Twirl Gives Back: DanceBlue

Friends! We are SO excited to share with you what will be going on tomorrow (December 3rd). One of our consultants and our current intern are heavily involved in DanceBlue at the University of Kentucky. Hearing their hearts for this causes has only made our hearts explode more & more. We are overjoyed to share that we will having a "Twirl Gives Back" Saturday tomorrow to help raise funds for DanceBlue! We had our sweet consultant, Kaylee Hobbs, who is the PR chair for DB share her heart with y'all and give some info all about this incredible event & fundraiser. Hear all about it below!


This Saturday, December 3rd, Twirl is supporting the mission of DanceBlue by donating 10% of the profit made from dresses sold to DanceBlue. I, Kaylee Hobbs, am a senior at UK and currently serve as the Public Relations Chair for DanceBlue and have been involved with the organization since I was a freshman at the University of Kentucky.

DanceBlue is a University of Kentucky student run organization that fundraises year-round and culminates in a 24-hour no sitting, no sleeping dance marathon. All the money that is raised through DanceBlue is donated to the Golden Matrix Fund, which then works to support the kids of the DanceBlue Kentucky Children's Hospital Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic, as well as support of research at the UK Markey Cancer Center.

Through my chair position, I have had the opportunity to volunteer in the DanceBlue clinic to help alleviate the burdens of cancer placed on the kids and their families. Normally I spend my time playing with kids during their chemo treatments, making crafts, and offering a helping hand wherever needed. One of my most special memories in the clinic was when a young girl was telling me her dreams of opening her own boutique and selling “clothes with sparkles”. Of course, I told her all about Twirl. Whether it be laughing together at YouTube videos, playing monopoly, or having a warhead eating contest on Halloween (I totally lost), I am honored to be let in to such an intimate part of these kids’ lives.

Childhood cancer not only affects the child physically, but it also creates many emotional and financial difficulties for the entire family. The goal of the Golden Matrix Fund is to provide care and support for the kids through giving them and their parent's comfort.

Through 11 years of DanceBlue, more than $9.8 million has been raised to support this cause. This fund has been able to allow the hiring of vital staff in the clinic such as a Child life Specialist who provides encouragement and distraction to help the child emotionally handle their diagnosis and the treatments. Additionally, a school intervention specialist has been brought on as an advocate for the patients within schools to ensure they do not fall behind in classes as a result of their treatment.

Finally, the support of the Golden Matrix Fund has recently allowed for the construction of a new pediatric hematology oncology clinic that will expand the capacity of the clinic as well as provide a more convenient and comfortable experience for the families.

The DanceBlue 2017 marathon is February 25th to 26th, 8p to 8pm in Memorial Coliseum. All community members are welcome and encouraged to attend and get a glimpse of the magic that is DanceBlue.

To learn more about DanceBlue visit, www.danceblue.org or follow them on Instagram, @UK_DanceBlue, Facebook, @DanceBlue, or Twitter, @UKDanceBlue. 


So if you're shopping with us tomorrow, know that your lovely dollars are going to an amazing cause! And if you want to just swing by the shop & drop off a donation, please know it will joyfully welcomed & appreciated! XOXO

Cheers to Seven Years

As I sit here and write this blog it is hard to believe I just typed the number SEVEN!  When I started out on this little dream journey seven years ago it all seemed quite daunting and scary.  I was 29 years old, not married (yet), and ready for a new challenge in life.  This blog may be a bit long, but I want to truly share my journey with you and hope it inspires others to take the leap of faith and follow your dreams.

The year 2007 was one of the worst of my life...I had gone through a broken engagement and ended my career in politics with a heartbreaking loss for my former boss.  Truth talk here... it felt like I was hitting rock bottom and I did not know what my next step would be.  I was truly a lost soul.  At the beginning of 2008, I started a job in the corporate world and bought a new townhouse by myself.  I was bound and determined to get on a better path.  Little did I know, God had BIG plans for me in 2008.  At that new corporate job I was seated about 10 feet away from a much younger guy that caught my eye.  His name was Brandon McBrayer.  We did not start dating for a few months, but once we did my life changed.  We started going to church together and were pretty much inseparable after just a few months.  We had so much fun together and began to feel comfortable enough to share our dreams after a while.  ALL of my friends were getting married that year (I was in four weddings that year alone).  We were ordering dresses from all over the place and none of them seemed to be from local places.  During that time I became a bit inspired by an old college dream I'd had about owning a business in the wedding industry.  A few months later I literally woke up one morning in early 2009 and decided I wanted to open a small bridal shop in Lexington.  No big deal, right?!

