A Romantic Ruby Wedding | Kaitlynn + Thomas

Kaitlynn and Thomas had one of those weddings that you want to take a picture of everything because it’s just that perfect!  Layered textures and vibrant colors gave their ceremony and reception a unique rustic chic almost boho feel.  Their event was also romantic and full of love all around.  Kaitlynn and Thomas were adorable as they exchanged their vows in an outdoor ceremony with the cottage as their backdrop.  Then, as you will see in their photos, they laughed the night away at the barn reception.  Be ready to be inspired by this stunning couple and their wedding.

Vendors

Bridal bouquet with pink, red and burgundy
rustic chic floral wedding invitations
Engagement ring in bridal bouquet
Bridal shoes, strappy heels
Wedding rings
Wedding dress hanging in Warrenwood Bridal Suite
Bridal Party in floral robes
Bride getting ready at Warrenwood Manor
Bride getting ready at Warrenwood Manor
Bride getting ready at Warrenwood Manor
Open back wedding dress
Bridal portrait in Warrenwood Manor bridal suite, a central Kentucky wedding venue
Bride at Warrenwood Manor, Kentucky destination wedding venue
Three generation photo of wedding rings
Bridal party dressed in long red dresses for summer KY wedding
Mixed floral bridesmaid bouquet
Mixed floral bridal bouquet with ivory, pink and red
Bridesmaids in red at stunning KY summer wedding
Bride in field at Warrenwood Manor
Groom getting ready photo, detail image
Dapper groom in gray and navy
Dapper groom in gray and navy
Groom and groomsmen in front of historic manor during KY summer wedding
Navy, gray and white groomsmen outfits
First look between bride and groom
First look between bride and groom at romantic raspberry wedding
First look between bride and groom
Romantic raspberry and navy wedding
Bride and groom at Romantic raspberry and navy wedding
Simple ceremony with garland and floral rings at Warrenwood Manor
Romantic raspberry and navy wedding
Bride and FOB enter outdoor ceremony during KY summer wedding
Bride and FOB enter outdoor ceremony during KY summer wedding
Outdoor wedding ceremony, kentucky summer wedding
Outdoor wedding ceremony, kentucky summer wedding
Outdoor wedding ceremony, kentucky summer wedding
Outdoor wedding ceremony, kentucky summer wedding
Outdoor wedding ceremony, kentucky summer wedding
Wedding party in red and navy at romantic summer wedding
Bride and groom, historic home of kentucky
Bride and Groom, Destination wedding venue
Bride and Groom, Destination wedding venue
Bride and Groom, Destination wedding venue
Bride and Groom, Destination wedding venue
Mantle decor in historic home wedding venue
Pink, burgundy and red flower arrangement
Antique buffet in historic home wedding venue
Wedding barn in Kentucky
Three-tiered ivory wedding cake with ivory flowers
Romantic dessert table with three-tier wedding cake
First dance in rustic kentucky wedding barn
First dance in rustic kentucky wedding barn
First dance in rustic kentucky wedding barn
Bride and groom in Kentucky wedding barn, destination wedding venue
Bride and groom in front of Kentucky wedding barn, destination wedding venue
Cake cutting at romatic red respberry and navy summer wedding
Sparkler sendoff during romantic red respberry and navy summer wedding
Couple with sparklers for reception exit
Couple with sparklers for reception exit
Do you want to have your wedding at Warrenwood Manor?  We’re now booking events for 2018 & 2019!  Check out our website for more information then contact us to arrange a tour.

A Character-Filled Fall Wedding | Megan + Ron

Every wedding is unique, but Megan and Ron really went above and beyond to fill their wedding day with character from beginning to end.  To start, they choose a rarely used ceremony location and gave it a rustic glam vibe with a chandelier and drapery hung in a tree.  It was the perfect look for a perfect fall day with the leaves in full color and the sun shining.  Then the combination of smoke bombs, food trucks, a custom photo booth backdrop and glow stick exit made for a fun, laughter-filled evening.  It is always so refreshing to see a bride and groom embrace who they are and showcase that in unique ways at their wedding.

