Spring Keeneland Wedding

We love this Keeneland wedding and how the bride and groom incorporated such personal touches into their wedding day.

From the bride: Andrew and I met and started dating at Bellarmine University in Louisville while taking the same class, Plant Diversity. We began to have study dates together and would walk around campus trying to identify the plants we would have to recognize on our tests. It didn't take long for us to realize we were in love and we have been together for a total for around seven years now.

We knew we wanted our wedding to be symbolic of Kentucky, since that is where we met, fell in love and plan on growing our roots. We had always dreamed of getting married at Keeneland, even when we were living in Louisville, because it is gorgeous and iconic for Kentucky. It's surrounded by beautiful greenery and horse farms and we thought it was perfect.

My favorite flower is the peony so I knew I wanted those included in my flower arrangements. We chose roses for a more romantic and traditional feel and also succulents along with Queen Anne's lace and greenery to bring a more natural element to the flower arrangements. I like a little glitter and glam mixed with the rustic look so I was excited to find out I could use some blush sparkly table cloths mixed with our natural rustic elements.

I have a huge sweet tooth and would choose dessert over a full meal any day. Because of this, we decided to not only have a large cake but also a whole table filled with different types of desserts. Our favors were dipped Oreo cookies for the kids and bourbon balls for the adults. We wanted to keep with the Kentucky theme so we made sure our desserts reflected this with jam cakes and bourbon filled desserts.

My family's print shop provided us with our invitations and my husband made all of the rustic wooden number holders. My husband and father-in-law also made the large wooden cross we stood in front of at the ceremony. My friend made my toasting glasses and we had a tribute to grandparents who had passed and were unable to attend. Our unity ceremony with watering and placing soil in the Dogwood tree was very symbolic of our interests and how we met in Plant Diversity class. And with a unity tree we could quite literally plant our roots in Kentucky. All these details, plus our loved ones surrounding us, allowed our day to be very meaningful to us and was one we will never forget.

My advice to future brides is to pick a theme and style you love and stick to it! There are so many beautiful, creative ideas out there that are at your fingertips and it can get very overwhelming. You can't do everything so just relax and do what you love most. Everything will come together even if it doesn't feel like it, and the most important thing at the end of the day is that your loved ones are with you and you are marrying the love of your life. It doesn't get much better than that!

Photography: Dei Gratia Photography | Location: Lexington, Kentucky | Ceremony: Keeneland Library Lawn; Reception: Keeneland Entertainment Center | Florist: Bel Air | Wedding Planner + Event Designer: Great Expectations | Caterer: Keeneland | Cake: Sweet Lilu's | Rentals: Fifty Chairs | Music: Kentucky Pro DJ | Transportation: Gold Shield | Paper Products: (Invitations) Maumee Quickprint; Menu and Program: Cardinal + Straw | Hair: Kristin Korona | Makeup: Alicia Bussey | Bride's Attire: White Arbor Bridal | Groom's Attire: Geno's Formal Affair

Katelyn Daugherty