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.


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


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

A Walk Through a Night Garden

Installation view of . . . while the dew is still on the roses . . . , Pérez Art Museum Miami, 2018–19. Photo by Oriol Tarridas.

Finding light through the darkness at the Speed Art Museum

By Laura Ross
Photos courtesy of the
Speed Art Museum

Violet floral wallpaper. Tapestries and sculptures smothered in silk flowers, vines and butterflies. Vibrant, sparkling colors and textures that tell a story that is dark, rich and glorious. That’s the theme behind the Speed Art Museum’s upcoming Ebony G. Patterson exhibition, “…while the dew is still on the roses…” – which opens in June.

“It will be a dazzling site-specific installation,” enthused Speed Art Museum Curator of Contemporary Art Miranda Lash. Replete with twilight-colored cloth wallpaper, vegetal growths sprouting from the walls and silk leaves, flowers and vines falling from the ceiling and framing paintings, the exhibition augments 13 of Patterson’s large-scale works that include videos, drawings and tapestries, six of which were created for the show.

Kingston, Jamaica-born artist Patterson lives and works in Kingston, Lexington, and Chicago. The internationally acclaimed artist is known for her immensely colorful and immersive installations that draw the eye but tell a deeper story of danger, disenfranchisement and racial inequities.

. . . . they stood in a time of unknowing . . . for those who bear/bare witness by Ebony G. Patterson.

“She showcases vibrant colors, ornate surfaces and mysterious figures embedded within her lush landscapes,” explained Lash. “Using beauty as a tool, she seduces her viewers into bearing witness to social injustices. The figures in her tapestries and videos raise awareness about the systemic problem of violence experienced by people of color, particularly young black and brown men.”

The works investigate forms of embellishment as they relate to youth culture within disenfranchised communities. According to Lash, Patterson’s Neo-Baroque works address violence, masculinity, “bling,” visibility and invisibility within the post-colonial context of her native Jamaica and within black youth culture globally.

Throughout her career, Patterson has often placed her individual works within entirely constructed environments by using distinct wall colors or cloth wallpapers or by mixing two-dimensional with three-dimensional elements. “…while the dew is still on the roses…” will transform an entire North Building gallery at the Speed into a highly decorative theatrical space.

. . . a wailing black horse . .. for those who bear/bare witness by Ebony G. Patterson.
Photo by Oriol Tarridas.

“This is by far our most expansive presentation of Ebony G. Patterson’s work to date,” said Lash. “We have acquired her artwork and exhibited her pieces in the past, but this presentation will occupy the entire second floor of our North Building. The Speed is committed to engaging with challenging issues and exhibiting art that is at the forefront of contemporary discourse. We are also happy to celebrate brilliant artists of color with ties to our region.”

Originally organized by the Perez Art Museum Miami (Florida), the exhibition is the most significant presentation of Patterson’s work to date. It includes work produced over the last five years and is embedded within a new installation environment that references a night garden.

For Patterson, a night garden evokes a space of mysterious and dangerous beauty, said Lash. “It’s also a site of splendor, danger and burial,” she added. “She has created this space of memorial to capture, mourn and glorify the passing of too many sparkling lives.”

The Speed has showcased Patterson’s work in recent years, but this solo exhibition offers something special. “The Speed’s presentation will be even larger than the Perez Art Museum Miami venue,” explained Lash. “We will show a video piece entitled, ‘The Observation: The Bush Cockerel Project, A Fictitious Historical Narrative,’ that has not been shown as a full projection room since it was exhibited in Jamaica in 2012. We will also be including new works made in the last year that will be shown in a museum for the first time.”

Dead Tree in a Forest . . . by Ebony G. Patterson.

The public opening for Patterson’s “…while the dew is still on the roses…” will be part of the June 21 After Hours event at the Speed and will include a panel with Patterson and Lash. Poet Hannah Drake will also perform, and live music will be heard throughout the evening. In the coming months, the Speed will incorporate the exhibition into teacher professional development sessions, both over the summer and into the next school year, with tours of the exhibition offered for schoolchildren starting in September. Ebony G. Patterson “…while the dew is still on the roses…” will be featured at the Speed from June 21 until Jan. 5, 2020.

