We are so excited to announce the winners of the Valentine’s Day Proposal Story Contest! Both stories were so heart warming and sweet, we couldn’t wait to share them with you.
First, we would like to congratulate Laura Ison on her 1st place proposal story!
From the bride-to-be:
“My loving boyfriend, now fiancé returned home from Afghanistan December 22,2013
after a long eleven and half month deployment. Clyde Charles Porter, surprised
us at the Kyova Mall in Ashland KY, the day he returned home. We couldn’t be
happier to have him back. And I couldn’t of been happier to hold him again.
On February 9th, the day he proposed, I was told he we was doing an
early Valentines Day, because he was taking another job and would be traveling;
gone ten days and home three. The night before the ninth, I stayed at the
apartment with him. When we woke up, I was told to get ready for a day out and
that he would meet up with me later. With confusion on my face, I prepared myself for an outing.
While I was still getting dressed, I realized that
some of my clothes were missing, and he had already left, without me. Suddenly,
I hear a knock on the door and it’s his mom with a bag of clothes and a letter.
Clyde had gathered the clothes I wore on our first date and packed them in a bag
for me. Confusion and excited overwhelmed me as I opened the letter. As I
started to read, I realized he had planned a scavenger hunt for me. The first
letter directed me to where we first met, where I find my mom and dad there
waiting for me with the next letter, and they are to escort me the rest of the day.
The second letter, directed me to where he first said “I love you’”
At the end of each note, there was a love quote and bible verse. As I went to the
second place, his mom and dad were there with the second note. This note directed
me to our first date, which was at the bowling alley. My confusion and anxiety
levels were through the roof at this moment, not to mention my excitement level!
When I arrived to the third stop, his best friend Tony and my sister, are
waiting with the fourth and final note. This note told me to go to Central Park
in Ashland to take a stroll, they he would be meet me under the gazebo. As we
arrive at Central Park, I see him standing in the middle of this huge white
gazebo, waiting for my arrival.
As I started walking across the park,
praying that I didn’t fall in all the snow, my thoughts were everywhere. As I was
walking, it felt like it was taking ages, for me to get to him. When I finally
made it to the gazebo, he grabbed my hands, pulled me in close and started talking,
these were the exact words he said… ”Laura, you know I love you, and it’s only the type of love that God can give man, for a woman” He got down on his knee, “Will you marry me?” My heart sank, and I was totally speechless. I was finally able to form the words, yes and I love you. It was the proposal of my dreams, with the man and ring of my dreams, down to the exact detail, of having people hiding, recording and taking pictures of the whole day.
I couldn’t be more blessed and thankful for such an amazing day, with my now
future husband, and both of our families. I can’t wait to marry my fiancé, on
June 14th, 2014, in front of God, family and friends. It’s going to be the best
of our lives. And winning this contest would just make it even better.”
The future, Mrs. Laura Porter.
Congratulations to Danielle Goulding on her 2nd place proposal story!
From the bride-to-be:
“My now-fiancé was very sweet and thoughtful in his proposal, and not over the
top. He kept it intimate and meaningful…and was a surprise!
I always wake up before he does, and always give him a big hug and kiss before I hop out of bed to start my day. That morning, he asked me to stop by before I went to work, that he had been working on something he wanted to show me. (We are next door
neighbors, so swinging by is easy to do…) I didn’t think anything odd was up—I
just thought he had painted something, or finished a project. So I go my merry
way that morning, getting ready as normal (and taking probably a little longer,
to his dismay!) I popped over before I left to go to work, w/ coat and mittens
on. He sat me down at his computer, and put some headphones over my ears, and
told me he had a video he had made for me, “A day in the life of Danielle.” He
pressed play, and George Harrison’s “What is Life” started playing. This song is
special for me, as he first played it for me on our first vacation together, in
the beautiful Virgin Islands on the beach. The video was shot from his point of
view—you can only see his hands as he is walking and driving. In the video, he
is taking a snowy journey from where we live, over to his parents’ house (here
in Lexington)….to pick up a box from them. Then he brings this tiny box home,
and hides it in a drawer. The video and George’s crooning ended, and I turn
around and ask him, “What did you do!”, grinning ear to ear.
He walked over, to the drawer where he had hidden the box, to retrieve the small package.
He brought it over, and got down on one knee, taking my hand. With tears in his
eyes, and a catch in his voice, he told me how much he loved me. And that we
both knew this day would come, but, would I marry him? He had opened the box
during his small speech, but I never took my eyes from his. I exclaimed “Of
course!” and then looked at the ring, which was stunning beyond belief.
