Hello Derby Darlin'
“To be born in Kentucky is a heritage; to brag about it is a habit; to appreciate it is a virtue.” ― Irvin Cobb
It is that time of year when Kentucky comes alive. Springtime in the Bluegrass can't be beat - trees are full of beautiful blooms of color and you can actually feel the energy in the air as everyone gears up for the most exciting two minutes in sports - the Kentucky Derby!
So, how can you have a Derby-inspired wedding with tradition and Southern Charm if red roses just aren't your thing?
Take your cues from the softer side of the Twin Spires, and draw inspiration from the running of the fillies on Oaks Day.
S O U T H E R N S T Y L E
Give a nod to tradition and incorporate some of these must-haves for modern twist on traditional Southern-Style staples.
Fascinators swap out a veil for a detailed fascinator or incorporate a pretty flush of color into your bridal party.
Pearls. They ain't just for your mama on Sunday! We love pearls on this bridesmaid dress from Theia Couture available at Relix Bridal.
Julep Cups give as a favor - or use julep glasses passed down from family members as meaningful toasting glasses. (Pictured were from the Boone Family and date back to the mid-1800's!)
L O C A L L O V E
Grow where you are planted is a way of life for Wild Roots Farmer Florist who is both farmer and florist delivering beautiful, sustainably grown flowers here in KY!
Bow Ties add a custom touch of equine-inspired bow ties and silk squares - shop local! Our favorites are from our favorite Kentucky Gentleman E.F Meeks.
Mint Julep Gelato. It's like ice cream with an Italian accent. Owners Beth and Phillip of Spotz Gelato will bring their fleet of pink Kentucky Proud gelato trucks to your wedding if you can't make it to their shops in Versailles & Georgetown!
Bluegrass Fine Arts chocolatier located in Versailles, KY creates stunning editable works of art that are almost to beautiful to eat. But they are chocolate so...
T H I N K P I N K
Wear any color on Oaks as long as it is pink! Draw inspiration from the lovely Lilies for the Fillies and THINK PINK by infusing a soft spring palette inspired by the Oaks Lilly, the second official drink of Churchill Downs that gives our beloved Mint Julep a run for its money! - (Check out our favorite version of the recipe from Southern Living)
Thank you to the amazing vendors who participated - Kentucky Kicks Ass!
Good luck, happy betting and best wishes!
Photographer: Casey & Sara Pictures
Venue: The Galerie
Hair: All that is Lovely
Name: Lauren Prather
Makeup: Caroline Makeup
Florist: Wild Roots Farmer Florist
Catering: Sweet Lilus
Dress: Relix Bridal
Men’s Accessories: W. F. Meeks
Furniture Rentals: VenYou Event Rentals
Bridal Party Accessories: The Charleston Exchange
Bride: Abby Buehner @abbybuehner
Groom: Keegan Elvidge @kjelvidge
Bridesmaids: @paigebarnes_ @laurenwalter22 @katiemuldoon @emmaadupree