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Wedding: The Ceremony


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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!


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.


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!


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


And we kissed to seal the deal…



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


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!









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


(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


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.


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.


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







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.




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



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.




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…



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


And with one final touch…



…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


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.


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!



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!




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.



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!



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: Bridal Luncheon


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Bridal Luncheon collage 2

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bridal luncheon collage 4

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.)

Our Wedding Venue!

arts place collage

I’m so excited to have a venue booked for our wedding that I just had to share! Chet and I will be getting married this summer at ArtsPlace in downtown Lexington, KY. Built in 1904, this Beaux Arts building on the corner of North Mill Street was originally a YMCA. However, in 1979 it was converted into an arts center and I spent much of the 90’s taking ballet classes in it’s studios and studying down in the basement during workshops offered by Lexington Children’s Theater. A couple summers ago, we popped inside for a quick peek while strolling around downtown. I showed Chet one of the ballet studios I used to dance in but I was really taken aback when we saw the first floor art gallery (pictured above). The light pouring in through those unique windows was perfect and bounced playfully off the gorgeous hardwood floors. I thought it would be an absolutely lovely place to host an event. Later, I suggested the space as a venue for a work event and as that event played out I fell even more in love.

While researching possible venues for the wedding my mind just kept wandering back to ArtsPlace! And I’m so pleased we went for it. We’ll have the art gallery and performance hall (also pictured above) for our big day. The performance hall actually used to be the gym when the building was a YMCA! But I love how it’s been transformed into a light and airy space. Tall ceilings and lots of windows.

Now that this piece of the wedding planning puzzle has been sorted I feel a lot of the other pieces will start falling into place and I’d love to keep this blog updated about how we get on, if you’ll indulge me! Besides the venue, we’ve sent out notes to a few people to let them know how important they are to us and that we want them to be involved as we make this commitment to each other. Sort of informal save-the-dates, if you will. And then I’ve also designed the actual save-the-dates so that they can be sent out later this month!

We’ve just begun this process but I’m so excited to dive in!

Where did you get married? In a church? At the court-house? Outside? What did you love about it? Spill the details below!!! Not married yet? What’s your vision for the perfect venue? 

(Pictures via LexArts website.)