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Lexington Wedding by Melanie Mauer

Welcome back to yet another beautiful week on SMP! We are just aching to start the lineup of lovely, and start we shall with this Bluegrass State beauty by Melanie Mauer! I’ve had ants in my pants to share this wedding since I first set eyes on this southern soiree, and you’ll see why with just one scroll through all of the pretty. With a bride that is take-your-breath-away gorgeous, a classic old Kentucky home as the venue, a dapper groom, pretty ponies to pose with and a lineup of lovely details – it’s sure to make this Monday feel a bit more elegant. So grab a mint julep (ok, maybe it’s a wee bit early for that…coffee will do) and trot on over to the full gallery for even more!

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Let’s keep this pretty party going with their video from Portal Films, shall we?

From Melanie of  Photography by Melanie MauerElizabeth Lary and Steve Kirsch were married this fall on the Glen Lary estate here in Lexington. The estate itself has been in their family for generations and was the perfect thing to bring the couple to Kentucky for their wedding. They are from Los Angeles (Manhattan Beach) but planned a glamorous country wedding here in the Bluegrass to enjoy being surrounded by friends and family. Elizabeth is charismatic and extraordinarily talented! The groom is her perfect compliment, calm, level headed and subtle. The couple are now back in LA, but soon to transfer to NYC.

From the bride… From the first time I first set foot on the grounds of our family home, I knew that this would be the ONLY place in the world that I would ever get married. Steve and I met in Miami, Florida fresh out of college and have spent almost every day together since. After a stint in Germany, New York and a cross country move to California, he proposed after we got home from a magical Michael Bublé concert. Down on one knee, with our house full of roses, my favorite champagne and our dogs. Nothing could have been more magical. Being a corporate event planner by trade, planning my own wedding seemed to fall right into place. I already had the perfect venue and the perfect groom, which made the rest easy. Anyone who knows me, knows that I am a hopeless romantic who lives my life vicariously through fairy tales and romantic comedies. That being said, I knew that our wedding would have to encompass all of the above. From our “Father of the Bride”/”The Notebook” style venue to the twinkling lights above our heads, a band that was to die for and a groom that stood by my side throughout the entire process, it was the most magical night of our lives. Friends and family flew into the Blue Grass state from all around the country to celebrate our magical weekend. Horse racing at Keeneland, bourbon tasting and a wedding at our family home tied everything together into the perfect Kentucky weekend. All of our Lexington vendors and friends that we met through the planning process went above and beyond the call of duty to help out a California bride with her dream wedding. All invitations and printed materials were designed by a wonderful friend and assembled over nights of wine and laughter. Gift baskets were from the heart and wedding favors tied into our family history. All in all, our wedding was my piece de resistance and a weekend that hopefully no one will ever forget. 

Wedding Planner: The bride / Day-of Coordination: Always Planned / Venue: GlenLary Estate (family home) / Photography: Photography by Melanie Mauer / Florist: Crist Creona Designs / Cake: Martine’s / Rentals: Purdons / Catering: DaRae & Friends / Cinematography: Portal Films / Dress: Oscar de la Renta / Belt: Carolina Herrera / Shoes: Stuart Weitzman / Hair & Makeup: Tara Ferrell (tarabracayle@gmail.com) / Band: Simply Irresistible / Hair piece: Alisa Brides / Cake Topper: Mudcards / Paper: Cheryl Humphreys (cheryl310@mac.com) / Design: Joe Richardson ofHubbuch and Co.

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Talon Winery DIY Wedding from Cat Satre & Martine’s Pastries

A DIY affair should not be as chic, gorgeous, creative, and glam as the ones you talented couples send us. You amaze me with your fabulosity. Weddings like this Kentucky wedding have taken Do-It-Yourself weddings to an entirely new level, and I capital LOVE it. From the fan-tastic programs, to the mason jar centerpieces, to that delish cake from Martine’s Pastries, the whole affair is phenom. Make sure to check out the rest of Cat Satre‘s beautiful images in the full image gallery!

My wedding day was absolutely everything I could have ever wanted it to be. My fiancé and I had to live six hours away from each other during our engagement because of his job and my schooling, so it was a long a difficult planning process but came out perfectly! I am a Southern California girl and he is an Illinois farm boy, so we wanted to bring together our personalities and our different lives into one for our special day. I wanted it to be comfortable, fresh, and fun! I found a lot of the ideas of blogs, but some of them just evolved through brainstorming together.

We met in Kentucky so we decided to have our wedding at a local winery in Lexington, Talon Winery. It was a gorgeous setting the required minimal decorating. We were definitely on a budget and my mom, sister, and I did most of our decorations. Mason jars and fireflies are two things I love about living in the south. I knew even before we were engaged I wanted our colors to be green, my favorite color, and blue, his favorite color. Also, I knew I wanted light, fresh flowers and to decorate with mason jars. I really wanted to utilize the beautiful space that we had. I loved adding unique touches like a birdcage for letters, or a wooden cake stand.

We chose to do fans for the ceremony because we knew it would be hot! So my mom created templates to make them ourselves. We used shepherd’s hooks to hold our flower arrangements and used burlap and white drapery to decorate the gazebo. I loved using the barn next to the ceremony site for the reception. It had perfect lighting and just felt right. We made our own photo booth, had a remembrance table for family members who had passed away, gorgeous food by DaRae & Friends, and a gorgeous cake table. We love the kids we have in our lives and so we wanted to make sure we had a kid’s table for them to play at during the reception. For the send-off, we tied ribbons in our wedding colors to wands for everyone to wave since we couldn’t use sparklers. It ended the perfect day.

Photography: Cat Satre / Flowers: Jeanie Gorrell Floral Design / Event Coordinator: Planned to Perfection of the Bluegrass / Ceremony Location: Talon Winery / Reception Location: Talon Winery / Invitations: Minted / Shoes: Kelly & Katie / Dress: Galina / Cake: Martine’s Pastries / Caterer: DaRae & Friends / Hair: Lindsey Pace / Make-Up: Ana-Crane Simpson / DJ: Sound Travels

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