When it comes to planning the perfect wedding, everything is in the details.
For brides planning their big day, every detail — from the venue to the flowers, the invitations, the dress and the jewelry — is as important as the last. Thankfully, Winchester brides don’t have to travel far to find all the parts and pieces to assemble their dream wedding.
On a warm August evening, nearly a dozen local vendors gathered to showcase some of what the Clark County area has to offer couples looking to make their wedding day special.
THE WEDDING PROFESSIONALS
Harkness Edwards Vineyards
5199 Combs Ferry Road, Winchester
Nestled in the Kentucky River Valley and centrally-located between Lexington, Winchester and Richmond, Harkness Edwards Vineyards provides a quiet, romantic country setting for wedding parties.
The Peach House, a victorian home built in 1890, offers an elegant and sophisticated ambience inside and out, providing a venue for receptions, ceremonies, bridal showers or rehearsal dinners.
The house has three bedrooms where couples, family-members or the wedding party can spend the night prior to the wedding and enjoy the home and its amenities on the big day.
Brides may also opt to have their ceremony in the ceremonial garden overlooking distant mountains, on the lawn in front of The Peach House, at the vineyard or in a location on the property of their choice.
“Every bride is different and every bride comes here and creates something different,” Nini Edwards, daughter of the vineyards’ namesake, said. “Whatever the bride chooses, our venue is all about creating a romantic, quiet and relaxed ambience for the big day.”
Harkness Edwards Vineyards is booking weddings for 2018 and 2019. For more information, visit harknessedwardsvineyards.com or email info@HEVineyards.com.
The White Dress of Lex
2100 Southview Drive, Lexington
The White Dress of Lex, owned and operated by Julia Reese and Beverly Coleman, carries bridal, bridesmaid and mother-of-the-bride dresses and accessories.
The dress, modeled by Sydney Claypoole of Mount Sterling, is the Rebecca Ingram by Maggie Sottero design. Featuring a scoop neckline and layers of floral lace appliqués and dotted tulle, this classic A-line wedding dress is the epitome of timeless romance. It is finished with a corset closure, or covered buttons over zipper and inner corset closure.
The White Dress is open 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Appointments are encouraged online at whitedresslexky.com.
Three Toads Farm
2234 Colby Road, Winchester
Three Toads Farm is a full-service farmer-florist providing brides with all their floral needs on their big day. Designer Elizabeth Montgomery creates her floral masterpieces with entirely locally-grown flowers with the goal of creating timeless works of art brides and guests will remember for years to come.
“Our single goal is to make your special day as memorable, beautiful and care-free as possible,” Elizabeth said. “We also only take one wedding or event per day. This ensures our entire focus is on your wedding. After all, this is your most special day and you should be treated like a queen.”
In fact, brides booking a year or more in advance can request a special variety or color be grown just for their special day. This focus on quality, locally-sourced floral arrangement landed Three Toads Farm a spot on Martha Stewart’s list of Top 10 Farmer-Florists in the U.S.
Elizabeth has limited spots left in 2018 and is booking into 2019. To learn more about how to “say I do” to Three Toads Farm, visit threetoadsfarm.com and select the “weddings” tab at the top of the page.
Bit by Bit Events
Angela Sallee loved planning her own wedding so much she decided to make a career of helping other brides make their wedding visions come to life.
For three and half years Angela was the wedding and event coordinator at The Winchester Opera House, where she facilitated more than 60 weddings ranging from intimate ceremonies to large receptions with hundreds of guests.
After branching out on her own, Angela founded Bit by Bit Events through which she provides an array of services to brides who need help planning their wedding. Angela offers full-service coordination, day of coordination and basic coordination packages.
“I always tell my brides, ‘I’m in your court,’” Angela said. “I’m here to do whatever they need to make their wedding dreams and ideas come true so they can have a worry-free day.”
Angela is currently booking into 2019. To learn more, visit bitbybitevents.com.
Paper on Stone
215 N. Limestone, Lexington
First impressions are everything. For weddings, save the dates and invitations are the best way for couples to make a great first impression with guests and set the tone for their big day.
Whitney Simms at Paper on Stone provides a classically-curated collection of timeless paper goods for weddings and other occasions.
The store showcases timeless wedding and occasion invitations, custom stationary, greeting cards, wrapping paper, hand-dyed silk and double-faced satin ribbons, boxed notes, gift enclosure cards, place cards and custom calligraphy services.
Printing services, such as engraving, letter-press, thermography and in-house digital printing are also available.
