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Prepare yourself for what can only be described as the inspiration for Southern weddings everywhere!  Naturally, such an amazing wedding had to come from an equally amazing photographer.  (Thank you, Todd Pellowe!)  To be honest, I’m so overwhelmed by all the amazing Southern details in Mallori + Tory’s outdoor Kentucky wedding at the bride’s family home that I don’t know where to start.  But first things first: how adorable are the bridesmaids’ bright yellow heels and color-coordinated blue frocks?  While Emily can tell you how madly in love I am with Mallori’s form-fitting Monique Lhuillier lace gown (I’ve been raving about it all week!), I feel I must point out how the fresh wildflower bouquets and sweet yellow mum ring pillow from Pathelen Flowers and horse-drawn carriage make for a perfectly rustic (and ultra-Southern) affair. A nd yes, this wedding is so good we just had to treat you to another image board!  Check back soon for more fun and fabulous photos from the amazing Todd Pellowe! 

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story.   We met in December of 2001 at our high school Christmas dance. Although our first dance was to “You Had Me From Hello” by Kenny Chesney, our relationship didn’t truly begin until a year later during Tory’s senior year. Even then, I had to ask Tory out on a date two times (yes, I did the asking!) until he finally agreed to go. In the end, my efforts finally paid off and we quickly became high school sweethearts. Tory, however, soon left for college and we both realized that we each had a lot of growing up to do. FINALLY, after Tory’s return from living and studying in Australia in the Fall of 2005, we no longer had any doubts. Four years later, here we are!

Describe the proposal:   The proposal was a scavenger hunt like the T.V. show Amazing Race.  It lasted about 6 hours!  Each location of the scavenger hunt represented an important part of our relationship. Tory asked one of my best friends to drive me around while a video camera was recording every minute of the night. At each location, family members were there to direct me to my next clue and, consequently, my next location. Each clue led me to believe that Tory would be at the next location. Sixteen stops later, I had been sent all over Louisville & Shelbyville, Kentucky and still hadn’t reached my final destination. The final clue led me to my parent’s house where Tory was there waiting for me outside by the pool with a candlelit path showing me the way. Being high school sweethearts, my parent’s house represents many sweet memories and is an important part of our relationship. For Tory to have proposed anywhere else wouldn’t have seemed right!

What was the design inspiration for your wedding?  My parents’ rustic log home was our inspiration for the entire wedding design. We wanted simple elegance with a rustic twist. Our centerpieces consisted of watering cans and antique bottles overflowing with flowers.   

Written with love by Southern Weddings
  1. avatar Becky @ Weddingistas reply

    Gorgeous wedding! Yellow and blue is one of my all time favorite color combinations. The last picture of the bride is adorable!

  2. avatar California Beach Weddings reply

    I stumbled here and really like your format. Well done. Beautiful detail.

  3. avatar Kathryn reply

    I LOVE the veil the bride is wearing! Where did she get it?

  4. avatar Mindi reply

    Does anyone know where she got the terry cloth towel wraps?

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Leave it to a true blue Southern girl to strike the perfect balance of simple elegance and down-home comfort when planning her wedding.  And leave it to Michael Howard to find the perfect way to capture every detail for your Thursday morning pleasure! Kayela + Spencer’s sweet Kentucky affair at The Club at Olde Stone is wonderfully vintage and classically chic!  Lace (how stunning is the bride in her timeless Monique Lhuilliher gown?), pearls (I am in love with the antique pearl broach on the bride’s sash and her vintage hairpiece!) and cream-colored flowers (courtesy of {Deemer Flowers) all come together to create a classic black-tie event.  But, like any good Southern wedding, the couple found ways to pepper their celebration with reminders of the bride’s hometown and hints of Southern hospitality.  We love the novelty of the horseshoe place cards almost as much as the requisite barn shots that show off the bridesmaids’ green silk sheaths from Simple Silhouettes.  Since we’re clearly on a food kick this week courtesy of {Emily}, food critic extraordinaire, I would be remiss to not point out the dramatic five-tier cake from Dessert Designs!  This would be the perfect cake for my twenty-third birthday tomorrow, right?

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story. We met the summer before eighth grade when Spencer moved into the house behind mine. When Spencer officially met me in homeroom on the first day of school, his first thoughts were, “This girl is going to give me trouble!” Boy, was he right! Every since that fateful meeting in middle school, we have been great friends who only grew closer during our high school and college years. 

Describe the proposal: It was nearing Spencer’s birthday and, in an effort to through me off the trail, Spencer decided to propose to me on his birthday! Despite his best efforts to keep it all under wraps, I was on to his plan. I know him too well! What was originally supposed to be a quiet night with a home-cooked meal turned into a trip to Sonic Drive-in (my favorite fast-food restaurant). After picking up a Diet Coke and hamburgers, we headed to the park at Folly Beach. Spencer had safety pinned the ring in his pocket for safekeeping. While walking down the beach and holding my hand, he somehow managed to distract me long enough to unpin the ring and get down on one knee. He said beautiful things and , of course, I said yes! I guess you can say I was his best birthday present!

What was the design inspiration for your wedding? I honestly have no idea what the design inspiration was for our wedding, but I knew I wanted three things: a welcoming atmosphere for our guests, a day steeped in family sentiments and a very Kentucky affair. 

