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Wedding: The Reception

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Finally, our reception! After a delicious gumbo dinner, our guests continued to grab drinks from the bar (Of course we had to include cold cans and bottles of our favorite soda, Ale-8!), munch on home-made cupcakes, and chat.

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Before we cut the cake, our friends gave toasts. I’ve known Chad since high school and Chet and Ganer go way back as well so it was such a treat to have them speak on our behalf. Their speeches were eloquent, beautiful, and funny to boot! I pretty much cry-laughed (Is that a thing?) the whole time.

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Next up, my sister called everyone back into the Performance Hall for a little musical surprise. She performed a mash-up of “Where You Lead” and this Rebecca Lavelle song. (They’re the theme songs of two of our favorite tv shows–Gilmore Girls and McLeod’s Daughters.) It was too perfect!

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Finally, we cranked up a playlist of our favorite songs and cut loose on the dance floor. Above we are serving some Bob the Drag Queen *REALNESS* to Purse First. Below we are spinning, vogueing, and singing along to Lost Bayou Ramblers, RuPaul, and Lady Gaga, respectively.

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In the midst of the revelry, Chet and I made our way upstairs and stole a kiss as our guests cheered below. Such a cheeky but magical moment. Haha!

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And then, as the reception drew to a close, we headed down the street to a nearby bar and enjoyed the company of our friends and family all the way ’til closing time. What an amazing party! I couldn’t have asked for a better reception and that was entirely due to the company we keep. Thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate! We love you!!!

Thank you so much for indulging me as I shared a bajillion posts about our wedding. I hope you enjoyed them. I certainly enjoyed creating them and getting to re-live such a magnificent weekend full of love and loved ones.

Of course, none of these posts would be possible without the beautiful images captured by Sur La Lune Photography. So, immense love and gratitude to Carrie and Ganer for managing to preserve the day exactly as we saw it through our own eyes. You both amaze and inspire me. We will treasure our wedding photos forever and hold you in our hearts for just as long! xoxo

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Wedding: Dinner and Dessert

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When it was time to feed our guests, Chet proudly brought up the huge pots of gumbo that had been slowly cooking in the kitchen below all day. (Including a vegan gumbo!) Pretty much as soon as we set our wedding date he decided he wanted to cook our reception dinner himself. Although many folks tried to tell him preparing food would be the LAST thing he’d want to do the morning of his wedding, I’m so happy he didn’t listen, and I think he really enjoyed the opportunity to feed so many of our loved ones.

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We also put out platters of charcuterie, cheese, salad, rolls, and potato salad that we ordered from Good Foods Co-op. Everything was so delicious and looked pretty, too!

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For dessert, my mom baked two kinds of cupcakes. The groom cupcakes, per Chet’s request, were peanut butter and jelly. The bride cupcakes were berry shortcake. My mom doesn’t mess around when it comes to cupcakes. The pb&j had a creamy peanut butter center and the bride cupcakes were stuffed with a little pocket of fresh berries.

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And the lovely Good Foods Co-op bakery made us this tiny, two-tier cake. Isn’t it adorable?

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(Chet’s boutonniere is from Michler’s Florist + Greenhouse. The chalkboard labels were purchased at Office Depot and we got the 3-tier cupcake display on Amazon.)

(Photos by Sur La Lune Photography.)

Wedding: The Ceremony

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Now, for my favorite part of the day…the ceremony! Chet and I chose to walk down the aisle together. So, here we are gearing up for the processional. When I saw these pictures I did a serious *face-palm* when I realized I’m holding my bouquet at heart-level when just moments before the ceremony my mom had coached me on their proper positioning down by the belly button. Whoops!

In any case, I loved this moment right before the music cued up. The lighting was exactly how I pictured it and it felt so heart-warming to have so many important people from my life under one roof.

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My talented sister graciously provided all the musical accompaniment for the ceremony. She has a voice like an angel and learned how to play all our music requests on the ukulele! We entered to “Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles.

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Our friend Ben officiated our ceremony. For years, Chet and I have looked up to him as a writer and speaker so it felt like such an honor to have him provide both these talents for our wedding. He walked us through each part of the ceremony with ease. And then gave the most beautiful address, equal parts funny and deeply moving, that still makes me tear up to think about.

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Finding the perfect readings was a challenge I happily welcomed yet hadn’t banked on being so difficult. In the end, we settled on three pieces that I absolutely loved.

First up, Chet’s cousin Maddie read “Mysteries, Yes” by Mary Oliver.

