congratulations mr and mrs chris starks

Let me tell you a little bit about the bride, Kelsey Kirkpatrick and her mom, Jane Haase. They are both originals and channeled all of their individuality and creativity towards the wedding planning and design. The overall theme was modern simplicity using Kelsey’s favorite color green throughout the whole design.

The wedding weekend started with each out-of-town guest receiving an unusual welcome basket, a Kentucky Fried Chicken bucket filled with yummy treats and a weekend agenda. The groom’s parents hosted a fabulous rehearsal dinner at the Owensboro Country Club. Set outside, the theme was a beach party, South Carolina style. The food reflected a traditional Carolina BBQ, complete with the groom’s mom bringing in authentic sauces for the guests to taste. The evening would not be complete without the tunes of “shag beach music” playing in the background.

The wedding was to take place at The Grove, a beautiful outdoor area at Wesleyan College. The 400 guests would be greeted with innovative programs in the shaped of a fan. Carefully placed cones of flower petals and green sashes were put on the white chairs for the guests. A custom white flooring aisle runner was designed and utilizing the natural stage at The Grove, a green and white flowing backdrop graced the back columns. Completing the effect, were six large urns filled with green and white hydrangeas, white roses, orchids, Queens Anne Lace, Bells of Ireland and other assorted filler flowers.

Mother Nature unfortunately was working against us that day and 45 minutes before the ceremony was to start, it began to rain. As an ABC affiliate news reporter and producer, Kelsey is used to having the spotlight on her and she handles herself with grace and ease. She took this minor setback in stride and we implemented our rain plan, which was to marry at the Country Club. So in our limo and Trolley we moved the wedding party and family to the club. The guests were wonderful and flexible to the change, not even rain was going to take away from this wedding day – and 30 minutes later, Chris and Kelsey were taking their vows.

As guests moved to the reception, Welborn Weddings & Events (who designed the entire wedding day!!!) assured that the Riverpark Center was reflecting the overall modern theme using green, black and white. As guests entered from the outside patio, the glow of white Chinese lanterns lit their way into the inside reception area. Round tables with white floor length linens and a sheer black striped overlay were enhanced with unique centerpieces. Multiple modern shaped vases held green orchids and candles which were carefully arranged on a green palm leaf. Tall gathering tables in green, moiré satin finish with a black, satin chair tie allowed guests a place to eat and comfortably talk.

A separate room (that was later converted into the dancing area with the band) was uniquely designed with multiple food stations for the gourmet feast. A specially designed “tornado” was centered in the room with multiple uplights and pin spots for an extra touch. Guests dined on Chinese food (complete with chopsticks and Chinese takeout boxes), carving stations, liquor injected chocolate covered strawberries and other unique delicacies. The two ice sculptures held shrimp and sushi for the guests to taste. In keeping with the modernism, guests dined on white and black square plates.

Finally the ultimate cake was custom designed, with two separate coconut cakes on either side (a groom’s cake if you will) showcased on a custom made interwoven, natural leaf table topper. Behind the cakes a wall was constructed that had shelving for candles and mirrors to catch the light. This was a perfect and distinctive backdrop to a very, very original reception.

It will be a day to remember for the guests and the family of Chris and Kelsey. They are a truly blessed couple with so much love and friendship. And due to the professionalism and quick acting on all the parts of the vendors – this wedding will be cherished forever.

plan on!



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  1. Kirk & Dianne Kirkpatrick
    Kirk & Dianne Kirkpatrick says:

    [Kirk & Dianne sent me a hand-written note of thanks…which meant so much to me…]

    Dear Saundra,
    Courage under fire! Thank you for your spectacular direction and execution at Kelsey’s wedding. You did a fantastic job while keeping all of us calm.

    There is no more special day in our life than Kelsey’s wedding and you helped turn it around under extra-ordinary conditions. Thank you for everything.

    Sincerely, Kirk and Dianne


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