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FAL-WIN 2014

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1 8 Fa l l | W i n t e r B R I DE Gatsby glamour Kelly and Max frst met in 2005, shooting pool in a local bar. The second time he ran into her, she was sitting with her girlfriends at the same bar. Max went up, introduced himself and asked to buy them a drink. "She gave me the cold shoulder," he says. Their third encounter was at now-closed Dutch's Tavern in St. Matthews. Max was there with friends listening to live music, and so was Kelly, though Max didn't recognize her. "She kept staring," he says. "I kept thinking, 'Who the heck is that?'" Max didn't say anything to her, but when he got home, Kelly had sent him a message on MySpace. "I always thought he was hot," Kelly says. "We went on a date two days later and I've stuck my claws in ever since." Max proposed to Kelly on a walk with their dogs at Joe Creason Park. They sat on a swing and he asked her to marry him on Dec. 22, 2012. "It was the day after the world didn't end according to the Mayan calendar, and the day before our family Christmas," Kelly says. A year later, Kelly and Max had a Great Gatsby-themed wedding atop the Galt House. Kelly had always loved the era, fnding the 1920s to be a glamor- ous time period. "We kind of fell into it," she says. "It was perfect." Kelly wore her grandmother's fur stole for the ceremony, along with a handmade head- piece. "I found a necklace at 2023 Antiques on Frankfort Avenue that I liked," she says. "I just added the feather." She also special-ordered her beaded gown from Australia. The bridesmaids wore champagne-colored chifon, and the cake featured the couple's monogram designed as the logo from The Great Gatsby. The reception included a magician, dancing bellhops and a pool table. Max's best piece of wedding-planning advice? "Get a wedding planner," he says. Kelly agrees, saying the couple missed a lot of details by not having one and were stressed out. However, no amount of planning could prepare the two for the snowstorm that hit the weekend of Dec. 7. "It wasn't just snow; it was a sheet of ice," Kelly says. "I looked at Max and said, 'Happy wedding weekend!'" Even though the weather caused problems, Kelly loved the snow. "It added even more sparkle," she says. Though the December wedding was cold (with the day's low at 17 degrees), Max says it was still a lot of fun. The 230 guests drank one case of bourbon in the frst 30 minutes of the reception, the quickest ever for a wedding that size, according to the bartenders. "It set the tone for the night," Max says. The guests' fst-pumping to "Sweet Caroline" is also something the groom will never forget. December 7, 2013 Kelly Coe and Max Dollinger Local Weddings 1-45 edit.indd 18 6/18/14 10:50 AM

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