With the beauty of Lexington in autumn, the bride’s stunning lace dress, the incredible venues and all of the carefully-chosen details, it’s only natural that this wedding–held the weekend before Halloween–would make for some incredible photos. For Amy and Jonathan, however, the day was about celebrating a love they feel blessed to share.
The pair met through mutual friends while attending the University of Kentucky. Jonathan, who grew up in Owesnboro, had asked Amy out several times. She eventually relented, since he seemed like a nice guy. Amy, a native of Lexington, says that the rest is history. When the engagement ring came, Jonathan was so eager to propose, he popped the question within a few hours of getting the ring–in spite of having a more elaborate proposal planned.
On the morning of their big day, the couple planned to have a “First Look” before the ceremony. Amy remembers looking down from the window of her dressing room at Spindletop Hall and seeing her groom for the first time. He was standing with his hands in his pockets, staring at the front door in anticipation of seeing his bride. She says time stood still for her in that moment. She still cherishes the memory of seeing his face when she finally stepped through that doorway.
Amy wore a lace Enzoani gown with a custom-made top and a Vera Wang sash. Her bouquet carried lockets with photos of the groom, her parent’s wedding and her grandparent’s wedding. Also included was a locket with a photo of their dog. One of the bridesmaids was missing from the wedding party–she went into labor during the couple’s rehearsal dinner! While getting dressed, Amy got a text that included a photo of the newborn, and she and her bridesmaids cooed and cried about the special moment. The remaining bridesmaids wore different floor-length chiffon dresses in a blush hue.
Amy and Jonathan felt it was important to hold their ceremony in a church, and chose to be married inside St. Peter Catholic Church. The altar was decorated with the favorite flowers of family members who weren’t able to be at the wedding, and bore candles to honor the memory of each person. Amy walked down the aisle to “Prince of Denmarck’s March” by Jeremiah Clark, played by a family friend on the organ. During the Asking of Mary’s Blessing, “Ave Maria” was sung. Father Gino of their home parish, Christ the King, officiated the ceremony.
As guests arrived at Spindletop Hall for the reception, they were greeted with flutes of champagne with rock candy swizzle sticks that had flags reading, “Love is Sweet”. They enjoyed passed hors d’oeuvres and music played by a saxophone and piano duet. Jonathan and Amy shared their first dance on the veranda to a remake of “Heaven” by Bryan Adams. The couple was serenaded by Jonathan’s father, who sang his own version of Eric Church’s “Springsteen”, a song he says reminded him of the couple (though they’re not sure how.)
The reception décor was minimal, allowing the venue to speak for itself. Additional touches kept with the traditional theme of Spindletop Hall’s interiors. House created unique flower arrangements for each table and little gold accents were everywhere. Guests’ favors were homemade raspberry jam made by Amy’s mother, who came up with the idea because the groom’s intials are JAM. Instead of a groom’s cake, the couple had traveled an hour and a half to an Amish community in Preachersville to get 300 custom-baked miniature pies, each of the several flavors with a unique name, like “APPLE of My Eye Pie” or “I Love You BERRY Much Pie”.
With just a week until Halloween, many guests donned masks as they danced the night away, creating a beautiful masquerade party in honor of Amy and Jonathan’s blessed romance. Amy says it is a memory she will forever cherish.
Photographer: Aesthetiica Venue: Ceremony: St.Peter. Reception: Spindletop Hall Wedding Planner: Day of: Brandan Gravitt, The Bride's Assistant Flowers: HOUSE Bridal Gown: Enzoani from Fabulous Bridal Sash: Vera Wang Bridal Party Attire: Fabulous Bridal Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Groom's and Groomsmen's tuxes, Jos. A Bank. Groom's shirt was custom made by Stuart Mercer in Lexington, KY. Cakes: Wedding cake: Caramanda's Groom's mini pies: Martha's Countryside Bakery in Preachersville, KY. Band: Tim Talbert Project