Truly, we live with mysteries too marvelous

to be understood.

How grass can be nourishing in the

mouths of the lambs.

How rivers and stones are forever

in allegiance with gravity

while we ourselves dream of rising.

How two hands touch and the bonds

will never be broken.

How people come, from delight or the

scars of damage,

to the comfort of a poem.

Let me keep my distance, always, from those

who think they have the answers.

Let me keep company always with those who say

“Look!” and laugh in astonishment,

and bow their heads.

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Next, our dear friend Adam performed “The Country of Marriage” by Wendell Berry. Spoiler alert: Chet and I both cried.

I.

I Dream of you walking at Night along the streams

of the country of my birth, warm blooms and the nightsongs

of birds opening around you as you walk.

II.

This comes after silence. A man lost in the woods in the dark,

I stood still and said nothing. And then there rose in me,

like the earth’s empowering brew rising

in root and branch, the words of a Dream of you

I did not know I had dreamed. I was a wanderer

who feels the solace of his native land

under his feet again and moving in his blood.

I went on, blind and faithful. Where I stepped

my track was there to steady me. It was no abyss

that lay before me, but only the level ground.

III.

Sometimes our life reminds me

of a forest in which there is a graceful clearing

and in that opening a house,

an orchard and garden,

comfortable shades, and flowers

red and yellow in the sun, a pattern

made in the light for the light to return to.

The forest is mostly dark, its ways

to be made anew day after day, the dark

richer than the light and more blessed,

provided we stay brave

enough to keep on going in.

IV.

I give you what is unbounded, passing from dark to dark,

containing darkness: a Night of rain, an early morning.

I give you the life I have let live for the love of you:

a clump of orange-blooming weeds beside the road,

the young orchard waiting in the snow, our own life

that we have planted in the ground. I give you my love–and this poem,

no more mine than any man’s who has loved a woman.

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Then, my brother Andy read from a letter John Steinbeck wrote to his son about falling in love. It lightened the mood and set the stage perfectly for our vows!

Dear Thom:

We had your letter this morning.

First — if you are in love — that’s a good thing — that’s about the best thing that can happen to anyone. Don’t let anyone make it small or light to you.

Second — There are several kinds of love. One is a selfish, mean, grasping, egotistical thing which uses love for self-importance. This is the ugly and crippling kind. The other is an outpouring of everything good in you — of kindness and consideration and respect — not only the social respect of manners but the greater respect which is recognition of another person as unique and valuable. The first kind can make you sick and small and weak but the second can release in you strength, and courage and goodness and even wisdom you didn’t know you had.

You say this is not puppy love. If you feel so deeply — of course it isn’t puppy love.

But I don’t think you were asking me what you feel. You know better than anyone. What you wanted me to help you with is what to do about it — and that I can tell you.

Glory in it for one thing and be very glad and grateful for it.

The object of love is the best and most beautiful. Try to live up to it.

If you love someone — there is no possible harm in saying so.

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Throughout the ceremony I relished sneaking peeks at our loved ones, especially our parents who were sitting right in the front row and appeared to be beaming!

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I was most nervous about our vows. However, once we were in the midst of reciting them, everything else seemed to melt away and I didn’t even notice we were standing in front of an audience.

Chet made a card using one of Corita Kent’s prints (I mentioned her on the blog HERE.) to write his vows inside, and quoted the work within the vows themselves. It was all very moving.

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Finally, we signed our marriage certificate. Our friends Ganer and Katie acted as our witnesses (and also held on to our rings until the big exchange ;). Thanks y’all!

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And then Ben declared that we were “serving marital REALNESS!” 

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And we kissed to seal the deal…

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And I SQUEEEED!

Our recessional song was “Emmylou” by First Aid Kit (which my sister does a beastly version of; seriously, you should hear it!). Afterwards, there was definitely a sense of WE DID IT…now let’s party! And party we did. More tomorrow!

(Photos by Sur La Lune Photography.)

Wedding: Bride and Groom

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As I mentioned yesterday, Chet and I chose to see each other before our ceremony, so we were able to sneak away for a special photo-shoot before our guests arrived. Our photographer, Carrie, is an absolute genius when it comes to scouting locations for beautiful portraits. She found so many meaningful and fun places for us to play…and snapped so many great shots along the way! Hanging out with her, Ganer, and my husband-to-be in an antique store ended up being one of my favorite memories from the whole day!

