Bride Blogger Runner-Up: Jessica & Darren


We absolutely adore this lovely couple & their love for all things Kentucky (she even named her dog, Keeneland!). We just know Jessica & Darren's July 2014 wedding is going to be completely fabulous & full of all the lovely things the Bluegrass state has to offer. From the bride-to-be: Darren and I met through our mutual friend, Lauren. I had moved to Lexington, the city that I now call home, just 3 weeks before Darren and I met. I was more than anxious to make new friends, let alone meet the man that would soon become my future fiancé!

If you've never met Darren, then you wouldn't know that I am the luckiest girl to be taking one of the best men left off the market. A man who truly loves me with all his heart {even when I'm not being so lovable}. Several years ago I sat down to make a list of everything I want in a future husband someone : sweet, kind, self-less, intelligent, UK fan, and most of all God-loving. I'm not sure I actually thought that I'd find a man that possessed all those qualities, but God has blessed me with a man in Darren Embry that is all that and more. He spoils me, though keeps me grounded, he is patient, he prays with me, makes me laugh, and his hugs can fix the worst day. He is my better half, best friend, the person I strive to be, and the man that I get the luxury of growing old with all the days of my life.

Darren proposed on his parents 1,000 acre farm in Leitchfield, KY, on Thanksgiving of 2013. It was to date, the happiest day of my life. Ever since Darren "dropped down on that bended knee and assumed the position" , we have been busy planning all the intricate details of our Kentucky themed wedding, scheduled for July 26, 2014. I knew right away that I wanted a church wedding, the reception at the Carrick House, colors - blush and gold (cue the infamous Shelby quote from Steel Magnolias- "Momma, my colors are blush and bashful), Todd Pellowe as my photographer, and a wedding theme that looked like Kentucky "threw up on it" (Darren went to both undergrad and law school at UK and I named my golden retriever, Keeneland). Needless to say, we love everything about our Commonwealth state. However, the most important detail is the part when I walk toward Darren, take his hand and become his wife.

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