Published Wedding in TOPS in Lexington Magazine
Louisville and Lexington wedding photographers all desire to have their images on the coveted pages of TOPS in Lexington Magazine. The publication is known for highlighting the best the best, the top of the stack and thus the name TOPS. The Weddings issue just hit newsstands yesterday and I am so honored to once again have this bridal publication featuring a wedding of mine. The magazine gave a full two page spread to an image of Ashley and Nathan and then four more pages of details from their gorgeous wedding. Each of the six pages include both pictures from the big day and text as the magazine chose not just to show the wedding, but to tell the story as well. It was certainly one of my favorites of the year, because not only was it an elegant and sophisticated event at one of Kentucky’s finest hotels and not just because this bride and groom are so photogenic, but because they are two of the sweetest people I have ever met. Photographing Ashley and Nathan’s day was a complete joy. I couldn’t be more excited for the two of them to get to share their celebration with the readers of the magazine. The image that spans the first two pages of the feature was taken out on the 2nd Street Bridge just after we took portraits of the whole bridal party with the cityscape as the background. But most of the celebration took place at the historic Brown hotel. It is one of those settings that is a dream to photograph in. Everywhere you look you see opulence. Before a wedding planner or decorator goes to work the Brown Hotel already looks amazing. I love all the arches and intricate detail on the walls, ceiling, pillars and railings. The architecture adds a richness to every picture but for this special occasion much more was planned. My friends Paul and Alex from Fleur De Lis Events and Design along with Alicia of Great Expectations did an amazing job, truly making Ashley’s wedding dream become a reality.
For the ceremony Ashley chose to have a beautiful ombre of flower petals running up the aisle fading from pink to white with a custom ombre aisle runner with 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, 13 printed on it, along with their wedding date. The couple loved “Canon in D” and “How Beautiful” by Twila Paris, and couldn’t decide between the two songs for their ceremony. A composer arranged the two seamlessly together and The Louisville Strings played it for the couple. When it came time for the big kiss, Nathan swung his bride around and dipped her down, catching her by surprise. Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed a cocktail hour featuring a Kentucky theme. Bourbon barrel cocktail tables were adorned with burlap and mint julep centerpieces accented with horseshoes and candles. Guests signed a bourbon barrel head converted into a lazy susan and enjoyed miniature Kentucky Hot Browns, the hotel’s signature dish.
Even more was in store as the guest entered the Crystal Ballroom. Ashley and Nathan’s wedding reception was as lavish as can be. The combination of flowers, crystal, candles and up-lighting was magnificent. They chose to have a variety of centerpieces around the room. Tables were covered with ivory linens, accented with a beautiful gold overlay. The tables were set with gold chargers, pink napkins, rhinestone table numbers and votives. Beautiful, oversized centerpieces were garnished with crystals to match the ballroom’s signature chandelier. Gold containers bore a lush assortment of roses, hydrangeas, orchids and calla lilies. The head table featured five glass pillars with dramatic ombre florals. The presentation was simply spectacular.
Vendors from the day included Wedding Planner: Alicia Collins with Great Expectations Venue Coordinator:
Debbie Whitelock Venue: The Brown Hotel Catering:
The Brown Hotel Flowers/Decor: Fleur-de-Lis Cakes: Lady A Cakes Hair and Makeup: Haley Bolin with Simply Makeup Band: Az-Izz Cinematographer;
Dan Shallenberger with Poetic Cinema Bridal Gown:
Martina Liana Bridal Party Attire:
Dessy Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Vera Wang Wedding Rings:
Shelia Bayes Invitations and Programs: Emily Mistretta with Cardinal & Straw Save-The-Dates:
Mellen Designs Transportation:
R&R Limousine and Photographer:
David Blair Photography. To see even more images from Ashley and Nathan’s wedding click the thumbnails below.