There's No Place Like Home for a Wedding

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Amidst the soft glow of the flickering candlelight and the warmth of the bonfire built to toast late-night s’mores, friends and family gathered to celebrate the marriage of Megan and Jon in the backyard of their first home together. 

“I wanted it to feel like a backyard party that we just happened to get married at,” Megan said of their intimate celebration. 

The décor was exactly what Megan had imagined - “old Hollywood glam meets vintage bohemian.”  An eclectic mix of glassware and vintage brass dotted the tables with touches of uniqueness and caused each guest to be drawn into the beauty of the table setting. 

The individuality of each drinking glass and character of the vintage brass candlesticks begged the question as to where one could find such beautiful treasures that had their own story, yet worked so well together. 

Megan’s mom, Joy, had actually purchased the contents of an antique store prior to Megan and Jon’s wedding.  Megan and Joy decided to pick out the things that they liked, which turned out to be geared more towards vintage items.  

That love of vintage flair and desire to incorporate it into weddings quickly turned into a mother-daughter business that is known to locals as The Little Black Dog.  Megan and her mom have since curated a collection of vintage home-goods, clothing and accessories for the shop, along with beautiful vintage items available for rent to add charm to your next big event. 

“We found a niche that I don’t think was necessarily being filled at this point in time for fun, eclectic, one-of-a-kind pieces that were at a really affordable price,” Megan said.   

To Megan and Jon, family is very important.  Humbled by the fact that at least half of their 50 guests traveled from out of town to come and celebrate them, the two were delighted with the fact that their backyard ceremony could play host to a more intimate gathering where guests could (and did) stay and visit even after Megan and Jon departed. 

“To have it at the house – our first home together – there was something really special about that.  It was just this relaxed time for our families to spend together and make memories in our new home, which was really special,” Megan fondly recalls about the evening. 

The evening sparkled, not only with twinkling lights and the soft glow of candles, but also with the warmth of celebration and the melody of backyard, bluegrass tunes. 

“The tables were pretty on their own, but once everyone filled up the tables and the candles were all lit, it was beautiful.  Everything just sparkled – the gold on the glasses and the brass candlesticks, the flickering light of the candles and the overhead lights – everything glistened and it was really kind of a fairy tale,” Megan said about their wedding day.  

For Megan and Jon, there really is no place like home – for they can say that it’s the very place where they, in front of those that mean the most to them, committed to spending forever together.  

Bride: Megan Cadmus Emmons • Photographer: Robyn Pizzo Photo • Wedding Gown Brand: Adrianna Papell from Dillard's • Shoes: Michael Kors • Groom's Attire Brand: Hart Schaffner Marx from Dillard's • Catering: Bride and family • Hair: Erileigh Phalen of Raven & Moth • Makeup: Face Makeup Artistry • Manicure: Martha Sue Yancy of Raven & Moth • Rehearsal Dinner Location: Mellow Mushroom • Ceremony & Reception Location: The Bride & Groom’s Home • Event Décor, Design & Floral Arrangements: Megan Cadmus & Joy Newberry of Little Black Dog • Band: Alex Coltharp and Justin Doss • Bridal Bouquet: NV Florist • Cake: Sugar Chrystals

Cherishing Old Memories and Celebrating New

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When Chelsea and Hayden Evans were picking a location to hold their wedding ceremony, it was evident that Broadway United Methodist Church was the perfect choice for the couple.  

“That church has always been a special place to us and holds so many memories,” Chelsea said.  

Both Chelsea and Hayden had attended the Purchase Area Chrysalis Flight at Broadway United Methodist around the age of 15. 

“We got married at the exact location that we first saw each other,” Chelsea marveled about the special memory. 

Purchase Area Chrysalis Flight is a three-day spiritual renewal time for teens and young adults.  And although Chelsea and Hayden didn’t know each other at the time, the two both stayed involved in the Chrysalis community and continued to volunteer within it.  

“Finally, when we were 19, we decided to pursue each other and have been inseparable ever since,” Chelsea said of their relationship.  

But Broadway United Methodist Church held even more memories for Chelsea and Hayden than the story of how the two met.  The church has been an integral part of Chelsea’s life, intertwining beautiful pieces of her story together for many years.  

“Another reason Broadway Methodist is so special is because of my dad,” Chelsea shared. “He passed away in 2011.  But he prayed over me and spent special times with me there throughout the years that I was involved in the Chrysalis community.  So, having my wedding there made me feel like my dad was truly present.”  

Chelsea most certainly carried the beautiful memories of her dad, Robert Robinson, in her heart as she said “I Do” to Hayden.  But on their special day, within the walls of this memorable church, the couple incorporated meaningful memorabilia into the wedding décor to remind their guests of those who weren’t able to physically be present that day. 

For instance, a picture of Chelsea’s dad, supported by a boxwood wreath, was displayed on the front pew in the sanctuary.  Chelsea also donned the wedding ring that her dad presented her mother over 25 years ago.  Also, her bouquet was wrapped in a pendant which held a picture of Chelsea and her dad within it.  

“There is no doubt in my mind that my dad was so proud as my mom walked me down the aisle.  It was the perfect way to honor him,” Chelsea said.  