Marsala / Burgundy bridesmaid dresses
Bride getting ready picture makeup closeup
Bride getting ready picture
wedding rings
Wedding rings resting in bouquet
Custom hanger for wedding dress | Ways to personalize your wedding day
V-neck wedding dress hanging on antique furniture at wedding in historic house
Bridal pary portrait in old Kentucky house, burgundy / marsala
White and blue bridesmaid bouquet with marsala/burgundy bridesmaid dress
Bride with red, white and blue bridal bouquet
Fine art style bridal portrait with moody rainbows in historic home
Bride with red, white and blue bridal bouquet and lace lined veil
Outdoor fall bridal party portrait with the golden leaves of fall; marsala dresses
Outdoor fall bridal party portrait with the golden leaves of fall; marsala dresses
Bridal portrait at fall outdoor wedding in Kentucky
Candid photo of bride at fall outdoor wedding in Kentucky
Groom getting ready for fall wedding at Warrenwood Manor
Groom getting ready for fall wedding at Warrenwood Manor
Groom in navy suit with floral tie at fall wedding at Warrenwood Manor
Groomsmen share a drink before fall wedding
Groomsmen Attire for fall wedding | Gray suit, pale pink tie, floral pocket square & boutonniere
Groomsmen wearing Star Wars socks
Groom & groomsmen portrait at Kentucky fall farm wedding
Groom's Attire | Boutonniere with acorn on navy suit, floral tie and pocket square
Candid photo of groomsmen at Kentucky fall farm wedding
First Look for Bride & Groom before ceremony at Warrenwood Manor
Outdoor fall ceremony on Kentucky farm
Magnolia leaf wedding ceremony decor | Chair backs and aisle decoration
Magnolia leaf wedding ceremony decor | Chair backs and aisle decoration
Creative ceremony backdrop | Chandelier hanging in tree with drapery
Creative ceremony backdrop | Chandelier hanging in tree with drapery
Bride and Father of the Bride enter outdoor fall ceremony
Outdoor fall wedding ceremony
Outdoor fall wedding ceremony at Warrenwood Manor in Kentucky
Outdoor fall Outdoor fall wedding ceremony at Warrenwood Manor in Kentucky ceremony
Outdoor fall wedding ceremony at Warrenwood Manor in Kentucky
Outdoor fall wedding ceremony in Kentucky
Outdoor fall wedding ceremony at Warrenwood Manor
Creative Wedding Party Portraits | Multi-color smoke bombs
Couple's portrait with multi-color smoke bombs
Fall wedding on Kentucky farm with golden leaves
Bride wearing fur shawl / stole at chilly fall wedding
Bride wearing fur shawl / stole at chilly fall wedding
Sunset couple's portrait at late fall wedding
Sunset couple's portrait at late fall farm wedding
Sunset couple's portrait at late fall farm wedding
Sunset couple's portrait at late fall farm wedding
Sunset couple's portrait at late fall farm wedding
Sunset couple's portrait at late fall farm wedding
Table setting for cocktail hour in historic house
Cheese and fruit platter for cocktail hour
Creative Guestbook Idea | Quilt square guestbook
Cracker and bread tray for wedding cocktail hour
Meat tray for wedding cocktail hour
Cheese board for wedding cocktail hour food
Barn wedding reception with ivory linens and rustic decor
Sweetheart table | Rose gold sparle linen with candles and orange flowers
Rustic glam tablescape with wood slices, flowers and candles
Rustic dessert display at fall barn wedding reception
Barn wedding reception with ivory linens and rustic decor
Food Trucks for Wedding Reception food
Food Trucks for Wedding Reception food
First Dance at fall wedding reception in Warrenwood Manor barn
First Dance at fall wedding reception in Warrenwood Manor barn
Star Wars themed wedding photo booth
Creative Wedding Send Off | Lightsabor and glow stick send off

Vendors

Are you interested in having your wedding at Warrenwood Manor?  We’re now booking events for 2018 and 2019!  Check out our website for more information then contact us to arrange a tour.

A Romantic Traditional Wedding | Arynn + Adam

All I can think about when I think of this wedding is how sweet everyone was. The couple, their family, and their friends actually all felt like part of my family after the wedding. Not to mention Arynn and Adam are just the cutest! They were in the process of moving to another state AND planning a wedding all while staying so sweet and chill. Not gonna lie, I was super impressed with these two. Everything about their traditional, romantic wedding day was just perfect!

