Ashley and Bob Weaver were both born in Lexington. Bob grew up here and still has family in town. Ashley returned to the city to attend Transylvania University and has stayed put ever since. Despite being in Kentucky’s “biggest small town”, their paths didn’t cross until medical school.
The couple prioritized having a beautiful outdoor space for their wedding day.
If there are some things that you know are going to be really important to you, try to be honest with yourself about what they are and focus your efforts in those places during the planning process,” Ashley advised.
They chose the Polo Barn at Saxony Farm, a fully-functioning Thoroughbred horse farm. This lent itself to a gorgeous Southern theme for the day.
Ashley wore a Hayley Paige gown. Her dress got caught and ripped on the way out the door. “If I had it to do over, I probably would have tried to bustle my dress prior to just walking down the aisle,” she explained. Fortunately, Ashley was able to take it in stride. “The most important part of the day is the relationship between the two people getting married.” She carried her grandmother’s wedding ring on her bouquet, which featured white blooms surrounded by silver dollar eucalyptus.
The ceremony was held under a canopy of trees facing one of the property’s fields. The pew markers were little bouquets of baby’s breath and magnolia leaves and the aisle was lined with white rose petals. At the start of the aisle, two bourbon barrels bore arrangements of white snaps, baby’s breath, lilies, hydrangeas, silver dollar eucalyptus, olive branches and magnolia branches. The end of the aisle was marked with two large containers of white blooming branches that added height and framed the couple beautifully.
The ceremony was performed by a close friend of the couple who also did double-duty as best man. He did a reading from the couple’s favorite children’s book as a sweet, sentimental touch.
The cocktail hour was held in the polo barn with bars set up in the stalls. Guests enjoyed bacon flights and a bourbon tasting bar, as well as a make your own bloody mary bar (a favorite drink of both the bride and groom!) Guests could mingle and leave notes for the couple or record video messages in front of a metallic background made of wallpaper taken from the house the couple was renovating at the time. A play area was set up outside for kids with sidewalk chalk, custom coloring books and bubbles. Custom cornhole boards were built by the groom for the special day, as well. The bride and groom snuck away to watch the sunset together.
Fairy lights came alight as the evening wore on, illuminating the trees outside of the tent, the roof of the barn and pathways. Guests enjoyed a shrimp boil at the reception, sitting at tables bedecked with magnolia leaves, double lisanthus, silver dollar eucalyptus, olive foliage, white garden roses, tulips and peonies. “The flowers were also beautiful, exactly what I asked for and one of my favorite parts of the décor,” Ashley recalled.
Glow sticks appeared as guests danced and laughed the night away. A late night snack of duck fat fried French fries and truffle ketchup gave the bride, groom and their guests stamina to celebrate the love of a lifetime together.
PHOTOGRAPHER | Todd Pellowe
CEREMONY VENUE | Polo Barn at Saxony Farm
CATERING | Selma’s Catering
FLOWERS | Stems
BRIDAL GOWN | Twirl
BRIDAL GOWN DESIGNER | Hayley Paige
BRIDAL PARTY ATTIRE | Twirl
CAKE | Martine’s Pastries