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Meandering around Downtown Lexington on this little photo excursion was so romantic and intimate, and the perfect way to kick-off our wedding festivities together. If you’re planning a wedding (and planning to see each other before the aisle), I HIGHLY recommend building a little time into your day for some one-on-one time with your partner (+ photographer!!!).

Now, let’s go get hitched! xoxo

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(My dress is from ModCloth and my shoes are kelly + katie. Chet’s suit is Joseph Abboud. His boutonniere was created by Michler’s Florist and Greenhouse. The antique store pictured is Heritage Antiques and is located on N Broadway in Lexington, KY.)

(Photos by Sur la Lune Photography.)

Wedding: Getting Ready

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On the big day, we got to our venue early in the morning, and thanks to a tremendous amount of help from our family and friends, everything was set up in no time.

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Once the furniture was arranged to our liking, Chet was holed up in a basement kitchen for most of the day. He lovingly prepared a gumbo (and a vegan gumbo, too!) for our guests. Feeding people is a strong love language with this one.

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In no time at all, we were ready to put on our wedding duds!

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We claimed an upstairs ballet studio, and my mom arranged my hair into a beautiful up-do. Although we had gone through several practice-runs on the hair, this was her best one yet! And for the finishing touch, tiny white flowers pulled from the previously mentioned Trader Joe’s bouquets. (Great value, if I do say so myself.) Finally, I whipped my gorgeous dress off the hanger and slid it on. So excited to finally debut it! Spoiler alert: I changed my mind.

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Meanwhile, Chet was getting dressed in the studio next door. So handsome!

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As if she hadn’t already gone above and beyond in making my wedding a dream come true, my mom also gave me this gorgeous diamond necklace. She had it made from one of the diamonds in a set of earrings my dad gave her as an anniversary present. Since my father has passed, she wanted me to have a piece of him by my heart on my wedding day. I was so honored by this special gift and will cherish it forever.

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Chet and I chose to see each other before the ceremony so we could brush off the nerves and take some photos. When we finally met up, dressed in our wedding attire, we hugged and spent a little time fawning over each other…

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…before capturing a few snapshots in this remarkable ballet studio (that arch!) with our friends and photographers Carrie and Ganer.

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And with one final touch…

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…we set off for a whirlwind photoshoot in Downtown Lexington. More on that tomorrow!!!

(My dress is from ModCloth and my necklace was made by GDA Jewelers. Chet’s suit is Joseph Abboud. The ballet studios are home-base for The Lexington Ballet, a company I studied with for many years.)

(Photos by Sur la Lune Photography.)

Wedding: DIY and Decor Details

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Welcome back! I trust you all had a wonderful Labor Day weekend. Today I thought I’d share a few of the little DIY and decor details from our wedding.

First up, our invitations. After designing our Save the Date’s myself, I decided to go an easier route with the invitations and used a template from WeddingChicks.com. There are a ton of beautiful options available under the Invitation Suites tab. We ended up going with this one because it was in line with our color palette (and because it reminded us of our beloved Print Mafia foxes).

We created a wedding website with the help of WordPress and had our guests RSVP using a Google form embedded in the site. I was really happy with how it turned out and going digital with the guest list made things quite easy to keep track of.

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As for the venue…of COURSE we had to display some photos from our beach shoot next to our guest book. Thanks for capturing so many seasons of our lives, Carrie and Ganer!

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We also set up a couple tables for favors. Breaux’s Bayou Shakedown (Chet’s family’s signature Cajun seasoning) seemed like the perfect gift for our guests. Chet’s mom thought of this fun favor and I’m so glad she did. Our guests loved them! Thank you for this perfect idea, Denise!

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I wanted each dinner table to be adorned as simply as possible. So, we went with soft white table linens, a small square of burlap, and a burst of color in the way of a minimal flower arrangement. We dressed up blue mason jars with bits of lace, burlap, and twine, and pulled blooms from Trader Joe’s (!) bouquets. (And by we, I mostly mean my mom and sister. Thanks gals!)

I love how Arts Place uses neutrals and natural elements to allow their displays to really POP. I think we achieved a similar look with these simple tablescapes.

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As any true ride-or-die would, when I asked my best friend Katie if she would create some wedding wreaths for us, she said “yes!” in a heartbeat. The result was beyond my wildest imagination. Isn’t this a lovely pair? I love that there’s a groom wreath and a bride wreath! (See her other wreath creation here.) Thank you, Katie! They made the perfect backdrop for our ceremony. Along with some coordinated bunting, of course!