Everyone seriously thought I had lost my mind and thought it was just going to be a little phase.  I was becoming more and more displeased with my corporate job and that fueled my fire to make this dream come true.  I had a bit of money in savings, but no where near what I needed to open a business.  My sweet boyfriend was more than supportive and kept believing in me the whole time.  I started writing my business plan, researching online and plugging away at Small Business classes to figure it all out. 

One day I happened upon a cute website for a store in Scottsdale, Arizona called Twirl.  They were strictly a bridesmaid boutique and had the cutest vibe.  I reached out to them on a whim and they were looking to expand and open more stores as licensees.  Since I had no business-owning experience I thought this would be the best route for me!  We chatted on the phone and I knew I had to make it happen.  A lot of sleepless nights and a ton of leaps of faith later...we opened Twirl Lexington on November 27, 2009.  I will forever be indebted to those ladies for helping me start my dream.  A couple of years after I opened, they decided to close the Arizona stores, leaving me on my own.  While I was completely freaked out at the time it turned out to be a huge blessing, as I could grow Twirl as I wanted to do and add in bridal gowns to the mix. 

Opening Day at Twirl in 2009.  Newly engaged and SO young!

Opening Day at Twirl in 2009.  Newly engaged and SO young!

My very first appointment and customers at Twirl.  Thankful for such a supportive friend group!

My very first appointment and customers at Twirl.  Thankful for such a supportive friend group!

When I sit back today and think about the transformations that have taken place in this store over the past seven years it literally blows my mind.  I have personally gone from a single 29 year old to a married woman with two little Twirl Girls of my own.  My little yellow store has gone from opening with maybe 20 bridesmaid dresses on the racks to having over 150 wedding gowns and bridesmaid dresses.  I have gone from working by myself every day to having a staff with 2 fabulous full time employees and 6 part-time employees.  The growth and comfort these pink walls have provided to the young women we have employed and had the opportunity to get to know is something that makes my heart swell with joy.  Each one of my former Twirl Girls have brought their own sense of style and way of loving my store that has forever changed the way I think and operate.  Once a Twirl Girl...always a Twirl Girl...and I am so grateful for each you!

 

I realize I am getting a bit sappy and rambling, so I will wrap it up.  These seven years have been a journey with lots of hard days, but even more amazing days.  Shopping for your wedding dress is so much more than just shopping.  We pour our hearts and souls into selecting dresses and creating a loving environment to have those special moments remembered forever.  I pray that comes across to everyone that has ever set foot in our door and thank each of our customers from the very bottom of my heart.  Without you none of this would be possible.  THANK YOU!

Ok, now I seriously feel like I'm at the Oscars and being told to wrap it up.  THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for everything!  Cheers to SEVEN years and many more to come!

xoxo,

Ty

THANKFUL THURSDAYS | FIVE DOT + MELODY JOY

Hey hey friends! Welcome back to another round of Thankful Thursdays! We're so excited to brag on some crazy talented gals today. Prepare yourself to fall in love with some major beauty!

Five Dot and Melody Joy are two of the most talented designers we know and every wedding we see that they've been a part of we always are having pick our jaws up off the floor. Kristen Becker with Five Dot is based out of Northern Kentucky and Melody McMunn with Melody Joy is based out of Lexington, Kentucky. They both create some of the most gorgeous invitation suites imaginable. Their styles are very different but equally amazing. They've both been featured in some of the top wedding publications in the nation like Style Me Pretty, Southern Weddings, Wedding Chicks, and Baubles & Bowties. Well deserved, ladies, well deserved.

Aside from being rockstars at their craft, they are also incredibly dear friends of ours. We're telling you, these gals are GOOD PEOPLE. They can back up their fabulous designs with personalities that make you love them even more.


