Martha Chewning Trent was not only the fraternity sweetheart where Wilson Trent was a pledge at Centre College, she quickly became his personal sweetheart as well. Martha divulges, “Even though I was about to graduate from college, we started spending more and more time together and it just clicked! We began dating shortly after the initial introduction between our mutual friends and the rest is history.”
While Wilson was born in Dallas, Texas, he moved to Charlotte, North Carolina in middle school. His mother’s family, however, is from Paris, Kentucky, though his aunts and cousins live in Lexington where he would visit every year for the holidays growing up. Martha shares, “Even as a child, Wilson always said he wanted to live in Lexington.” He adds, “My grandmother was actually the person who suggested that I look at attending Centre College and my family roots helped bring me here.” Martha, on the other hand, was born and raised in Lexington and as the daughter of Isobel Chewning, long-time owner of The Cotton Patch Boutique, she not only has an innate sense of style, but a flair and a passion for entrepreneurship herself. With her lifelong dream of opening her own store Pirie, coming true in February of 2017, wedding planning could fully commence for this outstanding couple. A date was soon secured for the Trent’s nuptials on June 9th of 2018.
Martha and Wilson kept both of their family’s wedding traditions alive by choosing Second Presbyterian Church in downtown Lexington for their wedding ceremony and Idle Hour Country Club for their reception location which was adorned simply yet timelessly with greenery, white flowers and candles. Martha explains, “My mother and her two sisters were married at Second Presbyterian as were Wilson’s Grandparents who also had their reception at Idle Hour. To this day, there is a picture of his grandparents at their wedding reception in the hallway of the club, something we attempted to recreate and photograph at our own reception!”
On a similar sentimental note, Martha sported her aunt’s tennis bracelet as her “Something Borrowed,” feature while her “Something Old” was a barrette on her bouquet, originally belonging to her grandmother. “My mother wore the matching barrette in her hair and it was so pretty and so special,” says Martha. The couple’s wedding program featured a beautiful design on the back cover created by the bride’s grandmother. They loved their wedding crest by Champagne Maker in Charlotte, North Carolina so much that they also used it on their napkins and koozie wedding favors that guests could take home with them after the reception.
Before the couple said “I Do,” they enjoyed a first look moment which they loved saying, “it was so nice to get to see each other and get those nerves out of the way for the ceremony.” Little did they know, however, that while their first look photographs were being taken by their wedding photographer, Conrhod Zonio, some mischief makers crashed them. “Two dogs came chasing after us on the golf course and started jumping on us while we took our first look pictures! It was absolutely hilarious and definitely unexpected,” Wilson laughs.
Besides being able to order up cooler weather for their big day, the couple would not have changed a thing about their wedding. “We enjoyed bringing our friends and entire family together to celebrate our wedding with us”, says Wilson. Martha encourages those planning their own wedding to “just enjoy the process and try not to let yourself get too caught up in the details, because at the end of the day, it is a party to celebrate your love for one another, not to please everyone else.” Wilson agrees saying that if he could give any advice to others, it would be to not stress because “in the end, there is nothing that can get in the way of you celebrating and enjoying with your spouse.
Photography - Conrhod Zonio
Ceremony Venue - 2nd Presbyterian Church
Reception Venue/Catering - Idle Hour Country Club
Cake - Martine's Pastries
Wedding Planner - Scripted Events & Design
Flowers - Stems
Bridal Gown - The White Dress of Lexington
Bridal Party - Azazie.com
Hair + Makeup - Atea Salon
Stationery - Claudia Engle Designs
Custom Crest Design - Champagne Maker