REAL TWIRL WEDDING || TAYLOR + PARKER

REAL TWIRL WEDDING || TAYLOR + PARKER

Friends, we are so excited to share this wedding with you all today! This the chill of winter coming up us we thought we'd reminsice on warmer days and share Taylor & Parker's gorgeous day out at Springhouse Gardens. Ashley Brown of Shining Light Photography captured them beautifully and we're so thrilled y'all are going to get a peek into this sweet day. Enjoy!


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 Can you give us a glimpse into you & your hubs's love story?

Parker and I met during our first semester at UK. I was a freshman and he was a sophomore who had just transferred from school in Alabama. We were introduced at one of the first UK Football tailgates and got to know each other over great conversation and cheap bourbon. His first impression of me was that I was a total southern belle, and I thought he was a cute frat boy who didn't know how to tie a tie. Our relationship started out slow, but I certainly fell for him fast. I vividly remember being so impressed with him because he was the only guy I had met who actually chose to pick up the phone and call me to talk rather than just shooting me a few texts - instant brownie points! We started dating that following spring and have been two peas in a pod ever since. We dated for nearly 5 years before he popped the question. We had certainly made it to the point where we knew we would get married one day, but I was in no real hurry - we've always been pretty realistic. So, because of my "no hurry" attitude, I definitely did not see the proposal coming when it did. After seeing the first wedding at The Barn at Springhouse Gardens I told Parker that I would love to get married there one day. Not knowing whether or not that was a real possibility, he planned the most perfect proposal sending me on a hunt for clues throughout the day, including a pit stop to the place where we first met right next to Commonwealth and ending it with a limo dropping me off at the Springhouse. For all my Bachelor fans, it truly felt like the finale episode where the girl gets out of the limo and has to walk what seems like a mile towards her suitor in hopes that she's getting the ring at the end - except I had a pretty good idea that I was going to ;) It was the BEST day and made it clear that the Springhouse was the only place that I wanted to marry him one day. 

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What was it about your dress that made you realize it was "the one?" Was it what you expected to love/wear? Favorite memory from dress shopping/Twirl?

When I came to Twirl I had somewhat of an idea of what I wanted. I knew I wanted some type of sleeves and something that was fitted...you know, hugs you in all the right places. Every dress that I tried on was beautiful, but what made me realize that my dress was "the one" was that I felt elegant, sexy and pretty all in 1 dress. If I could check all of those boxes I knew I'd be happy on my wedding day...and so would my groom! I had always pictured my dress having some type of "bling" or sparkle to it, but the Stella York and Sara Gabriel earrings were the perfect touches of sparkle that I needed. I'll never forget my experience that day at Twirl. Everyone was so welcoming and made me feel beautiful. That was probably my biggest fear - going in there and not feeling pretty in any of the dresses, or feeling self conscious. I'm a curvy gal, and sometimes it takes a little tug love to get a fitted gown over these hips, but the Twirl girls and I giggled and sipped champagne through it all and once I tried on "the one" we all knew it. 

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What is your favorite memory from your wedding day?

My favorite memory of my wedding day is so hard to choose! It's probably a two-way tie. Walking down the aisle and seeing Parker's face was so sweet. Even though we did a first look, the raw emotions we felt during that moment are ones that I will never forget. Doesn't every bride hope her husband is weeping while walking down the aisle? My other favorite memory would have to be the dance floor. That was one of mine and Parker's biggest hopes for the night, that everyone would have a blast and the dance floor would be packed. Well, our DJ made sure that happened and let me tell ya, the video footage from that dance floor is hilarious

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What has been the best thing about marriage so far?

I think this one is pretty easy...just having your best buddy for life. That feeling of security you get once you are married. I felt it when we got engaged too, but it became even stronger once we were married. I know a lot of people these days stand on the side of saying "you don't have to sign a piece of paper to be committed to one another..." which to that I say, true...BUT, there is something to be said about committing yourselves to one another in front of God, your family and your friends. I love Parker so much and knowing that I have him for the rest of my life makes the uncertainty of the future so much easier. 

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Any pieces of wisdom or advice you'd like to share with future brides, engaged gals, or newlyweds like yourself?

Some of the best advise I think I can give to any future bride is to remember that all of this "wedding stuff" is simply that...stuff. I always thought I'd be just south of a "bridezilla". I like to have control of situations and like to make sure it's done in a way that I think is best, but I was pleasantly surprised with myself once I started planning my wedding. Everything that I was ordering, putting together, and picturing was all just stuff. It didn't matter to me that much. Centerpiece frames weren't exactly the size I was hoping? Oh well, they still totally work. Seating chart isn't Pinterest worthy? Guess what, guests will read it, find their seat and never look at it again. Vendor only put 9 chairs at each table instead of 10? Ehh, all my guests are adults and they'll figure it out, I'm going to go hug my grandma. All the little wedding things take up majority of your head space while planning it, so it's easy to make the small stuff seem super important. But at the end of the day, your wedding day is a celebration for you and your future husband and all that other stuff is just fluff. 


TAYLOR & PARKER'S DREAM TEAM OF VENDORS:

Photography - Ashley Brown, Shining Light Photography

Videography - White Owl Weddings

Venue - Springhouse Gardens

Hair - Kristin Korona

Makeup - Kristin Gray

Dress/Accessories - Twirl

Flowers - Natural Endeavors

Catering - Donna Potter, Catering by Donna

DJ - Larry Lee, Soundwave DJ

Rentals - Goff Tents & Rentals

Mens Suits - Jos A Bank

Bridesmaids Dresses - Adrianna Papell

REAL TWIRL WEDDING || WHITNEY + JUSTIN

REAL TWIRL WEDDING || WHITNEY + JUSTIN

You all! I cannot wait to share Whitney and Justin's amazing wedding with you!! This couple's love & joy RADIATE throughout their entire day. I just want to be best friends with them and hang out together all the time because it's obvious that a good time is always had with these two!

Whitney will forever be one of our favorite brides. We got to celebrate with her during our Heidi Elnora trunkshow in February 2016 and there wasn't a dry eye in the house when she said "yes" to her dream dress! Such a sweet memory we will always cherish. Read about her experience HERE.

We hope you enjoy Whitney & Justin's day as much as we do! 


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Can you give us a glimpse into you & your hubs's love story?

Justin and I met in March of 2011 at Poynter’s Iron Pit gym in Richmond, KY as we were both students at EKU. After training together for about a month we decided to go on our first date outside of the gym. We spent hours together that night laughing at Zach Galifianakis videos on YouTube and that is when I realized I had found the one my soul loves! Over the next few  years, Justin and I feel deeper in love with each other every single day! We shared many adventures together to Disney World, baseball games, holiday celebrations and all kinds of things in between but the most surprising adventure of all was our Thanksgiving morning sunrise mini hike on November 26th, 2015.  

Justin and I had gone to visit his family for Thanksgiving. We had decided that before going to Thanksgiving dinner that we would go on a morning hike.  Justin was up before the crack of dawn, repetitively asking me to get up and get ready. I finally got out of bed and got ready then we hit the road with his parents to Cumberland Gap National Park to take a mini hike to the Pinnacle Overlook, an amazing overlook view into Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia. Once at the top of the Pinnacle, the sun had just started to rise and I of course began taking pictures of the breath taking sight. Justin’s parents offered to take a picture of the two of us in front of the sunrise, which was something I wanted so I thought nothing of it.  After a few posed picture, Justin dropped to one knee just as the sun was peeking over the mountains! He started off holding my hand and saying “Girl, I love you so much and I’ve made you wait long enough…..” from there on I believe the sound of my heart beat drowned out everything else because neither of the two of us recall what exactly was said. He ended with “Will you marry me?” and my so suprised reply was a very confident “YEAH!” almost as if I should have just said “DUH!” haha

Thanksgiving 2015, I had something very exciting to be thankful for! The date just seemed to be so perfect that we decided to make the same date of the following year our wedding date, 11/26/2016! We spent the year wedding planning and celebrating as much as we could and our wedding day was here before we knew it. Everything about our wedding was exactly how I have always dreamed it would be! Our outdoor November ceremony was a Fall dream come true, my dress was everything I wanted it to be and my husband was the most handsome I had ever seen him! Our ceremony was absolutely beautiful and our reception was a blast, the most fun I have ever had! Our wedding day was truly the best day of my entire life and I am so thankful that we made so many wonderful memories that day!

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What was it about your dress that made you realize it was "the one?" Was it what you expected to love/wear? Favorite memory from dress shopping/Twirl?

My wedding dress shopping experience at Twirl was absolutely amazing! I attended the Heidi Elnora Trunk show with my sister (Maid of Honor), my mom, my mother-in-law, and my junior bridesmaid. After trying on only three dresses I was saying “YES” to the dress! The girls at Twirl and Heidi made me feel so special and so beautiful that day!

I went into Twirl with the vision of a ball gown style wedding dress with long lace sleeves. The first two dresses I tried on were ball gown dresses but were not exactly what I had in my head that I wanted. My friend Maria, who models for Heidi, was also at the event that day. She recommended that I try on a fitted trumpet style dress from Heidi’s Build a Bride collect and add a tulle skirt on top of that to give me the ball gown feel I had envisioned. We were also able to added a long sleeve lace cover up to complete the look and give me the dress of my dreams! As soon as I saw the complete look I knew that this was “the one”, this was my wedding dress!


My favorite memory from that day was realizing that I had found my dress and the tears that came shortly after. There was not a dry eye in the shop in that moment! Lots of hugs were exchanged, there were tons of tears and tissues, and many pictures that I will cherish forever!   

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What is your favorite memory from your wedding day?

My favorite memory from our wedding day was seeing Justin with tears in his eyes as I walked down the aisle! Looking back at the pictures of him in that moment still makes me so emotional! Our exchanging of vows is also a memory that I will hold in my heart forever! Justin really wanted us to write our own wedding vows and even though I was somewhat nervous about that, I am so thankful that we did it! It was such an overwhelming  feeling to listen to him and to know that those vows were from his heart and all the things that he wanted to promise to me forever on our wedding day!

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What has been the best thing about marriage so far?

The best thing about marriage so far has been building our lives together as husband and wife. The night of our wedding we stayed in our new home for the first time! We have made a house our home together, we got our first puppy this summer, and we are are quickly approaching our first anniversary!  It is so crazy how quickly our first year of marriage has passed. I absolutely love being married to my best friend!

