When your brother owns one of the premier wedding venues in Lexington, the location of your own big day is pretty much a foregone conclusion. But that doesn’t mean that the event won’t be without its share of decisions and surprises. That’s why Stoll Vaughan and his bride, Elizabeth Hendrix Vaughan, turned to Stoll’s mother Neal Vaughan and Shelly Fortune to help plan the details.

“The Apiary is a beautiful space and it was the perfect spot for us. We were able to have the ceremony and the reception there, all in one,” Elizabeth explained. “The gardens were beautiful and the tent was amazing for the ceremony. There was no other space that compared.” Having their celebration at The Apiary was already a personalized touch, given the groom’s connection to the owner, his brother Cooper Vaughan. But the details created an event that was incredibly personal and a visual treat.

The gorgeous outdoor tent area served as the ceremony site. The chandelier was decorated with greenery and flowers. Mirroring its shape, guests were seated around the space, circling the couple as they exchanged the vows they’d written. The ceremony was officiated by their dear friend, who introduced the pair. Tedrin Lindsay, UK Opera voice coach, arranged and played the music.

Elizabeth wore a floral lace Lazaro gown. The flower girl wore the same dress that Duchess Kate Middleton’s flower girls wore, designed by Nicki MacFarlane. Stoll wore a Luigi Bianchi Mantova suit from Stuart Mercer Gentleman’s Shop.

The couple wanted to keep their special day light, fun and full of love. One of their best moments was entirely unplanned. Because they chose not to have a rehearsal and the ring exchange wasn’t a part of the vows, the couple nearly forgot them! The officiant was about to pronounce the couple man and wife when Elizabeth realized that the rings were missing. Stoll’s brother handed them the rings, the couple put them on and said, “Okay, we’re ready now!”

Stoll’s mother, Neal, helped devise the reception décor. She had antique Japanese obi made into table runners for the long tables in the reception space. Additionally, each place setting at the round tables had an obi, adding stunning color to the decor. Opaque chargers with gold trim allowed the intricate patterns to show through. Other gold and transparent accents helped tie the palette together. From a custom monogram wax seal to the guests’ place cards, which were calligraphied on vellum, every detail was coordinated to offer a personal touch.

Patrick Howard created the florals, making use of bold hues and a variety of blooms artfully arranged to offer a carefree, yet elegant look. Delightful details helped bring the fun into the décor. For instance, the table arrangements included sliced papayas, which added both visual interest and a tropical scent.

Elizabeth loved that their friends from California and her family from Indiana were able to experience Kentucky hospitality with Stoll’s family from Lexington. The groom, who is a singer-songwriter, took the stage for an acoustic set during the reception. One song in particular, he wrote about his bride!

The wedding cake was a stunner. The lifelike flowers were handmade of sugar by artist Deb McKnight. Rather than cutting the cake for everyone, they handed out little mini cakes at the end of the night, leaving them with a sweet memory of this beautiful day.

The Vision: 

Wedding style: A perfect blend of lush summer florals with a whimsical garden feel. This bride incorporated ethereal elements throughout the space that truly transformed the venue and atmosphere.

Must Haves: 

Vibrant florals: Some brides are afraid of playing with color, but this bride is a perfect example of doing color just right. Incorporating bright summer tones into the flowers allowed the space to come to life and really capture that whimsical garden feel.

Play on textures: A fun way to add character to your decor is to play with textures in just the right places. Add florals to the cake or incorporate non-traditional texture into the tablescape, like Elizabeth + Stoll’s gorgeous plates and napkin rings

Candles on candles: A great way to create that perfect etheral feel throughout the reception space is to not shy away from adding candles. Incorporating them at different heights and sizes will bring your tables to life with a grand whimsical romance that your guests will swoon over.

Color Palette:

A summer color explosion with a touch of whimsical romance. Pops of fuschia and coral with touches of greenery and gold details.

photos: Melanie Mauer

venue + food: Apiary

sweets: Debra Mcknight

planner: Shelly Fortune

flowers: Patrick Howard

bridal gown: Lazaro

groom attire: Stuart Mercer Gentleman’s Shoppe   

hair: Connie Hawkins

makeup: Vicki

stationery: Cardinal and Straw Fine Paper Goods

decor: Neal Vaughan