Hi Y’all! I’m Maria Montgomery, your bridal curator for the Lexington, KY area. I’m so excited to meet you! After getting engaged to my sweet husband Zac, I was introduced to Heidi from my best friend. I instantly knew I wanted to be a #HeidiBride not just because the gowns were stunning, but because of the morals behind the brand. I completely LOVED designing my Build A Bride gown so much that I began modeling for the Build A Bride collection! I learn a lot about the gowns and the embellishments during our shoots and want to tell everyone about it! I have an obsession of all things Kentucky, which began during my year as Miss Kentucky USA 2009. I then graduated college and signed with FORD Models. This started my modeling career and spiked a heart for traveling! But at home, I am a host for TV commercials and news specials. I also get to use my passion for University of Kentucky athletics as an on-court entertainment host during Men’s basketball games… GO CATS! Although I have worked with beauty companies, fashion, and more, I’ve always had a true passion for modeling bridal and evening gowns since 2007. At apparel markets, it’s always incredibly rewarding to help buyers choose gowns that fit not just their bodies, but their personalities as well. I believe girls’ know when the dress is “the one” from an inner heart nudging. And what an honor to get to experience that special moment with you!
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After me and my now husband Zac met at oh-so-romantic Starbucks, he got down on one knee at the top of Highbridge Springs, where I was able to make the best decision of my life! I'm still so thankful that I didn't fall off that bridge from excitement!
Zac and I are both very "Kentucky Proud” and huge University of Kentucky fans. So we wanted our wedding to represent that. Therefore, we had the wedding and reception at an elegant KY horse farm. The ceremony was on top of the tallest hill where beautiful Kentucky bluegrass surrounded us, and a white cross that Zac and his dad made for our altar. At the reception, we had KY cupcake flavors made by Sweets by Cindy, a bourbon barrel bar that served KY staples, a UK groom's cake, and large farmhouse wooden tables with white lace for our guests. Family is also important to us, so our cake sat on the silver platter used at weddings for 4 generations, and we toasted champagne with our 150+ year old champagne glasses. There were wildflowers and greenery by Ellis Florist throughout, and a lavender sprig at each table with a thank you tag for joining us for our big day.
On the morning of, I slipped on my grandmother’s necklace and had a moment for prayer before the day got busy. I couldn’t wait to put on the dress that I loved designing with Heidi. I was amazed in the way she created it to represent my taste perfectly. From the Build A Bride collection, I wore the Mary Margaret gown with the Mary lace overlay, and the team hand cut organza petals and lace appliques to adorn the bottom of the skirt which started the long train.
I had my THIS IS IT moment when "10,000 reasons" was played on the guitar by Dustin Divine & Holly Hammons singing. Then, my dad gave me a kiss on the forehead and we started up the hill. My dad kept our conversation about anything except our wedding to keep us both from tears! As I got closer and saw so many faces in the crowd, I just never felt so loved. I'll never forget Zac's face as he took deep breaths and closed his eyes to keep emotions in check as I walked down the aisle. With my long cathedral length veil blowing in the wind, our pastor, Brian Lucas, began the most personal ceremony I’ve ever witnessed, complete with tons of laughters and some sweet tears. The unplanned "at a boy" tap Zac gave my dad when he "gave me away" and our spontaneous high-five mid ceremony kept the atmosphere light hearted!
For the reception, I switched to my favorite accessory, my Mom's ribbon veil she wore in her wedding. The uplighting changed from lavender to clear white, which bounced off the barn walls and chandeliers. The amazing people at Lucky Dog BBQ still have guests asking for more of the delicious dinner! And thanks to Kentucky Pro DJ, our guests still tell us how they have never danced more than they did at our wedding - which was the goal!
My favorite part about the whole week was simply having all my friends in the same location at the same time! Additionally, when Zac and I snuck away for a quick trip to the top of the ceremony hill to take sunset pictures, my heart overflowed with joy as I held my forever groom, and I looked down at the barn where our 300+ guests were entertained. Success! I wouldn't trade a minute of the entire process for anything.