Well friends – we did it! We made it through our first wedding…and what a wedding it was! Meredith and Corey’s wedding was simple, elegant and everything that we dreamt it to be. Enjoy this post from Meredith on her love story with Corey and planning their BIG day!
…the faith needed to do great things is very small indeed…
Corey and I met eight years ago during a pre-orientation retreat before we started undergrad at Georgetown College. We both immediately had crushes on each other. We dated for a while but ended up going our separate ways as Corey studied in Pittsburg and Oxford, and I moved to Los Angeles. We kept in touch over the years and remained good friends. After I moved home from LA, we reconnected almost seven years later and in less than a year, we were engaged. It was a total whirlwind, but we both knew that after having lost each other once, we wouldn’t make the same mistake twice. Corey proposed by sending me on a scavenger hunt throughout Lexington, Nicholasville, and Georgetown, taking me to various locations that held significance throughout our relationship. At each location, one of my friends was waiting for me to give me the clue of where to go next. It was an amazing all-day affair full of nostalgia and the joy of getting to see multiple friends and family members. So, I obviously said YES! Then wedding planning began…
Picking the Right Venue for Us
Corey and I planned our wedding in a very short amount of time (just under four months) so we had to make a lot of decisions very quickly. Picking a venue was probably the hardest decision. So many of the places we looked at felt very manufactured – like every wedding that went through that venue fit a cookie cutter mold and every wedding was done the same way each time. When we found Mustard Seed Hill, we were drawn to the idea that we would have the opportunity to take creative liberties and really make the space our own.
Assembling the Right Team
I absolutely could not have pulled everything off without my amazing team of vendors. Because we were planning things so quickly AND in a new venue, I hired a wedding planner. She was absolutely essential because she was able to anticipate things that I didn’t even know to think of in order to guarantee that the day would go smoothly. Corey and I had both worked with Keith and Melissa Photography in the past, so they were an easy decision and a priority for us (We actually picked our date based on their availability.) My absolute favorite vendor hands down was my florist, Danielle Jones from Kroger! She created a floral installation framing the altar that was to die for! My caterer, Beth from Sweet LiLus was also a blessing to work with. The bar in Mustard Seed Hill is my favorite room in the house, and Beth was able to turn it into a dessert bar and even custom made cream horns because those are Corey’s favorite dessert.
The Big Day
Corey and I could not have asked for a more perfect day. The weather was perfect, and we were surrounded by so much love and support coming from our friends and family. We held the ceremony on the South Lawn, cocktail hour on the Terrace in front of the Allen House and finished the night with dancing on the East Lawn. The day flew by way too quickly and I wish I could do it a million times over. Wedding planning had its ups and downs, but everything really seemed to fall into place. And now I get to spend the rest of my life with my favorite person and it doesn’t get much better than that.