Real MTB Wedding | Elizabeth + Ben

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Friends, I have been so excited to blog this wedding since before it even happened! Sweet Elizabeth is the sister to our Twirl Girl, Emily, and her appointment was so much fun! She chose a stunning, classic-yet-unique Hayley Paige gown and wore it at the perfect venue: Keeneland! Even though it still feels like winter, the spring meets are well underway, so what better time to feast our eyes on a gorgeous Keeneland wedding? Keep reading to hear their story, see their big day, and learn which vendors helped make it all happen!

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

Ben and I met on Thanksgiving Day 2014. We texted and talked on the phone for about a week before we met up for our first date. I knew about 30 seconds into our first date that I was in trouble! He was handsome, sweet, smart, and I liked that he had done a lot of traveling (he’s been to 47 of the 50 states!) We met at Pazzo’s in Lexington for dinner and the conversation went so well that we decided to drive out to the KY Horse Park to see the Southern Lights. We were both pretty smitten with each other and met for our second date just 12 hours later! From the first day we started talking to each other, we talked every day since then.

We started talking about when we would want to get engaged about a year into dating. Over our second year together we went through moving, graduating college (me - finally!), new careers for both of us, and travelled together. We just loved each other and supported each other through all of the different chapters that we went through.

For Thanksgiving 2016 we went to my mom’s lake house in Ghent, WV to spend the holiday with my family. The day before Thanksgiving Ben asked if I wanted to go for a hike and bring April, my dog, along. This was not an out of the normal question since we take a walk together every day anyway. Not too far into walking down the trail Ben bent over to pet April, then dropped down on one knee! He pulled the ring box out of his sweatshirt and all I could do was giggle and say yes! We had so much fun telling all of our family and close friends in person over that weekend!

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What was it about your dress that made you realize it was "the one?" 

I knew that I wanted my dress to really make a big statement! Since our wedding was going to be at Keeneland I wanted something that was classy, timeless, but also different. I tried on around 10 dresses at Meant to Be, but when I tried my Hayley Paige gown on, I just knew it was the one! I loved all the layers in the skirt and the fitted sweetheart neckline, but most of all the STRIPES!!! I knew that this was a dress no one would ever forget!

My favorite memory from dress shopping was having some of the most important women in my life with me that day. I had my mom, sister, my Mema, and my future mother-in-law. I am so lucky to have such an incredible family and even more lucky that I adore Ben’s family too! They all teared up when I tried on “The One” and everyone agreed that it was THE dress!

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What is your favorite memory from your wedding day?

There are so many! But, I have to say that I will never forget our first look. I walked up behind Ben in the paddocks and his face when he turned around… that was my favorite! He took a few steps back to take a full look at me and I just felt so beautiful and loved in that moment.

I am a horse lover myself so just being able to have our wedding at Keeneland was a dream come true. We were so blessed to have a gorgeous spring-like day with one of the most breathtakingly beautiful sunsets I have ever seen. Ben said he felt like it was his mom’s way of being there. She passed away from breast cancer when he was in college and sadly I was never able to meet her, but I love her so much for raising the kindest and most caring man I’ve ever met.

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What has been the best thing about marriage so far?

The best part of being married so far is having a partner to share everything with in life! Life is so wonderful, but sometimes there are tough days, even just a few months into being married. The one thing that is so consistent for us is our love for each other. Ben is really my rock and I know that I can depend on him no matter what happens!

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

The best advice I have ever gotten were actually words straight from my sweet HusBen’s (I lovingly refer to Ben as this now!) mouth. He told me, “Enjoy every chapter!” If you are dating in hopes of an engagement to come, enjoy doing new things together and making memories that will last forever. If you are engaged, don’t wish the time away till your wedding, this chapter goes by oh so very fast! This is such a fun time full of planning and parties and through it all you just get even closer to your fiancé. If you are a newlywed, look forward to all of your amazing plans, but take joy in the small things like cooking dinners together and cuddling just the two of you on the couch watching movies. Both sets of my grandparents have been together for over 65 years and they both agree time goes by too fast! Love EVERY moment of your life together!

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Ceremony & Reception Venue - Keeneland Race Course

Caterer - Keeneland Hospitality

Photographer - Grace Ann Pumpelly

DJ - Jason Eustice

Flowers - House by JSD Designs

Cake - Bourbon Belle’s Custom Cakes

Hair & Makeup - Mickey Salon/Spa

Bridal Salon - Meant to Be Bridal Boutique

Bridesmaid Dresses - Twirl

Alterations - Needle’s Eye

Menswear - Men’s Warehouse