There is no sweeter love story than that shared by high school sweethearts. Emily and Cory began dating in their sophomore year of high school in Richmond, KY. Though they drifted apart during college, they found their way back to one another before graduating. At home for Christmas break during their Master’s studies, the couple took a trip to Indianapolis to watch the Colts, Cory’s favorite NFL team. The tickets were Emily’s Christmas gift to her beau. When they got to their hotel room, Cory had a surprise waiting for her–champagne, roses and a marriage proposal.Emily loves American history. For many years, she knew she wanted to have her wedding at White Hall State Historic Site. She loves the beautiful, unique setting and its ties to history. Cory’s parents planned a beautiful Rehearsal dinner with a similar rustic feel.
Emily’s mother constructed a wood and fabric shield, help up by ushers, to create a grand entrance for the bride and her father. Her little brother played guitar as she walked down the aisle. Cory’s father officiated the ceremony, which was held on the front steps of White Hall mansion. Her grandfather said a prayer during the ceremony. After they were pronounced man and wife, they hopped into Cory’s grandparents’ Camaro and drove to the reception site.
The reception was held inside a barn nearby. Gauze swaths of fabric draped through the beams softened the space. Emily sewed the burlap and lace table runners herself and painted the chalkboards that served as table numbers. Emily’s family and bridesmaids made the candles that served as guest favors at the end of the night.
Emily and Cory kept the food casual, choosing pulled pork and chicken barbeque. In lieu of a cake, the couple opted to have cupcakes and a single “top tier” cake with a burlap bunting sign reading “Just Married”. Emily’s cousin arranged simple bouquets inside rustic, wood-textured vases on each of the reception tables.
Emily and Cory exited the reception to a shower of paper airplanes. They ended the night with a trip through the Taco Bell drive-through before heading to their hotel and beginning their life together.
photographer: CHRISTINE CORNWELL | venue/reception: THE MULE BARN at ARLINGTON COUNTRY CLUB | venue/ceremony: WHTIE HALL STATE HISTORIC SITE | hair stylist: LANE TAYLOR | colorist:CHRISTINE LYMAN | bride's dress: MORI LEE, BRIDAL AND FORMAL, Cincinnati, OH | veil: REBECCA DIXON, mother of Bride | bridesmaids dresses: DAVID'S BRIDAL | tux/groomsmen: MEN'S WAREHOUSE | shoes: TOMS | cake/cupcakes: DOODLEBUG CAKES | cake stand: GENE PARKS, grandfather of Groom | bouquets/floral arrangements: KRISTIE EAST, cousin of Bride | bulk flowers: SAM'S CLUB | centerpiece containers: WWW.AFLORAL.COM | catering: EKU CATERING | music: SPENCER DIXON, ACOUSTIC GUITAR, brother of Bride | dj: KERRY AZBILL, A to Z PRODUCTIONS | champagne toast set: WWW.KATESPADE.COM | invitations: WWW.WEDDINGPAPERDIVAS.COM | programs: WWW.CRAFTYSTICKS.COM | calligraphy: JAMIE FORD, family friend