The following images were taken by Lydia Ruth Photography.  To see more of this stunning wedding visit the Lydia Ruth Photography Blog.

Historic mansion in Kentucky, old house charm, wedding venue
Bridal bouquet with neutral color palette
Illusion neck line wedding dress
Wedding rings
Wedding rings
Neutral bridesmaid bouquets
Curly half-up bridal hair
Bride against antique wall paper in Warrenwood Bridal Suite
Bride in white ball gown with illusion neck line
Neutral mixed wedding bouquets with teal bridesmaid dresses
Bridal party in teal bridesmaid dresses in Kentucky mansion
Bridesmaids dressed in teal at Kentucky summer farm wedding
Groom dressed in navy blue and ivory at Kentucky estate wedding
Groom dressed in navy blue and ivory at Kentucky estate wedding
Groomsmen dressed in navy for Kentucky farm wedding
Groomsmen dressed in navy for Kentucky farm wedding
First look between bride and groom at Warrenwood Manor wedding
First look between bride and groom at Warrenwood Manor wedding
Traditional romantic estate wedding
Bride & Groom at Kentucky farm wedding
Traditional romantic Kentucky wedding
Traditional romantic Kentucky wedding, wedding party in navy and teal
Traditional romantic Kentucky wedding, wedding party in navy and teal
Kentucky barn wedding venue on farm
Romantic barn setting for wedding ceremony and reception
Grandmothers as flower girls at Warrenwood Manor wedding ceremony
Bride entering traditional romantic wedding ceremony in Warrenwood barn
Bride entering traditional romantic wedding ceremony in Warrenwood barn
Traditional romantic wedding ceremony in Warrenwood barn
Traditional romantic wedding ceremony in Warrenwood barn
Traditional romantic wedding ceremony in Warrenwood barn
Wedding barn with chandeliers and string lights
Traditional romantic wedding ceremony in Warrenwood barn
Traditional romantic wedding ceremony in Warrenwood barn
Traditional romantic wedding in historic Kentucky mansion
Bride & Groom in historic mansion with traditional romantic vibes
Soft neutral bridal bouquet with traditional romantic style
Bride & Groom in old Kentucky home turned wedding venue
Traditional romantic wedding at rural Kentucky wedding venue
Bride & Groom against rural Kentucky landscape at top rated wedding venue
Bride in ball gown with illusion neck with half-up curly hair, groom in navy suit
Romantic summer wedding at beautiful Kentucky wedding
Refined rustic wedding barn on rural farm, black & white barn
Rustic lanterns with candles and greenery at traditional romantic wedding ceremony
Light pink linens with lanterns and baby's breath centerpieces at traditional romantic wedding reception
Refined rustic wedding barn with chandeliers and string lights
Refined rustic meets traditional romantic wedding
Refined rustic wedding barn with chandeliers and string lights
Head table at traditional romantic refined rustic wedding reception
Mr. & Mrs. Sign on chairs for romantic southern wedding
Two-tier ivory wedding cake with pale pink and ivory flowers
Two-tier ivory wedding cake with pale pink and ivory flowers
Cake cutting at traditional romantic wedding reception
First dance during traditional southern barn wedding reception
First dance during traditional southern barn wedding reception
Sparkler send off from Kentucky barn wedding reception

Do you want to have your wedding at Warrenwood Manor?  We’re now booking events for 2018 & 2019!  Check out our website for more information then contact us to arrange a tour.

A Navy & Lavender Summer Wedding | Kaylyn + Ethan

Kaylyn and Ethan’s wedding day was filled with southern class and rustic charm.  They opted for a barn ceremony followed by a reception in the house and on the back porch.  It was a beautiful summer day with every event detail planned out just the way they wanted it.

