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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.

Earlier this summer, my lovely friend Kate married the equally lovely Gerard. It was so much fun helping them to plan the wedding, but even more fun to celebrate the day with them as a part of the wedding party while Hannah and Amanda handled all of the “day of” responsibilities! We started the day getting ready together with help from the immensely talented Nancy Dawson and Christopher Chambers. A gap between the ceremony and reception allowed us to skip any formal pre-ceremony photos, so we headed straight to St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption for the wedding ceremony. All personal flowers were created by Inspired Floral Design, and the programs (as well as all other elements of Kate’s “paper trousseau”) were designed and printed by Poême.

Summer Wedding at the Covington Basilica

Following the ceremony and some formal portraits within the Basilica, we went to a family friend’s house to relax, grab some refreshments and take a few more photos (all photos © Steph Carson Photography). It was such a perfect break in the day, and Kate’s parents’ friends were so kind to make sure we were all well-rested and well-fed before heading off to the reception! During this time, the Peterloon Estate was open to guests for a “pre-cocktail-hour” where they could take tours of the estate and enjoy a piano concert.

Wedding portraits at the Peterloon Estate

The wedding party arrived at the Peterloon Estate during the cocktail hour and took a few final photographs around the stunning grounds. The gorgeous estate and its surrounding gardens provide endless backdrops for photographs. Meanwhile, the reception was set with all of the small details that made the wedding so unique to Kate and Gerard. Kate and Gerard created their own “signature drink” based on recipes they had learned in a mixology class, and handmade small drink flags for each glass. In honor of Gerard’s mother, we used breast cancer bracelets as napkin rings, with a note attached explaining that a donation had been made in her memory. Kate knew early on that she wanted to top her favorite cupcakes (red velvet) with mini brides and grooms, but could only find brunette versions. So Kate’s mom Charla took care of it, by hand-painting each tiny bride’s hair blonde!

DIY details at Peterloon wedding

The reception tent and tables were adorned with satin linens from Connie Duglin, stunning tall centerpieces of white dendrobium orchid, white delphinium and hydrangea blooms with curly willow by Inspired Floral Design, and champagne-cork place card holders. Kate and Gerard’s seats were designated with a small bunch of pink peonies tied to the backs of their chairs. Pink was definitely the color of the evening, and paired with soft whites, ivories and champagnes, it looked gorgeous against the rich outdoor setting of the Peterloon Estate.

Inspired Floral Design Wedding Details

The evening was catered by Kate’s family’s restaurant, 20 Brix, and the delicious cakes and cupcakes were baked by Patricia’s. Everyone danced the night away to music from the always wonderful Soul Pocket. We couldn’t have gotten through the day as smoothly as we did without the help of my Associate Coordinators Hannah and Amanda, and our summer interns Bethany and Sam. Steph Carson and her second-shooter Menad were there to catpure the entire day, as was Steve Zugelter of Studio Z Films (I can’t wait to see what he produces!). It was all in all a gorgeous day for my two wonderful friends, and I was so happy to be a part of it!

Wedding at the Peterloon Estate in Indian Hill

Vendors: 20 Brix, Inspired Floral Design, Steph Carson Photography, Studio Z Films, Patricia’s, Camargo Rental, Connie Duglin Linen, Soul Pocket, Brideface, Christopher Chambers, Aviva Events.

This past weekend, Claire and Ryan were married in the Ault Park Rose Garden, with a reception that followed at the Ault Park Pavilion. We got a glimpse of the gorgeous professional photos from Fyrefly Photography in a slideshow at the reception, but until we can see all of the images, here is a sneak peek (as always) from my iPhone. Left-to-right: The bride’s beautiful bouquet designed by Inspired Floral, Claire’s amazingly talented friend sang Adele’s “Make You Feel My Love” during the ceremony, each table at the reception was named after a movie (Poeme created the table cards), and the cake from Bonbonerie.

Wedding at Ault Park

This past weekend, Katie and Matt were married at The Summit Chapel, on the campus of Summit Country Day School. Following the ceremony, a reception was held at the Hilton Netherland Plaza’s Continental Room. I know that Bluebird Photography and Northernlight Filmworks will have gorgeous images and film of the day, but in the meantime here is a sneak peek! From left to right: The stunning Summit Chapel, the happy bride and groom exiting their ceremony, cymbidium orchid centerpieces by Adrian Durban, cake by DessertWorks.

Summer wedding at Summit Chapel and Hilton Netherland Plaza

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