For a jet setting bride who has lived on 5 different continents and a groom that competes in aviation aerobatic contests, a wedding with wings was a natural fit.
Vanessa, a Japanese teacher, had been living in Japan for five years when she joined eHarmony to make connections before her return back to the Bluegrass. She and Cameron, an engineering manager, talked casually by phone and email before finally meeting face to face for dinner in 2011. This fun-loving pair grew up enjoying dirt races and riding ATVs.
For their Lexington nuptials, the bride wore a lacy Justin Alexander gown with a champagne sash. Her bouquet was topped with a vintage WWII sweetheart airplane brooch and a red “remove before flight” tag on her garter–a safety flight warning commonly seen on removable aircraft components, and a silly note that fit their theme beautifully. The groom and best man wore dark gray suits with black ties and vests. Vanessa embroidered a heart with the words “I love you” and the wedding date on the back of Cameron’s tie. He also wore biplane cufflinks and a propeller tie tack on his boutonniere, both gifts from his bride.The couple loves period architecture and Vanessa hoped to incorporate a vintage-elegance feel into the big day; The Carrick House offered all this and more. Guests were welcomed into the venue by a square wreath with a white script monogram cutout. Vanessa and Cameron’s aviation-themed engagement photos hung on the end of each chair row, facing the aisle. Each chair was adorned with a pink sash and the program, which was designed to look like a passport. Volare String Quartet played before and during the ceremony. A vase of flowers was set in a chair in the front row, in honor of the bride’s father, who passed away earlier that year.
Guests moved into the reception area of The Carrick House to celebrate the union. A wooden propeller served as the guestbook, which sat alongside Cameron’s favorite childhood airplane toys, including a wooden red plane made for him by his grandfather. A globe stood next to the seating chart, which was titled, “Where in the World Will You Be Sitting?” Place cards were mini paper airplanes with guests’ names printed on each while the table numbers were vintage aviation or map themed.
The décor capitalized on both the vintage-elegance and the aviation theme. Tables were topped with centerpieces featuring silver candelabras with dangling crystals or glass flutes filled with pearls and yellow, pink and white flower arrangements. Tea lights were wrapped with lace and scattered about the room. Photos of the couple stood on many tables, as well as cards with personal anecdotes or quotes that were meaningful to Vanessa and Cameron.
Cameron hand-folded over 100 paper airplanes, which guests flew to send off the bride and groom. As they hopped inside a vintage Bentley, he teared up and thanked his bride for helping him share their big day with the people who meant so much to them both.
Photographer|Conrhod Zonio Venue| Carrick House Catering|Lundy’s & Country Boy Brewing Wedding Planner|Alicia Collins, Great Expectations KY Flowers|Alicia Collins, Great Expectations KY Bridal Gown|Justin Alexander, Twirl Groom & Groomsmen Attire|Jos A. Bank
Cakes|Martine’s Pastries Bride’s Hair|Christopher P. McKnight of B Salon in Chevy Chase Bride’s Makeup|Sara Drury of Jon Beck Salon
Transportation|Gold Shield Limo Music|Volare String Quartet, Director David Takahashi