Vendors:

Ivory laser cut wedding invitations
Bourbon barrel with greenery arrangement and welcome sign
Silver wedding rings
Bridal party getting ready in chambray shirts and bright shorts
Bride getting ready for wedding
Strapeless sweetheart cut wedding dress with long train
Cascade bridal bouquet of ivory and green
Strapeless wedding dress with long train
Bride in Warrenwood Manor Bridal Suite
Bride in Warrenwood Manor Bridal Suite
Bridal party dressed in light purple at Kentucky farm wedding
Stunning traditional estate wedding in Kentucky
Bridal party dressed in light purple at Kentucky estate wedding
Small simple bridesmaid bouquet
Bride with cascading bouquet and long train dress
Classic southern bride at Kentucky Estate wedding
Dapper groom in navy and white
Groom's wedding accessories
Classic southern groom in navy blue during Kentucky farm wedding
Dapper, southern, traditional groom and groomsmen in navy, brown and white
First look between bride & groom
First look between bride & groom
Classic traditional southern bride & groom
Ivory & navy wedding at Warrenwood Manor
Ivory & navy wedding at Warrenwood Manor
Southern traditional farm wedding
Southern traditional farm wedding
White, navy blue and lavender wedding party
White, navy blue and lavender wedding party
Wedding barn on Kentucky farm
Cellphone free wedding ceremony sign
Aisle flowers- baby's breath and ribbon
Rustic barn ceremony setup
Wedding alter with rustic table, tree stumps and greenery arrangements at barn wedding
Floral wedding programs
Flower girl with fluffy dress
Bride & Father of Bride enter southern rustic wedding ceremony
Groom awaiting Bride at alter
Bride & Father of Bride enter southern rustic wedding ceremony
Classic rustic barn wedding ceremony
Classic rustic barn wedding ceremony
Classic rustic barn wedding ceremony
Southern wedding at historic Warrenwood Manor
Green, white and navy wedding in rustic barn
Green, white and navy wedding in rustic barn
Green, white and navy wedding
Traditional southern summer wedding
Ivory and blush cascading bridal bouquet
Traditional southern summer wedding
Traditional southern summer wedding in rustic barn
Personalized event napkins
Sign with wedding timeline
Rustic table assignment sign for outdoor southern wedding
Yard games at outdoor summer wedding reception
Classic traditional tablescape with ivory rosette table linen
Ourdoor wedding recpetion tablescape with runner, lantern and florals
Flower-covered three-tier cake
White cake with large roses and gold accents
Bride & groom's first dance at classic southern summer wedding

Do you want to have your wedding at Warrenwood Manor?  We’re now booking events for 2018!  Check out our website for more information then contact us to arrange a tour.

Navy Blue & Yellow Summer Wedding | Kate & Eric

Rustic Elegant Summer Wedding

Kate was the definition of an easy going bride. From the moment she booked Warrenwood Manor as her wedding venue she had everything under control. I absolutely loved working with these two Centre College grads and enjoyed every second of their rustic elegant summer wedding. From holding the wedding ceremony in the house to all of the navy blue and yellow details, I think you’ll love the timeless selections for this wedding too! Oh and make sure you look through ALL the pics! The very last one is one of my all time favorite!

Photography: Daring Tales of Darling Bones

 

