Summer is for Blues, Brews & BBQ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Summer is for BBQ.

Louisville is for craft beers and craft cocktails.

The Blues are for feeling good.

There’s not a better way to spend your long summer evenings than a festival celebrating all three, which is what makes the Blues, Brews & BBQ Festival a can’t miss event every year.

Seven Blues bands will take the stage on Friday and Saturday nights, bringing the good vibes of New Orleans and Memphis-style blues, while you and your family can kick back and enjoy vistas of the Ohio River… and the smells of good, fire-pit smoked BBQ. In addition to the BBQ, as any festival worth its title, fair food will aplenty, including funnel cakes, ice cream, ribbon fries and more.

For the adults, the Brews Tasting Area will bring dozens of craft and microbreweries from across Kentucky to you. For something stronger, try a Sailor Jerry Rum concoction. And if you just want some of that fine, Kentucky bourbon, Four Roses will have you taken care of.

Louisville knows how to do food and music festivals, but nobody does the Blues like the Blues, Brews & BBQ.
Get your tickets at a discount, at louisvillebluesandbbqfestival.com, by June 19. Otherwise, you can purchase them at the gate. Kiddos, 10-and-under are free.

Acting Up with a Twist

Benefiting Commonwealth Theatre Center, this night of play for grown ups took place on June 1. The party included games, live theatrical performances, dance contests and more. Proceeds benefit Commonwealth Theatre Center as they provide financial aid for young people to participate in CTC’s life-changing theater programs.

Photos by Kathryn Harrington

YPAL’s Toast to 20

The Young Professionals Association of Louisville (YPAL) celebrated its 20th anniversary at Old Forester Distilling Co. on the evening of May 29.

Photos by Andrea Hutchinson

Prestigious Properties 2019

Presented by Class Act Federal Credit Union, this year’s Prestigious Properties party took place at 200 Mockingbird Gardens Dr. on May 30. Real estate, building and design professionals mingled and toured the gorgeous estate, which is on the market through REMAX/Alliance and the Birkhead Group. Drinks were provided by Old 502 Winery and Tito’s Handmade Vodka, tasty bites were provided by Wiltshire Pantry and Sweets by Millie and valet parking was provided by Ready Valet.

Photos by Andrea Hutchinson

The Speed Art Museum June 2019 Calendar

Photo by Andrea Hutchinson.

The Speed is now open until 8 p.m. on Fridays and also hosts the monthly After Hours Party every third Friday until 10 p.m. More information can be found at speedmuseum.org.

EXHIBITIONS

Making Time: The Art of the Kentucky Tall Case Clock, 1790-1850

Closes June 16, 2019

FREE for members and FREE with admission for non-members

 

Ebony G. Patterson: …while the dew is still on the roses…

Opens June 21, 2019 – January 5, 2020

The Speed Art Museum will present the work of artist Ebony G. Patterson in the comprehensive solo exhibition …while the dew is still on the roses… Organized by the Perez Art Museum, the project is the most significant presentation of Patterson’s work to date and includes work produced over the last five years, embedded within a new installation environment that references a night garden.

 

Yinka Shonibare MBE: The American Library

Through – September 15, 2019

FREE for members and FREE with admission for non-members

 

EVENTS & PROGRAMS

Collection Highlights Drop-In Tour

June 5 at 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Explore the Speed and engage in conversations during this one-hour Docent-guided tour focused on the highlights of our collection. Free with admission. For more information, visit our tours page.

 

Collection Highlights Drop-In Tour

June 6 at 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Explore the Speed and engage in conversations during this one-hour Docent-guided tour focused on the highlights of our collection. Free with admission. For more information, visit our tours page.

Speed Cinema Presents: Rams

June 6 at 7:00 pm

Rams Directed by Gary Hustwit $9 / $7 Speed and AIGA Louisville members “The man who all but invented consumer product design as we know it today.”—The Guardian For over fifty years, Dieter Rams has left an indelible mark on the field of product design and the world at large with his iconic work at Braun and Vitsoe. The objects Rams has designed have touched the lives of millions of people.