Patterson’s Kentucky connections speak to the Speed’s continued outreach to artists across the state. “This exhibition is an excellent example of how we can showcase artists with ties to Kentucky who have internationally successful careers in the art world,” said Lash. “She was an incredible teacher at the University of Kentucky for over 10 years, and although she now is based in Chicago and her hometown of Kingston, Jamaica, she left an indelible mark on our community. We’re thrilled to bring her back to celebrate the incredible growth her work has experienced in recent years.” V

For more information on Ebony Patterson’s “…while the dew is still on the roses…,” visit speedmuseum.org.

Dare to Have Hope

Team Tyler members walk in memory of Nelson “Nelly” Tyler, who passed away from sudden unexpected death in epilepsy at the age of 28.

The Epilepsy Foundation of Kentuckiana is changing lives on a local and national level

By Mariah Kline

Everyone can picture what someone having a seizure looks like. Their body convulsing, eyes rolling back into their head and perhaps even swallowing their own tongue is what comes to mind. However, the idea of a seizure and what someone actually experiences are drastically different.

Debbie McGrath, executive director and co-founder of the Epilepsy Foundation of Kentuckiana, gained first-hand experience when her daughter Victoria was diagnosed with epilepsy at the age of five.

Tiny supporters of the Epilepsy Foundation at the Owensboro Dare to Defeat Walk in 2018.

“We didn’t know anything about epilepsy at the time,” she explained. “I was completely uneducated like most individuals who have no connection to it.”

Victoria was diagnosed in 1988, and at the time, there was only one neurologist in the Louisville area treating pediatric epilepsy. The family spent months searching for the right treatment options and it took an entire year to find a support group.

McGrath and another parent noticed the lack of resources available to children and adults with epilepsy in the Louisville area. In 1989, they met with the National Epilepsy Foundation in Washington D.C., where they learned about several organizations serving families like theirs.

“We wanted that for our community,” McGrath said. “We want to provide programs and services that will hopefully improve lives but also save lives by educating and empowering people.”

The Paducah Dare to Defeat Epilepsy Walk 2018.

For the last 26 years, the Epilepsy Foundation of Kentuckiana has offered access to support groups, educational programs and conferences, travel assistance funds, youth camps and more to children and adults with the disorder. The organization is the only nonprofit in the state that provides these services. Their resources allow those in Kentuckiana to receive the help they need while navigating the medical and emotional journey of diagnosing and treating epilepsy.

“It’s an honor to work with children, adults and their families impacted by epilepsy,” she said. “I gain strength from their resilience and their dedication. They’re looking for treatment options to be able to control the seizures they’re dealing with. Also, knowing that I’ve been on this journey and I know what it’s like, it’s empowering to know what they’re going through and to be able to make a difference for them at the Epilepsy Foundation.”

In their years of experience, McGrath and fellow staff members discovered that many local veterans and active servicemen and women were also in need of help.

“We realized after the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq that our military men and women were coming back having sustained traumatic brain injuries and acquiring epilepsy because of them,” she said. “A number of facilities and epilepsy centers were put together by the VA system to help individuals impacted. We have a veteran who works within our office and does work in trying to support the veterans in need and get them connected to the different organizations and support services available to them.”

Victoria and Deb McGrath at the United States Capitol in Washington D.C.

The amount of people who will develop epilepsy in their lifetime is a startling one in 26. What is even more jarring, however, is the number of fatalities related to the disorder. Accidents such as drowning and falls while having a seizure can result in death, but a syndrome called sudden unexpected death in epilepsy is also a risk. This occurs when the sudden burst of electrical activity caused by the seizure stops the body’s heart or the respiratory system.

While the number of people living with this incredibly serious disorder is high, it tragically does not receive the financial backing or respect that other chronic health issues receive. Cliff Vetter took on the role of director of development for the foundation last year and quickly learned how underserved the cause is.

