Ice House Louisville Featured Wedding: Allison and Matt
We host A LOT of wedding receptions here at the Ice House. We get the extreme pleasure of working with some of the best Clients in the wedding planning world! Allison was no exception to this. To say that this Bride-to-be was a joy to work with is an understatement. From the first meeting with Allison and her Mom, we knew that the Ice House and Crushed Ice Catering were the perfect fit for her. We instantly fell in love with this family – and secretly wanted to grab drinks, chat and become forever BFFs with them.
When choosing a wedding to highlight, we did not have to look far. We are so happy that Allison took the time to provide us with feedback and (AMAZING) photos from her special day.
Everyone in the event planning world knows that it takes a village to pull off a successful party. Allison’s Dream Team consisted of the most talented vendors in the city, and beyond!
We asked Allison to share her experience working with the Ice House and Crushed Ice Catering – her testimonial speaks to what our mission is here at the Ice House:
“Erica and her team at the Ice House were a joy to work with. They were always responsive, providing helpful insights and advice and truly helped to plan the big evening. I never felt alone or lost in the process which was such a blessing. Everything turned out beautifully!”
And finally, Allison’s parting words for future Brides-to-be… “Write your Thank You notes as you receive gifts” – a Bride with not only style and grace, but good etiquette too. Now, you can see why we loved her as much as we did!
Congratulations to Allison and Matt, we were honored that you chose the Ice House for your special day.
Are you a brunch lover? That’s a silly thing to ask because everybody loves brunch. Now here’s a real question: Do you think you’d have a brunch wedding? You may be thinking “no” right away, but I bet by the end of this week’s post you’ll be considering it for your Louisville Wedding!
Before I go into specifics, let me give you a general run-down about why brunch weddings are the best.
First off, hosting in the early hours of the day means that the heat hasn’t hit just yet. This gives you a few extra hours not having to worry about sweating off your fresh makeup and being able to enjoy being outside a bit longer.
You can also host on a Saturday or Sunday and many venues, like The Ice House, offer discounts for booking on a Sunday since it’s less popular. That means less money spent on your part. Plus, we have an awesome rooftop garden that would be perfect for a brunch reception!
Speaking of saving money, brunch events also tend to lean more on the casual side. This means the decor can be playful and even your dress, groomsmen suits, and bridesmaids dresses can match the event and keep it a little less formal. Your menu can also be on the lighter side, and there’s no need to pay for an expensive lighting package or a full bar!
Let’s break it down a little more:
Like I said, we don’t need a full bar at 10AM, but it’s nice to have a little somethin’ for your guests to sip on. I’m sure you already know what I’m talking about too- Mimosas. Ahhhhh yes, everyone loves a little bubbly in their OJ! But have you thought about a mimosa bar? Grab your favorite varieties of juice, put out some bowls of fresh fruit and let the guests be their own bartender. The combinations are endless and make for a fun and refreshing morning drink.
If mimosas aren’t your thing (Gasp!) then maybe you’d like to try a Bloody Mary bar. Have your bartender serve up spicy or sweet Bloody Marys and have your guests load up a skewer of their favorites! Pickles, bacon, celery, peppers, spices and more, are sure to add a fun twist to a morning cocktail.
As a former Barista, there’s one beverage that a brunch wedding would not be complete without: Coffee. Not only is it a “thank you” for those guests who struggled to put themselves together this early for you, but it’s an excuse to create the most adorable coffee bar or cart. Serve a cup to your friends and family as they walk in to the ceremony and keep it going throughout the reception. Personalize cardboard cup and/or sleeves to add a fun touch, and a fancy mocha will keep those under-agers happy even though they can’t have a mimosa.
Your Food choices also offer you a chance for you to stray from the ordinary. Find a caterer like Crushed Ice Catering that has an awesome breakfast menu and go to town. Omelets, frittata, muffins, quiche, waffles (yes please!), fresh fruit. I could go on forever with all of the awesome options.
Even though “brunch” and “cake” aren’t usually two words we put together, having a small cake for your dessert can still be a great idea. Ditch the heavy icing and 5-tiers and try something simple and sweet like a naked cake. Many bakers are trying these lately and they are really a beautiful and delicious way to keep with tradition. You can even pair your small cake with donuts or pastries to stick with the morning theme.
Receptions during the day may not require the same “entertainment” as an evening affair. A band or a DJ could be a great idea as far as music goes, but chances are, grandma isn’t going to want to cut a rug on the dance floor at 11am. This is a great time to socialize and have some yard games out for guests to just enjoy their time with their family and friends. Cornhole, ladder golf, giant Jenga, and even board games will be sure to make everyone feel like a kid again and have fun celebrating with you.
This may be my favorite point of all. Your decor can be simple yet make an impact at the same time. Focus on plants and pops of color instead of lighting and candles. Paper garland or bunting banners look so cute and bring more color and height. Your buffets or stations are bound to be delicious so play up how good they look set up! Chalk signs, menu tags and greenery will make them stand out and look as beautiful as they are yummy.
Liking the idea but still feeling that a brunch wedding isn’t for you? Take these ideas and pass them along to your family or bridal party and turn them into a shower or day-after party for a smaller crowd. You can’t go wrong with brunch!
Picking a date for your wedding is a big decision. You may be trying to land a specific day, one with special significance to you and your partner, but often times it comes down to what the venue has available. Many couples shy away from summer dates thinking either spring or fall has better Louisville weather, availability, etc. However, there are so many upsides to choosing summer for your big day and here’s why we at the Ice House and Crushed Ice Catering love summer weddings!