Photo by Andrea Hutchinson.

Coffee with a Curator: Chief Curator Erika Holmquist-Wall and Head Preparator Ron Davey

June 7 at 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Patron Circle Coffee with Chief Curator Erika Holmquist-Wall and Chief Preparator Ron Davey. Erika and Ron will give a behind-the-scenes peek into the design and installation of a gallery and caring for the Speed’s collection. Space is limited and restricted to Patron Circle and International Benefactor Circle Members.

 

Collection Highlights Drop-In Tour

June 7 from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Explore the Speed and engage in conversations during this one-hour Docent-guided tour focused on the highlights of our collection. Free with admission. For more information, visit our tours page.

 

Collection Highlights Drop-In Tour

June 7 from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Explore the Speed and engage in conversations during this one-hour Docent-guided tour focused on the highlights of our collection. Free with admission. For more information, visit our tours page.

 

Teen Gallery Sketching

May 15 at 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Teens are invited to draw in the Speed’s galleries during this informal sketching program. At start time, a museum staff member will highlight one or two artworks in the museum’s collection and offer prompts as inspiration. Bring your own sketching materials, or use our supply of pencils, paper, and clipboards. No previous experience required. Free with admission; Teens eligible for admission waivers. Registration not required, but materials and folding stools available first-come, first-served.

 

Adult Workshop Back to Basics: Oil Landscapes PART ONE

June 8 at 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Back to Basics: Oil Landscapes Saturday, June 8 AND Saturday, June 15, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm This is a two-part workshop and participants should plan to attend both days. Join us at the Speed for our first adult workshop series! This two-part class will explore the basics of oil painting. Learn about color and texture while you create your own landscape masterpiece! All materials provided. Members $20/ Non-members $40 TICKETS

Collection Highlights Drop-In Tour

June 8 from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Explore the Speed and engage in conversations during this one-hour Docent-guided tour focused on the highlights of our collection. Free with admission. For more information, visit our tours page.

 

Youth Side by Side Workshop: Storybook Creations

June 8 at 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Youth Side by Side Workshop: Storybook Creations Art Sparks Classrooms Discover how art can tell stories by looking at artworks in the Museum’s galleries, and then return to the studio to imagine, write and illustrate your own story book! Ages 6 – 12 years. A parent or guardian must also register for this workshop. $10 for adult + child member | $20 for adult + child nonmember TICKETS

 

Art Lab

June 9 at 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Visit Art Lab and put your creativity to the test. Art Lab provides a creative space for artistic experimentation, encouraging visitors to solve creative challenges, tinker with technology and discover new materials for art-making. All ages are welcome; All youth must be accompanied by an adult. Free with museum admission.

 

Collection Highlights Drop-In Tour

June 9 at 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Explore the Speed and engage in conversations during this one-hour Docent-guided tour focused on the highlights of our collection. Free with admission. For more information, visit our tours page.

 

Collection Highlights Drop-In Tour

June 9 at 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Explore the Speed and engage in conversations during this one-hour Docent-guided tour focused on the highlights of our collection. Free with admission. For more information, visit our tours page.

 

Family Drop-In Tour

June 9 at 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Explore the Speed’s collection on this interactive, hands-on tour designed for children and families. Free with general admission.

 

Museum Playdate: Baby Bonanza

June 12 at 10:30 am – 11:30 am

2nd Wednesday of the month 10:30-11:30 am, See Guest Relations for Location Ages 0-12 months Get out of the house and come to the Speed for a morning of interactive play with your baby! Each month we will set up in a different gallery to look at art and engage in related hands-on play. Join us for the whole hour or stop by for a few minutes and enjoy some social time with other families at the Museum. Free with Museum admission.

 

Collection Highlights Drop-In Tour

June 12 at 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Explore the Speed and engage in conversations during this one-hour Docent-guided tour focused on the highlights of our collection. Free with admission. For more information, visit our tours page.

