A + A | The Kentucky Way


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Hey All Ya’All!

These two Love Birds met in Paris (please read, Par-eeee) and Austin took Abby back to Paris to the exact spot to propose. Abby was tickled-pink and called me just like she promised five years ago when we met. It was another ‘true-to-the-bride-and-groom’ BEST DAY EVER! in Kentucky with Magnolias and Hot Toddy’s, Mason-Dixon Mac’n Cheese and a ‘Butter My Biscuits’ Bar, we served Charleston’s Coconut Cake  and set up a Wild Cats Lounge so’s we could watch the Wild Cats! Oh! and that ain’t all! —- I finally got the gorgeous photos by Lang Thomas Photography narrowed down for a proper post. ( ok – there are 50 not 20 or less like I’m supposed to do, I admit it. I am hopeless. But, I love every detail and seeing it unfold again with photos makes me so happy. And then, I don’t want to be selfish and leave any of All Ya’All out of joining in the happiness of their Best Day and Beautiful Love…)
I left a little of my heart in Owensboro, Kentucky where the charming celebration took place. Located on the Ohio River, it is modern yet quaint, and along with being the home of our Bride, it is home to The Miller House which is home to SPIRITS, recognized as the Best BOURBON Bar, stocking 400+ Bourbons in their walls of shelves.  We hosted the Rehearsal Dinner Upstairs and then headed down to SPIRITS for the After-The-Rehearsal-Gathering and some Bourbon. It is also home to The World Famous Bar-B-Q of The Moonlite Inn, which catered this ‘true-to-the-bride’ affair, and is known for being shut down for President Bill Clinton to enjoy when he is passing through with his Secret Service, AND – wait for it…IT’s THE CHILDHOOD HOME of JOHNNY DEPP! YEP!

The planning process was a JOY with Abby and her Queen Mother, Lisa and it overflowed into another BEST DAY EVER. It was as lovely as the photos convey, which of course, is a direct result of the love these two wonderful humans have for each other and pretty much All Ya’all!

Thank Yous and ‘Bless Yer Hearts!’ are in order:
To Lisa’s friend Patsy opening her heart and home for the delicious lunch and photos. To Sally and her team at Welborn’s, who were incredible to work with. They executed the design and vision to perfection and with a smile. From the gorgeous florals, magnolia runners and chandelier wreaths to the linens, draping, metallic gold chiavari chairs and the gold candlesticks, to every last place setting. To the lovely Sarah Axelson for her custom work for programs, table numbers and directional signage. To Moonlite Bar-B-Que for the ‘Good Eats’. To the hospitable staff at The River Park Center. To Nashville’s Downtown Band, who kept the dance floor full. To the Settle Memorial United Methodist Church who allowed a custom ‘true to the Bride and Groom’ ceremony. To the Miller House and SPIRITS Bourbon Bar for a wonderful rehearsal dinner and after party AND – if you loved Abby’s dress (it was more divine than the photos show), check out House of White in Newburgh, Indiana. Andrea was a 5Star experience!

X’s & O’s to these beautiful people for letting me be a part. They will always be in my heart: Abby Nyquist​ Austin Nyquist​ Lisa Garmon Newcom​ Cindy Nyquist​
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At the end of the day, I have a life that is good.

Matt & Nichole: A Love Worth Waiting For


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14Again, I say, how can it be that we get the sweetest Princess Brides and dearest Queen Mothers?

We met this Princess Bride and Queen Mother while in ‘full speed ahead Day-Of Executing mode’ for another sweetest Princess Bride and dearest Queen Mother.
They stopped in to view The Barrel Room at The Prairie Street Brewing Company and think through the placement of their head table and the layout and flow of the spaces. After a bit of a chat, we planned to meet Sunday morning before Princess Bride returned to Dallas. And so began our midnight emails and texts.

An important detail – just before the wedding, this Princess moved from Dallas to Sacramento where she and her Prince would reside. Add that to your list of To Do’s the week before your wedding! thankfully she has a King of Hearts who is as supportive as her Queen Mother. She and the King and Queen were never anything but entirely lovely. Another sweetheart added to my heart forever.

Thank you to Mandy Blair Photography for these moments, to Event Floral for working with us on ceremony backdrop, head table and centerpiece design in line with our Bride and Queen Mother’s vision. To Luxe Productions, Altamore’s, Halo Cakes, Studio Blue, Arch Apothecary and the Prairie Street Brewing Company for helping us deliver another BEST DAY EVER!

Extra special thanks to my Angel Assistant Abby for executing this Day-Of according to plan so that I could celebrate the wedding of my Son to his lovely Princess Bride in Chicago.
Kiss Kiss, Kelly