Although I am not a fan of horse racing all year round, I faithfully watch the Kentucky Derby every year. Truly, I enjoy it for the style – the hats! the flowers! the mint juleps! – even more than for the race itself. Today being Derby day, it seemed like the perfect time to share some equestrian wedding inspiration with you. And they’re off!
How beautiful is this photo of a bride and groom with a horse? Styled shoot by Dot The I’s Events of Dubai via Bridal Musings. Image credit: Tasneem Photography.
Having horses at an equestrian theme wedding is a natural idea. And if you don’t have horses, consider a horsey-type venue for your reception. Barns, riding centers, and country estates are all excellent options.
“Elegant Equestrian” letterpress wedding invitation by hello! Lucky.
Regular readers of the Silverland Jewelry blog know that we love invitations that set the tone for the wedding to come. These simple letterpress wedding invitations by hello! Lucky are perfect. They have the horses, a wreath motif, the bride and groom’s initials, and even the wedding date in a banner. What more could you ask for?
Vintage silver urns are a natural choice for the wedding flower displays. Image credit: Desi Baytan Photography via Inspired by This. Event planner: Twine Events. Floral designer: Oak and the Owl.
Roses in a trophy with prize ribbons? Incredible! Image credit: Greg Blomberg Photography via Style Me Pretty. Event planner: Bows and Arrows.
Shouldn’t every bride ride in on a horse bedecked with a lush floral wreath? Image credit: KT Merry via Wedding Chicks.
Love the wreath with the banner! And how cute is the photo of the rings on the horseshoes? Photo credit: Annie Edmonds via Green Wedding Shoes. Event planner: You & Me Events. Floral designer: The Little Branch.
The flowers are important at any wedding, but at a Kentucky Derby or equestrian theme wedding, they are a really big deal. The vessels used in these designs are fantastic: vintage silver footed urns and golden trophy cups really drive home the theme. If you would like something more petite, red roses (the signature flower of the Derby) tightly bundled in silver julep cups are another fantastic vessel idea. Wreaths are another key floral feature of the Derby, and they are always a favorite wedding detail. Don’t you love the wreath with the banner? And if you plan to ride in on a horse, how can you not drape it with a lush floral wreath, just like the winner of a thoroughbred race? All of these flowers are so gorgeous, it would be hard to choose just one favorite design!
This simple pleated dress is perfect for an equestrian wedding. Gown by Ivy and Aster. Image credit: KT Merry via Wedding Chicks.
Love the riding boots under her wedding gown! Image credit: Larissa Cleveland via Snippet & Ink. Styled by Shannon Leahy.
Timeless elegance is lovely for an equestrian wedding. While lace gowns are always beautiful, personally I love the look of an unfussy wedding dress without a lot of embellishment for this wedding theme. Luxurious fabric artfully draped or pleated is all the classic bride needs. Oh, and maybe a pair of riding boots and equestrian inspired pearl drop earrings.
How cute is this gingham dress with embroidered horseshoes for bridesmaids? 2013 Kentucky Derby collection by Vineyard Vines.
Lilly Pulitzer “Lacina” dress in “Just Add Mint” – the perfect bridesmaid dress for all of the mint julep lovers out there!
A monogrammed bow on a sunhat is the quintessential Derby accessory and would be fabulous for bridesmaids or wedding guests. Image via Pinterest.
As for the bridesmaid dresses, it is almost too easy. Classic preppy designers Vineyard Vines and Lilly Pulitzer both have Kentucky Derby themed dresses in their spring collections. Whether you choose a strapless gingham dress with horseshoe embroidery or a mint julep print shift with an open lace neckline, you can be sure that your bridesmaids will look fabulous. Large monogrammed hats are optional (but fabulous!). Whether you are a Kentuckian, a horse lover, or just adore classic style, an equestrian motif is an excellent theme for a wedding!