Bourbon & Blues Styled Shoot

Inspirational Shoots

Lexington Kentucky has a rich tradition of bourbon and horse farms. When designing this inspiration shoot we wanted to make sure we included great representation of those Kentucky traditions.

Keeneland, the chosen location is a thoroughbred racing and sales facility that has been used to shoot scenes in movies such as “Seabiscuit” and “Secretariat”, but is also well known for hosting gorgeous weddings throughout the year. Keene Manor, the house where we staged our shoot was built just after the turn of the nineteenth century and gave the perfect historical and classic feel while being surrounded by giant trees and soft grassy fields. Add in a rare bottle of bourbon that was aged in a bourbon barrel for the past twenty years and it added up to the perfect mixture of Kentucky traditions.

The color palette of shades of blue, soft grey and ivory, mixed with a few touches of peach and wood tones felt light, gardeny and perfect for the surroundings. Details such as plaid pillows, soft drapery, hanging wreaths of greenery, and blue marbled plates added the perfect touches to give the table a modern feel while maintaining classic elements.


Scroll to the bottom for a listing of the incredibly talented vendors I had the pleasure of collaborating with to make this shoot happen.






















Here’s some background info on the shoot:

Back in September, I had the pleasure of assembling an A-team of wedding vendors to create this incredible styled shoot.

Once I wrapped my head around the idea of putting the shoot together, my first call was the incredibly talented Kelsey Malicote of The Malicotes.  I knew that she, with her husband alongside her would provide the most gorgeous photos, while also making this such a fun day.  From there we gathered a team of talented people to make this come together as exactly what I envisioned.

On a hot day in late September, it all came together beautifully.  It was such a fun day!  Whenever I have the opportunity to work with Kelsey and Matt I know that there will be a whole lot of laughter and smiles along the way.  It also helped that we got a visit (and a little help) from Hannah, another great friend, who is a wonderful event planner at Keeneland.

I’ve mentioned in other posts, but it’s worth mentioning again – this industry has truly brought some of the most cherished friendships into my life and I love the opportunity to pull our talents together to make something like this shoot happen.

To top it all off, we had two models who are not only absolutely beautiful people inside and out but are incredibly in love with each other and naturals in front of a camera.

I’m super excited to share this shoot with you all!  It pulled together a lot of my favorite details and design elements, and it’s been so much fun to get to go back through all the photos to choose which favorites to share!

Location: Keene Manor at Keeneland in Lexington, Kentucky

Photography: Kelsey and Matt Malicote of The Malicotes

Rentals: Bryant’s Rent-All

Floral: Stems, LLC

Place Cards & Menu Cards: Katie Bowman of Blu3 Designs

Dress: Twirl Boutique

Suit: Geno’s Formal Affair

Hair & Makeup: Dana of Pink Lou Lou Design Studio

Design & Planning: Christina Burton Events

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