"All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us" - Unknown
We have chosen to design bespoke weddings as our life’s work because we know that every event should look and feel different. We know that designing around the senses creates lasting memories. We know that creating a design around two specific people and melding their lives together into a sensually designed experience is about as unique as it gets. Nothing else can be created exactly the same.
…the garland that hangs at your family’s holiday cabin, that candle aroma from the hotel you stayed at during your engagement, the way your grandmother set the table every Sunday – and design an event filled with meaning. Our goal is to create a celebration that is completely and uniquely you. We will guide you through the entire process, creating memories throughout the months of planning that culminate in a beautiful start to a new life chapter.
Jaclyn is a born and bred Kentucky girl who can’t remember a time when she wasn’t planning for some kind of gathering. Growing up in a big Lebanese and Syrian family meant that Sunday dinners were a family cornerstone during Jaclyn’s childhood and she loved being surrounded by her aunts, cousins, brothers, and sisters.
This weekly tradition was the start of a life-long love of celebrations. Jaclyn brings the same warmth and sense of closeness to wedding planning. With an aesthetic that combines old-world heritage and classic styling, Jaclyn is an old soul with a modern spirit.
After graduating from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles, Jaclyn worked in visual merchandising for Anthropologie. When she realized that her design and styling interests extended far beyond store windows, she founded Jaclyn Journey Weddings in 2010. She draws on her background and staging experience to set the scene for weddings, crafting unique, stand-out spaces that complement the couple, their families, traditions, and interests.
Jaclyn and her husband, Chris, married in 2011 and have a son, Kit Thomas. She loves classic movies, long dinners with friends and family, good wine, and traveling.
A Florida native, Melissa’s bright spirit and contagious energy spill effortlessly into her event planning.
Warmth and hospitality come naturally to Melissa, who graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Tourism and Hospitality Management. Her vast event management experience includes group sales and marketing for Adriatic Luxury Hotels and event manager at The Grand Oaks Florida, the Kentucky Derby Museum and the Hermitage Classic. A true family affair, Melissa’s husband, Mike, is also in the event planning business and their collaborations have yielded some of Louisville’s most talked-about events.
Melissa began her own events company, Brady & Co Events, in 2014. After working on numerous projects together, Jaclyn Journey Weddings acquired Brady & Co in 2017. It was a natural next step in their relationship and Melissa’s strong logistical background and destination experience have proven invaluable.
When she’s not keeping the team on time and on budget, you can find Melissa with her daughter, Jules, traveling, or trying out the latest hot spot.