Morgan Biggerstaff Matthews and Rob Matthews fell in love to the music of Sundy Best. The two were friends of the bandmates and attended several concerts before the band was well-known. Mutual friends decided that since Morgan and Rob were already hanging out at the same concerts, they should meet.
The two discovered they had plenty in common, including the fact that they were both Kentucky natives. Originally from Whitesburg in Eastern Kentucky,
Morgan moved to Lexington to attend UK. Rob was from Shelbyville and came to Lexington after graduating from Centre. They are also avid foodies, share a mutual passion for Keeneland, and, of course, enjoy the music of Sundy Best. The two started dating and four years later, were engaged.
The proposal took place during a scavenger hunt Rob put together for his bride-to-be. Morgan was suspicious since surprises were out of character for Rob, especially since one of the stops was at a nail salon—the perfect place to get her hands ready to show off a ring! The proposal took place in front of the castle in Versailles, and Morgan was happy to accept. The two celebrated with a romantic dinner at her favorite restaurant, The Tulip, and began planning the big day.
The wedding took place on June 13, 2015 at Keeneland. The couple always loved attending the races at Keeneland, as well as the beauty of the grounds. The new landscaping created the perfect outdoor setting for both the wedding and reception and offered friends and family the opportunity to experience a location rich with Kentucky history.
Friends and family played a role throughout the day. Prior to the ceremony, the couple had a ring warming ceremony, where their rings were passed around a circle of family and members of the wedding party. Individuals had the opportunity to pray over the rings or say a blessing, and by the time the rings reached the bride and groom to be, the rings were “warm with the hands of all of our closest friends and family.”
The ceremony was officiated by the groom’s family friend, a neighbor who lived next door to Rob for the first sixteen years of his life. In honor of the successful marriages of both sets of parents, the couple included photographs from the parents’ wedding days on the program table. The comedic moment of the day came from Morgan’s nephews, who served as ring bearers. They made everyone laugh by forgetting to turn down the aisle and heading straight for the parking lot.
The reception took place at the Keeneland Clubhouse. The tables were decorated with flowers, candles, and lanterns. As the reception began, soft pink uplights lined the walls, creating a romantic scene. The couple took great care planning the menu for the reception. After a hearty meal, a three-layer cake was served. The individual layers were pistachio, yellow butter cake with raspberry filling, and triple chocolate cake with chocolate cream filling.
Guests danced the night away to music from a DJ, after enjoying the sunset from the Clubhouse Lawn.
Photographer: Natasha Raichel Photography, second shooter - Brandi Potter
Wedding Planner: j. stuart hurt
Bridal Gown: Twirl
Bridal Party Attire: David’s Bridal
Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Catering: Turf Catering
Cakes: Martine’s Pastries
Flowers: j. stuart hurt
Other: Morgan Whitney, Keeneland’s Event Planner