Warrenwood Manor, Kentucky Farm Wedding Venue

Bride Getting Ready in Warrenwood Bridal Suite
Bridal Party getting ready in black tights and monogrammed button-down
Getting Ready images from summer Warrenwood Manor wedding.\
Getting Ready images from summer Warrenwood Manor wedding.\
Getting Ready images from summer Warrenwood Manor wedding.\
Bride on the stairs of historic home
Sweetheart cut a-line wedding dress
Bride at Warrenwood Manor with strapeless dress and updo
Bridal portrait in Warrenwood Manor Bridal Suite
Bridesmaids dressed in Navy one-shoulder dresses at summer Warrenwood wedding
Bridesmaids dressed in Navy one-shoulder dresses at summer Warrenwood wedding
Bridesmaids dressed in Navy one-shoulder dresses at summer Warrenwood wedding
Summer bridal bouquet of yellow, white & green
Summer bridal bouquet of yellow, white & green
Summer bridal bouquet of yellow, white & green
Bride & Groom in historic Kentucky mansion
Craftsmen style glass doors in grooms quarters of wedding venue
Groom in old style bathroom of Warrenwood Manor
Navy Suit for Groomsmen at Warrenwood Manor, a Kentucky wedding venue
Navy Suit for Groomsmen at Warrenwood Manor, a Kentucky wedding venue
Bride & Father of Bride enter wedding ceremony in Warrenwood Manor
Indoor wedding ceremony in Warrenwood Manor
Indoor wedding ceremony in Warrenwood Manor
Indoor wedding ceremony in Warrenwood Manor
Indoor wedding ceremony in Warrenwood Manor
Classic navy & yellow summer wedding in Kentucky
Bride & Groom against old wallpaper
Bride & Groom during old home wedding in Kentucky
Wedding Party dressed in navy in front of old Kentucky mansion, summer farm wedding
Classic Summer Kentucky Farm Wedding
Reception barn in Danville, KY at Warrenwood Manor
Reception barn in Danville, KY at Warrenwood Manor
Simple rustic centerpiece at Warrenwood barn reception
Cute lemonade stand for drink station at wedding reception
Yellow and white rustic centerpiece
Entry table at barn wedding, yellow & white
Tree guestbook at Warrenwood Manor summer wedding
Classic rustic barn wedding reception at Warrenwood Manor
Wedding barn with chandeliers and string lights
Ivory naked layered cake with blueberries and blackberries on a wood slab with a wood cake topper
Ivory Naked layered cake with blueberries and blackberries on a wood slab with a wood cake topper
Wedding barn with chandeliers and string lights
Kentucky Wedding barn with chandeliers and string lights
Kentucky Farm Wedding at Warrenwood Manor, green pasture
Sunset photos with bride & groom at Warrenwood Manor
Classic outdoor photos of bride & groom during central kentucky farm wedding
Classic outdoor photos of bride & groom during central kentucky farm wedding
Classic outdoor photos of bride & groom during central kentucky farm wedding
Sunset photos of couple during summer Kentucky farm wedding
rustic barn reception at Warrenwood Manor
Kentucky summer barn reception
Southern estate wedding in Kentucky

Wedding vendors

Photography: Daring Tales of Darling Bones

Catering:  City Barbeque

Cake: Laura Clay

Cupcakes: Sweets by Cindy

Rentals: Matt’s Rentals

DJ: Dayton Mobile DJ

 

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Kentucky Proud Events

How to host a Kentucky proud event
How to host a Kentucky proud event, Photo by Daring Tales Darling Bones

In honor of the upcoming Kentucky Derby festivities, we’re celebrating everything Kentucky proud on the blog today.  We are so luck to live in a state with great people and rich traditions.  I believe every event, year-round, should have a healthy dose of Kentucky culture.

The Food

Benedictine Tea Sandwiches
Benedictine Tea Sandwiches

When you think of Kentucky cuisine think southern soul recipes meets farm fresh

ingredients.  A stereotypical event in the Bluegrass state should start with beer cheese, pimento cheese and/or benedictine spread.  Other signature menu items include the Kentucky hot brown, fried chicken, country ham & biscuit, green beans and cheesy grits.

To do these menu items justice, you will want locally produced ingredients.  Use the Kentucky Proud Producer website to find all the produce and products you need.  Many Kentucky caterers are willing to find local providers if you’re going with a caterer for your event.

Don’t forget the sweet treats.  You can never go wrong by serving Derby Pie, but Kentucky has so many tasty options when it comes to locally produced candies and chocolates too.  Some of my favorites are Ruth Hunt Candies, Old Kentucky ChocolatesMom Blakeman’s Candy and Sharp’s Candies of Kentucky.  For your event, you could give a combination of your favorites as a party favor or do a candy bar where guests can try what all sorts of yummies.

This Kentucky Candy Bar was done by Sassy Spoon Catering for a Warrenwood Wedding.
This Kentucky Candy Bar was done by Sassy Spoon Catering for a Warrenwood Wedding.

The Bar

Kentucky is blessed to be home to the rich tradition and thriving market of bourbon distilling.  As a result there are countless distilleries in Kentucky that

Bourbon Tasting Bar
Bourbon Tasting Bar via the Celebrating at Home Blog

make the best bourbon money can buy.  Therefore, a Kentucky proud event would be incomplete without a bar stock with the likes of Maker’s Mark, Four Roses Bourbon, Heaven Hill, Buffalo Trace Distillery, Woodford Reserve Distillery, Jim Beam, Wild Turkey, Bulleit, Michter’s, Booker’s, Knob Creek, and Blanton’s. 

