A Wondrous White Wedding

Last Saturday evening, Mark Eliason and Jeffrey Howard were married at Running Water Farm in front of 150 friends and family.

It was the perfect late summer evening. Guests were served cocktails in the sunken garden before the ceremony. Wayne Esterle of In Bloom Again did wonderful bouquets of white flowers for the bridesmaids and matching centerpieces.

It was certainly a fun wedding. Jeff and Mark asked 18 female friends to be bridesmaids and wear blue summer party dresses. I didn’t know there were that many shades of blue! They were lovely young ladies. Mark’s daughter, Summer Eliason Thurman, was the maid of honor and shared the honors with her young sons Halston and Hutton Thurman at her side and in their grandfather’s arms. It was happy and spirits were high.

The bridesmaids were Amy Landon, Annie Locke, Molly Roy, Katie Rhawn, Trish Barrett, Stephanie Hall Barrett, Betsy Wade, Marilyn Wainwright, Hollis Gargala, Tracy Beale, Jennifer McCall Kuhl, Kim Davis, Laura Wagner, Laura Barnum, Elizabeth Dowell, Sara Kooperman, Heidi Golding and Ganna Bradshaw.

When the sun went down, the twinkling lights came on and the celebration rolled on.

Among the guests were Lynn Renau, Corky Sachs, Phyllis and Larry Florman, Shannon and Kendall Cogan, Sue Baughman, Margaret and Dan Woodside, Wayne Jenkins, Steven Van Hooser, Davis Edwards, Steve Bass and Diana and Bill Schmied.

The Silver Spoon served the marvelous hors d’oeuvres, and a good time was had by all.


Shelby County historian John David Myles has written a fascinating book titled “Historic Architecture of Shelby County, Kentucky, 1792-1915.” It has just come from the publishers and will be of interest to all who grew up in Shelby County and its near environs of Oldham and eastern Jefferson County.

The book is an expansion of the chapter on architecture in the “New History of Shelby County, Kentucky,” written by Judge Myles in 2001. Myles has long been interested in the history and architecture of Shelby County. As a college student at Centre, he wrote a series of articles for The Shelby News about the history of well-known tracts of farmland such as Stockdale, Pine Grove, Tarry Long and Woodlawn.

Recently, he has published historical reports for quail hunting plantations in South Carolina and Georgia for Plantation Services Inc.

(I remember that as a child my grandfather would get three shoe boxes of tiny quail each spring from the Sportsmen Club. He would take one to our farm in Oldham County, one to the farm in Shelby County and one to our farm in Jefferson County. They came in cardboard shoe boxes with holes punched in them for fresh air.)

Myles’ interest years ago caused Frances Cottongim to copy files she had collected over a lifetime of documenting Shelby County’s historic structures. He has added to her collection with 40 years of clippings, notes, drawings and photographs to create his new book.

To get your copy, contact Wild Holly Studio at wildhollystudio.com. The book is $60 plus tax and $5 for shipping. I can’t wait to buy my copy. VT