He then told me that, even though my Dad was no longer here for him to
ask permission, that he had talked with my Dad’s best friends, my mother, my
step mother, my sister, and my uncle—all to ask if he could have his permission
to marry me. Only a few months ago, we lost my father to a very sudden and short
battle w/ lymphoma. So it meant the world to me that he had tried to seek out
those who might have known my Dad’s mind. I know without a shadow of a doubt,
that my Dad would be just as over the moon as I am, for me to be spending the
rest of my life with this wonderful, sweet, and thoughtful man.
I’d like to close with “The End”….but alas, its just the beginning!”
Thank you to everyone who submitted their beautiful proposal stories! We enjoyed reading all of your love stories and wish you so many years of happiness! Congratulations to Laura and Danielle for both finding your dream wedding dress here at our boutique – we absolutely loved working with you girls!
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Grab your gals and make an appointment for our LulaKate Trunk Show at the end of this month, February 28th – March 1st! We will be showcasing LulaKate’s newest bridesmaid AND bridal styles for the 2014 season. The Charleston, South Carolina designer has created very unique dresses that are perfect for the classic, preppy, and unique bride. Her designs scream southern elegance – you will feel like one classy lady in these flirty frocks! The collection is full of so many stunning silhouettes, you’re sure to find the perfect style for your body type and your maids.
We had the chance to preview the fabulous new bridal fabrics and styles at Market a few months ago, and we cannot wait to have them in our boutique! You will definitely want to make an appointment to see this gorgeous white collection! If you love ruffles, sequins, bows, and long flowy skirts as much as we do, then you are going to ADORE the LulaKate collection. They’ll only be here for one weekend; call or email or book online now!
Special promotions will be offered to brides & bridal parties that purchase during the event.
To see more designs by Lula Kate check out her website: LulaKate
Several brides come in to Twirl having seen all the great wedding classics. From the time we were little girls, we see our favorite leading ladies in amazing ensembles and automatically associate that with the ideal wedding and the perfect dress. We have put together a little list recognizing our favorite movie brides of all time. We’ve matched their iconic gowns with the dresses we have here in our boutique. If these women in white have always inspired you, you’ll be able to put your own stamp on some of their classic styles by coming to Twirl to choose your wedding dress! You will not be disappointed with out fabulous look-a-like gowns!
Let’s start with every little girls dream. Cinderella. She survived the wrath of her evil stepmother, and got to live happily ever after with a gorgeous prince. When I was little, I thought every bride and every princess needed to get married in a long sleeve white ball gown. Cinderella’s big full skirt and long veil truly make her look like royalty on her big day.
The dress we have at Twirl that would be a perfect Cinderella replica is a gorgeous La Sposa ballgown. It is the perfect princess wedding dress with lace sleeves and a big satin skirt and train. It even has a little sparkle in the lace to add to the magical feeling you get when you put it on!
Kate Hudson in Bride Wars
When Hudson’s character, Liv, tried on that stunning dress in the bridal salon, I am pretty sure every girl’s heart stopped. It is breathtaking. A huge tulle skirt and a gorgeous sweet heart bodice, how romantic! Her purple velvet bow adds a little pop of color without taking away from this show-stopping dress.
Twirl’s version is very similar to beautiful Kate’s dress. Ours is a Tara Keely ballgown. It is an ivory tulle gown with a delicate beaded bodice and a natural waistline. Just like Kate’s, it has a chapel train and a very full skirt. Any bride in this dress would give Kate a run for her money as one of the most beautiful brides!
Kimberley Williams in Father of the Bride
When Annie Banks walks down the stairs at her parents’ house with her dad, it is one of the best moments of the whole movie. After watching George Banks struggle to give his daughter the perfect wedding, it makes it all worth it when he sees her in her childhood bedroom in her puffy white dress. Her gown is very 80’s with the high neck lace and big puffy veil. Annie looked absolutely stunning and SO bridal.
This dress, while a little less 1980’s, still reminds us a lot of Annie’s! It is a Tara Keely ivory silk ball gown. It has a sweet heart neckline with illusion lace covering the bodice just like Annie’s. It has a sweeping train in the back and a ribbon bow around the waist. This dress will make you feel every inch a bride and you can relive your Father of the Bride fantasy! (PLUS! This is our owner, Ty’s, favorite dress in the whole store!)
