While Lindsey and McKenzie were students at Pikeville High School, they were “just friends”; looking back, they agree that their relationship and mutual attraction began all those years ago. At home football games, they would sit together and Lindsey would ask McKenzie, “Teach me football?” So when it came time to propose, there was only one place in the world for McKenzie to do it. He told her they were going to meet his family to take family photos together at the high school football field. (Years later, McKenzie would learn that Lindsey actually understood the game of football and only used that as an excuse to talk to him!)
Since their families would be travelling to the wedding celebration, the couple decided that it was important to have their ceremony and reception in one place. This would ensure everyone was safe inside for the duration, without any threat of Lexington’s notoriously unpredictable January weather. They also needed a space large enough to accommodate all 300 guests, as well as a place for many of them to stay. Upon meeting with the Hilton Downtown’s wedding specialist, Summer Cooper, the couple knew they’d found their perfect venue.
The bride and groom decided to exchange gifts. Lindsey chose a classic, black leather watch to go with McKenzie’s tuxedo. She also gave him his favorite snack, Gushers. McKenzie’s gift to Lindsey was a strand of pearls to replace the ones her mother had gotten her for graduation. Though she’d only mentioned losing the necklace a few times, it was something McKenzie remembered and knew she would cherish.
Lindsey and McKenzie wanted a simple, classic ceremony that focused on them and their families. McKenzie’s dad officiated the wedding. Both her father and stepfather walked Lindsey down the aisle to a string rendition of “Isn’t She Lovely”, and she snuck a line into her vows that insisted McKenzie would have to love her forever, even if she beat him at fantasy football… again.
One of McKenzie’s favorite moments of the day was recreating an old family photo from his parents' wedding. The original photo featured his grandfather shaking hands with his father. McKenzie and his dad posed for a similar photo, carrying on a sweet family tradition.
Lindsey picked out the design for the wedding cake before she even had a dress or location. She was disappointed that many bakers said they simply wouldn’t be able to do the original cake justice. When she took the design to Martine’s Pastries, however, they were excited to collaborate with the bride on the look. The four-tier creation featured pistachio, amaretto, white with raspberry filling and strawberry. A kitchen cake helped expedite cake cutting and serving.
Lindsey and her stepfather danced to "My Girl" and threw up their BBN goggles at the end. She shared a dance with her father to "Love Without End, Amen" by their favorite country artist, George Strait. Later, McKenzie got on stage with the band to sing “Wagon Wheel”. The bride and her friends have their own dance for the song, so they hit the floor to dance along with the groom’s singing.
At the end of the night, guests lined the Vine Street sidewalk holding sparklers where a vintage Bentley awaited the couple, sending them off in style.
PHOTOGRAPHER | Cat Satre Photography
VIDEOGRAPHER | Scott Hayes Productions
VENUE & CATERING | Hilton Lexington
HAIR & MAKEUP | Pink Lou Lou
BRIDAL GOWN | Wendy's Bridal, Cincinnati
BRIDESMAID DRESSES | Bridal and Formal, Cincinnati
GROOMSMEN TUXEDOS | The Men's Corner, Pikeville
BRIDE'S JEWELRY | David Yurman, Corbett-Frame Jewelers
BRIDE'S EYELASH EXTENSIONS | Lauren B. Marion
FLORIST | Doug Smith Designs + Events
CAKE | Martine's Pastries
PHOTOBOOTH | Bluegrass Photobooth
TENT/RENTALS | Purdon's Rentals
BAND/DJ | The Project 859
CEREMONY MUSICIANS | Electria
TRANSPORTATION | Gold Shield
DANCE LESSONS | Arthur Murray Dance Studios