A modern space packed with darling elements full of whimsy? Yes please! This lovely event hailing from Lexington takes place in a contemporary space decorated in stunning colors and out-of-this-world florals. The exposed brick of the interior is the perfect backdrop for all of the fantastic styles all brought together by a hint of vintage and it must be said: the bride’s dress and the tablescapes are the winners here.
We adore hearing photographers’ descriptions of their couples’ wedding days, and Cassie Lopez Photography related the wedding of Chloe and Caleb to that of a “DIY Marie Antoinette in the suburbs.” Merci Bouquet shone on floral detail, putting together a bouquet full of garden roses, ferns, kale, cotton, and even tomato vine as a nod to the bride’s grandfather.
From the bride, Chloe: I wanted a romantic southern vintage garden wedding. Caleb and I wanted our wedding to be intimate so we held the ceremony and reception in my parents backyard (the home where I grew up). Both my mother and grandmother were married in their homes so we thought that mom moms garden would be the perfect setting.
Flower recipe: The arrangements and bouquets featured English roses, cotton, ornamental kale, fern leaves, and gold dipped leaves. I had a piece of tomato vine added to my bouquet in memory of my grandfather who was an avid gardener. His hands always smelled like tomato vine and I wanted to carry a piece of him with me that day.
I’d describe our wedding as whimsical, romantic, and intimate. As far as a color theme/scheme we used a lot of navy, gold, ivory lace, and black & white stripes. The majority of color came from the garden flowers. I built the stained glass window display for our ceremony, hand made all of our save the dates/invitations, and guest favors. My mother and I planted and gardened all of the flowers throughout the yard and my father built the beautiful deck for our ceremony. I spent a lot of time searching for floral vintage plates and other antique fixtures. Most of these items were bought from peddlers malls and antique shops throughout Louisville.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Try not to get caught up in what other people want for you and your partner. Everyone has their own opinions but your wedding is truly a day to celebrate who you are as a couple. We are so happy that we kept our wedding personal and unique to who we are. I think that because of this you can really see our personality.
Processional: “Island in the Sun,” Weezer (Vitamin String Quartet tribute)
Recessional: “Sea of Love,” Phil Phillips
First Dance: “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea,” Neutral Milk Hotel
Father/Daughter Dance: “Crimson and Clover,” Tommy James and the Shondells
From the photographer, Cassie Lopez: This wedding reminded me of a DIY Marie Antoinette in the suburbs. Chloe created a beautiful wedding on the deck in her parent’s garden in Louisville, Kentucky. White sheets and string lights draped in the trees and gold accents brought light to the table decorations. Chloe and Caleb are both eccentric and their wedding completely reflected that with vintage pieces, a striped aisle, an animal headed couple as a cake topper and “In the Aeroplane Over the Sea” by Neutral Milk Hotel as their first dance song. Every detail was quirky, elegant, sentimental and fun.
Hair and Makeup
DJ and Officiant
Is there any idea more fitting for a bridal shower than a fun and colorful mimosa bar? No, we think not. Showerbelle put together this inspired styled shoot and brought some serious talent on board – including Seriously Sabrina Photography, Event 29, and Pink Peony Events, just to name a few.
From the coordinator, Gabrielle Green of Showerbelle: Bridal shower season is in full-swing, so we wanted to create a shoot that was both pretty, and inspiring. We think bridal showers have the potential to be about much more than unwrapping gifts; we think they should be truly fun parties that celebrate friendship among the closest of friends. That’s why we began with idea of ‘showering love,’ and worked on creating a bridal shower inspiration shoot that was both rich in color and a meaning.
We choose a vibrant palette of corals, violets, and berry tones that was undoubtedly feminine, but not overly dainty. These saturated hues set the mood for a mid-summer mimosa brunch. The urban rooftop lounge provided a backdrop of exposed brick walls and warm, rustic wood planks that in contrast with our more delicate tablescape provided the perfect amount of balance between ladylike and strong. A balance we think often describes women as they support each other through various rites of passages during a stage in life that is filled with exciting transitions. Carried into the décor and wardrobe were the delicious berry tones of the mimosa bar. A concept much loved, both for its novelty, and because we simply cannot get enough champagne! The idea of creating an experience where guests can create their own drinks by mixing the flavorful fruits of summer with juices like passion fruit or mango is really appealing because it feels customized to each guest, and is ripe with the potential of making a brand new flavor. Even our models were bubbling with excitement over what they might create.