For more information, visit facebook.com/paperonstone or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
531 W. Short St., Lexington
Once a bride has selected the perfect dress, accessorizing for the big day is an equally important task.
At L.V. Harkness & Company, brides can pick from a selection of high-end jewelry. For this shoot, L.V. Harkness provided hand-engraved sterling pendants by Dennis Meade for the bridesmaids and a faceted mother of pearl locket from Monica Rich Kosann for the bride along with diamond drop earrings by Sethi Couture.
L.V. Harkness is a gift shop with a large focus on bridal and particularly bridal registries, Beth Arnett, head of graphics, said.
“We’re a luxury store,” Beth said. “We offer high-end jewelry and we’re proud of that service because there aren’t many stores in the area that offer luxury items.”
Brides can visit the store 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday or 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday to peruse the selection of dining and entertainment items, decorative accents, bed and bath merchandise, jewelry and other gifts.
The shop offers online registries, but Beth recommends brides make an appointment to visit the store.
“The website is great,” she said. “But there are a lot of unique, interesting and custom things that don’t translate as well online. There are special things that are highly custom that they can fully experience in the store.”
To make a registry appointment, view merchandise or create an online registry, visit lvharkness.com.
1426 W. Lexington Ave. #7, Winchester
shley Carter’s dive into cake-making started when she was searching for her young daughter’s perfect birthday cake. Feeling she could create the right delectable herself, Carter made the birthday cake and was then asked to make a cake for her brother’s wedding.
Other orders began flooding in, and five years later, she now owns and operates Sassy Sweets, which offers custom cakes and cupcakes for special occasions.
Known for her popular buttercream frosting and intricate designs, Ashley said she creates whimsical and classic cakes to meet every bride’s desire.
“I make cakes and cupcakes for all occasions, but I really enjoy doing wedding cakes,” Ashley said. “I like to take examples that might be done in fondant and re-create them by piping my popular buttercream frosting.”
Ashley is booking weddings for 2018 and 2019.
For more information, visit facebook.com/sassysweetsbyashley or call 859-749-4007. Examples of her work are also available on Instagram @SassySweets859.
Clark County native Kata Welsh has built her photography business, KM Creatives, on her willingness to participate in every detail of making a bride’s wedding day picture perfect.
Since 2013 she has been offering lifestyle and wedding photography in Central Kentucky with a keen attention to detail.
“I love helping my brides coordinate, even though that’s not technically my job,” Kata said. “I’ll do anything and go out of my way to get the perfect shot and capture their special day. I offer a very interactive and personalized experience.”
For Kata, that has included venue visits, arriving early to help coordinate set-up and even dress shopping. Along with her wedding package, she also offers a free engagement photo session, which allows her to get comfortable with couples and learn their style and preferences. Wedding videography is also available through KM Creatives.
Kata is currently booking weddings for 2018 and 2019. For more information, visit kmcreatives.biz.
THE HAIR & MAKEUP
Understandably, brides want to feel and look their best on their wedding day. It is one of the biggest days of their lives and they will be captured in photos that will be shared and displayed throughout their lifetime.
Lauren Prather, also known as The Stylist Lauren, created this dreamy wedding look with soft, loose curls, chunky braids and a classic natural makeup look. Lauren is an independent contractor who works full-time behind the chair at the Hair Company in Mount Sterling.
Outside the shop, she helps brides get ready on their big day as a traveling bridal stylist offering on-site wedding day services.
Brides can learn more about Lauren’s services or inquire about booking her for their event by emailing email@example.com. More examples of her work are available online at facebook.com/thestylistlauren.
The Prissy Peach Boutique
55 S. Main St., Winchester
No bride’s big day is complete without her friends and loved ones by her side. From dress-shopping, picking decor and keeping her nerves calm on the day-of, bridesmaids are a special and integral part of the wedding experience.
For this styled shoot, Holly Goeing, owner of The Prissy Peach Boutique, provided mauve-toned maxi-style dresses that are as comfortable as they are classically beautiful.
Modeled by McKenzie Davis and Paige Taylor of Winchester, the under layer of the dress is a romper and the look is completed with a shear lace maxi-length skirt and elbow-length sleeves along with a deep-V neckline and lace details throughout.
With locations in Winchester and Lexington, The Prissy Peach offers a variety of brands, styles, sizes and price-ranges with looks that are versatile enough to be used as bridesmaid dresses, for mother-of-the-bride or for guests seeking the perfect outfit for the occasion. Holly’s selection of jewelry, shoes and accessories can help complete any look.
Both locations are open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Lexington location at 882 E. High St. also has Sunday hours from 1 to 5 p.m. §