Many search years to find their soulmate, hoping that love will come sooner rather than later. For two very special, (and some might even say lucky) individuals however, love blossomed much quicker than expected built with the staying power of a lifetime proving that love truly knows no age.
Alexander and Rebecca Cecil were middle school sweethearts who met in the 8th grade when Rebecca moved from Pikeville to Morehead, where Alex was born and raised. Rebecca explains, “We had mutual friends and just started dating on a whim from middle school all the way through college. Who knew we would fall in love at such a young age!” But fall in love they did and a marriage proposal led to plans for a beautiful, June 10th wedding in the bluegrass. Today, Alex and Rebecca have settled down in wedded bliss and are preparing to welcome their first child in the state that they love almost a year later.
Just as the pair stole each other’s hearts from the beginning, the moment they walked through the doors of The Livery, they knew they had found their wedding ceremony and reception venue. “The Livery offers a modern yet rustic feel that we adored. From the wood beams to the brick walls, we fell in love. The venue has so much character in and of itself that we just wanted our decorations to compliment what was already there,” says Rebecca. She continues, “We also chose this venue because it is in downtown Lexington offering a fun and exciting backdrop to our wedding festivities.”
Keeping in line with their classic romance meets modern rustic theme, the ceremony featured a large wood arbor draped in ivory fabric and a stunning eucalyptus garland in the center. Fruitwood chairs with matching ivory seat cushions tied back to the arbor while flower arrangements included giant peonies and greenery with a pale silver, blue ribbon accent. Similarly, the reception décor included dusty blue tablecloths, white napkins, white plates with a gold rim and silver flower vases with large peonies and eucalyptus. Guests dined on delicious food prepared by City Barbecue. The atmosphere was light and fun. The head table featured a very large eucalyptus garland that flowed down the center of the table and their ombre slate blue wedding cake sat upon a bourbon barrel with silver tea lights surrounding it, gorgeously setting the stage for a memorable and love-filled evening for all present.
When asked if the couple would change anything from their big day, they exclaimed resoundingly, “we wouldn’t change a thing!” Favorite moments included their respective mother/ son and father/daughter dances, seeing each other for a tearful first look that did not occur until their ceremony as harpist, Elaine Cook, “made the emotion unbearable” by serenading the room with their favorite love songs. Finally, Rebecca shares, “just getting to be with all of our most treasured family and friends in one room to celebrate a love that was formed at such a young age; it was absolutely priceless.”
One piece of advice they would like to share with other couples planning their own wedding is to create a detailed timeline for the wedding party and family members involved in the big day to keep everyone informed and on the same page. “Our timeline included the venue address, parking options, location of the rehearsal dinner, the processional order and many more important details that are essential to know for things to go smoothly on your special day,” offers Rebecca.
As flawless as their timeline may have been, the couple remembers one rogue moment that could trump any wedding scene in a romantic comedy: their adorable flower girl went MIA last minute, right before she was due to start proceeding down the aisle, “a hilarious memory after the fact,” mentions the bride. Another funny moment occurred as the bride herself was preparing to walk down the aisle escorted by her father when he accidentally tugged her veil out of her hair. “You should have seen his face when he had to figure out how to quickly put it back in my hair,” laughs Rebecca.
In closing, Alex and Rebecca could have not designed a wedding weekend more perfect to celebrate their longtime union and beginning of their happily ever after together from the ceremony and reception to their honeymoon in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. Collectively they share, “When we reminisce on our wedding day, we think about the sheer joy of becoming one being. Our ceremony was a dream, our reception was amazing, and our wedding day was all that we imagined and more.”