Photos by Lydia Ruth Photography
Rachel Denham and Alex Mayo were officially joined together as husband and wife on Dec. 1. After dating for almost five years, the two celebrated their love with family and friends at Garden Court. Rachel recently shared all of the details with us along with advice for how to make your wedding unforgettable.
When and how did you two meet?
Alex and I met in the summer of 2013 when I transferred home from Western Kentucky University. When I finished my freshman year, I just wanted to be back in Louisville. We met through one of Alex’s fraternity brothers who I knew growing up.
When did you know he was “the one?”
There’s not really a specific moment, but we really are just the best of friends and we just get along so well. It was a no brainer pretty quickly, and we knew were made for each other.
When and how did you get engaged?
My mom and I coached St. Xavier cheerleading for three years, and during my final year of coaching, Alex pulled a big move at the St. X vs. Trinity Game at Cardinal Stadium. I was a St. X cheerleader back in high school, so that day is always a fun and exciting day for me to begin with. Alex told me he was going to hangout with some buddies the night of the game so I didn’t plan on seeing him there. He even sent me pictures of our puppy from home so I was blindsided by what happened next.
At halftime, all of the girls’ high school dance teams perform, so I walked across the field to support them. On my way back to our side once the dances were finished, my mom grabbed my phone and told me to go get a photo with the cheerleaders we coached. As I got closer, I realized the sign the girls were holding said “Rachel, will you marry me?” Alex popped out from behind and asked me to marry him in front of 24,000 people.
Who assisted with planning the big day?
My mom plans events for a living, so I knew she would help a lot. We probably talked on the phone together 10 times a day, going over the most random little details. I had a particular vision and wanted to make sure it happened. We hired Jamie Lott from Events4U to help us out with the day-of coordination, but really, she helped us from the very beginning. For future brides, I strongly suggest getting a wedding coordinator.
What was your favorite part of the planning process?
The details! I loved putting special touches on the smallest of things. I believe the details are truly what bring everything together and make the evening so special for the couple based on their style and personalities.
It is easy to stress over the little things but looking back at it now, I just laugh.”
What moment from the wedding stands out most in your mind when you look back on the day?
Spending time with our bridal party was the best. We had so much fun leading up to the wedding and the day of with them. They were such a fun, laid back group of close friends and family and they helped make it such a fun day.
Steve did the call to the post right before dinner time, and he also played “My Old Kentucky Home” once everybody was seated. My mom was the Cardinal Bird mascot during the Denny Crum era, so she and Denny have been close since the ’80s. I have known Denny since I was a kid because of my mom, then I later received the Denny Crum Scholarship to help with my tuition at UofL. I have always looked up to Denny and we knew we wanted to include him on our special day. We were thrilled that he attended!
What made you decide on a winter-time wedding?
I really wanted everything about my wedding to be different. I feel like everyone always tends to do their weddings in the warmer months, so I wanted to do something out of the ordinary. I also knew I wanted the long-sleeve dress, so it only made sense to have it in the winter. People always told me I was crazy to do it in December, but the funny thing is, it was 60 degrees on our wedding day!
What advice would you give to couples who are in the middle of planning their wedding?
It is easy to stress over the little things but looking back at it now, I just laugh. With things like the seating chart, you spend so much time on it and stress so much over it and it’s only usually about 20 minutes of your night. Also, don’t be afraid to ask friends and family who have been married. They have been through it before so, in my opinion, they are the best people to seek advice from. V
Wedding Gown: Custom-designed dress from Couture Closet, La Grange
Suits: Men’s Wearhouse
Bridesmaids Dresses: ShowMeYourMuMu
Hair: Allie Kreft and Shea Carey
Makeup: Beauty by Bethany and Shelbi Lawhorn
Flowers: Rose and Honey Floral
Catering: Masterson’s Catering
Photography: Lydia Ruth Photography
Videography: Colburn Video
DJ: PartyZone Productions
Venue: Garden Court
Officiant: Tony Hall
Rings: Custom-designed rings by Glenn Leake at Lebanon Jewelry and Gift
Invitations: Custom-made by the bride
Call to the Post: Steve Buttleman