Louisville Bride

SPR-SUM 2018

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 8 1 5 Farm (in Goshen). They can have Hermitage for the day or spend the night just the two of them. Hermitage has five bedrooms, so depending on if there's more people involved we can (accommodate) that. If you're looking for more of an artsy vibe, we have a partnership with the Speed Museum, and also with 21c. The Speed has that beautiful atrium with all the glass. We have the ability to set up an elopement there really quickly and in the middle of museum hours so people could be looking at art and you could be something that they're looking at as well. If you're looking for something more private, 21c's penthouse or the gallery (are options). For the contemporary vibe, the Embassy Suites downtown has this really cool base right in the middle of the hotel where they have almost a faux grass and a gazebo and it's inside but it's got a huge skylight. The wedding we had last January, they really had wished they could get married outside but it was so cold, so that was a perfect middle ground where it felt like they were outside. Then for someone who's looking for a historic, classic vibe, the Seelbach has a few different spaces and options for honeymoon suites. We don't have this fully in the works yet, but in the spring we'll be talking with Bernheim Forest for a more natural, outdoor vibe for couples who want that." And you have add-on options? "The couple who got married last January, they got their license in the morning, we got her a dress that morning, they got married at 1 or 2 in the after- noon and what do you do before dinner time? They took some pictures with the photographer, they went on a bourbon tour and had a beautiful dinner af- terwards at Brendon's Catch 23 downtown in a private dining room. If people want hair and makeup done, if there's a certain song that's important to them — we had a couple, the acoustic guitarist played their song and they had like a first dance in the middle of their ceremony, which was ridiculously beautiful and so sweet. As they are packag- es, we want there to be those custom elements so that people feel that it's their day instead of a blanket day for many people. "The biggest thing that keeps coming to my mind is that it's all about fit for the couple. If a couple is starting the planning process — I hear this a lot — they start to get really overwhelmed with the family-and-friend demands of people saying you have to do this or invite so-and-so, and they start to feel like their wed- ding isn't representing them as a couple. I just want people to know that there is another option and it doesn't have to be a shotgun. Yes, a lot of people contact us a month out or less, but you can certainly plan your elopement for many months out. It's really about what makes sense for the couple." Planned elopement settings come in many forms, both in-town and get-away. Photos by Chocolate Box Photography and Claire & Barrett.

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