, and on-site wedding event coordination to make your special day everything you dream it can be. Becoming a member not only grants you use of the facility as a wedding event venue, but also allows you to enjoy the opportunity to connect on campus with your friends and colleagues in the UK community throughout the year. Linda Russell, the Boone Center’s wedding coordinator, will be on hand to serve you from the initial stages of planning through the last minute of your wedding celebration. This allows the bride, groom, and their families to relax and take in the memories. With an award winning chef and a plethora of menu options, you and your guests will be thrilled with your choice for the evening’s cuisine. Brides are free to use their own vendors for items such as wedding cakes and floral arrangements. The facility was recently completely remodeled and includes rich wood interior features, beautiful décor, a lovely courtyard with fountain, and a terrace perfect for your ceremony. This combination of spaces and the warm yet elegant atmosphere throughout help your Boone Center experience go beyond expectations. Brides and grooms are treated not only as clients, but as members, further setting the facility apart. This UK club isn’t just a place for members to make memories for one night, but to truly connect both your special day and your life to the UK campus.

Hilary J. Boone Center 500 Rose St. | 859.257.1133

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with barbeque, rotisserie chicken, roasted vegetables and mashed potatoes. The couple couldn’t decide on one cake flavor, so they chose vanilla, Key lime and pink lemonade, rustically iced with buttercream and topped with roses of various sizes. The sweet, memorable evening was a perfect celebration for Lauren and Matt, who are fun-loving and outdoorsy. Guests left with a horseshoe in a canvas monogrammed bag and the love and appreciation of a happy couple beginning their lives together.

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McGuires kelly + nick january 9th

Many couples have a long history together, like Nick and Kelly, who met in middle school. Kelly was a cheerleader and Nick played for the opposing team; Nick wasn’t quite on his game, as his attention was on a blonde on the sidelines. After the game, he introduced himself and they hit it off immediately. They lived just six miles apart in Eastern Kentucky, so they met up for a movie and have been inseparable since. Kelly’s brother, Austin, was about to propose to his girlfriend. Nick went along with Austin as support while he was ring shopping. Both came out of the store with rings for their future wives. Once Nick had the ring, he couldn’t wait any longer to propose. He popped the question one night while Kelly was getting ready for work. The impromptu proposal was perfect for the adventurous, fun-loving couple! Nick and Kelly have a deep love for their hometown of Prestonsburg, Kentucky. They love to explore all that Appalachia has to offer, including hunting, fishing, hiking, boating and camping. They’ve traveled near and far and agree that there’s no place more beautiful than the hills of their home. So when it came time to select a wedding venue, the choice was obvious: Jenny Wiley State Park, which is located in Prestonsburg. The May Lodge offered the rustic look of a large cabin, set on a hill surrounded by the beauty of the Dewey Lake area. Kelly grew up less than a mile from the lodge. Both of their families had attended the Sunday buffet after church for decades. Their connection to the spot and its sweeping views of the beauty of Eastern Kentucky made it absolutely perfect for their nuptials. Kelly wore an ivory gown with a chapel-length veil, paired with vintage lace heels. The bridesmaids chose their own dresses in shades of navy or grey. The flower girls wore Kelly’s great grandmother’s pearl hairpieces in their long, loose curls (which was offset by a porcelain cat that one of the girls snuck in to play with during the ceremony.) Nick wore a slate navy blue tux with a watch Kelly gifted him before the ceremony. Because the couple are avid outdoorsmen, they chose ceremony decorations to reflect that. Pine branches, antlers, antique lanterns and candles gave the space an earthy feel with a romantic glow. The pastor carried the

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bride’s late grandfather’s Bible. The altar was cut from a poplar tree that Kelly’s father loved to meditate under; upon cutting it, the exposed center of the tree made a heart, which was a sign to him that the marriage was meant to be. He also used the tree to make table chargers. The reception began with a slideshow of photographs from the couple’s lives. It then proceeded to a dinner of herb roasted chicken, red potatoes and salad. The space was decorated with pine trees taken from their family properties to bring the outdoors in. The cake was designed and created by Nick’s childhood neighbor who is now a pastry chef living in Louisville. The 5-tier cake

