Not many couples’ stories begin in PE class, but for Amber and Dallas, that’s where their journey began. They had gym together in high school and quickly became friends. They decided to attend senior prom together, and soon after, began dating. After almost eight years together, Dallas planned for family and friends to meet the couple at their house secretly one November day. With the help of his sister, he carved pumpkins that read “Marry Me?” Amber was surprised by the sweet autumn proposal.
As the bride and groom were both born and raised in Louisville, the area was a natural choice for their wedding. The bride looked at many different locations, but once she saw the quaint, old church of Gingerwoods, she immediately fell in love with the site, which is next to a horse farm.
Before the ceremony, Dallas surprised his bride with a bottle of champagne and a hand-written note while she was getting ready with her bridesmaids. The bridesmaids wore matching dresses, but their hair, shoes and accessories were varied to reflect the personality of each. Amber carried a handkerchief, given to her by her grandmother.
Upon entering the ceremony, guests saw a table set up by the couple that memorialized special people in their lives who had passed. Guests were also given paper fans that read “Best Day Ever July 25th 2015”. Family members ushered guests to their seats, sang and did readings during the ceremony. Amber and Dallas exchanged vows at a rustic wooden arch with flowers hanging from mason jars, overlooking the beautiful farmland of Gingerwoods.
The reception was held inside and outside. Inside, lights and drapery were strung from the ceiling. Flowers were a big element of the day’s décor, from the sign that welcomed guests to the many arrangements that bore roses, baby’s breath, hydrangeas and other beautiful blooms in white, pink and blush. The bride accented the florals with gold and navy, which matched the groom’s suit.
The outdoors space of the reception was designed with a more rustic flare to match the location. It held additional seating, a lounge area and the dance floor and DJ. The reception was catered by Ladyfingers, who provided a delicious assortment of passed appetizers and a buffet. Guests enjoyed bourbon slushies that were a particular favorite of the groom’s.
The bride chose to have a traditional tiered cake that was decorated with brushed gold and flowers that matched the bridesmaids’ bouquets. She also selected multiple smaller cakes in a variety of designs and flavors for guests to enjoy. They sat on a table with a rosette table cover, picking up on the day’s floral theme.
Rather than a guest book, guests signed a painted globe with gold Sharpies. This created a meaningful token for the bride and groom to keep and remember their special day forever. Guests snapped instant pictures at a photo booth and hung them on a clothesline between dancing, eating and celebrating with the couple. The maids of honor “threw down” in a rap battle during their speech while the best man poked good-natured fun at the bride.
Amber and Dallas organized their evening so that they were able to dine and spend time with both sets of parents. The ring bearer and flower girl were given carrots and apples to feed to the farm’s horses. In a day full of sweet, sentimental touches, Amber and Dallas enjoyed a truly incredible wedding day that was equal parts sunshine, romance and down-home Kentucky beauty.
Photographer: Amy Wallen Photography
Wedding Planner: Wedding Bells of KY
Florist: Lloyd's Florist
Bridal Gown: Rebecca's Wedding Boutique
Hair & Makeup: Anna Bradshaw
Bridesmaids' Attire: Forever 21
Groom/groomsmen Attire: Tuxedo Avenue
Cakes: Heitzman's Bakery
DJ: Sounds Unlimited Production