 

Museum Playdate: Toddler Takeover

June 13 at 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

2nd Thursday of the month 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, Pick up Activity Map from Guest Relations Ages 12 – 36 months Free with admission Bring your toddler to the Speed for a fun, laid-back Museum experience. Drop in for a quick visit or stay the whole time – it is up to you! A variety of activity stations will be set up throughout the Museum for you and your child to explore at your own pace. Free with Museum admission.

 

Collection Highlights Drop-In Tour

June 14 at 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Explore the Speed and engage in conversations during this one-hour Docent-guided tour focused on the highlights of our collection. Free with admission. For more information, visit our tours page.

 

Collection Highlights Drop-In Tour

June 14 at 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Explore the Speed and engage in conversations during this one-hour Docent-guided tour focused on the highlights of our collection. Free with admission. For more information, visit our tours page.

 

Adult Workshop Back to Basics: Oil Landscapes PART TWO

June 15 at 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Back to Basics: Oil Landscapes Saturday, June 8 AND Saturday, June 15, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm This is a two-part workshop and participants should plan to attend both days. Join us at the Speed for our first adult workshop series! This two-part class will explore the basics of oil painting. Learn about color and texture while you create your own landscape masterpiece! All materials provided. Members $20/ Non-members $40 

 

Collection Highlights Drop-In Tour

June 15 at 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Explore the Speed and engage in conversations during this one-hour Docent-guided tour focused on the highlights of our collection. Free with admission. For more information, visit our tours page.

 

Collection Highlights Drop-In Tour

June 16 at 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Explore the Speed and engage in conversations during this one-hour Docent-guided tour focused on the highlights of our collection. Free with admission. For more information, visit our tours page.

Photo by Andrea Hutchinson.

Collection Highlights Drop-In Tour

June 16 at 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Explore the Speed and engage in conversations during this one-hour Docent-guided tour focused on the highlights of our collection. Free with admission. For more information, visit our tours page.

 

Family Drop-In Tour

June 16 at 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Explore the Speed’s collection on this interactive, hands-on tour designed for children and families. Free with general admission.

 

Global Speed Lecture Series with Dr. Mary Miller

June 18 at 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Were they enslaved? A close look at female Jaina figurines Unpack the complexity of Maya social life with Dr. Mary Miller, distinguished art historian and director of the Getty Research Institute. Dr. Miller will examine figurines from Jaina, an island off the Yucatan mainland known for elite burial sites, and ask who were these weavers, these warriors, these amorous women, these faithful companions of the dead? 

 

Collection Highlights Drop-In Tour

June 19 at 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Explore the Speed and engage in conversations during this one-hour Docent-guided tour focused on the highlights of our collection. Free with admission. For more information, visit our tours page.

 

Collection Highlights Drop-In Tour

June 20 at 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Explore the Speed and engage in conversations during this one-hour Docent-guided tour focused on the highlights of our collection. Free with admission. For more information, visit our tours page.

 

Collection Highlights Drop-In Tour

June 21 at 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Explore the Speed and engage in conversations during this one-hour Docent-guided tour focused on the highlights of our collection. Free with admission. For more information, visit our tours page.

 

After Hours at the Speed

June 21 at 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Stay up late with us and celebrate the opening of Ebony G. Patterson’s …while the dew is still on the roses… at the Speed! On the third Friday of each month, the Museum will be open until 10 pm. Each After Hours event comes alive with an eclectic mix of music, performances, cash bar + food available by Wiltshire at the Speed, and of course art! Come experience the Speed after hours like you’ve never experienced it before.  Generously sponsored…

 

Collection Highlights Drop-In Tour

June 21 at 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Explore the Speed and engage in conversations during this one-hour Docent-guided tour focused on the highlights of our collection. Free with admission. For more information, visit our tours page.

 

Collection Highlights Drop-In Tour

June 22 at 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Explore the Speed and engage in conversations during this one-hour Docent-guided tour focused on the highlights of our collection. Free with admission. For more information, visit our tours page.