Kristen has been a long time friend of ours and has been one of our biggest cheerleaders in the industry. Not only is she killer graphic designer but she is the co-founder of Baubles & Bowties and Wedding Row Kentucky. We cannot express to you what a gift it is to have people like Kristen on our home team. This girl is a rockstar and constant support to us and we are crazy thankful for her. She is going to spoil some lucky follower with an awesome custom wedding hanger! It'll be the perfect way to display your gorgeous gown on your big day!


And then there's this sweet thang.. Miss Melody McMunn. Mel has been a precious friend of ours for a couple years now and has brought so much joy to every project we've collaborated together on. If she looks familiar, it's probably because she's been the face of Twirl in multiple advertisements for us (Brides Magazine + Southern Weddings Magazine). Yep, she's a jack of all trades around these parts. ;) We love this girl. Her heart is pure gold and blesses anyone that walks through her path. She is generously blessing our giveaway winner with a custom vows print. That's right, she will calligraphy your wedding vows and it will no doubt become one of your most prized possessions. Frame that baby & treasure it forever!


So friends, if you haven't already, ENTER THE GIVEAWAY! These are just some of the many goodies you could potentially win and these two prizes alone are enough of a reason to enter. We are so grateful for these wonderful women, their talents, and the gift they are to our lives and many many others. Big hugs to Kristen & Melody!!

What or who are you thankful for today? Tell them, we guarantee it'll brighten their day. XO

THANKFUL TUESDAYS | THIRSTY HEARTS DESIGN

Happy Tuesday folks! I know we said last week that we were going to do "Thankful Thursdays" but we're also going to do "Thankful Tuesdays" because 1) alliteration is kinda our jam and 2) we have A LOT to be thankful for so why not?!

Today is as good as any to remind ourselves what & who we are thankful for. On this 2016 election day, let's be thankful for our rights and freedom. Regardless of who you voted for, let's be thankful that we even have a voice around here and that our votes, every single one of them, MATTER.

For today's "Thankful Tuesday" we are sharing our love for Angie Poston of Thirsty Hearts Design. Angie is a part of our amazing anniversary giveaway and is giving away two of her awesome prints. Y'all, we are so thankful for this gal. She has such a passion for speaking boldly about what her heart believes to be true and raising up all things good to remind us that we have a hope that is beautiful. This girl is cut from the same cloth we are and we just love her so much.

Ang, we are so thankful for you. We will forever & always cheer you on as you continue to speak truth with zeal, compassion, and a healthy dose of sass. ;) Keep doing you! We are proud of you and again, are so crazy grateful for you and your friendship!

Also, THIS PRINT ^  and ANGIE'S "FALLON TIMBERLAKE" BUTTON MAKE US REAL HAPPY.

Look for something to be thankful for today, friends. It'll do your hearts good.

XOXO, The Twirl Girls

THANKFUL THURSDAYS | MALICOTE PHOTOGRAPHY

Happy Thursday friends! We are overwhelmed & overjoyed by the responses to the giveaway we've had so far, you all are AWESOME!!

We thought it'd be a fun idea to do "Thankful Thursdays" throughout the month of November as we lead up to Thanksgiving. What better way to kick it off than to show off the amazing vendors/brands that are a part of our giveaway all month long. We love these businesses & the people who run them with our whole hearts and we can't wait to brag on each of them to you guys.

First up, we're bragging on Matt and Kelsey Malicote of Malicote Photography! They are generously donating a FREE PHOTO SESSION for the giveaway and we are just blown away by that gift. At the same time though, we're not shocked at all because that is just who they are. Generosity spews out of this couple and blesses the people around like constantly. Their hearts of gold inspire us daily. So not only are they some of the best people we know but they are also crazy talented photographers. Their ability to capture a moment is truly something so special. We have been so blessed by the way they have loved so many of our brides but also by blessing us personally with some of the sweetest photographs of our own lives. Simply put, WE ADORE THE MALICOTES and are over the moon that one of you lucky folks are going to get to spend time with them and be blessed by their gifts & talents too!

