When Christine Gallagher sent me the photos from Jenna and John’s wedding, I knew it would be perfect for Kentucky Derby Saturday! Though the wedding took place at John’s sister’s home in South Carolina, Jenna is originally from Louisville, Kentucky, and wanted to bring some of her hometown to the party. They decided on a Kentucky Derby party!

Invitations by Momental Designs.

Jenna wore a Judd Waddell dress, and John wore a Burberry suit.

All of the flowers were done by The Purple Iris. They made sure to incorporate Jenna’s favorite flower, peonies.

In true race day style, a trumpet player signaled the start of the ceremony with the classic Derby tune, “Call to the Post,” and followed it with “My Old Kentucky Home.”

Guests were asked to come in Derby attire, so of course all of the ladies wore their best hats! It really added to the feel of the party, and even added an extra decor element to the day.

Guests were asked to leave well wishes to the lovebirds that were pre-addressed and pre-stamped. All of the notes were waiting for Jenna and John in their mailbox when they returned home from their honeymoon.
The cake, by Creative Confections, was a delicious red velvet cake with cream cheese icing and chocolate ganache.

Jenna made sure to incorporate all of the classic Kentucky Derby details: mint juleps, Derby programs, Derby pies. There were also televisions set up around the house so guests could watch the “Run for the Roses” as it happened! Ashley Baber helped with planning and coordinating the event.

High Lonesome, a South Carolina bluegrass band, played at the reception.

Jenna shares one of her favorite moments from the day with us: There was a 60% chance of rain throughout the day, but it rained only two drops which both fell on my arm during the wedding. It was surreal, almost as if they were my mother’s tears of joy. After the ceremony, the skies cleared up and we had a beautiful afternoon with a perfect pink and blue sunset.

Congratulations Jenna and John! Thank you so much for sharing all of the lovely details from your fun day with us. And a big thank you to Christine Gallagher for sharing these photos with us!

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Taking off for a weekend out of town with my honey – I hope we get at least some sunshine! I’ve got lots of favorites from around the web this week to share with you…

by Max Wanger


How you can save your local economy, via Housemartin.

Darling vintage photoshoot, via Southern Weddings.

Daffodils and magnolias and lilacs, oh my!

Oh, and pretty enamel pansies, too!

Remember this wedding? Check out their awesome invites.

Georgia on my mind.

I got a pair of these pretties in the mail today!

This font is delightful, via People St. Clair Studio.

So is this illustrated wedding announcement.

Feeling inspired by Nie Nie’s post on beauty.

Why not take your engagement photos in a baby pool?

This wedding looks like such a blast!

I say yes to chocolate. Specifically malt bars and wild honey caramel.

Send a secret surprise message to someone special.

Happy happy weekend lovelies!

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With the Kentucky Derby on Saturday, I thought it would be fun to pull together a race day inspired wedding board. Roses, mint juleps, ladies in hats and men in seersucker suits… Embellish bouquets with prize ribbons and use trophies or silver julep cups as vases for centerpieces. Decorate stationery and cakes with horseshoes, serve Derby pie, and hire a bluegrass band to serenade the cocktail hour. And if you hold your wedding on Kentucky Derby Saturday, be sure to provide your guests with cards so they can place their “bets” on the winning horse.

Mood: race day festivities
Palette: rose red, grass green

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Top row from left: bridal hat from Martha Stewart Weddings, ribbon seating card and trophy both from Wedding Style Guide, bouquet from Well Wed
Row 2: mint juleps via Brown Turtleneck Sweater, dessert buffet from Well Wed, tent from David Beahm
Row 3: wreath via Real Weddings, d.Sharp cake topper and confetti both from Martha Stewart Weddings, photo by Leigh Miller
Row 4: seersucker suit photo by Liz Banfield, horse photo by Punam Bean, bluegrass musicians photo by Jose Villa, horseshoe invitation by Greenwich Letterpress

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I suppose in some ways this wedding board is inspired by my road trips through South Carolina and Georgia – one of my absolute favorite things about driving through the South is the Spanish moss in the oak trees, and I wanted to create an inspiration board around that low-country look. Something simple and easy going. Nothing fussy or overwrought. A small town feel. Magnolias are an obvious floral choice, and peach jam and grits make for an appropriate regional favor. And I know it’s rather trendy at this point, but I never get sick of sweet tea served in a mason jar.

Mood: low country rustic charm
Palette: Spanish moss, kraft paper, pale peach

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Top row from left: photo by Liz Banfield, photo by Samuel Lippke, grits and peach jam from Martha Stewart Weddings, fan via sfgirlbybay
Row 2: magnolias via Style Court, photo from Martha Stewart Weddings, sweet tea from Vermont Vows, photo by Jessica Quadra
Row 3: Bible photo by Millie Holloman, jam photo by Thayer Allyson Gowdy, low country wedding, foot washing via Southern Weddings
Row 4: red velvet cake from Martha Stewart Weddings, photo by Victoria Pearson, seating card from Martha Stewart Weddings, floating magnolia from Rebecca Thuss

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