Emily & Cory { Historic White Hall }


in the middle of



gives us a FAIRY TALE

~ unknown

Their vows to each other were personal, heartfelt and most definitely, beautiful. Though they created a few laughs, Emily and Cory made their message to each other meaningful. To love and honor. Their families and friends from near and far made their day extra special, especially when the wedding was officiated by Cory’s father (Joey Kays) and not to mention a beautiful blessing by Emily’s grandfather (Donald Dixon).

Though simple, their wedding was filled with handmade touches of southern elegance but with a soft, romantic, country flare. Pearls and lace are a couple of Emily’s favorite elements, so her ball gown style wedding dress and belt were the first pieces of her wedding look after saying “YES” to Cory’s proposal in Indianapolis. Being a history buff, she knew she wanted a site full of history and character and the historic White Hall State in Richmond, Kentucky came to mind (even though the location is hundreds of miles away from where they currently reside~ Boston). After a year and half of planning, hand making details, flying and hours of phone calls and emailing, they made it through with much help from their sweet family and friends. Thank the skies for perfect weather, a picturesque venue and LOVE. Yes, so much love.

 As I said, SO MUCH LOVE.

 EMILY & CORY: Thank you from the bottom of our hearts, for the lovely weekend and much gratitude to you and your families for the warmest ‘welcome’, ‘thank yous’ and hugs. We are so lucky.


CEREMONY VENUE // White Hall State Historic Site

RECEPTION VENUE // The Mule Barn at Arlington Country Club, Richmond, Ky

WEDDING DRESS // Mori Lee, BRIDESMAIDS // David’s Bridal

SHOES // Toms.com

HAIR STYLIST // Lane Taylor (859-624-3601), COLORIST // Christine Lyman

TUX // Men’s Warehouse

BOUQUETS & FLORAL ARRANGEMENTS // Kristie East, cousin of Bride, BULK FLOWERS // Sam’s Club


CATERING // EKU Catering

MUSIC // Spencer Dixon, Acoustic Guitar (Brother of Bride)

DJ // Kerry Azbill, A to Z Productions (Kerry@djazproductions.com )

CAKE & CUPCAKES // Doodlebug Cakes, Berea, Ky,    CAKE STAND // Gene Parks (Grandfather of Groom)

CHAMPAGNE TOAST SET // www.Katespade.com

INVITATIONS // www.weddingpaperdivas.com, PROGRAMS // www.craftysticks.com

CALLIGRAPHY // Jamie Ford (family friend)


VEIL // Rebecca Dixon, Mother of Bride

CANDLE FAVORS // Made by Bride and Bridesmaids

BRIDE’s Pearl Necklace // High School Graduation gift

Thanks for stopping by and please check back soon for their highlight SLIDESHOW:)

{ XO }









Rachel & Tyler

 Life moves pretty fast

If you don’t stop and look around

once in a while, you could miss it.

- Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

One day, Rachel got the courage to stop. She made up her mind to ‘re-boot’ so to speak and focus on LIFE again. She opened her heart to let LOVE in again and there was Tyler. A stone’s throw away and an internet connection, they connected through mutual friends via Facebook. Tyler made the first step and sent a message to introduce himself. They clicked (no pun intended) and their friendship blossomed. Their days were filled with laughter, dinner and drinks, holding hands and even arm wrestling! No doubt, Rachel had found her man~ a gentleman who still opens her car door, kisses her hand and maybe kiss her while she’s sleeping.

Not many months later, Tyler knew he couldn’t wait any longer… he picked the perfect place (the beach) and moment. He suggested writing their names in the sand and taking a picture. She did just that while he wrote something else, about 20 feet away. As she walked towards him, he said to close her eyes (she had an idea what was happening next ; )). When she opened her eyes, she saw ‘MARRY ME?’ written in the sand. Without hesitation, she said YES! YES! YES! He then formally asked again on bended knee…

One fine day.

Please click HERE for a look at their SLIDESHOW:)

Rachel & Tyler: THANK YOU so much for the honor of being your photographer on your special day. I am beyond excited for you both, your celebration and your journey. MAY 2015 cannot come soon enough!

{ xo }


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Cara & Michael { Myriad Botanical Garden }

And then

I met you.

It was that moment when I saw Cara’s bouquet, I knew she was going to be a beautiful bride. Her vision of classic elegance with simple touches spoke volumes.

Everything was perfect~ from her handmade-with-love brooch bouquet to her ‘oh-so-personal’ note to Michael. You can feel the air shift a little when they saw each other for the first time. Yes, their FIRST LOOK. A little heaven, a couple of tears and a whole lot of kisses….

So much more LOVE here… please CLICK to view their SLIDESHOW : )


CEREMONY & RECEPTION~ Myriad Botanical Gardens (Michel LaPointe, Event Coordinator & Chelsea Wilson, Event Rental Manager) 405-445-7080

GETTING READY: Historic Colcord Hotel

CAKE: Taylor Young 405-708-2637

MUSIC: Dustin Johnson (Brother of Bride)


WEDDING DRESS: DaVinci, Impression Bridal 405-752-0200

TUXEDOS: Tuxedo Junction 405-946-7853

HAIR STYLIST: Jenny Schubert 405-818-1762, Olivia Floyd and Kandace Perryman

WEDDING CONSULTANT: Jessie Johnston 405-637-9717

GUEST SIGN-IN ARTIST: Jeremy Miller (Cousin of Bride)

And a host of family and friends who made the day possible!