It was important that the bridal shower activity be an experience shared and valued among friends rather than something more passive. So, we had our floral designer teach a workshop on how to create the stunning centerpieces used on the guest and cocktail tables. The robust, full blooms of the pink peonies and free-spirited nature of the accenting sweet peas in the centerpieces reflected the mood of the shoot: graceful, but not overly fussy. We really had so much fun planning and shooting! Our goal was to design something that was beautiful, happy, and sent the message to shower love among friends.
Shoot Location: Louisville, KY / Photographer: Seriously Sabrina Photography / Event Planning and Design: Showerbelle and Event 29 / Floral Design: Pink Peony Events / Venue and Caterer: Patrick O’Shea’s / Hair and Makeup: Louisville Makeover / Wine: ONEHope Wine / Tabletop Rentals: The Southern Soiree / Balloons: Build A Balloon / Wedding Invitations: Megan Wright Design Co.
When bohemian style meets woodsy locales, the result is pure magic — just ask Amy Wallen Photography and Pink Peony Planning & Design, the masterminds behind today’s styled wedding shoot. Earthy color tones come together with succulents and antlers for an inspired wedding in the woods:
From Adria of Pink Peony Planning & Design: We’re so excited to share this woodland-inspired styled shoot with you! We met Amy Wallen (now Amy Reed!) in January and instantly knew we were “soulmate vendors.” It turns out that we had all been dreaming about the same shoot: natural, cozy, a little bit bohemian and filled with rich, earthy colors. It felt like fate.
We didn’t necessarily have a color palette, but instead loosely stuck to colors that were rich and organic – dark burgundies, berries, burnt oranges, greens and browns, with a hint of sweet peach and white. Although it was a hot Kentucky day when we shot, the styling took us to a slightly chilly fall evening at a cozy, candlelit dinner. We shot at twilight, and we could not have been more pleased when an unplanned-but-breathtaking fog came rolling over the hill and added the perfect finishing touch. Many of the pieces were found items that we carefully gathered from our homes, friends, flea markets and nature. A few of our favorite details include: the custom-made farm table designed by a good friend, dip-dyed menu cards, wood and silver flatware, DIY floral monogram, succulent-topped cake surrounded by delicate moss, naturally shed antlers (including one pair of HUGE elk antlers!), elegant lanterns, a texture-heavy bouquet, and the bride’s lovely gold headpiece and nude gown.
I would be remiss if I left you to peruse the photos without mentioning our wonderful models. On the morning of the shoot, our original male model cancelled on us. Cayce, our “bride,” suggested we contact Nathaniel, an old friend of hers. He agreed, and we spent the rest of the day in awe of their amazing chemistry. Our favorite moments were unplanned, undirected, and possible entirely because of them.
Shoot Location: Morehead, KY / Photographer: Amy Wallen Photography / Event Design: Pink Peony Planning & Design / Event Venue: The Pines at Sheltowee / Hair: The Hair Gallery / Wedding Cake: She Bakes Cakes / Equipment Rentals: Bryant’s Rent-All
You really can’t go wrong with textures and a soft color palette, and this wintry pretty by Aubrey Renee Photography is here to prove it. Throw some gunmetal into the mix and the result is magical. Perfect balance of feminine and masculine.
Shoot Location: Crestwood, KY / Photographer: Aubrey Renee Photography / Event Design: Tiffany Collins Events / Flowers: Boston’s Floral Couture / Event Venue: Yew Dell Gardens / Wedding Dress: ouma / Veils and Headpieces: Flora Bond / Hair: Whitney Rankin of Z Salon & Spa / Makeup: Ashley Corsi / Handmade Goods: Luna Cab Company / Wedding Invitations: Lucky Penny Paperie / Calligraphy: Meme Davis Calligraphy / Model: Courtney Newby
There are many things to love in this holiday shoot from Aubrey Renee Photography, but what immediately stopped us in our tracks was that beyond incredible gown from Badgley Mischka. Can you imagine a more perfect wedding gown for a New Year’s Eve wedding? Add in some dark and dreamy floral arrangements from Jaclyn Journey and chalkboard-inspired invitations from Days Gone Design and you’ve got some seriously chic inspiration!
