elizabeth + john {married}

You all have no idea how much we LOVE seeing our brides wedding pictures!!!  When we are tagged on Instagram or Facebook, or emailed the sweet thank you and pictures.  It truly makes our day.  So we have to share beautiful Elizabeth and John's story and pictures from their BIG DAY 7.1.2017. 

Bride's Story:

We got married at St. James Catholic Church on Bardstown road. The reception was at the Henry Clay in the main ballroom. John and I had been dating for 8 years by the time we were married! We met at Lakeside Swim Club as lifeguards one summer in high school. We started dating the next summer and stayed together through a long distance relationship, new jobs, new cities, and finally got married this summer! Our wedding day was the best day ever! We had so much love from family and friends who came near and far to celebrate our special day! And we had so much fun celebrating with cake, dancing, and wonderful company!  We also loved everyone who helped us from start to finish!

 

Venue: St. James Church/The Henry Clay // Caterer: Wiltshire Pantry //Photographer: Jay May Photography // Videographer: Matt Graf - Pixel Puppy Productions // Florist: Oberer’s Flowers // Cake: Plehn’s Bakery // Makeup: Nicole Grote – Artistry HD // Hair: Jennifer Cook – Hair Bar // Coordinator: Lauren Lewis // Transportation: Trolley de ‘Ville // Band: Groove Essential

 

holly + bryson {married}

We are seriously so blessed to have such amazing brides, and Holly is one of the reasons I get to say that!  This lady was such a beam of sunlight any time she came into the shop! Working with her was such a dream and we looked forward to her visits every time.  Even when she got a little nervous with her dress choice and had to come in and revisit her dress, she was such a dear, and the addition of her beautiful sash made her fears melt away and as you can see the result was nothing short of perfection!  

Congrats Holly and Bryson!!! We wish you years of love, laughter and adventure!

From The Bride: 

I wanted my wedding to be like a fairytale, with pastel colors and pure elegance and romance! I wanted to feel like a princess, marrying my prince charming. One of the major themes of the wedding was pearls. My grandmother (Nanni) who passed away a few years ago was so elegant and LIVED in pearls. We had such a special relationship, so not having her there was hard for me.  I thought it was a cool way to incorporate a touch of her into the day by having pearls in the bouquets and the arrangements! I even had pearls on my dress. My favorite part of the reception was the big pink tutu skirt on the cake table! It was over the top princess and I loved it. Carrie, at Merci Bouquet, created the skirt and also did draping at the reception! Amy at Merci Bouquet did the flowers. They were the best.

Bryson and I wanted to have our ceremony at our church, where we met.  I sing and he plays guitar so we met volunteeringon the student ministry worship team (this was when we were out of high school – we were just volunteering in that area)J Now I sing regularly on the adult worship team and he is the pastoral intern there. Having our ceremony there was so important since our relationship with the Lord means so much to us and it was where our relationship began.

One unique fact about the ceremony is my mom made ALL the décor, even the flowers on stage and going down the aisles! She spent so much time and effort to transform the sanctuary into a dreamland!  Merci bouquet made the boutonnieres, bouquets, and did all the reception flowers and décor!Another fun fact is that when we kissed, fireworks went off on the screen behind us at church! 

Photography: Jess Maslyn Photography // Dress: Lillian West // Venue: Southeast Christian Church Indiana and Kye's // Flowers and Draping: Merci Bouquet // Decor: Brides Mama Leila Abbott // Coordinator: Sarah Flannery // Cake: Louisvillicous

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This was the brides favorite part of the decor so we HAD to add a pictures and we have to say we L-O-V-E it!!!!

This was the brides favorite part of the decor so we HAD to add a pictures and we have to say we L-O-V-E it!!!!

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sara + justin {married}

Well, we got our favorite kind of mail the other day!  The kind where one of our past CC Brides send us a bunch of pictures and a sweet story attached!  Sara and Justin were married back in May and we couldn't be more happy for these two! From Justin's sweet first look remark about Sara's dress to the downpour that stayed away until the end, this couple had a perfect day!  

Congratulations Sara & Justin!  We wish you a lifetime of Love, Laughter, and Adventure!

The Bride's Story:

I am so excited to be telling Couture Closet about our wedding and to share pictures of the dress that made our day just so sweetly perfect. My now husband's words at our first look on the wedding day: "if there were ever a dress that were made for you, you found it". Thank you so much for helping me find the dress that made me feel more beautiful than I have ever felt in my life. May 20th, 2017. This is a special day. May 20th was my grandfather, Robert's, birthday. It also is the day right between the date that my Grandmother, Tootsie, was born (May 22nd) and the date that she passed away (May 18th) 4 days away from her turning 90 years old. Her passing has been very difficult especially with the wedding planning. She was my best friend and I wished so much that she could be there when I walked down the aisle. The night of our rehearsal dinner, Justin gifted me with what we call the Tootsie ring in remembrance of her. It's an emerald for her favorite color and birthstone with pave diamonds around the emerald. The ring is pictured below in our photos on my right hand. Talk about the world's greatest husband! He only got a watch for his wedding gift...

Our wedding was at Gingerwoods Event Venue in Prospect, KY. Justin and I did a first look which we are so grateful to have done. We were able to talk and share small moments together before the hustle and bustle of the wedding reception. My father and I also did a first look. The expression on his face is precious-there's a picture attached. Then I got to marry my best friend-Justin Alexander Soforo. We had an outside ceremony and an inside reception. There was a record high of 93 degrees that day with a 90% chance of rain for most of the day, but we beat the storms that were rolling in just in time to finish our ceremony and family photos. We danced the night away all while smiling and laughing with our loved ones. It was the best day. 