So today we are thankful for the Malicotes and all that they contribute to this industry, this community, and our lives. We are immeasurably blessed by them and you will be too if you ever get the opportunity to work with them or get to befriend them. Cheers to Matt, Kelsey, and their little lady Myla too!


CHECK OUT THEIR CUTENESS BELOW:


WE JUST LOVE THIS TOO MUCH NOT TO SHARE & IT SHOWS OFF THEIR SWEET SOULS.

FILM BY OUR OTHER FAVES, REEL SPECIAL PRODUCTIONS.


AND HERE'S SOME OF MATT & KELSEY'S AMAZING WORK. HEART EYES FOR DAYS!


Cheers to these amazing friends of ours and the way they flood our hearts with thankfulness!

WHAT ARE YOU THANKFUL FOR TODAY?! Don't ever be scared to share it with the ones you love. Thankfulness is a powerful force, be careful.. it could change the world. ;)

XOXOXO

TWIRL TURNS SEVEN | ANNIVERSARY GIVEAWAY

FRIENDS!! Happy Wednesday! We are SO excited to finally share with you guys what our big announcement is... eeeeeek!! It's been so fun to hear from many of you about the anticipation of the announcement, we love the sweet support from this community of ours. Y'all are THE BEST! And as a huge "THANK YOU!!!" for all the love you've shown us over the years (7 to be exact) we are celebrating with a MASSIVE GIVEAWAY!!

Our 7th anniversary is this month (we can hardly even believe we're typing those words) and to celebrate the fun, growth, and joy we've experienced over the last seven years we are doing it big and scratching that seven-year-itch by spoiling our Twirl Family with what we believe to be one of the best giveaways imaginable!

We have teamed up with some awesome local vendors & some of our favorite national brands to create a bundle of goodies that get our hearts really excited but hopefully YOURS too!!

Our hope for our 7th anniversary is to reach 7,000 followers on Instagram! We are at 6,068 as of today (11/2/16 at 5pm EST) so we have full confidence that we can reach (at least) 7,000 by our anniversary on November 27th. Totally possible, right?! Well, we need YOUR HELP to get there! Once we reach 7,000 on IG, we will randomly select a follower who followed the giveaway entry rules and that lucky winner will receive the following GOLDMINE OF GOODIES:

- A PHOTO SESSION WITH MALICOTE PHOTOGRAPHY (We're still squealing that we get to spoil someone with this!! Amazing! Such a blessing, Kelsey & Matt are THE BEST!)

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- And a yummy bottle of champagne because we're celebrating, duh!


Sooooo want to know how you can win all of that fabulousness?!?

Check out the GIVEAWAY RULES below:

1. Follow us on Instagram @twirllex

2. Tag 3 friends in our post about the giveaway that might want in on all this goodness too!

* * * EXTRA WAYS TO ENTER * * *

1. Comment on our blog announcing the giveaway (surprise.. you're half way there because you're already here!) and tell us something you're thankful for! Easy enough right?!

2. Repost our image about the giveaway (FOUND BELOW) on your own Instagram account and tag us (@twirllex) and use the hashtag #twirlturnsseven.


We seriously cannot wait to see who wins this amazing giveaway!! If we're being honest, we are real bummed we can't enter it ourselves... from a photo session with Kelsey to tons of Southern Weddings goodies and fabulous lash extensions.. it's a girl's dream!

So let's get going & make it to 7,000 so we can spoil one of you rotten!

Most of all, please know, WE LOVE YOU GUYS SO SO MUCH!! We couldn't be doing any of this if it weren't for y'all and for that we are eternally grateful. We get to do what we love because of this Twirl family and that makes our hearts truly burst with joy.

Cheers to seven years & a million more to come!! Thanks for being along for the ride with us.

XOXOXO, The Twirl Girls

Nouvelle Amsale Trunkshow | 9/30 - 10/1

This weekend (September 30th - October 1st) is an exciting weekend for us! We are hosting our first Nouvelle Amsale trunkshow. Nouvelle Amsale bridal is our newest collection here at Twirl Boutique and we are thrilled to introduce it to all of our lovely brides. The collection is full of classic styles with bits of modern twists. We can absolutely see Kentucky brides flaunting these gorgeous gowns on their big days! So come see us this weekend and "Feel Lovely, Be Lovely."