Favorite design element of your big day: There were so many little details I loved but something I really loved were the flowers. The florist was such a joy to work with and made choosing flowers so much fun. When thinking about decorating the children’s room with lollipops and gumballs, he got so excited to play “Willy Wonka.” I’ll never forget that. 

Tell us about finding your wedding dress: Since Spencer is my best friend, I wanted more than anything to take him dress shopping with me, but resisted the urge. I always thought I would get the poofy princess dress but realized I got lost in all the tulle and beads. As soon as I tried on the lace Monique Lhuillier dress, I knew that was it. Putting that dress on was a feeling I will never forget. I didn’t want to take it off!

 Describe your wedding flowers: I love flowers! I wanted a very simple palette of creams and greens with a garden feel. Each of the different rooms at the reception had a different feel, but the cream-colored flowers tied everything together beautifully. We decorated the cocktail tent with tall vases filled with green apples topped with lush floral arrangements. In the formal ballroom, we filled silver julep cups with different flowers and used tall candelabras decorated with hydrangeas, bells of Irelands and roses.  

Describe your wedding cake: In a word, DELICIOUS! Spencer and I could not pick just one flavor so we chose several, hoping that a variety would please our guests.  

Were there any special family traditions you included in the wedding? My father passed away when I was seven and I always knew I would walk myself down the aisle, as no one could ever fill his shoes. I collected his wedding ring, as well as my grandparents wedding rings, and a locket and pin Spencer had given me and had the floral designer tie these charms into my bouquet. Knowing that these special people were with me as I walked down the aisle and said my vows gave me great strength.   

What was your most memorable moment about your wedding day? I remember when they opened the doors for me to walk down the aisle and I saw Spencer’s smile. I knew then and there that this walk down the aisle that I had been so afraid of since my father’s death was going to be okay. I walked to him with the biggest smile on my face. I was so happy to be marrying him. People have told us they thought they were going to cry, but looking at us and seeing how happy we were made it impossible to cry!  

Scariest moment? Driving to the wedding, I realized the box holding my garter wasn’t among the things sent to the reception. Spencer had been talking about the garter toss for as long as I could remember. One call to the wedding coordinator had everything under control. Later, I find out the maintenance man from our church drove it to our reception. How nice it that? 

What are you looking forward to in the future? We are looking forward to continuing our journey and making more memories together. Our time together has always been full of laughter, so there is no doubt there will be much more of that in our future. I think we are just excited at the prospect of learning about each other as a married couple and building a life together as husband and wife.

Written with love by Southern Weddings
  1. avatar evie s reply

    Beautiful wedding!

  2. avatar dj miller reply

    Looks like a great wedding! Good Southern Weddings are also Beach Weddings and Destin Beach Weddings are always romantic.

  3. avatar Stacye Clark reply

    So many sentiments went into this ceremony and just reading this has brought both a tear and a smile to my face! Best wishes to this bride and groom!

  4. avatar paula reply

    How beautiful… loving the details.

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  6. avatar Wedding Rings reply

    This was such a great wedding. I hope the couple will live happily as what they have had in their wedding. Best wishes to them.

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Welcome back to another spectacular Wanwisa Wednesday! Be sure to check out her previous posts I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X, XI, XII, XIII, XIV, XV, XVI, XVII, XVII, XIX, XX, XXI, XXII, XXIII, XXIV, XXV, XXVI, XXVII, XXVIII, XXIX, XXX, XXXI, XXXII, XXXIII, XXXIV, XXXV, XXXVI, XXXVII, IIXXXX, IXL, XL, XLI, XLII, XLIII and XLIV for more fabulous wedding inspiration!

Since everyone here has been a little obsessed with tablescapes lately, I thought it would be appropriate to put together some fun ideas for table signs! Have a peek!

First Row: Instead of one guest book, why not have many? Place a guest book on each table and attach the table number on the cover! If there is just not enough room for a table sign on your gorgeous tablescape try hanging chic signs on the corners of your chairs. Sophisticated couples should look for sleek stainless-steel looking metal numbers to top off their tables! {all via Martha Stewart Weddings}

Second Row: Lucky in love? Or was it written in the stars? Instead of table numbers, name your tables after brilliant constellations. Hip couples with a flair for photography should use numerical photographs for an urban-chic look. You guys make a cute couple so you should take photos while holding different number signs for a unique twist. Traditionalists don’t have to stick to plain calligraphy for their table signs – why not add some three-dimensional flair with quilled paper. {all via Martha Stewart Weddings}

Bottom Row: Shadow-cut table numbers look DIY-fabulous {via}. For a preppy look try mini paper cakes {via}! Winos can add numbers on wooden wine bottle holders for a whimsical design {via}.

Until Next Wednesday!  Xoxo, Wanwisa

Written with love by Katharine
  1. avatar Weddingistas reply

    I love those stainless steel numbers! So simple and chic. We have a bride who is doing a vintage romantic theme this February and we are trying to find the perfect table numbers for her. Thanks for providing us with inspiration!

  2. avatar abby reply

    Where can I find those lovely table numbers at the in the top middle hanging from the chair?? So simple and stylish! Is there a template somewhere you can direct me to?

  3. avatar Wanwisa reply

    Hi Abby – you should try Martha Stewart Weddings! =)

  4. avatar Custom Doormaker Artist reply

    I love finding artistic inspiration everywhere. what a cool site to stumble upon.

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