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Any pieces of wisdom or advice you'd like to share with future brides, engaged gals, or newlyweds like yourself?


The best piece of wisdom I can share with any future bride is to make sure that you enjoy every single second of being engaged, wedding planning, and your big day! Try your best not to stress and always remember that everything that is happening is all because two people fell in love! Don’t let anyone take your excitement away from you, or make you feel like you are over or under doing things… go with your heart and do everything exactly how you and your future husband what your wedding day to be! Remember that at the end of the day, you will be able to call the love of your life your husband and that is such an amazing feeling! There is something about the realization of being married that makes you fall in love with your husband all over again!  


Whitney & Justin's Dream Team of Vendors:

WEDDING DATE: November 26th, 2016

LOCATION: Danville, KY

VENUE: The Danville Country Club (ceremony and reception)

VENUE PLANNER: Ashley Derry www.danvillecc.net/

PHOTOGRAPHER: Ariana Jordan Madox www.arianajordan.com/

VIDEOGRAPHER: Caral S Miller www.csmweddingfilms.com/

FLORIST: Tim Ellis www.ellisfloristharrodsburg.com/

EVENT DESIGNER: Crystal Jones

CATERER: Danville Country Club

CAKE/DESSERTS: Cindy Nevius www.sweetsbycindyky.com/

MUSIC: Complete Weddings www.cmusic.com/

HAIR: Randi Johnson Bennett, Southern Roots Hair & Color Boutique

MAKEUP: Olivia Hall

BRIDE'S ATTIRE: Twirl Boutique - Dress by Heidi Elnora

GROOM'S ATTIRE: Geno’s Formal Affair

TWIRL TURNS EIGHT || GIVEAWAY WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT

TWIRL TURNS EIGHT || GIVEAWAY WINNER ANNOUNCEMENT

Y'all! This was so much fun!! We absolutely loved getting to connect with you all in this way and your all's participation and excitement warmed our hearts.


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We are thrilled to announce our winner of the giveaway! We announced it on a Live Instagram earlier today (11/25) and below you will find the replay of it. It was so fun to celebrate our winner on Small Business Saturday! 

Thank you, every single one of you, that celebrated our eight years of business by joining in on all the fun of this giveaway. We are incredibly grateful for this supportive and loving Twirl Family of ours. You will never know how much are hearts explode over getting to celebrate life with y'all. So THANK YOU for allowing us to walk through so many different seasons with you.



A big CONGRATS to Heather Watson (@herkentucky) on winning this amazing giveaway!! We hope and pray these products are a true blessings to you!

Once again, thank you to everyone who participated! We wish we could give each of you a big hug and also all these products. If you'd like get to get any of them for yourself, hop over our original giveaway post to find links to all of the products!

Xoxo,

Ty & the Twirl Girls

REAL TWIRL WEDDING || KRISTINA + BLAKE

REAL TWIRL WEDDING || KRISTINA + BLAKE

In the spirit of Thanksgiving and Fall coming to a close, we thought we'd share with you one of our favorite Fall weddings we've ever seen. We adore Kristina and cannot wait to share her sweet day with y'all!

We hope you enjoy and we wish y'all the happiest of Thanksgivings. Xo!


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Give us a glimpse into you and your hubs's love story:

Blake & I met through mutual friends in January 2014. We were at one of their houses with a group of people when I saw him for the first time, and he offered me a cup of hot chocolate by saying, "I was instructed to give this to you!" Something in his eyes and voice just made me fall in love with him at first sight, and it wasn't long before we had our first date, fell in love, and started making plans for the future. We got engaged in October 2015 after a day at Keeneland (hot chocolate included!), and our wedding day took place on November 19, 2016. Today we are coming up on our first anniversary and expecting a baby boy in February! We are so blessed...I have no doubt that God brought us together, and now He is building our little family!

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What was it about your dress that made you realize it was "the one?" Was it what you expected to love/wear? Favorite memory from dress shopping/Twirl?

When I was first obsessing over Pinterest wedding dresses, I was convinced I was going to get a Kate Middleton-esque gown with long sleeves, lace, and a train. When we planned our day in Lexington for dress shopping, Twirl stood out to us because it was such an adorable, girly shop! It was the first place we stopped, and as soon as we walked in I knew I would love it there. The girls were SO sweet and easy to work with, and they immediately put us at ease and made the whole process special and fun! I knew that the first one I tried on was "the one" right away, because it just felt and looked perfect! I wanted to try on a few more, but kept coming back to it. It wasn't the same look I had originally been searching for - I liked this one so much better! The illusion lace and the detailed back along with the fit & flare bottom made me feel like a princess.

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What is your favorite memory from your wedding day?

My favorite moment from our wedding day was our first look. It was just the two of us (other than our photographer & videographer) and it was such a perfect moment. We were both so genuinely excited to see each other and looking forward to finally being husband and wife, and all of those emotions overshadowed any kind of nerves we would've been feeling.

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What has been the best thing about marriage so far?

To me, the best thing about marriage is being a family with your soulmate. Even before you have children, you move from just having a relationship, to being a household - a family! Having your husband there to do life with, to be your teammate, and to have fun with is truly a gift from God.

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 Any pieces of wisdom or advice you'd like to share with future brides, engaged gals, or newlyweds like yourself?

The best advice I can give new brides is this: DON'T STRESS! This is your wedding and it only happens once! It's a celebration of your love, and you don't want to let that become secondary to stress, or nerves, and especially not to perfectionism. Everything will not be Pinterest-perfect, and that's ok! In fact, don't try so hard to make it something specific. Things will fall into place better than you can imagine while you're planning. Just relax and enjoy - and most importantly, remember the real reason for the day!

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KRISTINA & BLAKE'S VENDOR DREAM TEAM:

Photography - Kelli Lynn Photography

Videography - Alyson Biggs Films

Ceremony Venue - First Baptist Church Russell

Reception Venue - Ashland Plaza Hotel

Dress - Twirl 

Flowers - Jewlie's

Catering - A Spice of Life Catering

Cake - Tipton's Traditions

Hair - A Classic Touch Salon

TWIRL TURNS 8 || BIRTHDAY GIVEAWAY

TWIRLS TURNS EIGHT || BIRTHDAY GIVEAWAY

Friends! It's true, it's true! We turn EIGHT this month (on the 24th to be exact) and we are SO excited to celebrate another year of amazing business thanks to you all!

Throughout our 8 years of business, we have had the immense joy of getting to be a part of countless women's lives and celebrating their happiest season of life. It is because of each of you, as well as your family & friends, that we are able to celebrate another year of business!

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To say THANK YOU, we are doing a GIVEAWAY of some of our very favorite things!!

Last year we did a giveaway with lots of wedding related goodies and it was wonderful but this year we wanted to switch it up a bit! We know that not everyone is in the season of wedding planning so we wanted to give away things that women in any season of life could enjoy!

We are huge fans of WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT + SOUTHERN CHARM so that is the theme of this giveaway. From our favorite books to an adorable Draper James Kentucky-themed tote, we are obsessed with all of these products and hope that y'all get excited over them too!

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Here's what the lucky winner will be receiving:

1. FOUR of our favorite books that have encouraged us in life + in business:

Grace Not Perfection by Emily Ley

The Best Yes by Lysa Terkeurst

Make It Happen by Lara Casey

and a SIGNED COPY of Cultivate by Lara Casey

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5. An adorable "Hold Your Horses" tote from Draper James + a leather Kentucky pin from Draper James to go along with it. (WE ARE SMITTEN!)

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HOW TO ENTER THE GIVEAWAY:

1. Follow Twirl on Instagram: @twirllex

2. Like the giveaway post + tag 3 people in the comments


THREE WAYS TO GET BONUS ENTRIES:

1. Subscribe to our "Twirl Talk" Newsletter (link to sign up at the bottom of our website)

2. Comment on this blog post + tell us something you're most grateful for!

3. Repost the giveaway image onto your own Instagram feed with the hashtag #twirlturnseight


THE GIVEAWAY ENTRY TIME ENDS ON OUR BIRTHDAY, NOVEMBER 24TH AT 11:59PM.

WE WILL ANNOUNCE THE WINNER THE FOLLOWING WEEK, EXACT DATE TBD.


And SURPRISE!! Because we hit over 8000 sweet followers on Instagram we have added something SO FUN to the giveaway! Our added bonus is a FREE MASSAGE!!!!!! That's right!! A free massage for our lucky winner! We are firm believers in self-care and cannot wait to spoil one of you with this amazing gift! Woooohoo!!

* Local gals, we've got you covered + will send you to our favorite local spot. If you're not local & are our lucky winner, we'll chat and find the perfect spot to send you! 


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We are so incredibly grateful to celebrate this season of OUR lives with you + cannot wait to see who wins all these fun treats! We truly do hope they are as life giving for you as they have been for us.

Thank you for being this reason we are able to pop the champagne to 8 years + to continue to dream big about what many more years of Twirl will look like. 

WE LOVE YOU WITH ALL OF OUR HEARTS!! CHEERS!

Xo,

Ty + the Twirl Girls

CULTIVATE WHAT MATTERS || POWERSHEETS + WHY WE LOVE THEM

POWERSHEETS + WHY WE LOVE THEM

Hi friends! We hope you're having a great Wednesday so far. Today is a really fun day because we are celebrating the launch of the 2018 Powersheets alongside our friends at Cultivate What Matters! Some of you may have no clue what Powersheets are and that's okay! We're going to give you guys the scoop on why we love these bad boys + how they've impacted our lives. They truly have been game changers for us and we hope they are for you too!

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Let's start with the basics.

WHAT ARE POWERSHEETS?

Powersheets are THE ULTIMATE GOAL PLANNER. Powersheets help you unconver purpose-flled goals and plan action steps to make what matters happen. Perfect for anyone - moms, students, creatives, entrepreneaurs - who needs a grace-filled system that works! 

We jumped on the PS train last year but didn't really start taking them seriously until after we attended the Making Things Happen conference back in March. Ever since then, we've been hooked and have truly seen cultivated, lasting change in our lives.

Photos by The Malicotes

Photos by The Malicotes

WHY DO WE LOVE POWERSHEETS?