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Park Inn Southern grace


ountless factors play a role in where to host your wedding party, among which is the desire for every wedding venue to help introduce friends and family to the culture of Central Kentucky. Gratz Park Inn, Lexington’s only historic boutique hotel, exemplifies the southern grace and charm for which Lexington is known. Nestled in the heart of downtown’s historic district and located only 2 blocks from Main Street, the inn is part of a collection of 16 distinctive buildings occupying land first settled in 1781. The boutique inn has been restored to its original grace with a collection of many antiques and fine period reproductions recreating authentic character of timeless age. The inn is comprised of 41 beautifully appointed, individually decorated luxurious rooms, including 33 rooms and 8 suites. Spacious and pleasing, each room is filled with antique reproduction furniture, fine woods, rich fabrics and regionally produced art. The amenities are truly among the best, from the European toiletries and luxurious bathrobes to the four post beds and fine linens. The historical area surrounding Gratz Park Inn makes a wonderful introduction to Lexington for guests who are new to the area. Located near many churches and just a short drive to horse farms, bourbon tastings, Keeneland and Lexington’s wonderful nightlife, Gratz Park Inn is the perfect connection to all that Kentucky has to offer. Combining an appreciation of the past with modern comforts, Gratz Park Inn is the height of Southern luxury in the heart of Downtown. Gratz Park Inn’s romantic, vintage inn style appointments make it ideal for bridal party photos. Their suites are perfect for the bridal party to get ready before the ceremony. The attentive staff ensures that every moment is calming, relaxing and romantic. Their new restaurant, Distilled at Gratz Park Inn, will work with couples to create a bride’s luncheon, rehearsal dinner, family gathering or intimate date night. Chef Mark Wombles offers an artful and elevated approach to Southern cuisine that will delight Kentucky natives and out-of-town guests alike! Say “I Do” to Southern hospitality, tradition and unparalleled service.

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Gratz Park Inn 120 West Second Street | 859.231.1777

was vanilla butter with strawberry and chocolate filling, placed upon a long stump with pine greenery and ivory roses as decoration. Guests danced, gave toasts and did what Nick and Kelly’s family and friends do best–have fun! The couple cherished seeing their loved ones out on the dance floor. The guestbook was created by Kelly’s father from an oak plank, which the couple would later hang in their home as a reminder of the beautiful celebration. To cap off the evening, the guests lit paper lanterns and floated them across Dewey Lake, sending out good wishes for a loving future for Nick and Kelly.

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Cocktails Sunny white sangria

1 bottle dry white wine 3 tablespoons sugar 3 shots apple liquor 1 lime, sliced 1 lemon, sliced

2 ripe peaches, cut into wedges 3 ripe apples, cute into wedges 1 pint raspberries sparkling soda water, for topping off

Combine sugar, apple liquor, lime, lemon, peaches and apples in a large pitcher. Cover with 1 bottle of Rioja wine and chill sangria for several hours. To serve, spoon fruit into glasses. Add a few fresh raspberries to each glass, and then pour in the wine. Top glasses off with a splash of soda water.

Grapefruit Vieux Mot

Aperol spritz

1 1/2 oz. Gin 1 oz. elderflower liquor 3 oz. grapefruit juice, fresh squeezed 1 oz. lemon juice, fresh squeezed 3 drops grapefruit bitters

1 bottle (750ml) Aperol 1 bottle (750ml) Prosecco 3/4 liter seltzer orange slices, for garnish ice

Strain juices to remove pulp. Combine all ingredients in an ice filled cocktail shaker. Shake and strain into 2 glasses.

Combine Aperol, Prosecco and seltzer in a large pitcher. Pour mixture into icefilled glasses and garnish with orange slices.

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Mother's Ruin Punch 1/2 cup granulated sugar 3/4 cup club soda 1 1/2 cups gin 1 1/2 cup fresh grapefruit juice

3/4 cup fresh lemon juice 3/4 cup sweet vermouth 2 1/4 cups champagne or sparkling wine ice

Stir together sugar and club soda until sugar dissolves. Add the gin, grapefruit and lemon juices and vermouth. Refrigerate until chilled. Pour chilled mixture into a punch bowl, add champagne and garnish with grapefruit, if desired. Serve over ice.

Old fashioned 1 bottle (750ml) bourbon 1 oz. simple syrup 10-12 dashes Angostura bitters 8 dashes orange bitters 4 oz. water Pour bourbon into a 1 liter bottle or pitcher that can be tighly sealed. Add bitters, water and simple syrup. Seal and shake well. Refrigerate as needed. Serve over ice.

Kentucky Sunrise ¼ cup pineapple juice ¼ cup pink grapefruit juice 3/8 teaspoon grenadine ½ cup ginger ale ¼ cup Bourbon Combine all ingredients and shake in a cocktail shaker. Pour over ice. Garnish with a cherry. Enjoy!

