Taylor & Taylor

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Photography: Colorbox Photographers, Brooke Glassford / Venue: Wynfield Estate {Montgomery, Ala.} / Dress: Ivory and White / Flowers/styling: Evan & Co. / Invitations/programs: Poppy Pedals / Catering: Jenny Weller Catering / Cake: Peggy McKinney Cakes / Make up: Lush Makeup

How did you two meet?

Taylor (girl): “Taylor and I met in college at the University of Alabama through mutual friends. He was a senior and I was a sophomore. It was short lived though because we didn’t start dating until my senior year when Taylor was still living in Tuscaloosa and working on Governor Bentley’s campaign.”

How long did you two date and tell us about the proposal?

Taylor (girl): “Taylor and I had been dating for almost four years by the time we got married. I remember the proposal like it was yesterday. Taylor was living and working in Montgomery, and I was still living at home in Atlanta for my job (we both like to joke that we’d spent most of our time during the last few years on I-85, an exact two hours and forty three minutes from door to door, but who’s counting).

 I had come into town early that weekend for a charity holiday event on Thursday, and then we were headed to Taylor’s family Christmas dinner planned for later that weekend. The days were holiday themed, and I didn’t think anything of it. I had been working from Taylor’s loft that Friday when he called shortly before the end of the day and told me to jump in the shower so we could walk somewhere downtown to grab a drink and some dinner – a casual night just the two of us. By the time Taylor got home, I was dressed and ready to go minus my shoes, which were still in my car. We chatted for a few and of course, like the gentleman that Taylor always is, he offered to go back out and grab my shoes for me except when we came back he also had a big Christmas box in hand. “Christmas has come early,” he had said and handed me this wrapped box with jingle bells on it to open …(I swear I thought it was a bike helmet and a new shiny mountain bike was sitting outside waiting for me.)

 I opened this box to find another box with jingle bells on it and a note that said, “Let Christmas bells ring once.” I opened the second box to find another smaller box also with jingle bells and a note that said, “Let Christmas jingle bells ring twice”. I then opened this third box to find the last but quite smaller of the boxes insides with only a note that said, “And let wedding bells ring forever” and at this moment Taylor got down on one knee and proposed.

 After the proposal, Taylor and I headed out for dinner that evening and boy was it a surprise when we pulled up to the Governor’s mansion. I was in complete shock and in even more shock when we walked inside to see both of our families jump out and surprise me, including my grandparents who had flown all the way from California. It was truly amazing. We enjoyed an amazing dinner together prepared by the Governor’s private chef (and award winning I must add) and some of his staff. It was a one-of-a-kind evening.”

Taylor (girl) – What’s your favorite thing about Taylor?

Taylor (girl): “I never dreamed I would find someone who challenges me to see the world like Taylor does. He reminds me every single day to dream bigger, work harder and make every day better than the last.”

Taylor (boy) – What’s your favorite thing about Taylor?

Taylor (boy): “Let’s see… her good sense of humor, her persistence, how she finds me so funny, her love to spend hundreds of dollars at Target, her name of course and all the tedious things she does for our home, the way she puts up with me, her love for horrible television, the way she loves my family, her immaculate memory, her independence, her optimism, her thoughtfulness, her kindness, her beauty, her love for extremely expensive facial products and lip gloss to name a few and most importantly— her love for me and our future together.”

 

What are some thing we like to do together?

Taylor (girl): “It’s funny because even though we spent four years living in different states, they were probably the most adventurous times we’ve both ever had. We are definitely a couple on-the-go. We like to travel on the weekends whether that be at the lake or beach, visiting friends in another city or going to various events. We also love spending time outside no matter what we are doing. Having a long distance relationship made us appreciate the time we spent together. We never wanted to take any minute for granted.”

What was each of your favorite part of the wedding day?

Taylor (girl): “My favorite part of the wedding day was definitely during the reception. Taylor and I taken a moment to sit down to enjoy some dinner and talk to each other about the day. The sun was setting and shinning in through the glass conservatory walls and our beloved family was surrounding us talking, laughing and eating – It was one of the most beautiful and fulfilling moments I have ever experienced.”

 Taylor (boy): “The meshing of families into one is something that I will never forget about our special day, other than seeing my beautiful bride for the first time! Having a small family wedding was something we knew we wanted to do, even against the wishes of our friends. When we first walked into the dinner reception, I recall looking over at the other head table and seeing all of our grandparents, the patriarchs of our family, sharing a table and sharing stories and laughs. That instilled, what I knew all along, that Taylor and I (family and all) were meant for one another.”

Taylor (girl)— what was your favorite styling detail?

Taylor (girl): “This is probably the hardest question to answer because everything down to the smallest detail was incrediblly beautiful and perfect. Words cannot even describe the feelings I had for the styling and design of our venue, ceremony and reception. If I truly had to pick one thing, it would be a very personal detail – our ceremony cross. It was the centerpiece to our ceremony alter in the backyard of the Wynfield Estate. This cross stood almost three ft. high, and was hand carved by a family friend from the trunk of a maple tree in his yard. It took my breath away the first time I saw it, and is a gift Taylor and I will cherish forever.”

