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Kentucky Wedding by Bella Grace Studios

This Southern fête is overflowing with pure Style Me Pretty style.  It is simple, sweet and filled with oh-so pretty touches perfectly matched for a Kentucky garden wedding.  There can be no wrong in my eyes when spring flowers like anemones drip from bouquets and centerpieces as they so beautifully do here.  All the classic details with a vintage twist are radiant under the lens of Bella Grace StudiosClick here to see even more!

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Our wedding was a fantastic reflection of our Kentucky past and our Chicago present. Returning to our hometown for our wedding weekend was a great opportunity for our Chicago friends to witness where we grew up and the wonderful things Kentucky has to offer. Events included a day at the races, a barbecue on the family farm, complete with hayride, and an outdoor garden wedding at the historic Bodley-Bullock House.

The wedding afternoon started with a cocktail hour at the Hunt Morgan House, paying homage to Thomas’ grandmother, Betsy Alexander, who at one time tended the gardens. The ceremony, in the Bodley-Bullock garden, was a laid back occasion with a vintage feel. The evening was capped off with a Bossa Nova band at the LexArts gallery. The day could not have been more magical for my husband and I.

Wedding Photography: Bella Grace Studios / Pre-Ceremony Cocktail Location: The Hunt-Morgan House Gardens / Wedding Ceremony Location: The Bodley-Bullock House / Wedding Reception Locations: The Bodley-Bullock House + LexArts Gallery / Makeup: Bethany Tiesman of BEAUTY by Bethany / Floral & Event Design: Melody Walker Rodgers of All Occasions Event Productions / Invitations and Programs: MOK DUK by Anne Benjamin

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Kentucky Wedding by Portal Films + Jacki Allen

When I watched this little vignette that Andy over at Portal Films put together, I literally cried. Which I guess isn’t that telling considering that I cry about once a day because of something beautiful that one of my favorite vendors sends my way. But in all sincerity, the tears that I shed were completely authentic as this is one of the most beautiful little moments I’ve ever seen. Planned by the lovely and wonderfully talented mother and daughter team, Jacki and Jaimeson, this wedding is all gorgeousness.

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Lexington was the perfect location for our wedding, since we met there and it was my hometown. We now live in Pennsylvania so Lexington was a good blend of familiarity for us and a fresh venue for our friends and family coming from outside the area. Our journey together began during graduate school at the University of Kentucky in 2002. Five and a half years later our adventure included one dog, two moves, two new jobs, some tears, some smiles, and a proposal! On a snowy moonlit evening in February 2008, to my surprise, I found Michael on one knee with an engagement ring in hand, and our faithful “fur kid” by his side. Yes!

Both Michael and I agreed on a small, intimate, outdoor wedding. With autumn in mind, we discovered the perfect venue, Shaker Village. The solitude of the West Lot offered privacy while the abundance of trees and the rolling hills provided the natural atmosphere we wanted.

On the afternoon of October 3, 2009, bathed in the warmth of the fleeting summer sunlight and beneath the maple trees, surrounded by our friends and family, Michael and I were married. A horse drawn carriage delivered my father and me along the country road leading to the West Lot. As I passed our guests, I was overcome with peace and joy knowing our moment was finally here. After exchanging our vows, we exited the guests’ seating spiral, returning the many smiles of family and friends as husband and wife.

Our menu featured many Shaker and locally grown foods. As we dined, we enjoyed the traditional folk sounds of the banjo and mandolin. With night upon us, the party began! Guests wandered between the photo booth, complete with costumes, ice cream and coffee bars, the beautifully lighted lounge area, and the fire pit complete with s’mores. Too soon I found our wedding day coming to a close! We made our exit aboard a vintage tandem bicycle; our dog running beside us, showered with eucalyptus leaves and well wishes from all.

Wedding Planning: Jacki and Jaimeson / Photography: Angela Anderson Photography /  Cinematography: Portal Films / Flowers: E. Stephen Hein / Beauty: Ana Crane Simpson, Applied Cosmetic Services / Ceremony Music: Kentucky Wild Horse

Lexington Kentucky Wedding From Melanie Mauer Photography

We got the sweetest note from Melanie Mauer, one of our Little Black Book photographers in the Kentucky area. She said, “We have heard from so many brides and grooms that your blog has inspired them and provided them with ideas to incorporate into their wedding to make it personal and meaningful. We would hope that some of the wedding images we have captured would be a great addition to this source of inspiration.”

Well, we think that Whitney and Marshall’s Lexington, Kentucky wedding will absolutely inspire you!

