Kentucky native Rachel (Price) and Jakson Deyer may have met at a country music festival, but their September 2019 wedding was all things classy, elegant and chic.
The couple met at Red, White, and Boom in Lexington in 2016 while they were both there with separate friends––call it being at the same place at the same time. When a mutual friend introduced them that night, the rest was history.
Rachel, an occupational therapist, was born and raised in Somerset, and Jakson, a CPA, is from Wilmore. He was just in town for the weekend when the couple met, so he spent a lot of time on I-64 visiting Rachel in Lexington the first year of dating. Rachel eventually finished graduate school and joined her future husband in Louisville, where they got engaged and bought their first house. “We knew that Louisville was our home base, where lots of our friends are located. (It’s) a terrific city. And, therefore, we decided to get married here in Louisville,” Rachel says.
The couple fell in love with their venue, the Olmsted, immediately upon touring it. Rachel says the couple loved that they could have the ceremony outside on the front lawn and then go inside for a formal reception. The Olmsted is large and open but sectioned off into three different large rooms for a more intimate ambiance. In the event of rain, the Olmstead has indoor options for the ceremony as well. “In addition, we loved that our guests would be in one place for the entire evening,” Rachel says. “Since neither of our families are from Louisville and therefore aren't extremely familiar with the city, it was nice to give them one location and not have to worry about them driving to two different locations or having to worry about them navigating downtown or heavy traffic. It was a win win for us!”
The couple envisioned a “classy, elegant and chic” day with mauve, gold and greenery. The decor and flowers were two of the bride’s favorite things of the day. The florist was able to repurpose most of the ceremony flowers into the reception, which was a big help for the couple’s budget. “I remember walking into the reception after being outside taking photos for hours,” Rachel says. “I walked in and was in complete awe of how beautiful all the decor was.”
The couple decided on a “first look,” where the bride and groom meet in their wedding attire before the ceremony. “Neither of us had originally wanted a first look as we wanted to see each other for the first time at the aisle,” Rachel says. “However, the more we thought about it, we didn’t want to miss out on any time with our wedding guests due to taking pictures. We ended up having our first look in the aisle with all the empty chairs around us, and it was so special. All the wedding day jitters were gone at that point and it was just so special to have so much time together before the ceremony.” It was one of Rachel’s fondest memories, along with the couple’s letters they read to each other before the first look.
A sentimental detail of the big day was when Rachel’s step dad performed their ceremony. It was his first officiated wedding, but he was the “perfect person for the job,” she says. “I knew I wanted a very personalized ceremony performed by someone who knew us both very well. Our ceremony was extremely special to us, because my stepdad was able to incorporate stories from our relationship, give us personalized advice, and at the same time, totally captivate the audience with his humor and witty personality.” Rachel’s stepfather later wow’d the crowd again when he and Rachel surprised everyone with a choreographed father-daughter dance at the reception.
Another precious moment was when Rachel wore her mother’s sapphire diamond ring. She wasn’t too concerned about incorporating something blue or borrowed into her wedding day, but her mother insisted on it. “She insisted I wear her sapphire diamond ring and I’m so glad I did,” Rachel says. “It ended up holding meaning for me, and I know that it will be a very sentimental detail that I look back on in years to come.”
Photographer: Meagen C Photography
Videographer: Alexander Francis Films
Venue: The Olmsted
Catering: Mastersons Catering
Cake: Louisvillicious Cakes and Desserts
Day of Coordinators: Alli B Down the Aisle and the Handmade Hostess
Flowers: J. Elizabeth Designs
Rentals and/or Décor: Southern Classic Rentals
Bridal Gown: Blush by Hayley Paige from the Couture Closet
Bridal Party Attire: Alfred Sung
Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Joseph Abboud from Men’s Warehouse
Hair and Makeup: Hair By Maddie Woff and Makeup By Sarah Lynn
Stationery/Calligraphy: Minted and JC Designs
DJ: Pulse Mobile Entertainment
Bridal Veil & Jewelry: Sara Gabriel from the Couture Closet