Hilary and Johnathan’s Rainy Spring Keeneland Wedding

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 Hilary & Johnathan’s Keeneland wedding took place on a rainy, Spring day. Their wedding also occurred as the world began to shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With only hours until their wedding, and their guests arriving in Lexington we all became uncertain as to whether or not things would be able to happen as planned.

Nonetheless, the day went on as planned and everything happening in the outside world had been forgotten for one day.

Wedding invitation with wedding bands and rings

Hilary and Johnathan’s invitations included a custom logo. The design of their big day centered around this logo. It contained their initials and was inspired by the classic, gold Keeneland logo that appears on the green Keeneland gates.

The bride's silver, sparkly wedding day high heels

The bride's personalized charm bracelet with unique, meaningful charms

Bride and Groom's diamond engagement ring and wedding bands on a small ceramic plate

The wedding party gathered and got ready for the big day in a hotel in downtown Lexington.

The bride getting her make up done

The bride's wedding dressed laid out on the bed

White handkerchief with personalized blue writing and the bride's charm bracelet

The bride putting in her earrings

The bride and her bridesmaids take a group photo in their getting ready robes

Hilary and Johnathan created gift boxes that were made out of a Kentucky Fried Chicken container with treats and goodies that paid tribute to the location in which they were getting married.

Kentucky Friend Chicken bucket with local treats

The bride and groom decorated their sweet pup with floral and included him in pictures on their big day.

The bride and groom's dog looks out the window at the rain with his floral arrangement on his collar

the bride holding her white, pink, and green bouquet

The group took advantage of the covered areas outside of Keeneland since it was raining.

the groom kissing the bride's hand outside of the Keeneland venue

The bridal party in the outdoor stands of the Keeneland venue

The groom and his groomsmen group photo outside Keeneland

The groom looking out on the grounds of Kenneland

The bride and groom kiss outside of the Keeneland venue

Hilary and Johnathan made the most out of the rain by snapping a few photos outside with umbrellas.

the bride and groom share a kiss underneath two umbrellas outside in the rain

The bride smiling with her bridesmaids with their bouquets

The bride and groom smiling at each other while in the outdoor stands of Keeneland

A close up shot of the bridal bouquet as the bride is holding it

The wedding party outside of the Keeneland venue with the bride and groom's dog

The bride is lovingly looking at the groom while the groom looks at the camera

The bride does a spin in her wedding dress outside of Keeneland

The groom is all smiles outside of the Keeneland venue

The bride and groom kiss outside of the Keeneland venue on a rainy day

The Ceremony

The ceremony took place inside the Keeneland Barn. String lights hung from the rafters. White draping and their custom logo were placed at the front of the aisle. A string quartet began to play as the bride, escorted by her father, made her way down the aisle.

Three-person string quartet is playing their instruments inside the Keeneland Barn

The bride is escorted down the aisle by her father inside the Keeneland Barn

The bride and groom are holding hands at the front of the aisle

The bride and groom kissing at the end of their wedding ceremony in the Keeneland Barn

The Reception

As the ceremony came to an end, guests made their way past the white curtains and into cocktail hour. The cocktail hour space was located just outside the reception room doors. Drinks and appetizers were served. A guestbook was placed for guests to leave notes and advice for the newlyweds.

After the cocktail hour, guests were escorted into the Keeneland reception space and seated for dinner. The Keeneland reception room was beautifully decorated with white draping and chandeliers hanging from the ceiling. The tables had short and tall floral centerpieces consisting of pink and white flowers with greenery in gold vases. Their custom logo was used throughout the reception space on the menu cards and their wedding cake. A customized version even appeared as a neon light on their photo wall backdrop.

The reception space filled with tables, white linen, floral centerpieces, and white linen and chandeliers hanging from the ceiling

Tall floral centerpiece with white and pink flowers and greenery with a gold vase.

This table had white candles with white and pink floral and greenery with gold chargers, glassware, and silver flatware

Pink and white flowers with greenery in a gold vase with small tea lights around centered on the table

Chocolate dessert set up on a buffet table at Keeneland

A white, four-tiered cake with white floral, greenery and a custom gold logo

The bride and groom's recetion chairs had greenery and "Mr." and "Mrs." signs hanging behind them

The bride and groom cutting into their wedding cake at Keeneland

The bride and groom having their first dance as husband and wife at Keeneland

The night was filled with joy, happiness, and so much love. We were not sure as to whether it was the pending pandemic, the band’s incredible energy, or something else entirely, but all of the guests were dancing and enjoying the evening with the bride and groom. 

Love persevered for one night, even though the outside world was uncertain. Everyone in attendance got to forget the unknown of the world and live in the love and celebration of Hilary and Johnathan’s relationship.

A huge thank you to all of the amazing people who helped make this day incredible!

Venue: Keeneland| Photographer: Sara Ackermann Photography | Videographer: Bryan Starr Cinematography | Florist: Stems LLC | Wedding Planner and Event Designer: Christina Burton Events | Catering: Keeneland | Cake/Desserts: Martine’s Pastries | Rentals: Bryant’s Rent-All | Ceremony and Cocktail Hour Music: String Elegance | Reception Music: Radio Incorporated | Bridal Party Transportation: Gold Shield Limo | Guest Transportation: Miller Transportation | Stationery and Paper Goods: Christina Burton Events | Hair and Makeup: Blush & Glow | Bride’s Attire: Allure Bridals | Dress Shop: Bridal Elegance | Bridemaid’s Dresses: Show Me Your Mumu | Groom’s Attire: Jos. A. Bank | Getting Ready Location: Lexington Marriott City Center | Buckeyes: Heavenly Sweets by Monique | Lighting & Draping: Pizzazzle Events | Flower Wall: Bloomington Stones | Officiant: Jeremy Davis | Neon Light Manufactured:  iLight Technologies | Neon Light: LHI Lighting Sales

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