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FAL-WIN 2014

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1 4 Fa l l | W i n t e r B R I DE Maria and Brian have known each other since they were kids, but she never paid him much attention. Though she moved away to attend college and medical school, Maria came home to Louisville for New Year's in 2009. "We went out dancing as a group," she says. "He was still awkward and adorable." Maria slowly fell in love with Brian without realizing it. "We kissed, and I knew," she says. Though he lived in Louisville at the time, Brian, a member of the U.S. Air Force who is currently applying to graduate schools to study poetry and literature, few to New York City to take Maria, a physician currently completing a fellowship in Cincinnati, on their frst formal date. After going to dinner at one of Maria's favorite gluten-free restaurants, Brian led her to the bench where she had agreed to date him one year earlier, read a poem he had written and asked her to marry him. "I generally avoided conversations about marriage in my relationships," Maria says. "I never thought I'd be married, but when he started talking about our life together, I could totally see it." When the two began planning their spring wedding, they wanted the festivities to be a celebration of their love for each other. "I saw the bud- ding of new fowers as a nice metaphor for the rebirth and declaration of our love together in a new season of our lives," Brian says. They wanted their wedding to be intimate and environmentally conscious, as well as something in which their loved ones could feel invested. Since they were planning from New York City, this meant getting creative and asking for help. They decided to re-create an "enchanted forest," having the wedding in the woods on Maria's parents' farm outside Louisville. Guests brought in hay bales and benches, and mason jars hung from the tree branches overhead. During the ceremony, which the couple wrote, the guests passed the rings around as the couple invited their friends and family to bless them. Everyone hiked back to the reception area singing "Impossible Soul" by Suljan. "Having everyone sing, 'Boy, we can do much more together/ It's not impossible!' in celebration as we exited the woods is something I will never forget," Maria says. Despite the thunderstorms, guests danced, laughed and ate Kentucky Proud dishes and gluten-free cake (complete with dinosaur cake toppers) late into the night. once upon a Farm Maria Barnes and Brian Davis April 27, 2013 Photography: Kriech-Higdon Photography Flowers: Mikey Edwards, ME Designs Cake: Annie May's Sweet Cafe Favors: Muth's Candy Catering and rentals: Oasis Tents and Events Groom's attire: J. Crew Bride's gown: Melissa Sweet Bridal party hair and makeup: Whitney Kayrouz Wedding bands and engagement ring: Brilliant Earth Local Weddings 1-45 edit.indd 14 6/16/14 3:47 PM

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