By Cynthia Ellingson


Brandei and Chad Sellers are both Kentucky natives—Brandei’s from Louisville and Chad, Paintsville—but they met for the first time in Arizona. They both worked as District Managers for a medical device company and met at the national sales meeting held at the Biltmore Hotel. Since they worked in the same area, the two stayed in touch after the meeting. They helped each other out with case coverage and would often check in to make sure everything went well.     

Chad always enjoyed their conversations but since they worked together, it never occurred to him to ask her out. That is, until a colleague commented on the fact that she was single. “It was like a lightbulb went off,” Chad said, and immediately asked her to dinner. Brandei played it cool, responding to the invitation with a casual, “Sure.” 

Less than a year later, Brandei and Chad were back at a Biltmore—this time, in Asheville, North Carolina. Chad asked a stranger to take a picture of them in front of the hotel and whispered, “Keep taking pictures. I’m planning to propose.” The photographer panicked, Chad panicked, and the moment he got on one knee, he was speechless. To this day, Brandei claims it was the perfect proposal because he was at a loss for words, something that “never happens”.

The wedding took place on June 25, 2016 at the Apiary in downtown Lexington. Prior to the service, Brandei and Chad exchanged cards in private. This quiet and emotional moment was the perfect start to a memorable day.

The outdoor ceremony took place in front of a breathtaking flower wall. Flower spheres hung from the ceiling and flower urns added extra flair. The service was officiated by Chad’s uncle, Lowell Rice, a pastor in Owingsville, KY, which was a lot of fun, since he knew the couple so well. During the ceremony, Brandei said vows to Chad’s son, Gage, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. 

Of course, there was also a little comedy thrown in. Chad forgot to bring his tux for the photos and right before the couple exchanged vows, a fire truck went roaring by. Plus, the champagne flutes Brandei and Chad did their celebratory toast with went missing, only to be discovered on a bar hopping adventure with his friends downtown. 

The outdoor venue was gorgeous and carefully planned details helped to make the ceremony unique. The couple had an ice sculpture, a photo booth, and a cake table with a layered wedding cake, cake pops, and petite cakes. Guests danced the night away to The Bishops, a band out of Indianapolis, and at the end of the night, received scrumptious chocolate truffle favors. 

When asked what advice the couple had for others planning a wedding, they said, “Weddings are worth it because of the memories but also a lot of work. If you don’t have help or a wedding planner, you might want to reconsider and run away.”

Behind the Scenes: 

photographer | Conrhod Zonio

venue/catering | Apiary

flowers | Patrick Howard

bridal gown | Allure

bridal party attire | Sherri Hill, Miss Priss

groom & groomsmen attire | Geno’s Formal Affair

cakes | Tinker’s