Photos by First Loved Photo
After meeting at a young age, Sara Weaver and Nate Smith never knew they’d one day become husband and wife. With meticulous planning and help from the Louisville Marriott Downtown, the couple shared a magical wedding day on June 30. Sara recently shared details of the big day and how they pulled off nuptials that were both elegant and entertaining.
How did you two meet?
We met in the sixth grade when I transferred to Christian Academy. We were always friends until we started dating senior year of high school and then we went on to the University of Kentucky together as well. After that, the rest is history.
What’s the story of your engagement?
Last summer, I thought I was modeling for a boutique called Urban Farmgirl, but really Nate planned the whole night. He popped out from around the corner during the photo shoot at Locust Grove and proposed. Afterwards, I was even more surprised when 60 of our closest friends and family members were waiting for us at Captain’s Quarters. Nate called them one by one to invite them, and everyone was in on the secret. It was the sweetest night ever.
How did the planning process go?
The planning was great. The Marriott was really helpful in recommending vendors we fell in love with. I wanted an elegant church wedding but also always envisioned a big party to celebrate. The hotel helped us find just that. We had amazing food, a full ballroom and all the means to have the perfect night.
What was your favorite part of the day?
My favorite part of the day was our first dance. We crammed in dancing lessons at Shall We Dance in Anchorage last minute. Nate was so nervous in the days leading up to the wedding, but it went perfectly and kicked off our reception with a bang.
Did everything go smoothly or were there hiccups along the way?
What advice would you give to couples currently planning their big day?
I would tell couples to make sure their wedding has all of their favorite things. For us, we knew we wanted good music, great food (tacos, Kentucky barbecue and chicken and waffles) and a dance floor big enough to fit our 300 guests. We definitely didn’t have the traditional ballroom wedding, but we wanted our guests to have fun the entire night. VT
Wedding Gown: Louisville Bridal Suite
Veil and Jewelry: Afterglow Wedding Boutique
Tuxedos: Men’s Wearhouse
Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie
Hair + Makeup: Chelsea Selby
Table decor: Millenium Events
Florist: Schulz’s Florist
Cake: Plehn’s Bakery
Food: Marriott Louisville Downtown
Chairs: Fifty Chairs
Photography: First Loved Photo
Photo Booth: Showtime Photos
Videography: Campfire Films
Band: The Plan B Band
Trolley: Free Enterprise
Ceremony: Broadway Baptist Church
Reception: Louisville Marriott Downtown
Officiant: Dave Stone
Rings: Genesis Diamonds