Now I’d love to show you our wedding venue! It was important to me to have a personal connection to the space where we would wed. I totally believe this is possible without constricting your venue search to churches. (Church weddings are awesome, too! We just found that widening our scope allowed us to find a place that was right for us.) We were thrilled to find we could book Arts Place, a beautiful historic building in downtown Lexington. As I mentioned in this post, Arts Place was a very important part of my childhood. It felt right to return to for this special occasion.
We had the run of the building for the day, and, between the art-filled walls, sun-soaked lighting, and memories of my childhood around every corner, it was everything I had hoped for and more.
We used the gallery to serve food and set up our ceremony and dining tables in the Performance Hall. Fun fact: Arts Place was a YMCA in the early 1900’s and the Performance Hall was the gym! That’s why there’s a track running along the top. It may sound strange, but the track was a huge selling point for me on this space. Those big windows letting in natural light? A bird’s eye view of everything below. Ummm, yes please!
Don’t you love the blue paper hearts in the windows? Totally a happy coincidence!
We also loved that our venue was in the heart of Downtown Lexington. We were just a few block’s walk from other cool historic buildings, the big blue building (<- Lexington landmark!), the Lexington Farmer’s Market, Gratz Park, our favorite downtown bars, and some groovy murals. Location, location, location!
To top it off, Arts Place houses Lexington Ballet just a floor above the gallery and our ceremony space. So, we were able to use my old ballet studios (!) to get ready and have our first look. I’ll admit, I may have had more butterflies than I did before my first Nutcracker rehearsal. But having my mom twist my hair into a chignon in front of a mirror I first remember gazing into at five years old, well that was pretty spectacular and surreal.
Next, I’ll share about a few DIYs and decor details, I can’t wait! See you then.
(Photos by Sur la Lune Photography.)