Kelsey and Austin Meek were high school sweethearts who continued dating after graduation. About five years into their relationship, Kelsey and Austin returned to her apartment after a dinner date to find it filled with red and pink balloons. Each balloon had a memory written on it from their five-year relationship. A ceramic tile in the center of the room read, “Will you marry me?” Kelsey was quick to say yes.
The couple set the date for December 20, 2014. The date was significant, because Kelsey’s maternal grandparents were married on the same day, fifty-one years prior. To celebrate that bond, Kelsey and Austin included the kneeling bench built by Kelsey’s maternal great grandfather and used in her grandparents’ ceremony to use in their wedding.
The wedding took place at John L. Hill Chapel in Georgetown. Both Austin and his parents attended Georgetown College, but the bride and groom also chose the chapel because they wanted to plan the perfect Christmas wedding. The chapel was rich with striking stained glass and the couple decided it would provide the perfect setting for a candlelit winter wonderland wedding.
For the big event, the chapel was decorated with enormous silver trees with votive candles and crystals draped through the branches. During the ceremony, hundreds of glass vases ornamented with candles and snow twinkled along the aisle and at the front of the chapel. The scene was cozy, sparkling, and absolutely magical.
Keeping with the Christmas theme, the wedding party and bride walked the aisle to Trans-siberian Orchestra’s “Christmas Canon”. The ceremony was officiated by both of Kelsey’s grandfathers, who each offered special words of wisdom to the couple. Kelsey carried her mother’s sapphire and diamond wedding band set, attached to the silver ribbon on her bouquet, as something old and something blue. When Kelsey’s father gave her away, he handed Austin the key to her heart; a token he’d carried since she was four years old.
At the reception, the color scheme was a striking silver and gold metallic, creating the perfect winter wonderland. Guests were greeted by Santa Claus, fresh in from the North Pole, who posed with them for pictures. In the spirit of Christmas, each wedding guest received either a silver or gold mercury glass ornament as a special gift from the bride and groom.
The theme of the reception was “a few of the bride and grooms’ favorite things”. There were several stations of favored food and drink, including Ciao Italian Station, Wings and Things Station, a Taste of Mexico Station, and a Shrimp Bar. For drinks, guests were offered Ale 8, a “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” Hot Chocolate Bar and a spiced Christmas Tea punch. The wedding cake, a centerpiece of the event, was from Tinkers. Five-tiers, it was a smooth, white fondant with a crusted crystal base and a wide variety of flavors, including vanilla bean, strawberries and cream, chocolate and raspberry.
Looking back on their wedding, the couple remembers the joy of sharing the occasion with family and friends, as well as the special moments that made the day extraordinary.
Ceremony Venue: John L. Hill Chapel, Georgetown College
Reception Venue: Carrick House
Photographer: Ben Keeling
Wedding Planner: Nancy Elam, Design Link
Bridal Gown/Bridal Party Attire: Twirl
Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Geno’s Formal Affair
DJ: Kentucky Pro DJ
Videographer: Reel Special Productions
Custom Stationery: Simply Done Invites
Music: Carnegie Quartet
Transportation: Gold Shield Transportation