When Meredith and Blake met at a real estate networking event, they didn’t exchange phone numbers but definitely made a connection. Meredith ended up on the cover of a trade publication that wound up on Blake’s desk; he told a friend he was “going to marry that girl”. They ran into each other a few weeks later and she admitted she had tried to find him on social media but couldn’t, so he shot her a text and called her darlin’ (he’d looked her up on the Board of Realtors website). After their first date, where Blake took Meredith and her dog on a date to a farm, the pair was inseparable. Both born and raised in Central Kentucky, they bonded over a love of the Bluegrass State.
After their first date, where Blake took Meredith and her dog on a date to a farm, the pair was inseparable.
The couple wanted a destination wedding that was within comfortable driving distance for their Kentucky guests. Meredith’s mother grew up in Asheville, NC and since she still had family there and the couple loved the cool town, they eventually chose the Diana Venue at The Biltmore Estate, which sits atop a hill with a beautiful view of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the mansion’s Christmas decorations as a backdrop. The wedding party rode in a vintage trolley from their respective hotels to the venue.
Blake wore a custom tuxedo, designed to look like the one owned by Meredith’s late father, which Mr. Lane had made in anticipation of the upcoming wedding. Blake also wore a piece of jewelry his father-in-law had given him before he passed. In his pocket, he carried a handkerchief from his grandmother, made from his late grandfather’s shirt and embroidered with a loving message. Blake and his groomsmen wore blue socks with the state of Kentucky printed on them.
The bridesmaids' platinum colored dresses were simple and elegant. Each girl was given a necklace by the bride’s mother and a silver wrap from the bride to wear for the ceremony. The bride wore a diamond bracelet and earrings, borrowed from her friend, Shelia Bayes, who helped her get dressed the morning of the wedding. She also wore her matron of honor’s wedding veil, her grandmother’s fur stole and her great grandmother’s aquamarine ring. Her Kate Spade “Mouse” slippers were a gift from her mother, as a nod to her silly adult nickname.
Meredith's mother walked her down the aisle to a string quartet rendition of Coldplay’s “Yellow”. “I saw Blake at the end of the aisle and we both started crying. Then, I looked around at our closest friends and family who were all there to share in our special day, and I was so overwhelmed with love,” Meredith recalled.
"Then, I looked around at our closest friends and family who were all there to share in our special day, and I was so overwhelmed with love."
The flower arrangements featured white orchid blooms with abundant greenery and metallic details. Each bouquet had a horseshoe tied to the stems. The flower “girls”– the couple’s grandmothers– carried custom made wooden boxes with antler handles, a nod to the groom’s love of hunting. The officiant had the bride and groom write a list of things they loved about each other, which he read out loud during the ceremony.
Because of the beauty of the venue, the couple opted for more simple, refined decor, utilizing mixed metals, lots of candles, white floral arrangements and a crystal chandelier over the dance floor. Meredith and Blake are big foodies, so the menu made the most of the Biltmore’s phenomenal cuisine. From fried chicken and waffle appetizers with habanero honey to petit duck bruschetta with goat cheese and black truffle tapenade and a raw bar, guests loved diving into the delicious food. When the staff mistakenly tried to serve Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey during the reception, which was obviously unacceptable for the Kentucky couple, Blake had the staff run all over the Biltmore property, collecting bottles of Maker’s Mark Kentucky Bourbon to serve instead. The pistachio cake was whimsical and made to mimic the bride’s dress and bouquet, with wavy white fondant and orchid flowers cascading down the side. A custom rodent cake topper of a "Mouse" and "Shrew" (Blake's nickname) was the perfect finishing touch.
The couple did their Dancing With the Lexington Stars routine as their first dance to Justin Timberlake's "Can't Stop the Feeling" and both danced with their mothers to "You Are My Sunshine". It kicked off a night of love, laughter and lots of fun, with an awesome dance party. Their wedding party favors for guests were monogrammed selfie sticks, which the crowd loved. Meredith and Blake exited the reception in a tunnel of sparklers, held aloft by the loved ones who came to celebrate their wonderful wedding day.
Photographer: Aesthetiica Photography
Videographer: Reel Special
Venue: The Biltmore Estate
Catering: The Biltmore Estate
Planner: Two Sweet Sparrows
Florist: Blossoms at Biltmore Park
Bridal Gown: Twirl Boutique
Bridal Party: Twirl Boutique
Rings: Shelia Bayes Fine Jewelers
Groom Suit: Tom James
Groomsmen Attire: Geno's Formal Affair
Cake: The Biltmore Estate