WEATHER: Yes, you take the risk of it being a bit hot, but chances are that the day will be warm and beautifully sunny. By choosing summer, you’ve just opened the door to a whole other group of venues that offer outdoor spaces. The options to do an outdoor cocktail hour, rooftop ceremony, or even a garden-party type reception are available. Not to mention the photos ops that are presented for an outdoor space. Which brings us to our next point…
PHOTOGRAPHY: Just think about the fun that your photographer could have being outside! Not only is the natural lighting a huge benefit, but day-of photo op locations are now endless. You don’t need to worry about taking off and putting on jackets, rosy cheeks, or goosebumps, but you can take advantage of the natural greenery, flowers and sunshine through the clouds. You’ll really appreciate the photos after it’s all said and done.
COLOR/DRESS: Fall and winter weddings limit themselves to a darker color palette. Although this could lead to a more “romantic” or upscale wedding, your options for bridesmaid dresses are limited. The decision of long versus short dresses may be made for you. Summer offers a huge selection of color options from linens, dresses, suits & ties, and flowers. Plus, flowers are in abundance and your florist will be excited to put together bouquets or centerpieces full of color to stand out and make an impact.
GUESTS: Most people usually save their vacation days for summer and have an easier time traveling during this time. If you’re expecting more guests to be available, generally summer is a better option.
COCKTAILS & FOOD: When it comes to picking out your food and bar menu, you really can’t go wrong in the summer. Foods and ingredients are their freshest and generally make everything tastier. Caterers like Crushed Ice Catering and our Chef Lawrence Agnew take advantage of the freshest locally grown foods for a top notch meal. To top it all off, pick a signature cocktail that reflects the personality of you and your significant other. Your guests will surely appreciate a refreshing beverage unique to you!
HONEYMOON: Now lets not forget about the honeymoon! Having a summer wedding gives you a good chance to schedule your honeymoon directly after the event. More destinations are available during the summer months and traveling back and forth is easier. However, since the weather is good locally, you don’t have to travel to a tropical location. You can have your honeymoon is a big city or out in the country based on your preference.
The Ice House could be the perfect summer wedding venue. From the rooftop garden to the terrace directly off of the main hall, we aren’t short on beautiful outdoor spaces. Our exclusive caterer, Crushed Ice Catering, provides the highest quality fresh food, and summer guarantees the best ingredients for you and your guests. On top of the awesome space and food available, during the month of July we offer a 20% discount for the venue pricing which means more flowers and fun for you! See, summer isn’t so bad after all!
The Howard- Keathley Louisville Wedding was hosted on our gorgeous Rooftop Garden, with a reception held in the Main Hall Package.
The Main Hall lit up with a natural glow from the market lights strung from the ceiling provided by Events LLC.
After their lovely ceremony overlooking downtown Louisville, their guests moved out to the East terrace for cocktails and passed appetizers. For cocktail hour- The Ice House provided the chalk board and art for her bar menu which sat directly next to the outside bar. Chalk art is such a great additive to any wedding decor.
The DIY bride made her own place cards and stands using wine corks. We love the multi-use of wine cork and wine bottle we have seen this wedding season! She also ordered personalized cuzies and thank you cards for each plate setting. These all-in-one details are a great way to show guest appreciation at your reception.
We topped off our Labor Day weekend with the Willis- Konczal Rooftop Wedding!
Labor Day weekend is ideal for a wedding! The Rooftop Garden on the third level of The Ice House, which overlooks downtown Louisville and Slugger Field, served as the ceremony site for Allie & Josh. The bride and groom were glowing! Both shared their personally written vows, which touched everyone in the crowd who came to celebrate this wonderful couple.
Their photo wall was a huge hit with their crowd, many of which went to college at Ohio University with the bride & groom. The photo wall served as the perfect place to take a fun photo with friends and family outside on our East Terrace where cocktails were hosted following the ceremony.
We loved her handmade horseshoe favors which also served as her place cards. Cupcakes served as a great substitute for her wedding cake which were provided by Gigi’s Cupcakes.
The Cunningham- Winters Rooftop Wedding took place on our third floor Rooftop Garden. It couldn’t have been a more beautiful August day to host a Louisville wedding!
Their wedding reception was hosted in the Main Hall Package with catering provided by Crushed Ice Catering. Their menu included a personalized Comfort Bar to meet the bride & groom’s tastes.
This wedding ceremony & reception was full of DIY decor. The crafty bride made all of her wedding centerpieces! We love it when our brides get crafty and give us an opportunity to help alleviate stress by allowing us to put together the essential details the day of the wedding.
Her color scheme included bright purple with yellow & white accents. She also added a touch of gray included in her table runners. One of our favorite details was the gray linen she on her cake table to make the table a focal point in the room. Nothing tops the look-a-like bride & groom bobble heads on their cake table though!
The Overcash-Stewart Rooftop Wedding was the perfect ceremony to end our wedding season. With over 200 guests in attendance our Rooftop Garden accommodated all of her guests for this large ceremony. Our Rooftop Garden has the capacity of 300 guests for an outside ceremony.
All of her centerpieces & decor were provided by JElizabeth Designs, which were absolutely stunning! She provided a rustic mix with beautiful Fall colors to tie into her wedding theme. She also designed gorgeous flower boxes for her ceremony space that added the perfect amount of color to the rooftop.
Not only did the mother of the bride bake the most delicious assortment of pies, the mother of the groom made homemade bourbon balls to add to their bourbon theme. Cigars were sold on the bar to tie into her theme as well as a great assortment of bourbon drinks.
Congrats to Holly and Tyler who tied the knot on our Rooftop Garden this past Saturday!