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A Rustic Destination Wedding at Shaker Village

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Regan & Michael in Harrodsburg, KY
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The groom wore a gray pinstripe suit with a custom-tailored shirt with monogrammed cuffs. His watch accessorized the look.
Montaj Custom Clothier, Pittsburgh, PA
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Jacki and Jaime of Jacki Allen Wedding Planning gave the couple this rustic wedding sign crafted out of Kentucky barn wood.
Jacki Allen Wedding Planning, Lexington, KY
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Eucalyptus cones filled with fresh leaves adorned the ceremony chairs. Guests showered the newlyweds with the greenery as they exited the reception on an antique tandem bicycle.
E. Stephen Hein, Lexington, KY
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An authentic bluegrass band entertained the wedding guests during the ceremony and dinner. One of Regan’s favorite parts was how they incorporated two of her favorite instruments -- the fiddle and the mandolin.
Kentucky Wild Horse, Owenton, KY
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For a year, Regan and Michael had a local farrier (someone who shoes horses) collect old horseshoes from local Kentucky farms. At the wedding, each guest received a horseshoe along with a card explaining the tradition of good luck that falls upon those entering a home with a horseshoe hanging over the doorway.
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The elegant escort cards were displayed in custom-made wooden place card holders and handwritten by Paperfinger Calligraphy in Brooklyn, NY.
Alex Brooks of Press Eight Seventeen, Lexington, KY
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Guests sipped bourbon iced tea in a courtyard surrounded by trees and a stone fence as they listened to Kentucky bluegrass music. The signature drink was such a hit that by the time Regan and Michael got to the reception, there wasn’t any left!
Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Harrodsburg, KY
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Since the best man owns his own all-natural nut butter company, the couple handed out packets of nut butter to the guests.
Justin’s Nut Butter, Boulder, CO
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The couple included message cards in their wedding invitations for guests to write a brief wedding day note. The filled-out cards were then displayed in the centerpieces for everyone to read.
Alex Brooks of Press Eight Seventeen, Lexington, KY
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Regan and Michael’s florist created a mix of tall and short birch-covered vases to hold branches, fall leaves, antique hydrangea, hypericum berries, seeded eucalyptus, and cymbidium orchids.
E. Stephen Hein, Lexington, KY
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Each place was marked with a chocolate-brown napkin topped with a salmon-colored cymbidium orchid. The orchid motif could be seen in many aspects of the wedding, including the invitations, programs, and boutonnieres.
E. Stephen Hein, Lexington, KY
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A leather bound book of black handmade paper was set up near a photo booth. Guests were asked to paste in their photos along with a message. Regan decorated the guest book table with a few of her mother’s pottery pieces to honor her.
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Along with a coffee bar, ice cream bar, and a refreshment bar, the couple also set up a fire pit lounge area outside the tent with tree stump seating and individual bags containing ingredients for s’mores.
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Though their actual dessert was a bourbon bread pudding, Regan and Michael still opted to have a wedding cake for ceremonial purposes. The simple, three-tiered cake was decorated with fall leaves and orchids.
The Sugar Forest, Nicholasville, KY
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In addition to cake and bourbon bread pudding, the couple offered their guests a fully-stocked ice cream bar with local favorite Graeter’s Ice Cream.
Graeter’s Ice Cream, Graeters.com
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The bride and groom danced their first dance to “Heavenly Day” by Patty Griffin. It was on their first date that they discovered their mutual love for the artist. Regan and Michael also loved how their lighting decor created a “starry night” display on the tent ceiling while their guests danced.
DJ’s in Motion, Lexington, KY
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Because Michael is a competitive cyclist, bicycles are a big part of the couple’s life. The day before the wedding, they located an antique tandem bicycle and had it delivered to the reception. The newlyweds pedaled away through a shower of eucalyptus leaves tossed by their guests.

Regan & Michael in Harrodsburg, KY

Regan and Michael knew they wanted an intimate, outdoor wedding, which is why the natural privacy of Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill was so appealing. Living in Pennsylvania and planning a wedding in Kentucky (where they had met in graduate school) proved challenging, though, so the couple enlisted the help of Jacki Allen and Jaimeson Gann of Jacki Allen Wedding Planning in Lexington to bring their rustic destination wedding to life. The Bride Regan Ladenburger, 39, emergency physician The Groom Michael Jernigan, 32, microscopy and imaging specialist The Date October 3 Though they didn’t have a specific theme, Regan and Michael incorporated warm autumnal colors -- browns, reds, and soft greens -- along with fall leaves and branches into the decor.
- Justine Lorelle Blanchard
Their Ingredients
  • Angela Anderson Photography
  • Montaj Custom Clothier, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Jacki Allen Wedding Planning, Lexington, KY
  • E. Stephen Hein, Lexington, KY
  • Kentucky Wild Horse, Owenton, KY
  • Alex Brooks of Press Eight Seventeen, Lexington, KY
  • Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Harrodsburg, KY
  • Justin’s Nut Butter, Boulder, CO
  • The Sugar Forest, Nicholasville, KY
  • Graeter’s Ice Cream, Graeters.com
  • DJ’s in Motion, Lexington, KY

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