Kentucky Mansion Wedding of Brooke & Javier
From the Bride: Javier (Javi) and I met in 2008. We were introduced by mutual friends who had invited both of us for drinks at a local bar one night. Neither Javi nor myself knew we were being "set up". Javi and I both share a love of horses. We both compete in show jumping, and Javi rides as a professional. He had come to Florida, where I was living and attending school, for the winter to show and compete. Soon after he arrived our friends introduced us and we have been inseparable ever since.
Javi ended up not going back to Mexico at the end of the winter season and stayed with me in Florida until I graduated from college that spring. We have traveled all over the world together; I moved back to Mexico with him for a while, and we even lived in Germany for a short time (all for the horses). However, we knew ultimately we wanted to settle down in the Midwest United States. Though neither of us had ever lived in Kentucky, I had traveled to Lexington often to show my horses at the Kentucky Horse Park. We came together and lived here in the summer of 2011 and fell in love with life in Kentucky. We knew this is where we wanted to settle down and start a business training riders and horses. We also knew we wanted to have our wedding here so that my family from Indiana, and his family from Mexico, could all come see why we fell in love with Kentucky for themselves.
We decided to have the wedding at The Mansion at the Griffin Gate Marriott in Lexington for a few reasons. One, it could house the many friends and family members traveling from out of town. Two, Javi and I are both big history nerds and loved the historical charm of the mansion. Three, I have had a pretty bug obsession with Gone With The Wind since I was about five years old, and the outside of the mansion reminded me a lot of Tara!
The theme for our wedding was "vintage chic" with a touch of Kentucky horse country. Our colors were ivory, gold, and silver because each room of the mansion is a different color and I wanted everything to coordinate no matter what color of room it was in. I collected vintage silver riding trophies and julep cups from my mom and grandmother which I have to the florist to use for the centerpieces. My sister, my only bridesmaid, wore a vintage gown from my grandmother, who wore it in the 1950's. I also wanted lots of candles and white lights everywhere. We served Kentucky Bourbon Butter Cake and Pecan Pie for dessert and the tables were named after Kentucky Derby winners. Being the animal lovers that Javi and I are, we placed a small printed card at each place setting that stated we had donated to one of our favorite dog rescues in lieu of wedding favors.
The day was absolutely fabulous, but the best moment by far was when Javi and I saw each other for the first time that day in front of the mansion. We both started crying, which was the first of many tears for me that day. An equally great moment was my father's speech, which my mom told me he had secretly been practicing in front of the mirror in the hotel room all day. It brought tears to almost all 160 guests, but was full of funny moments too! It was a vey special speech that nearly everyone was talking about all night. It was a truly magical day and we are so excited to share it with others!
Brooke & Javier's Wedding Team
Photographer: Scott Hayes Photography
Cake: Martine's Pastries
Musician: Matt Roush
Ceremony Music: Louisville Strings