For Carolina Martinez and Ken MacKinlay, an ordinary lunch break turned into a lifetime of love, with fate bringing this couple together. She was having her usual Caesar salad at Blue Dog Bakery, just a few doors down from Pure Tan Studio, where she works. Ken was eating lunch there with his college friends after attending the funeral of a close fraternity brother. Ken was moved by the loss of his friend and the realization of life’s brevity and unpredictable nature. He approached Carolina, struck up a conversation, and they were married 18 months later.
They were married on April 5, 2014, at the Marriott Hotel in Downtown Louisville with 140 of their closest family and friends. Carolina is from Puerto Rico and Ken is from Canada, but both reside in Louisville, KY. This meant international travel for their guests, who came from all over the world to share in their special day. They joke that their families met somewhere in the middle to celebrate the marriage.
One of the highlights of the evening was a surprise orchestrated by Carolina’s uncle, famed jockey Willie Martinez. He had the bugler from Churchill Downs, Steve Buttleman, come out and play “My Old Kentucky Home” and then “The Call to the Post” to start the reception. Horses were a common theme in this wedding, from the ice sculpture to the authentic horseshoes as wedding favors. After a night of much dancing and celebrating that went off “without a hitch,” the MacKinlays felt so lucky in love.
- Photography: Lang Thomas Photography
- Dress: Custom-made
- Florist: Mary Jewell
- Venue, catering and wedding planning: Louisville Marriott Downtown
- Bridesmaids’ dresses: Alfred Sung 2014 winter collection
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