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SPR-SUM 17

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2 0 S p r i n g | S u m m e r B R I D E Ages: She's 31; he's 33. Occupations: Elizabeth is the master taster for Woodford Reserve; Matt is a realtor with Kentucky Select Properties. How they met: Friends set them up on a blind date. Engagement story: "Matt surprised me at our combined family fun night, which was supposed to be his birthday celebration," says Elizabeth. "Everyone from our families was present, with the exception of my younger brother who lives in Chicago. As I was telling his sisters how excited I was for them to meet my younger brother, he came walking outside! I immediately started bawling — I knew what was about to happen. After I gave my brother a giant, teary hug, I turned around to Matt standing with a black box in his hand. He said, 'People kept asking me what I wanted for my birthday, and all I could think of was spending the rest of my life with you.' Matt then got down on one knee and I said 'yes.'" Number of wedding guests: 205. Ceremony and reception: Goshen Crest Farm. Entertainment: Party Zone, Cory Leonardo. Decor: "Rustic, bourbon, bourbon, bourbon! Bourbon-barrel bars, bourbon-barrel cocktail tables, Woodford Reserve Bourbon bottle centerpieces, wild flowers and a little Southern charm." Personal touches: "I wore my mother's wedding dress that I had altered by Sara Doolittle and wore the McCall family veil. It was such an honor to wear pieces that meant so much to them. As master taster for Woodford Reserve, it was important to me to incorporate the brand throughout my celebrations. I had my wedding shower at the Woodford Reserve Distillery, put Woodford Reserve minis in the welcome bags, and our guests signed a Woodford Reserve barrel head. We gave guests personalized Mason jars as their wedding favor and encouraged them to use it as their glass for the night. My father-in-law built the arch we were married under and my dad made all the rustic signs." First-dance song: Mix starting with "You Are the Best Thing" by Ray Lamontagne and "You Make My Dreams Come True" by Hall & Oates. The day in three words: "Joyous, happy, fun." Favorite part of the day: "Putting the ring on Matt's finger and dancing the night away with our closest friends and family." One disagreement: "When the best man and matron of honor should give their speeches. I believe they should give them at the wedding reception; Matt believes they should be given at the rehearsal dinner." Really glad you: "Took a moment to take it all in. Matt and I stepped to the side of the wedding reception to have a moment with each other and took in the view of all the people in attendance to celebrate our marriage with us." Wish you would have: "Taken more pictures with my beautiful bridesmaids and all the handsome groomsmen. We were so excited to get to the reception that we cut the photos short." Advice: "Don't stress! The day is going to be amazing no matter what happens." Elizabeth o'niell Matt McCall & A SPLASH OF BOURBON 9.24.2016

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