After 14 months of wedding planning, this couple definitely formulated great ideas to highlight everything that Lexington and Kentucky have to offer. A spring wedding at The Polo Barn at Saxony was the winning ticket.

“I was totally surprised by the engagement!” Ashley later told us. Todd proposed at home on a Friday night. Her “Yes!” led to an impromptu engagement party with parents, family and friends. Remembering the night, Ashley recalls “It was great to be able to celebrate with our closest friends and family on such a special occasion.

”When it came to choosing a wedding venue that would showcase Kentucky, Doug Smith Designs + Events recommended The Polo Barn at Saxony during the initial planning meeting. Since the couple wasn’t familiar with one of Lexington’s newer venues, a visit was in order. They immediately fell in love with the quintessential Kentucky ambiance the space provided. After checking a few other venues, the decision was easy – Saxony!

“In the beginning of our planning, we didn’t realize that getting ready at the venue, without the stress of having to maintain our schedule, would be so important to us.” By utilizing the services of an excellent planner, the wedding party and family were able to celebrate the day without the stress of having to maintain the schedule. It allowed for parents and the wedding party to relax and enjoy the special day with the bride and groom. The space at Saxony allowed the bride to peek out the windows to see their vision come to life while she drank mimosas with her bridesmaids. “We loved getting a sneak peek of our decorations and enjoyed watching our planning finally take shape.”

An incredibly special moment came when the bride and groom were able to share a romantic dinner alone between the ceremony and reception. A private dining area was set in the Farm Cottage and the time allowed the newlyweds to absorb all that had just taken place. “It will forever be one of our most memorable dinners together.”

“If I could offer advice to brides and grooms, I would recommend getting a wedding planner. If you aren’t interested in getting a full-service planner, at least consider one for the month of the wedding. Our engagement process and wedding day were nearly stress-free and we truly felt like guests at our own party. I would also recommend that you consider the timing of your wedding and reception, not only for yourselves as bride and groom, but also for your wedding guests. We worked hard with our planners to avoid a lull during any part of our big day.“

Vendor Spotlight

Photographer: Willie Wilson Photography
Ceremony & Reception Venue: The Polo Barn at Saxony
Full Service Wedding Planner: Doug Smith Designs+Events
Wedding Dress: Couture Closet
Caterer: Dupree Catering + Events
Cake: Becca Schmutte
Florals: Doug Smith Designs+Events
Tent Rental: Goff Tents & Events
Additional Rentals: Purdon’s Rental & Sales
Hair and Makeup: Pink Lou Lou
Band: 64 West
Transportation: Gold Shield Transportation
Hotel Room Block: Hilton Lexington/Downtown
Groomsmen Gifts: LV Harkness
Favors: Ruth Hunt Candies
Rehearsal Dinner Location: Bodley-Bullock House
Rehearsal Dinner Caterer: Dupree Catering + Events
Registry: Macy’s
Rings: Rivard Fine Jewelry
Late Night Snack Food Truck: Rolling Oven Mobile Pizzeria
Cake Stand: Bourbon Barrel Rehab
Bridal Show Attended: Bridal Bliss Evening Classic