A love of dogs brought Andrew and Kelli Williams together in the summer of 2013.
Kelli had recently graduated from the University of Kansas and moved to Lexington for her job as an architect. In hopes of making friends and getting her dog, Renzo, some exercise, Kelli and Renzo frequented the dog park. On one of their trips to the Masterson Station dog park, Renzo started playing with another dog named Elvis. As it turns out, Andrew’s roommate owned Elvis, but Andrew often took Elvis to the dog park. Kelli and Andrew started talking that day and then proceeded to go to the dog park at the same time every day following in hopes of running into each other again. After a few more run-ins, Andrew finally asked Kelli on their first date.
After several years of dating, the couple married on October 14th of last fall.
When it came time to pick their venue, the couple quickly decided on the Polo Barn at Saxony Farm, which as they said, emulates what Kentucky is all about.
“The beautiful surrounding horse farm, amazing hospitality of the owners and the traditional horse barn were all key characteristics of this venue,” Kelli said. “The owners, Broussard and Rosie Hundley, allowed us use of the barn, bridal cottage, man cave and surrounding grounds from Thursday to Monday, which gave us flexibility with planning. We decided to host all of our wedding events onsite.”
Andrew and Kelli wanted to embrace the fall foliage without having orange or burgundy interrupt their neutral color palette. They used ivory pumpkins as decorations throughout the ceremony and reception. The groom’s mother, Jan Williams, grew ivory pumpkins in her garden to make sure that there were plenty of pumpkins to go around.
Kelli’s cousin, Seth Green, officiated the ceremony. While he isn’t a minister, he became licensed online to be part of the Williams’ special day.
“Sports and our Kansas/Kentucky rivalry are a huge part of our lives, so Kelli’s cousin used many sports references throughout the ceremony to provide just enough humor, sincerity and uniqueness to our wedding,” said Andrew. “Also during the ceremony, we asked two married couples to stand up and give their own words of wisdom on marriage.”
Kelli and Andrew said if they could pass along any words of wisdom to other couples in the planning process that it would be to start early and stay organized.
“Staying organized and keeping an open line of communication with everyone allowed our vendors to carry out our perfect wedding day,” Kelli said. “However, our biggest piece of advice would be to make sure you take time off of planning. We started ‘No Wedding Wednesdays,’ where we didn’t talk wedding plans at all to make sure we kept our sanity and maintained our relationship throughout the planning process.”
Andrew and Kelli’s wedding was a full weekend celebration. The weekend kicked off with golf for friends and family on Thursday, a tailgate at Keeneland on Friday followed by the rehearsal dinner, then the wedding on Saturday. All guests were invited Sunday morning for a brunch at the venue.
“Our venue was so beautiful, so we were determined to have a tent with a clear top to see the beautiful trees around the farm,” Kelli said. “We had an open-air dance floor with string lights and luckily the crazy Kentucky weather cooperated, so we had the most perfect evening under the stars. Our entire wedding weekend was a dream, and we couldn’t have done it without the generosity and organization of my parents, Pam and Jim Hawkins.”
The Williams agree that their wedding weekend went off without a hitch, but the only thing they missed were their four-legged friends.
“Looking back, we wished we could have had our dogs at the wedding because they’re such a big part of our lives,” Andrew said. “But honestly, we have no regrets and there is nothing we would want to change from our big day.”
PHOTOGRAPHER Erin Trimble Photography VIDEOGRAPHER Revived Productions VENUE Polo Barn at Saxony Farm
CATERING Type A Catering CAKE/DESSERTS Cakes by Bebe PLANNER Sharing Special Moments FLOWERS Stems
BRIDAL GOWN Allure, Wedding Wonderland (Now Closed) BRIDAL PARTY Donna Morgan, Keds by Kate Spade
GROOM/GROOMSMEN Stafford, The Tie Bar HAIR DryArt Salon MAKEUP Emma Eliza Makeup Artistry + Esthetics
RENTALS/DECOR Purdon’s Rentals INVITATIONS/CALLIGRAPHY Haley Michelle Designs SIGNAGE Oak Tree Revival (Etsy)
DJ Kentucky Pro DJ TRANSPORTATION Gold Shield Transportation