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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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DIY Louisville Wedding Film from Classic Pixels Films

It’s Saturday LBBers! And you know what that means – time for a little wedding film eye candy. Classic Pixels Films sent this one our way from Louisville – and it features the wedding of two adorable lovebirds. They had been together for nine years by the time he dropped to one knee, so the lovely bride had a long list of DIY projects to create the perfect wedding. That she did – and it was captured by Classic Pixels Films in a highlight that is sure to put a smile on your face!

Marty and Kristina met over a decade ago when they were in high school through mutual friends. They met at an event called “Rock the Water Tower,” a fall music festival in Louisville. That was fitting because they have gone on to see over 100 concerts together since they met. Marty went to an all boy’s catholic school & Kristina was at an all girls academy. They instantly became friends and spent every bit a free time together that their parents would allow. They spent most of their “dates” playing video games with friends and at the gym working out. Marty & Kristina both spent a year at the University of Kentucky after high school where Kristina was on the dance team. They quickly discovered that the new city was not for them and moved back home to attend the University of Louisville. Kristina & Marty graduated in 2007 with a Bachelor’s in Nursing & Marketing respectively. Kristina went on to work as a nurse in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at a local children’s hospital and Marty attended the University of Louisville’s law school. Marty is now Assistant prosecutor for the County Attorney in Louisville.

Oddly enough, they never talked about getting married, or engagement rings, it was always understood that they would be together though. Marty popped the question on his mom’s birthday, their nine year anniversary, as a surprise to both of them. And boy was it! Kristina’s mom snapped the perfect picture as Kristina said, “YES”. Kristina’s whole family was there for the big moment and the rest is history.

Marty gave Kristina a gum ball machine ring he found in the junk drawer at his parents’ house, that we later found to glow in the dark. He figured he’d let her choose for herself what she would be wearing for the rest of her life. Kristina wore the hideous pink, glittery, glow in the dark ring proudly until she got the real thing. Now the ring resides in a shadow box in front of the photo captured by Kristina’s mom. They knew they wanted the wedding to be a family affair, so they incorporated as many family members as possible in the ceremony.

They were both raised catholic, so the wedding took place at St. Elizabeth of Hungary in Louisville, where Kristina went to grade school. Marty’s uncle was the priest, his aunts were the cantors, both of their living grandmothers were lectors, his second cousins were the flower girl and ring bearer, and the bride and groom’s sisters were bridesmaids.

The Wedding ceremony was a modern twist on the catholic prayer service. The couple wrote their own vows and included a poem about the hands of the husband and wife and all they will do for another in the future. Their program included a “wedding map”, which mapped out placed in the city where they met, got engaged, where the ceremony, reception, and hotel was located. The program also included a list of 25 things the couple wants to accomplish before their 25th wedding anniversary, and a horoscope that went with the “earthy” theme, entitled, which Tree did you fall from?. 

The bride has always enjoyed crafts, so she decided that she would coordinate, design, and organize the whole event on her own. She was obsessed with bridal inspiration websites throughout the engagement and handmade every decoration used at the wedding and reception with the help of her lovely bridesmaids. The décor was fall themed – earthy, and vintage all in one. Music has always been a huge part of their lives together, so they had a string quartet, harp, and trumpet at the ceremony, which sounded beautiful in the old church.

Upon arrival to the reception, guests found their place cards which were rocks with their names on them. The tables were named after concerts that Marty & Kristina had been to. While the guests waited on the bridal party to arrive, they made themselves busy with the photo booth, and the local art work at the reception site. Kristina painted a bare tree on four separate canvases, and had ink placed next to each one that corresponded to the seasons. Guests used the ink to make thumb prints on the canvas. After the wedding Marty & Kristina were left with four beautiful pieces of art for their home.

Kristina collected wedding photos from parents, grandparents, great grand parents, and even beyond that for a memory table that doubled as a family tree.

On the head table, Kristina made frames for each of the bridal party members with a short biography in them for their place cards. The night was filled with dancing. One of the groomsmen did a Michael Jackson tribute including props. The limbo stick made an appearance, and during one of the DJ sets, glow sticks were handed out to “light” up the dance floor. Overall, the night was full of love, happiness, and just plain fun. A night that no one in attendance will soon forget!

Florist: The Blossom Shop / Ceremony: St. Elizabeth’s of Hungary / Reception: Mellwood Arts Center / Caterer: Rolling Pin Catering  / Entertainment: Fusionary / Cinematography: Classic Pixels Films / Photography: Miller Photography

Vintage Louisville Wedding by Whitney Rae Photography + Jaclyn Thomas Design

This vintage chic Louisville wedding is just what the doctor ordered this Thanksgiving Eve. It’s sweet, it’s simple, and it’s full to the brim with adorable ideas that you can recreate for your own big day. Whitney Rae Photography captured all the details of the day, including the gorgeous florals in vintage bottles and mercury glass that were designed and created beautifully by Jaclyn Thomas Design. Click here for even more!

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From the Bride…Zach and I were high school sweethearts and on the day we wed, we had been together for over 6 years. As far as the wedding goes, I’m not even sure where to begin. I remember every thing, every detail as complete perfection. Almost the moment after Zach proposed I began my search for the perfect venue. I had a distinct vision in my head of “simplistic beauty”. I wanted to be married outdoors, I knew that detail was for sure! After a lot of searching my mom found this lovely place located in Prospect (about 15 minutes outside of Louisville) called Gingerwoods. It was a newer, mostly unheard of venue located on a windy road lined with trees and fantastic views of grazing horses every direction you looked. It had been a church at one time, and when the church moved elsewhere, someone bought Gingerwoods and “re-touched” a few details, but they were still sure to leave loads loads of charm.

As that detail was crossed off the list it was time to think about decor. I was so afraid my simplistic touch and small budget may be mistaken for unfinished, and that is when I remembered a distant friend of mine had just started a small design company. I asked if she would be willing and she dove right in! Believe me when I tell you, she did everything! I call her my fairy god mother because she made my dream a reality. She did complete design of the reception flowers, our bouquets and boutonnieres, she even did the arch we were married under (which she surprised me with on the day of). We were inspired by table numbers that we had seen on SMP months before and even did a DIY project of our own to re-create!

After all of these details were put together, the day finally arrived. I had never seen the sky so blue or so crisp, it was a perfect day for our wedding! One of the most special things about that day was getting ready at the salon I work at, surrounded by all my co-workers that I know and love. They surprised me with mimosas and took such great care of me, being with them for that portion of the day was truly special. Once 6 o’clock arrived it was time to marry my best friend, we were surrounded by only our closest friends and family. After our ceremony, guests were escorted up to a tented deck for cocktail hour while Zach and I took pictures. Right before it was time to head into the reception, a video played of Zach and I through the years, after that was played, we were announced in. This by far, was the best moment of the night. People stood and clapped, some even with happy tears, and welcomed us in. We had never felt so much love in one room!


Wedding Photography: Whitney Rae Photography / Event Design, Planning + Floral Design: Jaclyn Thomas Design / Ceremony + Reception Location: Gingerwoods / Invitations: Hello!Lucky / Bride’s Shoes: Ann Taylor / Wedding Dress: WTOO via Rebecca’s Wedding Boutique / Hair: Christy Young, Hair by Bennie and Friends / Make-up: Jamie Todd, Hair by Bennie and Friends

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