Though they had mutual friends while they attended Georgetown College and even had a class together, Allison and Bret only met when friends invited them to a trivia night at Drake’s in Lexington. Bret, a self-proclaimed trivia whiz, did his best to impress Allison. Their team won a Drake’s gift card, and Bret cleverly turned it into an opportunity to ask Allison out on a proper first date.
When they began planning their wedding, they knew their families would be traveling from different ends of the state for the big day. Allison grew up on a farm in Eastern Kentucky and wanted to incorporate that country charm into her venue. Bret, who grew up outside of Louisville, wanted to showcase the best of the Bluegrass to his out of state relatives. Lexington was a perfect middle ground, as it was the city where the couple had first met. Their ceremony was held at the Second Presbyterian Church on Main Street. They chose Fasig-Tipton for the reception, as it offered beautiful outdoor spaces and has a strong connection to Kentucky’s equine industry.
The bride gifted her bridesmaids matching pajamas to wear while getting ready. The bridesmaids’ dresses were from Twirl and the light green matched the eucalyptus in the bride’s bouquet and the décor. Two chiffon panels allowed each bridesmaid to create a neckline that was flattering for her. The groom gave his groomsmen socks featuring their favorite sports teams, which they each wore down the aisle.
The bride wore a pretty A-line gown with romantic lace details on the overlay and a glittering silver belt. Bret’s grandmother, Linda Keifer, was an important part of his family who had passed away in recent years. Linda loved dragonflies, so Allison carried one of her dragonfly earrings in the bridal bouquet to honor her memory.
The wedding planners, Epoch Affairs, were two of Allison’s close friends. She told them she wanted her day to feature lots of greenery, light flowers, wood and stunning lighting. From there, she turned it over to them. When Allison first saw her reception décor, she cried tears of joy.
Guests sat at round tables, decorated with white roses, hydrangeas and eucalyptus, accented with lots of candles that created a romantic glow. Silver chargers, glass votives, tall glass vases and white linens created a light, airy look appropriate for the spring nuptials. The sweetheart table was decorated with swaths of greenery and hydrangeas along with mercury glass candleholders.
Lights were strung everywhere to illuminate the space. Signs and wooden décor were made by another friend of the bride, Jessica McKenny. Allison’s dad collects bourbon barrels, so he cut a barrel head, which Jessica stained and painted to serve as the couple’s guestbook.
Allison comes from a very musical family, as her father has always been in a band and her brother is in Nashville, pursuing a career in the entertainment industry. The reception band was made up of her dad’s lifelong friends and old bandmates. Her father and brother got up and sang several songs with the band. Allison and Bret shared their first dance to her parents’ wedding song. As the night wore on, guests enjoyed a special treat from their future sister-in-law’s family: Spalding donuts, served with bags that read “A Sweet Ending to a New Beginning”.
Bret didn’t tell Allison where they were going for their honeymoon until the reception was over. He planned their trip for an entire year leading up to the wedding, keeping the details a secret and taking the stress of planning one more thing off his bride-to-be’s plate. When he finally revealed that they were bound for Jamaica, Allison was thrilled to head off to their island getaway as husband and wife.
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