Kentucky Derby Wedding Inspiration

kentucky derby inspiration

The Kentucky Derby is this weekend + it is just full of tradition! Inspired by this tradition, history, bright colors + the festive nature of this special event that happens each spring, today’s creative team decided to bring this to life for a wedding. Led by You & Me Events, their intention was to take inspiration from the Spring line of BHLDN dresses which they felt were very “Gatsby inspired”. Using the 1920’s as fashion inspiration, contemporary patterns and bright colors as table inspiration, they were able to create a southern Derby style event that makes me want to grab a stylish hat, place a bet and sip on a mint julep while the horses race on by. :) Thanks to Annie Edmonds for the gorgeous photos!

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kentucky derby inspiration

I just LOVE all the bright colors and mix of bold patterns. The gorgeous florals are by The Little Branch and rentals are from Archive Vintage Rentals. Pretty obsessed with the paper details by Prim & Pixie. And wait until you see the stunning cake from Sweet & Saucy – love the ranunculus flowers that are all made of sugar!

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kentucky derby inspiration striped table runner

kentucky derby inspiration

kentucky derby inspiration

kentucky derby inspiration

kentucky derby inspiration striped table runner

kentucky derby inspiration

ranunculus wedding cake

kentucky derby wedding bar

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event design + styling: You & Me Events // floral design: The Little Branch // photography: Annie Edmonds // vintage rentals: Archive Vintage Rentals // cake: Sweet & Saucy // invitation + paper goods: Prim & Pixie // linens: La Tavola // dresses: BHLDN // jewelry: Tacori // shoes: Poetic Lisence // hat: Louise Green // bag: vintage // stylist: Ebony Campbell // hair + makeup: Michelle Hodnett // model: Jelly Howie // venue: Paddock Riding Club // DIY table runner.

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  1. I love this shoot! I grew up 15 minutes from Chruchill Downs in Louisville, and although I live 2000 miles away now, I still hold the place dear to my heart and visit for a month every other year!

  2. Fancy hat? Check.
    Mint Julep? Check.
    Makes all your readers want to throw a backyard derby party? Double Check!

  3. Love love love the invitation + paper goods!! So adorable!!

  4. Great job on everyones part. Love the idea You and Me Events.

  5. Oh I just love this! A Southern girl’s dream!

  6. sooo delicious! Now, to make myself a mint julep!

  7. Thanks so much for the feature! I absolutely loved creating the cake for it!

  8. LOVE those bright flowers! What a beautiful event!

  9. It’s so beautiful! i love the invitation with the horses and the hat : all i wanted to beginning for my wedding. now, i will have lot of hats with my guests! The horse will be the “2cv Citroën”!!
    And i love the brilliant colors of the flowers.
    Congrats for this decoration
    see you

  10. What a creative idea! The colors, patterns & theme flow so beautifully! Great work!

  11. ABsolutely inspired Jess!! (of You and Me Events). I did a Kentucky Derby party for a corporate event last year, but for a wedding – MUCH cuter!! :) :) I am in LOVE with the Bourbon Bar! Great job!

  12. Those invitations are gorgeous! Also in love with the flower choices. Overall, fantastic job, love to see more of these themed weddings in the future! (Not to mention it sparked a few ideas for myself :D)

  13. Thank you so much for the feature! I loved creating this stationery suite! So much fun!

  14. Super cute concept! Love love love the paper goods!!

  15. Is this at Brookside Equestrian Center? We’re getting married there! It looks just like it! :)

  16. This is so much fun! The colors and feel of it all is just perfect! Makes me want to get married again! :)

  17. I love the cake and all the playful colors, it’s so simple yet unique!

  18. Wow! So beautiful! I love the flowers! Amazing job on everyone’s part.

  19. Gorgeous! I absolutely love the hat and all the colours in the photos.

  20. Thank you so much for the lovely comments, “y’all” are too sweet! And Jen, thank you for the feature. We loved how it all turned out and are so excited to share it.

    Happy Derby Weekend everyone!

  21. This is so wonderful! I love the big hats, the Kentucky Bourbon, and the southern flair! This would be such a wonderful spring or summer wedding theme! Love!

  22. This is beautiful!. The horse is perfect fit for her style!

  23. SO pretty! I love the bright colors and lady like touches with flair!

  24. Beautiful images. Love the bright colors and invitations.

  25. Okay…I absolutely LOVE everything about this shoot :)

  26. Absolutey gorgeous feel to these images. The portraits with the horse are lovely. Amazing colours – really nicely done.

  27. This is SO COOL! I am a huge fan of big hats, and this theme would be a perfect place for ladies to get creative with hats!

  28. Absolutely LOVE this! Totally flawless and vibrant!

  29. Love that striped ribbon on the bouquet. Really makes the flowers pop.

  30. Obsessed with that wedding cake!! Where did you get the flowers for it??


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