 

Open Studio

June 23 at 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Visit the Speed for an open art making studio, where the only limitation is your own creativity! Each month, different materials will be provided for you to make artworks inspired by the Museum’s collection. Free with museum admission. All ages are welcome; All youth must be accompanied by an adult. Education Court

 

Collection Highlights Drop-In Tour

June 23 at 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Explore the Speed and engage in conversations during this one-hour Docent-guided tour focused on the highlights of our collection. Free with admission. For more information, visit our tours page.

 

Family Drop-In Tour

June 23 at 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Explore the Speed’s collection on this interactive, hands-on tour designed for children and families. Free with general admission.

 

Coffee with the Curator: Kim Spence

June 26 at 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Join curator Kim Spence as she explores the theme of Death and Remembrance in the ancient world. Space is limited and restricted to Patron Circle and International Benefactor Circle Members.

 

Collection Highlights Drop-In Tour

June 26 at 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Explore the Speed and engage in conversations during this one-hour Docent-guided tour focused on the highlights of our collection. Free with admission. For more information, visit our tours page.

 

Collection Highlights Drop-In Tour

June 28 at 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Explore the Speed and engage in conversations during this one-hour Docent-guided tour focused on the highlights of our collection. Free with admission. For more information, visit our tours page.

 

Collection Highlights Drop-In Tour

June 28 at 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Explore the Speed and engage in conversations during this one-hour Docent-guided tour focused on the highlights of our collection. Free with admission. For more information, visit our tours page.

 

Collection Highlights Drop-In Tour

June 29 at 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Explore the Speed and engage in conversations during this one-hour Docent-guided tour focused on the highlights of our collection. Free with admission. For more information, visit our tours page.

 

Collection Highlights Drop-In Tour

June 29 at 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Explore the Speed and engage in conversations during this one-hour Docent-guided tour focused on the highlights of our collection. Free with admission. For more information, visit our tours page.

 

Collection Highlights Drop-In Tour

June 30 at 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Explore the Speed and engage in conversations during this one-hour Docent-guided tour focused on the highlights of our collection. Free with admission. For more information, visit our tours page.

 

Collection Highlights Drop-In Tour

June 30 at 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Explore the Speed and engage in conversations during this one-hour Docent-guided tour focused on the highlights of our collection. Free with admission. For more information, visit our tours page.

 

Family Drop-In Tour

June 30 at 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Explore the Speed’s collection on this interactive, hands-on tour designed for children and families. Free with general admission.

Partying for a Purpose

Bourbon by the Bridge Supports CASA of the River Region

The only thing better than a bourbon-oriented party is a bourbon-oriented party that supports an amazing cause. Bourbon by the Bridge is an outstanding tasting event benefiting Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of the River Region. This year’s iteration will take place on June 8 from 5 to 8 p.m. under the Second Street bridge between Washington and Witherspoon Streets.

Guests of Bourbon by the Bridge can look forward to unlimited pours and cocktails from several distilleries as well as heavy hors d’oeuvres and desserts by Ladyfingers Catering. Individual tickets are $75 and include unlimited spirit tastings, food and a commemorative Old Fashioned glass. Access to high top tables are included with admission, and table seating is available but limited. Designated driver tickets are available for $25.

Bourbon by the Bridge supports the efforts of CASA of the River Region, a nonprofit dedicated to helping children who have been neglected and abused. The organization trains volunteers throughout the community to mentor and advocate for children who need a caring, consistent adult to look out for their safety and nurture their self-worth.

A Bourbon-Fueled Bash

Whiskey and Barrel Nite is Happening June 1


The ultimate evening of indulgence will take place at Liquor Barn Middletown Commons on the evening of June 1. From 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., guests will have unlimited samples of bourbons, scotches and whiskies from around the world as well as barrel-aged beers and spirits. The night also includes a bourbon-infused dinner, whiskey and cigar pairings, chocolate pairings, exclusive purchasing opportunities at Liquor Barn and more.

