Ryan Meador decided to propose to Angel Denton at the top of a mountain in Alta, Utah because his bride-to-be is an avid skier. He planned the perfect proposal with the assistance of Angel’s friend, a ski instructor at Alf Engen Ski School, and was certain everything was in place. To his dismay, Angel’s ski equipment malfunctioned, so she didn’t take a final run that day.
Since everyone at the ski school knew the proposal was going to happen, Ryan was worried about the delay. He spent the next twenty-four hours waiting for someone to congratulate Angel on her engagement before it had a chance to happen. To his relief, the secret remained safe.
The next evening, Angel’s ski equipment was working just fine, so she and Ryan met at the top of High Rustler. He got down on one knee in his skis, goggles, and helmet, and was the first to tell her he wanted her hand in marriage.
The Kentucky natives set the date for September 20, 2014. They decided to get married at the Hunt Morgan House because of the beautiful garden, as well as personal history – on November 11, 1966 the Hunt Morgan House hosted the wedding reception for Angel’s parents. On the big day, the bride-to-be wore her mother’s wedding dress from 1966, altered from a full-length gown to a short cocktail dress. Ryan wore a patterned, three piece suit with orange and blue accents.
When guests arrived at the Hunt Morgan House, they were offered a glass of Prosecco or a specialty cocktail and escorted to the gardens. “Call to Post” played, as a nod to Keeneland and to signal the start of the big moment. The couple was married by their friend, Rock Daniels, in a brief ceremony that concluded with “Carmen: Overture (Prelude)”, a song played on the podium at all Formula 1 races; an event Angel and Ryan attend as often as possible.
Following the ceremony, guests received party hats, party beads, and noisemakers to create a celebration parade as they walked from the Hunt Morgan House to the reception at Belle’s Cocktail House. There, the guests were served a variety of local fare, chosen by the bride and groom so out-of-town guests could experience the true flavor of Lexington.
The food was an eclectic selection of bite-sized hors d’oeuvres such as deviled eggs topped with Mingua Brothers beef jerky and Kentucky grass-fed shaved beef tenderloin crostinis with caramelized tobacco onions and cave-aged bleu cheese. Instead of a traditional wedding cake, the couple served donuts from North Lime Coffee and Donuts. Beverages included Ale 8 One, creative cocktails and a variety of local brews, including a selection of beer from West Sixth and Country Boy Brewery.
Looking back, the couple loved everything about their special day. When asked for a tip to share with future brides and grooms, they suggested planning a day ideal for you as a couple, rather than focusing on wedding clichés. “Create your vision of what a wedding should be.”
Venue: Hunt Morgan House
Photographer: Conrhod Zonio
Officiant: Rock Daniels
Groom’s Suit: Men’s Wearhouse
Donuts: North Lime Coffee & Donuts
Catering: Stellar Craft Catering, Louisville
Flowers: Martha’s Vineyard
Craft Cocktails: Hampton Fisher
Bridal Hair: Stefani Grasso of Prive Salon
Brides’ Rings: St. John & Myers
Afterparty: Belle’s Cocktal House