Archive for April, 2011

Outdoor Wedding Ceremony at Keeneland

On Sunday morning, guests were transported from the Hyatt Regency Lexington to the lawn of the Keeneland Library, just outside of Keene Barn and the Entertainment Center. Set in front of the library was a simple white mandap, custom made by MSI Productions, decorated with furniture from Natasha Decor, and flowers from Courtenay Lambert Florals. Upon the guests’ arrival, Turf Catering passed mint and sweet iced tea, with mini scones and muffins, while Joss Jaffe and Montino Bourbon played the tabla and sarod.

Wedding Ceremony Keeneland Library

The guests’ chairs were rented from Bryant’s Rent-All, and on each seat we placed a beautiful red and gold program (designed and printed by Poeme). White paper parasols were scattered throughout to shield guests from the (soon to be very bright!) sun. As the sun grew warmer, we were thankful we had saved the paper fans from the prior evening’s decor, and we distributed them to the guests as they awaited the start of the ceremony. The ceremony was co-officiated by Veena’s brother, Sam, and Chaman Lal Gupta and included both modern traditions (poetry readings by family members) and Arya Simaj wedding rituals (Arya Simaj is a social reform sect of modern Hinduism). Following the ceremony, guests grabbed a light lunch from Turf Catering’s passing trays before being shuttled back to the hotel for a few hours rest before the evening’s reception.

Indian Wedding Ceremony in Lexington

Vendors: Aviva Events, Wagner Photographics, MSI Productions, Natasha Decor, Courtenay Lambert Florals, Turf Catering, Bryant’s Rent-All, Poeme.

Veena and Ryan’s wedding weekend actually began before the night I’m about to recap – with a mehndi party at her parent’s home on Friday. I would be remiss if I didn’t at least mention it – it was such a fun evening, many thanks to the amazing staff at BD’s Mongolian Grill. In addition to their fabulous food, guests enjoyed mehndi applications by artists Manisha Bhavasar and Nidhi Talati, and delicious white, chocolate, and red velvet cupcakes from Martine’s. Sadly I only have a few iPhone photos for Friday evening, so we’ll have to move on to Saturday, where I have an abundance of gorgeous images from Wagner Photographics

Rehearsal Dinner at Keen Barn

During the day on Saturday, many guests took a tour of some of Lexington’s bourbon distilleries, while others participated in a golf outing arranged by Veena’s brother, Sam. After a quick rehearsal of the next day’s ceremony, guests began to arrive at Keene Barn for the Rehearsal Dinner and Garba Raas, where they were greeted with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres before being seated at gorgeous long tables that filled the entire Barn. Linens in alternating shades of bold pink, orange, and purple paired perfectly with Courtenay Lambert’s fresh and colorful floral arrangements and crisp white lanterns. MSI Productions strung lights and lanterns across the ceiling, and provided the hanging ferns and standing trees that lined both the Keene Barn and Entertainment Center, bringing a bit of the outdoors in and softening the edges of the rooms.

Garba Raas at Keeneland Entertainment Center
Escort cards designed by Poeme to look like postcards guided the guests to their tables (named after cities the bride and groom have visited together). During dinner they had their choice of two buffets – one featuring Southern Barbecue from Turf Catering and the other featuring South Indian cuisine from Banana Leaf. Throughout dinner, several family members and friends gave touching toasts, and soon thereafter everyone moved back into the Entertainment Center for dancing, dancing and more dancing! The Pandyas performed live and kept everyone dancing for hours, teaching those who were unfamiliar how to dance with the dandiya sticks. The statues and furniture elements in the room came from Natasha Decor, and were absolutely beautiful. At the end of the evening, our shuttles from Wombles transported the guests back to their hotels to get a good night’s rest for the rest of the festivities that would continue on Sunday!

Garba Raas Decor at Keeneland Entertainment Center

Vendors: Aviva Events, Wagner Photographics, Courtenay Lambert Florals, MSI Productions, Pandyas, Turf Catering, Banana Leaf, Natasha Decor, Wombles, Poeme.

One of my favorite things, although a rare indulgence, is to get false lashes from Nancy at Brideface. It’s definitely a “special occasion” treat, and I am such a spaz that I refuse to take my makeup off at the end of the night, in hopes of making it last to the next day. Which always results in me waking up in the morning, freaking out that there is a spider on my pillow. (The “spider” = a cluster of lashes that have come off, as they’re not meant to be slept in).

So when Nance told me about Tracey Wells and her semi-permanent eyelash extensions, I had to see what it was all about! I went in yesterday and was so happy with the results that I just had to share the info. It’s a bit of a tedious process (more so for Tracey than for you!), but while you lie on a massage table for up to two hours, Tracey meticulously glues false lashes one by one to your individual real lashes. The lashes last 6-8 weeks, shedding with your own regular lash cycle. They are perfect for weddings – have them done the week before and you’re all set for your rehearsal dinner, wedding day, honeymoon and then some!

Eyelash Extensions by Advanced Permanent CosmeticsI took before and after photos with my phone – the transformation is dramatic! (Please excuse the unkempt brows and under-eye bags). It helps that my natural lashes, sans mascara, are pretty pale. Not as translucent as my sister’s, but pale for sure. On darker-haired beauties (like florist Courtenay Lambert) they look just as gorgeous but even more natural, in my opinion.

Tracey will be offering her services (eyelash extensions, Cry Baby mascara, and cosmetic tattooing) at The Bridal Studio every Thursday, and has a super convenient online appointment scheduling site. If you have any questions about her services, you can always contact her directly at 513-720-3296.

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