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FAL-WIN 2014

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Fa l l | W i n t e r B R I DE 7 MARY CHELLIS AUSTIN editor One October, my cousin got married in my aunt's big yard beside the Ohio River in Oldham County. Most things went according to plan: the homemade fowers and cake, the fsh fry, the swing band and the canoe full of ice and beer. After dusting of my neglected violin, I managed to pull of an accept- able performance of the song "Falling Slowly" from the movie Once. What was not planned: the dark clouds and wind that rolled in just before the wedding, creating a dramatic setting. (It was kind of romantic!) Or that the rings didn't make it outside to the ceremony, causing someone from the crowd to frantically run to the house and back, mid-vows. (Delayed gratifcation!) Or that a bunch of us ended up exchanging raunchy, potty-humor stories and howling while we sat on a giant log that had washed up from the river. We appropriately named it the log of inappropriateness. A wedding planner couldn't have scheduled these memories. SUKI ANDERSON art director My friends Liz and Goetz married in New Harmony, Ind. We stayed in cabins in the woods and named each cabin based on its inhabitants. The German cabin was flled with Goetz's friends from Germany who were having fun pretending to be Americans with their hot dogs and Chevy truck. There was a Rainbow cabin and a Breakfast cabin. The ceremony was held at the stunning modern Atheneum de- signed by Richard Meier. Liz's dress was something out of Alice in Wonderland — green and pink with a collar nearly a foot long. The immediate after-party included a shadow dance performed by the wedding guests creating huge shadows with giant confetti on the side of the Atheneum wall. A friend showed a short flm using Ken and Barbie as couple, Straw- berry Shortcake as bridesmaid (the only casualty) and GI Joe as the bride-stealing ofciant. It was a plot worthy of James Bond. I came home from the wedding and cried because I had to go back to my real life. I wanted to live in magic land. JACK WELCH senior editor Occasionally I am moved to tears by the glow of happiness between a bride and groom, but the qual- ity of the appetizers can trump that consideration. My niece in Evanston, Ill., just north of Chicago, got married outdoors under huge shade trees in 75-de- gree weather. There were spectacular pre-ceremony appetizers — at least eight or nine variations — brought around on trays by an army of waiters. Nobody had to hunt for the next bite; turn around and another tray was within reach. The ceremony was blessedly short. The whiskey sours afterward, out there on the lawn, were magnifcent. ANNE MARSHALL senior writer My sister-in-law's wedding was by far the most unique. She and her fancé won a promotional draw- ing to have their wedding at IKEA. As in, in IKEA. If memory serves, the ceremony took place up the escalator and to the left of bedroom furniture. The marketing stunt only cost IKEA the price of six doz- en Swedish meatballs, paper napkins, a smattering of roses, and whatever Billy Gibbons from ZZ Top charges to ofciate. Oh, did I forget to mention that? This took place in Gibbons' hometown of Houston. Part of the prize (is that the right word?) was that the weathered rocker would bless the winners' nuptials. With rings swapped, kiss sealed, my sister-in-law and her now husband sandwiched Billy Gibbons and smiled for a row of large video cameras. That evening, their wedding was packaged into 20-sec- ond bits on a carousel of cable news networks. MANDY WOOD advertising account executive One of my BFFs decided to get married on the white sandy beaches of Destin, Fla. As a treat to the wed- ding party, she rented a huge, multimillion-dollar oceanfront house. So, for the entire week before the wedding, the entire group of us just got to hang out and relax. The weather was amazing, the atmosphere was incredible and the company was exuberant. As more and more members of the wedding party arrived, the fun really began, and lasted from sunup until well past sundown. By the time the actual wed- ding rolled around we were all worn out, but luckily for us, the bride had hired event planners that took care of every last detail. It was certainly a wedding I'll never forget. JOSH MOSS editor At my wife's cousin's wedding: A Rolls-Royce took the bride and groom from church to reception, sushi chefs got their roll on during the cocktail hour, a too-many-members-to-remember-piece band (trom- bonist included!) played the hits, and waiters walked around with late-night-snack trays of miniature grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato-juice shoot- ers. Open bar. And a candy bar — as in not a single Hershey's but a bar of plastic bins flled with candy ready for scooping. Oh, and there were live trees inside the ballroom. ELIZABETH MYERS Louisville.com editor My (future, at the time) sister-in-law had a gorgeous vintage-themed, cream-and-gold wedding at the Grand in New Albany. My mother-in-law planned the whole thing herself, and the wedding cake tasted like a gourmet Twinkie. That wedding defnitely threw down the classy gauntlet. 1-45 edit.indd 7 6/16/14 3:47 PM

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