Photography by Melanie Mauer

What perfect wedding colors for a springtime wedding! The flowers were designed by The Best of Flowers in Lexington. Just beautiful.

Photography by Melanie Mauer

The wedding ceremony and reception were held at the Headley-Whitney Museum.

Photography by Melanie Mauer

Cute, cute, cute Kate Spade shoes! Whitney’s gorgeous gown was designed by Renella Defina and the bridesmaid’s dresses are by Jenny Yoo.

Photography by Melanie Mauer

Wedding Cake by Martine’s

Whitney and Marshall’s monogram was woven throughout the wedding, a fantastic way to personalize a wedding. LOVE the monogram on their cake!

Photography by Melanie Mauer

Very unusual and beautifully crafted place cards …

Photography by Melanie Mauer

A little bit from the beautiful bride, Whitney … “Marshall and I actually met at the hospital the day after I was born. Our fathers went to High School together in Lexington and our families have remained close ever since. Our families have gotten together for years at Lake Cumberland but Marshall and I hadn’t seen each other for several years since he was living in Jamaica and I was in Italy. When we did, I fell in love at first sight (reluctantly). It took several years to get on the same continent but it is a blessing to have “in-laws” that we love like family!”

Congratulations Whitney & Marshall!

A huge thank-you to Melanie Mauer Photography for sharing this beautiful Kentucky day!

Oh! And just a quick reminder … you can find many of your favorite shots from Style Me Pretty weddings in our Photo Galleries. For example, if you love Melanie’s photograph of the bouquets (above), you can go into the SMP Photo Gallery by category (flowers) and then click to the last page (photos are loaded from oldest to newest) and you’ll find the beautiful shot of Whitney’s bouquets … along with the color palette! Pretty cool!!

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Real Wedding: Jennifer and Trey, VII

Thank you so very much to Jennifer and Trey for sharing their absolutely lovely day with us! The airplanes, the fabulous and oh-so-personal details, the everything…was just perfect.

For all of you that are wanting a little more, don’t fret, it’s not quite over. Jennifer actually emailed me because she used one of our FAVORITE Little Black Book vendors, Portal Films, to capture her wedding and Andy has been sweet enough to share a clip with us. That’s coming up next, right after this next set of gorgeous pictures!

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photographs by the oh-so-talented Frank Becker and Sarah Jane of The Time Photography

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Real Wedding: Jennifer and Trey, VI

Love, love, love the reception space for today’s featured wedding! And the details…oh the details!

jennifer real wedding

photographs by the oh-so-talented Frank Becker and Sarah Jane of The Time Photography

From Jennifer, the lovely bride…

Food and Drinks – We entertain at our house often and really wanted the reception to feel like we were having friends over for a special meal.  To achieve this feel we seated our guests at large tables and served comfort food “family style,” passing bowls of sides like mashed potatoes and grilled corn cut off the cob and bottles of wine.  We served my favorite cocktail of champagne and PAMA pomegranate liquor and Trey’s favorite beer, Red Stripe, during the cocktail reception.

Children – we have 7 nieces and nephews between us and wanted them to feel special so we made baskets of candy and toys for them to enjoy during the reception – the boys seemed to enjoy the helicopter the most though!

Sundae Bar – Trey LOVES ice cream so we had a sundae bar as a late night treat instead of a groom’s cake.  It was a big hit!  And, our first dance was to Sara McLaughlin’s “Ice Cream”.

Airplanes – we wanted to incorporate airplanes into the details at the reception so we used touches like miniature diecast airplanes with the escort cards.

More on the way!

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Real Wedding: Jennifer and Trey, V

I get emails here and there from brides who are looking to design a super chic wedding with their ceremony in a traditional church but with there reception in kind of a fun/funky spot. Well, that is just what today’s bride did!

I know that in many parts of the country, it’s hard to find those great farms, the incredible seaside resorts, the modern lofts and the lakeside estates that we often feature on SMP. But, I will tell you this…EVERY town has hidden gems that are definitely worth discovering. Like the Aviation Museum in Lexington, Kentucky!

jennifer real wedding

How cool is that!? I am dying right now…it’s just so fabulous. The juxtaposition of the airplanes with the feminine, pink and chocolate tables. LOVE!

From the bride…

The museum is in an old airplane hanger and there are several jets and airplanes on display – the guests enjoyed getting to see the everything up close and it was a great place to dance the night away.  I loved the contrast between the harsh, warehouse feeling space and the warm, beautiful flowers and fabrics and the comfort of being surrounded by friends.

Wait until you hear about all of the fun details that the bride incorporated into their day…so much more to come!

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