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Romantic, Vintage Inspired Rehearsal Dinner

We love photo shoots of all shapes and sizes, but rehearsal dinner inspiration from the lens of Chris Cornwell? Well, that’s something worth celebrating. Decked out in vintage glamour this garden soiree has no shortage of pretty-filled moments and Doug Smith Designs and Events was behind every last bit. Treat yourself to eye candy a’plenty in the gallery right here.

From Chris Cornwell Photographer… Jeanie and Daniel were amongst their closest family and friends one cool summer day in August… who came from afar to celebrate their union Kentucky Style. Horses, bourbon and touch of romantic, vintage glamour they were all decked out in the fanciest dresses, fascinators, and bow ties : )

Their wedding weekend began at the Woodford Reserve, a setting truly ‘horse country’ and bourbon making. They chose the site as a treat to their distinguished guests to tour and enjoy. They wanted an outdoor garden feel for their dinner gathering but also knew what Kentucky weather was like. Unpredictable. So, a clear tent was the perfect idea for their ‘garden’ vision. Emma, the groom’s mother had big dreams of a vintage themed event with lace, pearls, cream and blush. Old books, antique tea roses and cut glass vases came to mind as she researched for hours online. Yes, pinterest was largely to blame. For months Emma kept a folder with dreams, ideas and to do lists. She made ‘DIY’ framed pictures of the lovely couple to bring touch of personal to the tablescape. Multiple pillar and tea candles added to the warmth and romance of the event. Other ‘soft’ elements were nude table linens, sashes and ivory lace. Everything hard and harsh at the Dryer House was covered and draped. Bolts of cream and blush stretch fabric were used to make garlands.. carefully draping the black iron rails. No detail was overlooked. All these came together with the help (and magic hands) of Doug Smith and Glenn Blind of Doug Smith Designs and Events. Perfectly placed florals, bows and settings, everything came together more perfectly than Emma had imagined. Her dream of a warm and inviting but ‘from years gone by’ event came true. An appetizer to a spectacular wedding weekend.

Keeping with the southern charm of Kentucky, the guest tables were named after famous bourbons, instead of traditional table numbers.

Jeanie sparkled in her “Parker” beaded and feathered dress, perfect for dancing the night away. Here with her is Rachel, her Maid of Honor sparkled in a Sue Wong masterpiece. Oh how I love these fabulous dresses!! Sue Wong’s designs exudes sensuous Hollywood glamour and the mystery and romance of Paris. They’re made of soft silk… hand-beaded and embroidered with art deco lines and swirls. Jeanie and Rachel chose a classic silhouette with a flirtatious hemline.

Photography: Chris Cornwell Photography | Event Design: Doug Smith Designs And Events | Event Planner: Emma McCormack MD | Floral Design: Doug Smith Designs And Events | Bride's Shoes: Betsey Johnson | Catering: The Woodford Reserve | Venue: The Woodford Reserve | Bride's Dress: Parker | Desserts: Martine's Pastries | Furniture Rental: Purdons | Music: Ken Davis | Rentals: Chattanooga Tent Company

Colorful Vineyard Wedding in the Rain

Coming from a former Bride who’s wedding was all sunshine and blue skies, I must admit, I super duper love rainy day weddings. They just seem so magical and romantic. Plus, they’re loaded with good luck or so the story goes. Now enter a vineyard wedding heavy on the color with blooms by Jaclyn Journey and images by Firm Anchor and tell me you don’t agree. Click here for more.


From the Photographer… This couple is SUPER in love and have known each other since they were kids! He was a family member of one of her best friends. They would see one another once in a blue moon but nothing ever came of it until their sophomore year of college. Fate happened when he was to take an internship in her hometown of Louisville. Chelsea said this about it “he would also be living with my best friends family during this time. My heart dropped to my stomach. Still to this day I’m unsure why I had that initial reaction, but I guess it ended up being quite significant.” It wasn’t much later when they connected via social media and became friends once he got to Louisville. ” Really, from that day on, our three years of dating began. In those three years, we went through many life changes. We were long distance for a year while we were both at college he moved to Louisville, he bought a house, and many more. So now, three years later, WE ARE MARRIED!”

From the Bride… The biggest inspiration for this wedding was the season of Fall. I LOVE the fall! Bryan & I have had some significant and sweet memories in the fall, and I’ve been in love with this season since I can remember. The season inspired our dessert bar – to serve home made pies. They all came from women who all are significant in some way to Bryan and I – we felt like this was a sweet way to include so many more people in our big day.

