Blind dates don’t often end in the love of a lifetime. For Elizabeth and Michael, a lunch date set up by a friend who would become the couple’s Matron of Honor led to a wonderful match. When Michael picked up the engagement ring from the jeweler, he couldn’t wait for his planned proposal, so he caught her off-guard at home after dinner. He had the ring box in one hand and The Bible in the other as he went on one knee.
Elizabeth and Michael each come from a long line of Kentuckians. They now make their home in McKee. Avid Wildcats fans, they hold season tickets for both Big Blue football and basketball. They even try to make time to travel to post-season games!
When choosing their wedding venue, Elizabeth hoped to focus on a small, historic location. The couple and the bride’s mother toured Spindletop Hall and fell in love with the elegance and charm of the historic mansion.
Elizabeth chose an ivory silk organza modified trumpet gown by Matthew Christopher. Floral lace and ruffled ribbon details created a striking look. The chapel length train and cathedral lace veil completed the romantic look. She carried her great grandmother’s handkerchief, wrapped around the base of her bouquet. She also wore her late grandmother’s ring on her right hand; it featured sapphires as Elizabeth’s “something blue”.
The Matron of Honor wore a Bill Levkoff silk and chiffon gown in petal pink. The groom, bride’s father and Best Man all wore black tuxedos. The groom’s boutonniere mirrored Elizabeth’s bouquet, featuring eucalyptus and a cymbidium orchid. The bride and his groom shared a “First Look” moment on Spindletop Hall’s grand staircase.
The wedding ceremony was held on the veranda. The program doubled as a fan and was place on each guest’s chair on the lawn. The aisle was decorated with pale pink petals. The bride, who loves classical music, chose a harpist and violinist to play the ceremony selections. Michael’s uncle officiated the ceremony.
The reception took place in the elaborate Oak Room of Spindletop Hall. Each table was decorated with elegant floral arrangements in large vases and ivory linens. Each place setting was completed with a pink menu card and handmade favor box.
The wedding cake was adorned with old English roses and displayed on an ivory tablecloth with a ruffle overlay. The cake was positioned in front of the fireplace, which was adorned with ivory candles, hydrangeas and greenery.
The dinner buffet was set up in the music room, adjacent to the main reception area. The lavish buffet was trimmed with fresh cut flowers and greenery in a silver urn. Guests danced in the historic library, beneath the room’s massive antique chandelier. As the Matron of Honor regaled the tale of how she played matchmaker, the bride and groom savored the joy and laughter of their special day.
Photographer: Kelly Greer-Greer Photography | Venue (note if ceremony and reception venues are different): Spindletop Hall Lexington | Catering (if different from reception venue): catering was provided by Spindletop | Wedding Planner: Michele Hall Landers | Flowers: Carol Lynn Originals and Events | Bridal Gown: Designer-- Matthew Christopher-Bridal & Formal Cincinnati, Ohio | Bridal Party Attire: Ruth’s Bridal –Lexington,Ky. | Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Geno’s Formal Affair | Cakes: The Sugar Forest | Other: DJ – Sound Travels DJ | Makeup: Bethany Tiesman-Beauty by Bethany | Videography: Bella Blue Videography