A Preppy Kentucky Derby Wedding at Ayr Mount in Hillsborough, North Carolina
During her last semester of college, Kate Quinn (28 and an interior designer) went to see a friend's band play and caught the eye of one of the performers, Julian Scarborough (27 and a financial services adviser). After three years of dating, Julian proposed with his grandmother's engagement ring and the couple planned a traditional ceremony at Trinity United Methodist, in the bride's hometown of Durham, North Carolina. Being an interior designer, the Kate's love of the design arts drew her to an immaculately preserved early 19th century house filled with original furnishings and exquisite architectural details. "When we went there for a tour a few years before our engagement, I knew that I wanted to have our wedding reception there one day," says Kate. After deciding on a wedding date, the couple learned that their affair was on the Kentucky Derby, which helped inspire small details including the mint juleps and bourbon as well as the horse table names. Kate and Julian wanted the overall appearance of their wedding to be?elegant, preppy and southern and searched thrift stores and antique shops for navy and white porcelain vases to use as centerpieces. "I really wanted to add a lot of visual interest and texture by adding the chunky blue and white striped tablecloths to really kick it up a notch," says Kate. Blush peonies and accent linens softened the look while gold accents added a hint of sparkle. For favors, the bride's dad made black walnut and cork coasters engraved with their names. "It was such a surprise and a really lovely item that people could take with them," says Kate.