Cara & Michael: THANK YOU so much for having us be a part of your special day! It couldn’t have turned out more PERFECT : )

We wish you much love, happiness and remember to…

love one another.

{ xo }

Cara + Michael { Norman, Oklahoma }

There was plenty of fish in the sea…but Michael chose Cara. Sweet, beautiful and kind hearted Cara initially thought he was just another ‘fish’. But, days past and his smoldering eyes still haunted her. Maybe, he is different. She decided to reconnect with him and they finally had their first date. It was a first date to remember. Knowing Cara, she looked her best~ mascara and heels and maybe a cute dress. They got seated at an Italian restaurant and then the unthinkable happened. They were asked to leave! Uh… a tornado was heading their way!!! They hopped in Michael’s truck heading ‘somewhere’ just to get away. Before their eyes, a STOP sign was ripped out of the ground! Quickly, they drove to his Mother’s home and took shelter in their underground storm shelter. There she was… with his ENTIRE family, on their first date! When the storm past, he asked if she was OK. She nodded.

She knew he was THE one.

He knew…. on their FIRST date, he wanted to marry her. Michael confessed during his proposal.

For more IMAGES of Cara and Michael, please CLICK here to view their beautiful SLIDESHOW:)

SPECIAL THANKS to OU, Norman for their always, impeccable grounds!


Blue dress: Borrowed, Forever 21

Heels: Gianni Bini

Enjoy! More to come. YES, their WEDDING!! Please do check back soon : )

{ xo }


Amy & Hank

They laugh. They love. They found each other. Though they have known each other for ages, Amy and Hank knew it was REAL one fine day in July. Their ‘fireworks’ went off on July 4th and things changed for the better. From friends…. to MORE. They attended church together and found their way to more with the support of friends and family. All KNEW they were meant for each other. Hank, the funny one and Amy, the elegant one became official a few days before Valentine’s Day, simply BECAUSE he couldn’t wait any longer. Hank with the help of Janet, his Godmother shopped for a special ring a week prior and with Amy’s parents’ blessing, he proposed OFFICIALLY! Of course, she said YES.. before asking if it was a joke ; )

To sum up our day, we laughed and laughed and laughed. On this sunny day, their love was MORE than perfect. Enjoy…


a classic beauty. truly.

they love. passionately.

they laugh. together.

an overlook. A hidden ‘backyard’  treasure.

the precious one. zoe.

two of my favorites. love and kisses.

yes. a garden galore.

Please CLICK here for their SLIDESHOW and more loveliness.

THANK YOU Amy and Hank for all the laughter, craziness, and love! I had an awesome time getting to know you both a little better : ) and I know the WEDDING day will be more of this, some dancing and sweet, sweet kisses. Congratulations!!

{ xo }

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Nancy Kilburn - Love Amy & Hank

Wedding: Melissa + Joe { Berea, Kentucky }

“I promise to love….”

Words so simple, yet so moving. Tears and joy (lots) describes Melissa and Joe’s intimate wedding at the Historic Boone Tavern in Berea, Kentucky. A gem of a place with small town charm and the warmth and hospitality of a southern home. They chose a place to celebrate a weekend with their closest family and friends and the Boone Tavern is a place unlike any other. Fitting in every way.

The day started warm, 80 deg F, windy at times… but indoors, the girls were sipping mimosas and getting pampered with hair and makeup. Melissa, her family, bridal party and a few of her BEST friends enjoyed the day and couldn’t believe THIS day has come!

Sweet colors galore! When Melissa mentioned ‘blush and pinks’ at our meeting several months ago, I knew this was going to be a BEAUTIFUL celebration. EVERYTHING was careful planned and thought out. They incorporated hues and details that warms the heart (and eyes). I was in heaven!!!

So many details to capture and each one of them…meaningful. personal. And all about love. No doubt, these details transform a nice wedding to an UNforgettable one : )

Will you..

Gorgeous combination of sweet light pink and peach roses* and peach hypericum berries for the BRIDE and her bridesmaids. Greg Jordan with FINE FLOWERS – EVENTS created these stunning bouquets with nothing but love in mind.

White David Austin “Buttermilk Patience” garden roses
               Light Pink “Augusta Luise” garden roses
               Peach “Tiffany” roses
               Peach Hypericum berries

Final touches by Jemma Domenica, Makeup artist. What would I do without her?!

How many times can I say gor-geous? Yes, one more…

Melissa wearing her Aunt’s diamond tennis bracelet. Her something ‘old’.

Opening Joe’s one of many Wedding gifts : ) Surprise, surprise..

Her something old…. a cameo pin belonging to her great grandmother.

Something blue: London blue topaz Tacori necklace.

Joe and his guys chose dark navy suits for the big day.

