When a mutual friend introduced Darren and Jessica during an outing with a large group of friends, something clicked. From the moment they said hello to one another, they didn’t talk to anyone else for the rest of the night. Darren says he knew very early–probably too early–that he was going to marry Jessica. He took her home for Thanksgiving to his family’s farm in Western Kentucky and they drove through frigid temperatures to his favorite spot on the farm. There, he asked her to be his wife.
While they’re from opposite ends of the state, they both share a love of the Commonwealth and Lexington, the city that brought them together. They decided to make their home state and favorite city the theme of their wedding celebration. Details were carefully chosen to share their love of the Bluegrass, as well as to reflect a note of Southern elegance.
The reception was held at The Carrick House. The couple’s monogram was featured on the waterfall inside the front entrance. Guests signed a quilt as a guestbook, including messages to the bride and groom. The table centerpieces were flowerpots with white tree branches that bore white and blush roses. The head table featured a sequined chevron runner and glass candleholders in a variety of sizes. Blush, gold and cream details kept the reception décor elegant and understated. Each guest received a sugar cookie favor in the shape of Kentucky with a heart where Lexington would be.
Lundy’s catered the wedding, creating a menu of Kentucky favorites. Guests enjoyed bourbon meatballs, fried chicken, brisket, cheese grits, asparagus and the Lexingtonian salad, all served with biscuits and cornbread. The “naked” wedding cake carried a topper that read “blessed”. Between each layer, blush roses picked up on the wedding’s theme color.
Steve Buttleman, the bugler for Keeneland and Churchill Downs, introduced the couple. Jessica and Darren were serenaded with “Call to Post” and “My Old Kentucky Home”. Guests boogied the night away to a Motown band. The couple enjoyed celebrating their union with their closest friends and family. A fireworks display and sparklers capped off the reception. Darren and Jessica were carted away to the after party in a horse and buggy, giving them a moment to reflect on the incredible evening and their future together.
photographer|TODD PELLOWE cinematographer|SCOTT HAYES PRODUCTIONS band|THE PLAN B BAND
wedding planner|JESSICA EMBRY EVENTS venue|reception: THE CARRICK HOUSE venue|ceremony: CALVARY BAPTIST CHURCH cake|SWEET LEE'S BAKERY horse & carriage|LEXINGTON LIVERY