Cary Ricketts and Channing Cox dated for a long time, long enough that Cary doesn’t remember when they got together, but can narrow it down to the beginning of 2009 or the end of 2008. Suffice it to say, they have been together a long time. It was only a matter of time before Channing proposed, right before the Preakness on June 7, 2014. That day, he had taken the CFA 2 test, and Cary thought he would be too exhausted to go watch the race, so she planned a night out with her girlfriends. When he returned from the test, he was not tired and insisted on them taking their dog, Fields, on a walk because it was such a beautiful night. Cary convinced Channing she could not go on a walk and standing there with a head full of hot rollers, applying makeup, she looked over to see Channing kneeling outside the bathroom door. He asked her to marry him right then and there. She was so overcome with so many happy emotions, but her response was “What?” and “Have you asked my dad?” After collecting herself, she answered yes, of course. A second later, he said, “Wait, there is a ring.” He whistled for Fields, the dog, and on her collar was a beautiful ring.
Later, they watched the race, and called family and a few friends. Word spread fast, and later that evening, they had an impromptu celebration with friends. It was all a big surprise to everyone but Fields and Channing.
The couple was married April 11, 2015, at Christ Church Cathedral, with a reception following at Louisville Country Club. Both Cary and Channing are from tight-knit families and decided to keep the wedding party just to immediate family. Because it was a family-only wedding party, the entire family walked in together down the aisle. While they walked down, the entire congregation stood up and sang “All Creatures of Our God and King.” Cary remembers watching from the back and tearing up at how special the moment was and how fortunate and blessed she is to have such a loving and wonderful family. What the bride and groom loved most about the ceremony was how special and authentic it was.
Cary wore her mother’s dress from 1975 and changed into a formal dress after the ceremony. The couple took a few moments before the ceremony to take pictures and gather with their family. After that quiet, private time, they welcomed the 300 guests to their reception with a cocktail hour and piano music. With a nod to Louisville’s favorite food traditions, the couple had mint tea and Old-Fashioneds, accompanied by green chili wontons, benedictine and bacon sandwiches, and country ham and biscuit appetizers.
Guests danced well into the beautiful spring night, and at the end of the evening, they saw the couple off with the horn section of the band leading the way and a parade of sparklers lighting it.
Cheers to this wonderful couple!
Cary wore her mother’s dress from 1975. When she tried it on, it fit perfectly, needing no alterations or mending. After a trip to the cleaners to freshen it up, it was ready to go, almost 40 years after its first wearing. Cary wore no veil, opting for two bejeweled barrettes instead.
Congratulations to the beautiful couple! Here’s to a lifetime of love and happiness!
- Venue: Louisville Country Club
- Photography: Lang Thomas Photography
- Wedding Planner: Hollis Starks
- Bride’s Reception Dress:Jenny Packham, purchased at White on Daniel Island, SC
- Bridesmaid Dresses: Carrie Karibo Bridal Boutique in Cincinnati
- Flower Girl Dresses: Bailey Boys purchased at Animal Crackers
- Hair & Makeup Ana Crane
- Groom’s & Groomsmens’ Formalwear: Tuxes owned personally. Bow Ties from The Fashion Post.
- Invitations, Programs & Menu Cards: Etcetera
- Flowers: Colonial Designs
- Catering: Louisville Country Club
- Music: The Atlanta Allstars
- Cake: Individual desserts by Louisville Country Club