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lime & mint fizz

Ginger Shandies

24 oz. club soda 1/2 cup fresh lime juice 1/2 cup sugar 1 1/2 cups tequila 1 medium bunch of mint leaves

3 (11.2 oz.) bottles of Hoegaarden Beer 1 (12 oz.) bottle ginger beer 1 lemon, thinly sliced mint sprigs, for garnish ice

In a large cocktail shaker, shake mint leaves with sugar and lime juice. Strain into a small pitcher and stir in tequila. Pour cocktail over ice. Top off each drink with club soda and serve.

Combine the Hoegaarden and ginger beer. Add most of the lemon slices to the beer. Add remaining lemon slices to 6 glasses with ice. Garnish with mint.

The Paysan 16 oz. Pinot Noir 8 oz. cranberry juice 8 oz. fresh orange juice 8 oz. Chambord ice

3 ox. lemon lime soda lemon zest lime zest orange zest

Combine the wine, Chambord and juices; refrigerate until chilled. Stir and then poor over ice. Top off each with 1/2 oz. of sprite and garnish with zests.

Negroni Sbagliato

Berry basil margarita

1 1/2 oz. sweet vermouth 1 1/2 oz. Campari 1 1/2 oz. Prosecco

1 can (12 oz.) frozen limeade 10 strawberries 8 basil leaves, crumpled 2 1/2 cups tequila

Add vermouth and campari to a icefilled cocktail shaker. Shake and then strain into a glass. Stir in Prosecco. Garnish with an orange slice if desired.

Place limeade concentrate in pitcher, add 2 1/2 cans of water and tequila. Add sliced strawberries to pitcher. Add basil. Chill overnight.

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Tie the Knot at Talon | | 859.971.9797

Planned to Perfection of the Bluegrass A perfect day

“I can’t say enough about how truly wonderful Planned to Perfection of the Bluegrass is and the outstanding service they provide!! I would choose them 1,000 times over and recommend them to any bride seeking planning or coordination services!” -KH 2015

On A Whim Photography

Pinterest: We have all seen one. Most of us have one. You know, the Pinterest Dream Wedding Board! With so many ideas, creative touches, sound advice, ways to save money, or things to DIY, but how do you DECIDE? A wedding planner can help you with what is realistic for your style, venue, budget and time frame. Budget: Weddings are made to fit all shapes and sizes. Budget savvy brides know that hiring a wedding planner will help save money. How? It’s simple. An experienced wedding planner knows which vendors will suit a particular style, budget and look. Stress: Simply stated, a wedding is a big party! However, this is a big party where you’ve invited everyone near and dear to your heart. These people are to bear witness to your commitment to another person. It’s a big deal. The pressure is real. Planned to Perfection of the Bluegrass understands that. We get it. We’ve been there ourselves.

Work: Even if you decide to plan your wedding on your own or with friends and family, a professional planner can offer coordination-only services that will be invaluable to you on your wedding day. There will be several day-of tasks, including reception set up, bridal party questions, last minute needs and vendor instructions. In lieu of asking a family member to oversee these tasks, a wedding coordinator can take care of these for you.

by Betsy Lowe and Lyndsey Calico of Planned to Perfection of the Bluegrass

At Planned to Perfection of the Bluegrass, we have been in your shoes. Planning can be fun, yet stressful and challenging. We will bring everything together for you, so you can fully enjoy your wedding day. Leave the details to us.

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Accommodations 21c Museum Hotel

