A Quintessential Kentucky Wedding


From the bride: My fiance (now husband) and I moved to Louisiana just weeks after getting engaged so I knew that I wanted a quintessential Kentucky wedding. We had friends and family coming in from 21 different states and we wanted them to have a full Kentucky experience. I knew that having our wedding at Fasig Tipton would give them a little piece of traditional Kentucky. This wedding was deep rooted in family and close relationships for me, my mom was my event planner and it was a really cool experience getting to work so closely with her to design my dream day, my sister is a top DJ in Atlanta and did the music, my wedding planner Rita has been a part of my life since I was little, my amazing photographer Claire's aunt was a gymnast at UK and my mom was her head coach, I worked at Geno's for 8 years so they helped me coordinate the most perfect attire for the groom and wedding party, and Darae is a close family friend and made sure the catering was perfect. It was so special to have so many important and special people play a role on my day. It was late November and the weather was 75 degrees, the leaves were the most beautiful colors, and I got to marry the love of my life in the most beautiful setting.

Our story begins as no sooner than we got engaged, my fiancé and I found out that we would be moving to Louisiana for his new job and it was then that I knew I wanted a quintessential “Kentucky” wedding. I knew that we would be hosting lots of out of town guests and I knew that I wanted to show them the beauty of Kentucky and all it had to offer. After visiting several noted venues, we both agreed that Fasig Tipton would be the perfect place for our special day. What could scream Kentucky more than a sprawling equestrian venue surrounded with stone fences, bathed in magnificent fall colors as the backdrop for our unforgettable wedding day!

My vision was clear, I wanted it to be timeless and elegant, and something we could look back on for years with great memories of the place I call home and deeply love. I quickly decided on a color palette of ivory, blush, and gold. I wanted all the flowers to be mostly white with small touches of blush pink accents. For the bridesmaids, I chose gold sequin dresses to add a touch of elegance, and wow did they look amazing in that Kentucky sunset.

I remember feeling very torn on whether or not I wanted to do a “First Look” with my groom so I thought who better to ask than Claire, our photographer. She had the experience and does this every weekend. She gave me the best advice and made the decision so easy for me. After speaking with her, we opted to do the “First Look” and it was honestly the best decision we could have made. I will never forget Claire saying, “It’s the only time all day that you will actually get to spend private time with each other”. It was so true! The day goes by so incredibly fast and those 90 minutes that we had together, just the two of us, was so amazing and special. I do not think I will ever get tired of looking at our wedding photos.

If you live in Kentucky or anywhere in the area, I highly suggest that you make an appointment at Twirl to look for your wedding dress. I had been addicted to looking at dresses on Pinterest and had fallen in love with this one particular dress. Twirl carried that designer but they did not have the actual dress I wanted. They somehow found a way to get the dress for me to try on at my appointment. Of course I tried the dress on an instantly knew it was not the one. As soon as I looked in the mirror, I cried and immediately knew that was the dress! I was going to marry the love of my life in my dream dress. Another bit of advice for wedding dress shopping is to be open-minded. The dress I ended up with was nothing like anything I had looked at before coming to my appointment. You really need to see them in person to make the best choice based on actual fit and style. I loved the lace details, the gorgeous back, and how timeless my Lillian West dress was and how beautiful it made me feel.

My advice for those brides who are planning a wedding would first and foremost stay true to your vision of what it is that you and your fiancé want for your wedding day. There will be many opinions and lots of pressure to do what other people want. However, your wedding day should be a reflection of your personalities and you are as a couple. I would also say to not stress about the small things. I remember being so stressed about the smallest of details and honestly, people do not remember or care about those insignificant things. You waste time, energy and money worrying about things that in the grand scheme of things don’t really matter. I would also highly suggest choosing high quality vendors with excellent reputations and great reviews, which will make the planning process so much easier.

In the end, make unforgettable memories and enjoy every minute. It goes by way too fast so live in the moment. Once your day comes take it all in, breathe and enjoy. I am truly a Kentucky Bride!

Photography: Claire & Barrett |  Venues: Fasig Tipton- Lexington | Florist: eLLe Events | Caterer: DaRae and Friends  | Cake:  How Sweet It Is | Rentals: Goff Tents | Hair and Makeup: The Pinkloulou  | Paper Products: Wedding Paper Divas  | Bride's Attire: Twirl | Groom's Attire: Geno's Formal Affair  | Bridesmaid Dresses:  Geno's | Music: Dj Brooklyn

Katelyn Daugherty