Article and photos reprinted with permission of Southern Bride Magazine
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Article written by Jacki Allen - Wedding Planner

A WEDDING IN BLUEGRASS COUNTRY
The Headley-Whitney Museum off Old Frankfort Pike in Lexington, where many of the finest thoroughbred horse farms in the world reside, was the setting for the outdoor ceremony and reception. Greg is a farm manager at a local thoroughbred farm, Angus Glen and Paula grew up with thoroughbreds on the Bluegrass horse farm her father had previously owned, Prestonwood Farm. So the outdoor setting was a natural fit.

COOL FLAVORS
Guests were provided a white paper fan just waiting to stir a cool breeze on each wooden chair. Also in each chair was a silver organza drawstring tote filled with rose petals to be tossed at the newlywed couple as they were departing the ceremony. Grapevine topiaries with ivy overlays and white twinkle lights were hung on the center poles of the tent on Thursday night by florist, E. Stephen Hein. Also he secured an ivy garland with twinkle lights to the perimeter of the tent for an exquisite lighting effect. Individually watered blooms were inserted in each of the four topiaries for a beautiful floral design. Identical floral topiaries also marked the entrance into the reception tent.

BON VOYAGE
Greg and Paula were off to the Caribbean for their honeymoon on a Grand Princess cruise to the Bahamas, Grand Cayman, Cozumel and Costa Maya.

BEAUTIFULLY SET
While Paula and Greg were taking pictures, guests entered the reception tent and seated themselves. Bluegrass Amish Cantalope and Cardamom Soup presented in a cantaloupe shell with spicy cheese straws was set at each place setting for guests to enjoy before the newlyweds arrived at the reception. Tables were draped in white linens with ivory organza and satin striped overlays. Six silver chivari chairs with ivory pads were set at each table and a beautiful siver candelabra with an amazine floral design were the centerpieces.

COCKTAIL HOUR
Guests began arriving for cocktails at 5:00 pm under a seperate canopy tent. Greg acted as the official host for the cocktail party and enjoyed seeing everyone before the festivities officially began. Servers from South-Van Events passed hors d'oeuvres of California rolls with avocado wassabi, crostini with smoked mozzarella and red onion confit, stuffed artichoke hearts in beer batter, egg battered portabella mushrooms with sun-dried tomato remoulade and Kentucky asparagus tips rolled in country ham.

FIT FOR A QUEEN
Dr. Preston wore an Armani tuxedo and Paula's wedding gown was designed by Philippa Lepley in London, England. Philippa has a storefront in London where she specializes in wedding gowns. Paula met with this designer approximately 8 times before bringing the gown home. Her tiara was made in Austria and her veil was custom-made at Sher's in Louisville.

A TOAST TO THE NEWLYWEDS
Before the cake was cut by Paula and Greg, servers poured champagne in glass flutes for toasting and fresh fruit platters were served to each table to compliment the cake.

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