Tell us your love story!
Just when it seemed like match.com would be a dead end, Jakob found me and “winked” at her. After discovering each other on facebook and sending a few messages, there was an instant connection. Fate was against them as I was in Chicago for the next few months while Jakob lived in Lexington. After months of anticipation, Erin began planning her return to Kentucky and met Jakob on their first real date. It was a marathon of a weekend, from watching 127-hours, visiting Keeneland, going to a Lexington Legends baseball game and bowling! We were smitten with each other and knew this was the start of something special.
How did he propose?
In true Jakob form, it took him months to research the perfect ring for me. For the third time in four years, we planned a trip to Disney World to visit Mickey Mouse over the holidays. This time Jakob arranged for an unforgettable start to our vacation in form of our favorite vacation spot in Epcot. When we arrived at Epcot, Jakob whispered in the photographer’s ear, “keep shooting.” At the most magical place on Earth, Jakob turned to me, got down on one knee, and asked me to marry him. In between shrieking “are you serious?!” and sobbing like a baby, I said “yes!”
How did you choose your venue?
We wanted our wedding to be somewhere that looked and felt iconic to Kentucky. The recent renovation at The Campbell House was beautiful and the venue just felt like the perfect fit. The catering, day-of planning, rentals, all of it was taken care of by The Campbell House, so it made it easy for us.
What elements were most important for your wedding day to you?
It was most important that we include our favorite things – this included many things we’ve come to grow and love in Lexington. We wanted to make sure guests got to each enjoy an Ale-8-One, our favorite donuts, my favorite red velvet cake and good local beers. My dad is a wood worker and we wanted to include him and his work for our ceremony and reception – the engraved pens that accompanied our “Mad Lib” place setting card, a wine box which we sealed with notes to each other during the ceremony, and the barrel head we used for our guest book.
We tried to include a lot of Disney touches as well. One of the ways we did that was by naming the guest tables after famous Disney couples so tt was important to me that I got to design my own stationery.
What advice would you give other brides?
Everybody has their own opinion on how you should plan or do things, but the only person whose opinion matters is yours and your fiancé. To us, our wedding was perfect. Just remember at the end of the day, the most important thing is that you are getting married to your best friend.
Photographer: Seriously Sabrina Photography
Ceremony and Reception Venue: The Campbell House
Wedding Dress and Bridesmaid Dresses: Twirl Lexington
Caterer: The Campbell House
Wedding Cake: Caramanda’s Bake Shoppe
Groom’s Cake: North Lime Coffee and Donuts
DJ: DJ Johnnie Johnson
Stationery: Cardinal and Straw Fine Paper Goods
Florals: Great Expectations
Hair: Dominique Danielak, The Salon at Wellington Arms
Makeup: Simply Makeup and Hair
Room Block Hotel: The Campbell House
Reception Favors: Olde Master Originals
Rehearsal Dinner Location: The Plantory
Rehearsal Dinner Caterer: Ramsey’s Diners and Missy’s Pies
Registry: Macy’s and Bed Bath and Beyond
Rings: Rivard Fine Jewelry
Seamstress: The Needle’s Eye Alterations
If you want to see more of Erin and Jakob’s gorgeous wedding, make sure to pick up a copy of Volume 3!