Katherine Keller Osborne met Richard Lee Walter on New Year’s Eve, 2011, while cheering for the Wildcats during the UK-Louisville game. The two were in Nashville, with mutual friends, and it didn’t take long to discover that they had more than friends in common. They shared a passion for bourbon, Keeneland, and southern food, as well as conservative views.
On one of their first dates, that shared passion for bourbon was put to the test. Katherine ordered a Maker’s Mark and Richard suggested Katherine order a really good bourbon. She promptly asked the bar if they had Pappy Van Winkle 23. “Unfortunately for Richard,” she said, “they did.”
Pappy Van Winkle made another appearance in December 2013, when Richard invited Katherine to take a private tour of Buffalo Trace, the distillery that makes the brand. She was surprised to see her parents, brother, and his fiancé waiting at the end of the tour. She was even more surprised when Richard presented her with a diamond ring. That evening at the Lexington Club, the happy couple and Katherine’s family toasted their engagement with Pappy 23.
The wedding took place on June 14, 2014, at The Cathedral of Christ the King. This location was special for the bride, as her family has belonged to the church for generations. On the day of the wedding, the families of the bride and groom participated in the ceremony through music. The bride’s brother, a professional bluegrass musician, sang “How Great thou Art,” and the groom’s sister-in-law, a former Miss Kentucky, sang “How Beautiful.” For the ceremony the bride wore “a vintage full-length, handmade English Chantilly lace coat with a collared bodice, trimmed with blush satin buttons and piping.” The coat is an Osborne family heirloom from the 1950s.
The reception was held at Spindletop Hall. The save the dates had an image of Spindletop taken from a 1935 postcard to hint at the classic, southern location. Upon arrival, guests were greeted with bourbon cocktails, southern country ham, shrimp and grits, and mini Kentucky hot browns.
The Jimmy Church Band from Nashville kept guests entertained through the night. The bride and groom wanted a wedding that felt timeless, so their playlist was built on music from the 60s and 70s. They knew the universal appeal of the music would encourage guests to dance, including the bride’s grandmothers, both in their nineties.
The bride and her mother wanted to serve a wedding cake that tasted homemade, so Glenda Meyer baked the lemon cake with raspberry filling the morning of the wedding. The groom’s cake was chocolate with butter cream icing and topped with a Maker’s Mark bride and groom hand-crafted by the bride.
The bride and groom felt their wedding was a success due to detailed planning focused on an enjoyable experience for guests. For couples planning a wedding, the bride suggests proper etiquette and tradition, two classic details that never go out of style. •
Ceremony Venue: Cathedral of Christ the King
Reception Venue & Food: Spindletop Hall
Flowers: P. G. Howard Designs
Groom & Groomsmen Attire: HB & Company
Photographer: Victor Sizemore Photography
Cakes: “The Cake Lady” Glenda Meyer
Band: Jimmy Church Band, Nashville, TN
Videographer: C. Lacy Photography & Video
Save the Date: Sara Heilwage Paper & Photography