By Cynthia Ellingson


Stephen and Rachel both agreed they wanted to get married outdoors during the summer, in a picturesque setting. It didn’t take long for them to find the venue they envisioned. After visiting the horse farm Fasig Tipton, they were struck by the orderly fences and bright green trees next to a flowing stream. The natural setting was so ideal, the couple opted for minimalist decorations during the ceremony, placing two large urns of flowers on either side of the altar and scattering flower petals down the aisle.
The ceremony was officiated by Reverend Ernest Martin, which was special for the couple, as he had married Rachel’s parents nearly forty years prior. For another sentimental touch, Rachel draped lace from her mother’s wedding gown down her floral bouquet and pinned her late grandmother’s brooch to it, as well.
Once Rachel and Stephen were pronounced husband and wife, the celebration continued in the dining room at Fasig Tipton. The centerpieces were dishes or vases that belonged to family or friends, and accompanied by placecards to explain their sentimental value. The bride and groom also had a “love table” with pictures of their grandparents and parents, to highlight the relationships the couple look up to and respect. For example, Rachel’s parents have been married forty years and Stephen’s, thirty-five.
Guests enjoyed a delicious dinner, a classic, two-tiered lemon-berry cake with buttercream icing, and a night of dancing. One of the couple’s favorite memories was the moment Rachel’s mother and godmother got the party started on the dance floor with a congo line.
When asked to offer advice to others planning a wedding, Rachel and Stephen pointed out that the day just seems to fly by, so it’s important to make a point to stop and take it all in, as it might be the only time you have everyone you love under the same roof at the same time.

Behind the Scenes:
photographer | Amy Wallen Photography
venue | Fasig Tipton
catering | DaRae & Friends Catering
flowers | Touch of Elegance, Louisville KY
bridal gown | Couture Closet, La Grange KY
bridal party attire | Alfred Angelo
groom & groomsmen attire | Geno’s Formal Affair
cakes | Artsy Tartsy, Morehead KY
invitations & sinage | Haley Michelle Designs
dj | Kentucky Pro DJ