Whitney & Christian Gilliam

Ceremony Location: Lexington, Talon Winery & Vineyards, Kentucky
Wedding Date: May 2009
Wedding Theme: Vineyard

Christian and Whitney met in a small family restaurant in Northeast Tennessee while they were both attending colleges in the area. They dated for a year and then he proposed with a vintage ring at a local park that overlooked the mountains.

They are both pretty casual, relaxed people and they wanted their wedding to reflect that. The couple chose Talon for its gorgeous surroundings and location on the outskirts of Lexington. They also were on a tight budget so they made a lot of their own wedding decorations. Whitney’s mom even made the ceremony decor, which turned out lovely.

A family friend catered a casual dinner of grilled chicken sandwiches, salad, and fruit. They had cheesecake cupcakes topped with kiwi and strawberries for dessert. The caterer used the wine the couple had purchased from Talon to make sangria for the guests. The wedding favors were tree saplings the guests could go home and plant.

The photographer was a friend of Whitney’s, and he did an amazing job capturing the entire wedding party and the awesome venue. The couple got married on Memorial Day and it rained and poured off and on until about 15 minutes before the ceremony, and then it magically stopped just in time!

Whitney and Christian honeymooned in Disney and had a blast! They also mentioned when you are celebrating there, they truly make you feel extra special.

-Photographer: Scott Clark

– Photographer’s website: http://www.dscottclarkphoto.com/


Classic Wedding Church Decor

A lot of classic traditional weddings hold their ceremony in a church. The great thing about having your ceremony in a church is that most churches are beautiful just the way they are, but of course decorations never hurt! Here are some easy tips on how to make your church ceremony beautiful and timeless.

  1. Tulle – one of the cheapest and most beautiful decoration items is tulle. You can drape tool all the way down each side of the pews. You can also stream lights in the tulle to give an extra twinke.
  2. Flowers – After you have decided on your wedding colors purchase flowers that are within your colors and use them as décor throughout the church. You can have flowers in vases at the entrance, hang them on the archways, hang them at the top of each pew right over the tulle, and even sprinkle the pedals down the aisle. You can also place flower pedals in the tulle.
  3. Staircase entrance – You can place a red carpet on the entrance steps to your church ceremony so when guests arrive they will right away get into the wedding spirit.
  4. Candles – Candles always add a warm glow. You can have candles running down the entire isle on each side. For example, you can place a candle at the end of each pew to light your way down the aisle to your special someone.
  5. Altar Décor – A simple, but beautiful idea is to have movable columns at your altar. You can place flowers and candles on each one. You can purchase these at most hobby and craft stores.

Don’t forget to have fun!



Renee and Jordan Zulkanycz

Ceremony Location: Louisville, Kentucky
Wedding Date: October 2011
Wedding Theme: Fall

Renee was known to be a non romantic girl, but after meeting Jordan that changed very quickly. Their relationship was nothing less than a fairy tale! It was love at first sight to say the least, and for a girl who hated romance “love at first sight” didn’t happen.

So the big day FINALLY came… after the stressful year of planning Renee was so happy for it to be over and for the couple to get back to their normal lives. Somehow against all odds it was the most beautiful day she could have ever wished for. They participated in a KY tradition in hopes to have decent weather, as their wedding was outside the last thing they needed was rain. They “buried the bourbon” meaning you bury a bottle of KY bourbon in KY soil on a day with perfect weather and dig it back up on your wedding day and the weather should match, success! Needless to say their wedding favors were small bottles of Jim Beam! In other hopes of luck Renee has always loved monarch butterflies, so they released those during the ceremony.

After the wedding the couple took off for their wonderful honeymoon in Mexico! They had an amazing honeymoon full of dolphin swimming, zip lining, cave swimming, canoeing, and mojitos! And now after it’s all said and done, Renee feels like she is one lucky girl living happily ever after.

-Photographer: Jessie Kriech-Higdon

-Photographer’s website: http://www.kriech-higdonphoto.com/