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FAL-WIN 2014

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2 0 Fa l l | W i n t e r B R I DE entucky Brooke and Mark ran around with the same group of friends in high school, but reunited after college. "I had a crush on Mark since high school but never acted on it," she says. "I had the ring in the basement for seven or eight weeks while I was studying for my medical test," says Mark, who is currently completing his ophthalmology residency after graduating from the University of Louisville medical school. His test was on a Tuesday, and Brooke, who also works in healthcare, made reservations at Ruth's Chris Steak House on Friday to celebrate. "I called her parents and decided to fip it around on her," Mark says. "We'd celebrate our engagement, too." Brooke's mom and sister had set everything up in a gazebo at Cherokee Park, where Brooke and Mark had planned to go running. Mark set pink peonies on a lace tablecloth that be- longed to Brooke's grandmother. Even though, Brooke says, she was "sweaty and disgusting," she said "yes." After inviting 420 guests, the couple was worried that their wedding might not be as personal as they'd like. But Brooke and Mark were thrilled October 5, 2013 Brooke McVeigh and Mark Mugavin to exchange vows with everyone present. "I loved the drama, with the giant aisle and the huge doors," Mark says of their Saint Boniface Church ceremony. "When the doors opened and I saw Brooke and her dad, that was my favorite part." Brooke's favorite part was their frst dance at the reception, "surrounded by family and friends." "We ate good food, had good drinks," she says of their Hurstbourne Country Club reception. The "Southern and classy" wedding introduced out-of-town family and friends to the best parts of Louisville and the South. "Fried chicken was the favorite on the country club's menu," Brooke says. Bourbon slushies, Mark's favorite, were popular among the guests as well. The bride's and groom's parents also helped out. "We used my mom's recipe for 'Party Potatoes,'" Brooke says. The soon-to-be newlyweds also welcomed guests to their hotel with KFC chicken buckets flled with Louisville goodies: the homemade wine made by Mark's dad, a Louisville information book, feur-de-lis-shaped chocolate, mints, bottled water and other snacks. The guests also left the wedding with boxes of Modjeskas, a traditional Louisville caramel candy. The bride's best piece of advice for Louisville couples planning their big day? "Be comfortable in what you're wearing so you can dance and enjoy yourself," Brooke says. Mark advises not to set any goals for the wed- ding. "Don't try to accomplish anything," he says. "Just wrap yourself in the moment and enjoy the ride." Local Weddings K C hic 1-45 edit.indd 20 6/16/14 3:50 PM

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