This wedding was so beautiful and full of so many details that I loved that I had to split it up into two posts. It's also significant because this was my first wedding in Lexington and I LOVED being introduced to two wonderful people, their Kentucky families, and their Kentucky style. This was a perfect first wedding for me here.
If you missed Part One of this wedding CLICK HERE
If you're ready for Part Two ... keep reading!
Cortney and James chose to see each other before the ceremony ... (you can see those images in the part one blog). They were hanging out together just moments before things got started and I LOVE this image that Sara caught of them glancing at each other ... minutes away from promising thier forevers to each other ... so sweet and exciting.
What was the funniest thing that happened? The jokes my dad told me as we were walking out of the house and down the isle. He did this to calm my nerves.
What significant non-traditional elements did you include? I thought we were pretty non-traditional. Our officiant was James’ cousin who was ordained online, though did study theology in school. We did not pull from the bible; but we used a reading from one of Madeline L’engle’s book and a sweet prayer written by Robert Louis Stevenson. We also did a first look before the ceremony.
What was the best thing about the whole day? The ceremony was the best part. We were both so emotional. I will never forget it.
What was the most emotional part of the day for you? Stating our vows.
-Did you do any DIY projects? Yes, a lot. The altar, the chandeliers, our quilt guest book, flowers planted in drawers for centerpieces, pictures in frames for a family tree.
I absolutely LOVED all the details of this wedding because they were SO Cortney and James ... and they were SO Lexington. I was so impressed by the style of all the wedding guests as well.
The day was coordinated by Dean Fisher with South Social and Home
- who was WONDERFUL to work with!
And lets face it ... what's better than a whole bunch of men in bow ties? Please note ... there was not a bow tie requirement. These Lexington guys just know how to look dapper. Love it!
What significant traditional elements did you include? We saved the first tier of our cake to eat on our first anniversary.
Cortney and James had a caricature artist to entertain guests during dinner. It was the coolest idea ever!
A derby themed place card bard ... adorable!
This is Mark Rosenthal with Dozens for Dollars ... playing bluegrass music and setting a perfectly southern atmosphere.
After an intimate fried chicken dinner at The Hunt Morgan House
... the event moved to The Arts Place
which was just a block away. It was a complete change in atmosphere and style and it was such a great way to incorporate a big "party" type of reception.
Any unexpected surprises on the day-of? James’ mom and dad hosted the party. All of these elements were a happy surprise.