Meet the Couple – Emily and Andrew
The Bride – Emily Dockery is an interior designer.
The Groom – Andrew Dockery is a meteorologist.
Honeymoon Location – Denver, Colorado
First Dance Song – “How Sweet It Is” by James Taylor
Favorite Date Night – We love to pick a movie, pop some popcorn and just stay at home!
Emily, tell us your story…
Tell us your love story!
Andrew and I met while at Western Kentucky University. Andrew was a fifth-year senior and I was a junior. After we saw each other in passing on campus, we found each other through social media. Andrew made the first move by sending me a message online. After chatting for two months, we meet in person. I got stage fright that Friday night and canceled; however, Andrew was persistent and our first meeting was the following night at Bruster’s Ice Cream Shop. It was a scorching hot day, but we sat outside talking forever, all while Andrew’s cone dripped all over his hands. He tried to play it cool and nonchalantly cleaned up the mess from his drippy cone (this made me fall for him even more). After this meeting, sparks really began to fly as we continued to talk and hang out whenever we could. On July 9th, 2015, Andrew asked me to be his girlfriend and I knew very quickly this boy was different from the rest.
Tell us your engagement story!
Andrew gave me a photography session in downtown Louisville, Kentucky for my birthday in November, but due to our schedules we had to push it back to December 16, 2016. I took off work early and we drove to the Sealback Hotel. From there we started the photo session, and I had yet to pick up on anything was going on. The more the night went on the more anxious Andrew got about popping the question. At our last spot for photos in the center of Louisville’s 5th Avenue Live Street, he got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. From there I called my parents, who turned out to be up in the breeze way above us watching the whole thing! We all went back to Andrew’s parents’ house to celebrate.
Emily, tell us about your wedding day…
Where did you gather inspiration from for your wedding day?
A mix of Pinterest, Bridal magazines, and my friends and family! We decided on the theme of “ A True Kentucky Wedding” and everything bloomed from that.
Why did you choose to have your wedding at Warrenwood Manor?
We knew we didn’t want a traditional venue. We toured about four venues and Warrenwood Manor was our final venue to visit. As soon as we stepped onto the property we knew it would be where we wanted to say, “I Do.” Beyond the amazing grounds of Warrenwood Manor, having Brittney help us plan and walk with us every step of the way was priceless and made the whole process so much more enjoyable.
What were you most excited about on your wedding day?
To be honest, to marry my husband. We had waited sooooo long to get married, to the point where we wanted to elope just to be husband and wife sooner. My second most exciting thing was to see this whole day come together and see what we had been working on for so long.
In what ways did you personalize your wedding day?
- Our out of town guests received KFC buckets filled with Kentucky proud products, the itinerary that I made for the weekend and information about things guests could do to fill their time around Danville.
- I made all of the signs for the wedding, which was a labor of love.
- I created a focal wall installation with vintage china. On each plate, I adhered photos of couples, from both sides of the family, with the number of years they have been married.
- We used only Kentucky local spirits for our bride and groom signature drinks, to coincide with our theme.
What was the funniest thing that happened on your wedding day?
Hands down the funniest thing that happened was when my husband and his groomsmen surprised me with a choreographed dance. They did a square dance to “Copperhead Road”, which escalated to my husband shaking his butt in my face. The video went viral after that day and it was perfect!
Of all of the beautiful moments of your wedding day, which do you cherish the most?
Beyond seeing my husband’s face as I walked down the aisle, I would say my first look with my dad was a highlight. My dad is one of my best friends so to have him see me in my dress in a one on one situation was super sentimental.
What advice would you give to a newly engaged couple starting the wedding planning process?
I have three big lessons that I learned from planning our wedding:
- Have a videographer. It is a splurge but you will NEVER be disappointed watching your video and remembering the magical moments on that day. It is completely worth it!!
- Invest in a wedding planner! This was something we had not thought about until we met Brittney. Her insight and ability to help us plan each and every detail of Andrew and I’s big day was priceless. She made that season of planning so fun and exciting!
- Lastly, invite the people YOU and your significant other want at the wedding. Do not feel pressured to have people there, that you do not have a genuine connection with as a couple. We struggled with this up until sending invites and it was such a waste of stress and heartache.
Is there anything else you think our readers need to know about you, your wedding, or your experience?
The biggest takeaway I had throughout the entire experience is to always remind yourself that at the end of all the details, drama, and preparation, you and your significant other will be married. So do not sweat the small stuff!
What have you been up to since your wedding day?
Andrew got a new job in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. So, we have both loved getting to learn about their new home and spending our free time hiking, kayaking, and walking our sweet pups.
What vendors contributed to your Classic Kentucky Wedding?
Venue & Event Planner | Warrenwood Manor
Photographer | Rebecca Stephenson Photography
Videographer | Kyle Scott of Revived Productions
Florist | Fields in Bloom
Baker | Sweets by Cindy
Invitations | Haley Michelle Designs
Caterer | KY Catering
Ice Cream | Spotz Gelato
Dress | Bridal and Formal
Suits | Macy’s
Glam | Terri Mills and Emma Nelson
DJ | Mike Graves
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