Emily & Steve - A True Kentucky Wedding

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From the Bride: "Steve and I were married on May 19, 2012.  We met working for the Kentucky Kernel while attending college at the University of Kentucky.  We spent the first few months strictly on a professional level, Steve selling ads while I designed them.  It wasn't until the beginning of the spring semester that we started spending time together outside of work and quickly realized how much fun we had together.

After surviving a long distance relationship, law school and living 1,200 miles away from our families, Steve proposed in March 2011 while we were in Atlanta for the SEC championship.  The Cats winning the tournament that weekend was the icing on the cake!

Steve and I knew we wanted to get married in Lexington, having met there and feeling a strong love for the culture, beauty and people of the city.  Most of our guests would be coming in from out of town so we wanted them to have a true Kentucky experience.  This meant horses, bourbon and hot browns for all!

Setting out to create a rustic, casual, and fun atmosphere, myself, my family, and generous friends spent house in our "wedding bootcamp" crafting the small details that made our wedding unique and personal.  We integrated moss, burlap, mason jars, bourbon barrels and twine with the bright colors of fuchsia and green for a ceremony and reception that "popped!"

Because we chose to get married and have our reception at Round Barn, it was important to me to have separate spaces for each part of the night.  Our ceremony was set up outside the large red doors of the Round Barn, the aisles flanked with shepherd hooks holding mason jars full of hydrangeas and orchids.

We used both bourbon barrels to hold our unity candle and programs at each end of the aisle.  After the ceremony, guests moved to the paddock area for cocktail hour where they enjoyed mini country ham and biscuits, hot browns, and our signature drinks of bourbon lemonade and sweet tea vodka lemonade served in mason jars.

The reception took place inside the Round Barn.  We shared the night with our closest friends and family, dancing, laughing and creating memories that will last a lifetime.  As the night ended, everyone gathered outside the barn to send us off with a sparkler exit!

My favorite moment of the day was walking down the aisle.  Because it was a long aisle, I had time to embrace the moment and take it all in before getting to the front of the aisle where I could see Steve smiling and excited for our future.  It was such a surreal moment and the happiness I felt in that moment is something I will never forget."

Emily and Steve's Wedding Team:

Photographer:  Matt Malicote

Venue: Round Barn, Lexington, KY

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