Stephanie and Jason Wetzel fell in love in the midst of adventure. The two began dating when Jason lived in Indianapolis and Stephanie in Louisville, so they decided their long-distance relationship should include exploring the unique locations between the two. Dates included weekends seeking out fun spots along the Ohio River, hiking at Natural Bridge, experimenting with local restaurants, and exploring record stores along Bardstown Road in Louisville.
On a snowy night in December, Jason visited Stephanie at her house and surprised her with a proposal. Of course, she said, “Yes.” The couple celebrated the occasion with a romantic dinner.
When they started to plan their wedding, both Stephanie and Jason agreed they wanted an outdoor wedding. They decided to get married at the historic Whitehall House & Gardens in Louisville. The setting was tranquil, beautiful, and exactly what they had in mind.
The ceremony was held in the formal Florentine Garden. Stunning hedgerows and blooming flowers created a romantic backdrop amidst Italian-style statues. Stephanie and Jason added two white columns adorned with trumpet vases filled with roses, hydrangeas and ivy, to accentuate the floral beauty of the setting. The musical selection was contemporary and cheerful.
During the ceremony, the bride and groom included a few special touches for family members. The groom carried his paternal grandfather’s wedding band in his pocket. The bride and groom also had a special rose ceremony in honor of their mothers.
When the ceremony was complete, guests enjoyed a cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres in the garden, followed by dinner. The decorations were classic and elegant, with a champagne, ivory, black and blush pink color scheme. Dramatic vases with roses, hydrangeas and ivy decorated the tables, along with votive and floating candle centerpieces.
The bride and groom kicked off the party with a first dance to a mix created by PartyZone Productions that included Michael Jackson, The Doors, Prince and Justin Timberlake. During the father-daughter dance, Stephanie discovered her dad had some serious moves, including spins, twists and more. The couple then shared a dance with Jason’s children to kick off a special Parents’ Dance, followed by a solo number from one of the bride’s childhood friends that had everyone entertained, especially when her husband jumped in.
Dinner was an Italian-style buffet with Angus prime rib, chicken picatta, angel hair pasta, along with an assortment of salads and vegetables. The bride designed the wedding cake, a three-tier cake with champagne colored ribbons and blush pink roses on a fondant petal base layer. The flavors were white cake with hazelnut, Italian cream, and red velvet with buttercream.
Looking back, the couple cherished the time bonding with family and friends during both the planning process and the wedding. Since many of the guests were from out of state, the couple felt grateful to have so many of their friends and family in one place. The time spent talking, dancing, and laughing served as the perfect ending to a fairy-tale day.