Here, Joe is showing off his personalized, monogrammed cuff links. Always a nice touch : )

a few moments of calm….

Melissa & Joe chose to see each other before the ceremony.. allowing plenty of built-in time for pictures : ) And it’s always a sweet moment…

Altar & centerpieces:
White Hydrangeas
Green hanging Amaranthus

I’ve seen many candle lit/ lined aisle ways… but this is so beautiful beyond words.

Another nice surprise was a song by Melissa’s cousin, Linzy… singing ‘A Thousand Years’. I must have been under a rock… why haven’t I heard of this before?

If you heard her there… you know how you felt..

With this ring, I thee wed.

Their closest family and friends.

A shinny red hot and white eye candy wouldn’t hurt!

ART in a cake… yes, Martine at Martine’s Pastries never disappoints. (I’ve been wanting to work with her for a while ; )

She and her crew is simply THE best! Also, she is also one of the nicest person you’ll ever meet.

Pale champagne gold brushed fondant with gum paste sugar flowers that matches the Bride’s bouquet. SO beautiful!

Mr & Mrs forks for the first cake? Why not!

Centerpieces in gold and silver mercury glass vases. Melissa & Joe hand glittered all the table ‘numbers’, adding a touch of sparkle to the tablescapes.

The hankies Melissa hand ironed were put to good use, indeed. Not one dry eye in the room during the speeches.

Joe said he could not dance. Well… he fooled me and everyone in the room! They took lessons and practiced for months with Bridget Carreiro at Arthur Murray Dance Studio in Lexington. Definitely a nice treat for the guests.

What the guests will do, for a kiss…

A nice ending to their wedding day/ night… their ‘sweet home alabama’.

Enjoying the sights and scents for a few more hours… Fine Flowers- Events outdid themselves again!!

To view the rest of the HIGHLIGHTS, please click HERE : ) and enjoy!

Melissa & Joe: Oh where do I start?! THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts for this honor. For allowing us to do our ‘thing’ and for making the day so personal and memorable … for us and everyone in attendance. Nothing like it! (big smile)

*   CREDITS   *

 Wedding dress: Mori Lee by Madeline Gardner, Bridal & Formal, Cincinnati OH

Groom’s suit: Jos A Bank, Lexington KY

Suits, ties, Best Man, Man of Honor, Father(s): Jos A Bank, Lexington KY

Personalized hankies: Benign Objects, www.benignobjects.com

Mother of Bride hanky: Made by Deborah Morton 502-648-7545

MOB Dress: Adrianna Papell, Nordstrom

Bride’s ring: Christopher Designs, Rivard Fine Jewelry, Tates Creek Center, Lexington Ky

Groom’s ring: Artcarved, Rivard Fine Jewelry, Tates Creek Center, Lexington Ky

Other Jewelry: Cameo on Bride’s bouquet- family heirloom from Great Grandmother Clausing

Hair comb: David’s Bridal

Hair accessories: Wendy’s bridal

Bride’s Shoes: Enzo Angiolini, Nordstrom

Bride’s Veil: Wendy’s bridal

Bridemaids desses: Nordstrom. Designer: Hailey by Adrianna Papell

Bridemaids shoes: Marshall & Kohls

Bride’s Necklace: Tacori

Hair stylist for the bride: Hannah McFarland of Younique Hair Salon, Berea KY 859-582-4225

Hair stylist for the bridesmaids: Amy Jewell of Hair Gallery, Grove City, OH 614-03-1661

Makeup Artist: Jemma Domenica, 760-220-0435

Car: 1965 Shelby cobra 427 SC Factory Five replica. Owner: Clay Taylor

Vocalists: A Thousand Years performed by Linzy Smith (cousin of the bride)

Marry Me performed by Susan Hill & Randy Martin

Pastor: Dr. Adam Dooley, Mobile, Alabama

Harpist: Sally Kelton 859-879-0541 harpingsally@gmail.com

Wedding Invitations: Melissa Haines, Affordable Invitations & Announcements, 859-519-7278 www.affordableinvitations.com

Caroling of the bells by Javier Clavere, Music Director of Berea College

Reception, Catering & Bridal Suite: Historic Boone Tavern, Berea, KY

Cake: Martine’s Pastries, www.martinespastries.com (859) 231-9110

Ceremony venue: Danforth Chapel, Berea College, Ky

Wood sign ‘wedding‘: Made by Joe (Groom) and painted by Nevalee, Bride’s Mother.

Mr & Mrs Forks: Gift by groom’s sister, Tera (Best Woman) Etsy – Beach House Living

Toasting flutes: Anthropologie.com

Mercury glass votives: Pottery Barn

Guest gift bag: Chocolates from Old Kentucky Home

FIRST DANCE: Arthur Murray Dance Studio, Lexington, Ky (Choreographer: Bridget Carreiro)

Photographer Assistant: Cat Cornwell

Thank you so much for stopping by. Be sure to leave some LOVE for the newlyweds : )


Kentucky Bride Magazine (SUMMER/ FALL 2014 Issue) Get your issue below!!

Thank you KBM for this honor : )

{ xo }

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