You guys are going to love Lizzy and Andy’s wedding from designer and planner Shelly Fortune Event Design. It’s a perfect blend of all the pretty things—a classic cathedral ceremony, scenic portraits on location in Louisville, feminine florals by Forage & Fleur, a white tent reception on the groom’s family farm and tablescapes with that relaxed elegance we can’t seem to get enough of. The Lizzy’s Inbal Dror gown is smashing and Andy is dapper in his white dinner jacket and together they exude joy and romance at every turn in these images by Nina & Wes Photography.
What made the wedding special and unique?
It was so special to both us to have the wedding reception on Andy’s family farm, at the same place he proposed. I’m from Buffalo, NY and we had been to several weddings recently there (including my sisters!) so it was fun to have a unique location for our wedding. His paternal grandfather, and maternal grandmother who are both 97 were able to attend, having them there meant the world to us.
Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it!
I found the gown in Toronto, where my sister lives. I had looked all over London & New York and didn’t find anything I loved. I’m from Buffalo which is two hours from Toronto – my mom, sister, and even my dad were all there when I found it – a true family affair!
What were some touches added to make the wedding personal?
I loved the copper mugs we had made as party favors for everyone. They had the fleur de lis engraved on them (representative of Louisville & one of my mom’s favorite symbols). My mom also purchased straw fans from Etsy that were given out on the wedding day in case it was a hot day. They’re great looking fans and I still see them hanging in family and friend houses. My mom was battling cancer while I was planning the wedding so she wasn’t able to be involved as much as she had hoped, however it was these few touches she did help with that I will never forget.
What was the most memorable part of the day?
The speeches given at the reception were incredible. Our maid of honor, best man, my father, and husband all gave hilarious and touching speeches that I will never forget (even though I’d like to forget my husband publicly thanking John Calipari for leading Kentucky to the 2012 NCAA Basketball National Championship). Our ceremony was also very memorable. The deacon was a long time friend of my husband’s family, we really enjoyed getting to know him better through our pre-cana work, he made the ceremony feel very personal & special.
Tell us how you met and became engaged.
We met in New York City at one of our favorite bars, we had both lived there for a few years and wondered how we hadn’t crossed paths before as we frequented a lot of the same places. My husband had just moved to London, but that didn’t stop us from seeing each other at least two times a month. A year after we met, I moved to London, a year later he proposed while we were home for the holidays. Afterwards, we were able to celebrate with both of our families, which was so special.
Photographer: Nina & Wes Photography // Designer/Planner: Shelly Fortune Event Design // Florals: Forage & Fleur // Ceremony Venue: Cathedral of the Assumption (Louisville) // Reception Venue: Groom’s Family Farm // Wedding Dress: Inbal Dror // Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen Rental // Photobooth: Magbooth // Cinematography: Lynnesy Catron // Beauty: Hali B & Co. & Sloan Winters // Ribbon: Frou Frou Chic // Guest Favors: Copper Mug Co. // Catering: Wilshire Pantry // Rentals: All Occasions Event Rental // Transportation: Royal Transportation of Louisville / Miller Transportation // Cocktail Hour Entertainment: Hog Operation Bluegrass Band // Reception Entertainment: The Time of Your Life Band // Hotel: The Seelbach