Mint juleps are a staple when it comes to Kentucky mixed drinks but, you could also include the lesser known Oaks Lily or Mint Julep Sweet Tea.

If you are more of a beer connoisseur, Kentucky has a budding craft beer industry lead by West Sixth Brewing, Country Boy Brewing, Against the Grain Brewery, Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co. and Falls City Beer.  To figure out what beers you want to have at your event head over to The Casual Pint in downtown Lexington to taste all the best Kentucky options.

The Decor

Bourbon isn’t just for the bar.  You can use bourbon barrels in place of cocktail tables or for your cake table.  You could even collect bourbon bottles to use as centerpieces.  There are also a million (that is only a slight exaggeration) other re-purposed barrel products that can be purchased or made for your event.

Buy local blooms. Three Toads Farm, Black Rooster Farm, Meadowview Flowers, Bellaire Blooms, and Falling Springs Flower Farm grow high quality flowers here in the Bluegrass.  Take the Kentucky vibes up one more notch by arranging your local blooms in a vintage trophy cup, stoneware crock, mason jar or mint julep cup.

Blooms from Black Rooster Farm in Ball/Mason Jar
Blooms from Black Rooster Farm in a Ball/Mason Jar
Farm Fresh Flowers by Three Toads Farm
Three Toads Farm flowers in a vintage trophy cup arrangement
Meadowview Flowers at Warrenwood Barn Ceremony
Meadowview Flowers in a vintage crock on a bourbon barrel

 

 

 

 

 

Include equestrian inspired details.  Think stirrups, bits, horseshoes, vintage competition ribbons and leather accents.  Use these items to create character, not clutter.  You don’t want to over do it so be creative in how you use these accents to make a statement.

Stirrup Candle Holders from Horse & Hound
Stirrup Candle Holders from Horse & Hound
Equestian Inspired Styled Shoot by Rustic Wedding Chic
Equestrian Inspired Styled Shoot by Rustic Wedding Chic

Embrace all things vintage.  Find and use old books, vases, platters, china and anything else tastefully vintage you can find.  These items add interest, character and charm to the look of your Kentucky proud event. With such a rich and diverse history, there are so many

Keep it natural.  Kentucky is naturally beautiful, so let it speak for itself at your event.  Choose a natural color palette, embrace elements from your surroundings and host your event outside if the weather permits.

The Music

A Kentucky event would be incomplete without the sound of a banjo, fiddle, washboard and the like playing some traditional bluegrass songs.  Get back to the roots of what makes Kentucky, Kentucky with a live Bluegrass band or a DJ who knows their way around the classics.  Your playlist should include musical legends like John Prine, Bill Monroe and Loretta Lynn as well as current Kentucky artists such as Sturgill Simpson and Chris Stapleton.  You could also add these 13 songs about Kentucky to your playlist.

Have fun hosting your quintessential Kentucky event!  Comment below if you have suggestions to add.

A Kentucky Proud Honeymoon

A Kentuckymoon wasn’t our original plan.  In fact, we weren’t originally going to go on a honeymoon at all. Gasp!  I know, right? Mr. Adams insisted that we had too much going on, he had used up his vacation time for farm work and we were spending too much money on the wedding.  I agreed, but still hated the thought of not going on a honeymoon with a burning passion.  Ok, fine, I was mad.  Why does he always have to be so practical?

After a considerable amount of harassment from family and friends Nick finally agreed that we should go on a honeymoon.  The caveat was that it had to be inexpensive and close to home.  So, that got me thinking…One week, touring The Bluegrass State, what could be better?

Kentucky Honeymoon Map

Day 1: Louisville Recovery

Galt House Hotel - Louisville, Kentucky
A room with a view!

Our first breakfast as a married couple was a trip through the drive-thru at the Hardee’s in Junction City.  It’s a happening place due in part to their incredible biscuits.  I’m convinced that little old ladies dressed in floral housecoats descend from the knobs each night to make the biscuits from scratch.

Anyway, we had breakfast, took a nap and then headed to the Galt House Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky.  They were so kind and upgraded us to a suite overlooking the river!  Our big plans of dinner at Proof on Main and drinks out on the town turned into “it’s gross outside…there’s a restaurant in the hotel…I’m tired…these beds are comfy…good night.”

