Nick and Kristen met in college at Morehead State University. They formed a friendship during their first year, but didn’t begin dating until they were both seniors. The two Kentucky natives made Louisville their home together. They had attended several events at the Mellwood Arts & Entertainment Center and loved the unique, eclectic space, so it made a natural choice for their special day.

The couple chose a palette featuring purples and greys. Lace accents mirrored the bride’s Maggie Sottero gown and kept the day’s theme light and soft, in contrast to the industrial brick and wood of the event space. The couple chose to have a first look moment, finally seeing one another after hours of anticipation. “I don’t think we realized until we were in the moment how much we cherished that small bit of time with just the two of us that day,” Kristen explained.

Kristen wore a pearl bracelet that was a gift from Nick at the start of their relationship. She added a white rose charm to the bracelet, which was given to her by her grandmother who had worn it when she was a bridesmaid in her great aunt’s wedding. She wrapped her bouquet with a handkerchief that had belonged to her great-grandmother.

Keys with handwritten names served as the seating chart. Guests took the keys home as a favor at the end of the night, since they cleverly double as bottle openers. A sprig of lavender rested atop a grey napkin at each place setting. Lavender represents devotion, a cool emotional touch that seemed fitting for their nuptials. The color also helped tie the palette together in a fun, romantic way.

A friend created the couple’s signature cocktail recipe, which they called the “Fall Old Fashioned”. It featured bourbon mixed with simple syrup and garnished with a cinnamon apple. Nothing Bundt Cakes created the wedding cakes, a fun alternative to the traditional cake that offered guests a variety of flavor options.

The soft, pastel florals in purple, green and white were beautiful set against the vintage chic lace table linens. Edison bulbs illuminated the dance floor and helped define the space, a romantic touch that was perfect for the Mellwood Arts & Entertainment Center’s rustic aesthetic.

Kristen and Nick both agree that getting out on the dance floor was the best part of their wedding day. “Everyone says to just enjoy the day—and we did that to the best of our ability—but there are still nerves that take over,” the bride explained. “To know that we made it through and simply could enjoy the rest of the night was a great feeling.”

One of their guests, a friend from college, started a Spin the Bottle dance circle that kept the party alive and encouraged everyone to get in on the fun—so much so, in fact, that the groom actually lost his wedding band! Luckily, a cousin found it that night, saving the day.

One of the couple’s only regrets was not getting to enjoy a special treat that they planned for everyone. “We should have taken time to enjoy the Taco Bell we had delivered at the end of the night,” Nick explained. “Neither of us even noticed that it had come and gone, but many of our guests still tell us that they thought it was a nice touch.”

The Vision:

Wedding Style: A balanced mix of glamour and industrial elements created the unique space this bride was going for. The soft color combination mixed with touches of lace and vintage elements created an overall romantic scene.

Must Haves: 

Industrial venue: To create a romantic and vintage look, you wouldn’t immediately think of an industrial venue. However, the rustic, exposed brick, lace details and pastel color palette helped achieve the look beautifully.

Soft lace: White lace is the perfect touch to soften any space. Use it on table tops or tie it around your bouquet. These subtle touches are all you need!

Mix and matched bridesmaids: For a unique look, mix and match bridesmaids dresses, Choose a color that compliments the overall style of the wedding and incorporate different tones and shades to create a one of a kind bridal party.

Color Palette:

A soft, romantic palette of varying shades of lavender and gray with pops of natural tones like green and tan.

photo: Jeff + Michele Photography

venue: Mellwood Art & Entertainment Center

food: Morris’s Deli Liquor & Catering

sweets:  Nothing Bundt Cakes

flowers: Flourish

rentals/decor: Reliable Rentals

bridal gown: Bridal and Formal

wedding party: The Dessy Group, The Black Tux

hair & makeup: Karyssa at Nova Salon, Hannah Patierno, Chelsey Lambert

stationery/calligraphy: Haley Michelle Designs

alterations; Needle’s Eye

music: Randy Embry at Triangle Talent

day of coordinator: Kayla Hinrichs