Brittney + Matthew
Became the Saittas
photography by : Kelli Lynn Photography
written by: Cynthia Ellingsen
Brittney and Matthew Saitta first met at a UK tailgate hosted by mutual friends. They formed an instant connection, hung out well past the end of the tailgate, and made a date for dinner the following week. Four years later, Matthew asked Brittney to be his wife.
Matthew proposed on Christmas Eve, knowing full well that Brittney is an absolute Christmas fanatic. The couple was with her family, sitting around the table after dinner, when Matthew asked her if she would come upstairs so he could give her a present. Brittney was taken aback—why would they leave their guests mid-conversation? Then, she thought, Aha! It’s happening.
They went upstairs and Matthew presented her with a tiny box. Inside, there was a necklace in the shape of Kentucky. Brittney thought it was lovely but she was confused why he had made such a big deal out of giving it to her right then. She thanked him and suggested they should go back downstairs to be with her family.
When they walked downstairs, her family greeted her with flowers and a sign that said, “Will you marry me?” Stunned, she turned around to find Matthew on one knee. She was so shocked, it took her a few minutes to say “yes”, which Matthew still loves to tease her about today.
Brittney and Matthew were married at Talon Winery on September 16, 2016, the fifth-year anniversary of that fateful tailgate. They chose Talon because they wanted a relaxed, outdoor wedding that showcased the beauty of Kentucky. The rolling hills and gorgeous sunsets made for the perfect setting.
Looking back, Brittney’s favorite moments leading up to the wedding were the ones spent planning the details with her “beautiful and talented mother”, who she lost unexpectedly just a month and a half after the wedding. Her mother knew Brittney’s vision for the décor—light and airy, relaxed yet elegant—and designed every boutonniere and centerpiece, along with a breathtaking bridal bouquet. The morning of the wedding, Brittney and her mother worked diligently to put every bloom together, a memory the bride will hold dear to her heart forever.
The couple also loved the involvement of their sweet pup, Lola, in the ceremony. Their little dog stood up at the altar in between the two of them as though she’d rehearsed the move her whole life. They have wonderful memories of Lola “stealing barbecue from the reception, stealing kisses, and stealing Matthew’s heart over and over again”.
When asked what advice Brittney and Matthew would offer to couples planning a wedding, the bride said, “Soak it in, every ounce… And try to understand just how special the day is for your parents, too… Brides, love your mom and the time she dreams of dedicating to making this day perfect for you. Your happiness is what makes it perfect for her. And your dad, while quiet, is taking it all in, and cherishing each smile you take the time to give him. These are such sweet, sacred moments you will share forever.”
Looking back, the couple also noted they had a lot going on while they were planning their wedding. They were building a house, Lindsey was in school for Bachelor of Science Nursing degree, and they were also prepping to launch an ice cream shop that opened the weekend after their honeymoon. Still, with careful planning, everything came together. They planned a beautiful wedding and created memories certain to last them a lifetime.
behind the scenes...
photographer | Kelli Lynn Photography
videographer | Alyson Biggs Videography
wedding planner | Bride & her mother, Lisa Lavens
venue | Talon Winery
catering & cake | City Barbeque
flowers | Lisa Lavens
bridal gown designer | Essense
bridal gown | The White Dress of Lexington
bridal party attire | J. Crew, Collard Greens
groom & groomsmen attire | J. Crew, Collard Greens
hair | Tayla Sturgill, blo Salon
cakes | Caramanda’s Cake Shoppe
invitations & stationery | Minted, Single Swath
dj | Riptide Productions