Happy first day of November, ya’ll! Anyone else staring at their calendar trying to figure out where this year went? We’re back this week with another real Meant to Be Bride! Leslie and Stephen tied the knot last September on a family farm in Georgetown, KY. Keep reading to hear more about their story, their day, and to get all the details on their wedding vendors.


Can you give us a glimpse into you & your hubs's love story?

Stephen and I met at Keeneland where we were celebrating our first Derby event. A few years before that we worked together at Lowe’s, but to be fair we didn’t really know each other so it doesn’t really count, right? I was tailgating with friends. He was tailgating with friends. Our friends were friends with one another. You know how tailgating works. I recognized Stephen at Keeneland and we started talking. I’m pretty sure it was my dancing skills that slid my way into his heart. After that it was time for our first date. We both assumed it was going to last no longer than an hour. First date jitters. When our date was over he walked me to my car and we talked for hours. I remember telling my oldest brother about him and I said, “I’m going to marry him”. He said I sounded crazy. I was never one of those people who felt like I would just know. But with Stephen I knew. We met at the perfect time.


What was it about your dress that made you realize it was "the one?" Was it what you expected to love/wear? Favorite memory from dress shopping? 

I had always wanted my dress to be handmade, but weddings can be stressful and that was unrealistic. Meant To Be to the rescue! It was literally…. meant to be. I knew in my mind what style I wanted. I wanted lace, but not all over. I didn’t want strapless. And I didn’t want a dress that I had seen already. I tried on several styles to see how different dresses looked and to get a feel for them. One of my favorite parts was the one on one experience! It truly felt special. When I stepped into “the one” I felt comfortable. It had the perfect amount of lace. It had a high neckline. I knew right away that I wouldn’t be messing with it throughout the night because of how comfortable I felt. And it didn’t look like any dress I had ever seen. I love my dress. I feel like it was made for me.


What is your favorite memory from your wedding day?

One of my favorite memories from our wedding day was the location. It was at my families’ farm so it felt very special and because so many family members were there it was like a big family reunion. The property once belonged to my great grandparents. Their house still stands. It means a lot that their house and property are in our pictures. I can’t put the feeling into words. While Stephen and I walked the property, months leading up to the wedding I was able to share stories with him of events that happened whether it was family Christmas, fishing with Grandpa Tucker, or sledding with my cousins. The location was special because Stephen’s family could share that space with my family. Another memory I will never forget was the dancing. We love to dance…now if we’re any good is up for debate. I wanted to make sure that I talked to everyone who was there especially because some people came from far distances, but I wanted to make sure I got to dance at my own wedding. The kids had so much fun. My favorite dancing moments were when our best man slid down the dancing floor to the kick line to Sinatra’s “New York, New York”. I relive that day over and over. It was the best day ever.


What has been the best thing about marriage so far?

I have never been happier. I know it sounds silly and people tell us to enjoy the “honeymoon phase”, but I truly have never been this happy. If you’ve ever met Stephen you would understand. He just brings happiness out of me. I was happy before, but once we were married I guess it was realizing we get to spend the rest of our lives together.


Any pieces of wisdom or advice you'd like to share with future brides, engaged gals, or newlyweds like yourself?

 I have 3 pieces of advice:

-Read The 5 Love Languages. We received it as a wedding gift and I began reading it immediately. I won’t spoil it, but it’s a good read. I highly recommend it whether you’re engaged, a newlywed, or already married. (We agree with Leslie! Click here to read a Marriage Matters post on this topic.)

-If you are planning a wedding, and don’t have the budget for a wedding planner (or maybe if you do), don’t be afraid to ask for help. I am not one to ask people for help, but I had so many friends and family members who were very helpful. Even if it is something small like an opinion or to pick something up for you. You might be amazed at who is willing to help you out.

-Enjoy it. Enjoy the planning and all the wedding festivities, but more importantly enjoy your day! Everyone kept telling me that it would go by so fast. They were right! I took in all my surroundings. I literally stood at the venue and looked around. I recommend making an itinerary to help schedule out your day (if you don’t have a planner doing that for you), but go in with a carefree attitude in case things don’t go exactly as planned.


How sweet is this couple? Congratulations to Mr. & Mrs. Schlumpf! Keep checking back with us for more Real Meant to Be Brides, wedding tips, and marriage wisdom. Below, enjoy photos of more of the details from Leslie and Stephen’s wedding, as well as a list of the vendors who helped make it all happen:

Bridal Gown: Meant To Be Boutique

Venue: Dawson Family Farm

Photographer: Rainwater Photography

Hairstylist: Andrea Hall Studio (Sola Salon Studios)

Cake: Bit of Whimsy Cakes Becky Holman

Tent: Goff Tents & Events

Florist: Goff Tents & Events

Caterer: City Barbeque

Grooms and Groomsmen Attire: Men’s Warehouse