Welcome back to yet another beautiful week on SMP! We are just aching to start the lineup of lovely, and start we shall with this Bluegrass State beauty by Melanie Mauer! I’ve had ants in my pants to share this wedding since I first set eyes on this southern soiree, and you’ll see why with just one scroll through all of the pretty. With a bride that is take-your-breath-away gorgeous, a classic old Kentucky home as the venue, a dapper groom, pretty ponies to pose with and a lineup of lovely details – it’s sure to make this Monday feel a bit more elegant. So grab a mint julep (ok, maybe it’s a wee bit early for that…coffee will do) and trot on over to the full gallery for even more!

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Let’s keep this pretty party going with their video from Portal Films, shall we?

From Melanie of  Photography by Melanie MauerElizabeth Lary and Steve Kirsch were married this fall on the Glen Lary estate here in Lexington. The estate itself has been in their family for generations and was the perfect thing to bring the couple to Kentucky for their wedding. They are from Los Angeles (Manhattan Beach) but planned a glamorous country wedding here in the Bluegrass to enjoy being surrounded by friends and family. Elizabeth is charismatic and extraordinarily talented! The groom is her perfect compliment, calm, level headed and subtle. The couple are now back in LA, but soon to transfer to NYC.

From the bride… From the first time I first set foot on the grounds of our family home, I knew that this would be the ONLY place in the world that I would ever get married. Steve and I met in Miami, Florida fresh out of college and have spent almost every day together since. After a stint in Germany, New York and a cross country move to California, he proposed after we got home from a magical Michael Bublé concert. Down on one knee, with our house full of roses, my favorite champagne and our dogs. Nothing could have been more magical. Being a corporate event planner by trade, planning my own wedding seemed to fall right into place. I already had the perfect venue and the perfect groom, which made the rest easy. Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a hopeless romantic who lives my life vicariously through fairy tales and romantic comedies. That being said, I knew that our wedding would have to encompass all of the above. From our “Father of the Bride”/”The Notebook” style venue to the twinkling lights above our heads, a band that was to die for and a groom that stood by my side throughout the entire process, it was the most magical night of our lives. Friends and family flew into the Blue Grass state from all around the country to celebrate our magical weekend. Horse racing at Keeneland, bourbon tasting and a wedding at our family home tied everything together into the perfect Kentucky weekend. All of our Lexington vendors and friends that we met through the planning process went above and beyond the call of duty to help out a California bride with her dream wedding. All invitations and printed materials were designed by a wonderful friend and assembled over nights of wine and laughter. Gift baskets were from the heart and wedding favors tied into our family history. All in all, our wedding was my piece de resistance and a weekend that hopefully no one will ever forget. 

Wedding Planner: The bride / Day-of Coordination: Always Planned / Venue: GlenLary Estate (family home) / Photography: Photography by Melanie Mauer / Florist: Crist Creona Designs / Cake: Martine’s / Rentals: Purdons / Catering: DaRae & Friends / Cinematography: Portal Films / Dress: Oscar de la Renta / Belt: Carolina Herrera / Shoes: Stuart Weitzman / Hair & Makeup: Tara Ferrell (tarabracayle@gmail.com) / Band: Simply Irresistible / Hair piece: Alisa Brides / Cake Topper: Mudcards / Paper: Cheryl Humphreys (cheryl310@mac.com) / Design: Joe Richardson ofHubbuch and Co.

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