When your best friend sets you up on a date that turns into a romance, the big day is filled with shared friendships and new memories.

By Kevin Broady • Photos by Sarah Katherine Davis Photography

Their romance was the happy outcome of a shared friendship. Although they had never met, both Kristin and Jarrod Little had a close mutual friend who one day took a chance and set them up on a date. Fast-forward four years later, Kristin and Jarrod tied the knot on July 21, 2018.

Jarrod’s proposal was unique, imaginative and a complete surprise. The two went to Red River Gorge with friends for the weekend. They were playing board games and drinking sangria. Little did Kristin know that her engagement ring was in her glass mixed in with the fruit. It took her quite a while to notice. “I did eventually find it,” recalls Kristin. “Jarrod asked if I was ready to get hitched. We aren’t super romantic, so for me, it was the perfect proposal!”

The adventure of planning a wedding began. Three things were important to both Kristin and Jarrod: a venue that could accommodate both the ceremony and reception, a great caterer and… ice cream. “I went to a wedding show and had food from Ladyfingers Catering and it was amazing!” says Kristin. “I knew I wanted a venue that would allow me to use them.” They chose the beautiful and historic Loft at The Gillespie in downtown Louisville because they felt it suited their personalities with its open room, modern elegance, and relaxed atmosphere-- plus they would allow them to use their chosen caterer. They knew it was a perfect fit for their vision of the big day. “We also wanted to have a special treat for everyone, as we both love ice cream,” says Kristin. “We opted to have Comfy Cow bring an ice cream sundae cart to the reception.”

Her dress was also a twist on tradition. “I loved my dress. I had waited a long time to get married and I had just turned 40. As soon as I tried on my pink dress I knew that it was the one,” remembers Kristin. “It was comfortable and it looked great with my skin tone and red hair, I didn’t want to take it off.” Her dress came from Couture Closet and she chose violet, fuchsia and avocado as their wedding colors. “I wanted to have a variety of colors in my wedding.”

One of the couple's favorite memories of the wedding day was the ceremony which was officiated by Jarrod’s good friend, Justin Bilyeu. Another was when she entered, “Walking down the aisle with my dad was a lot more emotional than I expected, as I am a bit older. When I saw all the people as we walked in the door. I’m was glad I had him to help hold me up,” Kristin remembers. Finally, a meaningful element was the inclusion of Jarrod’s five children; his four daughters were junior bridesmaid and his son was one of the groomsmen. “I wanted them to feel as though they were a part of our day,” says Kristen. “They had a blast and really enjoyed the photo booth and ice cream cart.”

Kristin and Jarrod also cherished the rehearsal dinner. It was important as they had mostly out of town family who were travelling great distances for the wedding. “We did a dinner at the Silver Dollar Restaurant for all of our out of town guests and the wedding party,” says Kristin. “It was amazing! I highly recommend doing this if you have a lot of out of town guests, as the next day is so crazy and it’s difficult to spend much time with them at the reception.”

When asked what advice they would offer other couples embarking on the planning process? Kristin cites, “Find vendors who share your vision so you can allow them to do their thing and you don’t have to make all the decisions. Stay true to your vision and what your ideal day will look like. For the brides, bring a cute pair of sneakers or flats to wear at the reception. I was surprised at how much my feet hurt just after the ceremony.” 


Venue: The Loft at The Gillespie

Photographer: Sarah Katherine Davis Photography

Caterer: Ladyfingers and Comfy Cow

Cake: Sweet Surrender

Dress: Couture Closet Dress by Ashley and Justin

Jewelry: By Sara Gabriel

Bridesmaid’s Attire: David’s Bridal

Men’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse and Macy’s

Flowers: State & Arrow

Music: Music in Motion

Invitations: Love Letters by Michelle

Hair and makeup: Bride, Mother of Bride and Bridesmaids: Carley Randall Beauty. Junior Bridesmaids and Mother of Groom: Made Salon

Rehearsal Dinner: The Silver Dollar

Posted on 2019-04-05 by Kevin Broady