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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

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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

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