While from different sides of the state, Austin and Micaha Hughes have lived in Lexington, Ky. since 2011. Alumni of the University of Kentucky, Austin and Micaha met while serving on the technology committee for the UK DanceBlue Marathon in the spring of 2014. Both enjoy exploring the Bluegrass State and all it has to offer. Austin even proposed to Micaha on Auxier Ridge in Red River Gorge, which is one of their favorite spots. The couple recently celebrated their first wedding anniversary on October 28, 2018.
“There is something about Kentucky’s southern hospitality, mixed with midwestern charm, that makes it so unique,” said Micaha.
“When planning our wedding, it was important to us that the wedding felt personal, organic and romantic, so we chose The Barn at Springhouse Gardens. The Barn’s ambiance perfectly fit our vision and showcased Kentucky’s charm.”
The Hughes carefully selected their wedding décor around the natural and romantic ambience they hoped to create. Mauve, navy and maroon were the primary colors they used along with floral decorations, which included lots of greenery. The reception dance floor was lined with luscious green plants and the ceiling of the reception tent had hanging greenery installations.
“The Webers, owners of The Barn at Springhouse Gardens, helped us envision our wedding day from start to finish,” said Micaha. “They offered several options for how the ceremony and reception could be set up, so we were able to achieve organic and natural vibes by using the setting and landscape.”
Austin and Micaha agreed that a wedding, while celebratory, can also be overwhelming at times. As Austin explained, the times throughout the wedding week, and day, when it was just the two of them, those are the moments that he and Micaha cherish.
“The Barn at Springhouse Gardens has a tradition for all their couples of burying a bottle of bourbon to ward off bad weather,” said Austin. “A couple of days before our wedding day, we went to the Barn and buried our bourbon bottle. At the reception, we dug up the bourbon and drank it with all our friends and family.”
Time together was important to Austin and Micaha, so the couple took a few moments before the wedding ceremony to escape to the little cottage at the Barn at Springhouse to sit alone as a couple.
“There were no people, no pictures… just us,” said Micaha. “It was just a moment to be together and soak it all in.”
The Hughes wedding day also was a day to celebrate the lives of some very special people in their lives. Micaha’s father passed away when she was 12-years-old, so her sister-in-law gave her a small pin with a photo of Micaha and her father. The photo was placed next to a family broach on Micaha’s bouquet.
“Even though my dad couldn’t be there, he still walked me down the aisle,” Micaha said.
Another honorary guest was Austin and Micaha’s daughter, Charlie, who was also their flower girl. While Austin and his mom, Bridgette, danced the traditional mother-son dance to “Humble and Kind” by Tim McGraw, the song also symbolized the respect that Austin and Micaha have for the way they were raised—to be humble people, to love kindly and to put their family above all else.
“Micaha and Charlie stepped in halfway through the dance, so my girls and I danced to the rest of the song,” Austin said. “Dancing to ‘Humble and Kind’ was a way for us to show our parents how thankful we are that they raised good husbands and wives, and it was a promise to raise our own daughter with the same love and intention they share.”
PHOTOGRAPHER Sarah Katherine Davis Photography
VIDEOGRAPHY Reel Deal Creative, LLC
VENUE The Barn at Springhouse Gardens
PLANNER Sara Rogers
FLORIST White Cat Wedding
CATERING Minton’s @760, J. Render’s Southern BBQ
CAKE/DESSERTS Roxann Rosado, Metropolitan Donuts
BRIDAL GOWN Leanne Marshall, Carrie Karibo Bridal (Cincinnati, OH)
GROOM/GROOMSMEN Geno’s Formal
BRIDAL PARTY Azazie
HAIR + MAKEUP Hair by Maddie Wofford, Kelli Marshall Makeup
RENTALS/DECOR Bryant’s Rent All, Goff Tents & Events
VEIL Noon on the Moon (Etsy)