“With more than 2,000 nonprofits in our community, I am beginning to understand how competitive it can be, no matter how worthy the mission,” he said.

Nationally, in terms of research, programs and services funded by the federal government, epilepsy-related causes receive far less funding than similar causes in the United States. McGrath, her colleagues and her daughter Victoria are working to change this by continuing to lobby in Washington D.C. and telling the stories of individuals they know living with epilepsy.

Today, 36-year-old Victoria has three children and works as an occupational therapist.

“We’re one of the fortunate families,” her mother said. “Her story gives hope to others that you can live well with epilepsy. You can define what epilepsy looks like in your life and how you work to control it – whether the seizures are controlled or you just power through and live as well as possible with seizures.”

This month, the Epilepsy Foundation’s largest annual fundraising event will take place throughout Kentucky. The series of Dare to Defeat Epilepsy walks across four cities – June 1 in Owensboro, June 15 in Louisville and June 22 in both Lexington and Paducah – will help raise money and awareness. These events also serve to educate those who may not understand the gravity of seizure disorders and the urgency for treatments and a cure.

“Just because you don’t have a personal relationship with someone affected,” Vetter said, “there are many people who have been (helped) through a medication, diet or a procedure. They’re successfully getting on with their lives, and I think the Epilepsy Foundation of Kentuckiana is an important reason for that.” V

For more information on the organization and the upcoming walks, visit efky.org or call 502.637.4440.

Epilepsy Facts

One in 26 individuals are affected by epilepsy.

150,000 individuals are newly diagnosed with epilepsy each year.

Epilepsy is more prevalent than cerebral palsy, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis combined.

More than 153,000 Kentuckians have a seizure disorder, which is higher than the national average.

Up to 50 percent of veterans who have sustained traumatic brain injuries may develop post-traumatic epilepsy.

According to the World Health Organization, epilepsy is the most common serious brain disorder with no age, racial, social class, national or geographical boundaries.

On the Bright Side

Ways to prevent and recover from sun damage this season

By Mariah Kline

Summer is my favorite season. The first time I have the opportunity to wear a sundress after a long winter, I can feel my most energetic self coming out of her shell. Unfortunately, this time of year also means that I’m more likely to burn and damage my skin.

For those who have already had their day in the sun (or hundreds of them), it’s not too late to reverse damage and prevent future harm. Aesthetician Janelle Willoughby and Dr. Robert Zax of the Skin Group frequently see patients who seek remedies to turn back the clock after too many sunburns or too much tanning.

“Utilizing prescription-grade topicals can really help during the summer months,” said Willoughby. “If someone suffers from excessive sun damage, pigmentation or hormonal pigmentation like melasma, that can quiet it down because the sun wants to darken those types of pigmentation problems.”

Chemical peels, laser treatments and intense pulsated light systems that can remove and lighten pigmentation are all options that can make dramatic corrections. Willoughby says that a personalized routine is essential for proper treatment since every person is different and lives a different lifestyle.

“We do a lot of customization,” Willoughby explains. “Sometimes it’s a multi-part system with some home care and then some office procedures. It all depends on how many activities each patient is doing outside in the summer months and what they’re a candidate for.”

For someone like me – a fair-skinned 20-something – Willoughby says it’s never too early to get skin checks and be aware of how I’m treating my skin each day.

“I always tell my 20-year-olds to start thinking about exfoliation,” she says. “It’s important, but what it looks like is different for everyone. It can be something mild. You don’t have to be investing a lot in your skin for corrective (measures) at this point but more protective and preventive. Good exfoliation, a good sunscreen and a good eye cream are imperative.”

Sunscreen is the obvious answer to protecting our skin, but many still don’t grasp just how important it is to wear it daily and to reapply it.

“Make daily moisturizer and sunscreen part of your morning routine,” Zax adds. “I don’t care if it’s raining or snowing, ultraviolet light is always reaching the Earth’s surface and damaging our skin.”

“Sunscreen slows down the aging rays as well as the pigmented rays,” says Willoughby. “We want to be cautious with how much sun we get and how quickly we get it. A lot of people tell me, ‘I have sunscreen in my makeup. Is that enough?’ I’m happy that there’s sunscreen in makeup, but I always tell them to use that as an added value – don’t use that as your sunscreen.”

