Emily & Dale
Dale and I’s love story began in Lexington, Kentucky. I was raised in Michigan, but after college, I moved to Lexington to pursue my career as a registered dietitian. We met less than a year later, and it didn’t take long to realize that he would be the man I would marry. Although our personalities are completely opposite, we share so many similar interests: our faith, being outdoors hiking or riding our bikes, traveling, and trying out local restaurants and breweries. As I fell in love with Dale, I fell more in love with Lexington, too, and knew I would want to get married in Central Kentucky so our family and friends from all over the country could experience it and love it as much as we do.
After a year and a half of dating, Dale completely surprised me by proposing on a trip home to Michigan at Christmas time. He enlisted the help of my parents, and proposed at Greenfield Village Holiday Nights under an amazing, lit up Christmas tree. The night even finished off with fireworks and Christmas carols.
My mom surprised me too! She told me the night Dale and I got engaged that she had scheduled an appointment to try on wedding gowns at Fantastic Finds the very next day. We (my mom, me, and my Maid of Honor) had the most amazing, personal, and private experience at Fantastic Finds, and I bought my perfect dress less than 24 hours after being proposed to.
10 months later, on October 13th, 2018, we were married! We got married in Paris, Kentucky, a small, historic town outside of Lexington that is surrounded by beautiful horse farms and rolling hills. Our ceremony took place at the Garden Club of Kentucky, tucked away in their arboretum underneath beautiful pine trees, not unlike the one Dale proposed to me under. The reception was at a historic venue on Main Street, a gorgeous 1920’s building with hardwood floors and exposed brick.
Throughout the wedding planning process, Dale and I made every effort to remind ourselves that our wedding was just one day. It was a day we wanted to enjoy and remember forever, but it was not worth getting overly stressed out about. Although some stress was inevitable, we tried to enjoy the moments spent planning with family and friends, and focus on the importance of building a foundation for a strong marriage that would last beyond our special day. I would encourage every bride to take in every moment, enjoy the process, but remember that the most important thing is that you are marrying that love of your life, and have a lifetime of beautiful memories to look forward to.