Written by Cynthia Ellingsen
Photography by Frank Becker, The Time Photography
Kristen and Tyler Young began their life together as high school sweethearts in Georgetown, KY. Their relationship began at Scott County High School in 2005, when Tyler asked Kristen to senior prom. They had a wonderful time together and seven years later, that prom corsage transformed into a diamond ring.
Tyler proposed to Kristen on Halloween, her birthday, during a party at their home. She was dressed as Rosie the Riveter, while he was dressed like Super Mario. When he proposed, her response was a resounding yes!
Their wedding took place on October 12, 2013, at the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa. The ceremony and cocktail hour were held on the front steps of The Mansion. The couple chose the location because they loved the antebellum architecture, as well as the opportunity to showcase the incredible beauty of fall in Kentucky. The reception was held in the Grand Ballroom at the Marriott, beneath glorious, sparkling chandeliers.
The wedding was full of special moments shared with family and friends. One of these moments took place before the wedding rehearsal, with Tyler’s mother. She surprised the couple with jewelry that had belonged to her late mother, Tyler’s grandmother. Tyler received a heart-shaped locket that his grandmother had worn that held pictures of him and his brother as children. Kristen received an opal ring, her birthstone. Both of these gifts were incredibly special to the couple and a complete surprise.
On the day of the wedding, Kristen’s father joined her in the horse drawn carriage that took her from the hotel to the mansion. There, they shared a sentimental moment before meeting up with her mother on the lawn. Together, both Kristen’s mother and father walked her down the aisle.
The ring bearer soon followed and, instead of a traditional pillow, carried Kristen’s late grandmother’s Bible tied with a lace ribbon. The couple’s vocalist was a family friend and two poems were read by the bride’s cousin. The flower girl made everyone laugh as she gracefully dropped one petal on the aisle and then dumped the remainder in a big pile.
At the reception, the couple included their two dogs, Henry and Sophie, in the form of silhouettes created by silhouette artist Tim Arnold, “The Silhouette Man”. They offered guests a “Wish Tree” table to offer advice or congratulations and a Memory Table, in honor of late relatives from both families. The Candy Bar provided the couple’s favorite candies and wedding themed coloring books were available for the kids.
When asked to offer advice for couples currently planning their wedding, Kristen suggests accepting offers from family and friends to assist with the planning. She fondly remembers afternoons crafting with her mother, planning a playlist for the DJ with her best friend and taking a last-minute trip to a pumpkin patch with her parents to find thirty white pumpkins for the reception. Not only will accepting help reduce your stress, said the bride, “you will make some great memories in the process.”
Venue & Catering: Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa | Wedding Photography: Frank Becker, The Time Photography | Wedding Planner & Florist: Resa Browining, Georgetown | Bridal Gown: One Devine Day | Bridal Party Attire: David’s Bridal | Horse & Carriage: Lexington Livery | Cakes: Judy Ramsey, Georgetown | Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse | DJ: CD Productions | Videographer: Equilateral Productions