As next-door neighbors at Washington University in St. Louis, it would seem like fate had brought Andrew and Devon together. But, like all good heroes of any fairy tale, they were pretty clueless. Their busy schedules meant they bumped into one another over intermural Ultimate Frisbee and college activities. By junior year, they were both single and gave it a whirl.
Cooking, trail riding and trips to Six Flags cemented their relationship. After senior year, Andrew got accepted to Baylor College of Medicine in Houston and asked Devon to join him. After some soul searching, she packed her bags and they headed together to the Lone Star State.
As an avid dressage rider, Devon’s vision for the wedding was equestrian elegance with a hint of Southern charm. She knew that Keeneland would serve as the perfect setting for their nuptials.
Since Andrew and Devon had guests coming from all across the country, they wanted everyone to truly experience Kentucky. For the couple, that meant Derby, mint juleps, bourbon, beautiful countryside and of course, horses.
The ceremony was held in front of the Keeneland library, surrounded by the beautiful rolling hills of Kentucky. Guests’ chairs were adorned with pink and green horse show ribbons with the couple’s initials. The beautiful weather meant guests were able to dress in Derby-themed attire, including hats, suits and bowties. The groomsmen wore Vineyard Vines bowties and the bridesmaids wore bright Lily Pulitzer dresses with contrasting ribbon belts.
Before the ceremony, the photographer arranged a “First Look” between the bride and her father. She says she’ll never forget the moment or the look on his face. Together, they arrived to the ceremony in a white horse-drawn carriage. Her uncle officiated the ceremony and she says Andrew’s vows were so beautiful, she forgot the first lines of her own! The bride and groom’s brothers sang “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz. The bride and groom exited on the carriage. The horse didn’t want to stand still, so Devon says Andrew had to–more or less–throw her onto the runaway carriage. It was a funny moment that the couple and their loved ones shared a hearty laugh over.
Following the nuptials, guests enjoyed a cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres under the twinkling lights inside the Keene Barn. A game of horseshoes was set up outside. Children delighted in petting a miniature pony while their parents sipped the couple’s signature drinks, the “Mint to Be” Julep and “Berry Happy Together” cocktail.
The place settings featured elegant china, contrasted with whimsical place cards. The table runners, sewn by the bride’s mother, were bright green and edged with pink and green ribbon for a charming touch. Pink and green flowers in white trophy vases adorned the tables. The cake featured lace piping and fresh florals for an elegant touch.
Guests fox trotted the night away under pink and green paper lanterns. Devon felt truly blessed–not just to be married to her best friend, but to be surrounded and supported by such wonderful family and friends.
Photographer: Christine Cornwell | Venue: Keeneland Library (ceremony) and Keeneland Entertainment Center and Barn (Reception) | Catering (if different from reception venue): Turf Catering | Wedding Planner: N/A | Flowers: Stems LLC | Bridal Gown: Essence of Australia | Bridal Party Attire: Lilly Pulitzer | Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Alfani (Macy’s) and vineyard vines bowties | Cakes: Martine’s Pastries | Band: Jack Garrett and the Syndicate | Videographer: Equilateral Productions | Carriage: Lexington Livery