Sarah and Matt were introduced by a mutual friend in their junior year of college. They didn’t talk much over the summer, but they saw each other after they came back for the fall. He took her out on a date to Malone’s, and they’ve been together since.
Sarah is from Pikeville and Matt was raised in Georgetown. They didn’t have a home church in Lexington, but Lynn Gray, Central Christian Church's administrative assistant and wedding coordinator, was helpful, friendly and welcoming to the couple. They loved the pastor in charge of Marriage Ministry, and decided it was the right choice for them.
Both Sarah and Matt had special items they wore or carried to remember loved ones they had lost. Sarah had her grandmother’s handkerchief wrapped around her bouquet, along with a pair of her earrings, which Sarah’s mother had used as a decoration on her wedding cake! To honor her late father, Sarah had a piece of one of his blue shirts sewn into the bottom of her dress. She also wore one of her grandmother’s pearl bracelets, which were a gift from her cousin. As one of Matt’s wedding presents, she had cufflinks engraved with “I love you” in his grandfather’s handwriting. The bride and groom were both so eager during the ceremony that he tried to get out his “I do” before he even finished his vows and she tried to grab the ring right out of the pastor’s hand.
After the ceremony, the couple retreated to their room to have a moment alone together. They arrived at their room to find that the Marriott had set up a candlelit dinner for just the two of them. That gave Sarah and Matt a quiet moment to soak up the fact that they were finally married before they went downstairs to celebrate with everyone. Sarah joked, “This also ensured that Matt got to eat dinner and could survive the rest of the night!”
For the couple, it was important that they have a menu not traditionally offered as a part of the standard wedding package. The staff at the Marriott sat down with the couple and to create a custom menu and layout of the space to accommodate their dream.
Flower-filled spheres were hung above the head table. The setup was a surprise to the bride, as Melody Rogers of Refined Social Events originally wasn’t sure she could pull it off. Flowers and candles decorated the length of the table, creating a beautiful focal point with lots of personalized touches like Sarah’s grandmother’s earrings used as decoration on end tables.
The classic modern décor was warm and enchanting. The walls were draped with fabric. Lounge areas were set up to give guests a break from dancing. Arrangements of white flowers at various heights gave the space visual interest. “There is nothing about that day that we would change. All of the vendors that we worked with were beyond amazing,” Sarah explained. “We were surrounded by all of our friends and family at an amazing venue with amazing vendors, amazing food and great music!”
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Refined Social Events, Melody Rogers
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