WOW Wedding: The Mattinglys

Amanda Harper



Molly and Tyler met in religion class, where he sat in front of her. “I had a crush on him but he was not picking up the flirting signals,” Molly jokes. When Lexington Catholic High School held their Dance Blue mini-marathon a few weeks later, she noticed he was playing basketball with his friends all night. She marched up to him and asked, “Are you going to dance tonight or just play games?” They ended up dancing, and have been together since.

They were both born and raised in the Lexington area, then attended Western Kentucky University. They moved to Louisville after graduation. As Tyler puts it, “We love this state and we’ve enjoyed our time every place we’ve been.” Molly adds, “After Tyler graduates medical school, we hope to move back to Lexington!”

Molly and Tyler toured about a dozen venues one day. “The Signature Club was the last one we saw that day and as soon as we walked in – we just knew it was the one,” she explains. It helped that she knew someone who worked at the venue, which made the decision easy.

The couple incorporated a couple of sweet, sentimental details into their attire. The lace around the bride’s bouquet was from her mother’s wedding dress while the lace around Tyler’s boutonniere was from his mother’s wedding dress. This kept these incredible women close to their children’s hearts through the entire celebration.

Personalized touches made their day special. The bride’s best friend made the signature cocktail drink signs. Each member of the bridal party had a personalized wooden name at their place setting. The wedding cake bore a clay model of the couple’s pup, who was a big part of their wedding day. From the first look moments to heartfelt speeches at the reception, everything about this couple’s wedding day was full of love.

Due to COVID, the meal was served family-style on large platters that were passed around. This eliminated the need for guests to stand around in line. “It made for a more intimate dining experience for our guests,” Molly says. The couple shared a sweetheart table. “The wedding day can be so overwhelming and you get separated from your now spouse. We were able to chat and eat dinner, just the two of us! This was super special for us.”

Molly admits that the guest list was smaller due to COVID, but that became a blessing. “Really think about the people on your guest list,” she advises. “I always thought I wanted to have a large wedding but it was so special having the people truly closest to us celebrating all night! I don’t think I would’ve changed anything. Aside from a few family members not being able to attend, I think we ended up having our dream wedding!”

PHOTO Abigail E Photography

VIDEO Collin Merritt

VENUE Signature Club at Lansdowne

CATERING Darae & Friends Catering

CAKE Cakes by Bebe

BRIDAL GOWN Rebecca’s Wedding Boutique

BRIDAL PARTY David’s Bridal

RENTALS CV Linens & Signature Club

TUXES Men's Wearhouse

GREENERY WALL Canvas Event Rentals

MUSICIANS String Elegance and Honey Child Band

PLANNER Lexington Event Co

FLOWERS JeanieGorrellFloralDesigns

REHEARSAL DINNER Malone’s Prime Events & Receptions

HAIR Lauren Prather

MAKEUP Shelbi Lawhorn


ACCOMMODATIONS The Origin Hotel at the Summit