While Rachael and Chris Benezet first met at the University of Kentucky and were friends throughout college, they didn’t end up dating until 12 years later. As Rachael explained, Chris never gave up the chase.
Rachael, a transplant coordinator at University of Kentucky Healthcare, was born and raised in Versailles, Ky. Chris, owner of Benezet & Associates, was born in New York, but moved to Lexington when he was in elementary school. Although Chris isn’t a born and bred Kentuckian, Rachael says that Chris has a love for Kentucky like no other.
The Benezet’s were married on September 16, 2017 at Central Christian Church. Following the ceremony, a reception was held at The Livery.
“The Livery is absolutely stunning and we appreciate its historical value,” says Rachael. “We loved the rustic but elegant feel The Livery had to offer. The distressed brick, open barn ceilings and prime downtown location were exactly what we had in mind for our wedding — we knew it was where we wanted to have our reception as soon as we walked in. We could not have picked a more stunning venue to celebrate us.”
Rachael and Chris each had 11 attendants and each bridesmaid had their own style of dress to fit their elegance. It was important to Rachael to incorporate thoughtful and sentimental details, starting with the wedding invitations.
“Our invitations were picturesque and we received so many compliments. People went out of their way and called us to tell us how pretty our invitations were. This was really important to us because it was the first thing to grab our guests’ attention.”
Throughout the wedding flowers and decor, Rachael added personal touches. Her two sisters’ bouquets included cymbidium orchids in remembrance of their grandmother, as this was her favorite flower. The ring bearer carried the same pillow that Rachael’s maid of honor used at her wedding. The wedding guest book was a large bourbon barrel, which their guests autographed. There was a table near the front of the venue, which displayed the couple’s engagement photos to add a personal touch. As Rachael explained, the décor was just an added bonus because The Livery’s ambiance speaks for itself.
The best advice that the Benezet’s would share about planning a wedding is to pick a venue and coordinator that is in tune to the details that are ‘must haves’ and personal to the couple. Then, all the planning should fall into place and the day is sure to be magical.
“Something special that Chris and I ensured was to have a few minutes alone to look at each other, take it all in, laugh excitedly and converse amongst ourselves. Sneaking away with your new spouse gives each of you a special keepsake moment of your special day,” Rachael says.
The Benezet’s agree that their wedding day felt like a fairytale. They could not have been more pleased with the outcome of their enchanting day.
“Every little detail shined; my wedding coordinator made everything look striking, flow smoothly and we didn’t have to worry about a thing,” says Rachael.
A highlight to the day was the sentimental depth of my maid of honor’s speech. “It was straight from the heart, humorous and shared distinctive moments of our friendship over the years,” expresses Rachael. The best man’s speech led with some humor and perfect timing.
“Our best man was sharing how much I like to eat and then a button from my tux popped off because I was laughing so hard,” says Chris. “Although it looked planned, it perfectly topped off his speech and made for a good laugh and a memory we’ll never forget.”
The Benezet’s ended their wedding night with a sparkler exit, followed by a midnight ride in a Bentley.
“The day went by so fast, but we loved every minute of it and would do it all over again.”
PHOTOGRAPHER Kate McStay Photography
CEREMONY VENUE Central Christian Church
RECEPTION VENUE The Livery
CATERING DaRae’s Catering
PLANNER + FLORIST Natural Endeavors
BRIDAL GOWN Mori Lee
BRIDAL PARTY Twirl Boutique
GROOM/GROOMSMEN Geno’s Formal Affair
CAKE Mondelli’s Bakery
INVITES + PROGRAMS Haley Michelle Designs
HAIR + MAKEUP Pink LouLou
RINGS Rivard’s Fine Jewelry
BAND Tim Talbert Band
PHOTOBOOTH Mack Daddy’s Photo Booth
TRANSPORTATION Gold Sheild
VIDEOGRAPHER Collin Merrit