The dinner menu will include several deliciously southern dishes such as grilled chicken and cornbread waffles with Angel’s Envy mint syrup, smoked shrimp kabobs with a Woodford Reserve blueberry glaze, pulled pork sliders with BBQ sauce and more.

Tickets for Whiskey and Barrel Nite start at $79 and each ticket includes a free one-year subscription to Bourbon Plus Magazine. VIP tickets include early entry and access to a VIP bar. This event is the perfect opportunity to meet with fellow beverage enthusiasts and try several spirits before purchasing them.

Spreading the Literary Love

Don’t miss the “Make/Shift” Book Launch at KMAC Museum


Linda Bruckheimer and Sarabande Books will host the launch of writer Joe Sacksteder’s “Make/Shift” on June 8 from 7 to 9 p.m. at KMAC Museum. The book of stories is the latest title in the Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature and has been called an inventive and provocative collection that “takes real risks and delivers real rewards.”

The evening will include remarks from Linda Bruckheimer and a reading and book signing with Sacksteder, plus wine and snacks catered by local chefs. The night will also celebrate Sarabande’s 25th anniversary with a red-carpet photography station. On display at KMAC Museum will be the one-of-a-kind art installation by textile artist Andrea Hansen that was inspired by “Make/Shift.”

Tickets for the launch start at $25 with discounted tickets available for students. You can also purchase access to a private pre-event cocktail party with the author and event sponsors from 6 to 7 p.m.

The Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature, which is curated and published by Sarabande Books, celebrates Kentucky-based authors who are creating works of fiction, essay and poetry.

MOSAIC Awards

This signature event benefiting Jewish Family & Career Services took place at the Louisville Marriott Downtown on May 25. The annual ceremony recognizes new or first-generation immigrants and refugees who are making a significant impact in their professions and in our community. This year’s MOSAIC Award winners were Purna Veer, James Racine, Keisha Deonarine, Surekha Kulkarni and Fred Gross.

Photos by Andrea Hutchinson

Prestigious Properties: 200 Mockingbird Gardens Dr.

After soliciting and reviewing numerous $1 million+ real estate listings submitted by the area’s top agents, The Voice of Louisville selected four of the most outstanding listings to feature in our June issue. These homes range from countryside estates in Prospect to an early 1900s design in the heart of the Highlands, but they all have one thing in common: they’re all on the market and ready to welcome you home.

The single most prestigious of these properties, located at 200 Mockingbird Gardens Drive, will be the host site of the Prestigious Properties presented by Class Act Federal Credit Union event on May 30. The event is a spectacular and exclusive cocktail party for industry insiders to mix and mingle and gain access to the most coveted properties on the market. We hope you enjoy our selections and can maybe even call one of them home.

200 Mockingbird Gardens Dr.

Louisville, Kentucky 40207

The Birkhead Group and Re/Max Alliance  |  502.230.6350
Photography by Kathryn Harrington of The Voice-Tribune and Jeremy Blum and Cooper Burton of JeremyBlumPhoto.com and courtesy of RE/MAX
Description by The Birkhead Group and RE/MAX Alliance

$2,195,000


Masterful custom design and modern luxury are uniquely embodied in this 10,000-square-foot home situated on a remarkable 1.3 acres in the exclusive neighborhood of Mockingbird Gardens. Situated in a quiet cul-de-sac that backs up to the beautiful Crescent Hill Golf Course, this home defines luxury with its tall ceilings, grand entryway, magnificent great room, exquisite molding and overall custom design.

This expansive six bedroom, seven bath estate boasts an opulent foyer with mirrored sweeping staircases that awe any guest at first sight. There is a large luxurious first floor master suite with a two-sided roaring fireplace and an en-suite bath. While grandiose, there are comforting elements like the large eat-in kitchen and custom cabinetry, center island and relaxing hearth sitting area that are perfect for bringing the family together. The extravagant yet welcoming space recently welcomed television host Steve Harvey and his wife Marjorie while the couple was in town for the Kentucky Derby.