Day 2:  Baseball & Bourbon

Food

  • Breakfast: You cannot go wrong at Wild Eggs.  Everything was delicious and by everything I mean the 3 full meals that we ordered and split.
  • Lunch: I’m all about hole-in-the-wall restaurants, but Nick is a bit hesitant at times. I had to force him to try Game, but luckily the food was amazing.  Willing to try anything, I had bone marrow for an appetizer and the wild boar burger with fries.  The bone marrow and fries were delicious, but the wild boar had a spice in it that just didn’t work for me.
  • Dinner: Talbott Tavern was probably one of my favorite eateries along our tour route. Located in Bardstown, Talbott Tavern was built in 1779. I loved reading the history on the menu and then getting to walk around the tavern hoping to see some sort of paranormal activity!  The food was great, the setting was great and the service was friendly and informative.

Activities

  • I’m so glad that I finally went to the Louisville Slugger Museum; it was actually really fun!  My dad is a huge baseball fan so it’s odd that I’d never been to before. We toured the factory, checked out all of the Louisville Slugger history and picked out our mini bats.  The factory machines were amazing, but unfortunately photos weren’t allowed.
  • Right up the street from Louisville Slugger is the Evan Williams Distillery, our first stop on The Kentucky Bourbon Trail.  The tour gives a lot of history, with lots of videos.  It’s kind of the Disney World of the distilleries.  I would recommend it if you’re in town for a day and want to do a tasting, but it really wasn’t the authentic Bourbon Trail experience I’d hoped for.
  • Four Roses in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky was our nest stops on the Bourbon Trail.  The Spanish inspired architecture was absolutely beautiful.  I must also say that I nearly passed out while walking around the distillery because a couple of rooms were pretty hot and smelly.  So just brace yourself for that if you go.
  • We had no choice but to stop at a giant John Deere store out in the middle of nowhere….yeah, no choice.  Why would we pass up a perfectly good opportunity to shop for a tractor just because we’re on our honeymoon?

Accommodations

Maple Hill Manor, Springfield, Kentucky:  The farmland of Springfield makes for such a beautiful setting for this historic home.  Maple Hill Manor was a Civil War hospital and the Clara Barton room we stayed in was right next to the room where they had to paint the floors to cover the blood stains.  Not creepy at all.

Day 3:  Kentucky Bourbon Trail Continued

Food

Food on Day Three was blah; nothing to rave or rant about. For example, Nick had a sandwich while I ate Doritos with lackluster pimiento cheese sitting in the parking lot of the Bardstown Civil War Museum, which we didn’t end up touring.  Left unsatisfied, we ended up eating Baskin Robbins ice cream and visiting the local humane society instead….totally normal.

Activities

  • Loretto, Kentucky is home to Maker’s Mark, my favorite of the distilleries we’ve visited so far.  I just loved the all black buildings with red accents, perfectly manicured grounds and attention to detail.  My absolute favorite part was the Chihuly glass installation in the last rick house we toured.
  • The Heaven Hill tour is perfect for someone who is interested in amazing machines and large operations. They have a HUGE manufacturing plant/distribution center.  Not what I was expecting at all!  Also located there is the Bourbon Heritage Center, which offers up a great visual history of Kentucky bourbon.
  • Jim Beam was a bit of an amusement park set up with high-tech tasting methods.  The scenery was beautiful and the tour was well worth it!
Lake Barkley State Resort Park - Cadiz, Kentucky
View from our lodge room

Accommodations

Lake Barkley State Resort Park, Cadiz, Kentucky:  The lodge is right on the lake and offers beautiful views!  All of the rooms are nice and I believe all have balconies.

Day 4: Land Between the Lakes

Food

  • Breakfast: We ate at the Lake Barkley Lodge, which I cannot recommend to even my worst enemies…it was terrible 🙁
  • Lunch: Patti’s 1800’s Settlement was on and poppin’!  It was October, so I’m not sure if the place is always decorated with Christmas decor, but wow!  Oh and they had a mini pig.  The food was very good.  Don’t pass up their rolls. I would definitely recommend the stop just for the sheer entertainment factor if nothing else.
  • Dinner: El Bracero in Cadiz, Kentucky.  Your standard Mexican/American eatery.  Salsa was good!

