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

 

lauren & matt {married}

We just love it when our brides send in their weddings as well as a little love story to go with it!  It just brightens our day when we see those land in our inbox :)  Here is a little glimpse into Lauren & Matt's story...

Lauren first saw Matt in church back in 2003. She was daydreaming, and looked over to see this cute, older guy. They never made eye contact, but Lauren knew she would never see him again anyway. Fast forward to 2011 to Lauren's first day of work at a private high school in Louisville, Ky. While on a tour, Lauren walked into the faculty lunch room, and immediately spotted the same man she saw about 10 years ago. After that day, Lauren held off approaching him for a few weeks, but finally stopped Matt in the hallway one day to ask him if he belonged to that church. Of course he did! In the weeks to follow, Matt started to visit Lauren’s office every day after work, and they began to hang out with a mutual work friend. One day that friend had to cancel, but Matt asked Lauren if she wanted to hang out anyway. A little over four years later, Matt proposed!

On October 8, 2016, surrounded by their family and friends, Lauren and Matt said their vows in a traditional Catholic ceremony. Before the ceremony, Lauren’s two brothers lit a memory candle for their Mom who passed away in 2013. Then Lauren’s two sisters walked her Dad down the aisle to light the parents’ candle (traditionally known as the mothers’ candle) from the memory candle. The light from the memory candle brought her parents’ light together.  The wedding ceremony was beautiful and filled with so much love. It was followed by a very exciting reception complete with donuts and dancing! They ended the night with an unforgettable shot of Lauren and Matt in front of the Louisville skyline.

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Photographer: RT Photography // Wedding Dress: Lillian West // Hair and Makeup: Melissa Alter // Wedding Cake & Donuts: Nord's Bakery // Ceremony Venue: Our Lady Of Lourdes // Reception & DJ: Kyes // Flowers: Dixie Florist

 

 

stephanie + christian {married}

We absolutely LOVE opening our email up and seeing when a brides sends us pictures of the BIG DAY.  We have many submission that we haven't posted yet, and we promise to get them all posted one day!  As for now though, enjoy this eye candy.  Stunning Stephanie and her handsome groom, Christian.  They met their very first day they attended the University of Kentucky as Freshman in 2010.  Together for more than 5 years before being engaged on November 20, 2015, and married on September 9, 2016.  Sigh...Isn't that a sweet story...it sure made us smile!

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Photographer: Jessica and Sarah Photography // Wedding Dress: Lis Simon // Hair and Make up: The Beauty Patrol // Venue:The Cathedral of the Assumption and the Ice House  // Grooms & Groomsmen Attire: Rebecca's Black Tie //Flowers: Country Squire