Elle met Suzy seven years ago through mutual friends while Elle was visiting her sister in Los Angeles. “Between Suzy not feeling well and my already being half asleep with my PJ’s on, it is safe to say that neither of us expected to meet our future life partners that night when Suzy walked into the room,” Elle remembered. Yet, something clicked. They knew their crushes could have easily been short-lived when Elle returned home to Kentucky, but that wasn’t so: “Our mutual adoration, curiosity and yearning for one another only grew stronger with distance and time.”
Elle is a Louisville native. She attended college in California and now works in human resources for a technology company based in San Diego, CA. Suzy is a San Diegan, and is currently pursuing her Masters in Clinical Social Work at Boston College. As fate would have it, at the beginning of their relationship Suzy received an opportunity that allowed her to live in Louisville for a year, during which the two were able to make memories together in the town they enjoy calling their second home.
Their wedding venue, the Lincliffe Estate, is the residence of close family friends who graciously offered to let the two use the property for their special day. The couple toured the grounds and immediately knew what a perfect venue the property would be for their celebration.
The wedding flowers were designed to complement the manicured gardens of the estate. Guests enjoyed cocktail hour in the rose garden and fragrance garden. Everyone was more than happy to carry their conversations into the reception tent at the back of the historic house when a thunderstorm rolled through. Greenery, candles, and white linens gave the celebration a light, elegant feel, allowing the beauty of the grounds to shine. Guests were treated to a menu of dishes that reflected some of the couple’s favorite meals, paired with an open bar of signature drinks, wine, craft beers and bourbon from the family’s Louisville distillery, Rabbit Hole.
Elle wore a Couture Closet gown and carried her late grandfather’s handkerchief wrapped around her bouquet of white blooms. Instead of having traditional flower girls the couple enlisted their two grandmothers to line the aisle with rose petals. A close friend carried their rings down the aisle in a handmade box from another friend who could not be in attendance. The couple waited until the ceremony to see each other for the first time. When Elle made her way down the aisle, Suzy immediately took her hand and twirled her around, tears running down both their faces. During the ceremony they incorporated a modern version of the Jewish “Seven Blessings” tradition, rewritten to reflect the core values they strive to maintain in their marriage. The couple shared their own vows and upon completion immediately embraced one another and kissed before they were officially announced, prompting the officiant to throw her arms up and join the guests in laughter.
Suzy’s father, who adored the couple, passed away just over a year before the wedding date after battling multiple myeloma. A teddy bear that Suzy’s mom handmade using some of his favorite shirts, “Daddy bear,” was present throughout the celebration as a symbol of his presence on their special day. Suzy also wore his watch as an accessory to her custom navy and black tuxedo.
Elle and Suzy opened a bottle of bourbon that was buried at the ceremony site just before cutting the cake, an old Southern tradition that is believed to ensure great weather on the wedding day. For the two, they were so wrapped up in the magic of their moments throughout the evening, they hardly noticed the rain that fell anyway.
Wedding Style: This couple kept the décor very elegant and minimal, allowing their love and personalities to shine through. It also allowed the natural beauty of the venue to take the spotlight.
Less is more: To achieve this clean look, be judicious about what décor you use. Try topping your tables with ivory linens and a strand of deep, contrasting greenery. You’ll be surprised how elegant this easy look can be, especially when illuminated by candlelight.
Monotone colors: With a clean, elegant theme, you’ll want to continue the same look through the attire. Consider having your bridesmaid dresses stay within a monotone color family, like how this couple chose to keep everyone in grays. It will enhance the overall effect and look more cohesive.
Natural venue: A wedding with such a minimal look needs a natural backdrop. When searching for a venue, try finding an outdoor space that is open, with sweeping views of nature. This will save time on planning décor, as the scenery will be completely breathtaking on its own.
A range of beautiful neutrals, set against a backdrop of verdant greens with gold accents.
photos: Sarah Katherine Davis
venue: + food: Lincliffe Estate
catering: Farm to Fork
cake: Plehn’s Bakery
planner: Weekend Wedding Warriors
flowers: Jaime Fairman of State & Arrow
bridal attire: Couture Closet & Men’s Wearhouse
hair & makeup: Carley Randall & Rick Bancroft
rentals: Reliable Rentals
videographer: White Owl Weddings