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The Vendors

A team of top wedding vendors have come together to generously contribute to the Joyful Day Giveaway.

Click on the logos to learn more about each vendor.


DeRae & Friends Catering

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DaRae & Friends Catering

There really is a plan for every person. How you get to that end is full of surprises, adventures, disappointments, tears and joy. Learning from each step just gets you to the point where you can use all of those experiences to make yourself better and to help others through those same surprises, adventures, disappointments, tears and joy.

I was meant to be a caterer. It was the plan made for me from the day my Uncle Johnny bought me my first table and chairs at age three. I spent my days serving my dolls (and any human who would take it) tea and cookies, my summers and long weekends in the kitchens of my grandmother and sweet aunts, all ten of them, learning how to cook and serve others. The first library book I checked out in the second grade was about etiquette. My favorite past time was polishing silver and setting the table. I was meant to be a caterer.

All of us at DaRae and Friends in Lexington feel as though food is a mission in itself. The comfort and joy it brings, whether to you, your business or your guests, is part of what drives us. It’s personal. We try to know every client personally, to give our very best effort to make the experience perfect. In our kitchen everyone is treated with respect.

Catering, in the dictionary, is “to provide food or entertainment or to attend to the needs of others.” In real life, catering is to change your life constantly to meet the needs of others. Our lives change from the time we start to work each day until we go home at night to sit quietly and relive the surprises, adventures, disappointments, tears and joy.

Daffodils Fine Stationery and Gifts

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Daffodils Fine Stationery and Gifts

Daffodils is a full service invitation and stationery store. We carry invitations for all occasions including: Wedding, Bridal, Birthday, Anniversary, Reherasal Dinner, Baby, Children, and much more! We also specialize in custom work. We can design and print any style of invitations and stationery you might need or want!

Geno’s Formal Affair  

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Geno’s Formal Affair

Geno’s Formal Affair was started 40 years ago by a family of true Italian tailors committed to quality products and service. That tradition and commitment has made Geno’s Formal Affair a premier retailer for special occasions. We offer the finest selection of quality, name brand tuxedos and accessories, coupled with exceptional customer service at reasonable prices. Our retail stores are located in Lexington, KY and Elizabethtown, KY.

Hide & Seek Design

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Hide & Seek Design

After graduating with a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture I worked both domestically and internationally for years learning the ropes of design at a multitude of levels. It was by accident that I stumbled my way into floral design when asked to provide flowers for friends’ weddings. It was then that I realized the young child that had eagerly followed in her father’s shadow, a creative and talented man who bred ornamental cut flowers and worked within the floral industry, was going to make a career out of a passion she had held onto for so many years. I was driven to develop a business that focused on seeking the beauty in hidden details, hence the name Hide and Seek Design; this is why I love weddings. They are all about the the details; florals are these details, which should never be an afterthought. Florals represent identity and beauty which is so important when showcasing a couple on the most important day of their lives. This is why I think of myself as a floral stylist. I style florals for an event based upon the identity and personality of a couple. I look forward to bringing uniqueness and remembrance to your wedding!

Hilton Downtown Lexington

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Hilton Downtown Lexington

Our downtown hotel and conference center in beautiful Lexington, Kentucky is connected to Rupp Arena with convenient skywalk access to shopping, dining and attractions. Guests will also enjoy our proximity to the University of Kentucky, Blue Grass Airport (LEX) and Keeneland Race Course.

Kentucky Pro DJ

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Kentucky Pro DJ

Kentucky Pro DJ is located 20 miles south of Lexington, Kentucky in Richmond. We serve the Lexington area and most of the state of Kentucky.  We Specialize in Kentucky wedding receptions. Kentucky Pro DJ is not a conveyor-belt wedding DJ company. You are important to us. You are unique, and so are we.  Kentucky Pro DJ creates personal, unforgettable, elegant, and stress-free wedding reception entertainment. If you are looking for these traits, then Kentucky Pro DJ will help you create an event that you will never forget!!

The Livery

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The Livery

With 7,200 square feet, The Livery serves as a premier event venue in a prime downtown location. The space is both rustic and elegant, and simultaneously evokes the passions of the local horse community and the refined qualities of an upscale, urban setting. Established in 1868, the original Lexington Livery stabled horses and carriages passing through town. The building’s rich history of facilitating connections adds to the significance of choosing the Livery to host your event.

Matt + Kelsey Malicote

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The Malicotes

Hi! We’re the Malicotes! Matt and Kels, the baddest wedding photography duo there is! We aren’t your grandparents photographers! Yes, we take photos at weddings but, it’s much more than that to us! Let’s go ahead and say it, we know love because we’re in it!! We like to catch real love and life as it happens! Of course we all love those posey photos(and yes we take those too) but isn’t your wedding day about more? Like the emotion and excitement?! We think so! And, I’d bet after having us shoot your wedding you’d agree! Those emotion filled photos are the ones that yank on your heart! Matt and I are just two fun-loving people who crave adventure, spontaneity and capturing real, once in a lifetime love! We travel all over and we’d love to follow you to wherever you end up on your BEST. DAY. EVER!

