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Chic + Stylish Kentucky Horse Farm Wedding

Hold your horses darling readers, because this Kentucky equestrian farm wedding is sure to have you running a bit wild. It’s the type of pretty that is bound to carry us all away and it could only be captured by the ever so talented Whitney Neal Photography, and the results? Well, let’s just say perfection would be a massive understatement. See it all in THE VAULT!

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From Jaclyn JourneySkye & Trey’s Hermitage Farm nuptials were chic, effortless, stylish, and comfortable. Both the bride and groom are Kentucky natives but live in NYC and wanted their out of town guests to experience the beauty of Kentucky’s rolling hills at the state’s oldest working horse farm.

The bride and groom hosted a weekend at Churchill Downs and Kentucky distilleries for their guests.
Skye walked down the aisle to Pretty Woman played by a bluegrass band on the porch of the historic 1800’s farm house. Her dad welded the flower covered arch they were married under.Skye chose punches of red (the signature color of Hermitage Farm) coral, peach, and pops of ivory for her color palate. She was married at the height of peony season so we were able to create lush arrangements with bold blooms.

We created a custom stamp illustration (High Fancy Paper) of their dog Louie for their wedding invitations
Skye surprised her groom with a boxwood wall for photos during cocktail hour and dinner. I surprised Skye with a wooden cut out of their custom monogram smack dab in the middle of the wall that could be removed and taken home as a little piece of their wedding.The groom created a custom bourbon bar for his out of town guests to partake in Kentucky tradition.Their late night chicken snack was driven in all the way from their hometown of Henderson Kentucky as a surprise to all their guests.

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Photography: Whitney Neal Photography | Coordination: Brady & Co. | Floral + Event Design: Jaclyn Journey | Wedding Dress: Houghton Bride | Invitations: High Fancy Paper | Catering: Wiltshire Pantry | Venue: Hermitage Farm | Furniture Rentals: Canvas Event Furniture | Rentals: Reliable Rentals

Elegant Floral-Filled Yew Dell Gardens Wedding

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.

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Photography: Natalie Watson | Cinematography: Christina Hough | Wedding Coordination: AshBy Wedding And Event Planning | Floral Design: Jaclyn Journey | Wedding Dress: JLM Couture, Inc | Cake: Sweet Surrender | Wedding Invitations: Sweet Letter Press | Rings: Tiffany | Bridesmaids' Dresses: Amsale | Catering: Wiltshire Pantry | Hair: Simply Makeup and Hair | Band: Clyde Brown Band | Groomsmen's Attire: Joseph A. Bank | Venue: Yew Dell Gardens | Ceremony + Cocktail Hour Music: Banjo Cats | Linen Rentals: BBJ | Photography - Assistance: Katherine Stinnett | Rentals: Party Central | Tent Rentals: Camargo Events

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Sweet Summer Garden Wedding

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.

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Photography: Nina & Wes Photography | Floral Design: Hide and Seek Design | Wedding Dress: Coco Anais AN149 | Cake: Martine's Pastries | Ceremony Venue: Richard H. Lewis Lodge At Historic Cherokee State Park, Kenlake | Reception Venue: The Livery | Bride's Shoes: Charter Club | Rings: Sheila Bayes Fine Jewelry | Bridesmaids' Dresses: BHLDN | Catering: Karem Catering | Makeup: Simply Makeup and Hair | Hair: Hali B & Co | DJ: Bluegrass Beat | Groom's Attire: Men's Wearhouse | 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

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