While you're at it, check out the designer behind this amazing collection, Amsale Aberra. When she gets choked up talking about brides wearing her designs, she melted us. So sweet!

Could you be one of the brides that rocks this amazing woman's designs? We sure hope so! Can't wait to see you all this weekend. If you haven't already, call & book your appointment ASAP! 859.309.2493

The Heart Behind: Hide & Seek Design

Happy Wednesday y'all! It's been a little while since we've shared a "Heart Behind" post but today we are changing that! Today you're going to get to know one of the most talented florists we know, Miss Erica Svec with Hide And Seek Designs. Erica not only has crazy amazing skills when it comes to floral design but she also has one of the best hearts we know. We love having her as a friend and in our wedding vendor family.


Can you give the readers a little background about your business? How long have you been in business and what services do you offer your clients?

My name is Erika Svec and I am the owner and head designer of Hide and Seek Design.  I’ve been in business here in Lexington for the past 5 years and specialize in one-of-a-kind, detail-oriented floral arrangements.

When did you know that this was the business for you?

After graduating with a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture, I found my way into floral design after providing flower arrangements for several of my friends’ weddings. Five years later, I’m able to continue pursuing my passions with the help of visionary planters, creative brides, and inspiration from all avenues of life.

Where did the inspiration for your business come from?

The inspiration came to me during the preparation of my own wedding in Wisconsin. After meeting with different florists, I couldn’t help but think the designs lacked some of the unique qualities that I was looking for. It made me want to do the arrangements myself and that’s when I realized I could bring something new to the table that was unlike anything I had been seeing.

How do you contribute your passions into your daily work routine?

I’m passionate about connecting with my clients so I really enjoy meeting the soon-to-be bride and groom. I’m also passionate about new ideas and designs, so each year I try to focus on something completely different and bring it to life.

What’s the best part of running your own business/ being your own boss?

My favorite part is being able to make my own schedule. Sometimes it can feel like there’s a lot on my shoulders but at the end of the day everything works out and I wouldn’t trade it for a desk job.

What is your favorite part about working within the wedding industry?

I love the community of wedding vendors here in Lexington. There’s so much creativity that goes into wedding planning and I really enjoy seeing everything come together.

What’s your favorite aspect of your business and how does that motivate you in your daily work?

My favorite aspect is the friendships that I make with my clients and with fellow vendors. Staying motivated can be difficult but when the venue is ready it totally becomes worth it – the arrangements are kind of like the finishing stamp and they really help complete the overall design of the wedding.

What is the most rewarding part of your business?

The most rewarding part is being able to see the couple’s design ideas come together better than they could have ever imagined.

How do you define “success”?

I used to think that success was all about money, but I’ve learned that it’s the result of having a balance between work and life. Being a good mom and a good wife brings me more joy than anything in the world.

Where do you see your business in the next 5 years?

In terms of design, I believe my business will continue to grow and change based on style. In terms of business, I want to continue to focus on what I have and not take on too much work so that I can continue to give my clients one-of-a-kind designs without feeling overwhelmed.

This blog series is titled, “The Heart Behind”. You were chosen because of your love for people and your caring attitude. How do you pass your grace and love onto your customers?

I try to pass grace and love onto my customers by maintaining a positive attitude and expressing my sincerest gratitude for being chosen for their special day. I also try to build friendships with each of my clients so that I’m able to capture their personality as best as possible with my designs.

What advice would you give someone who was considering starting his or her own business?

Have patience. You will want to see the progress quicker than it comes but good things take time so remain patient. Also, find a mentor who knows the business really well and learn as much as you can from them.


