Bride Blogger Runner-Up: Janice & Phillip

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From the bride-to-be: Phillip and I were born 6 days apart in the same hospital, grew up in same small town, went to the same small high school, "knew" each other, but never really were in the same group of friends, and both graduated and moved away. I was the girl who would NEVER move back to my small hometown in Eastern Kentucky...NEVER! Well, my mother has since reminded me to "never say never"! Because 18 years later here I am! All due to the fact that I walked into a restaurant while living in Lexington and ran into this man I had not seen for 17 years. Phillip had left Kentucky for college in South Carolina, medical school in Miami, Florida, and residency in Detroit, Michigan, and had since come home to Ashland, KY to practice. I had left Kentucky to go to graduate school for 2 years in Tennessee, and 9 years later decided it was time to come back to Kentucky. I missed basketball, and horses!

So cut to that night at Sal's Chophouse where I walked in with a mutual friend who was in town for a wedding... basically the rest is the stuff those silly fairy tales are about! At 35 years old, and after kissing a lot of frogs, I found my prince... in a boy I always knew! I moved back to Ashland almost a year ago to be with him, and on September 6, 2013 he took me on a hike and picnic at the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC and asked me to be his wife! I can't imagine going on this journey with anyone else, and I cannot wait until I marry him this summer. All the things people told me about finding "the one" were actually so true! I can honestly say that night at Sal's I knew he was "the one", and I am so incredibly thankful that he felt the same way. We are having what we believe to be the quintessential Kentucky wedding with a ceremony to be held at Keeneland on the lawn, and our rehearsal dinner at Woodford Reserve Distillery. 

Photos by Jennifer Burchett Photography

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