Activities

  • Yup, still raining.  At this point it has rained our entire trip.  And as a result we had to cancel our plans to go horseback riding.  Who wants to go horseback riding in the pouring rain?  Not.  Me.
  • Due to the rain, we did a lot of driving in Land Between the Lakes and didn’t hike the trails I had planned.  Here’s a list of where we went:
    • Golden Pond Visitor’s Center: Offers a quick, visual history of the area.  I loved the old photos.
    • Elk & Bison Prairie:  You are guaranteed to see elk and bison.  Seriously, stay in your vehicle.
    • Woodlands Nature Station:  Great stop if you have kids and/or like birds of prey.
  • The Kentucky Dam has unfortunately been closed to the public since 9/11.  Guests are not allowed to tour the property, but we stopped at a little visitor center for some history and good photos.
  • We puttered around downtown Paducha a bit and stopped at a bargain shopping place I’d heard about.  It was a major let down, but then we went to an outdoor store, found a pink camo collar for our dog, Dakota Belle, and all was was right with the world.  Nick has been wanting one for her since we got her 3 years ago…she has worn it once.

Accommodations

We stayed another night at Lake Barkley Resort.

Day 5: Spelunking

Food

  • We’re obsessed with the ice cream served at Four Generations Ice Cream Parlor in Stanford so when we realized that we’d be passing close by the source, Chaney’s Dairy, we needed to stop.  I nearly cried when we pulled up to the cute little barn and the dang place wasn’t open yet! So Sad.
  • No fun eateries to report for Day 5.

Activities

  • The drive between Lake Barkley Lodge and Mammoth Cave was absolutely beautiful and it was actually sunny for part of the trip!
  • We checked out Bowling Green and the Western Kentucky University campus.  We also had time to check out a few places in Cave City before our Mammoth Cave adventure.
  • If you’ve never been to Mammoth Cave, make time and GO.  We did the Domes & Dripstones Tour.  Make sure you schedule your tour in advance and remember there are no bathrooms in the caves!
  • Oh and of course we stopped at another farm machinery store.

Accommodations

Cumberland Falls State Park, Corbin, Kentucky:  The cottages here are perfect.  The setting is beautiful and the little one bedroom cottage was just the cutest little nugget!  With a cute front porch for lounging, a kitchen and a fireplace, these cottages are really a great lodging option at a reasonable price.

Day 6: Cumberland Falls & Sickness

Instead of going on the Big South Fork Scenic Railway Tour, I decided to get sick because that’s obviously more fun. It was actually the first sunny day of the trip so I managed to force myself to briefly check out Cumberland Falls. Oh and of course we made time to stop to buy a tire, because that’s what farmers do when they find a used tire for the right price on their honeymoon.  “You know those tires are hard to come by these days,” says Farmer Nick.

We ended our Kentucky honeymoon a day early.  Nothing is worse than being sick away from home. I can’t lie, I was a sad to end our Kentuckymoon early, but I couldn’t have been more excited to start our lives together as husband and wife.

Hello world!

 

Hi there!  I’m Brittney Adams and this is my first ever blog post.  So, stick with me as I learn about this whole blogging thing, I promise you’ll be glad you did!

Now, you’re probably wondering, “just who are you Brittney Adams?”  Glad you ask.  I married Nicholas Adams and we decided to do something crazy.  We bought Warrenwood Manor to restore the historic home, start a business and expand our cattle farming operation.

Brittney & Nick on their wedding day at Warrenwood Manor
That’s us!

We’ve decided to write a blog because we want to share our experiences with you.  From historic preservation to weddings and events, we’ll be covering it all!  We will feature weddings and events hosted at Warrenwood Manor and discuss random thoughts and advice.  A major part of the blog will also address the historic nature of the property.  We’ll share the history of the property as we learn more, document our construction and DIY project, as well as give tips on how to love on a historic home.

Here is a photo of Warrenwood Manor home from October 2014.
Warrenwood Manor in the Fall

A big part of the success of this blog will depend on you!  We love meeting people and learning new things, so please be sure to leave comments for us on our posts.  Do you have ideas for our property?  Know something we don’t about historic preservation, weddings or events?  Great!  Let us know!  You can contact us via email info@warrenwoodmanor.com.  Oh and don’t forget to Like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram!