Evanne was serving at Harry’s in Palomar when Christian noticed her. He was with his family, so he waited to ask her out until the next day. Their timing wasn’t great: she had just moved back to Kentucky from Florida, and he was moving there in a couple weeks!
After their first date, he texted her that he wanted more time with her before he even left the driveway. She replied that she was on winter break, and for him to let her know when he wanted to hang out. He asked, “right now too soon?” He came back, picked her up and drove her to meet his parents.
Due to COVID, the couple had to cancel their destination wedding two months before their date and plan something new right here in Kentucky. Berry Mansion in Frankfort was one of the only venues with their wedding date available, but its beauty helped shape the day in unexpected ways.
The bride served as her own wedding planner. “Everything held a little more sentimental value because I did it myself. I found all the glassware, made all the choices and built all of the florals,” she explained. “I couldn’t have done it without my mother’s help! We had so much fun styling and designing this wedding!”
Evanne and her mother collected antique colored glass, crystal centerpieces and antique furniture for the décor. The florals were chosen in a color palette perfect for the setting and the October date. The bridesmaids wore black, to complement the wooden backdrop that served as the altar, while the groom wore a dark blue velvet jacket.
Berry Mansion’s Gothic Revival music room offered a romantic, intimate setting for the reception. The massive cathedral organ, carved wood details and stained glass panels looked incredibly romantic when illuminated by candlelight. Clean, modern lines in the tablescapes, contemporary floral arrangements and a custom neon sign kept the overall look on-trend.
One of the funniest moments came when it was time for the garter toss. “I totally forgot to put on my garter, and didn’t notice until we were being called to the floor! Quick thinking, my maid of honor handed me a napkin to tie around my leg!” Evanne laughed, “Christian’s face was hilarious when he lifted my dress.”
The stress of scrapping her wedding plans and starting from scratch as her own wedding planner gave Evanne a totally new perspective on her wedding. “Don’t stress!” I don’t remember any of the things I was worried about,” she explained. “I felt a lot of pride and fulfillment seeing it all come together.”