Devon & Andrew's WeddingJune 7, 2014
Ceremony: Keeneland Library
Cocktail Hour & Reception: Entertainment Center & Keene Barn
As an avid dressage rider, Devon wanted her wedding to reflect her passion with equestrian elegance and a hint of Southern charm. It was for this reason that Keeneland and its beautiful countryside and charm proved the perfect location for her special day.
We wanted an outdoor wedding and indoor venue, and for our guests to experience the beauty of Kentucky and the equestrian lifestyle – so Keeneland was the perfect place.
- Devon, Bride
The couple worked with Keeneland to develop a menu that complemented the feel of their Southern wedding. During cocktail hour, guests enjoyed two specialty drinks crafted for the event: Mint to Be and Berry Happy Together, as well as Andouille Sausage Shrimp Skewers and Miniature Hot Browns. The reception buffet featured Hand-Carved Prime Rib, Atlantic Salmon, Whipped Potatoes and a Caesar Salad, and capped off their equine-theme with a Mint Julep Cheesecake for dessert.
"Keeneland’s Mint Julep Cheesecakes decorated with small chocolate horseshoes were my favorite! It was a great way to tie in the equestrian theme."
The Bride's Comments
How did Andrew pop the question?
"I thought it was odd one day when my horseback riding trainer cancelled my lesson last minute. Andrew asked me to go to an acapella concert at Rice University since several of his friends from medical school were in the group “Docapellas”. We went to Rice and sat down in the courtyard where the group was singing. A bunch of our mutual friends were in the audience, and when the Docapellas started to sing our song, “Lucky” by Jason Mraz & Colbie Caillat, I had an idea that something was going on. After the song was over, Andrew got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! Spoiler alert – I said yes!"
What style were you trying to channel with your décor and color pallette?
"The vision for our wedding was equestrian elegance with a hint of Southern charm. As an avid dressage rider, I appreciate all things horse-themed, and what better place for an equestrian wedding, than in Lexington, Kentucky at Keeneland? We had guests travelling from across the country, and I wanted them to experience the best of Kentucky – from the beautiful countryside, to horses and mint juleps.
I envisioned beautiful lace and florals with pinks and greens, and some Kentucky-themed touches throughout. Andrew and I love the Kentucky Derby and thought it would be perfect to have Vineyard Vines mint-julep bowties for the groomsmen to complement the bridesmaids’ delicate lace Lilly Pulitzer dresses."
Were there any traditions that you tied into your wedding day? What made them special to you?
"Since I’m Irish, it’s a family tradition to have bells of Ireland in the bridal bouquet. Stems, LLC did a fabulous job creating my dream bouquet and including this tradition. The purse I used at my wedding was my grandmother’s antique pearl purse – she passed away when I was young, so this was a lovely way to have a piece of her at our wedding."
What led you to choose Keeneland?
"We wanted an outdoor wedding and indoor venue, and wanted our guests to experience the beauty of Kentucky and the equestrian lifestyle – so Keeneland was perfect! We had a cocktail hour in the Keene Barn with string lights hanging above, and the reception (and dancing!) in the Entertainment Center. The high ceilings gave us the ability to hang pink, green and white paper lanterns, and the space was large enough to accommodate all of our guests, band, and a dance floor."