Powersheets enable us to sort through the riff raff of life and really get down to the gut of what we want the foundation of our lives to built upon. We are empowered + confident to set goals that are realistic for ourselves and gives us the grace to embrace "progress not perfection" in the midst of "little by little" activity towards meeting our goals.

We use Powersheets for both our personal life and our work life. We are firm believers that the two should be an overflow of one another. We are blessed to be able to work for ourselves and understand we have a little bit more flexibility in creating those margins in our lives but still, if we are cultivating holistic wellness in our lives then both our personal + work lives will be thriving and life-giving to us.

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Above are the faces of two gals - oh hi, that's us! Liz Cox (Twirl's Manager) and Ty McBrayer (Twirl's Owner) - who are excited for what 2018 holds + the thought of so many of you joining us in cultivating meaningful goals + ultimately meaningful, grace-filled, purpose-driven lives alongside us.

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HOW DO WE USE POWERSHEETS IN OUR BUSINESS?

When working through Powersheets together, we make it a priority to sit down together at least twice a year and talk through goals we want for the stores (Twirl + Meant To Be Boutique), for our specific roles, for our team, and for the story of our businesses as a whole. We talk through what's worked, what hasn't worked, what goals are realistic, what goals scare us but should be something we strive for, and what celebrations will happen if these goals are met. It's always really hard work but we walk away feeling so encouraged and are reminded of why these buisnesses matter most to us.

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To say we love Powersheets is an understatement. They have been such a mercy in our lives and we are forever grateful to the CWM team for creating a product like this that produces such good fruit in the lives of the people who faithfully use it.

If you're interested in purchasing a set of your own, we highly recommend investing in the One Year Goal Setter. It's what we'll be using next year and think it's worth every penny. However, if you just want to test the waters, maybe get an undated Six Month Goal Setter. They're just as great and really give you a good idea of if Powersheets are a life-giving tool for you.

There are also some REALLY fun products that can accompany your Powersheets! The stickerbook is our personal favorite because we love the pops of color it adds to our pages and little spouts of encouragement it provides along the way. Also, the CWM team just came out with ADORABLE "tending tape" and you best believe we are going to use that crazy too!

So, friends, JOIN US! Join us on this journey of cultivating what matters most. There is an amazing community of women that are on this journey right along with us and we want YOU to be a part of it as well. It is hard, messy, beautiful, grace-filled, encouraging, and confidence-building all rolled up into one big life-changing choice. We want you to prioritize your life and live it in the most glorious way possible for you in whatever season you're in.

Click HERE to snag Powersheets for yourself + get ready to see real, lasting fruit grow in your life.

We love you big + are cheering you on in this with every ounce of us. You've got this, friend!

XO,

Liz + Ty

Recognize that cutie on the right?! That's one of our old Twirl Girls, Kaylee Hobbs! So fun, right?! She works at CWM!

Recognize that cutie on the right?! That's one of our old Twirl Girls, Kaylee Hobbs! So fun, right?! She works at CWM!

2018 PowerSheets Intentional Goal Planner

*You can also click on this banner above to get to the Cultivate What Matters site. Take the leap + enjoy! Dig into the best stuff of life. Forever your biggest cheerleaders over here. Xo!

SPEAK YOUR TRUTH + SHARE YOUR HEART || RECENT FEATURES

One of the things that fires our souls up most is empowering others to chase their dreams, pursue their best selves, embrace grace, and cultivate a meaningful life. Over the past couple of months, we have been given really sweet opportunities to share our stories + hearts through a couple different avenues and we wanted to share those with you all! Liz was invited to be a guest speaker for the Creative Hub Conference back in July and Ty was interviewed as a guest on the Selfish Podcast that went live in late September. Opportunities like these feel so vulnerable but also like dreams come true. We are all about cultivating legacies of beauty + love and sharing our lives like this is a such a special way to be able to live that out. We're grateful for the chance to let people hear our stories, speak our truths, and share our hearts. 

We hope that these features are encouragements to whoever listens. We hope you feel inspired to dream big, give yourself grace, and to know that whatever season you find yourself in that it has purpose + worth. We love you all and are thankful to connect with y'all in ways beyond pretty dresses + weddings. What a gift! If you listen, we truly hope you enjoy!

PS: We're linking a bonus podcast feature! Our bestie, Kelsey Malicote, was interviewed as a guest on the Misses Ambiotious podcast and her interview is right in line with what we shared as well. Kels's soul is fired up by the same things ours are + we have no doubt you'll be uplifted by her words as well!


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SELFISH PODCAST || "TWIRLING" WITH TY MCBRAYER

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CREATIVE HUB CONFERENCE || DISCOVERING YOUR GIFTS + LEARNING TO THRIVE IN THEM WTH LIZ COX


MISSES AMBITIOUS PODCAST || TAKING CONTROL OF YOUR BIZ, BEING WHO YOU ARE, AND MAKING SCARY CHANGES WITH KELSEY MALICOTE

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Again, we are so grateful for these opportunities. We count them as great blessings in our lives and sweet reminders of God's faithfulness to us. After the three of us attended the Making Things Happen Conference (read about our experience HERE) we were each so fired up to encourage women to cultivate meaningful legacies alongside us. We are in awe that the Lord would give us opportunities within the year of attending MTH to do just that. We are so thankful + hopeful/excited about what the future holds if He continues to allow us this joy. We shall see! If nothing else though, we are honored to speak our truths + share our hearts with y'all through these three different opportunities. We hope even just one person is encouraged. We love y'all big time. Xo!

If you have any questions, comments, etc. for any of us, I will leave our contact info below:

TY: ty@twirllexington.com

LIZ: liz@twirllexington.com

KELSEY: info@themalicotes.com

BRIDAL MARKET 101 + TRAVELING TIPS FOR FWTFL

BRIDAL MARKET 101

So it's that time of year again for bridal market.. whaaaaat?! The six months between markets always FLIES by but really, it feels like we were JUST in NYC for April market. Goodness! Anyway, Ty & I are flying out to NYC tonight to shop till we drop and visit with some of our favorite gals in the industry. Market is always such a whirlwind of a weekend but certainly some of our favorite weekends out of the year.

Of course we understand the madness of market but we realize that all of you probably have no clue what all really happens during "bridal market" and so we thought we'd pull back the curtain a little for you and fill you in on what all we do while we're up in NYC. 

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MARKET APPOINTMENTS

This is the main reason we go to market. Market appointments are the times that we meet with our designers and pick out the gowns we want to buy for YOU. That's right, every sample that calls Twirl "home" is bought with YOU in mind. The samples are not on loan or just given to us for free. I think this is something that a lot of people don't realize. We make steep investments for our beloved brides so that they have the most beautifully curated collection of gowns imaginable when they shop here at Twirl. We take the buying process very seriously and do our very best to invest in pieces that we think will meet the needs & desires of our brides in the best way. We're in the business of cultivating legacies of beauty & love and buying the right gowns for our precious brides is a huge factor that plays into that.

* NOTE: The dresses we order at this market (October) will not be in the store until the Spring time (earliest delivery would be late February all the way through late March/early April). So if you're a summer 2018 bride & see something you love from market, sadly there is a very small likelihood you'd be able to get it in time for your wedding. If you're a Fall 2018 or later bride, the dresses you're seeing from this market could totally be YOUR DRESS! Yay!!

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NETWORKNG + COLLABORATIONS

Market is always a great time to meet up with other store owners and talk shop/life/dreams, etc. We always try to get dinner with some of our friends while we're up there. It's the only chance we have to see most of them throughout the year so it's certainly always a highlight for us to catch up with our industry friends. Talk about women empowerment! We are always so uplifted + encouraged after our time with our fellow bridal shop sisters.

We also have done several styled shoots + collaborations during our market trips. It's been so fun to do some out-of-the-box shoots with the gorgeous sights of New York as our playground. We always exhausted after shoot days but the images we create, as well as the memories, are worth it EVERY TIME. This market trip we are having our bestie, Kelsey Malicote, tag along again and we're going to do some fun branding shoots this market. We're really excited!

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WORK HARD, PLAY HARD

Market may appear to be a very glamorous time but let us assure you, it is HARD WORK. We are exhausted in ways we never knew possible after long days of travel + appointments. But we are firm believers in the "work hard, play hard" mentality and never want to waste a trip to New York on strictly business only. We love to catch a show when we can, treat ourselves to good food + drinks, an occasional spa day, and of course every October The Knot hosts an incredible Gala at the New York Public Library for wedding industry vendors. We get to pretend to be Cinderella going to the ball + it's always a big ole time! 

Be sure to tag along on all the fun with us this weekend through Instagram & our hashtag #twirlgirlstakeNYC :) We'll share all the pretty dresses + all the shenanigans we get ourselves into.

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And for those that have been following along on our FASTER WAY TO FAT LOSS journey we are going to share our tips + tricks for traveling while doing the program:

1. Ask your amazing trainer for exercises that are easy to do while traveling + DO THEM.

2. While traveling, try to fast + drink lots of water. This helps with bloating on the plane!

3. Keep up with intermittent fasting as your #1 priority.

4. Second priority is calories. Don't go way over on those but enjoy the food + drinks that you want. #gracenotperfection #balance

5. Do your best to break your fast with a good protein meal.

So yeah, we'll be doing our best to stick to those while traveling this weekend. We'll let you know how it goes but thankfully we have each other to hold ourselves accountable!

We hope you'll tag along with us through Instagram while we're in NYC + share your thoughts with us while we shop so we can bring home all the best goodies for y'all!

Grateful for y'all! Have a fantastic weekend. If you go to Keeneland and "Twirl Girl" is racing, make an extra bet for us! ;)

XOXO,

LIZ + TY

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FASTER WAY TO FAT LOSS || WEEK TWO UPDATES

FASTER WAY TO FAT LOSS || WEEK TWO UPDATES


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CHEERS TO MAKING IT 1/3 OF THE WAY THROUGH, SISTERS!


We are officially two weeks into our second round of Faster Way to Fat Loss, so we just wanted to give a quick update and let you know how it’s going!

TY:

I am SO happy I decided to continue on the program!  I have felt more much more in control of understanding exactly what I need to do to make the program work for me.  I have officially lost 2.5 inches on my problem area, my lovely mama muffin top.  I went shopping and felt so much more confident in trying on more fitted shirts than ever before. 

