The bride forgot the veil and it poured rain, but that may have been good luck for one Louisville couple.

Regina and Michael Nielsen were married in September 2018 after they met at work when he transferred from the Cincinnati office to Louisville. The couple started dating around six months later, and after a few years became engaged at Red River Gorge. Both are Kentucky natives: she is from a small town in Western Kentucky, and he grew up in Lexington. Now settled in Louisville, they love being close to family.

Regina is a graduate of the University of Louisville and loved visiting the Speed Art Museum. When the couple toured the renovated space, they knew it was “perfect” for their special day. “It is so light, airy and beautiful,” Regina says. “Plus, the Speed event staff is fantastic; they were so helpful, accommodating and caring. The bonus was that the caterer for the venue is Wiltshire, which came highly recommended and did an amazing job.”

The Nielsens chose a late September date, which in Kentucky, can be a toss up when it comes to weather. It poured all of the wedding weekend, and the bride left the veil at her house. Thankfully, Debbie Saag of Weekend Wedding Warriors was a godsend; she went to pick up the veil from Regina’s home so it was only missing it for a few pictures. “We didn’t sweat the small stuff,” Regina says. “The best thing we did was to find professionals we could trust (through recommendations and online reviews) and with what took only a few conversations and pictures for inspiration on our end, they turned our vision into a reality. It was perfect in every way.”

For the fall wedding, the couple chose warmer autumn tones: rose and honey with gold accents and candles to accentuate the flowers and burgundy and navy for the bridal party. The main things the couple cared about when it came to the big day were great food, a stocked bar and great music. “The rest of the small details, for instance if your programs are perfect, if the centerpieces are just so, if all the groomsmen’s shoes match perfectly, don’t matter at all,” Regina says. “All you and your guests will care to remember a year later is how much fun everyone had celebrating one of the happiest days of your life.”

One detail the bride did mention was that she wore her grandmother’s pearl earrings. The couple also incorporated photos into the ceremony of special women in their lives who passed away. A dedication was planned with a small bouquet and photos at the altar.

The couple traveled to France after the ceremony to honeymoon around Nice, Monaco, Paris and Amboise. Now, more than a year later, Regina says she wouldn’t change a thing about the couple’s big day, including the rain!

Posted on 2020-02-12 by By Taylor Riley • Photos by Sarah Katherine Davis Photography