Today we have a fabulous submission from Josh Perkins of Redtree Photography. Redtree Photography is based out of Louisville, Kentucky. Stefanie and Bryce were married at the Henry Clay in Lousiville Kentucky on May 22, 2010. Stefanie was kind enough to answer a few questions for us:
How did you and Bryce meet? Bryce and I met about 3 days into my freshman year of college. We were friends for quite a long time, and finally started dating when I returned from a semester abroad my junior year of college.
How long have you been together? By the wedding date we had been together for about 4 years.
How did Bryce propose? We were visiting my family in Louisville for the weekend. One night, I was under the impression that we were all going out to dinner, but on the way Bryce took a “wrong” turn and took me to a beautiful park in Louisville. He proposed there, and then suggested that we go back to my house to meet my family because our dinner reservation wasn’t until later. However, once we walked into my house I was greeted by my friends and family, and Bryce’s family who flew in from Texas. That was such a great moment to have so many people to celebrate with, especially with Bryce’s family, who had to make such a long trip!
Your dress is gorgeous, where did you get it and how did you know it was “the one”? I actually looked for a really long time for a dress, and didn’t really have much luck at all. I found lots of dresses that I liked a lot, but never the right mix of classic and fun. The dress I finally chose, I had looked at many times online, but was never able to find it in a store. After having no luck, I tracked down a retailer in Baltimore, Maryland (about 3 hours form Richmond), I went up with my maid of honor to try on the dress, and she and I both agreed that was the perfect one!
What sold you on your wedding venue? Thankfully, I had the assistance of my mother with most of the planning. I live out of town in Richmond, Virginia, so finding venues and vendors on my own would have been very difficult! My mom managed to scope out a bunch of places before we got engaged (because she knew it was coming), and we looked at a few of them right after the engagement. Unfortunately, none of the ones we were able to see really fit the bill. But my mom sent me the online link to the Henry Clay and it just looked gorgeous. We chose the location without actually seeing it, but when I finally had the opportunity to see it, I knew we chose well!
LOVE the photo below! Gotta protect that dress!
How did you choose your wedding color palette? I initially wanted to have yellow bridesmaid dresses. But I realized that many women do not feel comfortable in yellow, and I wanted the ladies to enjoy what they were wearing! Every time I looked at a dress I was really drawn to the bright blue color we finally chose. I finally found the wonderful designer of the dress I chose at Bella Bridesmaid and fell in love with her dress styles and color choices. I think my bridesmaids really loved the style and comfort of the dress, and my Maid of Honor even opened a Bella Bridesmaid in Washington DC as a result!! In addition to bridesmaids, I also had a house party with four girls. They actually ended up finding this gorgeous yellow patterned dress, and at that point the colors were pretty much decided. The flowers were beautiful yellow, white and green to tie everything together!
What was your favorite part of your big day? That is really hard to say — So much of the day was so fun, but also so exhausting! One of the coolest parts of the day was just before the band was supposed to announce the wedding party and us, the trumpeter who calls the horses to post during the Kentucky Derby played “The Yellow Rose of Texas” and “My Old Kentucky Home” for the home state of both Bryce and me. This was surprise from my mom, and was an extra special Kentucky touch!
Do you have any advice for brides that are in the planning process? Try not to let things stress you out. Planning a wedding is hard on everyone involved, and can stress anyone out. But if you resolve to try to make the best of any situation, and not to take anything too seriously, it makes the whole process much more enjoyable. And always remember, the wedding is just ONE day, it’s the marriage that really matters!
Cake: Cupcakes by the Cupcake Shoppe in Louisville, KY (owned by my best friend/maid of honor’s mom)!
Floral: In Bloom Again
Linens: The Silver Spoon
Catering: The Silver Spoon
Band: Top Tier from Nashville, TN
Invitations: Lucky Luxe – Erin, the designer, did an incredible job on the invitations. She was so wonderful to work with, and so helpful, and the invitation turned out literally perfect! I would highly recommend her to anyone.
Thank you so much, Josh, for sharing this amazing wedding with us! And thank you, Stefanie, for taking your time to answer our questions! We wish you and Bryce a lifetime full of love, laughter, and happiness!!!