Katherine Heigl in 27 Dresses
We all rooted for poor Jane in 27 Dresses as she watched her dream man fall in love with her sister. But we anxiously and happily watched her fall for her perfect guy before the end and hang up her bridesmaids dresses in exchange for a stunning A-line gown for her beach wedding. Her simple dress with a delicate V neck perfectly suits her personality. Her flower hair piece made the simplicity of her dress all the more beautiful and elegant.
When we saw Katherine, we immediately thought of our A-Line Blush gown. Our gown is ivory taffeta with a V-neck and natural gathered waist with floral detail. It has an open back and a big sweep train. This dress is perfect for a simple beach wedding like Jane’s!
Reese Witherspoon in Sweet Home Alabama
On a gorgeous southern plantation, Reese Witherspoon plays the part of the sassy southern bride. Melanie. Her dress and bird-cage veil are absolutely gorgeous. Melanie’s dress is so simple and sweet. The delicate lace and cap sleeves perfectly embody her southern charm. Her straight across neckline keeps with the modest southern bride theme as well.
Our dress to match Reese’s is a feminine Kelly Faetanini dress. It has the same cap sleeves made from Chantilly lace and a ruched bodice with a few sequins throughout the A-Line skirt. Along the bottom of the dress is a gorgeous lace trim. If you are looking for southern charm to add to your wedding look no further! This dress is perfect for you.
Kristen Stewart in Breaking Dawn
When Bella finally marries the most perfect man (okay…vampire), she does so in absolute style. Her dress was a gorgeous 1940′s inspired gown and honestly, who would have thought Kristen Stewart could look so beautiful? The dress is absolutely breathtaking and screams elegance. It is a fit and flare satin gown with 152 buttons going all the way down through the sweeping train and lace accents. The illusion back is dramatic but romantic as well. Not only were people drooling over her to-be husband, but her dress as well.
The dress we have paired with Kristen’s is by Kelly Faetanini. It is a gorgeous fit and flare with a v-neck and slim straps. It has a deep illusion back with floral detailing. Though it is not satin like Kristen’s dress (it is full lace) it still has the same feel with the long train and exposed back. It is sophisticated and elegant all at the same time. It would be perfect for your formal, romantic wedding.
Whoever inspires you for your vision of how you are going to look on the Big Day, Twirl has the perfect dress for you. From ballgowns, to mermaids, you are sure to put your own flare on your favorite dress!
Happy Valentine’s Day Brides!
Happy Valentine’s Day to all the newly engaged brides! We are just dying to hear about your Valentine’s Day proposal – How did he do it? Was he down on one knee in a ring full of rose petals? Or did you find the diamond in the bottom of your sparkling glass of champagne? We are so excited to hear all the romantic details that we’ve decided to offer $300 off one of our dresses to the bride with the best proposal story! We will also be picking our top 3 favorite stories & blasting them on our social media for women everywhere to ooh & aah over! We will announce the winner and publish the stories next week.
Stories should be 400 words or less and the deadline to submit will be Tuesday, February 18th. Send submissions to Olivia@twirllexington.com. Congratulations ladies!
Happy Wednesday to all you lovely brides-to-be! We hope you’re enjoying a warm cup of coffee on this snow-filled February morning. Instead of dwelling on this never-ending cold weather, us Twirl Girls have our minds elsewhere – dreaming of warmer days! We’ve spent the morning putting together a Spring-inspired wedding with our new Kelly Faetanini vintage-lace gown as the focal point! Together with our new Lynn Lugo bridesmaid dresses we have created a feminine, romantic wedding that is sure to have you ready for warmer weather!
We were inspired by this beautiful Spring bouquet full of vibrant hues wrapped in lace to incorporate the vintage vibe. The colors bring in a lot of feminine corals and pinks with muted blues and soft neutrals.
Above is one of our favorite new gowns – The Madeline – from the stunning Kelly Faetanini Bridal Collection. This delicate Chantilly lace cap sleeve gown features a ruched bodice and A-line skirt that hits at the natural waist. The combination of intricate lace and subtle sparkle give this dress the whimsical look several spring-time brides are looking for. The delicate cap sleeves are super feminine and create that less-formal vibe, perfect for a garden wedding!
Lynn Lugo’s Bridesmaid Collection offers several gorgeous hues that go perfectly with that spring-time vibe. The pastel color palette pairs wonderfully with the neutral lace options in her collection. Lynn’s dresses are always a great option for brides who want to let their maids pick their own style of dress. There are plenty of options to choose from including colors, necklines, skirt styles, and fabrics! This gives the bride an opportunity to put her own personal touch on the bridal party’s attire.