The Furnari Wedding
12-30-16 | Bardstown, KY
As individuals they are both incredibly warm, charismatic, and full of life. Combined as a couple, their qualities shine even brighter and everyone around them feels the love. Its no surprise that their wedding day was one huge, glamorous, amazing party.
A private first look on a dock, fur wraps, speeches that included a rap from her sisters and a standing ovation from his best friend, smiles, tears…It was a night that no one could ever forget.
My heart is so happy for these two, who make so many people fell so loved! Congratulations, Joe + Virginia! Cheers to years and years and years of bliss.
Where did you mostly look for your wedding inspiration?
Pinterest, Etsy, and interior design magazines – seriously, room color palettes are a great inspiration.
How would you describe your wedding in 3 words?
Romantic, Furry, and Bourbon
What was the best moment of your wedding day?
VIRGINIA: The ceremony, specifically when we were exchanging our vows, was the most intense, meaningful moment of our wedding day for me. I remember hyper-focusing on Joe’s face and trying to memorize every little thing in that moment. I felt his hands shaking with excitement (or, more accurately, nervousness). I could smell that church-y incense that always sets a holy tone. I heard and tasted the words of my future. I saw Joe, my HUSBAND, for the first time. All these senses together created the most honest and surreal moment of my life.
JOE: The best moment of my wedding day was seeing my soon-to-be wife, Virginia, for the very first time. She was beaming and looked absolutely stunning (no shocker there). I was standing on the end of the dock, with the winter sun reflecting off the lake. I could hear her laughing as she got closer. She tapped me on the shoulder and as I turned around, her beauty took my breath away. I was speechless; it was that exact moment I already knew this was the best day of my life.
Is there anything you would have done differently? Why?
I wouldn’t change anything about the wedding day, really, but what I would do is get more sleep leading up to the big day. Looking back, I let the anxiety get the best of me the last few weeks and had such a hard time sleeping. I wish I relaxed more leading up to the wedding.
If you could give advice to a bride planning her wedding, what would it be?
Everyone says this, but don’t stress the small stuff. On the wedding day, we forgot to do so much. We were going to have a giant monogram displayed in the room, and we forgot it in my garage. We were going to place these cute little jingle bells at every place setting for people to cheer with, but we forgot those, too. We were going to cut the cake, but, you guessed it, we forgot (too busy dancing). But guess what? None of that mattered. At the end of the day, we were married and were with our favorite people. But hey, if anybody needs jingle bells, I have about 400.
Dress: Sarah Janks; Bolero: Hayley Paige
Tuxes: Ike Behar
Videographers: Hannah Johnson, assisted by Laura Clark Second Photographer: Kyra Rookard
Hair: Heather Yurko, Neatbeat
Makeup: Heather Yurko, Neatbeat
Ceremony Location: The Basilica of St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral
Catering: Mastersons (Louisville, KY)
Bridesmaids gifts: Rose-gold jacket earrings, Burgundy furs, Rose-gold bejeweled belts
Transportation: The Tator Tot (hahaha, it’s the mini-bus from Bethlehem High School where my dad is principal)
Entertainment: The Downtown Band (Nashville, TN)
Leather wallets from our trip to Italy, Tissot watches, Fabric Lapel Pins for the ceremony