Photography: Jessica Meek & Aidan Strausser // Dress: "Maisie" from Blush by Hayley Paige // Pastor: Clifton Roth from Sojorn Midtown // Venue: Gingerwoods // Flowers: Outer Loop Kroger // Wedding Planner: Megan Boone

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Chelsea + Garrett {married}

This lovely lady said yes to her dress at the end of last year and a few weeks ago she finally got to say I Do!  This simply elegant and classy wedding at The Point was the perfect place to throw a big party with all their loved ones.  

We had been together about 7 years before he proposed (so I had been waiting for this engagement for a long time!) then it was a quick year following before we made it official. We are pretty simplistic people, so the venue spoke for itself without many flowers or decorations, but gave us a classy and timeless look we were wanting. Our main goal was to throw an awesome party that everyone enjoyed, while celebrating us :)
— Chelsea {The Bride}

Congrats Chelsea and Garrett!  We wish you many years of Love, Happiness, and Adventure!

{Silly Side Note: Both Tera and I {Lauren} were with our hubbys for 7 years before they proposed as well so we feel ya Chelsea!}

Photographer: Lindsay Whiting // Dress: Ti Adora // Venue: The Point // Florist: Jaclyn Journey // Hair & Makeup: Primp Style Lounge // Coordinator: Weekend Wedding Warrior

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carly & ben {he is the fun to her funky}

This couple is pretty dear to my husband and I.  My husband, Shawn, has been friends for years with the groom, Ben. They have a friendship to treasure for sure.  Ben's a wonderful being and all around good guy.  When he started dating Carly, these two fellas thought they were going to work their magic so Carly and I could be great friends like them.  Well, they didn't need to try.  She is one of the kindest, genuine persons out there, that has a heart so gentle and filled with love.  Needless to say, we connected easily, and I am so grateful to call her my friend and that she will be part of my girl tribe for life.

Their wedding was on March 24th and was filled with so much love, fun, and a little funky {as you will see from the pictures below}!  I was honored to read at their wedding.  What I enjoyed the most about their BIG DAY was the amount of personalization and that nearly EVERY person that was a "vendor" was actually a friend or family member. No kidding..from the cake, to custom cake topper, caterer, florist, to invitations, the DJ, to the singers and that doesn't even cover all of them who were involved...every piece, every talent, filled by friends and family.  It added such a warmth to their wedding.  These TWO have a lot of friends and it's easy to see why.  Two amazing individuals, that now...get to take on this journey of life as husband and wife.  Congrats to the Riggs....love you guys! {Oh, a happy heart sigh.  Did I mention, I love LOVE?  You can see it radiating from these two!}

Just an FYI because I know you will be in awe over the flags.  Every piece of fabric was from people they knew or their own, hand cut, sewn, and hung for their day.  There were GOBS of them and it made the reception area so incredible!  How special?!

xoxo, tera

|  Gown by Lis Simon   |  Venue: The Pointe  , Gralehaus,  and the Holy Grale |   Photographer:  Kriech-Higdon   |     

katie & brent {married}

When Katie came to The Couture Closet we knew she was a sweetheart right off the bat!  This sweet lady was so excited to be marrying her fiance and after a few gowns she found the perfect dress for her big day.  This southern style gown was perfect for her Whitehall wedding and reception {and that train down the steps of the mansion.... to die for}.  After a little tweak with custom straps she knew she had found the dress she wanted to become a wife in, and we couldn't agree more! 

After reading Katie and Brent's love story that her cousin {who also married the couple} wrote for them I just had to share... Makes our hearts full and happy!

For those that may not know Brent and Katie’s love story it goes all the way back to grade school. Katie went to school with a girl who live in the same neighborhood as Brent. Katie’s friend had an outdoor basketball court that all the kids in the neighborhood loved. But Katie remembers less about the basketball court and more specifically about who would play on the court. Enter Brent Hagan, he would go play basketball with his best friend Andrew Zemanksi (best man in the wedding). At the time Katie was 14 and Brent 16. But time seemed to pass them by, they attended high school at Trinity and Sacred Heart, living their separate lives. They next ventured to U of L (No one needs to worry as Katie has made it very clear that she is still a Kentucky fan) At U of L their paths crossed several times. But it wasn’t until about 4 1/2 years ago that Katie decided to message Brent. The memories of watching Brent play basketball when the two were young flashed though Katie’s mind, wondering if there was still that spark she had as a young girl. Sure enough, after Katie’s message, Brent agreed to hang out. The first night they hung out was filled with old memories from high school and college. But what brought them closest of all was the fact they had both been in serious car accidents, Brent not realizing that Katie was the girl who was in the bad accident on 22 back in 2003. They talked about how their lives have changed since, and instantly felt that there was a reason God saved them from those accidents. They realized in this moment that they were meant to find each other later in life, and reflect on how lucky they are. There was a reason they were supposed to rekindle that small crush they once had on each other. Soul mates don’t just find each other out of a coincidence. God plans for these things to happen. God has brought Brent & Katie together, to find someone that truly appreciates the scars that they both share. You see their scars are not a reminder of what happened. They are instead the missing puzzle pieces that fit the two of them so perfectly together.
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Photography: Burning Chair Photography // Dress: Lillian West // Custom Straps: Sara Gabriel // Venue: Whitehall Mansion and Gardens // Hair: Jazz Salon // Makeup: Kaitlyn Hubert// Flowers: Rose and Honey