Whitney + Jake
The Olmstead / Louisville KY
They have differing opinions on who made the first move–Jake claims he “put the vibe out” after first meeting her, and Whitney’s Facebook friend request led to their first date at the Silver Dollar–but regardless, these two are so well matched it leaves you inspired about love.
There were so many beautiful sentimental touches throughout their wedding day that makes it stand out: Whitney wore her mother’s veil that was handmade by her grandmother, their invitations were incredible custom watercolor paintings by The Illustrated Life, they melded together both Jewish and Catholic traditions, and Jake surprised his mom by playing a song from a record his late grandmother had recorded. It was beginning to end full of energy, sheer happiness and excitement, and of course love.
Whitney and Jake chose not to do a first look and instead saw each other for the first time when the church doors opened. It was an incredible moment with the sunlight beaming through the stained glass windows and organ filling the entire church. I know a lot of brides are on the fence about first looks, and my advice is always to focus on making your wedding day about what the two of you envision. I believe your team of vendors should honor your wishes and accommodate your vision!
The vendors (linked below) were absolutely INCREDIBLE and did just that. So I’m going to take a second to shamelessly brag on them: The blooms from Rose & Honey were so unique and vibrant they basically got their own photoshoot, and everyone was complimenting them all day long. The makeup and hair by the team at Blush & Honey was so flipping talented they produced exactly what a bride should strive for: completely flawless and incredible natural. Lorrie from L&M Detailed events was always 3 steps ahead and worked tirelessly behind the scenes for the day to go smooth. John Stone was so awesome to work with and created a video that recapped the day perfectly! Huge shoutout to Kyra Rookard for lending her talents, you’ll find a lot of her captures here in this blog and I’m so thankful for her! The venue at The Olmstead was so accommodating and such an ornate and unique space. As you can tell, the band, Kudmani kept every guest on the dance floor the ENTRIE night. They made Whitney and Jake feel so special!! They also were super accommodating to myself and Kyra which is so considerate.
I’m so, so grateful for getting connected with this couple! They were so welcoming and FUN my cheeks hurt from laughing with them!!
Cheers to many years of bliss!!! To Whitney and Jake!!
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Over half of our guests flew in from out of town (a lot of them coming to Kentucky for the first time ever) so we wanted to give them a taste of our city/state’s culture which is what we used to guide us when planning out how our big day would look and feel. Our meal was southern-inspired, our signature drinks were a Mint Julep and a Lily, and all of our guests received a bottle of bourbon, an Ale-8-One, a Please & Thank You Cookie, and some of my mom’s bourbon balls (yummmm)! Jake lived in New Orleans for four years so we also wanted to somehow tie that into our celebration so we had beignets for dessert instead of cake! (Can you tell we are foodies?) I actually got most of our décor inspiration from the stuff I decorate our home with. I LOVE vintage blue and white porcelain pottery pieces so we had our floral designers use those as the vases for our centerpieces. Peonies are my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE flower so I knew I wanted to have those as well! Jake had also collected some ideas that he wanted to do from previous weddings he had been at, such as a candy bar, a photo booth, and a Time Capsule table where friends and family could write us letters to be opened on future anniversaries!
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