Allie and Michael Holtz met in Washington D.C., but were married in Louisville, Many guests were from out of town, so it was important to them that their guests see the best of Kentucky. The couple married at Oxmoor Estate & Gardens and as Michael and Allie explained, when they visited Oxmoor, it felt right.
“We wanted to show our out-of-town guests the beauty of Kentucky, which Oxmoor does so well with its fences and rose garden. Also, we love history, and after learning more about the house from its historian, it felt like we were participating in today’s chapter,” Allie says.
As Allie explained, she had a vision for their wedding: She wanted the entire evening to feel like they were surrounded by a community of love and support. This concept drove all decisions forward from how the tables created intimacy, how lighting enhanced the atmosphere, what part of the property they chose for the closeness they wanted to achieve.
“We also did not want a tent, if we could help it,” she says.
“There’s something to be said about celebrating under the stars. We made a game-time decision, four days before the wedding, to take a risk and go sans tent.”
Michael and Allie put a lot of effort into their ceremony. It was a non-denominational ceremony, but the couple chose to be married under a chuppah, which in the Jewish faith represents the home they would build together. Readings were included from both the New and Old Testaments, and Allie’s aunt, a Deacon in the Methodist Church, performed the ceremony.
“We wrote our own vows, but probably the most special part to us was surprising our parents by asking them to come forward. We then shared what they each have taught us over the years and how that would strengthen our marriage,” she says.
Allie and her mom knew that planning a wedding on their own was not in their wheelhouse. They found a wedding planner, Lauren Chitwood Events, so that there wouldn’t be any unexpected twists or turns on Allie and Michael’s wedding day.
“It helped us to have our priorities outlined before we started planning and we were willing to make tradeoffs,” Allie says. “For example, we knew we wanted a band and I was willing to compromise other elements, such as chicken instead of steak. I remember telling Lauren, I don’t care about having special chairs for the reception, I opted to have her put that money towards something else.”
When Allie thinks back to her wedding day, she says she still remembers the feeling of absolute elation from start to finish.
“Seeing my flowers arrive on a big truck, our first look, waiting to walk down the aisle and then walking down the aisle with both my parents, dinner, just the two of us, dancing, so much dancing. … these are all highlights from our day,” Allie says. “Memories, like these, are why I recommend investing in a wedding photographer. Your pictures are all you have after your wedding day and will live on long after you do. I still look at my parents’ wedding photos and hope our children and grandchildren will do the same.”
Photographer: Lang Thomas Photography
videographer: The Video Smith
venue: Oxmoor Estate & Gardens
wedding planner &florist: Lauren Chitwood Events
caterer: Wiltshire Pantry
cake: Sweets by Millie
dress: Bridal Suite of Louisville
bridal party: J.Crew, Rodes
transportation: R&R Limousine, Ready Valet
music: Burning Las Vegas
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