Like many couples these days, Alison and Randy met online. They chatted for about a month before having their first date. They continued to meet, exploring all the best things that Kentucky offers, like local wine tastings, camping at Natural Bridge, tailgating at Keeneland, watching UK games, enjoying festivals at Boyd’s Orchard and trying local restaurants.
Alison moved to Kentucky in 1996 with a Master’s degree in International Management and Marketing and works in Harrodsburg for Wausau Paper. Randy, an alumnus of both Purdue and Michigan State, moved to Kentucky in 2005 to work for Corning Incorporated in Harrodsburg. They both have come to love Kentucky and consider it their home.
When it became clear that he had found the one, Randy made reservations at The Thoroughbred Club for Valentine’s Day. At a secluded table, decked out with candles and roses, Randy got down on one knee–and Alison was delighted to say, “Yes!” When they began planning their wedding, The Thoroughbred Club seemed like a natural choice of venue, as it would offer out of town guests a glimpse at the beauty and history of Kentucky’s Thoroughbred industry.
Before the ceremony, Randy sent his bride a copy of their wedding invitation printed on Gorilla® Glass, a product made by his company. Because their faith is an important part of their commitment, Alison gave Randy a family Bible with their names imprinted on the cover.
Alison wore a light cream lace dress with a short train, accessorized with a tennis bracelet that Randy had given her for their first dating anniversary. Her shoes had “Mrs. Miller, established 9.6.15” stickered on the bottom. Throughout the day, she carried a cross that was crocheted by her mother. The bridesmaids wore floor-length gold gowns with ruffles down the backs. Alison gave them matching monogrammed clutches to carry during the reception. Alison’s daughter, Ashley, served as maid of honor and wore a matching satin dress; both she and her mother wore flowers and pearls in their hair. The groom and groomsmen wore black suits with ties that matched the bridesmaids’ dresses.
The ceremony was held outside, with white and pink rose petals lining the aisle and creating a monogram at the end. Guests sang the hymn “Joyful, Joyful We Adore Thee” and friends of the couple sang “Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing”. A string trio played selections before, during and after the ceremony. Close friends read scripture. During the ceremony, Randy spoke of his love to Ashley as her stepfather and presented her with a keepsake necklace.
Inside The Thoroughbred Club, tables were decorated with pink garden roses, green berries and green and white hydrangeas. Smaller arrangements were created in julep cups, a nod to the Kentucky setting. Each place setting had a dinner and bar menu detailed in the wedding theme colors and every guest received a birdseed favor, as the groom has an interest in birding.
The signature cocktail was made by Randy’s family called Harry Harry’s, a refreshing mixture of citrus and vodka. Randy also chose to serve Woodford Reserve bourbon. Guests enjoyed passed hors d’oeuvres before dining from a number of dinner stations. Late in the evening, guests enjoyed some late night wings and sliders. The cake mirrored the bride’s dress with the buttercream frosting and featured layers of Italian Cream cake, red velvet and lemon with raspberry filling.
The couple took dance lessons during the summer to prepare for their first dance. They choreographed a routine dance set to Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud”. After the dancing, laughter, dining and merriment, guests lined the exit with lit sparklers to send Alison and Randy off on their honeymoon to Traverse City, Michigan.
Photographer: Willie Wilson
Venue/catering: Thoroughbred Club of America
Bridal Gown: David's Bridal
Hair: Deshauna Wilson
Makeup: Jen Banks
Bride's Rings: Tiffany's
Bridesmaids' Attire: David's Bridal
Cakes: Desserts by Rebecca
Groom's Rings: Jared's
DJ: Tony the Tiger
Accommodations: Marriot Courtyard
Dance Lessons: Arthur Murray
Strings: Anna Hess
Pastor: Jim Betterman