At the reception, guests mingled at Walker Hall and enjoyed a delightful cocktail hour while waiting for the arrival of the newlyweds.  One of Chelsea’s favorite memories from the reception was the special first dance that she and her mom shared to Lauren Alaina’s “Like My Mother Does.”  

“She has always been my best friend, and having that special moment with her is something that I will never forget,” Chelsea said of the precious dance with her mom.  “Hayden and his mother shared a special moment, too, as they danced to Shinedown’s rendition of ‘Simple Man.’” 

However, one of the most special dances was the anniversary dance, where Hayden’s grandparents were announced as the couple that had been married the longest at 60 years.  

“’Tennessee Whiskey’ played as everyone celebrated them. It was a sweet, humbling moment for Hayden and I. We have always respected how they have fought for their marriage and we can only hope that we are given the opportunity to spend 60+ years together as well,” Chelsea said.  

 

  

Bride: Chelsea Evans • Photographer: Rachael Houser Photography • Videographer: 24th Frame Filmworks • Wedding Gown: Chrislyn's • Groom’s Attire: Men's Wearhouse and Tux • Catering: Walker Hall Events Center • Transportation: VIP Services • Hair: Anna Denton of Professional Choice • Makeup: McKell Hillebrand • Rehearsal Dinner Location: Walker Hall • Ceremony Location: Broadway United Methodist Church - Paducah, KY• Reception Location: Walker Hall • Event Décor and Design: All Things Prim and Proper • Band: Chad Day - Have a Nice Day Mobile Productions • Floral Design: Deineise Burgess • Wedding Coordinator: Courtney Smith • Cake: Karen Mathis

Holly said ‘YES’ to the Dress

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You know your wedding is off to a grand start when you find your dress at one of the most sought after bridal stores in the country. 

“I wasn’t really planning on even finding anything! We were just going for the experience,” Holly laughed.  

On a sunny Saturday in June, accompanied by her matron of honor, grandmother, and mom (a big fan of the hit show Say Yes to the Dress), Holly traveled to Atlanta. The crew was not only headed south to look for wedding gowns, but to also get an up-close-and-personal look at the magic behind the team at Bridals by Lori - the full-service bridal salon where the show is filmed.    

Minus the camera crew, Holly had the same first-class experience that viewers can watch brides having on TV. 

“They made you feel super unique,” Holly said about the salon’s staff.  “You didn’t feel like you were just there being a tourist.” 

After trying on numerous gowns in various cuts and styles, Holly hadn’t quite found the one that made her say “yes!”  However, one can’t run a successful bridal salon without having staff that is personable and can really tap into their client’s taste.  That’s where Flo, a member of the Bridals by Lori team, stepped in. 

“It worked out that I was done trying on dresses and had one that I kind of liked,” Holly remarked about the experience.  “And then Flo said, ‘I have one that I think you’re going to love.’  She brought it out, and that was the one!  That was a fun memory.  I had the whole ‘Are you saying yes to the dress’ moment, too. 

The dazzling dress was a fabulous precursor to the wedding festivities to come.  Holly and David knew that they wanted to focus a lot of their attention on the reception.  Both the bride and groom come from large families - most of whom were able to make it to the wedding.  Holly’s family is not native to Paducah, so she wanted to make sure that the charming city would be a return destination spot for first-time visitors.  Guests received welcome bags in their hotel rooms that highlighted local hot spots and Holly and David’s favorite places to grab a cup of coffee, bite to eat, or evening cocktails.

“I think everyone really enjoyed that special detail.  We heard a lot of people say that they need to come back and do various things that they saw over the weekend,” Holly said about their out of town guests’ reaction. 

As planned, Holly and David created an unforgettable evening as a bit of a ‘thank-you’ for their guests that made the journey to celebrate their union. With the help of the stunning view that one has overlooking the river from the terrace of the Carson Center, the energetic brass section of “Pink Cadillac,” delicious dinner by Walker Hall events, drinks and all-night dancing, guests were delighted and entertained!

“We knew we wanted the reception to be the party,” Holly said about her and David’s celebration.  

But, the fun didn’t stop when the crowd waved goodbye to the bride and groom.   

“We did our carriage ride out of the reception, did a loop, and went to the 1857 Hotel for our after-party,” Holly said about the extended celebration. 

The hotel was hosting the bridal party over the weekend and was delighted to have the crew walk back after the reception from the Carson Center for even more fun and fellowship. This allowed Holly and David to spend more time with their closest friends after the hustle and bustle of the wedding day. 

“It was really good to get to spend some extra time with people we hadn’t seen in a while,” Holly said about the after party. “And, of course, I was thrilled to wear the dress a little bit longer!” 

Bride: Holly Homra • Photographer: Rachael Houser Photography • Videographer: Stevie Stout Productions • Wedding Gown: Allure Bridals from Bridalsbylori • Hair: Peyton Cooper at O' So Beautiful • Makeup: Tiffany Jenkins • Rehearsal Dinner Location: 1857 Hotel • Ceremony Location: Grace Episcopal Church of Paducah • Reception Location: Carson Center • Wedding Coordinator, Florals, Event Decor and Design: All Things Prim and Proper• Band: Pink Cadillac • Transportation: Paducah Trolley and Johns Pass Carriage Company • Catering: Walker Hall Catering • Spirits: The Carson Center • Cake: Chad Stone of Sweet Mayhem Bakery & Bistro • Hashtag: #jonesingforhomra