Marriott Griffin Gate Summer Wedding | Throwback Thursday

Who: Matthew & Jenelle

What: Preparations in the hotel; first look & portraits on the golf course; ceremony on the green and reception in a tent at Marriott Griffin Gate.

Where: Lexington, Ky

When: June 2018

Jenelle found me through Wedding Wire and because she is a busy field hockey coach at Centre college, we had a Skype conversation to talk about her wedding before she booked me. It wasn’t until I met the couple at their engagement session, that I really got a sense for how sweet and caring she is, and how great of a couple Jenelle and Matthew are together. I’ll share more of that story when I share their engagement session for another Thursday Throwback!

Matthew and Jenelle’s elegant and classic wedding was on a hot summer day at Marriott Griffin Gate in Lexington, Kentucky. Jenelle looked classically beautiful in her long fitted lace wedding dress that she found at Meant to Be Boutique in Lexington, Kentucky. Her bridesmaids wore long elegant pale pink dresses from Rebecca's Bridal Boutique and their bouquets were filled with greenery and white roses from Carol Lynn's Originals. Matthew and his guys looked classic but trendy in their blue suits accented with matching blue ties.

The couple had a first look on the bridge over the pond at Griffin Gate’s golf course, followed by portraits together and with their wedding party around the green. Matthew and Jenelle even had a friend bring their puppy for a couple special photos with him. They were then married outside on the green with an amazing clear blue sky as their beautiful backdrop. The reception followed inside a tented building. The tables were decorated with white linens, blue accents, gold candle holders and simple greenery for that classic elegant feel with gold geometric and glass displays to add a touch of modern design. They had an tasty wedding cake and fun flavored cupcakes from Elizabeth Lowry Cakes for their guests to enjoy after dinner.

The couple had a really fun reception, and Jenelle’s dad, a Duke basketball fan, gave Matthew, a UK fan, a Duke basketball shirt during his speech, which had everyone laughing. Matthew and Jenelle’s first dance was to More of You by Chris Stapleton and they danced and celebrated with family and friends with music provided by Soundwave Mobile Disc Jockey. The couple ended the night surrounded by their friends and family for a final song and a sparkler exit to send them off.

Here are a few of my favorite images from the day:


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Barrel House Wedding with Wish Upon a Wedding | Lexington, Ky

Who: Greg & Deborah

What: Preparations at The Barrel House; first look & portraits at the Grand Reserve Garden; cocktail hour, ceremony and reception at The Barrel House in Lexington, Ky

Where: Lexington, Kentucky

When: February 2019

Wish Upon a Wedding grants weddings and vow renewals to couples facing serious illness or a life-altering circumstance. I ended up being the photographer for the Wish Upon a Wedding vow renewal for Greg and Deborah in Lexington through Maegan, owner of Tailored for You Events. Maegan had posted about the couple on a local Facebook group for Central Kentucky wedding vendors, and I jumped on the chance to donate my time and services to this great cause!

Greg and Deborah’s s elegant and classic Kentucky wedding was on a warm but windy day at The Barrel House in Lexington, Kentucky. Deborah looked beautiful in her full ball gown style dress that was donated by wedding dress designer Renee, from Renee’s Bridal. Her bouquet and beautiful centerpieces were filled with a variety of flowers from a local flower farm, Gray Arbor Farm. Greg looked classic and stylish in black suit accented with a pink tie, donated by Men’s Warehouse.

The couple had a first look in the garden across the street from The Barrel House, followed by their portraits in the same location. The ceremony was inside the venue, with a background of a fireplace and a beautiful wood wall. Their reception followed inside the Lexington event venue. The tables were decorated with gray linens, pink accents and beautifully decorated centerpiece of a bourbon barrel hoop on top of a barrel staves. The also had a beautiful cake donated by Batter & Buttercream for their guests to enjoy after dinner donated by Bluegrass catering.

A family friend surprised the couple by attending the wedding without them knowing she’d be able to make it, and even sang a special song for Deborah and her two daughters to dance to.

Even though the rain came late in the evening, the couple were able to dance the night away with family and friends because of their DJ, Decades of Music Mobile DJ. Greg and Deborah ended the night being surrounded by their guests as they danced to the wedding song from 25 years ago.

Here are a few of my favorite images from the day:


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Photographer: Bourbon & Brides Kentucky Wedding Photography

Venue: The Barrel House

Wedding Planner & Officiant: Tailored for You Events

Videographer: Britney the Director

Florist: Gray Arbor Farm

Stationary: 89 Design

Cake Baker: Batter & Buttercream

DJ: Decade of Music

Hair & Makeup: Indigo Salon & Wellness

Bridal Dress and Bridesmaid Shop: Renee’s Bridal

Men’s Attire: Men's Warehouse

Caterer: Bluegrass Catering

Castle Hill Winery Wedding | Throwback Thursday

Who: Michael & Tess

What: Preparations at the bride’s parents home, the groom at the couple’s home, first look & portraits at Keeneland, cocktail hour, ceremony and reception at a winery next to The Kentucky Castle in Versailles, Ky

Where: Versailles, Ky

When: June 2018

I met Michael and Tess through a referral from a wedding I was photographing the same year. I am always excited to have referrals come from past couples, and the bride who referred me, Jaclyn, has been a wonderful champion for me and all her vendors since day one. I knew from the moment I met Michael and Tess that they were a special and sweet couple. They are two peas in a pod and get along together so well.

Michael and Tess’s simple by elegant wedding was on a warm summer day at Castle Hill Winery in Versailles, Kentucky. Tess looked beautiful in her full ball gown style dress that she found at Twirl in Lexington, Kentucky. Her bridesmaids wore long floral and floaty dresses and their bouquets were filled with a variety of flowers from Carol Lynn's Originals. Michael and his guys looked classic and stylish in their blue suits accented with pink ties.

The couple had a first look at Keeneland, followed by special portraits with their two pups, wedding party and the bride’s brothers. They were then married outside overlooking Castle Hill Winery’s fields. Their reception followed on the patio beside the winery’s barn. The tables were decorated with white linens, pink accents and and a hodgepodge of vintage picture frames, milk bottles, vases and wild flowers for a vintage but elegant feel. They even had an amazing ice cream stand from Crank & Broom for their guests to enjoy after dinner.

The couple set up the reception so they could look out over the fields at The Kentucky Castle in the distance. Michael and Tess’s first dance was to Tenerife Sea by Ed Sheeran and they danced on a cloud courtesy of C.D. Productions Mobile DJ. Michael and Tess celebrated with family and friends, and ended the night with a beautiful sunset dance in a field.

Here are a few of my favorite images from the day:


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