What is working for me?  Planning ahead! I have found that the days that I really buckle down and plan out what my meals are and stick to them I have much more success in staying in check.  I’ve had days where I was tired and just tried to wing it and it hasn’t worked out so well.  On the days I plan ahead I can fit wine and the occasional cookie into my macros!  One day this week I packed a lunch with a taco bowl with ground turkey, cauliflower rice, black beans and salsa AND knew we were eating out at Fazoli’s (my daughter’s favorite).  My macros were perfect with what I planned to eat and I stuck with it!  Yay! 

What is not working for me?  Trying to put too much pressure on myself to make it to the gym later in the day.  If I have too much on my plate (most days) I will most likely back out of going to work out.  If I take the pressure off and either do the at-home workout before I leave the house or schedule a Sweat class before I go to work so I have less of a chance to let the world get the best of me and back out.

I am traveling this weekend, so that is going to be challenging.  I plan to keep the intermittent fasting portion up and do the best I can on food and do a full 24 fast when we get back to give my body a chance to digest all the yummy food I eat and get back on track!

LIZ:

I haven’t felt this good in a LONG time! Even though I’m currently fighting a sinus infection I still feel like I have more energy than I have in a long time. I have no doubt that’s due in large part to healthy eating and working out. I have felt such a sense of accomplishment, which has generated confidence in a whole new light.

What is working for me? Doing my work outs before work because after work is my time to crash + relax. Plus, working out before work stirs a sense of productivity that carries me throughout my work day.. even if walking up and down the stairs in a little more painful thanks to a tough cycle class, ha! Also, it’s been helpful to think through my meals ahead of time and log them into My Fitness Pal at the beginning of the day or even the night before so I know what kind of wiggle room I have or lack thereof.

What is not working for me? Lack of meal prep. I’m not a big cook in the first place so the idea of meal prepping has always seemed like dreadful process to me. However, I attempted to meal prep the first week and it was super helpful! The following week (this week) I didn’t meal prep much and it’s been a little more of a struggle to feel in control. I think partially too it’s been hard because I’ve been sick and haven’t had much of an appetite because of that so the idea of meal prepping has just been exhausting/pointless to me. I will say though, on Wednesday I made Velveeta whole grain Mac-n-cheese that fit perfectly into my macros and I was the HAPPIEST camper in the world. Mac-n-cheese is my GO-TO comfort food so it felt like such a victory to be able to eat that and not screw with my macros. One more reason I LOVE this program! So much food freedom!!

I haven’t done new measurements or stepped on the scale for about a week so I’m not too sure where I land right now with my measurements + weight. However, I will say that when Ty and I were shopping yesterday for clothes for a branding shoot we’re doing in two weeks I fit into a pair of jeans that were 2 sizes down from what I most recently fit into and I bought a shirt in an extra small and I haven’t seen those size tags in a LONG TIME! If those items are made in vanity sizes I don’t want to know, ha! ;) I really don’t want this whole thing to be about the numbers on the scale but I will say that fitting into those clothes felt really encouraging and made me feel more comfortable in my own skin, which is definitely a goal for me through my journey through FWTFL.


So I’d say for both us, we’re feeling really good after tackling week two of round two and are ready to take on week three! We leave for New York next Friday for bridal market and we’ll be sharing our experiences with traveling on the program. We know it’ll definitely have its challenges but we’ve got each other to power through which is going to be super helpful! Community is everything, y’all.

We hope y’all have a wonderful weekend + enjoy this GORGEOUS Fall weather!

Xo, Ty + Liz

FASTER WAY TO FAT LOSS || WEEK ONE

FASTER WAY TO FAT LOSS || WEEK ONE

FWTFL IN SIMPLE TERMS + WHY ROUND TWO?

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After sharing a bit about our “why’s” behind starting our journey with Faster Way to Fat Loss, we thought we would explain a bit more about what this program is all about in easier terms to understand.

The FWTFL program has two components: nutrition and workouts.  Back to the basics - eat well and work out and you will lose weight, right?  Well, that is where this system varies a tad from traditional calorie cutting.  Each day you are given guidelines for how to eat that day.  For example, one day is low-carb day, one day is regular calorie day, EXTRA calorie day, etc.  This helps our bodies go from sugar burning to fat burning and helps us ladies finally burn all that stored fat that is so hard to lose. Can we get a HALLELUJAH?! The program doesn’t tell you what to eat precisely but instead teaches you how to balance and adjust how much fat, protein and carbs you eat each day. It puts you in control which is what creates long lasting lifestyle changes.

The FWTFL workouts are designed to build lean muscle and are super lifestyle friendly with versions for home workouts and gym workouts.  Like we mentioned in the first blog, Ty loves going to classes at Sweat (and Liz is slowly but surely joining Ty in that love affair).  Ty asked our awesome trainer, Valerie Smorol, how to incorporate those classes to fit the program and she coached her on what days to go to Sweat and which work outs could be done from home.  Neither of us really love working out but the good thing about this program is that you can still see results even if you just stick to the nutrition side! Liz can attest to this because during the first round she didn't do a single exercise (because #lazy) and when she was following the program well she could see the benefits of the nutrition portion for sure!

The bottom line is that this is the most lifestyle friendly way we have personally found to hold ourselves accountable but still not deprive ourselves of nights out with friends, chocolate chip cookies and, cough cough... wine.. because DUH.

 We are going outline more tips on nights out, traveling and grocery shopping trips as we get further into our series!  We have learned tremendous amounts about what we can and cannot eat on certain days and that is one of the main reasons why we have continued onto Round 2 of FWTFL!  It truly is a great way to live your life and still feel like you’re in control of what you are eating.

We both want want to take good care of ourselves so that we can be confident + content in our skin as well as cultivate healthy ways of living that enable us to love our people well in all the ways that matter most - physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. We are so grateful for this program and the way it is helping us cater to that type of investment when it comes to becoming our best selves for the sake of the legacies we're building.

Next week we'll be back with updates on how the first two weeks (really three if you count prep week) have been + how we're feeling moving forward. As of now, we're off to pop some champagne (because YES YOU CAN DRINK IT ON THIS PROGRAM! THANK YA JESUS!!) to celebrate some of our very favorite people - Ty's littlest is 3 today + Liz's bestie just bought her first home! So much to celebrate (our favorite)!!

CHEERS TO THE WEEKEND! We hope you find something sweet to celebrate as well. Xo!

Love ya gals!

- Ty + Liz

REAL TWIRL WEDDING || TALARA + CHRIS

REAL TWIRL WEDDING || TALARA + CHRIS

Hey hey loves! We're back again with another gorgeous Real Twirl Wedding to share with you all! This has been so much fun sharing some of our sweet bride's special days with y'all. We hope it's just as fun for you guys as it is for us. Today you're getting the treat of getting a glimpse into Talara + Chris's lovely wedding day. Talara is a talented wedding photographer herself so we knew that we wedding would be full of precious, thoughtful details and all kinds of beauty. Sure enough, her wedding made our hearts absolutely swoon. We're so excited for this feature and have no doubt you'll be inspired and encouraged by this sweet, joyful bride of ours!

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1. Can you give us a glimpse into you & your hubs's love story?

Chris and I have actually been friends since we were freshmen in high school. Little did I know but he had a crush on me all through out high school. Our love sparked our second year of college. We got together and never looked back sense. We both say we wish we could have dated way back in high school so we could have had even more time together. But, I am a firm believer that God creates everything in His time and high school was just not our time yet!
We dated for 4 years before we got married and now we have been married for one year!! It's been incredible! We have been through a lot of things most people don't go through in their first year of marriage but we have loved and supported each other 100% throughout it all!

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2. What was it about your dress that made you realize it was "the one?" Was it what you expected to love/wear? Favorite memory from dress shopping/Twirl?

I knew way before I got engaged that I wanted to go to Twirl to pick out my dress. I didn't even book appointments anywhere else because I was confident I would find "the one" at Twirl!
I knew I did not want lace, I wanted something very elegant but whimsical!
The Hayley Paige collection was pretty well all I tried on because I loved them all!!
I had it narrowed it down to two! Honestly I could see "the one" in either of them! One was a lot thicker than the other and since I had an August wedding I went with the more lightweight one! Which couldn't have been a better pick because I could "TWIRL" my heart out on my wedding day and I did!!

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3. What is your favorite memory from your wedding day?

My husband would definitely would say the Southern biscuit bar during cocktail hour. But I would have to say the rain! It POURED down rain during our ceremony! Guess what?! It was All outside too!! I know scary right?! But it was actually perfect!
It had been thundering for 30 minutes before the ceremony started but not a drop of rain so we proceeded with the outdoor ceremony instead of moving it under the tent!
As soon as my father and I took our first step onto the aisle it started to rain and it rained harder and harder but all my husband and I could do was laugh and say it was perfect! Our guests scurried under umbrellas, under their dates' suit coats and some sat and got soaked just to watch us say "I do." The moment Chris and I kissed and faced the crowd it quit raining! You can't make this stuff up folks! God showed up on our big day and he showered us with love!

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4. What has been the best thing about marriage so far?

I would say never having to leave each other! We hated the dreaded goodbyes each night leaving each other's home. We always said we just wish we could just never leave one another! I don't want to say it's like a big sleepover because marriage is tough. But it is fun to wake up and go to sleep next to the person I love most in this world!

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5. Any pieces of wisdom or advice you'd like to share with future brides, engaged gals, or newlyweds like yourself?

Enjoy this time and Be Kind!
Being engaged or newly married is truly such a special time. So many new things are happening and so many exciting, sweet and unforgettable moments are being made! Hold on to them!! I'll never forget when Christ and I were fixing our new home we just bought we cooked a pizza in our new oven and it started smoking (I have now been told most new ovens do that the first time they are used). Chris and I freaked out and thought we had almost just burnt down our house! Moments like that are ones I want to hold on to forever!
Be kind because there will be so many people wanting to help make your day so special and it may seem overwhelming and it may seem like too much help but just be kind and say thank you! All it shows is how much these people love and care about making your big day a perfect one!

