By Sarah Boerkircher


As Laura and Will Richard explain, they are a proud product of their generation because they met online using the dating website

The couple had their first date at Malone’s, and quickly figured out that they had many mutual friends, but had never actually met, as well as many shared interests and similar careers.

“We both work in the horse industry and both grew up in Kentucky,” Laura says. “Over dinner, we had lots to discuss and even more things in common.”

Laura, who is originally from Lancaster, grew up riding horses and helping her father herd cattle on their farm. After graduating from Eastern Kentucky University, Laura made Lexington home when she took a job with Taylor Made Farm in 2011.

Will, who grew up in Owensboro, excelled in baseball and pursued the sport at Arizona State University. While Will loved baseball, he soon caught the horse bug. Will’s father, who formally trained racehorses throughout Kentucky, spent a lot of time at the track with Will. Soon, horses became Will’s passion and eventually led him back to Kentucky to pursue a career in the horse industry.

Once the couple got engaged, there were many decisions to be made, but deciding on where to hold the reception was an easy one.

“Since we are so connected to the horse industry, we wanted to celebrate and tie the knot at a horse farm,” Laura says. “In 2015, Taylor Made was considering opening the farm to the general public as a wedding and event venue. As the farm’s Experience Director, this was part of my job to plan and initiate, so we jumped on the opportunity and hosted the wedding at the farm.”

The couple couldn’t have been happier with their choice. The Stallion Complex made a beautiful setting for the ceremony and for the reception, the guests moved to a shaded spot on the farm, surrounded by a field of roaming horses. Will and Laura agree that their wedding day, June 3, 2017, truly was the best day ever.

“It’s not every day that the Kentucky Derby winner and two-time Horse of the Year, California Chrome, is a guest at your wedding,” Laura says. “The guests loved meeting him after the ceremony.

The reception, which was held under a tent full of string lights, had tables that were lined with a green floral runner, lanterns with candles, and some pink peonies and roses. Laura’s father cut tree trunks that were used with the lantern centerpieces and on the dessert tables. Will’s father built the couple a wooden swing that hung from a tree at the front of the tent. It was hand painted by Will’s grandfather, Fred Maglinger, who was a former sign painter in Owensboro and is now 91 years young.

“The swing was a surprise to us from my parents” Will says. “My groom’s cake was decorated to look like my dad’s racing silks; it was special for us to include the personal details”.

The Richards had an 18-month engagement, so seeing their vision and months of planning come together was a wedding day highlight. As Laura explains, a long engagement has its pros and cons.

“Personally, I wouldn’t suggest a long engagement,” she says. “I think a yearlong engagement would be the perfect amount of time. My only other advice to to other couples is to make your wedding personal and don’t forget why you are getting married in the first place. When things get stressful, especially when you have to narrow down the guest list, say a prayer, kiss your fiancé and remember that your day is going to fabulous.”