What’s next for you two?

Taylor (girl): “Yes, we know this is going to sound absolutely crazy but we welcomed home a 10-week old golden retriever puppy the day we arrived back from our honeymoon. We walked through the threshold of our loft with a puppy and suitcases in hand, literally. I guess you could say it was a good thing we caught up on a lot of sleep during our honeymoon. Our little Newton “Newty” Vice is the sweetest, most cuddly dog on the planet. So for now, we’ll be spending our nights sleepless and our days going on potty runs every two hours.”

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Rachel & Luke

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Wedding Ceremony: Trinity Presbyterian / Reception: The Montgomery County Club / Event and Floral Design: Evan and Company / Photographer: Josh Moates, Kim Box Photography /  Lighting: Adam Stuart, Special Event Lighting / Cakes: Olexa’s / Dress: Ivory and White

 

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a winter affair

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a lovely summer wedding

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Erica & Doug

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Venue: Buena Vista – Beverly Byard / Cake: Frankies Sweet Shoppe – Frankie / Catering: Legacy Catering – Eric Hill / Photographer: Jonathon Kohn / DJ: K&S DJ Service- Kenny Stiles / Rentals: American Tent and Rental- Dennis Campell

How did the two of you meet? Tell us your story.
Well it was January 2012 and I was on a family vacation to Hawaii with my mom, stepdad, sister, and brother-in-law. At the time I was in the Air Force, stationed in California, and my brother-in-law was in the Air Force, stationed in Korea. While on our vacation one of my sister and brother-in-laws friends, who was in the Air Force and stationed in Hawaii decided to meet up with us to say hi to them. It just so happens that that friend of theirs is now my dear hubby! We met up at a beach near his house and sat and all of us just talked and watched the waves. A few days later, I was still in Hawaii but my sister and brother-in-law had left, Doug got a hold of me and asked if I wanted to take a hike to a local lighthouse. After that hike I knew he was going to be someone special in my life. My last day in Hawaii, I went with Doug and his friends to the ProBowl and we spent the morning tailgating! I left the tailgate to catch my flight and gave Doug a big hug goodbye! I went back to California and he stayed in Hawaii, we continued to talk and in April I decided to take a trip to Korea to visit my sister and brother-in-law. Doug had lived there with them for a while and asked if I would mind if he met me out there, and we have been together ever since then! We did the long distance up until April 2014, just over a month before our wedding. The only time we ever lived near each other was when we both got deployed to Afghanistan. From October 2012- May 2013 we were on a base in Afghanistan and as luck would have it we worked right across the street from each other while we were there. We have been through a lot and been apart a lot, but now here we are in Maryland, in our first place together as husband and wife! I feel so lucky to have him and to have the experiences we have been able to have together!

How did he propose?
Well as I mentioned earlier, Doug was living in Hawaii while we were dating and I was living in California. Every month or so we would try and take a long weekend to visit each other, I never complained about having to pay the plane ticket to go to Hawaii. But it happened this time we hadn’t seen each other for almost four months, needless to say I was super excited to see him! This trip Doug’s brother and sister-in-law were going to meet us out there. So I got in in the afternoon and his brother and sister-in-law were coming in the next morning, Doug and I had the night together! He had mentioned something about finding a place to watch the sunset and it sounded like a good idea to me! I really had no clue at this point! So he had bought this half tent kind of thing, to set up on the beach and give us some shade. He was getting the cooler together because we were going to stop and get some cheese and wine on the way. He had mentioned a few times he wanted to put something nice one, and I quickly shot him down saying I was just going to wear gym shorts and a tank because, after all, we were going to the beach! Then he tried to bring the fancy wine glasses, and again I was like no no no, just grab some solo cups, after all it was the beach! Needless to say, he tried so hard to make everything romantic I obviously was clueless lol! We stopped at the grocery store, and this is when I first noticed he was acting weird, he was so particular about paring the wine with the cheese! And of course was just in my own world, just happy to be hanging out with him, and it didn’t matter to me what cheese we had with what wine! So we got to the beach and it turned out it was private beach property! Doug had met a guy who owned a bunch of beachfront property and had asked the guy if he could bring me out there to watch the sunset. It was just Doug and I for as far as I could see, which is crazy on Hawaii because there are always people on the beach! So we found the perfect place to set up and we made a toast to being together after waiting so long to see each other. Then Doug started talking about this new camera lens he bought and he was kind of fumbling around his camera bag and acting all weird. That is when he pulled out the ring! He talked about how we had been through so much and we have so much to look forward to and he wanted to make the commitment to me! We have talked about it and neither of us remember exactly what was said, but we remember the feeling! It was so exciting and I was so shocked and he was so nervous! And it was just us two, out there on the beach (my favorite place!) sharing that incredible moment together! I think I squealed out a yes and then about two minutes later realized neither of us had service as I was trying to call all my family and friends. But we sat there and watched the sun go down and Doug took pictures of the sunset and moon and we had a perfectly relaxed evening with just ourselves and that special day!

