Derby Inspiration

The Kentucky Derby is only a few days away and although the event has absolutely nothing to do with weddings, I’m incredibly inspired by its details. Three in particular really stand out to me: the trophy, red roses, and the bourbon!

How fantastic are these trophies filled with flowers? Depending on the type of trophy used, whether vintage, polished, or modern, the look can translate into many different weddings:


{backyard wedding trophy centerpiece design by In The Now Weddings and Events, photo by Ryan Ray Photography, via The Wedding Chicks; white trophy vase by studio choo via Design*Sponge}


{vintage trophy centerpieces photos by Eliza Claire via Style Me Pretty}

The red rose is the official flower of the Kentucky Derby. The winning horse is draped with a garland of over 400 red roses and the jockey gets a bouquet of them as well!


{red rose centerpiece by photo Kristen Sutton by Ivy Weddings via The Bride’s Cafe; red rose bouquet by Native Flower, photo by Lyndah Wells Photography, via Style Me Pretty}


{red rose bridesmaids bouquets by Dalsimer Florist, photo by Jessica Lorren Organic Photography, via Project Wedding}

And of course there’s the drink. The Mint Julep is THE drink of the Kentucky Derby and Churchill Downs, the most important ingredient is the bourbon! Yeah, yeah, or mint…but you can’t really do a mint-tasting bar at your wedding could you? A bourbon-tasting bar sounds much better, don’t you think?


{tray of bourbon photo by Amy & Stuart via Snippet & Ink}


{bourbon tasting bar photos by A Bryan Photo, styling by Calder Clark via Garden & Gun}

What do you think about using The Kentucky Derby as inspiration for your wedding? Will you be watching or attending this year?