In December 2009, Cassie made a last-minute decision to join a group of friends for a getaway to Nashville. Zach, an acquaintance she’d made that summer, was also on the trip. Cassie had such a blast with Zach in downtown Nashville that he became her New Years Eve kiss and, just a few short years later, her husband.
Zach proposed to Cassie on January 19th, 2013. He woke her at 8:00 AM with plans to make breakfast but since it was a Saturday, she opted to stay in bed. He returned a half hour later with breakfast on a tray, but “accidentally” dropped the knife on the floor. When he dove under the bed to get it, he came back up with a ring and proposed! Cassie promptly burst into tears, said, “Yes,” and didn’t eat a single bite of her breakfast. That evening, Zach surprised Cassie with a gathering at Merrick Inn, put together with the assistance of Cassie’s mother and twin sister. Family, friends and even Cassie’s best friend from Indiana were all there to celebrate the occasion. Today, her friends still joke that they’re so glad Zach “dropped the knife”.
Cassie was born and raised in Lexington and now lives in Danville. Zach was born in Boston, but moved to Kentucky in 1991. Cassie is the owner of Vestiary, a women’s clothing boutique slated to open in Danville this summer. Zach is the Chief Operating Officer of AmBrabev, LLC.
Their wedding was held on October 19, 2013 at The Hunt Morgan House Garden. They chose the location because it was a beautiful, outdoor setting that would allow their family and friends to share in the intimacy of the day. However, the day of the wedding, it looked like rain was on the horizon. Cassie panicked but when she and Zach met for a private moment before the ceremony, the clouds parted and the sky looked absolutely beautiful. The bride describes that moment as feeling as though all of their lost loved ones were looking out for them on their wedding day.
Cassie’s wedding dress was Monique Lhuillier and the shoes Jimmy Choo. She wore jade drop earrings that belonged to her late, great grandmother. She also tied a 5191 coin to her bouquet in memory of her late grandfather and step-grandmother, victims of the flight 5191 crash. On her right hand, she wore her late grandmother’s ring.
Friends and family served in the wedding parties and the couple alternated bridesmaids and groomsmen on either side instead of having all the bridesmaids on one side and all the groomsmen on the other. Rishi, one of the couple’s best friends, officiated the wedding. He wrote the whole ceremony, creating a personal and special experience. At one point, he said, “Will you trust and respect her…” then added, “and her bold fashion choices?” The joke made everyone laugh and lightened the mood.
The ceremony decor was simple, as the garden provided a gorgeous setting. The bridesmaids wore Eliza J. dresses, while the groom and the groomsmen wore Jos A Banks. Whitney Williams at Fleet Street Hair Shoppe provided hair and make-up for the bride and bridal party. Sarah Leer served as the rehearsal and day of wedding coordinator and Melanie Mauer was the photographer.
Following the ceremony, a large reception was held for the bride and groom at Idle Hour Country Club. The color scheme was gold, ivory and peach and the decorations flowing and whimsical. Patrick Howard helped in creating tulle curtains to adorn every doorway and curtains were tied back with delectable ivory and peach flower arrangements. Flower arrangements of similar style and color were placed on each cocktail table, including the mantle and mirror behind the cake table. Claudia Engle provided the calligraphy, including a monogram using the couple’s initials.
Guests were greeted with hors d’oeuvres of mini black bean cakes and mini hot browns. Since the bride is a vegetarian and the groom is not, guests were treated to both options. Dinner was served buffet style, with beef, chicken, and fish as well as pasta and salad. The cake, from Martine’s, was ivory with two gold and peach stripes on each layer, separated by flowers. Entertainment was provided by one of the couple’s favorite groups, The Jimmy Church band.
Wedding Venue: Hunt Morgan House Garden | Reception Venue & Catering: Idle Hour Country Club
Wedding Photography: Melanie Mauer Photography | Florist: Patrick Howard | Wedding Planner: Sarah Leer
Hair & Makeup: Whitney Williams (Fleet Street Hair Shoppe) | Entertainment: Jimmy Church Band | Calligraphy: Claudia Engle