The study on the first floor also includes a warm and extravagant style with rich cherry wood, classical millwork and an inviting fireplace. Off of the generous great room is a large veranda with expansive views of the lush greenery below, providing both privacy and serenity. The sizable upstairs bedrooms are each equipped with large windows and their own up-to-date bathroom, perfect for any size family.

Extensive entertaining spaces flow from the over 3,000 square foot walk-out basement with a convenient second kitchen, custom bar, family room with a fireplace, game room, gym and a full bath. Just outside the basement doors is a private, crystal blue pool on a custom patio and an expansive seating area. This space wraps around to the covered patio entertaining area and is complete with a hot tub, making it the perfect oasis to enjoy a glass of wine and a beautiful sunset. Just beyond the pool is a sparkling 70 foot picturesque waterfall that flows to the lush lower level gathering space adorned with a lily pond, walking bridge and a flowing creek that leads to a gazebo. This lush area is ideal for any scale event, from the largest of weddings or a small Kentucky Derby party.

The home is so spectacular that its interior recently served as the shooting location for a movie. The film’s producers were in such awe of the property, they seriously considered a rewrite of the script to include the lower level of the property and the waterfall in the film’s climactic ending.

The Mockingbird Gardens neighborhood also offers luxurious amenities including a clubhouse, pool and tennis courts. With acreage, privacy and elegance combined, this home is sure to give you the life you have always imagined. V

The Entourage

Photography: Andrea Hutchinson

Stylist: Liz Bingham

Photo Assistant: Lauren Bradley Cox

Wardrobe Assistants: Roxanne Dunaway and Mariah Kline

Models: Liz Bingham, Katya Estes, Madison Ewing, Catherine Jones Kung and Jason Schmidt

Hair and Makeup: Joseph’s Salon & Spa

Location: The Pendennis Club

Cake: Plehn’s Bakery

Liz: Justin Alexander “Jayme” gown, $1,749; cathedral-length veil (pictured in opening spread), $500; satin ribbon, $299; hair comb, $179; teardrop earrings, $79, available at the Bridal Suite of Louisville.

Katya: Shoshanna gold dress, $485; Mignonne Gavigan earrings, $125, available at Rodes For Her. Shoes from model’s personal collection. Bag from stylist’s personal collection.

Catherine: Vince top, $225; Vince pants, $245, available at Rodes For Her. Lizzie Fortunato Vine earrings, $275, available at Circe. Gingham bag, $10, available at Sassy Fox Upscale Consignment. Shoes from model’s personal collection.

Jason: Byron tuxedo, $1,095; Eton shirt, $265; Robert Talbott vest, $495; Eton pocket square, $65, available at Rodes For Him.

Madison: Caroline Constas slip dress, $495, available at Rodes For Her. Earrings, $14, available at Sassy Fox Upscale Consignment. Shoes and bag from stylist’s personal collection.


Katya: Ulla Johnson Nerissa dress, $845; Sterling King The Fold earrings, $395, available at Circe.

 


Jason: Byron tuxedo, $1,095; Eton shirt, $265; Robert Talbott vest, $495; Eton pocket square, $65; Brackish bowtie, $195, available at Rodes For Him.

 


Catherine: Saloni Cece dress, $550; Sterling King The Fold earrings, $395, available at Circe. Pour La Victoire shoes, $68, available at Sassy Fox Upscale Consignment. Sondra Roberts satin clutch, $300, available at Rodes For Her.

Katya: Shoshanna print dress, $68; pearl drop earrings, $16; Avec heels, $28; Iris Lane green bag, $82, available at Sassy Fox Upscale Consignment.


Madison: Self Portrait Lattice dress, $430, available at Circe. Avec heels, $28; Kate Spade basket weave clutch, $64, available at Sassy Fox Upscale Consignment. Earrings from stylist’s personal collection.

Catherine: Black Halo dress, $375; Cult Gaia Ark bag, $148, available at Rodes For Her. Shoes and earrings from stylist’s personal collection.

