Emily and William Downey were born and raised in Versailles. Growing up, they knew each other from school but their families were also connected: William’s father was in the wedding party when Emily’s parents were married! Still, William and Emily did not start dating until Emily’s ten-year class reunion, when William crashed the party to ask her out. One of her friends had a crush on William’s friend, so Emily agreed to go on a double date. From that night on, William and Emily were inseparable.
Die-hard Kentucky fans, the couple supports the football and basketball teams, even traveling to games across the South East. They share a strong Christian faith and love spending time with friends, family and their “precious dog”, Jack. Emily works as a Marketing Manager for Alltech and William, as a Business Development Manager for R.J. Corman.
Fittingly, William proposed on the R.J. Corman Dinner Train. He pretended the event was just another date night but once the train traveled from Lexington to Versailles, he took her to the vestibule and got down on one knee. As the train overlooked their soon-to-be home on Broadway, William asked Emily to be his wife.
The wedding took place on June 27, 2015 at Versailles Baptist Church. Because both families are very close knit, both William and Emily’s aunts and uncles were ushered down the aisle as part of the ceremony. The couple loved the moment they saw one another for the first time, as well as when they were introduced as husband and wife at their home church.
A party bus escorted the newlyweds, their parents and the wedding party to the Polo Barn at Saxony Farm for the reception. Four types of beer were served; each a favorite of the bride, groom, and the bride’s parents. Town Branch Bourbon was also on the drink list, a nod to the bride’s career at Alltech, as was Woodford Reserve, a favorite of the groom’s. The food was down-home Southern style and the wedding cake traditional, with four-tiers and the couple’s monogram. The groom’s cake was all about Kentucky: UK Blue, cut in the shape of the state, with a star smack dab in the center of Woodford County.
When asked what advice the couple would offer to those planning a wedding, William and Emily warned against putting things off. “Know the guest list is going to be the hardest part. Don’t procrastinate on the details and smaller items but most importantly, enjoy the journey to your wedding. Enjoy the day, soak it all in and know that some things will not go as you expected, but no one will notice and it will be just great.”
Looking back, the happy couple said they would not change a thing about their big day. “It was perfectly imperfect for us,” they said. “We wanted everyone to have a good time and enjoy the celebration and we hope we were able to provide that to all of our guests who helped us start our new life together.”
Wedding Planner: Doug Smith Designs
(Doug Smith & Glenn Blind)
Florist: Doug Smith Designs
Ceremony Location: Versailles Baptist Church
Reception: Polo Barn at Saxony Farm
Catering: Type A Catering
Ceremony Musicians: Electria String Trio
Photographer: Selah Photography
Make-up: Belle Boutique (Kelsey Meeks)
Hair: Kasa Salon (Stephanie Jordan)
Wedding Gown: Stella York from Twirl
Bridesmaids Dresses: David’s Bridal
Tuxedos/Suits: Logan’s of Lexington
Videographer: Complete Video
Transportation: Gold Shield