- 11 years ago
- Wedding: May 2008
I promised that I’d post details and so here are some highlights (our first professional pics, which we just got today) from our wedding. Please note that you must credit our amazing photographer Amanda Egan should you use any photos:
I’m so glad that I let our incredible florist, Patrick Howard of Lexington, KY, choose the flowers on his own. He did such a great job using pops of color. Just goes to show, your color scheme does not need to be matchy-matchy!
My incredibly handsome groom. I’m so glad that he and the groomsmen wore their own dark suits instead of tuxes (though, both of course, will work!)
Our first look.
The girls in their navy dresses–any dress that they wanted! As you can see, the slight color and style variations worked beautifully. My sister and maid of honor, on the far left, wore a long dress to kind of set her apart.
Getting married in front of my grandparents’ barn.
Rose petal toss at the end of the ceremony, because we didn’t want to leave earlier than our guests at the reception!
Here’s a better shot of the barn where we got married. The chandelier looked gorgeous after dark hung in between curtains made of tabacco netting! We didn’t even move the wagon or old wood inside–it just added to the rustic romance.
Sorry I don’t have more detail of the tent decor, but I can add some later. The flowers were really incredible–huge urns filled with flowers and hung in front of wrought iron fans on either side of the barn, copper kettles of all different sizes filled with tiny flowers. And tons of candles. In all, it was magical, incredible. People danced until 3:30 am, barefoot in the field lit by old lanterns, layed on the lawn watching stars, and jamming on the banjo, and just celebrated love. We had two guests spontaneously break out in song (A russian love song, and later on, some opera!).
In terms of vendors, all of ours get great grades.
Photographer: Amanda Egan, A+. So personable, very affordable, and as you can see, already has done a wonderful job with the photography. So kind to work with, comes with assistants, and is willing to give you digitals, which many photographers aren’t.
Food: Dupree Catering, A+. We worked with Eileen, who is a good old friend. We had food stations, which she set up elegantly and perfectly. We had a carving station with KY lamb chops with mint sauce, ham with mustard sauce and cheddar biscuits; a Seafood Station with Shrimp and Cheesy Garlic Grits and Grilled Asparagus; an Antipasti Station with Proscuitto Wrapped Figs, Goat Cheese Stuffed Peppers, Marinated Olives and Tortellini; and a Salad Station with a Potato Salad with Feta and Scallions, a Green Salad with Goat Cheese and Beets, and a Roasted Veggie Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette. We had carrot cake cupcakes for dessert. All super yum. Eileen is incredible to work with and knows lots of Lexington area vendors and so she works with other vendors very well.
Port-A-Pots: Kentucky Sanitation, A. We got the fancy Port-A-Pots. The really fancy kind. Like they’re way better than my apartment in DC. They had AC, a sound system, and were sparkling clean with flush toilets. They were pretty easy to work with–needed a little bit of direction, but were quite easy.
Tent and Rentals: Purdon’s Rental, Lexington. A+. Paul Purdon and his staff were awesome. The tent was top-grade and looked impeccable. He watches the weather radars like a hawk and helped us with rain plans just in case (fortunately, the weather was perfect). Great about getting us various linens too.
Day of Wedding Coordinator: Roberta Gilbert, Mt. Sterling, A++. Roberta is incredible. She really mainly works just in Mt. Sterling and doesn’t have an official business or anything. She went above and beyond her duties, and kept everything running perfectly. While I don’t recommend a wedding planner, I can’t imagine doing a wedding day without a coordinator. The bride and her mother (or parents, or partner and his or her parents) should really not be answering a ton of questions the day of.
We also hired someone local that we know to do valet parking. It was a great idea, especially since we had the cars park out in a farm field to keep them out of view, and since many of our guests left at 2 and 3 in the morning. And if you live in a smaller town, it really didn’t cost a ton of extra money.
In the end, it is not the small, silly details that matter–like color-schemed M&Ms that match your bridesmaid’s dresses, or the perfect truffle placed at everyone’s dining spot. What matters is the tone that you set for your guests through your attitude, the overall mood, and the ceremony. We got married in a place that meant the world to us, surrounded by the people we love. We did some of the typical detail stuff–colored linens, some favors, printing out programs, but mainly we set a tone of an exciting, loving, Kentucky themed wedding and didn’t worry about the details that weren’t important. The ceremony, people, food, alcohol, and music were the important parts. If there’s one piece of advice I could give, it would be, don’t sweat the small stuff, and don’t forget about your ceremony! It is the most important part of getting married and most people spend only a small amount of time thinking about how they want to get married (not just the reception!). We wrote our own vows and kept them secret until the wedding. Everyone (including all of the men) at the whole wedding was crying and it was so meaningful. We’ll carry them with us for all our lives.
Sorry for going on and on. But thank you to weddingbee for all of your advice, support, and help! It has been a great community to be a part of.