Katya: Alexis Bermusa jumpsuit, $600, available at Circe. Earrings, $10, available at Sassy Fox Upscale Consignment. Shoes from model’s personal collection.

Jason: Byron sport coat, $795; Eton shirt, $245; Hiltl pants, $225; Torino belt, $130; Eton pocket square, $65, available at Rodes For Him.


Catherine: BCBG romper, $80; Brooks Brothers cuff, $16, available at Sassy Fox Upscale Consignment. Earrings from stylist’s personal collection. Shoes from model’s personal collection.

Madison: Alice + Olivia dress, $70; Louise Et Cie pumps, $38, available at Sassy Fox Upscale Consignment. Cindy Borders earrings, $42, available at Rodes For Her.


Liz: Justin Alexander “Sienna” gown, $1,099; single tier veil with ribbon edge, $189; two-tier veil with lace train and vine appliques, $465; earrings, $79, available at Bridal Suite of Louisville.

Madison: Bill Levkoff dress 7034, $206, available at Bridal Suite of Louisville. pearl drop earrings, $16, available at Sassy Fox Upscale Consignment.

Catherine: Bill Levkoff dress 1458, $213, available at Bridal Suite of Louisville. Earrings, $14, available at Sassy Fox Upscale Consignment.

Katya: Bill Levkoff dress 1250, $206, available at Bridal Suite of Louisville. Cindy Borders earrings, $40, available at Rodes For Her.


Katya: Ulla Johnson Nerissa dress, $845; Sterling King The Fold earrings, $395, available at Circe. Shoes from model’s personal collection.

Madison: Saloni Iris dress, $595; Jennybird earrings, $95, available at Circe. Shoes from model’s personal collection.

Catherine: Band of Outsiders dress, $225, available at Sassy Fox Upscale Consignment. Mignonne Gavigan earrings, $125; Loeffler Randall clutch, $275, available at Rodes For Her. Shoes from model’s personal collection.

Jason: Byron sport coat, $795; Eton shirt, $245; Hiltl pants, $225; Torino belt, $130; Eton pocket square, $65, available at Rodes For Him. Shoes from model’s personal collection.

Liz: Amanda Uprichard dress, $72; Louise Et Cie pumps, $38, available at Sassy Fox Upscale Consignment. Earrings from stylist’s personal collection.

We’re Meant to Be

“I handed her a deck of cards that, unbeknownst to her, had a blank face upon which I had written 52 times I knew I loved her.” — Mary Jane

Photos by Leigh Photography

Many believe that the greatest romances begin with friendship. Emily Nicklies and Mary Jane McInnis are two such individuals who found each other as friends and eventually fell in love. On Oct. 6 of last year, the pair began their happily ever after in front of family and friends at the Brown Hotel. We recently spoke with Mary Jane to learn more about their love story and how she and Emily pulled off the perfect day.

When and how did you two meet?

We met as freshmen in 2004 at the University of Dayton. We both joined the crew team on somewhat of a whim. It wasn’t too long before we were best friends, spending the bulk of our free time together and writing each other letters on yellow legal pad paper over the summers and breaks as “pen pals.” After a few years of what we had both assumed was just a close friendship, we realized our feelings were deeper than that and we began dating our senior year of college.

When and how did you get engaged?

We had the pleasure of enjoying two proposals. We moved to Chicago from our respective hometowns (Emily from Louisville and me from Stamford, Connecticut) in the summer of 2016. We had talked about getting engaged, and we knew we were both ready in the spring of 2017. We also both knew that we wanted to propose to the other, and we claimed we did not care who went first and did not want to plan the order (though I did secretly want to go first).

As soon as Emily told me she was ready to get married, I reached out to her family for permission and started planning. On Aug. 18, 2017, I told Emily I wanted to play Peanuts, a card game we frequently play with her family. I handed her a deck of cards that, unbeknownst to her, had a blank face upon which I had written 52 times I knew I loved her. After she read through them (I hadn’t thought through how long that would take – the anxiety was killing me!), I got down on my knee and proposed.