Sunscreen in makeup is not the only misconception the Skin Group’s staff sees. Oftentimes, the practitioners find that moles and spots on the skin can be misleading.

“The ones that are scary looking are usually nothing,” says Willoughby. “And then some people think that the ones that are nothing – the pearly, scaly, scratchy spots – end up being more scary sometimes. I’ve found this on the cosmetic side. I don’t diagnose, but (patients) will show me something and it’ll end up being more concerning.”

A member of The Voice’s team recently learned this lesson firsthand. When Publisher Laura Snyder visited the Skin Group for a skin check, she discovered that one of her spots was not what it seemed.

“It had been three years since my last skin cancer screening,” she says. “I had a nagging concern about a dark spot on my shin that seemed to be getting larger. I kept worrying about all of the years I spent sunbathing and, I’m ashamed to admit, going to the tanning bed. Nurse Practitioner Shannon England quickly put my mind at ease about the dark spot on my shin, assuring me that it is a noncancerous seborrheic keratosis.

“But, she also spotted a pre-cancerous spot on my chest that I had never even noticed,” she continues. “I went back three days later for a five-minute cryosurgery, which consisted of a simple application of liquid nitrogen. It was virtually painless and didn’t even require a bandage.”

The Skin Group offers free skin checks for people of all ages who want to stay on top of their spots. But while many of us are ready to take sun damage seriously, others worry about not getting enough Vitamin D if they spend too little time in the sun.

“Some exposure is important,” Dr. Zax says. “We don’t need to go living in caves, but supplements are a good idea. There are some great, daily Vitamin D supplements. And sunscreen is not going to prevent all of the conversion of Vitamin D.”

“That’s a misconception people have,” Willoughby affirms. “Sunscreen will not keep you from getting a tan; it just slows down the conversion of the melanocytes and the aging rays. Protect yourself while you’re outside and you’re still going to be getting Vitamin D if you’re outdoors.”

This summer, enjoy the time outside but be smart about it. Apply sunscreen and re-apply it often, and if you’re anything like this fair-skinned writer, make it a priority now so you won’t have to undo the damage later. V

For more information about the Skin Group or to make an appointment, visit skingroup.org or call 502.583.6647.

Healthily Ever After

Kelly Mercer, Jeff Howard and Catherine Ireland.

Achieving your best body for your big day

By Jeff Howard
Photos by
Erin Trimble
Catherine Ireland and Kelly Mercer
The George

Your wedding day is one of the biggest days of your life – a day you have dreamed about since you were a child. With this wonderful experience there comes a lot of joy and a lot of stress. There is a great deal of pressure when it comes to what you should eat and how you can present the best version of yourself. Throughout my career, I’ve trained hundreds of brides, each one obsessed with one detail or another. So, I’d like to give you my top tips on what to eat prior to and on the big day and share a workout you can do on the most memorable day of your life.

Leading up to your wedding, you want to feel your absolute sexiest and most confident. The best way to do that is to focus on what you’re adding to your diet and not what you’re eliminating. Here are some of the main things you should eat and do the month before your wedding in order to lose weight:

• Protein-rich foods will help you stay full and energized and help with healthy skin. Avoid processed food.

• Vegetables will help you stay full and provide you with essential nutrients.

• Whole grains will keep you energized and focused.

Eating three meals a day and drinking water will keep you from overeating.

Limit the amount of alcohol you drink leading up to the big day.

• Pre-plan your meals.

Limit or try to eliminate foods with added sugar (corn syrup).

Brides always ask what to eat the night before their wedding to prevent bloating. The last thing you want is a big dinner sitting on your stomach the night before, so I suggest opting for a light meal of fresh veggies or salad with some chicken or fish. This will help you sleep easily and have a nice flat stomach in the morning.

