TOPS WEDDINGS: THE SWINFORDS

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Keenon met Lucy while he was interning at the law office where she worked. Their first date was a year later, enjoying dinner together at Charlie Brown’s before taking in a movie at the Kentucky Theatre. They each knew they had found someone magical. When they were trapped in a rainstorm on their second date, Lucy realized that no matter what came their way, they enjoyed just being together.
In September 2014, Keenon asked Lucy if she wanted to go for a hike through Raven Run Nature Sanctuary. When they approached their favorite spot, Keenon suggested they take a break. They snapped a photo and as Lucy got up to continue their hike, she realized Keenon wasn’t following along. When she turned, she saw him down on one knee, which took her by complete surprise. She says she carried a glow down the trail with them that lasted through the wedding and beyond!
Colby Tavern, a restored historic house that was once a stopping point between Lexington and Winchester for travelers such as Henry Clay and Andrew Jackson, is the home of Keenon’s aunt and uncle. Enchanted with the grand home and lush fields, Lucy and Keenon chose it as the site for their wedding celebration. On the list of National Register of Historic Places, the house put a unique Southern mark on every element of the celebration.
Lucy and Keenon shared a first look moment in the garden. Lucy walked down the grassy path from the house to find Keenon standing with his back to her. She tapped him on the shoulder and they both took in the excitement and romance of their big day. Lucy’s gown featured soft draping in the bust with lace detailing on the overskirt. Her bouquet featured white flowers accented with soft pink blooms. Keenon wore a khaki suit with a striped Jos. A. Bank tie with a felt heart embroidered on the back featuring their initials and wedding date.
The ceremony was held in a horseshoe formation at the historically restored home. Urns bearing arrangements of greenery and blooms offered a beautiful decoration for the space. Lucy treasured the moment of saying her vows, feeling the honest and pure love that their relationship is built upon. She knew that walking down the aisle and looking into her groom’s eyes was the only part of the day that truly mattered.
The twelve attendants were close family and friends, with Keenon’s father serving as Best Man and Lucy’s sister as the Matron of Honor. The bridesmaids wore dresses in a deep navy, accessorized with pearl illusion necklaces, and they carried bouquets in shades of bright pink. Their three nieces served as “flower princesses” while their nephew did a reading.
The reception was held inside sail-top tents near the property’s barn; flags at the peak of each tent blew cheerily in the breeze. Flower-draped chandeliers hung inside to illuminate the space. Each table bore a sheer polka dotted table cover, accented by pink napkins. The seating chart was hung on an antique iron door, decorated with a swath of flowers and greenery; small coordinating table arrangements offered a charming feel throughout the tent. Though the sky teased the couple and their guests all evening with the threat of rain, the sky opened up to a beautiful sunset, when candles were lit to offer a romantic glow throughout the night.
The three-tiered wedding cake featured rustic buttercream icing. It was trimmed with greenery and decorated with pink ranunculus. The groom’s cake was drizzled with chocolate and decorated with chocolate shavings. It was topped with a replica of the couple’s dog, including their beloved pet in their special day.
As they swayed to “Moon Dance” by Van Morrison, Lucy looked around the reception space and was wowed to see that she was living the wedding of her dreams. The evening offered summer magic for the couple and their guests, who danced, laughed and toasted the love of a lifetime.
Details
Photographer: Melanie Mauer
Venue: Colby Tavern
Catering: Apiary Catering
Florist: Magnolia Floral Designs
Wedding Planner: Shelly Fortune
Hair & Makeup: Pink Lou Lou Designs
Cake: Martine's Pastries
Tent: All Occasions

 

 

 



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