For Cameron and Mikey -- old college pals who didn't begin dating until a decade after graduation -- family and friendship top the list of life's most precious gifts. Fitting, then, that when it came time for Mikey to propose, he did so in front of loved ones. With both their families gathered for Mikey's birthday dinner, the celebration turned into an engagement party. On April 12, 2012, the pair got hitched in the brideâ€™s hometown of Simpsonville, Kentucky, surrounded by all their nearest and dearest.
Guests were greeted with gift boxes, wrapped in kraft paper, that contained outlines of the weekendâ€™s events, a small candle from Hadley Pottery, bottled water, pretzels, mints, and candies. "My mom's friend, Fern, assembled them all and even dropped them off at the hotels," Cameron said.
After scrapping the idea of a destination wedding in Santa Barbara due to their large guest list, the couple decided to host something closer to home. The bride's family farm, just outside of Louisville, fit the bill: personal, intimate, and spacious enough to accommodate 300 attendees.
Cameron shone in an Oscar de la Renta gown. She had tried on the sample in a bridal salon only to discover it was discontinued. But she found it pre-owned and the former wearer personally delivered it to sister-of-the-bride to bring to Cameron. She accessorized it with Jimmy Choo heels, then switched into Prada wedges for the reception. A belt she found on Etsy, sapphire and diamond earrings, and a diamond necklace finished off her look.
Dinner began with a Bibb lettuce salad with red-wine vinaigrette, local cheese, prosciutto, pecans, and strawberries. The entree, beef tenderloin, was accompanied by Kentucky Tavern sauce, spring asparagus, red pepper confit corn pudding. The corn pudding was one of the groom's favorite parts of the wedding, and a fitting nod to the southern style and location of the fete.
Photography: Lang Thomas Photography
Wedding planning and event design: Hollis Starks
Stationery: Toast & Laurel
Florist: Colonial Designs
Cake: Mary Carmel Wetherby of The Sugar Woods
Cocktail hour bluegrass band: Hog Operation
Reception music: The Jimmy Church Band
Videography: Richard Moore of Heavenly Pictures
Transportation: Todd's Valet Service
Service staffing: Roderick Hodge
Engagement ring and wedding bands: Miriam's Jewelry
Rehearsal dinner: Louisville Slugger Museum