Shoot Location: Louisville, KY / Photographer: Aubrey Renee Photography / Event Design: Tiffany Collins Events (Trcoll2@gmail.com) / Wedding Flowers: Jaclyn Journey / Dress: Badgley Mischka / Jewelry: Nested Yellow, Mica / Hair: Ashley Shrock of Head Play Salon / Makeup: Ashley Corsi / Groom’s Attire: vKnit / Wedding Cake: cake flour / Paper Goods: Ashley Trommler and Steph Loves Ben / Wedding Invitations: Days Gone Design
Perhaps my favorite foliage in winter bouquets, eucalyptus has its own ways of making cold days cozy and comforting with its amazing scent. Bella Grace Studios and Whitney Neal of Whitney Neal Photography teamed up with event designer Jaclyn Journey for the perfect dose of winter inspiration.
Photographers: Josh Merideth of Bella Grace Studios and Whitney Neal of Whitney Neal Photography / Styling and Florals: Jaclyn Journey / Dress Designer: Cara Keely / Boutique: Twirl Lexington / Cake: Stellar Sweets / Calligraphy: Rachel Fisher / Location: Hermitage Farm (the oldest working horse farm in KY)
As you all well know, we adore brides who think outside of the norm for their wedding day. Bride Ashley chose a modern art museum-slash-hotel rooftop for her wedding ceremony, and was rewarded with some fantastic photo ops both in and outside the building. Brent and Ashley also have some of the coolest wedding invitations we’ve ever seen — on vinyl albums, no less — and clearly paid attention to every detail. Many thanks to Josh Merideth of Bella Grace Studios for sharing this wedding with us!
This was an amazing DIY wedding mixed in with the absolute best of the best. The wedding took place on the private rooftop penthouse of 21c Museum Hotel. There were guest from all over the US and overseas in attendance. The details were amazing… Vinyl record invitations, letterpressed fan programs, ice cream cone confette and so much more. The guests were greeted with Modern Art, popcorn, Old Fashioned Creme Pop and one of the sweetest weddings I have ever seen.
Wedding vendors (Louisville, KY):
Ceremony venue: 21C Museum Hotel Penthouse / Reception venue: Riverbend Winery / Wedding photographer: Josh Merideth of Bella Grace Studios / Wedding coordinator: Maggie Heely of Weekend Wedding Warrior / Invitations and paper goods: Kin Ship Press / Wedding cake: Cake Flour / Wedding flowers: Nanz & Kraft Florists / Wedding musicians: Sam Snead and Commonwealth Musicians / Wedding hair: Anna Greer at Schaper’s Salon / Popcorn machine: John F. Trumpeter Company / Photobooth: Magnolia Photo Booth Co. / Custom quilt table runners: J Designs
Oh, yummmm! This Kentucky wedding is so bright and festive and sweet, I could eat it up! The uber-creative bride collected all the vintage plates, designed the entire tent, crafted all the pom-poms and gathered every last amazing vintage detail. She spent the morning of the wedding finalizing that stunning tent decor. Talk about a hands-on bride! And, in my opinion, all of that hard work more than paid off. This wedding is just… wow. Big thanks to Magic Memory Works Photography for sending it over!
Wedding Vendors (Kentucky and Ohio):
Wedding Venue: The Inn at Oneonta / Photographer: Magic Memory Works Photography by Leeka / Wedding Cakes: Cakery (Dayton, OH)
I have so much eye candy for you today! I’d like to introduce you to one of our sponsors, Bella Grace Studios. They are based out of Louisville, Kentucky but will travel wherever there is a sweet wedding that needs to be shot. This wedding in particular made the rounds on the web last year, and no wonder why. See more photos from this wedding after the teasers…
Vendors (Louisville, Kentucky):
Venue: 21C Museum Hotel / Photographer: Bella Grace Studios / Vintage Wedding Dress: eBay / Groom’s gingham tie: Fieldguided on Etsy / Photobooth: Magnolia Photo Booth / Cake Topper: Goose Grease on Etsy
See more from this vintage wedding on Bella Grace Studios’ blog.