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Talara + Chris's Dream Team of Vendors:

Photographer: HOPE TAYLOR PHOTOGRAPHY

Venue: THE GARDENS OF HICKORYLAND FARMS

Hair: LARRY BUCHANNON

Makeup: VICTORIA PHILLIPS

Planner: RAYNA WALLEN -ALWAYS PLANNED

Florist: RAYNA WALLEN

DJ: Matt Krupp from SELECT SOUNDS KY

Caterer: SASSY SPOON CATERING

Gown Designer: HAYLEY PAIGE

Gown Retailer: TWIRL BOUTIQUE

Videographer: MEGAN ANGEL

Cake: Lisa Wilhite Gregor

FASTER WAY TO FAT LOSS || PREP WEEK + OUR WHY'S

FASTER WAY TO FAT LOSS || PREP WEEK + OUR WHY'S

Hi friends! If you caught our Instagram stories last Friday then you know that we started our second round of an amazing wellness program called Faster Way To Fat Loss on September 11th. We are so thrilled to take y'all along for the journey with us this time around. Today we are sharing with you our "why"s for doing the program + then next week we'll be diving into explaining the program a little deeper so you're not totally clueless about what all this is about. So WELCOME to this journey towards cultivating realistic wellness in our lives!

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TY'S WHY:

I am an emotional eater.  I always have been.  If I’ve had a bad day…I want comfort food.  If I’ve had a great day…I want to go out and celebrate and eat (and drink) lots of yummy food!  In my younger years that lifestyle was easier to keep up, but now that I’m in my later 30s and have two little one, it makes it much harder.  

Also, let’s talk about throwing kids into the mix of trying to find time to work out, meal plan and cook healthy meals.  It. Is. Not. Easy.  I always take little bites of whatever they are eating and find myself justifying treats with them all of the time. 

I took the first step to getting healthier last November by starting classes at SWEAT in Lexington, a boutique fitness studio featuring cycle, barre cardio and yoga.  I have never been a girl that loves to workout.  I pretty much find an excuse to not go (it’s raining, my big toe hurts, I want to go drink margaritas instead), but Sweat has genuinely made me excited to go to class and give it my all for one hour.  When I set goals for myself in 2017 one of them was to take more time for self-care.  Sweat has been one of those items on my checklist and I am so glad I got over the intimidation factor and joined!

Now enter FASTer Way to Fat Loss (cheesy name, but great program).  My best friend had been participating in the program and saw tremendous results.  She and I are total opposites in that she loves to work out and be healthy.  I immediately brushed it off that it would be too strict for me.  I mean, what the heck are macros anyway? I had other friends that also joined and participated with SmoFitness and she also raved about the program.  I knew I needed to do something to take control over the number that kept creeping up on the scale, so I decided to try it.  Oh my gosh, I am so glad that I did!  Through these next few posts we will outline exactly why we love this program so much.  My main reasons are that it doesn’t tell me that I can’t ever have a particular food item.  You make the program work for your lifestyle.  It helps give you a team to cheer you on and celebrate your successes and that tells you it’s ok if you fell off the wagon for a day. 

I’ll share more about my first round and why I decided to continue with the program and share it with you next time! 


LIZ'S WHY

Things to know about me: I am a FABULOUS initiator of things but TERRIBLE at follow through. I started a running club with friends in college and quit two weeks in when mother nature struck. I've done two rounds of Whole 30 + one round of Advocare but never fully completed any of them. I ran a little over half of a half marathon. Seeing the pattern here? Ha! Having good health + wellness has always been a desire for me but actually creating sustaining habits + routines has never been a success. I also love a good glass of wine or a cold beer and if a program/diet tells me I can't have those things.. I'm not a happy camper. #InnerRebel?? ;) I started round one of FWTWL and didn't do well with it. Not because the program isn't awesome (because it is!) but because I had some really tough life stuff happen in the midst of it and that just totally threw me off and I never really got back up. This time around, I'm going into it at the heaviest I've ever weighed in my life (I blame eating my feelings during deep grief) and am more motivated than ever to get back to a place where I feel confident + happy in my own skin. I want to cultivate healthy rhythms in my life that cause me to take care of myself well. I turned 26 in August and although I know I'm still "young" I can tell that my body doesn't maintain or shed weight like it used to so I'm really ready to start taking care of myself in a way that will sustain me in the long run. FWTFL has been the first program I've ever done that makes me believe that I can live a normal life + still make significant changes to my health. I'm excited for y'all to be on this journey with us.. plus I need this little blog series to be my accountability because again... terrible at follow through. Ha!


Hearing a little bit of yourself in either of our why's?! If so, share with us below where you find yourself in your fitness/wellness journey and let us encourage you + cheer you on! This journey towards wholeness is a tough one but it is so worth it. It's worth it because when you look at it through the lens of how you're cultivating your legacy then it adds a significant + beautiful weight to it all. Taking care of ourselves is important + meaningful and we want to cheer y'all on in that truth as we preserver in believing it for ourselves as well. We want to live long, meaningful lives (Lord willing!) and we've got to take care of ourselves in order to do so.

So thanks for stopping by + listening to bits of our hearts. We're really looking forward to sharing this journey with you guys. We'll be back next week with more details about the program and why it's been so great for us. We hope y'all will tune in then!

Until then, have a great weekend!

Xo,

Ty + Liz

REAL TWIRL WEDDING || ALLISON + ANDREW

ALLISON + ANDREW || JUNE 24, 2017

Hello hello! How's everyone doing?! Ready for the long weekend?? We sure are! We've got plans to relax and spend time with the ones we love most. How about you? We'd love to hear about your holiday plans in the comments below!

We've got a fun treat for you all toady to kick start your weekend. We're featuring another sweet Twirl Bride of ours. Allison + her sweet hubs tied the knot back in June and we're thrilled to share some of their favorites memories with you today! We asked Allison a few questions about her special day and her life as a MRS and we hope they encourage & inspire you. Enjoy! Xo


Can you give us a glimpse into you & your hubs's love story?

We met on December 9, 2011 while attending a Christmas program with friends. I was only 16 at the time and my husband, Andrew, was 20. After the show, our mutual friends talked for a bit and we were left standing there, awkwardly trying to make friendly conversation. But at the end of the day, it was nothing more than that- awkward. I went home and didn't think much about it- I though he was cute, but the conversation really went nowhere. The next day, I was shocked to find that I had a friend request from him on Facebook. We began chatting on there, quickly realizing how much we have in common and how compatible we are. We had both just gotten out of relationships and were not looking for anything besides friendship. But what can I say? When you know, you know. We went on our first date in January of 2012 and have been together ever since. I'm a big advocate for long-term relationships. Not everyone dates 5+ years, but what better way to know you're with your soul mate than to spend plenty of time together before tying the knot? Life is much more fun when your husband doubles as your best friend.

What was it about your dress that made you realize it was "the one?" Was it what you expected to love/wear? Favorite memory from dress shopping/Twirl?

Before coming to Twirl, I had visited a couple other bridal boutiques and was not impressed. The stores were crowded (which stressed me out) and the dresses I had tried were pretty on the hanger but "eh" on me. The dress I ultimately selected was the third dress I tried on, and I knew it was "the one" the second I turned around in the mirror. It accented my collarbone and toned down my hips. It flowed around me without being "too much" and honestly was super comfortable to wear! Every dress I had found on Pinterest was a jeweled, fit and flare number and I chose a gown that was understated and accented my natural waist. The dress didn't wear me- I wore it. I was so lucky to have my mother, my now-husband's mother, and one of my best friends (who is now my sister-in-law) with me that day. My sister, one of my grandmothers, and Andrew's grandmother were also able to join us the day my dress came in. I love the special, intimate environment that Twirl creates for its brides. Walking out of the dressing room wearing my gown for the first time, into a room filled with the most important women in my life is definitely my favorite memory from my Twirl experience.

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What is your favorite memory from your wedding day?

I loved our receiving line after the ceremony. A lot of modern brides choose to skip this "outdated" practice, but I think it's super important (just like not seeing each other before the ceremony, but that's another conversation for another day). If you're reading this and you haven't gotten married yet- your wedding day will be a whirlwind, no matter how much you plan ahead. It's easy to say "oh, I'll talk to everyone at the reception" or "I'm sure I'll have a chance to thank everyone at some point" but unless you carve out that time, you simply will not get around to it. Our entire bridal party, plus our parents, lined up at the exit of the church as our guests were leaving and we spoke to every single person. If you can take the time to actually connect with these special people in your life, who took time out of their busy schedules to be there for you, I promise you will not regret it. Nothing feels better than looking down the line of people exiting your ceremony and seeing your great aunt, followed by a cousin you haven't seen in years and your kindergarten teacher. It makes you feel very loved, and it is such an underrated tradition.

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What has been the best thing about marriage so far?

I highly recommend everyone take The 5 Love Languages test by Gary Chapman before getting married. Your profile will reveal your primary way of communicating love, what it means, and how you can use it to connect with your spouse. Andrew and I both rank "quality time" very high on our lists- it was his #1 and my #2 out of the 5 options. Because of this, it shouldn't be surprising that my favorite parts about marriage have been eating breakfast together or going for evening walks around our neighborhood. Time together doesn't have to be fancy- it can even be filled with replying to emails, watching TV, and being overall distracted. But there's something so fulfilling about looking across the room at your spouse- that person who gets you like no one else does- and just knowing that they're there for you. It's pretty incredible.

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Any pieces of wisdom or advice you'd like to share with future brides, engaged gals, or newlyweds like yourself?

I have three pieces of advice:

1) Work together on setting a budget and stick to it! Nothing is more stressful about planning a wedding than finances. If you sit down with your family and fiance before planning anything for your nuptials, rather than waiting until the middle of the process to adjust your allotments, you will be much less stressed. Communicate your budget with your vendors- I did this before my appointment at Twirl and ended up coming in $1,000 under budget for my dress. Keep in mind- beautiful weddings can easily be made on a budget.

2) Keep everything in perspective. Your wedding day is one day out of an entire lifetime with your soon-to-be spouse. That means if something goes wrong (which it inevitably will), it really is not a life-ending ordeal. If you're focusing on the napkin design and ignoring crucial "life talks" with your fiance, you may way to reprioritize. Your wedding day is important, but it is not made to be the "end all, be all." It's just the beginning.

3) Take it all in. It's easy to get swept up in the madness of a wedding, but you need to make time to enjoy the day. We did this by hiring a wedding coordinator and she was a god-sent. She made sure everyone was where they were supposed to be and took the stress off of both me and my mom. We were able to take our time getting ready, take a few candid shots before the ceremony, and sit and eat a light lunch right before I walked down the aisle. It's important to make time for yourself on your special day. After all- it is about you!


