Our Weekend in Louisville!

My first mint julep at Churchill Downs!

This past weekend Mike and I traveled to Louisville, Kentucky, for his friend Pat’s wedding. These trips are always a good time because A) Who doesn’t love a wedding? B) We get to experience somewhere new together and C) Being reunited with a big friend group is always exciting! The last time we were all together like this was in Stowe, Vermont back in the fall which you can read about here!

I’m excited to share our trip with you! Read on, friends!

Been up since 3am but loving this time with the girlfriends/wives of CT while the boys bet on horses!

I had no clue that horses raced at Churchill Downs other than Derby weekend! These seats we’re sitting in are spoken for during that big weekend and are suuuuper pricey. But regular people like us get to sit up close to the horses and the action every other weekend. On Friday afternoon we hung out here for a couple hours while our room at the Brown Hotel was prepped and sipped on icy mint juleps. (For the record: two of these were plenty. It’s basically bourbon and mint and that’s about it!)

There’s all kinds of fun events like Twilight Thursdays throughout the spring and into September if you find yourself there soon!

That night we had an amazing dinner at 8UP–I got the salmon with forbidden rice risotto (it’s BLACK) and broccolini. If you go, you have to get the brussel sprouts appetizer, even if you’re not a brussel sprouts fanatic. Charred, sweet, and savory, we inhaled this at the table.

4th Street was so cool! It reminded me a little bit of Vegas.
How sweet and beautiful is this quote? There’s tons of them up and down the sidewalks of 4th Street.

On Saturday the group met for a much needed brunch at the Porch Kitchen and Bar before we got ready for the wedding at 4. Oh my gosh, this placeeee.

Loves this tile accent floor and the bright, modern fabrics and colors.
Dude caught me snapping a pic
Mike’s peppery, spicy Bloody Mary. So good! We all also ordered fresh juices. I got the Lean Green and everyone else got the Ginger Sunrise. So refreshing after a full day of travel and being out and about til late the night before!
These breakfast nachos were AMAZING.

We had time to make a quick pit stop at the Louisville Slugger Factory. If you ever need something to break up the day, for two dollars you get ten swings in the batting cages inside!

Then it was off to get ready for the wedding! And let me tell you, the venue was exactly what I imagined and beyond…

Whitehall Estate, everyone.

I mean…wow.

Pat and Courtney had their wedding ceremony and reception on site at the Whitehall Estate and Gardens in Louisville. We arrived on a shuttle bus from our hotel and were greeted by a proper Southern receiving line with the parents of the bride and groom. Call me old fashioned, but I really liked this.

Can you even?

We quickly passed through the parlor and into the back garden and grounds…

…which was pretty much something out of the Secret Garden. Everything was so lush and green.

We passed under a tunnel of arbors and the ladies were escorted to their seats by groomsmen.

This handsome guy 🙂 My dress is from Vici and I’m wearing a small. I’m 5’1 and had to have about 4 inches hemmed off the bottom even with heels on, just as a reference!

I love this “naked icing” trend! So simple and whimsy.

The reception was held in a tent in the gardens. It started pouring around 6 but we stayed totally dry and probably wouldn’t have ever noticed if we didn’t have to make mad dashes to the bathrooms! 🙂

We were all so curious about the dinner menu since the invites didn’t request us to choose our preferences. Pat and Courtney had a huge buffet including a mashed potato bar with all the fixings and short rib, grilled salmon, jumbo shrimp, crab dip, a carving station with steak and turkey, plus a massive table with cheeses, fruit and crackers. I loved it!

A full bourbon bar because it’s Kentucky.

The live band was so good and played everything from Led Zeppelin to Blink 182 and N*Sync so that was all I needed to have a great time on the dance floor. The reception ended around 10 o’clock and we headed back to the hotel to change and hit the after party at a bar across the street. It was truly a full wedding weekend!

Louisville, we’ll see you again some day!

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