This Louisville bride and groom combined their love of family and bourbon in their wedding last winter. Their wedding is a winter delight, complete with tartan plaid, sleds, pine trees and bourbon. The bride, Lauren Keeling, offers her insights into this beautiful affair.
My aunt and my husband worked together at Heaven Hill Distilleries. My aunt set us up on a blind date. Three years after that blind date, we began to actually date and a year later were engaged. I had never been the “planned my wedding since I was a little girl” type, so the two things that brought us together were the driving forces in the conception of our wedding day: bourbon and family.
We both decided a winter wedding would be perfect, and as fate would have it, my great-grandparent’s anniversary, January 5, was an available date for our band, church, and reception venue — in that order. January 5th was also the date my grandparents were supposed to get married in France, where my grandfather was stationed. My grandmother fell ill and missed her flight to France, postponing their wedding until January 8. However, at our reception we were lucky enough to celebrate their 60th anniversary early by surprising them with a French-inspired cake!
Our family also played a major role in many of the details of our wedding. My mother-in-law and I designed our wedding invitations, which she handmade. Nick’s aunt did our calligraphy and my aunt and mother-in-law made the programs for our ceremony.
My mother made burlap bows and banner for the ceremony at the church. She also had a purse made for me from her wedding dress, which I carried the day of our wedding. Looking back on the day, those are things we cherish most. Our family played a large part in the execution of our dream and for that we are forever grateful.
There were many things during the planning process I was told I was crazy for wanting. Nick wanted his groomsmen to wear navy suits for the wedding, which matched my favorite Royal Stewart Tartan. Neither of us are Scottish, but I have an small obsession with plaid. (I heard “that’s different” from many people when they asked what our colors were.)
Even more different than the plaid was my request to put the wedding cake on a vintage sled. The plaid lent itself to a perfect vintage-rustic feel and as it all started to come together, the theme didn’t seem complete without a vintage sled and pine trees. My father fought me on this for most of the planning process because it wasn’t traditional, but I loved how it looked in the end.
We are so thankful for the wonderful people who made our dream for the day a reality. After one meeting with Jaclyn Journey, our florist and designer, I had no doubt that everything we wanted was possible and would be beautiful. I felt as if she reached into my imagination and made it real.
Jaclyn even added vintage bourbon bottles to the decor, a nod to our beginning.
The entire event planning team and my family worked tirelessly to set up thirty pine trees, decorate and set 50 tables and make all the little details come together. It was a beautiful event.
Although many of our request were unconventional for a wedding, all these small crazy things came together to make a wedding better than I could have ever imagined. However, the thing most beautiful in our eyes was being able to share our day with the family and friends who helped to create it!
Thank you to Lauren Keeling and Nick Morris for sharing their beautiful winter wedding with us. Best wishes to you both.
- Event planning: Gold Star Events
- Photography: Bella Grace Studios
- Videography: Stephanie Whonsetler
- Invitations: Handmade
- Floral Design: Jaclyn Journey
- Sound: Band: The Crashers
- Catering: Greg Simms (859-336-9600)
- Cakes: Jeanne Douthitt (270-692-1820) and pies from Burke’s Bakery (859-236-5661)
- Cake Stands: Vintage sled and bourbon barrel head
- Bride’s Dress: Watters from Rebecca’s Wedding Boutique
- Bridesmaids Dresses: Alfred Angelo from Rebecca’s Wedding Boutique
- Transportation: Trolley from Bourbon Heritage Center