What’s so very special about this queer wedding inspiration is that it subtly addresses some ‘been done’ ideas by using vibrant creativity! We had three primary ideas behind this editorial, shares Leslie Rodriguez Photography: First, a wedding with a bold, multicolor palette that isn’t explicitly rainbow. Second, showcase a Kentucky wedding that isn’t on a farm or plantation, and third, most importantly, expand the concept of gender-fluid in weddings beyond simply putting a man in a dress, or a woman in a suit. (This was requested by one of our recent couples since they couldn’t find much of this inspiration online.)
Innovation + progression through creativity is simply the best. With this intention, Leslie Rodriguez Photography and Heleringer Events put together some rad inspiration. Don’t be afraid to fall in love with the 1960s sherbet color palette of this queer wedding inspo, and all the derby vibes at Louisville Thoroughbred Society! You get the bourbon, we’ll get the bitters — it’s off to the races.
Rad vibes begin with these acrylic invitations sent in a personal cigar humidor box! To emphasize the horse-racing and cigar-focused culture of the venue, we have these cool day-of details.
Statement Groom Suiting
One groom wears an oversized floral pocket square in lieu of a traditional pocket square.
Breezeblock paneling is sweetly on display as the ceremony backdrop. Indeed, this architectural style was hot in 1960s designs! Spoiler alert, the cake has it, too!
Botanica Design Studio provides the juiciest sherbet palette of florals, including the sweet addition to the baby blue top hat!
Yes! All smiles. As can be seen, this styling puts traditionally masculine + traditionally feminine decor and inspiration together seamlessly, to show that you don’t have to pick one at the expense of another.
CLEARLY, the chemistry here is on point. It’s no surprise…these two ‘models’ are three years married and loving every minute of it!
In short, booze and sherbet is a delicious combo! During cocktail hour, guests enjoy rainbow sherbet served in individual fruit cups. Coupled with that are bourbon infusers that are personalized with the couple’s logo. Truly, personalization at its tastiest!
Clearly, personalization is top of mind in this queer wedding inspo. Floral ice cubes are highlighted by Kentucky Straight Ice. Obviously, the foundation for a very cute cocktail!
Together with the cutest shades of teal and sky blues, is this suiting from ASOS.
Bourbon Wedding Tower
An old-fashioned tower?! Yes, please.
Sweet by Simone leaves us with a towering, 1960s-inspired cake for this queer wedding inspiration. We’re loving the watercolor decorating technique.
In keeping with the vibrant, queer wedding theme here we have a bright blue Lotus. An exotic getaway vehicle for the couple! A watercolor ‘just married’ license plate + old-school cans dragging behind.
Even though we love modern weddings…how cute are these old-fashioned cans?
photography: Leslie Rodriguez Photography // venue name: Louisville Thoroughbred Society, Louisville, Kentucky, USA // event design: Heleringer Events // planning: Heleringer Events // florals: Botanica Design Studio // makeup artist: The Fenley Studio // catering: Crushed Ice Catering // cake: Sweet by Simone // tabletop rentals: In Good Company Rentals // linen rentals: La Tavola Fine Linen // specialty rentals: Derby City Dream Cars // models: Bryan Carpio-Goad and Gavin Carpio-Goad // floral ice cubes: Kentucky Straight Ice