The personal little details that make a wedding unique are why I continue to fall in love with each new “I do” every single day. This Southern celebration took the idea of tender touches and ran with it, from the Groom wearing his grandfather’s dress shoes to a repeat of the Bride’s parent’s first dance song from their own Kentucky wedding years ago. Natalie Watson and Keepsake Films captured every magical moment, helping our VAULT shine even brighter – more this way!
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From the Bride… I grew up visiting family in Kentucky every holiday and summer. The music, food, scenery, and traditions are embedded in my heart. Both our late and living grandparents were champions of hospitality. Mine of the Southern variety and his big Italian family style; we wanted the reception to have that warmth. The groom and I share a love of bourbon, music, and the great outdoors and I wanted to share the magic of Kentucky. Many of our guests had never visited the Bluegrass State (we were sure to arrange a distillery visit). As a prop/wardrobe stylist I dove whole heartedly into designing an ethereal and dreamy event.
Every detail was personal. My uncle officiated the ceremony and we wrote our own vows. The aisle was flanked by two lions to represent our matching Leo birthdays. The groom wore his grandfather’s dress shoes and his cousin sang “Can’t Help Falling In Love” which was my parent’s first dance song at their KY wedding 35+ years ago. My mom sewed and pressed 400 ft of bunting to hang in the sailcloth tent, a lot of which came from old dance costumes, dresses, and my old fabric from fashion school. I took a lot of pride in collecting the vintage crystal and creating DIY details. Comfort food was served family-style on the same china set my grandparents used for their dinner parties. Queen Anne’s Lace, a staple of my grandfather’s farm, was featured in every floral arrangement. A bluegrass quartet graced the ceremony and cocktail hour, a nod to our love of music and my Appalachian roots. A phenomenal funk band lead the dance party at the reception complete with the groom and I standing in for a song before our exit.
If I could summarize the day in a word, it would be one that many guests have used to describe the festivities: magical. The clouds parted and the sun beamed just at the moment of our pronouncement and kiss (and moments later the strings played “Here Comes The Sun”). A pleasant surprise to us, our venue had a sculpture show on display throughout the grounds. The weather was perfect even though the forecast said rain. The rare harvest blood moon lit up the sky, a night before its peak. Most importantly we got to celebrate the magic that is true love, share the beauty of Kentucky with friends and family, and through personal details honor those who have passed that made us who we are.
Photography: Natalie Watson Photography | Cinematography: Keepsake Films | Wedding Coordination: AshBy Wedding & Event Planning | Floral Design: Jaclyn Journey | Wedding Dress: Hayley Paige | Cake: Sweet Surrender | Wedding Invitations: SWEET Letterpress & Design | Rings: Tiffany & Co. | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Catering: Wiltshire Pantry | Hair: Simply Makeup And Hair | Band: Clyde Brown Band | Groomsmen's Attire: Jos. A Banks | Venue: Yew Dell Gardens | Ceremony + Cocktail Hour Music: The Banjo Cats | Linen Rentals: BBJ Linens | Photography - Assistance: Katherine Stinnett | Rentals: Party Central Rental | Tent Rentals: Camargo Events
Why do I love these two? Because they love love loved their wedding, it’s obvious in every single pic by Nina & Wes Photography and throughout Bryan Starr Cinematography’s film. From the first look, when the Groom spontaneously twirled his beautiful Bride to this genuine JOY taking over as they walked down the aisle as newlyweds; these special images are what makes me smile all day long. Get in on all this goodness in our VAULT right this way!
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From Nina & Wes Photography… Maddie and Austin got married at a beautiful park in Lexington, KY. There were so many unique and beautiful moments throughout their day. From the first look where Austin twirled his bride around in a moment of joy and fun… to Maddie’s first look with her father, where they both cried and embraced tightly… to the prayer before the ceremony where all of Maddie’s bridesmaids and family surrounded her… to the painting their friend created as the ceremony unfolded… and the music that guests were asked to join in during the ceremony… and every single look of joy throughout each moment of their wedding day was something beautiful to behold. The love Maddie and Austin have for one another is tangible and pure. We are so thankful we got to capture such an emotional and heartfelt day.
From the Bride… “I’ll never forget shortly after Austin and I decided to hold our ceremony outside at Waveland State Historic Site, we took a sunset stroll on the property—just dreaming together about our wedding day. About ten minutes into the walk,the grounds keeper approached us and asked if we were getting married here. His assumption of our romantic behavior was correct. Our conversation began so naturally as he humbly shared about the joys of marriage. The way he talked about his wife and his selfless, simple love for herafter 45 years brought euphoria to our souls. It was a moving moment, sharing a glimpse of our future together in an unanticipated exchange. He talked about how the grounds were a peaceful place—and they were indeed.
Austin and I reflected on that moment several times leading up to our wedding day. We couldn’t have been more satisfied sharing those special vows on Waveland’s overgrown, lush property. The woodland trails and rolling hills made our city-limits ceremony venue appear as the green, natural “heaven on earth” that we most wanted.
For us, it was all about sentiment. Many of our wedding decisions were made with sentimental attachments. From the reception venue to the tiniest details, the plans were made with more meaning than most of the guests would’ve ever known. But we liked it that way. We envisioned the experience for our friends and family by making every decision to create an atmosphere of love and joy. As people would be reunited with family and friends, we asked questions like how we could plan a seating chart or flow of events that would cause people to savor conversations, to laugh together, and enjoy celebrating the seasons of life. As everything culminated on August 14th, it was a true joy to look around and delight in all that it came to be. Unlike I’ve heard from so many other brides, Austin and I were able to enjoy our wedding day being fully present! It’s one of my favorite miracles about the day. Even if we had an unlimited budget to throw the most extravagant of celebrations, we couldn’t have imagined it any better. It was gloriously blessed and more than we could’ve dreamed. We are so thankful.“
Photography: Nina & Wes Photography | Floral Design: Hide And Seek Design | Wedding Dress: Coco Anais | Cake: Martine's Pastries | Ceremony Venue: Waveland | Reception Venue: The Livery | Bride's Shoes: Alex Marie | Rings: Sheila Bayes | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Catering: Karem Catering | Makeup: Simply Makeup | Hair: Hali B & Co. | DJ: Bluegrass Beat | Groom's Attire: Pronto Uomu | Ceremony Music: Curt Vernon & Julie Futch | Artist (Painting): Ember Canada | Centerpieces + Decor: Stems | Cinemetography: Bryan Starr Cinematography | Furniture Rentals: Goff Tents | Groom's Shoes: Bed Stu | Paper Goods: Melody Joy | Wedding Party Table: Louisville Farm Tables
Give me a tented wedding any day of the week and my heart is happy. But give me a wedding celebrated under the sailcloth canopies of Sperry Tents and that’s an entirely new level of pure, unadulterated joy. Think breathtaking silhouettes, solid wood support poles and seriously sweet pennant flags waving in the breeze. It’s romance meets elegance and it’s exactly how your wedding should be.
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Contact the Sperry Tents Southeast location nearest you to begin your journey towards your dream wedding. Offices are now open in Naples and Miami, Florida, as well as Charlottesville, Virginia and Charleston, South Carolina. Happy planning, lovelies!
Photography: IRIS Photography + Al Gawlik Photography + Concept Photography + Neil Landino