Although they attended UK together and even lived in neighboring fraternity/sorority houses, Jessica and Mike didn’t meet until after he had graduated and she was in medical school. They met at Local Taco through a mutual friend and decided to go on a date. They went for drinks at Rincon then wandered around downtown Lexington together. He didn’t tell her he had a triathlon the next morning and stayed out late anyway. After winning his age group, he took Jessica to a Cincinnati Reds game that very afternoon!
On a Monday in June, Mike invited Jessica for a walk in Veteran’s Park after work, as they often did. She was running late, but Mike had her meet him on a bridge. He was waiting with their dog, Ghost. When Mike reached into his bag to pull out a ring, Jessica was ecstatic. The couple’s future best man was waiting near the bridge with a camera to capture the moment.
Mike is a Lexington native while Jessica grew up in Danville. They chose to have their wedding on her parents’ farm, which allowed them to choose a very relaxed pace for the day. They loved having their wedding at a site so personal to them both, and it offered a beautiful backdrop.
Jessica and Mike wanted a small wedding party, so they chose only a best man and a maid of honor who picked their own attire. The couple’s best friends all chose to wear coordinating outfits of their choice. The groom and best man wore matching ties from the Keeneland Gift Shop in blush and navy. Mike wore custom wooden cufflinks engraved with his initials, a wedding gift from the bride. Jessica wore a lace gown with a gold beaded belt from Anthropologie and a birdcage veil with a custom floral hair clip.
The ceremony took place at sunset before a massive willow tree. The bride hung strings of flowers from its branches, but they chose to allow the natural beauty of the spot to shine through. Just as Jessica and Mike were about to walk back down the aisle, Ghost started whimpering. They motioned for her to come over and she ran up and gave them both a kiss and walked with them up the aisle–an unplanned moment that the couple will never forget.
A hayride transported guests from the ceremony site to the reception area. The bride’s uncle Ron took his job as the tractor driver very seriously and showed up in bibbed overalls and a straw hat! Guests loved this detail and everyone took photos with their enthusiastic chauffer. Ron dropped everyone off at a cocktail hour–an idea the couple incorporated into their wedding day at the suggestion of their photographer–where everyone mingled and enjoyed hors d’oeuvres and drinks. This further added to the day’s laid-back vibe, which is exactly what the couple hoped for: they are both very laid-back people and wanted a wedding where they could truly relax and have fun!
At the reception, an old canoe served as a beer cooler, keeping the drink line short throughout the evening. Navy chevron tablecloths with blush napkins made the dinner area cheerful and cute, perfect for the casual catered barbeque dinner. Guests’ blue glasses could be labeled with chalk, a fun and practical touch. Gold and blush table numbers were custom made by the bride while the floral arrangements were put together by the bride’s mom, mother-in-law, aunts and best friends: eucalyptus was featured in all the bouquets, a fragrant and quirky choice that really set the look of the day’s floral arrangements apart. The reception area tent had built-in lighting, but floral-scented candles added a romantic glow as the sun set.
The black and white dance floor was illuminated with string lights and moonlight. Bourbon barrels served as cocktail tables. The couple rented a PA system and custom tailored their playlist with a mix of their favorite songs and great dance tunes. Guests danced the night away under the stars, celebrating the love that brought them all together.
Photographer: Conrhod Zonio Photography
Venue: Mcquerry farm
Catering: Lyle's Barbeque
Day of Coordinator: Lex Effect
Bridal Gown: Cinncinnati Bridal and Formal
Bridesmaid's Attire: Ann Taylor
Groom/Groomsmen Attire: Macy's & Keeneland Gift Shop
Rings: Rivard Jewelry
Cakes: Martine's Pastries
Tent: Special Events
Toilets: Blue Moon Restrooms