Share with your friends!

Highland Stables was built with love. The Bowling Green, KY, space was constructed in 2000 by Charles Mosley as a gift to his wife, Betty. Set on a 168-acre family farm, it originally served as an equine boarding and training facility, but today, it’s a full-time event venue — and it was recently the site of their son’s wedding, decked out in elegant white florals and greenery.

“The venue was a no-brainer for us,” says Meredith (Hester) Mosley, who married Josh Mosley on the farm property on February 11, 2023. As Meredith explains, Highland Stables is literally surrounded by family. The venue backs up to their family’s cattle field, and their house backs up to the field. Josh’s aunt and parents live across the street, and his grandparents reside just up the road toward the front of the farm. One look at Josh and Meredith’s wedding photos, and you’ll understand why their family loves this space so much!

bride and groom in stables
Josh and Meredith tied the knot and became “The Mosleys” on February 11, 2023. Read on to see more of their beautiful day!

Meredith shared that before she ever dreamed of taking her wedding vows at Highland Stables, Josh proposed there. “We got engaged on July 5th of 2021,” Meredith recalls. “At the time, I was pregnant, extremely sick, and had very little motivation to do anything at all.”

mother and baby
Josh and Meredith’s daughter, Sage, was a huge part of their day. Sage was even there to help her mom get ready for the aisle!

The couple met in 2020 through social media and had their first date at El Mazatlan in Bowling Green. Over the next year or so, the Mexican eatery became the site of many more dates. After several meals of chicken barley bowls with broccoli, they got to know each other very well — and their relationship soon led up to an important question that Meredith didn’t see coming.

When Josh announced he had a surprise for her, she never imagined it would be an engagement ring — but as it turned out, Josh and his mom had been secretly shopping for the special piece of jewelry. And when they found the perfect oval-shaped, two-carat diamond, Josh stored it away for a special day. When that day finally came, Josh blindfolded Meredith and drove her to a ‘secret’ location for the surprise.

“I asked about a million questions on the way to Highland Stables, where he had the cutest little spot set up to propose to me,” Meredith says. “He took the blindfold off and got down on one knee, and asked me both the most important and memorable question of my life: ‘Meredith, will you marry me?’” Shocked and crying, it took Meredith a minute to reply with an enthusiastic “yes” — and it wasn’t long before she was in full wedding-planning mode.

black and white wedding details
Once wedding planning was underway, an elegant black-and-white color scheme quickly emerged — a reflection of Meredith’s classic tastes.
Meredith’s classic white wedding gown was studded from top to toe with delicate sparkles.

“I’m a very simple, classic person,” she says, “so just having a classic, simple, black and white color scheme was perfect.” Her seven bridesmaids wore sleek, black gowns in varying styles while she shined in a white sparkly number from The Wedding Studio in Louisville. The shop was the first and only store that Meredith visited — and ironically, the dress she chose was nothing like what she thought she’d wear.

bride looking up in her dress
A moment for the dress, please! And a nod to Meredith’s adorable day-of dressing gown, too — how gorgeous are those sheer, pearl-studded sleeves?

“It was actually exactly the opposite of what I wanted, which is crazy,” she says. “It’s very sparkly, and I’m not a sparkle person.” After trying on the dress that would become her wedding gown, she gave a different dress a whirl, thinking she’d like it better. But once she put the glittery gown on for the second time, tears started rolling down her face — and she knew she’d found the one.

bride standing with seven bridesmaids in black dresses
Meredith’s seven bridesmaids got to pick their own floor-length black gowns.
groomsmen in all black
Also decked out in sleek black, the groom’s party is pictured here looking dapper.
wedding ceremony
Over 200 guests from all over the country joined Josh and Meredith on their big day.

With the help of wedding planner Angela Miller of Ivory Grace Events, Josh and Meredith celebrated their special day with 215 people at Highland Stables, which was decked out in black, white, and ivory decor and flowers to enhance the classic theme. They exchanged traditional vows, danced to “Dressed in White” by CAL, and cut a white, five-tier cake crafted by a baker in Franklin, KY.

wedding cake
A wall of ethereal greenery and hanging tea lights provides the perfect backdrop for their flower-adorned five-tier wedding cake!

“We wanted a timeless ceremony and reception, and we got just that,” Meredith gushes. She adds that visually, her favorite part of their wedding was the decor. The smooth, black velvet linens paired with the chandeliers in the venue, she says, “were just jaw-dropping.”

wedding reception setup
Black linens and white florals made for a striking view against the stone floor, stables, and rustic wood beams.
set wedding table with black tablecloth
The head table lined right up next to the stables for a striking display.

But the most memorable part of it all had nothing to do with the material things that helped make the event beautiful; it was about the people who showed up to celebrate them on their special day.

audio guestbook setup
Instead of a traditional guestbook, guests were invited to pick up the receiver of this old-school rotary phone and leave the happy couple a message.
artist drawing on clipboard
They even had a caricature artist set up to draw portraits of wedding guests!

“The most memorable part of my day was that we had so many friends and family travel in from all over the United States,” she says, adding that many of them spent several hours traveling, which made their presence feel extra special. “I don’t think we’ll ever have all those people in one place again. It was so memorable seeing everyone come together from all chapters of our lives … just celebrating, having so much fun, and getting to know each other. It was amazing.”

couple dancing first dance at wedding in a giant barn
Meredith and Josh sway to “Dressed In White” during their first dance.
wedding guests dancing
Josh and Meredith’s guests made great use of the dance floor all evening long.

Though the same group of 200-plus people may never share a time at Highland Stables again, the property will surely see more of Josh, Meredith, and their daughter, Sage. “Highland Stables remains extremely special to us,” Meredith says. “It’s where we took our first family photos with Sage, [and] it’s where I see us making many more memorable life moments as a family.”

bride and groom holding their daughter
The newlyweds are all smiles with their daughter, Sage.

Thanks, Meredith and Josh, for sharing your day with us. And thanks to The Hardcastle’s Photography for the photos.



Venue: Highland Stables, Bowling Green, KY
Photographer + Videographer: Luke Metzger Visuals and The Hardcastle’s Photography
Bride’s gown: The Wedding Studio, Louisville, KY
Hair & Makeup: Maggie Bellamy & Emina Husic for makeup and Kenzie Hayes & Sheridan Garner for hair
Groom’s & groomsmen’s formalwear: FHG Clothiers
Invitations: Minted
Flowers: Terry Donnelly
Catering: Kathy Poston
Entertainment: DJ Scott Roach
Cake: Kathy Poston
Transportation: Holiday Inn University Plaza
Other: Alpha Lit Western KY for large “The Mosley” light letters


Get lost in more dreamy Southern weddings. Visit our Wedding Archives!

Share with your friends!
About the Author
Lennie Omalza

Lennie is a Southern-based freelance writer. Originally from Hawaii, she is a yoga-loving foodie who travels as often as she can.