Camp-Inspired Kentucky Wedding at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill

November 18, 2016 | juliette

Whitney and Carlos’ dreamy camp-inspired wedding at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill had it all: southwest charm, bohemian romance, and fab fashion. The couple drew inspiration from the natural landscape and incorporated Mexican-inspired details to give their guests an authentic Kentucky experience. We’re totally obsessed with all of their personal touches: from the DIY ceremony arch to the tattoo artist at the reception. The bride even designed her own wedding dress – and it is incredible! Bruno Rezza did a spectacular job capturing all the beautiful details and fun surprises this wedding had to offer.

The Couple:

Whitney and Carlos

The Wedding:

Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Harrodsburg, Kentucky

The inspiration for my wedding dress was natural beauty. I wanted to look like myself. Crazy makeup or hair updo’s were not an option. I loved how my dress was 2 layers that could be worn separately. We didn’t have a wedding party but our guests went all out! There were bolo ties, boots, ruffles, belt buckles and cowboy hats everywhere.

I knew that I wanted the entire weekend to feel like a camp. I didn’t want people driving all over and everyone feeling separated. The venue had everything we needed in one place – lodging, a restaurant, nature, horse back riding, canoeing, the reception barn venue, and the ceremony location overlooking the rolling hills. It was a one stop shop!

The tattoo artist was probably the best surprise for our guests. So many people actually got tattoos and it was such a cool activity to have.

Processional – “You and I” by Ingris Michaelson
Recessional – “Blister in the Sun” by Violent Femmes
First Dance – “Islands in the Stream” by Feist

The Wedding Team:

Photography – Bruno Rezza
Event Planning – L&M Detailed Events
Venue – Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill
Floral Design – Nanz and Kraft
Catering – Whiskey by the Drink and Wild Thyme Cooking
Cake – Desserts by Helen
Officiant – Cary Mosier
DJ – Christy Thompson
Live Music – Misty Mountain String Band
Videography – Valient Media
Invitations – Carlos Naude
Groom’s Apparel – Ralph Lauren
Rings – Anna Sheffield
Favors – Paper Lantern Store
Tattoo Artist – Slim Brown


Congratulations to Whitney and Carlos, and a huge thanks to Bruno Rezza for sharing this wedding with us! Love this bohemian style? Then you’re going to flip over this Texas take on bohemian wedding style at Laguna Gloria!


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  1. Where is the overlay for her dress from?

    • Hi Hanna,

      The bride designed her own gown, including the overlay!

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