167 W Main St, Lexington, KY 40507 (859) 899-6800 |

Embassy Suites Lexington

1801 Newtown Pike, Lexington, KY 40511 (859) 455-5000

Old Kentucky Chocolates

Three Convenient Locations (859) 278-4444 |

Entertainment Arthur Murray Dance Studio

1801 Alexandria Dr., Lexington, KY (859) 278-7711 |

Riptide Productions


(859)433-0881 |

Bella Rose


126 W Maxwell St., Lexington, KY 40508 (859) 255-2565 |

Carl Meyers

111 Clay Ave, Lexington KY 40502 (859) 252-2004 |

Cotton Patch

3367 Tates Creek Rd., Lexington KY 40502 (859) 269-8839 |

Meant To Be Boutique

105 Walton Ave., Lexington, KY 40508 (859) 523-4711 |

Monkee's of Lexington

116 Clay Ave., Lexington, KY 40502 (859) 253-0427 |

Wedding Wonderland

127 West Tiverton Way, Lexington KY 40503 (859) 278-6082 |

Catering Copper Roux

861 S Broadway, Lexington, KY 40504 (859) 523-7915 |

Creative Table Catering and Dining

185 Pasadena Dr #150, Lexington, KY 40503 (859) 469-8483

Dupree Catering

1006 Delaware Ave, Lexington, KY 40502 (859) 231-0464 |

J. Render's Southern Table and Bar

Bella Blooms

3101 Clays Mill Rd, #105, Lexington, KY 40503 (859) 272-0445 |

Best Of Flowers

807 Chevy Chase Pl, Lexington, KY 40502 (859) 266-4682 |

Carol Lynn Originals & Events

645 E Main Street Lexington, KY 40508 (859) 253-0545 |

Doug Smith Design + Events (859) 494-2209 |

Health & Beauty Lexington Plastic Surgery

1760 Nicholasville Rd Bld C Suite 402, Lexington, KY 40503 (859) 279-2111 |

Jeweler Gem Source

368 Southland Dr, Lexington, KY 40503 (859) 278-3108 |

The Castle Jewelry

Three Convenient Locations (859)299-6788 |

Linens Mr. Linen

1537 Eastland Pkwy, Lexington, KY 40505 (859) 294-4993 |

3191 Beaumont Centre, Lexington, KY 40513 (859) 533-9777 |

Photo Booth

Terri's Catering (Venue also Available)

3673 White Pine Dr Lexington, KY 40514 (859) 447-5858 |

900 Wilkinson Blvd., Frankfort KY 40601 (502) 875-3031 |

Confections Martine's Pastries

1039 Industry Rd, Lexington, KY 40505 (859) 231-9110 |


Photographers Kelly Greer Photography

113 Walton Ave #1, Lexington, KY 40508 (859) 335-6677 |

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Lexington Opera House

401 W Short St., Lexington, KY 40507 (859) 233-4567 |

Bryant's Rent-All of Lexington

701 Red Mile Rd, Lexington, KY 40504 (859) 252-0408 |

Manchester Music Hall

899 Manchester St, Lexington, KY 40508 (859) 537-7321 |

Kentucky Portable Toilets (859)987-2529 |

Merrick Inn


1074 Merrick Drive Lexington KY 40502 (859)269-5417 |

Bodley Bullock House 200 Market St., Lexington, KY 40507 (859) 252-8014 |

Spindletop Hall

3414 Iron Works Pike, Lexington, Kentucky 40511 (859) 255-2777 |

GlenLary Estate

316 Austerlitz Rd, Paris, KY 40361 (305) 968-3075 |

Wedding Planning

Gratz Park Inn

2673 Red Leaf Dr, Lexington, KY 40509 (859) 539-7137 |

Great Expectations KY

120 West Second St., Lexington KY 40507 (859) 231-1777 |


Hilary J. Boone Center

203 West Second St.,Lexington, KY 40507 (859) 230-5365 |

500 Rose St., Lexington KY 40506 (859) 257-1133 |

Keeneland Entertainment Center

Planned to Perfection of the Bluegrass

4201 Versailles Rd., Lexington, KY 40510 (859) 254-3412 |

4668 Larkhill Lane, Lexington, Kentucky 40509 (859) 699-4979

Top Wedding Professionals victoria duvall

Matt Gwynn

Kaeylyn query

Gift consultant

founder & Mobile DJ

founder & President

Trust Lexington’s oldest and finest chocolatier to create your perfect wedding day confection. Treats ranging from traditional bourbon chocolates in customized packaging to any of our large selection of chocolate creations. Old Kentucky Chocolates can design and create a special gift for your event guests. Recognized as one of the top 10 chocolate shops in America by Paula Deen magazine, Old Kentucky Chocolates is the premier choice for all of your wedding gift needs.

Riptide Productions is your ultimate source for music and entertainment at the wedding reception you’ve always dreamed of. We provide the highest quality of sound and lighting in the Bluegrass. Our attention to detail and true passion for quality entertainment separate us from the rest. We can provide music for your ceremony and reception with fully custom play lists. Let our expertise and raving reviews be your assurance that everyone will have a great time at your wedding!

LexEffect is a full service event management, planning and consulting firm with experience in weddings, corporate events, fundraisers, festivals and more - our team of professionals can turn any concept or dream into a reality. From intimate gatherings to large rustic weddings, to a destination wedding at the beach - this isn’t a part-time job, this is our mission. LexEffect offers several services, at an unbelievably affordable rate. We customize our services to cater to our clients, because at the end of the day - that’s why we are here.

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