The day of, definitely eat breakfast. It will start your day off right. Some great options include an egg scramble, loaded toast (with peanut butter or avocado), an omelet or loaded oatmeal. Be careful with the coffee, however. Try to keep it to a minimum so you don’t get too jittery or crash. Also, we all like a mimosa, but remember that alcohol is a natural dietetic and this will dehydrate you, making your skin seem dull. If your nuptials are later in the day, stick with a light lunch of fish or chicken.

A workout leading up to the day or on the big day itself will help make you feel your very best. For this, you will need a set of hand weights. Do each exercise three times with 16 reps. This workout is designed to tone, whether your gown is strapless (upper body), mermaid (glutes and waist) or ball gown (waist, arms and back).

Most importantly, remember that this day is all about you and the person you are marrying. Everyone will be coming to celebrate this moment in your life, and they don’t care what you look like. Take a deep breath, try to be in the moment and enjoy this day like no other.

Warm-up with jumping jacks or running for two to three minutes.

1. Squats

2. Lunge single leg

16 x 3 reps on the left and 16 x 3 reps on the right.

3. Bicep curl with palms up

For a progression, alternate arms with a twist to a hammer, creating the bicep into a little ball for more toned arms.

4. Tricep dips

For a progression, lift one leg.

5. Pushups

For a regression, keep your knees on the floor.

6. Reverse fly with hands facing forward.

This helps tighten the skin by your armpits and chest.

7. Chest fly with pinkies facing in

This helps with fat around the bra area.

8. Butt dips with your heels down and toes up

9. Crunch with your legs bent to one side

16 x 3 reps on the left and
16 x 3 reps on the right.

10. Russian twists

Letter From the Editor

I’ve never been one to gush, but the exquisite estates we’ve chosen as this year’s Prestigious Properties are among the most stunning in our region. In this issue, we offer a glimpse at a selection of opulent homes that feature impeccable design, sublime amenities and distinctive details that tell a story about the past and allude to the future…the future owners, that is. Each residence is – at least as of press time – on the market and available for purchase.

Model Katya Estes and stylist Liz Bingham.

This edition of The Voice also serves as our Wedding Issue, so we’ve dedicated plenty of pages to matrimony. Our 14-page fashion editorial was styled by Liz Bingham and photographed by Andrea Hutchinson at the Pendennis Club, which has hosted hundreds of weddings over the decades. The historic venue was the perfect backdrop for our bride’s (staged) big day. In an effort to provide inspiration for anyone who is planning to walk down the aisle, Managing Editor Mariah Kline penned a witty breakdown of this year’s top gown trends. And newlyweds Emily Nicklies and Mary Jane McInnis, who married in late 2018 at the Brown Hotel, allowed us to share their super-sweet story of how they fell in love.

In this issue, Let Me Tell You columnist Janice Carter Levitch takes us on another adventure, photographer John Harralson shares some of his favorite photographs from the past month and the Speed Art Museum’s Miranda Lash opens the door to Ebony G. Patterson’s exhibition, which is a must-enjoy.

As always, thank you for picking up The Voice and don’t forget to check out voice-tribune.com for even more photos and fresh content.


Angie Fenton

Editor in Chief


Catherine Jones Kung and Madison Ewing enjoy cake from Plehn’s Bakery on the set of “The Entourage” fashion editorial shot on location at the Pendennis Club.

What a Time to Be a Bride

Explore the latest and greatest trends in wedding wear

By Mariah Kline

Countless details go into planning a wedding, but no choice is more important than the dress. We checked in with Sher Stemler, owner of Sher’s Bridal, and Laurie Robertson, owner of the Bridal Suite of Louisville, both of whom shared their insight into what’s big right now and why it’s so fun to be a bride in 2019.

Justin Alexander gown with detachable sleeves.

The Ball Gown Bounces Back

“The romantic traditional look is being redone a lot,” says Robertson. “(It’s) almost a nod to the 1990s if you will. We’re seeing a lot of lace and crystal detail on a ball gown with an extra long, exaggerated, cathedral-length train. Think of your great-grandmother’s wedding or Kate Middleton.

Eddy K. Milano gown with sleeves.

