A love of horses and Kentucky tradition inspired Ashley and David’s wedding on September 19, 2015 at Hermitage Farm in Goshen, Kentucky.
Ashley and David are both from Louisville, which they said has always been a special place for their families. Although their educations have taken them different places over the years, they plan to make Kentucky their forever home.
In 2007, the couple met unexpectedly while working together over the summer. They hit it off instantly, sharing a love of travel, adventure, family and horses. He later proposed in the paddock at Keeneland, which set the tone for their wedding celebration.
Ashley, who grew up with horses, said as a child, her dream was to get married on a Kentucky horse farm. “I was very lucky when I met David that he, too, shared a passion for horses,” she said. “Hermitage Farm was a perfect setting for our wedding in that it combined our love of horses and Kentucky tradition.”
When creating the look for the bridal party, the couple wanted traditional attire with some personal touches to make it their own. For the bridesmaids, Ashley chose their dresses because they had a feminine classic look, which complemented the sheer ribbons hanging from their bouquets. For the groomsmen, David chose a classic black tuxedo with pops of light pink in their pocket squares and socks.
While the couple wouldn’t change a thing about their wedding day, Ashley and David especially enjoyed some of the more quiet moments of the wedding, like their first look. “It gave us an opportunity to be together before the wedding officially started and enjoy a few minutes with just us,” David said.
The wedding ceremony was set in front of the historic farmhouse, which the couple had draped in garlands made of magnolia leaves, ribbons and many of Ashley’s favorite flowers in pink, white and green. A favorite memory of Ashley’s was when she rode alone to the ceremony in a horse-drawn carriage. She said that she was so full of anticipation and excitement upon arriving at the front of the house. “It was a very special moment to see all of my family and friends, and then David waiting at the end of the aisle.”
The reception was held in a tent with the idea to recreate the feel of a formal ballroom setting in a picturesque Kentucky pasture. Guests found their seats by picking up gold horseshoes that served as the place cards and good luck favors. The couple spent a lot of time handpicking details from the linens to the floral designs to give the reception an elegant feel. Gold chargers, silverware, candleholders, cake stands and chivari chairs were offset by the light floral arrangements, which featured a mix of white and blush roses, hydrangeas, delphinium and ivy.
Swaths of fabric draped from the ceiling of the tent created a luxurious, intimate feel while chandeliers cast an intimate glow on the gilt details below. Lounge areas were created to allow guests to take a break from dancing and to soak up the beauty of the reception.
Ashley and David loved getting to see everything come together on the day of their wedding. They had spent so many months planning, and all of it culminated in a truly perfect day with their family and friends in the heart of horse country.