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THANK YOU Southern Living Magazine for naming me one of the best wedding planners in the SOUTH!  It was the BEST the best surprise to discover first thing in the morning and certainly gave me the extra little push I needed as I still navigate working mom life with a 6 month old baby.  To read the article and see some other regional friends on the list, click here!  So flattered to be in SUCH amazing company.  

Kristin + Thaxton | Outdoor Kentucky Wedding

It was a summer day in June with rain in the forecast around ceremony time.  We were pretty certain it would rain as Kristin walked down the aisle, but decided to chance it.  And when it did start raining, we created a plan for the officiant to say 'I pronounce you man and wife, you may kiss the bride! Now everyone go grab a cocktail!'  That's exactly what happened in real life, and it should tell you exactly what kind of a couple these two are- they love each other, love people, and love to have fun.  

It was such a joy to plan Kristin & Thaxton's wedding at Yew Dell Gardens.  It was the first time I got to design an event in the new Pavillion- it's a beautiful space and an awesome alternative to a traditional tent.  

 Check out all the lovely below!

Huge thanks to my team for pulling off an event in the rain! 

Planner & Florals: Jaclyn Journey Weddings | Photography: Abby Ott Photo | Venue: Yew Dell Gardens | Catering: Farm to Fork | Entertainment: Lightwave DJ | Bluegrass Band: Hickory Vaught & Band | Papergoods: Patrick Masterson Letterpress | Dress:  | Calligraphy: Rachel Fisher Calligraphy | Hair & Makeup: Carley Randall Beauty

Nepali Bridal Session

The concept of 'foraging' is trending pretty hard these days in the wedding and floral world.  I love nature, but hate bugs, so unless I am in a pinch for a flower or leaf in a particular shape or color, I call my friend Bekah to do all my rural clipping.  So, you can imagine, when I found out I would have to forage for flowers for my whole time in Nepal, my palms got a little sweaty.  But, I was up for the challenge and it ended up being an incredible experience.  If onnnnly we had gotten photos of me doing death defying feats like climbing on mountain side ledges to trim little yellow berries (I'm a klutz and SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN DOING THAT ALONE...)  

The mountain resort we stayed at for our first week in Nepal, The Fort Resort, was pretty incredible.  It had been damaged some by the earthquake the year before, but was still meticulously maintained.  

photo by Nina & Wes Photography 

photo by Nina & Wes Photography 

4pm was my favorite part of the day.  The sweet Nepali man, in the photo below, watered every single potted plant up and down the mountainside at the same time every day.   I loved watching him take such care of his job, and while I hoped to take the practice home with me, I miserably failed at it this summer-sorry, plants.... In the photo below, you can see him and his green watering cans, and construction they are doing to restore the quake damaged parts of the building. 

I had been eying a super LUSH bunch of jasmine vine that was growing on a tree right outside the resort since the moment we arrived in Nagarkot.  My first thought was to make a massive bouquet of it and that's exactly what I got to do!!! Below are the photos to prove it!

Thank you, Magnolia Rouge, for featuring the beautiful bride Suraksha, my foraged work, and the stunning Himalayan backdrop.

Photographer NINA & WES PHOTOGRAPHY  | Wedding dress GOSSAMER | Florals JACLYN JOURNEY | WorkshopTHE BEYOND WORKSHOP IN NEPAL | Hair & make-up Heather Smith |  Storyboard & styling ABANY BAUER | Production Lead MARCUS PATRICK |Model SURAKSHA KUNWAR RANA | Venue THE FORT RESORT IN NAGARKOT, NEPAL | Nepali In-country Logistics Coordinator GAUTAM RAI