What was your venue and why did you select it?
We got married at Buena Vista in Prattville Alabama. It is an old Antebellum home. See, I am from Michigan and Doug is from Alabama, and we went back and forth for a while trying to decide where to have the wedding. We picked Alabama because he has way more family there and the weather is a little more predictable in the spring! I have always wanted an outdoor wedding, I just love being outdoors and the atmosphere and outdoor event holds. And I wanted something with a southern feel. I am from the Midwest, but since the first time I visited Alabama with Doug I knew I loved the south! And so we looked online at different venues near Prattville for a while. Doug was in Hawaii while we were planning this and I was in California, so everything we did as far as researching a place was done online or via phone calls. Beverly was the one I talked to at Buena Vista and she was so pleasant and understanding to our situation. She was always there if I had a question about anything. Since I wasn’t able to go visit any of the places we were looking at I relied heavily on that butterfly kind of feeling, and I had that feeling when I starting looking at Buena Vista. Something about the pictures I saw and from talking to Beverly told me that was the place Doug and I would say our vows! The first time I saw the venue was in the middle of winter, when Doug and I went to visit family during Christmas 2013, just five months before the wedding. And even though it was the middle of winter and the grass was gone and the magnolia trees were still waiting on spring to blossom, I knew it was the right place! The house has so much character. They take great care of the house, but you can also see the history. It was everything I had expected it to be. And on the day of our wedding it was even more!

What southern traditions did you incorporate into your wedding?
Food! Haha, besides being married at an Antebellum home, the biggest hint of southern tradition in our wedding revolved around food! I went down to Alabama two weeks before the wedding, to get things ready and meet with the vendors. My family and friends came down one week before the wedding to help me out and get the southern experience! Doug and I had a couple’s shower the week before the wedding that was a traditional fish fry! His dad and stepmom set the whole thing up and all our family and friends were able to meet each other and just hang out and enjoy an evening of fried fish! Also our rehearsal dinner took place at his dad and stepmoms and for that we had a crawfish boil. Pounds and pounds of crawfish! And everyone from the Midwest just had a ball getting dirty, eating and drinking the night away! Doug’s mom also put on a traditional southern tea for my bridal shower. It was so sweet and nice! From the sweet tea to the cucumber sandwiches and all the ladies dressed to impress. I loved it! All my family and friends from the Midwest loved it! That was my favorite part about the week, not only were my family and friends there for the wedding but they also got to see some of the southern traditions Doug and his family grew up with. It was so special to Doug and I that our families got to know each other and hang out around some southern traditions!

Where did you find your dress?
Ohhh my dress! Haha, when I think back about my dress shopping experience I think maybe I was one of those people who just can’t try on enough dresses. So the first time I ever tried on dresses was in Prattville Alabama, at Prattville Bridal and Tux. I was with Doug’s mom and sister-in-law and we were out and about when they suggested we stop and just look at some dresses. I had been waiting until I was in Michigan so I could go with my mom and sister, but I figured it wouldn’t hurt to look at some dresses while in Alabama, the wedding was only five months away. So I picked out several lace mermaid style dresses, because I was sure that was what I wanted. It was Doug’s mom who showed me a big princess dress, with a beautiful beaded belt. I figured I would try it on to just step out of my comfort zone. I put it on and took one look in that mirror, and the tears just started flowing! I had that moment, I just felt so pretty, so beautiful and special! I stayed in that dress for a long time before making the decision to leave the dress behind. There were two reasons I didn’t buy the dress right then and there. One, my mom wasn’t with me and I couldn’t imagine finding the dress without her. And two, I was shocked I fell in love with the style dress it was! I was sure I wanted a form fitting mermaid style with some lace. So I took a picture of it and the maker and dress number and went on my way. Fast forward to March, just two months before the wedding! I was in Las Vegas with my mom, and we went and tried on dresses, for almost two hours! Everything was just ok, I couldn’t get the dress from Alabama out of my mind, but let me tell you I tried on so many dresses! I kept thinking if I tried on more I would find another! So the next weekend my bridesmaids met me in Las Vegas and I tried on dresses with them, for almost another three hours!! It was at the end of that dress shopping experience I realized I had already found my dress, I just hadn’t admitted it to myself! It was in Alabama! Problem was is that the dress I tried on wasn’t there anymore. So as my sister and I drove from Las Vegas to Michigan, we called little wedding dress boutiques all over the state of Ohio and Michigan. We eventually found a store that had my dress. It was about 8 sizes too big, but I figured all I needed was to see it one more time to know if that was the one! I tried it on and just burst out in tears! It was the one, and had been the one all along! So I had it ordered in my size and picked it up three weeks later! And I loved my dress, so much, I couldn’t have felt more beautiful in anything else! But whenever I walked by a bridal boutique, even now, I have the urge to go try some of the dresses on!

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