High school sweethearts Lesley and Jared Hager met in 2007 at JCTC, the accelerated school for East and West Jessamine High. Jared asked Lesley to prom the following May and the couple continued to date at Transylvania University, where they graduated in 2012. Two years later, Lesley was back at Transylvania, blindfolded, standing on the front steps of the historic Old Morrison Building. Jared removed the blindfold to reveal that she was standing in the center of a rose-petal heart. He got down on one knee to propose; of course she said yes! The diamond in her engagement ring originally belonged to Jared’s grandmother, which made the moment even more special.
From there, Jared led Lesley to the courtyard, where he’d arranged a beautiful reception for family and friends, complete with champagne, candles, roses, and ring shaped cookies. During the party, he presented Lesley with a Tiffany & Co. box with a hand-written note inviting her, her closest friends, and family to a private event at Tiffany’s in Cincinnati to pick out her wedding band, followed by an opportunity to shop for her wedding dress in the bridal district.
Lesley and Jared married on May 15, 2015 at Second Presbyterian Church in Lexington, KY, the church where Lesley grew up. The couple loved the sentimental value of the location as well as its incredible architecture. The church has stunning stained glass windows, a beautiful pipe organ and a rich history.
The theme for the wedding was Tiffany and Co. The bridesmaids wore Peau de Soie dresses in Tiffany-blue, pearl jewelry, and carried bouquets of white roses, hydrangeas and greenery, while the bride carried white roses tied with a Tiffany-blue ribbon and accessorized with two keys, a symbol of Tiffany & Co. The groomsmen wore black tuxedos with Tiffany-blue ties and boutonnieres of white roses accentuated with Tiffany-blue ribbons.
The groom wore a black tuxedo with a black tie and a boutonniere of white roses wrapped in Tiffany blue ribbon.
Jared gave Lesley several gifts that day, all wrapped in blue paper and tied with white ribbons resembling the iconic Tiffany & Co. box. The first was an ornament filled with black sand, collected for Lesley in Hawaii shortly after Jared met her in 2008. The second was clothing, and the third, a stuffed animal from Jared’s childhood, holding a Tiffany & Co. bag with a necklace inside.
The couple chose The Carrick House to host their reception, where including the Tiffany & Co. theme continued. At the tables, there were three different decorative settings. They were crafted from sterling silver trays collected from the bride and groom’s families, glass vases with white roses and hydrangeas, Tiffany-blue ribbon, and a variety of whimsical candles.
The Sensations, a live band from Louisville, gave a fun and lively energy to the night. The meal was delicious, and the 4-tiered wedding cake boasted three scrumptious flavors: cookies and cream, champagne and snicker doodle. As the evening came to an end, Lesley and Jared made their way through a shower of fresh rose petals to a horse-drawn carriage; the perfect ending to a fairy-tale day.
Photographer: Scott Walz: Walz Photography
Ceremony Site: Second Presbyterian Church
Officiant: Brewster McLeod, Southland Christian Church
Reception Site: The Carrick House
Flowers: Evelyn Kramer
Bridal Gown: Bridal & Formal (Cincinnati)
Bridal Party Attire: Weddington Way
Groom & Groomen Attire: Men’s Wearhouse
Cakes: The Sweet Shoppe
Band: The Sensations
Rehearsal Dinner: The Thoroughbred Club