Brandice and Todd had been in contact with one another by email and FaceTime during his deployment in Africa, but they met face-to-face for the first time in July 2013. Their first date was fishing and picnicking at one of Todd’s favorite fishing spots. They were nearly inseparable after that. Todd arranged for a friend to play “Question” by the Old 97s on the guitar while they strolled through Veteran’s Park one afternoon. Todd, shaking with excitement, proposed. A photographer was on standby to capture the moment.
The couple decided to host a rehearsal dinner at the Woodford Inn where their family and friends gathered to dine and sip cocktails. Out of town guests received a welcome basket filled with Kentucky Proud products and a tour guide to Lexington and the surrounding area. They gifted the bridesmaids with monogrammed Oxford shirts, Kate Spade jewelry to wear on the wedding day and custom made monogrammed muffs. The groomsmen were given Edward Jagger safety razors, shave kits and a cigar box with a miniature bottle of bourbon.
For their New Year’s Eve wedding day, the couple chose Castle Post because they had recently moved to Woodford County and loved the idea of having the festivities so close to their new home. They both loved the castle, but Todd had never been inside. It had been the first place Brandice had visited when relocating to Lexington, so she knew it was the perfect site.
Before the ceremony, Todd surprised his bride with two custom-made diamond shadow bands. Brandice sent him a silver Charles Hubert pocket watch with the inscription, “I will love you ‘til the end of time.”
The ring bearer’s pillow, bride’s wedding clutch and a patch sewn into the bride’s gown were all made from her mother’s wedding dress. The bridesmaids wore black cocktail dresses in different styles, all by Alfred Sung. The groomsmen wore black tuxedos with gold vests and ties, but their gold “Bourbon” socks from Lucky Monkey were a fun Kentucky touch.
Brandice made a grand entrance from the top of the castle’s staircase, escorted by her father to the altar. The interior of Castle Post added to the couple’s theme, adding gold tones and beautiful details. Signs with Art Deco detailing further enhanced the elegance and feel of a New Year’s Eve celebration.
The bride created favors for her guests by wrapping Hershey Deluxe Kisses in sheer ivory organza bags with an Art Deco label that ready “Brandi and Todd, Midnight Kisses, 12.31.15”. Incorporating both the wedding theme and the bride’s work as a Retail Sales Representative for The Hershey Company, this was a truly sweet way to thank guests for sharing in the couple’s big day! Guests also signed a wooden puzzle in lieu of a guestbook, and a bottle of champagne that the couple planned to drink on their first wedding anniversary.
The reception began with an open bar and hors d’oeuvres in the foyer while guests mingled and toured the castle. It then progressed to a buffet dinner in the grand ballroom, followed by toasts and the cutting of the couple’s three-tier cake, wrapped in gold ribbon and topped with ivory roses. The bride and her father danced to “Memories” by Elvis Presley, as they had done when she was a little girl.
Throughout the evening, guests had the option of dancing the night away in the ballroom or heading to the billiards room, where they could watch college football and play pool or poker until the New Year’s Eve countdown and midnight champagne toast. Everyone lined the exit with lit sparklers to send Brandice and Todd off on a new year and a new life together.
Photographer: Conrhod Zonio Photography
Venue/catering: The Castle Post
Florist: Carol Lynn Originals & Events
Wedding Planner: Christa Tinker, Castle Post
Bridal Gown: Divine on Broadway
Bridesmaids' Attire: Alfred Sung, Nordstrom
Bridesmaids' Jewelry: Kate Spade
Groom/groomsmen Attire: Geno's Tuxedos
Groomsmen Socks: Lucky Monkey
Hair & Makeup: Lux Hair Bar
Cake: Tinker Cakes
DJ: Affairs to Remember
Invitations: Cardinal & Straw Fine Paper Goods