“The updated traditional gowns are featuring a lot of texture,” she continues. “Designers have been using multiple laces from Venetian to Alençon. …The full skirts on these ball gowns have also been updated with a more structured look to them and more defined lines than your traditional predecessors. Many brides are also looking for the relaxed ball gowns that have the same kind of cut but have been deconstructed on the inside.”

Justin Alexander gown in mikado fabric.

Let’s Get Sleevy

Gone are the days of seeking a strapless gown to show off one’s arms. Now, sleeves are having a big moment.

“We’re seeing more covered shoulders,” says Stemler. “Fewer strapless dresses are on the market and sleeves – long sleeves and cap sleeves – have made a comeback. They’ve all got something on the shoulders or a halter.”

Ball gown and cathedral-length veil. Photo by Maggie’s Photography.

“Designers from haute couture to mainstream designers are all showing detachable sleeves,” says Robertson. “The beauty of these is that it can create two different looks for a bride. She can wear them for the ceremony, creating a more modest look, and then remove them for the reception, creating a whole new look.”

A-veil-able Now

Justin Alexander gown with plunging neckline.

Combs, tiaras and headbands are still around, but they’ve got nothing on the veil. Cathedral veils in particular are making a huge comeback, according to both Robertson and Stemler.

“We’re doing a lot of court cathedral veils, which are about two yards past the standard cathedral,” says Stemler. “They’re made with a lot of heavy, beautiful lace with appliques on. They’re not coming all the way up around your face like they used to. The trim starts at the elbow so it’s very pretty.”

Up to Your Neck in Allure

“We’ve been seeing plunging, exaggerated necklines for the past year,” says Robertson. “These and cut-outs in the dresses with some shear areas are not going anywhere any time soon. High necklines are also on the rise though – think Jackie O, Princess Grace Kelly and Meghan Markle. These necklines will always fit the classic, timeless bride and that will never go away.”

Minimalistic Justin Alexander gown.

Minimalism and Megan Markle

“Another look hitting the bridal industry strong is the Meghan Markle effect,” says Robertson. “This probably doesn’t come as any surprise because not only is she now a duchess, but she’s the first American duchess over in the United Kingdom and I think brides find her very relatable. Her style for her wedding was also relatable and approachable while remaining regal.

“The minimalism of Meghan Markle is in high demand,” she adds. “Designers are using the beautiful mikado fabric like her dress. Crepes, matte and satin are strong this season. Minimalistic silhouettes can be seen in fit and flare, A-line and ball gown silhouettes, and all of them are done without a single applique or bead on it.”

Fab Fabrics

Having been in the industry for 47 years, Stemler reflects on the days when high-quality fabric options were few and far between.

“When talking about the ’70s and ’80s, we didn’t have good fabric back then,” she explains. “Everything was polyester before. A drastic change was made when the Chinese silk market opened, and for that we are fortunate.” 

Thankfully, options abound now. Robertson says what many brides are seeking this year is the heavier weight of mikado.

“Mikado is high on every bride’s list,” she says. “It looks like satin at first glance, but when you look closely, it almost has a weave that looks like twill. It used to be the kiss of death to a designer when they’d put a dress on the market in mikado, but not any more. It lends a very tailored look, and it drapes beautifully but with a more structured look, which is very on trend right now.”

English net and soft tulle fabrics are also in, especially in our area where country affairs are as big as ever. 

Photo by Maggie’s Photography. Hair and makeup by Southern Bridal Styles. Shot on location at Bridal Suite of Louisville.

“Many people are still having barn weddings, at least here in Kentucky,” says Robertson. “Even with the rise of more formal weddings in churches and more formal reception venues, barn weddings are still very relevant, and that’s where the English nets and the soft tulles are still strong players along with lace. They’re ethereal, they’re rustic, they’re bohemian.”

Express Yourself

“Brides are probably having more fun now than they’ve ever had in the past. So many options are offered a la carte from designers now so you can customize your dress,” Robertson says.

However, she adds, “The one thing we always remind our brides of is ‘Your day, your way. No matter what the runway dictates, it’s still imperative that brides stay true to themselves.” V