Kate and Charles Campbell met on a blind date at Bellini’s in Lexington. Mutual friends thought Kate and Charles would be a perfect match, since they both moved to Kentucky to work with horses. Kate had come to Kentucky for a post vet school internship and Charles was immediately taken with her intelligence, not to mention her dark hair and dark eyes. Kate’s first impression of Charles was that he was charming, polite and handsome. They started dating and, just a few short years later, Charles proposed.
Kate and Charles were visiting his family in England when he told her to pack a bag for the weekend. To her surprise, he whisked her off to Paris. On their last night in the city, they stood on their hotel balcony overlooking the Eiffel Tower when Charles got down on one knee. Kate was shocked, delighted, and of course, she said, “Yes!”
Charles and Kate were married on September 27, 2014 at St. Leo Catholic Church in Versailles. On their wedding day, Charles and Kate included several personalized details to honor their family: Since Charles’ grandfather always wore a rose in his shirt lapel, Charles carried on that tradition at the wedding. He also wore a pair of cufflinks gifted to him by Kate at the rehearsal dinner. Kate added a sentimental touch by wearing her grandmother’s necklace and garter, as well as her mother’s earrings. The couple’s favorite moment was when Kate walked into the church and she and Charles looked at one another for the first time. They held each other’s gaze as she walked down the aisle with her dad.
Family and friends traveled far and wide to attend the wedding. The groom’s Uncle David, a Baptist minister in England, helped contribute to the ceremony. Several family and friends also took part, sharing readings selected by the couple. Charles’ grandmother could not make the long trip, so KY Studio took a video clip of the ceremony designed to make her feel as though she were there.
The bride and groom celebrated their marriage with a fun reception at the Carrick House in Lexington. The decorations were rustic and cozy. The table numbers were handmade by Charles out of old shoes from the horses on the farm. The guests danced the night away to live music from Lipstick Blonde and the band even brought Kate and Charles onstage to sing with them. In addition to a delicious cake from Martine’s, a friend of the couple made cupcakes to share. To keep everyone dancing, the bride and groom planned a late night delivery from Goodfellas pizza to keep everyone energized and on their feet.
The couple loved “partying with all of our friends and family” on their wedding day. When asked what advice they’d offer to those planning a wedding, they noted, “It’s not about the details but having the people you love there to celebrate with you that makes the day special. And an open bar never hurts!”
Ceremony Venue: St. Leo Catholic Church, Versailles
Reception Venue: Carrick House
Photographer: Kentucky Studio
Bridal Gown: Lace Bridal, Cincinnati
Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Jos A Bank, tailored by Dale Thurman
Flowers: Jeanie Gorrell
Band: Lipstick Blonde