Kelsey Jane Fulkerson and Justin William Tereshko were destined to share a Happily Ever After, it just wasn’t love at first sight.
Kelsey met her Prince Charming while attending Transylvania University though the two were just friends throughout school. Kelsey shares, “We were in the same orientation class although we did not start dating until years after we graduated.” Kelsey, who was born and raised in Lexington, relocated to Cincinnati after school, while Justin, who is originally from Indiana moved to North Carolina following graduation. Three years ago, when Justin was in Lexington visiting friends and family, the pair reconnected because as fate would have it, Kelsey had just recently moved back to town. “We were friends all through school and after graduation so were still close before we started dating,” says Kelsey, “but it wasn’t until that visit from North Carolina that we began dating.”
Needless to say, sparks flew, and a few years later, the couple experienced a magical engagement at Disney World. Soon after, planning commenced for their special day on June 30 of 2018. It is by no coincidence that Disney would play a part in their wedding theme. “I love Disney, so there were always going to be subtle hints in the décor but the most important thing to us during the planning process was to use the same color scheme throughout,” she explains. If someone were to meet the couple or walk into their home, they would probably be able to guess exactly what their chosen wedding color scheme would be: grey, white and gold. “It’s easy to see that this is our favorite and a general theme in our lives and it was beautiful to see it reflected in our wedding,” says Kelsey.
Justin and Kelsey’s ceremony was held at the historic and picturesque Central Christian Church and because of its’ inherent grandeur, no other decorations were needed besides flowers at the altar and door entrances. As Kelsey walked down the aisle to meet her handsome groom in her stunning Hayley Paige gown by Twirl Boutique, she carried her grandmother’s handkerchief on her bouquet. This heirloom has become quite the family tradition as Kelsey’s sister had also incorporated it into her wedding ceremony prior and following her own wedding, Kelsey graciously passed it along to her cousin for her big day. Adding to the uniqueness of their wedding, before the ceremony began, Kelsey presented Justin with a very special gift. “We were a long distance couple up until the wedding. Justin lived in North Carolina the whole time we were dating and engaged. He only moved to Lexington a couple weeks before the wedding and for Justin’s present, I wrote him a letter every day for a year in a book that he got to open shortly before the wedding.”
Justin reciprocated the sentiment with his own special gift to his bride. Kelsey explains, “Justin wrote his vows to me before the wedding as we did not write our own for the ceremony and they are framed in our house today.” But that was not all that Justin surprised Kelsey with on their special day. “Justin had decided he did not want to communicate with me directly on the wedding day, so we did not even talk to each other until I walked down the aisle. It was such a great moment, finally being able to see each other and know that we would be married in just a few short minutes!”
Once the “I do’s” had been said, the party moved to their reception venue, Distillery Square, which was chosen so that the couple could play off an industrial space and accommodate their sizable guest list. To soften the industrial setting, the venue was adorned with soft-glowing chandeliers over the combination of long and round tables, each featuring flower centerpieces by Crist Creona Designs that were comprised mostly of white flowers with just a kiss of blush. A stunning chandelier made entirely of this whimsical flower combination hung over the dance floor, creating a unique, magical, setting enjoyed by the bride and groom, and all of their guests. As a nod to their Disney engagement, the table numbers were famous Disney couples handmade by her sister and the seating chart was created to look like a large scroll. These features added a lovely and sentimental touch to the aesthetic of their stunning wedding.
When reflecting on their special day and asked if there was anything they would do differently, Kelsey says, “The day really was perfect and there is honestly not a thing that we would change!” This was in large part due to their amazing wedding planner, Shelly Fortune Event Design, whom Kelsey acknowledges by saying “everyone planning did such a great job and all of our decisions turned out to be the right ones, the perfect fit, for us.” Kelsey and Justin also credit their family and friends for making their wedding day so special because some travelled from a great distance to be there. “Being able to celebrate with all of our family and friends was amazing and you could feel so much support and love the whole time,” remarks Kelsey. Upon leaving their reception, Justin immediately turned to Kelsey and exclaimed, ”That was awesome! Can we do it again next week?”
This fairy tale wedding was not just magical in the present, but it will surely mark the foundation of Kelsey and Justin’s Happily Ever After forever.
PHOTOPGRAPHER Kelly Greer Photography
VIDEOGRAPHER Summit Stone Creations
CEREMONY VENUE Central Christian Church
RECEPTION VENUE Distillery Square
CATERING Bluegrass Catering
CAKE Tinkers Bake Shop
WEDDING PLANNER Shelly Fortune Event Design
FLOWERS Crist Creona Designs
RENTALS/DECOR All Occasions
BRIDAL GOWN Hayley Paige | Twirl Boutique
BRIDAL PARTY ATTIRE Bridal & Formal
GROOM & GROOMSMEN ATTIRE Geno’s Formal Affair
HAIR AND MAKEUP Dana Peddicord | Blush + Glow
STATIONARY/CALLIGRAPHY Cardinal and Straw
COOKIE FAVORS Lauren Young, The Batter Life