Louisville Bride

SPR-SUM 2019

Louisville Bride magazine is Louisville, Kentucky's premier bridal publication, featuring photos of wedding gowns and listings for Louisville reception halls, caterers, wedding planners, photographers, and other wedding service providers.

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S p r i n g / S u m m e r B R I D E 2 0 1 9 2 1 Local Weddings Ages: Michelle is 35. Doug is 39. Occu- pations: Michelle is a senior technolo- gy implementation professional with Humana. Doug is a supervisor in ad- ministrative support at Humana. How they met: "Doug and I met 12 years ago. We worked together at a local bar in Louisville. One day, at work, Doug asked if he could play me a song on the jukebox, and everything changed. rough multiple job changes, our beautiful nine-year-old son named Lincoln, several apartments, college degrees, our first home and several fur babies, we finally decided to get married." Engagement story: "Doug and I love to watch Top Chef, and 610 Magnolia chef Edward Lee had been a contestant on the show. Doug arranged for a romantic dinner there for us, with a custom vegetarian six- course tasting menu. Doug asked me to step outside, and under the beauti- ful magnolia tree, with previous lov- ers' initials carved into its bark, he got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife." Number of wedding guests: 153. Ceremony and reception: e Barn at Cedar Grove. Wedding theme: "Doug and I are big bourbon people. We also really love color and while planning our spring wedding came across some beautiful vintage Liberty London floral fabric, which lead to our theme of whiskey and wildflowers." Entertainment: Bluegrass trio for the ceremony with the couple's friend and local musician Cheyenne Mize, with two of her friends. e DJ — DJ John Q, Quinton Johnson — is also a family friend. Personal touches: A friend officiated the wedding. "Doug and I collected mismatched china, vintage colored glass and bourbon bottles over our year-and-a-half engagement to decorate our tables. We hand-drew our chalk signs, custom-ordered and arranged our own floral, and hand- made our bouquets and boutonnieres. In keeping with our theme, my mother made us a custom Liberty London floral quilt for all of our guests to sign, and Doug had handmade Liberty London bowties made for all of the groomsmen. e bridesmaids wore mismatched, some even vintage, colorful dresses of their choosing, and I made them each a necklace using pressed wildflowers and resin." First- dance song: e song that started it all: "e Blower's Daughter," Damien Rice. e day in three words: "Col- orful, fun, emotional." One disagree- ment: What songs to play and when. Really glad they: "I came across a Southern wedding tradition that involved burying a bourbon bottle upside down 30 days before the wed- ding to prevent rain on your big day. After our beautiful outdoor ceremony, under a blue and cloudless sky, Doug and I dug that bottle back up and had the bartenders make us a cocktail with it. We saved the rest and plan to share a drink each year on our anniversa- ry." Wish they would have: Hired a videographer. Advice: "Don't worry about tradition, external pressures, or societal norms. Do what feels right for you and your fiancé."

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