Warrenwood Manor Wedding
From the bride: As far back as I could remember I had my wedding planned out. Over the years, colors changed, styles changed, and potential bridesmaids came and went, but one thing that remained the same was the type of man I wanted to marry and a marriage that was full of love. Luckily for me that part of my dreams did come true. Ethan and I met at a young adults Sunday school class. Ethan had just recently graduated West Point with plans to attend the University of Kentucky Law school and I had just moved back home after completing graduate school at Eastern Kentucky University. We were both looking to connect with other young professional our ages, and were later introduced through mutual friends. It was how his smile lit up his face that immediately attracted me to him. Just like everyone said when you find "the one," you just know.
Warrenwood had been deserted when I was growing up, but recently bought and made into a gorgeous southern venue perfect for our day. What was wonderful about Warrenwood Manor was that it was so naturally beautiful and we didn't need to add very much to the venue. I knew I wanted to have a hand in it, no matter how small, on the decorating, planning, and organization of our day.
The altar was made by my dad and I out of old barn wood from a barn on our farm. We had both barn doors open during the ceremony so the Kentucky hills and farm land could frame our ceremony in the background. The ceremony was by far my favorite part of the wedding. It had threatened to rain all day, but I believe God held it off and kept the sun shining on our moment. Once the ceremony started all the stress from the months leading up to that day melted away and everything simply fell into place. That moment we had planned for and dreamed of came and went just as perfect as I had imagined over the years.
The reception took place inside and outside on the patio of the house underneath a white tent. We wanted our guest to engage with each other throughout our reception, and to do so we set out yard games as well as had band playing all our favorite songs. Our guests were able to really enjoy the Kentucky scenery with a classic game of corn hole. The corn hole boards were made by my brother -in-law, mom, and I. I loved how everything in our wedding had someone’s hand in it from our families. Towards the end of the night the outside festivities were cut short due to the summer time rain. It may have started to rain, but it didn’t end our night. We took the party inside the manor where we enjoyed cake, toasts, and most of all each other.
Our wedding was everything I had envisioned. That day was such a significant reminder of how much love we have surrounding and supporting us and for that I am eternally grateful. Weddings while beautiful are short and fleeting. All that is left is the photos and a memory, but family, love, and the marriage that took place is timeless.
LOCATION: Danville, KY VENUE: Warrenwood Manor PHOTOGRAPHER: Becky Willard FLORIST: Ellis Florist and Gifts CATERER: Natalie Brown CAKE/DESSERTS: Anita Bertram and Sweets by Cindy RENTALS: Bryant's Rentals MUSIC: Greg Finger Band PAPER PRODUCTS: Elegant Wedding Invites HAIR: Sara Wages at Beauty Culture MAKEUP: Beauty Culture BRIDE'S ATTIRE: Sottero and Midgley "Tracey" Wedding Dress GROOM'S ATTIRE: Jos. A. Banks