After Gina + Dan's intimate wedding last year, they wanted to plan a large wedding that was inspired by the Kentucky Derby (fancy hats and all!). Two little surprise guests arrived in time for their celebration -- they welcomed twin baby boys not long before the big party! Even the twins were all dressed up in their brightly-colored derby finery.
Gina + Dan chose the stunning Como Lakeside Pavilion in St. Paul to host their "Kurtz Hill Downs" party on a beautiful Saturday in May. On the afternoon of the 144th "Run for the Roses," their guests came dressed in their derby finest and many of the ladies wore the extravagant hats symbolic of Derby fashion (also known as fascinators). The bride's dress was perfectly Derby-worthy as well, a tea-length lace gown that was paired with a white fascinator hat.
Guests were treated to the derby's traditional signature drink, the tasty mint julep, as well as savory treats from Chowgirls Killer Catering outside in the open-air pavilion. They even had a "horse betting" game, where guests could "place their bets" on the winning horse from the derby. As race time drew near, everyone headed to the upper level of the pavilion for a live stream of the Kentucky Derby, where anticipation and excitement loomed, as the happy couple and their guests watched the winning horse, Justify, who also eventually went on to win the prestigious Triple Crown title.
What an incredible celebration of love and such fun festivities! Congratulations, lovebirds!