Allison Johnson + Dana Peddicord

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PinkLouLou Design Studio

What started as a crazy idea over a bottle of chardonnay has now become a reality for us fun-loving partners in crime. Sharing a passion for hair, makeup, and weddings {basically all things fabulous} we decided it was time to quit dreaming, and start doing. While we specialize in bridal hair and makeup design-we also love helping you look flawless for photo shoots, bridal and baby showers, bachelorette parties – you name it! Whatever the occasion {and let’s get serious-there is always an occasion} we would love to help you look your absolute best, while having a blast in the process! Whether your event is big or small, part of the fun includes your personal preparation for the day-that might mean mimosas and eyelashes or it might include coffee and curls. Whatever your flavor we are here to make your day special by helping you create your signature look. We are beyond excited to announce that we have added two new artists to our team to help handle even more of you lovely brides this season!

Purdon’s Rental & Sales

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Purdon’s Rental & Sales

Purdon’s has been serving the special event rental needs of central Kentucky since 1974 and has everything you need for any event or party, including tents, tables, chairs, linens, china, flatware, glassware, dance floors staging and more!

Ryan + Brittany Worthen

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Reel Special Productions

We are Ryan & Brittany Worthen, the owners of Reel Special Productions and our mission is to capture love in motion. We are passionate about filming life’s most important memories so they can be treasured for a lifetime and generations to come. Ryan is a yankee from Ohio who fell in love with Brittany, a southern belle from Tennessee. We met, married, and made a home for ourselves in the midst of the beautiful rolling hills of central Kentucky. With well over a decade of professional experience behind the camera filming weddings, we specialize in producing one-of-a-kind wedding videos. We love documenting life’s most important moments and work tirelessly to capture every wedding story with a perspective as unique as the two people saying “I do.” Our clients often tell us that we were able to capture their wedding day in a way that still images simply could not, and we can say from personal experience that we agree. One of the reasons we’re so passionate about filming weddings is because we think love is a big deal and we believe in what marriage represents. Our own love story is so special to us and we love sharing it with others. We were married on October 23, 2010 at Southland Christian Church in Lexington. You can read our engagement story and view our wedding video here.

Stems

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Stems

For over a decade Stems has been creating award-winning floral designs that will enhance your wedding. Stems has a dedicated team that will provide outstanding service, exceptional value and that personal touch that creates lifelong memories. Stems can also provide you the necessary cut flowers, silk and floral hard goods to support your design and retail business.

Tinker’s Cake Shop

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Tinker’s Cake Shop

Chef Cameron and Tracie first met after culinary school working in the same bake shop in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. Thus began their love for each other and the dream of creating beautiful wedding cakes together that taste as good as they look. In 2005, they founded Tinker’s Cake Shop and quickly won numerous awards for their made from scratch cakes. Tinker’s specialty cake shop is open on Maxwell Street in downtown Lexington, Kentucky. Tinker’s cakes are always made from scratch and never frozen.

Ty Slone McBrayer & Liz Cox

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Twirl Boutique

Ty: My path to becoming a Twirl Girl started in January 2009. Frustrated with the corporate world, I longed to have a career that I enjoyed and loved every day. Little did I know 10 months later my dream would be a reality! After being a bridesmaid 9 times over the past few years I realized Lexington needed a place like Twirl. A place where brides and their best friends could shop locally and have an enjoyable experience choosing classic, yet stylish dresses that they will remember wearing forever. I opened the doors to Twirl Lexington on November 27, 2009 and love every second of it! I am so blessed to be able to help brides make their vision a reality. To top it all off…I had the honor to outfit my own wedding party in Twirl attire in the Spring of 2010. I am now the mother of two beautiful little Twirl Girls and I look forward to sharing Twirl with them someday!

Meant to Be Boutique

Liz: Never in a million years did I imagine that my first job out of college would be being a Twirl Girl or finding out that my passion & calling lived inside a sweet little yellow house on Clay Avenue. I’ve always had a deep love for weddings. I fell more in love with weddings as I captured them behind my camera lens for about three years and blogged about them with my best friend for our bridal blog, Two Belles & a Bride, through our senior year of college. I never dreamed that those things would eventually land me a job at Twirl. It didn’t take long for me to realize that Twirl is exactly where I was supposed to be. I have been a part of the Twirl family since August 2014 and it has brought me more joy than I ever knew possible. To be able to help a bride pick out the dress she’s going to become a wife in is such an honor for me! A wedding is the start of a family and to be able to be a small part of what brings joy to that exciting adventure is one of the greatest gifts in my life.