Tony Edelen and Jessica Holloway were strangers the night they both went to the same engagement party but he noticed her the minute she walked in. Later, he told her that he got butterflies when he saw her that first time. Though they didn’t actually talk until later that night, they have talked every single night since. And as it turns out, they had several mutual friends, including her sister and her cousin, which proves that some things are definitely meant to be … so meant to be, in fact, that they made the mutual decision to get married.
They celebrated their engagement in June of 2014, planning a date night with dinner at Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse, followed by plans to see “The Book of Mormon.” And although there was no surprise engagement, Tony did surprise her by inviting some friends and family to dinner before they saw the play.
After a year of planning with the help of wedding planner Ellen Shaheen Fox, the couple were married on June 6, 2015, at Middletown United Methodist Church in front of 260 guests. The reception followed at the The Seelbach Hilton Hotel, a natural place for Jessica to have her reception. She had loved that hotel since she was a little girl, and her parents reminisced that they’d had their first kiss there. Whenever Jessica visited for brunch or a special occasion, she would take a picture on the grand stairwell — and it all came full circle when she was taking her wedding pictures on that same stairwell many years later.
The ivory lace wedding dress was designed by Carrafina, with an A-line design, a sweetheart neck and a belt to set it off. For the ceremony, Jessica had a special piece made with some extra lace of the dress to cover her shoulders and chest. This became a a make-shift jacket, and Jessica removed it for the reception so there would be no interference with her dancing.
The ceremony was held at Middletown United Methodist Church at 5:30 p.m. with more than 260 guests attending. The altar was a sea of beautiful flowers arranged by In Bloom Again.
After the ceremony, the reception began at Seelbach Hotel. The couple posed for the classic grand staircase picture before joining the wedding party and their guests at the reception.
The guests enjoyed cocktails in the magnificent and historic Oak Room, where a lavish charcuterie display was served that included a selection of local Kentucky meats, cheeses, freshly baked bread and was garnished with almonds, figs and grapes. Hors d’oeuvres of mini Hot Browns, Caprese salad skewers, blue cheese-stuffed dates with bacon, and shrimp cocktail shooters were passed during the cocktail hour.
The central color of the wedding was gold, with navy accents throughout the reception room. For Jessica, navy and gold together seemed regal and elegant. Wayne Esterle from In Bloom Again and Ellen Shaheen Fox of ShaFox Weddings & Events took these colors and made them a royal reality.
The bride and groom had a seated dinner that began with Kentucky Bibb lettuce and endive salad, topped with bourbon-spiced pecans, roasted beets and Boursin cheese mousse — followed by a dual-plated entrée of medallion of beef tenderloin and egg-dipped chicken, accompanied by Yukon Gold mashed potatoes, glazed carrots and Southern-style green beans.
Cheers to the bride and groom and our best wishes for a lifetime of love and happiness!
Ceremony Location: Middletown United Methodist Church
Reception venue: The Seelbach Hotel
Photography: Amy Shepherd
Videography: Two Rings Wedding Videos
Ceiling drape: The Event Company
Custom Linens: ShaFox Weddings & Events
Bride’s gown: Couture Closet
Bridesmaids dresses: Shoshanna
Hair & makeup: Ana Crane
Groom’s & groomsmen’s formalwear: Macy’s
Invitations: First Impressions, (502) 894-9678
Custom letter-pressed programs, escort cards & menu cards: ShaFox Weddings & Events
Flowers: In Bloom Again
Catering: The Seelbach Hotel
Music: The Downtown Band
Cake: Merts Cakes
Gold chiavari chairs: 50 Chairs
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