At long last

A free wedding win gives one couple a day to remember

Photo: Katelyn James Photography

Laura Kupke and Alex Field hadn’t gotten too far into the wedding planning process before they heard about A Wedding Collective, a collaborative wedding giveaway from Katelyn James Photography and Lexington venue Big Spring Farm. They beat out nine other couples by calling on friends, family, local companies and organizations to gather up votes.

Laura and Alex dated eight and a half years before getting engaged, then waited another two and a half years while they saved up for the wedding and while Alex dealt with a testicular cancer diagnosis (he’s in the clear now). “We’re definitely best friends, which I think is one of the most important elements of a long-lasting relationship,” Laura says. Photo: Katelyn James Photography

“People as far away as California, New York and Florida who we had never even met before were spreading the word to their networks to vote for us,” Laura says.

  • Photo: Katelyn James Photography

  • Photo: Katelyn James Photography

  • Photo: Katelyn James Photography

  • Photo: Katelyn James Photography

The hard work paid off, and the couple were able to get their dream wedding—for free. That meant “elevated rustic, romantic, and whimsical, which hints of nautical,” says Laura. A deep berry pink in bridesmaids’ dresses and flower arrangements brought the romance, while rope and net brought in elements that harken to Alex’s vocation as a fisherman.

“There were so many beautiful intricacies from the event,” Laura says, “so choosing a favorite is nearly impossible.”

  • Photo: Katelyn James Photography

  • Photo: Katelyn James Photography

  • Photo: Katelyn James Photography

THE DETAILS

Laura Kupke and Alex Field September 27, 2015

Photographer: Katelyn James Photography

Event planner: Tart Event Co.

Ceremony and reception venue:
Big Spring Farm (Lexington)

Officiant: Bob Perdue

Catering: CHEFS Catering (Lexington)

Flowers: Amanda Veronee

Cake: Sorby Sweets

Music: Shaner Sound

Dress: Lillian West

Shoes: Adrianna Papell

Rings: Ellis Jewelers (engagement ring), Jared (wedding bands)

Bridesmaids’ dresses: Azazie

Hair and makeup: Emily Hudspeth

Videography: Shaina Koren Cinematography

Invitations: Jess Creates

Furniture rentals: Paisley & Jade

Groom and groomsmen ties: High Cotton

Calligraphy: The Weekend Type