VENDOR TEAM:

Coordination: Chrystal Bentley with Divine Blooms

Photography: John Michael Laney with Images by John Michael

Videography: Joshua Ratliff with Alyson Biggs Films

Florist: Paula Stambaugh with Williams Floral

Design: Holli Tackett with HolliWood Socials

Cake: Kim's Cakes by Design

Hair: Jessica Branham Hall

Makeup: Maddie Pelphrey

Bridal Gown and Veil: Twirl Boutique

Jewelry: Southern Belle Glitz

Bridesmaid Dresses: Azazie

Groom and Groomsmen Attire: Kentucky Mountain Bride

TWIRL FAMILY || DRAPER JAMES EVENT

Hello hello + happy Friday! What a week!! We were traveling for the store on Sunday + Monday, caught our breath for a quick minute, and then rallied to celebrate our sweet Twirl Brides for a night of sipping + shopping at the newest location of Draper James here in Lexington. Phew!! I'm just exhausted typing all of that out.. ha! But it's the good kind of exhausted. It was a week full of everything we love and we wouldn't have it any other way.

Our highlight of the crazy week was undoubtedly our FIRST Twirl Family event!! When we made goals for this year we put down that we wanted to do more events to share time + memories with our sweet Twirl Family beyond the walls of our cute yellow house.

Our heart is to love, serve, and celebrate our brides through every season of life, not just during their engagement season. Wednesday night was so much fun as we spent time with past, present, and even a future Twirl Bride! We are so grateful for this family of ours and it is the joy of our days to celebrate your lives. So THANK YOU for letting us into your lives + letting us cheer you on as you walk through so many different seasons of life. We feel incredibly honored!

Our former Twirl Girl/Intern, Laura of Laura Bodnar Photography, hung out with us and documented the night. We are so grateful to have these photos + share them with you! 

We are so excited about the events we have planned for the future + hope that more and more of you will join us! Cheers to celebrating life well in all walks of life. We love you!!

Also, BIG THANKS to the gals of Draper James for hosting such an amazing night! We adore y'all!! Sending big ole hugs to you forever + always. XO!

The most delicious little cakes from Nothing Bundt Cakes! Still dreaming about that raspberry one. YUM!! And what better way to pair cake than with champagne!

The most delicious little cakes from Nothing Bundt Cakes! Still dreaming about that raspberry one. YUM!! And what better way to pair cake than with champagne!

They seriously have THE CUTEST things for brides-to-be! In love with it all.

They seriously have THE CUTEST things for brides-to-be! In love with it all.

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Ty may or may not have purchased that adorable navy dress. Shhh.. don't tell her hubs! ;)

Ty may or may not have purchased that adorable navy dress. Shhh.. don't tell her hubs! ;)

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The DJ staff took such great care of our brides as they helped style them for showers + such!

The DJ staff took such great care of our brides as they helped style them for showers + such!

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Dressing room shenanigans... sorry I'm not sorry. ;) Seriously dying that Laura caught this! Ha

Dressing room shenanigans... sorry I'm not sorry. ;) Seriously dying that Laura caught this! Ha

And a couple little iPhone snaps from the night! For those of you who don't know, Draper James was founded by Reese Witherspoon.. hence why we adore it so much. We FREAKED THE FREAK OUT when she liked our posts on Instagram about the event. #FANGIRLSOHARD 

And a couple little iPhone snaps from the night! For those of you who don't know, Draper James was founded by Reese Witherspoon.. hence why we adore it so much. We FREAKED THE FREAK OUT when she liked our posts on Instagram about the event. #FANGIRLSOHARD 

All in all, we couldn't be more thrilled with how our first Twirl Family event went + we are so excited for more to come! Again, we love this family of ours SO MUCH + count it one of our greatest blessings to be a part of your lives in this small way. Thank you for allowing us in!

SENDING BIG LOVE + HUGS TO ALL OF YOU!! Cheers to the weekend! Enjoy it! Xo

MAKING THINGS HAPPEN || RECAP + CULTIVATING WHAT MATTERS

Friends, hello! (Warning: you've got a novel coming your way.. sorry not sorry!) Happy Friday!! Anyone else doing a little happy dance with the weekend finally here?! We had a quite a week over here in the world of Twirl. It was my (Liz) first week being back from a week long vacation (you know how that goes.. always an adjustment getting back in the swing of reality.. even when you love your job) and Ty's sweet little girls started their first week of school, ahh! Clare, her oldest, started kindergarten (cue all the tears) and Audrey, her youngest, started preschool (again.. cue all the tears). So needless to say, it was a week full of all the emotions. Ty & I were talking earlier today about how this week felt crazy but we also had such peace in the midst of it. We had peace because we practiced living out our mission for a well cultivated life. A "cultivated life" is a life driven by deep purpose, living out of our "why", and making what matters happen while letting everything else wash away. This idea of a cultivated life is something that was seeded in us during our time at the Making Things Happen Conference back in March. Ever since we've come home, we've had a lot of people ask about our time at the conference and to be quite honest, we haven't really had words to articulate what we experienced. It's been a couple months now and we're really starting to see the fruit of the seeds that were planted in us those two very special days in Chapel Hill. We lived out our "cultivated life" this week and it triggered the thought to finally share with you all some of what God did in our hearts during our time at the MTH conference.

For starters,  the MTH conference is hosted by Lara Casey, who is the founder of Southern Weddings Magazine and Cultivate What Matters. These are two brands/businesses that we adore, support, and believe in wholeheartedly. Lara has been someone that has been a beckon of truth & life to us through these brands for many years now. At the conference, Lara was accompanied by a team of incredible women that we adore who were our chief encouragers, leaders, and teachers during the conference (Emily Ley, Nancy Ray, Gina Zeidler, Rhiannon Bosse, Amber Housley, Katelyn James, Kristin Winchester, and several other powerhouse women who we couldn't love more). At first it was so surreal to be in the same room and conversations with these women we'd been encouraged and inspired by on social media for years but as our time there continued, these women lost their "celebrity glow" and became sisters & friends who laughed with us, cried with us, shared their hearts with us, and cheered us on as we defined what matters most in our lives. It was a beautiful thing to be surrounded by such down to earth women who understand where we are and want to spur us on towards a beautiful, cultivated life.

The MTH conference had been on my "dream list" for a couple years. "Dream list" meaning it would be a dream come true to experience it some day. I had mentioned it to Ty a while back and that sneaky little gal surprised me at Christmas by telling me she had signed us up to attend in March. It was the night of our Twirl Girl Christmas sleepover so I jumped up & down on the bed, cried into a pillow, and squealed like a kid being told they were going to Disney World. Yep. That happened. Ha! We also were able to convince our bestie, Kelsey Malicote, to join in on the fun and so a couple months later we packed ourselves up in the car and took a roadtrip to good ole North Carolina where our lives were changed for the better.

The conference is held at The Carolina Inn which is absolutely stunning. Getting to stay there was such a treat. I will forever drool over that black & white checked floor (insert a dozen heart eye emojis). We were greeted with hugs from the encouragement team that felt like we'd known them our whole lives. It was precious and certainly set the tone for what was in store for us. They took our cell phones during the day while everything was in session. At first I sadly felt a bit naked without it but by the end of our time there I felt a little hesistant to take it back because it'd been so nice to be off the radar for a little while. It's so rare to have the opportunity to totally unplug and take time to reset your heart and mind. What a gift they gave us in that.

Love you, Kristin! This photo will forever melt me. Adore you so much, sister. 

Love you, Kristin! This photo will forever melt me. Adore you so much, sister. 

Now I'm not going to share too much about the actual things that we did during our time at MTH because I want to preserve the magic of it all (it's kind of like Disney in that way). But I will happily share all the sweetness that happened in our hearts.

We were challenged in so many ways to dig deep and really figure out what sets our souls on fire, to name our fears, to speak truth about who we truly are, and to take steps of faith to make dreams realities. Living a purpose driven life is a choice we get to make for ourselves. Seeing change happen in our lives is completely possible. Leaning hard into TRUTH instead of letting lies make us sink IS POSSIBLE. We were set free in so many ways during those two days. Our comfort zones were tested but when we let our guards down, you could watch the fire in our hearts + souls spark again. We each spoke out loud things we had hid in the darkest parts of us and there really is something so profound that happens when we bring those things into the light. Their power diminishes and a renewed freedom is born within us.

All three of us, Ty, Kels, and myself, tried hard not to go into the conference with any sort of expectations but we'd be lying if we said we didn't expect the conference's content to tap into certain dreams of ours, especially when it came to our businesses. If we're honest, I think we all went into it looking for permission to take on new adventures that we'd dreamed about for our businesses and we were all seriously surprised when we talked after the first day and said, "I haven't even really thought about work/the business at all today. This is so much more about us & our stories/families/hearts." 

We each had a light bulb moment after that first day. I think it had been truth we'd known all along but the content shared with us at MTH made it all rise to the surface in a way we'd never experienced before. The light bulb moment for us was that if we want to see our businesses flourish and grow, we have to be taking care of ourselves first. If we are run dry then so is our business. However, if we are living out of a place of purpose and cultivating a meaningful foundation for our lives, it is from that place of wellness that all other things in our lives will flourish, businesses included.

Over the course of those two days we were given permission to care about ourselves. I know that may sound silly but it was monumental for us. It gave us permission to say "no" to the right things so that we can "yes" to the right things too. It gave us permission to put our families first and not feel guilty about that. It gave us permission to choose a life that gave us freedom, healing, and JOY instead of one of overwhelm, disappointment, and fear.

And y'all, that has changed everything for us. I'm not saying that every day is sunshine and roses, that's not anyone's reality, but I am saying that now we are doing our best to live out our renewed + cultivated way of living and it has brought more joy and freedom than we've ever known before. For that, we are forever indebted + grateful for the heart of the Making Things Happen conference and the incredible team of women that are ministering to the hearts of the attendees by speaking powerful truth and freedom into our lives.

So what does a "cultivated life" look for us, you may ask? Great question! I think it can look different for every season of life but I'm happy to share with y'all what that looks like for us right where we are now.