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Finally, wedding florist Jessamine Michler designed and created my bouquet, as well as our corsages and boutonnieres, in her family’s Lexington shop. Michler’s Florist has an adjoining greenhouse and a nearby farm so they’re able to incorporate exquisite local flowers in their arrangements. I was truly obsessed with how my bouquet turned out. Thank you, Jessamine!! In fact, the other day on a walk with Chet I asked, “You know what I miss? My bouquet. I wish I could carry it around with me in normal life.” It was THAT pretty. Not to mention, Michler’s is a rad local business that I love supporting. (I went to elementary school right up the street from them and still remember taking a field trip to their greenhouse when I was just a wee one.)

Thanks for reading! More to come…

(Our wedding guest book was from Office Depot. Collage-style picture frame is from Gordmans and the chalk-board easel is from Michaels. We had our bunting custom made by the adorable Etsy shop – Sugar Owl Design.)

(Photos by Sur la Lune Photography.)

Wedding: Arts Place

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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.

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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!

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Don’t you love the blue paper hearts in the windows? Totally a happy coincidence!

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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!

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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.)

Wedding: Rehearsal Picnic

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After an absolutely perfect bridal luncheon earlier in the day, the fun continued into the evening with our rehearsal picnic. What to do about our rehearsal dinner was a decision we left until the very end. I couldn’t quite make up my mind. Should we rent out a room at a restaurant? Practice at our venue and then send our friends on their way while we shared an intimate meal with just our families? In the end, we chose to rent out a shelter at a local park, serve tacos, and invite friends and family alike to share a picnic table (or two). I loved the simple and relaxed tone.

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We covered the tables in colorful Dollar Tree tablecloths and my mom (who honestly doesn’t believe in a party without favors) set out decks of cards, fans, and other festive trinkets. We pulled up lawn chairs, chatted about wedding set-up strategy, played a few boisterous rounds of Thirteen, and my brother even took his discs out for a spin.

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After everyone arrived, we dug into the build-your-own taco bar provided by Moe’s catering. Highly recommend! Moe’s will send someone to set everything up for you and it’s SO affordable. Definitely a no fuss option when your mind is spinning with a list of Wedding Day To-Do’s.

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With our bellies full we took to the field to rehearse our ceremony. Our dear friend Ben acted as our officiant and he spent the evening making sure every detail of our script was perfect and ready to go for the following day. We had everything mapped out in no time!

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Because our friend Carrie is the sweetest wedding photographer in the world, we ran off with her into the meadow to take a few “AAAH! We’re getting married tomorrow!” photos. I’m so glad we did. After a year of living in Miami, it was crazy to me how GREEN everything looked in Lexington. Kentucky is beautiful, y’all!

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So glad we set aside some time to frolic with our friends and family in the great outdoors! We loved having our tribe all together the night before such an important day. Tomorrow, I’ll post about our wedding venue. xoxo

(My dress and Chet’s shirt are both from Target. We rented the picnic shelter through Lexington Parks and Recreation.)

(Photos by Sur la Lune Photography.)

Wedding: Bridal Luncheon

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Pretty much as soon as our wedding’s location and date were set my dearest friend Katie asked if she could throw me a little bridal get-together. That’s just the type of person she is– ride-or-die ’til the end, generous, and ready to make folks feel special at the drop of a (tiny) hat. I obviously agreed to whatever she had in store. She knocked it out of the park with a Bridal Luncheon (other options included brunch–too early, and high tea–not really a thing in central Kentucky lol).

We met up at Azur Restaurant and Patio along with my mom, sister, sister-in-law and a few beautiful friends (including my bestie Chad who chivalrously wore a pink shirt to mark the occasion). Katie made sure there was a chilled bottle of Rosé waiting at the table along with an adorable “Bride” chalkboard sign on my chair. We all donned tiny hats(!), toasted, and had a delicious lunch. I had the buffalo fried chicken cobb salad…yum!

While a random rainstorm rolled through as we arrived at the restaurant (I was terrified our outdoor rehearsal picnic, scheduled for later in the day, would be rained out), the sun popped back out by the end of our feast and we were able to take a few photos on the patio.

Thank you so much, Katie! You made me feel so incredibly special and all the laughter from this luncheon will resonate with me for years to come.

(My dress is from Stitch Fix. Tiny hats and chalkboard sign are from Hobby Lobby.)

(Photos by Sur la Lune Photography.)