Lydia Curtz and Benjamin Tuttle met their sophomore year in college. Five years later, and all grown up, the program leader of a refugee resettlement agency and medical researcher got hitched. The April 6, 2013, wedding took place at a Shaker village, not far from their Kentucky home.
After visiting most of the potential wedding venues in the Lexington area, Lydia and Ben were on their way home one day when they drove by Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill in nearby Harrodsburg, Kentucky. A popular place for school field trips, the bride and groom hadn’t been there since they were little. But as soon as they stepped out of the car they knew they’d found the perfect wedding spot.
Ben kept it classic in an Armani tuxedo and Cole Haan shoes. Lydia did too, in an Amsale gown she tweaked for a custom style. She accessorized her look with Salvatore Ferragamo shoes, a custom veil, the diamond ring made from her great grandmother’s stone, and a pair of sentimental earrings that had belonged to her grandmother that she’d worn to all of her graduations.
Muslin sachets stamped with the Shaker tree of life and the couple’s wedding date were filled with lavender for people to toss as the newlyweds exited the ceremony venue. “Ben and I made them all months before, then kept them in our closet, which smelled great,” Lydia recalled.
Custom Shaker boxes were tied with a velvet ribbon, and filled with a card that read “thank you” and bourbon balls (a soft boozy candy dunked in chocolate and topped with a pecan). They sat on round menus printed by The Lettered Olive and gold plates at each place setting. The tables were accented by colorful Mexican tiles with animals painted on them and centerpieces of ranunculus, muscari, sweet peas, and nigella.
Every time Lydia and Ben visit his father and stepmother in Pittsburg they swing by a local popcorn shop that makes the airy snack in all sorts of flavors. Ben’s parents filled cellophane bags with caramel-and cheddar-flavored popcorn and sealed them with stickers stamped with the tree icon used throughout the day. Guests took them home as midnight snacks.