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Mint Blue Whimsical Garden Wedding

I’m just going to come right out and say it – this Kentucky bride is my new style hero. She planned a whimsy-driven wedding so special it could make Alice in Wonderland herself a tad green with envy. Oh, and did I mention she had Whitney Neal and Molly Roberson there to capture every second? It’s a lush, textured mint wedding masterpiece, and you click right here for each and every image!

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Fall
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Garden
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Whimsical

From Whitney Neal Photography…. Samantha and Jonathan’s wedding at Yew Dell Botanical Gardens this past fall was full of whimsy and unique touches. From her custom ceremony arch to her flower girl’s crown, all the details were carefully designed and thought out. The use of soft lavenders, ivories, blues and greens gave the wedding a romantic feel and the touch of gold brought elegance and sophistication.

Samantha wanted a lush and textured bouquet to compliment her lace gown. It was full of dinner plate dahlias, garden roses, tea roses, and dusty miller. Their velvet draped floral covered arch in the botanical garden set a romantic scene for the ceremony. Her bridesmaids wore custom made outfits from Etsy and carried paper pinwheels, made by Samantha herself! One of most personal details from the wedding was Samantha’s jewelry. It was created from love notes Jonathan had written to her over the course of their relationship!

Photography: Whitney Neal Photography | Videography: Molly Roberson | Floral And Event Design: Jaclyn Journey | Cake: Sweet Surrender | Catering: Farm To Fork | Groomsmen's Ties: Debonair Bowtie | Botanical Gardens: Yew Dell Gardens | Bridal Gown, Veil, Belt: Jim Hjelm Blush | Bride's Jewelry: Meghan Coomes Forever Yours Agnes | Bridesmaid's Skirts: Chris Skeever Gowns | Coordination: Essential Details | Flower Girl Dress: Mia Loren Boutique | Ring Bearer Suspenders: Mia Loren Boutique

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Rustic DIY Wedding in Kentucky

There is rustic and then there’s setting up an entire ceremony in a beautiful grassy field. That is not an easy feat but one that the Bride along with Hide And Seek Design pulled off impeccably. With fun elements like a wall of vintage frames hanging from the trees and rustic ladder decor, this Kentucky affair captured by Honey Heart Photography is a gallery perusing must. See even more right here.

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Summer
Settings
Country Club
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Rustic

Amy Wallen Reed, the bride, is a very talented photographer here in Kentucky who had a beautiful vision for her day. We loved the colors, the reception details, and the details that graced her ceremony site.

This wedding combines grace and elegance while still keeping that rustic touch. We loved how she turned an open field into a beautiful backdrop for the ceremony. This wedding is really great inspiration for the brides who are putting on a rustic country wedding.

From the ladders, to the hanging frames and flowers to the dress and the groom’s style – this wedding is so well done and filled with inspiration

Photography: Honey Heart Photography | Floral Design: Hide And Seek Design | Ceremony Venue: Middle Creek Battlefield | Reception Venue: Paintsville Country Club | Catering: Pit Stop BBQ | Bridal Gown: Fabulous Bridal | Bridal Shoes: DSW | Rentals: Above And Beyond

Opening a Clothing Boutique with Morton James Boutique

I think anyone that has a love affair with all things fashion has at one point, dreamed of opening their own store. A perfect little space that’s beautifully curated and lovingly designed. So today we’re picking the brain of Halie Rogers – the fashionista behind Morton James in Lexington with photos by Tiffany Mitchell - to see just what kind of chops it takes to open a store of your very own.

SMP: What inspired you to open a boutique of your own?

Halie: Having lived in Nashville for the past couple of years I fell in love with the city and all it had to offer. It is filled with lots of local, thriving businesses that really seem to define the essence of Nashville. Being immersed in that atmosphere really inspired me to become a part of Lexington’s evolving community.

SMP: Tell us about your career path before openings Morton James.

Halie: I’ve been focusing on raising my 6 year old son while also studying photography. I’ve always had an entrepreneur drive so once he got old enough I started planning a business that would satisfy my creative side while still allowing me the flexibility to be the mom that I strive to be.

SMP: Tell us a few things about retail that you perhaps weren’t prepared for when you were in the “dreaming” phase.

Halie: While I knew it was going to be a lot of dedication and work, I’m not sure I knew quite how time consuming and overwhelming it was going to be. The creative aspect of owning a boutique is what really drew me into the business, but perhaps I should have taken my dad’s advice and gotten a business or accounting degree first! ha!

SMP: How do you set yourself apart in your market?

Halie: Though it’s evolving, Lexington is still a traditional, Southern city and there are a lot of great boutiques that cater to that lifestyle. After visiting other cities across the US and living in Nashville, I saw a huge void in the fashion market here. I felt like we needed an edgier, boho, casual-chic boutique for men and women, that’s more aligned with today’s modern fashion. I feel like that vision alone sets us apart as we cater to a segment of the local market that really relates to our aesthetic.

SMP: Is having good taste when it comes to fashion enough to run a successful retail store?

Halie: To be honest, I thought so- but I was wrong! Having good taste helps since you have to design an inventory that attracts clients but there’s so much more that goes into running a retail store than just that. I’m lucky to have a great friend/manager/life-saver who has extensive retail experience that’s been here from the beginning to help with every aspect of running the business. She really helps balance the work load which is a huge stress relief and it doesn’t hurt to have a friend to go through all of this with!

SMP: How do you source your collections?

Halie: We did alot of research on the lines we wanted to carry- most of which were ones that were unheard of in Lexington. We visited lots of showrooms in NYC and also went to several markets in both Atlanta and New York. We are constantly on the lookout for new lines that we think will fit our style.

SMP: What are three trends your currently loving?

Halie: Sling back booties are sure to make even the simplest outfit look great, cream colored jeans as opposed to the typical white pant and lastly, a great fitting denim top.

SMP: Who is your favorite designer right now, right this moment?

Halie: That’s a tough one to narrow down! I’m currently loving both Raquel Allegra and Mara Hoffman. Raquel Allegra produces really chic and timeless clothing so I find myself wearing a lot of her tops for almost any occasion. Mara Hoffman, on the other hand, is a great go-to line when I’m in the mood to wear bold colors and patterns. Her spring and summer designs are to die for – I can’t wait to get them in!

SMP: If you had to choose one accessory to wear every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Halie: Probably a pair of Melanie Auld earrings. Her whole jewelry line is simple yet colorful and modern making them all easy to wear on a daily basis.

SMP: What are 5 staples to splurge on?

Halie: A good bag, an awesome leather jacket, a pair of booties, black skinny jeans and a well made white t-shirt. All are staples that you’ll wear time and time again- season after season.

SMP: What is THE color for 2014? THE must have piece?

Halie: Black is THE color for me always. You can never go wrong. I tend to buy neutral and then layer in with accessories and textures. I’m not sure I have a specific piece that everyone must get their hands on – but I do know sheer detail or lady-like lace are both going to be huge trends in 2014 along with lots of rose gold jewelry. I’ll definitely be sporting all of the above!

SMP: What does the next five years look like for Morton James?

Halie: We are really content with where we are and with the vision that we have established. We just want to work toward growing new relationships within the community and nurturing those that already exist. We want to stay true to our mission which is essentially to provide Lexington with clothing to fit our modern day lifestyle. Who knows though, maybe you’ll see Morton James pop up in another southern city! In the meantime, we are staying focused on growing our presence here in Lexington.

Photography: Tiffany Mitchell | Interior Design: Hannah Maple Studio