Here's what Ty I had to say about her takeaways from MTH & what her "cultivated life" looks like: I took away that I don't have to believe the lie that I have to be a good mom/wife OR a successful business owner. That with the right planning and the right yes's and no's I can do both. However, I have to cultivate both and that takes work. But it will be worth it when I can look back at my life when I'm 80 and can say I lived a cultivated life. It doesn't just happen. A cultivated life is hard work but the hard work is absolutely worth it. Also, ALL women have big fears. We need to support each other because we're all just doing the best we can. I experienced this deeply from the time we got to share with others about where we are and it was so liberating to hear echoes of "me too" surround me. I'm not one for talking about my feelings so all of this was a huge step outside of my comfort zone but I'm SO glad I took that step!

For me (Liz) I think the biggest thing I took away from the conference was banishing the lie that "it is selfish to care about yourself." I listened to that lie for far too long and had completely exhausted myself in every way because of it. I lived out of a place of "serve others, put others above yourself, care for others & you'll be fine" which is all good and fine when it's done in a healthy way. We cannot love, serve, and care for others out of an empty well. I'd been told a million and two times by people who love me that my way of living wasn't healthy but I didn't know how to restructure my life in way that allowed me the freedom to flourish and rest. Something happened at MTH that flipped a switch within me and I have been doing my best ever since then to live a cultivated life that allows me the space and freedom to care for myself so that there is an overflow of joy and love in all that I do because my days of empty-well-living are over.

For Kelsey, her takeaway was honestly a beautiful combination of mine + Ty's. Leaning deeply into the truths about who she is as a wife, a momma, a business owner, a daughter, a friend, and a person that loves herself well too.

Some of our recaps of the conference from our Instagrams. // Liz + Ty + Kels

Some of our recaps of the conference from our Instagrams. // Liz + Ty + Kels

There is absolutely no denying that we walked away from MTH with a pep in our step, a breath of fresh air breathed into our lungs, and a fire set ablaze in our hearts.

We aren't promising that our experiences will be the same for everyone but we can almost guarantee you that if you let your guard down, allow vulnerability to be the way you interact with others, and open yourself up to do the hard work then you will leave the conference feeling differently than when you first arrived.

If you're interested in attending this amazing conference yourself, go on over to their website and explore around. There's more information and a way to register there! We understand that it is an investment but we would argue that it's one of the best investments you could make for yourself. So go on.. sign up, get your cute little self to Chapel Hill, make things happen, and thank us later. ;) Click here for website: MAKING THINGS HAPPEN CONFERENCE

This amazing group of women will forever have a special place in our hearts. MTH 2017 :)

This amazing group of women will forever have a special place in our hearts. MTH 2017 :)

ALL THE LOVELY PHOTOS ARE BY AMY NICOLE PHOTOGRAPHY


Here are some of our favorite highlights from MTH (photos from our personal Instagrams):

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Amazing small group leaders Emily Ley + Amber Housley, sweet Lara, and MTH goodies!

Amazing small group leaders Emily Ley + Amber Housley, sweet Lara, and MTH goodies!

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My incredible small group leaders Rhiannon Bosse + Gina Ziedler, getting to squeeze Lara Casey + Emily Ley, sweet MTH goodies, and experiencing it all with my fave gals!

My incredible small group leaders Rhiannon Bosse + Gina Ziedler, getting to squeeze Lara Casey + Emily Ley, sweet MTH goodies, and experiencing it all with my fave gals!

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FaceTimes with the people that matter most, the loveliest small group leaders Amber Housley + Emily Ley, giddy hugs with Lara, and the best roadtrip + conference companions out there!

FaceTimes with the people that matter most, the loveliest small group leaders Amber Housley + Emily Ley, giddy hugs with Lara, and the best roadtrip + conference companions out there!


If you made it all the way to the end of this post, you're a rockstar! I hope it was an encouragement to you. If you have any other questions about our experience, the conference, or anything else feel free to email me. I'd love to chat with you: liz@twirllexington.com :)

Cheers to the weekend, y'all! We plan on resting well, spending time with the people we love, and celebrating some sweet brides-to-be along the way. Xo!

STELLA YORK STYLED SHOOT || KELLI LYNN PHOTOGRAPHY + LOVELY LEAVES

Happy Wednesday, y'all! A couple weeks ago we had a gorgeous shoot we collaborated on featured on Style Me Pretty and so we thought it'd be fun to share it over on here with y'all as well. We always love working with this incredibly talented team -- Kelli Lynn Photography, Lovely Leaves, The Livery, Pink LouLou, Haley Michelle Designs, and Bryant's Rent-All. Magic is always created when these creative come together and this time was no exception. Enjoy all the beauty we created together back in April. Xo!



So lovely, right?! We adore this shoot + everyone involved. That stunning dress is our Stella York style 6371. It's a stunner and so is the beautiful gal rockin' it! Big thanks to Caitlin + Cal for being the most adorable bride and groom for this shoot.

Hope you enjoyed, friends! Have a great week. Xo!

KELSEY'S FAREWELL

Happy Friday everybody! Can you believe it is the end of July already? It seems like this summer has just flown by. And unfortunately, that means it is the end of my time here at Twirl. Sadly, this also means it is the end of my edition of Friday Favorite’s posts. So as my final farewell, I’ve decided to take a trip down memory lane to share with you my absolute favorite dresses I’ve tried on this summer!

Starting us off is the West gown by Blush by Hayley Paige. This dress is glamorous on so many levels and made me feel like I was walking a red carpet! I can’t forget to mention the fit of this gown. The sweetheart neckline and the elongated bodice are oh so flattering, and are sure to make you feel confident and beautiful. I know because that is exactly how I felt! I wrote all about it HERE.

Next is Stella York 6461, also known here at Twirl as Chrissy. Fairytale princess was taken to a whole new level in this gown. Once again, the sweetheart neckline flatters and takes an overall traditional gown and gives it just a touch of sass. I felt like I popped right out of a story book and I know it would be the perfect dress to walk down the aisle to my (future) Prince Charming. I wrote all about it HERE.

Last (but certainly not least) is my absolute favorite, the Teresa gown, from the once again fabulous Hayley Paige. This gown was not something I would’ve pictured myself in. However, the flowy chiffon A-line skirt was so light and comfortable I felt like I could comfortably dance the night away. The celestial beading on the bodice was just enough bling to make my heart swoon, and I absolutely did not want to take it off! I wrote all about it HERE.

To say I’ve been blessed this summer is an absolute understatement. I am so thankful for all of the Twirl Girls who have taken me under their wings and not only have they taught me so much about wedding gowns and blogging, but about life as well. I am also so grateful for every one of you who have read my blog, as well as all my brides who I have been lucky enough to help you find your dream dress. Until next time…

XO,

Kelsey

TWIRL BRIDE BLOGGER || Deciding on Your Bridal Look (Insight from a Pro)

Friends! Hiii!! Sorry for almost a month of silence. It's been a whirlwind of a month but we are back and SO excited to share today's post! Our fabulous Twirl Bride Blogger, Allison Johnson of Pink LouLou Design Studio, is sharing her expert & honest opinions with us about the way to go about deciding on your bridal look. This is always such a big decision for brides and we are thrilled to have Allie share all her wisdom with y'all! Xo


Deciding on Your Bridal Look: The Inside Scoop From a Pro Hair and Makeup Artist

by Allison Johnson

Photo by The Malicotes

Photo by The Malicotes

Choosing your wedding day hair and makeup style may be one of the most important decisions you make for your wedding day. And no I am not just saying this because I am a hair and makeup artist, I honestly believe this! Your hair and makeup is one of the first things you will have done on your wedding day that will set the tone for how you feel! Now I know I know, beauty is on the inside and that is the truth, BUT you absolutely want to feel confidant, and feel like you are your most beautiful self! You will have more pictures taken on this day than probably any other day in your life, so you better make sure you love your hair and makeup! How do you ensure this you ask? Well you have come to the right place my friends. As the newly crowned 2017 Best Hairdresser of the South (Thanks Southern Weddings for this incredible honor!!) I feel I have some credibility on this subject! I could write you an entire book of my bridal hair and makeup knowledge, but instead, I tried to narrow it down to what I think are the most widely useful bits of advice!

Spring for the Professionals.

Photo by Aesthetiica

Photo by Aesthetiica

I totally understand budget constraints, I am planning a wedding too y’all, but I highly recommend not skimping when it comes to hair and makeup. If you truly feel confidant enough to do your own, that is great! I have come across very few in my day that feel comfortable enough with their abilities to do their own hair and makeup on their big day, so I suggest taking the stress off yourself, and booking the pro’s! Your bridesmaids will appreciate being pampered as well! That being said, make sure you do your research on hair and makeup artists. Talk to friends; find out who they used and who had positive experiences. Find someone that specializes in special event styling, not just cutting and coloring. I know many hair stylists that would rather die than do a wedding, but who excel at cut and color. Make sure they actually do weddings often! I suggest not going the budget route on this one, because $35 of hair and makeup is going to look like $35 of hair and makeup. Also, bridey’s, don’t feel like you need to pay for everyone’s hair and makeup! In my experience, most often bridesmaids are more than happy to foot the bill for their portion. They want to look like rock stars too ya know! We book hair and makeup about a year or more in advance for weddings we do, so don’t wait until the last minute on this one, or you will be stuck with limited options. 

Do Your Research.

I can’t tell you how many times I do a trial run with a bride, and she says” I am not really sure what I want, I haven’t thought about it yet”.  Girls, this is important! Think about it!! Haha! Get your little bridal butt on Pinterest and start pinning! I personally LOVE having pinspiration when it comes to working with my clients. It let’s me easily see things they like, or dislike. Also, it is very important to look at pictures of girls with hair like yours. Updo’s always look different on different hair colors. If you have blonde hair, look at blonde pictures, and likewise if you are brunette! If you are a natural redhead, then you are a unicorn and you can look at anything you want. Red hair is gorgeous, and often styles well in any ‘do. 

Exhibit A:

Photo by Meg Wilson

Photo by Meg Wilson

Also, keep in mind a lot of those beautiful pictures you see on Pinterest are full of secret extensions. Talk to your stylist about this. Clip in extensions save lives you know. Always better to have more hair than not enough I say!

The Great Hair Down vs. Hair Up Debate. 

