Written by Cynthia Ellingsen | Photography by Kentucky Studio
Whitney and Tyler were brought together by mutual friends. When one friend suggested Tyler ask Whitney out, Tyler texted another friend to see if it was a good idea. It just so happened that Whitney was having lunch with said mutual friend…and the rest is history. Whitney agreed to connect with Tyler on Facebook and he sent her a message, asking her out.
Their first date was a four hour car ride down to Bowling Green to pick up rims for Tyler’s truck. Eight hours in the car can make or break any relationship —it certainly got this couple’s off to a good start. They had a lot in common, as they both grew up on farms and shared a love for Kentucky. Less than five months after that journey, Tyler proposed.
Of course, Whitney said yes and began planning the wedding of her dreams—an elegant, outdoor wedding with a cozy barn reception. Tyler’s parents, Whitney and her mother started searching for just the right venue. In the midst of their search, they had the idea to use an old tobacco barn already in Tyler’s family. The barn was located on his family farm, Ginn Farm, in Flemingsburg, KY, and it proved to be the perfect setting.
The couple planned to walk down the aisle on Whitney’s parent’s 28th wedding anniversary, June 7, 2014. They had plenty of work to do before the wedding, and their family and friends offered tons of help. In the months prior, family and friends helped clean out the barn, level the floor, and prep the outdoor area for the ceremony.
The bride made her entrance in a horse-drawn carriage on the big day. The setting was beautiful, with the sprawling countryside as the backdrop, along with the barn and a wedding arch constructed from off-white, antique columns with tobacco cotton draped over the top. Potted flowers and trees added additional greenery, 250 white chairs were set up in a semi-circle, and two rustic bourbon barrels were positioned by the arch. The bourbon barrels showcased a display of two beautiful Elliot Co. flower arrangements made by Mrs. Lou Simmons.
In the middle of the ceremony, a double rainbow stretched across the sky. Afterwards, guests headed into the tobacco barn to enjoy the reception. They danced on a stage floor built by Whitney’s father and brother and hand-painted by her mother, Tyler, and the bride. The scene was lit by a Mason jar chandelier constructed by her brother. Whitney’s mother, an embroidery shop owner, also enlisted help from her friends to embroider chair covers for the reception. Tyler’s friend, Ryan Ellis, brought his band from Nashville to supply entertainment. The blend of country and southern rock complemented the country theme of the wedding. Kay Dickerson of Elliot Co. made an elegant, five-flavor cake. Whitney and her mother made strawberyy jam as favors.
Whitney and Tyler were truly grateful for the incredible support they received from family and friends in preparation and in celebration of their wedding day.
Venue : Ginn Farm, Flemingsburg, KY | Photography: Kentucky Studio | Catering: South Van Events | Planner: Whitney and her mother Jenny Oney | Flowers: Lou Simmons and Creative Touch Flowers, Morehead, KY | Potted Plants and Trees: Garden Gate Greenhouse | Bridal Gown: European Bridal, Cincinnati | Dridemaids: Twirl, Lexington Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Today’s Bridal, Flemingsburg, KY | Horse & Carriage: Mike Downs, Salt Lick, KY | Rentals: Purdon’s Rentals, Lexington | Chair Covers: Embroidery Unlimited