I always envisioned myself having my wedding reception in a barn. I dreamt of a simple, rustic, open space strung with many lights. Smith-Berry Winery encompassed every thing I wanted. Our ceremony was originally to be outside, looking onto the winery. Plan B came into play as October 5th ended up being a day for record rainfall – 8 inches to be exact. The barn turned out beautifully!

We both love a good Southern meal. Chuck Smith, owner of Smith-Berry, whips up a feast almost every weekend of the summer. Their property hosts concerts, and he is very well known for his food. People are said to come from surrounding cities just to eat!

Jaclyn Journey, our florist & local wedding stylist, made it easy to trust her to put together something I would love; she did not disappoint! My flowers may have been my favorite detail of the entire day. I loved the simplicity, yet vibrant colors of my bridesmaid’s bouquets and the way they made the navy dresses pop.

Advice for brides planning now: No matter the weather or any hiccups, this will still be the BEST day – you’re getting MARRIED!!

Fav Memories: seeing him for the first time & dancing with my siblings at the reception (somehow only ¾ got the good dancer gene, me not included)!

Photography: Firm Anchor | Floral Design: Jaclyn Journey | Wedding Dress: Rebecca's Wedding Boutique | Invitations: Jen Lenhart | Ceremony Venue: Smith-Berry Winery | Reception Venue: Smith-Berry Winery | Hair: Hali B & Co | Table Numbers: Katie Jury

Louisville Wedding from Photography by Melanie Mauer

I grew up loving Sabrina and wishing I could climb up into a tree and watch beautiful parties every Saturday night, but this bride got the real deal. She grew up behind this gorgeous mansion, which obviously meant she opened her bedroom windows to listen to the music coming from the grounds all wedding season long. The only thing more romantic than that is the grown up girl’s wedding, captured beautifully by Melanie Mauer. It took place on the grounds she grew up loving, and the gallery is almost like a peek from her window into the big day. Click here to see it all!


From the beautiful bride … I met Brent four years ago, when we were both living in San Diego, CA, at a Valentine’s Day party for all our single friends. I was immediately drawn to him, not only because Brent is always the tallest guy in the room (he’s 6’7″!) but because of his energy and free spirit, he just knows how to make people smile! We became fast friends after that night and after a month or so we decided to finally go out on a date, and we have been together ever since! A few years later we were living in Manhattan Beach, CA, and Brent proposed to me on the beach by our apartment on a perfect sunset summer evening!

Picking our wedding venue was a no brainer. Growing up in Louisville, KY, I have always loved the beauty and history of the state, and Brent, who grew up in Southern California, very quickly fell in love with Kentucky as well… so he insisted we get married in my hometown! Well, it just so happens that my parent’s home is located directly behind Whitehall, a gorgeous historic home in the older part of Louisville. When I was younger I used to open my bedroom windows so I could listen to the bands play at the weddings at Whitehall. So needless to say we just HAD to get married there!!

I knew I wanted the style of our wedding to be garden-chic, with a color palette of greens and ivory that allowed the natural beauty of Whitehall’s colorful gardens to be showcased. My amazing mom, with the help of our wedding planner, Carol, and some outstanding vendors in Louisville, made all my ideas come to life! We were able to transform our ceremony site and reception tent into a work of art! We also wanted to make sure all of our out of town guests had a true Kentucky experience so we had a bluegrass band play during our ceremony and cocktail hour, had guests sign a bourbon barrel lid instead of a traditional guest book, and of course kept the bourbon flowing all night!

Our entire day was filled with so much love and was extremely personal. I lost my maternal grandparents when I was younger, so I made sure they were there in spirit by wearing my grandmother’s ring and carried a fun gold purse that she had at her own wedding. We also used the cake knife that those grandparents used at their wedding, which has their wedding date, along with my parents and aunts and uncles, carved into it. Brent and I were also blessed to each have a set of Grandparents present at the wedding, each having been married over 60 years! (My 90 year old grandpa even cut in during my father-daughter dance!) My brother has a beautiful voice, so we were honored to have him sing an acapella version of “Till There Was You” during our ceremony. It also meant so much to me that we were able to utilize my parent’s gorgeous home for the groomsmen’s wedding prep and for our after party. As beautiful as everything was, it was those personal touches that made the day unforgettable!

Photographer: Photography by Melanie Mauer | Venue: Whitehall Mansion and Gardens | Planner: Carol Grisanti | Weddings | Flowers: Wayne Esterle of In Bloom Again | Cake: Debbie Richter | Caterer: Wiltshire Pantry | Hair & Make up: Venedia Tingle | Dress: Watters | Bridesmaids’ Dresses: BHLDN | Shoes: Manolo Blahnik

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