I feel like this is very important and I need you girls to really hear me on this. It is very hard to wear your hair down on wedding days. It is a long day, people are hugging you, it could be raining, it could be 90 degrees and humid, I just don’t know—it is unpredictable. If your hair is down, or half up half down, I can almost assure you with certainty that your hair will fall, and be a hot mess at your reception. If you chose to forgo my professional warnings, and wear your hair down, I highly suggest having your hair stylist come back and put your hair up after the ceremony before the reception. And for the LOVE if you are going to wear it down, you 100% need clip in extensions! They hold curl better and help give your hair some structure and fullness. Now, I have really given this some thought, and I think a lot of people are scared of the word “updo” because trust me, I have seen some baaaad ones too. Please see paragraph 1 above, on picking the right stylist who specializes in wedding hair. If my clients are on the fence at their bridal trial, I am always happy to do it down first, and then throw it up after. I truly think they will be happier in the long run with it up, so I like to be able to show them both options. Updo's do not have to be boring, or "slicked to your head" as I hear so often, haha! Here are of some of my favorites I've done recently. 

Look at all that full hair! And I guarantee these gals won't be worried about their hair when they are shaking a tail on the dance floor! Nope, they will look flawless.

 

My favorite example of hair down for ceremony, then up for reception, is my bride from a few years ago, Brooke! How gorgeous is she by the way?

Photos by Todd Pellowe

Photos by Todd Pellowe

While Brooke wanted to wear her pretty locks down for the ceremony, she heeded my advice and let me put it up for the reception so she could dance with her new hubby and not have to worry about her hair getting stringy or the curl falling. I betcha if we asked her she would say this was a great decision! 

Hair and Makeup in Photos, What You Need to Know.

When you are thinking about hair and makeup for your big day, it is important to understand that your hair needs to be a little bigger, and your makeup a little bolder. It is perfectly fine to want a natural look, but it is important to understand that even a natural look looks best when done a little bit more than you would normally wear it on say, a Tuesday. It’s your wedding!! I always take pictures and video of my brides at their trial runs, so they can see what is coming back off the camera, because it is definitely different than what you see one inch away from the mirror you are looking in. (Side note, no one should ever look that closely in a mirror, trust!) Your hair and makeup should be able to stand up to your dress, and your shoes and veil—all fancy things! Also, your reception will likely be dark, so a little more than normal is a smart move!  Your makeup artist surely has done this many times, so have a little faith! You picked her for a reason, remember that!

Both of these clients of mine both wanted a more natural look, and were scared about having on too much makeup. But once I showed them the photos, they were both absolutely in love! How beautiful are these ladies? 

I asked a few of my favorite professional photogs what they had to say on the matter. Kelsey Malicote touted the importance of makeup "Photos can often wash you out, so it is helpful to have a little extra, know what I mean? Eyelashes, so important. They really open up your eyes and look great in photos. Also lip color; it helps to have a bolder lip than you may be use to. Throw out that old motto of less is more, more is more girl!" Claire Singleton with Claire and Barrett says “Professional hair and makeup can make or break photos on wedding day. Professional artists know how make-up translates to pictures. They are also able to provide looks that  last through all the happy tears, hugs and kisses that you should be able to experience without thinking twice about whether your hair or makeup can hold up. Professional hair and makeup truly makes my job as a photographer so much easier!”

Thanks Kelsey and Claire!! Speaking of products that hold up—LipSense, heard of it? If not you should definitely ask me about it! It is my go to for bridal clients. No more lipstick marks on your hubby, or your champagne glass. Win-win. 

Trial Run: What to Expect, and How to Best Prepare.

A trial run is very important when it comes to wedding day hair and makeup. A trial run not only puts you at ease, but your stylist as well! I suggest doing your trial run 30-45 days out from your wedding. This gives you ample time to prepare, look at pictures, gather your veil and any hairpieces, etc. I have found if you do trials too far in advance, you may change your mind on what you want, or forget completely what you even looked like, ha! I suggest coming to your trial with clean hair, and a makeup free and moisturized face. If you haven’t washed your hair in two days and have it in a bun on top of your head, it is going to be difficult for me to make you fabulous. Whoever is spreading the lie that “dirty hair is best” needs to cut it out. Not always the case my friends. I prefer clean hair any day, as I can use products to achieve what I need to. If you can, schedule your dress fitting around your hair and makeup trial, so you can see the look come together! It is hard to imagine how it is going to look when you have super fancy hair and makeup, and are wearing yoga pants. Also, this is very important. What if you are NOT happy with your trial? Let your stylist know, please! I am always thankful when a bride lets me know about adjustments that need to be made. I know this can be difficult, because you don’t want to hurt feelings, but a professional stylist will always welcome the feedback and appreciate the chance to make it right. I always tell my clients "I do this everyday, you will not hurt my feelings, so please let me know if we need to make any changes”. We stylists want you to be happy, so please communicate with us if you are not 100% happy! 

Well, that was a novel. I apologize. I hope that this helps those of you getting married to be more knowledgeable going into the hair and makeup process! I think I have been most excited about creating this post! Now the big question, who is doing MY hair and makeup for my wedding?! Do you know this is the most common question I have been asked, so funny! I am actually going to do my own hair, and my super talented MUA friend Amelia Evans is going to do my makeup! We are going to get ready in my house, super laid back and chill. That is just how I have always imagined the day, really relaxed, just getting myself ready at my house. I can’t wait! 87 days Y’all!! 

*All the ladies featured in this post are past clients of mine. If you need some more inspiration for hair and makeup looks, feel free to peruse my portfolio on our website, which can be found here

FRIDAY FAVORITES || SUMMER WEDDING

Hey y’all I’m back and you know what that means, it is finally Friday! Now this week’s Friday Favorites is just a little bit different, but fear not you’re in for a treat. Starting today, I’m taking a different turn and instead of featuring a different designer each week, I’ll be showing you three different dresses from different collections that could all work for the same style event! So, to kick things off with a bang I’m going for a crowd favorite of the oh so popular, summer wedding!

First off is Stella York’s style 6555, which we here at Twirl refer to as Slone! This gown is laidback and flowy, but still so chic! And can we please just take a minute to admire the beading on top? I mean hello – so gorgeous! The pearl beading is the perfect touch for us here in the south, who doesn’t love pearls am I right? The light-as-air tulle skirt extends effortlessly into a slight train, making it super lightweight. In the hot summer months here in Kentucky, that is just an added bonus to make you just little bit more comfortable on your big day!

Next, we have Justin Alexander’s style 8949. The beaded net details of the bodice with the illusion deep v-back add just a hint of pizazz. The v-neckline gives a simple, super flattering effect. Oh, and let’s not forget this silk chiffon slim A-line skirt that completes the look and gives an air of lavishness. But, don’t worry even though this dress isn’t a tulle skirt, the chiffon is still light and airy enough that you can twirl the night away! 

Last but certainly not least, is Hayley Paige’s Celine gown. This gown is brand new here at Twirl and is being featured in this weekend’s trunk show, so I knew I had to put it on! Celine is an ivory and hologram A-line gown with a circular chiffon skirt. Added details of an illusion off the shoulder cap sleeve bodice with floral dotted rhinestone embellishment add just enough sparkle to make you feel like a star! Not to mention that this gown has a low open back that adds a hint of sexiness and an overwhelming feeling of glamour. You’re sure to feel confident and relaxed in this beauty of a gown! 

Around here we all know how hot it can in these summer months, so having a dress that you won’t feel like your overheating in is so important. Gowns like these three are the perfect way to highlight your figure, by cinching in the waist, yet flowy enough to keep you cool and comfortable! So I hope that if you are planning a summer wedding these dresses have given you some inspiration for finding your perfect dress! And as always if one these gorgeous gowns featured have caught your eye, don’t hesitate to make an appointment and come on in! We would love to help you say yes, to your Twirl dress!

XO,

Kelsey 

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FRIDAY FAVORITES || HEIDI ELNORA KATIE GRACE

As another week comes to a close, it’s that time once again for Friday Favorites! This week I’ve been completely crushing on Heidi Elnora and her Build a Bride collection. This collection is the perfect way to customize your gown to exactly what you’ve always imagined! There are so many options to choose from, you can guarantee you will look unique and feel incredible!

The best part of Heidi Elnora’s Build a Bride collection is that you can go as simple or as extravagant as your heart desires. Just take this dress, the Katie Grace, for example. This sweet and simple a-line wedding gown is gorgeous just on its own. Featuring a scoop neckline, a natural waist, and a low back, you will feel classically chic! Oh, and I can’t forget to mention the pockets, in this super sweet gathered skirt! And I mean, who doesn’t love pockets am I right? Who wouldn’t want to walk down the aisle with some snacks in their pocket? Okay, okay, maybe tissues and mints would be more appropriate… 

Now you might love this silhouette, but you might be thinking that this is missing something. This is where Heidi Elnora goes from great to absolutely fabulous. You can add so many different accessories to make it yours, which is exactly what we’ve done here. This belt is the Jeana Lee belt, which features hand-made organza petals, tulle, and rhinestone details. The pattern is large in the center of the belt and then gradually becomes smaller as it encompasses your waist. This belt is the perfect way to add a little sparkle and define your waist! 

Maybe you want a little more coverage up top? Well we’ve got that option as well! The Hillary Halter is just perfect and the best thing about it, is that you can wear it for the ceremony and then remove it for your reception! The high neckline of the halter gives a regal feel and the keyhole back adds just a little touch of playfulness and finishes right at a natural waist. Speaking of that waist, why not add a belt to flatter your figure even more? So, here comes the beauty bow! A classic favorite to add to any gown! This bow features a ruched waistband with long tails that be tied into a bow wherever your heart desires! I wore it in the back but you could always add it to the front or even the side!

To round out all the different ways you can wear the Katie Grace gown is the elegant Chloe Crop Top! This crop top features functioning covered buttons at the center back with lace that lies perfectly off the shoulder. This can add just that little extra something if you want to cover up but still feel modern and chic. And just like the Hillary Halter if you wanted to wear it for the ceremony and not the reception it can totally be done! 

Now I know customizing a gown can be a completely daunting task, so I hope I have inspired you to take a leap and check out Heidi Elnora! As always, if you’ve seen something you have to try on, go ahead and make an appointment. We would love to help you say yes to your Twirl dress!

XO, Kelsey