Aleigh & Elijah's Summer Wedding

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Aleigh & Elijah | Kentucky Bride Magazine Real Kentucky Wedding Blog Feature | Photo by Angel Pope PhotographyThese two are true college sweethearts! They met at the University of Kentucky & together were a part of making many campus events happen. When the time came for Elijah to pop the question, where better than the home of football in the Bluegrass: Commonwealth Stadium! Keep reading for a glimpse into their love story & their lovely Lexington wedding day.

The bride & groom's story: Lexington, the home of the legendary UK Wildcats, extraordinary Keeneland racetrack, and now the love story of Mr. and Mrs. Elijah Zimmerman.

As students at the University of Kentucky, Elijah, Beta Theta Pi’s President 14’, Student Activities Board Director, and Beta Theta Pi’s Headquarters National Intern and Aleigh, Alpha Delta Pi’s New Member Coordinator 14’, Student Activities Board Director, University of Kentucky Homecoming Coalition Coordinator, and College of Design Ambassador, they were bound to cross paths as campus leaders. Being eagerly involved at the University they met as Elijah interviewed Aleigh for a campus leadership role. He likes to say their love story began there, but she just doesn’t agree!

Aleigh & Elijah | Kentucky Bride Magazine Real Kentucky Wedding Blog Feature | Photo by Angel Pope Photography

Aleigh & Elijah | Kentucky Bride Magazine Real Kentucky Wedding Blog Feature | Photo by Angel Pope Photography

They began to work alongside one another as campus leaders and Elijah began to pursue Aleigh heavily. From asking her to his fraternity formal to bringing her late night coffee in her design studio, Elijah was pulling out all the stops to woo Aleigh’s attention. After some steady progress he finally got Aleigh to agree to the first YES, an ice cream date to the local favorite, Graters Ice Cream.

Aleigh & Elijah | Kentucky Bride Magazine Real Kentucky Wedding Blog Feature | Photo by Angel Pope Photography

Aleigh & Elijah | Kentucky Bride Magazine Real Kentucky Wedding Blog Feature | Photo by Angel Pope PhotographyAleigh & Elijah | Kentucky Bride Magazine Real Kentucky Wedding Blog Feature | Photo by Angel Pope Photography

Over ice cream, Elijah began to impress Aleigh with his strong communication skills and quirky sense of humor, but it just wasn’t enough for Aleigh to pursue him too. As the semester was quickly coming to an end Aleigh was to study abroad in Brazil for a month and Elijah had to think quick on his feet. After an early summer dinner date, Elijah told Aleigh he wanted her to enjoy her experience abroad and to not worry about talking to him, he would be here when she returned. This began to sink in for Aleigh and she wasn’t too fond of the idea of not speaking with Elijah daily. Upon arriving in Brazil, Aleigh spoke with Elijah daily. Then, after returning to the states, they began going steady after a beautiful handwritten note and flowers and the second YES from Aleigh.

Aleigh & Elijah | Kentucky Bride Magazine Real Kentucky Wedding Blog Feature | Photo by Angel Pope Photography

Aleigh & Elijah | Kentucky Bride Magazine Real Kentucky Wedding Blog Feature | Photo by Angel Pope Photography

Aleigh & Elijah | Kentucky Bride Magazine Real Kentucky Wedding Blog Feature | Photo by Angel Pope Photography

While the beginning of their love story is nothing short of enchanting, their engagement truly is a beautiful start to a life together. As Elijah was a member of UK’s Homecoming Court and Aleigh, a head coordinator for Homecoming in 13’, they both shared in a special week on campus together. After the culmination of Homecoming and the crowning of the King and Queen, Elijah did not win, but he was about to be the real winner of something bigger, a life with his forever. As they exited the field Elijah asked the BIG QUESTION and Aleigh with overwhelming love in her heart said the BIG YES!

Aleigh & Elijah | Kentucky Bride Magazine Real Kentucky Wedding Blog Feature | Photo by Angel Pope Photography

Aleigh & Elijah | Kentucky Bride Magazine Real Kentucky Wedding Blog Feature | Photo by Angel Pope Photography

Aleigh & Elijah | Kentucky Bride Magazine Real Kentucky Wedding Blog Feature | Photo by Angel Pope Photography

Elijah and Aleigh’s love story is unlike no other, two young adults blending their lives with a focus on their love for one another, their hearts for service, and their core values that attracted them to one another from the very beginning. Lexington is more than a college town to them now; it is home to their very own enchanting fairytale love story.

Aleigh & Elijah's Wedding Team - Photographer: Angel Pope Photography • Wedding Planner: Melissa Buck of Soirée Blue • Bridal Gown: Twirl Boutique • Bridal Hair & Makeup: Pink Lou Lou Design Studio • Bridal Party Hair & Makeup: Chanel Prince Kitchen & Stylists • Calligrapher: Nick Key • Cake & Desserts: Lorie Blevins • Caterer: Type A Catering • Ceremony: Christ the King • Florist: Kim Ballard Ross of Charming Florals • Groom's Attire: Geno's Formal Affair • Invitations/Paper Products: Angel Pope Photography Custom Designs • Music: Shawn Tye • Reception: The Grand Ballroom of the Signature Club • Rentals: All Occasions Event Rentals, Bryant's Rent All • Second Shooter: Jeni Bocook • Transportation: Gold Shield • Videographer: Alexandra Canada Videography