What happens when two accountants fall in love and get married? They plan every detail with exacting precision — from the special heartfelt engagement and the wedding planning they did themselves, to the special day that went off without a hitch.
Kim Foresman met Kevin Branham when they were working as accountants at the same company in Lexington. They started dating in 2011 and got engaged in July 2014. Kevin knew that the one thing Kim did not want was a big, public engagement. The day of their engagement, he told Kim to be ready at 2 p.m., that they were going to Louisville to celebrate their birthdays (which are near each other) and that she needed to look nice. When they passed the exit to her parent’s house in Louisville and pulled up at the Seelbach Hilton downtown, she had a feeling something was going on. When they checked into their room, there were champagne and chocolates already in the room. Kevin was casually looking out the window and decided to propose right there in the hotel room. In an amazing move of restraint, they did not tell anyone right away; they went straight to dinner at Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse and enjoyed the moment together in peace. But Kevin had another surprise waiting back at the Seelbach. He had told their friends and family to be waiting for them back at the hotel to celebrate. Kim says she was more surprised seeing all of her loved ones than she was when she got engaged.
They set the wedding date for a year later on July 22, 2015. The traditional Roman Catholic ceremony was held at the century-old St. Elizabeth of Hungary church in Schnitzelburg. Afterwords, more than 220 guests joined them to celebrate at the reception at Wildwood Country Club.
Kim’s floral designer, Amy Streeter of Susan’s Florist, help her pick the overall theme of the wedding: “An English Garden.” Full of lush florals in shades of white, blush, pink and green, it had the feel of a luxurious, bountiful garden. The dresses and reception decor kept to that theme, with additions of Kentucky sentiment.
The traditional Roman Catholic ceremony was held at St. Elizabeth of Hungary, the 100-year-old church in the heart of Schnitzelburg. The couple were married at 4:30 p.m. and had a full Catholic mass.
The reception was held at Wildwood Country Club, a place where her family had been members for years. There was a cocktail hour before the reception began, with guests enjoying mini crab cakes, meatballs, fruit and cheese. The reception room continued the English garden theme with large, floral centerpieces strewn throughout, as well as smaller arrangements on the tables. There was a large central table for the wedding party and family with smaller tables surrounding it. The bride paid close attention to the chairs at her reception, believing that having nice chairs really makes the room. Tables were kept simple to really let the flowers shine. Guests dined on Wildwood salad, filet, Mahi Mahi, roasted potatoes and mixed vegetables for dinner. When it came time to cut the cake, guests had four flavors to enjoy from the beautiful cake made by Cakes by Lisa E.: Italian cream, strawberry, chocolate chip and/or white chocolate.
The Sly Band from Cincinnati entertained guests all night. Kim said the band never took a break the entire night and nobody left the dance floor. Sounds like a wonderful time was had by all!
Cheers to the beautiful couple!
Ceremony — St. Elizabeth of Hungary
Reception — Wildwood Country Club
Day of wedding coordination — Kaelyn Query from LexEffect
Photography — Conrhod Zonio
Bride’s gown — Augusta Jones, Fabulous Bridal
Bridesmaids’ dresses — Sorella Vita, Fabulous Bridal
Hair — Allison Johnson, PinkLouLou Design Studio
Makeup — Amelia Evans
Groom’s & groomsmen’s formalwear — Suits: Jos. A. Bank; Ties: The Tie Bar
Invitations, programs & menu cards — Cardinal and Straw
Flowers — Susan’s Florist
Catering —Wildwood Country Club
Music —The Sly Band
Cake — Cakes by Lisa E.
Guest accommodations — Galt House Hotel