“Marrying a Texan, I wanted to be sure our wedding was a true taste of the Kentucky I am so proud of,” Paige, who was born and raised in Frankfort, explained. A big part of that was selecting the right venue. “I grew up going to Keeneland. It is the perfect distance between my home church in Frankfort and downtown Lexington, where all my guests would be staying. It is a true Kentucky landmark and a gorgeous place we knew all our guests would love.”

Part of welcoming their guests included a bourbon tour on the Friday before the wedding and accommodations at 21c Museum Hotel in Lexington. Welcome packages included custom maps, a Blue Monday, kettle corn and a horseshoe, allowing guests the opportunity to get familiar with all that Central Kentucky has to offer.

The ceremony was held at the First United Methodist Church in Frankfort. The white florals helped achieve the bride’s vision of a very classic and timeless wedding. The church offered rich woods and stained glass, making a beautiful and meaningful site to exchange their “I do’s”.

Paige and Kelly opted not to have a first look moment, which made their ceremony very emotional. The couple most remembers the moment when the sanctuary doors open and they saw one another for the first time, surrounded by their loved ones from near and far.

The bride carried her late grandfather’s monogrammed handkerchief wrapped around her bouquet and her lace gown was a touch of Southern elegance. The bridesmaids wore blue while the groom and groomsmen wore classic tuxes. The groom made a fun wardrobe switch for the reception, opting for a cream jacket.

Carol Mitchell of Midway helped transform the Keeneland Entertainment Center with white and light pink flowers. The beautiful arrangement that hung over the dance floor offered a focal point while chandeliers provided a classic, elegant touch. An archway that mirrored the building’s natural structure provided the architecture to hang the lighting while helping define the space.

The tables were set with metallic accents. Arrangements of roses, hydrangeas and white florals ran the length of the center table with votives providing a romantic glow. Round tables around the arch featured gold, glass and white accents with bowls of hydrangeas.

The Keeneland bugler played “My Old Kentucky Home” during the cocktail hour. He also heralded the couple into the reception before the band kicked off a night of lively dancing and excitement. Light-up glasses and flip flops brought the party mood, letting guests really get into the spirit. The groom’s grandfather even joined the band onstage to play drums! The bride advised, “Invest in great music and everyone will have a ball!” For a late-night snack, guests were given Jimmy John’s sandwiches from the shop owned by the bride’s uncle.

The wedding cake featured alternating layers in a classic style, with real roses on two layers and rosettes and pearl decorations on others. The groom’s cake was fashioned like a Yeti cooler with a faux fish, beer bottles, ice and fishing tackle.

The couple exited along an illuminated walkway. Guests cheered and held up light-up batons, sending Paige and Kelly on to the next happy chapter of their lives.

The Vision:

Wedding Style: A perfect marriage of grand romance and glam, the décor incorporated lush white florals and chandeliers while keeping the palette very clean and classic. This wedding was filled with sentimental, hometown touches that made it truly heartwarming.

Must Haves: 

White chandeliers: To create a truly glamorous space, a crystal chandelier is a must. They bring an elegant ambiance anywhere.

The classic tux: Any traditional wedding deserves the groom to look his best in a classic black tie tuxedo. This groom decided to get playful with his style by switching his black jacket for a cream one for the reception. You can’t go wrong with either!

Hometown touch: This couple incorporated so many fun and unique hometown elements into their wedding, from the welcome bucket for guests to the Kentucky blue bridesmaid dresses. Don’t be afraid to work in those special touches, even if they don’t follow your theme to a tee. Your guests will appreciate seeing your personalities show!

Color Palette: 

Classic black tie wedding with white florals with splashes of lush greenery and gilt accents.

photos: Kelli Lynn Photography

videography: Alyson Biggs Films

venue: First United Methodist Church, Keeneland Entertainment Center

food: Keeneland Hospitality

sweets: Cakes by BeBe

planner: Carol Mitchell of Midway

coordinator: Kim Bell, Frankfort, KY

flowers/rentals: Carol Mitchell of Midway

bridal gown: Justin Alexander, Twirl Boutique

bridal party: Alfred Sung

groom/groomsmen: Men’s Wearhouse

hair: Steel Magnolias Beauty Salon

makeup: Hollyhill Makeup Artistry

stationery: Daffodils Fine Stationery, Sarah Bohl Designs

band: Musical Fantasy, Mobile, AL

accommodations: 21c Museum Hotel Lexington

transportation: Gold Shield Transportation