A few months later, Emily brought in the mail at our home and handed it to me. In the pile was a letter addressed to me in handwriting I did not recognize. I opened it up and saw two sheets of yellow legal pad paper with Emily’s handwriting on them. I read the contents – the most beautiful, thoughtful letter – and when I finished, Emily was on her knee and she proposed. It was so touching and so full-circle given our many years of writing letters to each other on that same paper.

Who assisted with planning the big day?

Our biggest support was without a doubt our mothers. We called them the “dream team.” They were very helpful, patient and organized – they each had an adorable binder of handwritten notes, to-do lists, important documents, etc. We would have been completely lost without their help. Living in Chicago, it was difficult to manage all the things that needed to get done in Louisville, so it was very helpful to have Jan, Emily’s mom, local.

On the weekend of the wedding, we had the help of Jeannie Smith and Ashley McDonald from Ashby Wedding and Event Planning. They were absolutely amazing and took care of all the little details and moving parts so we all could enjoy the time celebrating. It was incredible how much stress they took away from us, and how perfectly on-time they kept us all day.

What was your favorite part of the planning process?

We will admit we weren’t the best planners – the options and decisions quickly became pretty overwhelming. One thing we did both thoroughly enjoy though was the food tasting at The Brown. We went with our mothers and had so much fun trying all of the delicious food. Each plate was better than the last. It was also a time for us to walk around the venue again with more details solidified and really begin picturing our wedding day. It was so exciting, and we left very full.

What moment from the wedding stands out most in your mind when you look back on the day?

Two moments really stick out: We did our first look at Oxmoor Farm, a special place for Emily’s family given her grandparents grew up and met there. After seeing each other outside in the garden, we headed into the library for what I thought was a meet-up with the bridal party. As soon as we walked in, I saw that the room was empty except for our videographers, photographers and two of Emily’s friends sitting at the piano. Emily had arranged the most beautiful surprise – she had her incredibly talented friends (a married pianist and singer) prepare a cover of a song that was very special to us.

As they played the song, the two of us danced. It was so touching, romantic and intimate, being able to share that moment between the two of us before the hustle of the rest of the day began. The second moment was from the reception when our amazing band, The Company Band, brought us on stage and performed Beyonce and Jay-Z’s “Drunk in Love.” It was such a blast being on that stage, dancing and singing, while all of our favorite people danced and celebrated on the floor. We felt like rockstars. It was hilarious and so much fun.

Where did you go on your honeymoon?

We went on a mini-moon right after the wedding, heading down to Emily’s parents’ condo in Sarasota, Florida. We wanted to go somewhere really relaxing to just recoup and enjoy quality time without the pressure of sightseeing, substantial travel, etc. It was definitely the right call because we were so tired and just wanted to chill.

We are going on our actual honeymoon this June to Spain. We are first going to San Sebastian, a beautiful city on the water in Northern Spain near the French border. That is a special place for us because it is where I studied abroad for a semester during college, which was when we both started to realize how much we truly cared for each other. After San Sebastian, we are heading down to Marbella to enjoy the beaches of Southern Spain.

“It goes by quickly, so remember to pause and check-in with yourself and soak up all the happiness you are feeling.” — Mary Jane

What advice would you give to couples who are in the middle of planning their wedding?

We heard a (significant) piece of advice from someone soon after getting engaged: find and own the things and decisions that really matter to you about the wedding and, if you have people helping like we did with our mothers, delegate the rest. It’s exhausting and incredibly difficult to agonize over and analyze every decision, so at some point, you have to just trust others and let them take control. Not everything will go exactly as you planned, but you will also be more blown away than you’re expecting by all the love and joy you will feel from your friends and family throughout the journey. It goes by quickly, so remember to pause and check-in with yourself and soak up all of the happiness you are feeling. Make it a priority to focus on that and not the anxiety over the weather or fitting into a dress. V