By Cynthia Ellingsen
Photography by Malicote Photography
Amanda Elliott and Ted Sberna Jr. had seen each other around Georgetown College and at football games, as Ted was a star football player and Amanda on the cheerleading squad. But Amanda had no idea she was cheering for her future husband until their love story started in an English Literature class in 2009. The couple started dating and, three and a half years later, Ted was ready to propose.
He invited Amanda to Giuseppe’s and pretended the special evening was a celebration dinner for her newly purchased home. When Amanda walked into the restaurant, she was surprised to see her parents, her younger brother, and her best friend Rachel (who lived out of town) seated at a table. She turned to Ted to find out what was going on and he dropped to one knee and said, “Amanda, I love you so much. Would you marry me?” She was so shocked that she burst into tears and then, gave a resounding, “YES.”
The ceremony was held on October 26, 2013 at Estes Chapel at Asbury’s Seminary in Amanda’s hometown of Wilmore, Kentucky. The location was sentimental, as Amanda’s paternal grandparents were also married at Estes Chapel in 1956.
The chapel was decorated with orange tulle and bows on the pews and two wreaths up at the front. Pumpkins from the mother-of-the-bride, Pattie Elliott, were placed by the front altar, the guest book table and on the sidewalk leading to the chapel.
During the ceremony, the couple shared personalized moments with family and friends. A close family friend opened the service with a prayer. Ted’s nephew, Ashton, carried a sign that read, “Unka Ted, Here comes Aunt Panna”. The daughter of a groomsmean served as the flower girl and successfully dropped every petal in the basket. Ted’s sister and her husband read from scripture. When the unity candle was lit, the bride’s Maid of honor, who was present at the couple’s engagement, sang a beautiful duet of “The Prayer” with her fiancé.
Pastor Nathan Elliott delivered the sermon. His sporting analogies were ideal for the couple. His sermon entertained the wedding guests but also spoke to the challenges brought on by marriage.
The ceremony was followed by a reception held at The Grand Reserve at the Barrel House in Lexington. Since Ted and Amanda are both Georgetown College alumni, they decorated with “Tiger Pride”. The Georgetown logo was carved into a pumpkin and the wedding colors were orange, black and gray.
Pumpkins served as centerpieces, the newlywed’s monogram hung over their table, and a photo booth with props set the tone for a fun reception. The D.J. played music, a buffet dinner was served, and a candy bar offered “Sweet Thanks”, along with the opportunity to fill orange and white striped bags to celebrate the day and the season.
At the end of the evening, the couple enjoyed a surprise exit planned by Amanda’s mother. They left the reception in a flurry of colorful glow sticks and were whisked away in a romantic, horse-drawn carriage.
Wedding Venue : Estes Chapel | Reception Venue: The Grand Reserve at the Barrel House | Wedding Photography: Malicote Photography | Catering: Bluegrass Catering
Flowers: Thomas Ripley Flowers | Cakes: Bake Mia Cake, Nancy LaPoint | Wedding Planner and Pumpkins: Pattie Elliott | Bridal Gown: Ruth’s Bridal
Bridal Party Attire: The Limited | Candy Bar/Party Favors: Melissa McCainGroom & Groomsmen Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Videographer: Reel Special | Bride’s Hair: April Starnes
Bridesmaids Hair: Kelsey Gates and Alissa Williams | Makeup: Kelsey Gates | DJ: David Weathers | Limousine: Thoroughbred Limousines