By Minda Honey
Say yes to the dress, the venue, the caterer, the photographer and more at Louisville’s first interactive wedding show! You’re cordially invited to join Made Weddings at the Henry Clay Sunday, August 20 from 2:30 to 6 p.m. for a full-scale mock wedding ceremony, cocktail hour and reception.
Guests can expect to see models dressed in bridal and groomswear from Modern Trousseau and Couture Closet, six reception tables setup for display and three featured floral designers who will deck out two tables each. Attendees will see, taste, hear and experience the many services and goods wedding professionals can bring to their special day.
The show is the brainchild of local makers and organizers of Made Market, Allison Barker and Jordan Kavuma. About Made Market, Barker who designs and sells jewelry under the brand Milovala, says, “Louisville as a city was ready for curated, quality handmade goods.”
After the success of Made Market and developing several vendor relationships around town, Made Weddings was a logical next step. Although it’s been 10 years since Barker walked down the aisle, she still remembers having to plan a wedding based on word-of-mouth and wants today’s brides and grooms to feel like they have good options: “I would have loved the inspiration side of Made Weddings. Getting to take my time and think through all of the details would have been so helpful.”
Kavuma, who got married three years ago and runs Thistle and Thread Design with her husband Paul, was able to turn to Pinterest and Instagram for ideas, but felt like having access to true wedding professionals would have made those ideas better executed. She says that Made Weddings gives couples an opportunity to plan a wedding that’s tailored to their tastes versus what’s trending. Kavuma believes that working with wedding experts gives couples the confidence to do something they like, but would be too shy to do themselves out of fear of not executing their ideas properly.
Made Weddings also makes the planning process less overwhelming, says Kavuma. “Our goal is to simplify the wedding planning process while also not taking away from all that it can be. So you can still have that really special day without losing nights of sleep throughout your engagement season.” Couples are invited to attend Made Weddings together, but they also expect to have several bridal parties or mom and maid-of-honor groups at the event. The event is created to make every guest feel welcome, and it’s worth noting that there are several vendors who are members of the Fair Vendors Alliance. Tickets are being sold in two tiers: participant tickets and companion tickets for anyone accompanying the bride or groom. An optional Master Class, for an additional fee, will be led by Maggie Heely of Weekend Wedding Warrior with a light brunch included.
Laura Brewer and Hannah Schiller of Riley + Ko Calligraphy and Design are also excited to show their wares at Made Weddings. When working with couples, “Getting to know the couples we’re working with is one of our favorite parts. It’s easy to go onto a website and choose an invitation or sign that thousands of people have used (and there’s nothing wrong with that!) but when everything is made for you specifically, it just feels right!”
One of Made Weddings’ featured photographers is Tabitha Booth. Booth pulls inspiration from many different sources to give her photos an aesthetic that goes beyond the tried-and-true pretty wedding day photos. She loves helping adventurous, outgoing clients capture their special day in the right way. “I love being able to create moments for my couples to reflect on the meaning of the day, always pointing it back to their love for one another!” VT
The Henry Clay
August 20, 2:30 to 6 p.m.