Introduced by mutual friends, Peter and Shannon Weiss met in April 2012. Shannon, who was born in Louisville, went to Transylvania University for her undergraduate degree and the University of Kentucky for pharmacy school. Peter was born in Versailles, Ky., and works in the bourbon industry. They both lived in Lexington while dating, so decided to marry in the city that brought them together.
The couple married on March 31, 2018 at Limestone Hall in downtown Lexington.
“Our wedding was only the second wedding held at Limestone Hall, a brand new event space in the old courthouse,” Shannon said.
“We were first taken aback by Limestone Hall’s beauty, and then the size was perfect for us to be able to have both our ceremony and reception in one place.”
With approximately 180 guests, Limestone Hall created the perfect setting for the ceremony and reception. The couple also got a kick out of telling their guests that they were having a “courthouse wedding” since the space used to serve as the former Lexington courthouse.
As Peter and Shannon explained, they wanted to create a fun and whimsical atmosphere for their family and friends.
“We used a lot of white and light pink flowers and greenery against navy linens,” Shannon said. “Our dinnerware was pink and gold with polka dots. Our centerpieces had pink and white flowers and crystals.”
Besides the bride, the balloon arch at the reception was the real showstopper. Created by the Weiss’ wedding planner, Alicia Collins from Great Expectations and Lighter than Air, the arch was adorned with flowers that matched the centerpieces.
Since Peter is in the bourbon industry, the couple incorporated bourbon barrels wherever they could. Bourbon barrels were at the entrance to the ceremony space with large flower arrangements on top, the wedding cake when cut looked like a bourbon barrel and the couple gifted guests a pint glass with their monogram on it.
From start to finish, the evening was lighthearted and full of laughter. It was important to Peter and Shannon that every guest enjoyed themselves. The couple’s favorite moment from the night was their first dance.
“All along, Shannon had told me she wanted to dance to ‘Perfect’ by Ed Sheeran, but worked with the DJ to surprise me with one of my favorite songs, ‘Steady as We Go’ by Dave Matthews Band,” Peter said. “Only a few people knew about the surprise and I’ve been told my reaction was priceless.”
Peter wasn’t the only one who was surprised. He surprised Shannon with a picture book he had created with some of their favorite memories throughout their relationship. He coordinated with Lexington’s 21c Museum Hotel to have the book, a bottle of champagne and a handkerchief waiting in Shannon’s suite.
If the couple could pass on any advice, they said that using a wedding planner was most helpful in the planning process.
“We definitely recommend getting a wedding planner,” Shannon said. “Alicia from Great Expectations was so helpful in making decisions and giving us advice. She also kept us on track so we didn’t get overwhelmed with all the decisions that had to be made. Most importantly, be sure to have fun while planning your special day. It can be super stressful, but remember that the ultimate reason for all the planning is that you end up married to your best friend at the end of the day.”
PHOTOGRAPHER Brandi Potter Photography
VENUE Limestone Hall
PLANNER/FLORIST Great Expectations, Alicia Collins
CATERING Darae & Friends Catering
BRIDAL GOWN Hayley Paige, Twirl Boutique
GROOM/GROOMSMEN Howard & Miller
HAIR + MAKEUP Kentucky Wedding Belles and Irish Reams, Posh Salon & Spa
RENTALS/DECOR Bryant’s Rent All
INVITATIONS/CALLIGRAPHY Sheffield House by Jami Velez
DJ Mykraphone Mike
ACCOMMODATIONS 21c Musuem Hotel Lexington