OUR STORY ... from August 2008 to July 2013

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ONCE UPON A TIME ... 

a mother and daughter evolved wedding planning into sophisticated bridal shows and then into a bridal magazine devoted to Kentucky weddings, Kentucky brides and Kentucky professionals.

To briefly summarize, Jacki {the mother} left a career in corporate meeting and event planning to start her own meeting and event planning business for corporations and non-profits. Jaimeson {the daughter} was a high school senior.

Within months of starting her business, Jacki was encouraged by many wedding professionals to consider planning weddings. So in 1997 she attended a week long seminar in San Jose, CA and decided she'd like to give it a try! Jacki quickly became the most sought-after wedding planner in Central Kentucky. Then in January 2003, she produced the first Kentucky Bride Bridal Show and Jaimeson was there helping every step of the way while being employed at Hospice of the Bluegrass and taking classes at UK!

A total of 18 Kentucky Bride Bridal Shows were produced, with the last one taking place in July 2011. In January 2012, the How Charming! Bridal Event, Southern Sophistication for your Kentucky wedding, was introduced.

After speaking with many brides, Jacki and Jaimeson discussed the possibility of publishing a bridal magazine strictly for Kentucky brides and weddings since Jaimeson had come on board full time. She loved her position with Hospice of the Bluegrass, but her second child had just been born and she desired the flexibility of self-employment to establish a career/family life balance.

Kentucky Bride Magazine's first issue was published in August 2008. Can you imagine going to wedding professionals with photo boards of an idea, and ask them to believe in your vision enough to advertise with you? Here are the boards that were used and the first cover, which was framed by Jaimeson as a special gift to Jacki.

In 2009, only two issues were published with quarterly issues beginning in 2010 and extending to the present day. Now it's 2013 and the 5th Anniversary of the magazine; certainly a time to REFLECT and CELEBRATE!

The reflection is summarized above, but we'd also like to share some exciting announcements with you, our much appreciated readers.

Both Jacki and Jaimeson are excited to announce that Kentucky Bride Magazine will now be published twice a year!!! This is totally a family-first decision, but we're excited to see what additional opportunities will be designed, created and offered with publishing two collectible, lookbook quality, print issues a year. We already have fabulous new ideas to incorporate into our How Charming! Bridal Event, which has become the luxury bridal event of the year {next event is Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Keeneland Clubhouse.}

For the past five years, our relationship as mother-daughter has taken a backseat to our relationship as business partners. With a quarterly magazine that covers the entire Commonwealth and planning fabulous weddings, there is no "down time" and there's not much time left for what's most important of all ... FAMILY.

So, we've embraced a new motto, "Small is the new BIG!"

Our excitement for the future is overflowing! We will now have time to visit with wonderful wedding professionals all around Kentucky and we can now create and host special events for brides and wedding professionals. Our future issues of the magazine will contain more educational information for brides, more lovely Kentucky weddings and more planning pages to help you through your entire engagement. Our blog will contain more real Kentucky weddings and, most importantly, we'll be able to regain our close, loving, best friend, mother-daughter relationship.

We love our readers ... you've become our treasured friends ... and we are so excited to personally share this news with you!

BUT THAT'S NOT ALL ...

We hosted a small get-together of all the Kentucky Bride wedding professional family at Keene Place and let them in on some of our upcoming announcements and news.  We are so excited to now share them with you ...

New Logo ...

New Business Collateral ...

 

New Website ...

Please take some time and CHECK IT OUT ... we have a few new areas, such as the "May We Recommend" page and we are working on our "Shop" as well!  Please let us know what you think.

 

New Graphic Designer ... meet Beth Anne King!

 

Here are some fun images from that little get-together at Keene Place ...

 

We hope you enjoyed learning a little more about us.  Now, we'd love to learn a little more about you!  We have created a quick questionnaire that we would be honored if you filled out!

{Tip:  We will be hosting an amazing GIVEAWAY with LaGartier for the Aurora garter that was featured in our "History Museum & Visual Art Marry" photo shoot from the Summer 2013 issue! This is one of the steps to be entered into the giveaway, coming July 25th - which is also Jaimeson's 9-year wedding anniversary to her husband, Heath!}

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