Equestrian-Themed Bridal Shower Featured on Inside Weddings

September 21, 2019,

Take us back to this gorgeous bridal shower inspired by The Kentucky Derby! We love all things equestrian and were delighted to bring this beautiful shower to life!

Equestrian-Themed Bridal Shower Inspired by the Kentucky Derby

Southern Charm & Italian Renaissance

Photo Credit : Collin Pierson Photography

"Instead of a standard tea party for a bridal shower, event planner Michelle Durpetti created a “bridle” shower in honor of the Kentucky Derby. Since one of the brides-to-be is an equestrian, embracing an equine aesthetic was fitting for the celebration. Emerald velvet couches helped to create an elegant, but homey, feel to the fête, and both red and pink roses were arranged throughout the space. “That loose, deconstructed, still-life feel had me dreaming of Caravaggio even though we were channeling the Kentucky Derby,” explains Michelle. “It makes perfect sense in my head that dreams of Renaissance Italian [appear] at the same time as equestrian chic, with a dash of baroque – and for good measure, a hint of Southern charm.”

Guests enjoyed small bites, both savory and sweet, as well as an eye-catching method of obtaining Champagne. A wall of boxwood and roses, in addition to framed photos of horses, featured small cutouts with velvet curtains. Servers hidden behind the wall would reach through these miniature curtains with white gloves, holding Champagne flutes out to entering guests. “Is there anything better than being greeted with bubbles when you arrive at a party?” asks Michelle..."

Check out the full feature on Inside Weddings here.

Floral and Design



The Paramount Group


BeatMix Music

Styling and Planning

Michelle Durpetti Events


Collin Pierson Photography

Printed Items (cocktail napkins, bar signage, race board, betting cards)

Smitten Boutique


The Lakewood

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