Kari Jean Zander found her future husband when eHarmony matched her with Jeremiah Lee Brosier. The two set a breakfast date and when they met, sparks were immediate. They talked, laughed and planned another date for that evening. The two became inseparable and, in December 2011, Jeremiah proposed.
The idea was to propose during a romantic, winter carriage ride in Triangle Park. That night, Kari and Jeremiah bundled up and headed to the Bigg Blue Martini for a few drinks, where they watched people ice skate and admired the beautiful, lit outdoor Christmas tree. It came time for the big carriage ride… only to discover that the ride was closing for the evening.
So, Jeremiah improvised. He got down on one knee in front of the tree, saying, “You would make me the happiest man in the world if you would marry me,” as Kari cried with excitement. Of course, she said yes. A week later, they went back downtown for the carriage ride.
Kari hails from Westerville, Ohio and Jeremiah, New Palestine, Indiana. When planning their wedding, the couple wanted to share something uniquely Kentucky with their family and friends. They decided to have the ceremony and reception at Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Kentucky.
On the big day, September 21, 2013, Kari wore a wore a strapless ivory silk organza and tulle ballgown by Tara Keely. The gown was paired with a lace jacket by Pronovias, and a modified version of her mother’s veil. “Something borrowed” was a pearl bracelet from her cousin, “something blue” a custom-made garter and “something old” a 1913 sixpence in her left shoe. The bridesmaids wore plum one-shoulder chiffon floor-length gowns.
The groom and men wore gray two-button tuxedos with satin-edges and plum (groomsmen), silver (father of the bride) or white (groom) vests. The tuxedos were accompanied by plum striped socks and cufflinks gifted by the groom. The bride and groom placed a framed photograph of Jeremy’s late father and what would have been his boutonniere on a seat in the front row next to his mother.
Kari’s brother was ordained specifically to perform the wedding ceremony. The couple’s ceremony contained traditional “I do” vows, personal vows, literature readings and a ginko tree planting ceremony. Afterwards, the bride and groom shared a sweetheart table in front of the large stone fireplace, decorated with a floral arrangement and “Just Married” banner.
Cocktail hour offered the couple’s favorite treat, Kentucky Hot Brown dip, along with two signature drinks. Dinner was grilled chicken and country ham in a bourbon cream sauce or pork chops with bacon in bourbon demi-glace, as well as several comfort food side dishes. There were two cakes – a four-tier, three flavor cake with white icing and, in honor of the groom’s fascination with zombies, a two-tier cake with a groom defending his bride from a zombie attack.
The couple shared their first dance to “At Last” by Etta James, a song that was also the bride’s maternal grandparents’ first dance song, and a final dance to “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri.
Venue: Buffalo Trace | Catering: Type A | Day of Planner: Christy Burton of Wedding Bliss | Wedding Photography: Romero Photography | Florist: House by jsd | Bridal Party Attire: Ruth’s Bridal | Rentals: Bryant’s Rent-All | Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | Cakes: Tinker’s Cake Shop | Reception Music: Clear Pro DJ | Videography: Manis Productions