Paige & KC - A November Wedding
Here at Kentucky Bride, we just love love. And after looking through Paige and KC's wedding photos, it is just so apparent how in love they are. So speaking of love, we loved this wedding and we hope you will too! From the bride: Our wedding was 7 years in the making. KC and I met at a part-time after school/summer job before we both were set to leave our hometown for college. KC was headed to the University of Kentucky and I was headed to Georgetown College in August of 2005. We began hanging out as friends, and knew rather quickly that we wanted to be together. I honestly wasn’t sure at the time what the future held, but we took it one day at a time.
KC proposed to me in June of 2010 on the last day of our first vacation together to Savannah, Georgia at Mrs. Wilkes. On the drive down I had teased KC about a conversation with my coworkers where they had speculated that he might propose. His answer to that was, “Are you kidding? I wouldn’t risk bringing a diamond ring!” And I never thought a second thing about it until I saw a little black box sitting next to my plate. The lady sitting next to us took some candid photos, which she emailed to me later.
I knew I wanted to keep our wedding “local,” in Somerset, Kentucky. It’s such a beautiful place and all of our family was close by. I wanted to the ceremony to be at First Baptist Church, were I’ve attended my whole life. And finally, we chose a wedding date of 11/10/2012.
My dress was the first wedding-related purchase made. My mother, one of my bridesmaids and myself fell in love with the dress I wore, as well as with the wonderful people at Wedding Wonderland in Lexington, Kentucky. We returned there several times for tuxes, bridesmaid dresses, and incidentals. They provide such great personal service and sell such beautiful things.
My mother created most of the decorations and floral arrangements. Even now, many of these things are serving as décor in my home. I purposefully kept details from getting out of hand because I wanted the marriage, union, and celebration itself to take center stage, rather than the decorations. I do like bright and bold colors, though. A few details I even tried to keep “whimsical,” like my flower girl’s baskets just to keep things from being too serious.
As far as a photographer goes, hiring Wes Brown Photography was a no-brainer. I actually entered a contest through a local magazine to win a free engagement session and it just so happened that we won. Upon meeting Wes I knew there was no other photographer for us. I basically budgeted everything else upon the photography package. After it’s all said and done, all that’s left is the photos, and I wanted mine to be taken by Wes Brown.
Choosing a reception venue was difficult at first, until we found The Coal Reserve, which was brand new at the time we booked it. Everything was perfectly organized and Charlotte Ikerd and her staff seemed to stay one step ahead the whole time. The Coal Reserve recommended our caterer, Sassy Spoon Catering by Sandy Ellinor. The food was simple but elegant, and the guest reviews were great. Our drink menu included a homemade signature drink, Chatham Artillery Punch, a recipe from Savannah that predates the American Revolution as a throw-back to our engagement.
Our cakes were very special. I never found “one” wedding cake I loved, so we bought a delicious array of cakes and cheesecakes from the Gondolier Restaurant in London, Kentucky and our blueberry cupcakes were made by Twisted Pineapple in Somerset. KC’s grandmother also made an Italian cream, apple, and a spice cake for our reception. The cake was so good, in fact, that I only took one single bite of cake the whole night and there was NONE left for us to save for our first anniversary. I call that a successful dessert bar!
The day of our wedding was such a fun day from the very start. My bridesmaids and I met up to get our hair done by Denise Randall, my hair stylist since birth. We enjoyed snacks and drinks and lots of laughs while getting our hair and makeup done by Kelly Hawk. I did my own makeup that day, however, and was very pleased in how it turned out.
Our wedding day was warm and sunny. We were very lucky to get some gorgeous outside shots around downtown Somerset, were our engagement session had taken place. KC and I did a “first look" in the historic sanctuary of First Baptist Church before our ceremony in the newer, modern sanctuary. Instead of traditional wedding music, we chose members of the church praise band to play some of our favorite Christian contemporary songs during the ceremony. I wanted to use music we actually listened to on a daily basis. Our officiant was a long time friend of KC’s, Pastor Tommy Tapscott, and he gave our ceremony a personal touch.
Once the vows and “I Do’s” were out of the way, it was time to party! We had take most of our photos beforehand and we arranged our reception so that as soon as people started to arrive at The Coal Reserve, there were drinks and food waiting for them…not other way around! Our MC and DJ was Mr. Larry Lee of Soundwave Mobile DJs and he rocked it. Our reception didn’t stop until well after midnight and I couldn’t imagine anyone else doing a better job. The photos of everyone dancing and enjoying themselves are some of my favorites!
At the end of the day, the day was amazing and I try to relive all the special details frequently to keep them fresh in my mind. I know that all weddings are special, but I really feel like ours was an aggregation of our personalities and displayed our love in all of its uniqueness. Over a year later, I still get complimented on the details, and I usually say “Thanks to my mother” or “Thanks to So-and-So” because I had so much help from so many loving people. I will be forever grateful for all the love shown, “because two people fell in love”.
Paige & KC's Wedding Team
Photographer: Wes Brown Photography
Ceremony Location: First Baptist Church in Somerset, KY
Officiant: Tommy Tapscott
Reception Venue: The Coal Reserve
Caterer: Sassy Spoon Catering
Dresses: Wedding Wonderland
Cakes: The Gondolier Restaurant
Cupcakes: Twisted Pineapple
Hair: Denise Randall
Makeup: Makeup by Kelly Hawk