See why we love her so much?! We hope you walk away inspired and encouraged by Erica! We look forward to sharing another wonderful post with y'all very soon. Have a wonderful day, friends! XOXO

TWIRL BRIDE (THURSDAYS): LAST MINUTE TIPS + EXCITEMENT

We're switching it up from our normal Twirl Bride TUESDAYS to Thursday because our sweet bride blogger, Mary, is tying the knot THIS WEEKEND! Ahhh so crazy the day is finally here! We asked her to share some last minute tips/advice and to share with us what she's most excited about for this weekend + her marriage. Enjoy hearing from this giddy bride-to-be and be sure to take to heart her little nuggets of wisdom! She's a wise one. ;)


It’s wedding week for me, y’all!  I can’t even begin to describe how fast this last year of my life has gone!  Ever since I met Daniel, my soon-to-be husband, time has seemed to go SO very fast.  It’s like we met, I blinked, and here we are, 3 days away from our wedding!!  This is such an exciting time for Daniel and me.  Two weeks ago Daniel graduated from Physical Therapy school and this week he has started his job at Central Baptist Hospital.  In the meantime, I have been attempting to keep the wedding train on track and moving! 

It all seems pretty unreal that our wedding is this weekend!  We’ve had a whole year to plan and prepare and we have been waiting with anticipation for this time to come.  We’ve been patient sometimes and impatient most of the time.  I’m here today to give some last minute tips and to share what I am most excited about.  So, here is my first bit of advice: take a deep breath!

If I had a dollar for every time someone has told me or I have told myself to just take a breath during this whole wedding planning process, I would be a billionaire!  Seriously, the best advice I can give is that at the end of your big day, you get to ride off with your husband, whom you’ve been waiting your whole life for.  When I get stressed out over wrong orders or rude people on customer service or the weather forecast, all I think about is how far God has brought me in life and the fact that at the end of September 10th, 2016, I get to be married to the best man I know.  If that’s not motivation to stay calm, I don’t know what is!

Some practical things that have helped keep the wedding jitters at bay are: waking up slow in the mornings and drinking coffee in bed.  I’ve been so fortunate this week to not have to work and I don’t feel bad for not setting an alarm in the morning.  I rest when I can, mainly in the morning, and when I’m up for the day, I get to work checking off my to-do list or running errands.  But the morning time has been so peaceful and relaxing.  Take advantage of those moments before your wedding week gets too crazy!  You’ll miss the peace and quiet when you have a lot to do.

Secondly, I tried really hard to have the majority of everything planned a week before the wedding.  I had a two-day schedule made so that my bridal party didn’t have to guess what the plan is.  As plans have changed, I’ve simply made the changes to the wedding schedule document and updated my wedding party too.  My thinking behind this was that I knew the week of the wedding would be a whirlwind of emotions and surprise tasks needing to be done.  So, in planning a week before, I made room for these speed bumps to occur and to be honest, it’s worked pretty well! 

Lastly, plan a “last” date with your fiancé!  If you have planned your wedding well and in a timely manner, you should be able to have a seemingly normal life the week of your wedding.  Last night, Daniel and I went on our last date as an engaged couple.  We recreated our first date and we were able to just talk and enjoy each other’s company.  Because most of our time is spent talking over word documents, work orientations, last minute planning, it was so nice to just put that all down for a while and spend some one-on-one time with the man I’m about to commit my life to.  It was nice to be reminded that our relationship is much more important than a perfect wedding.

I could go on and on with advice but I believe those are the three things that have really kept me sane during this process.  That and the people who have surrounded us during this time offering helping hands and prayer; even a simple text saying that someone is thinking of me has gone a long way!  We couldn’t do this without our people!  The next time I write a blog, I’ll be writing as Mrs. Rouse!


Mary, from all of us to you, HAPPY WEDDING WEEK!! We are so excited for you to become a wife on Saturday! We are doing all the celebratory dancing for you over here and cannot wait to see all the gorgeous images of you in your amazing Twirl gown! You're going to be a vision. We love you deeply!! XOXOXO, The Twirl Girls

HAYLEY BRIDES ARE HAPPY BRIDES

If you follow us on social media, you probably saw last week that we announced our Hayley Paige trunkshow that's coming our way here in just a few short weeks! We are SO excited to have her Spring 2016 collection here in the shop and we have no doubt you ladies will looooove it!

We thought it'd be fun to showcase some of the our real Hayley Paige brides as well as some fun shoots we've done with Hayley Paige gowns! Perhaps it'll help you imagine yourself in an HP gown of your own & get you excited for our trunk show coming up the 16th & 17th of this month!


Josie Gown || Photo by Rachael McCall Photography || Styled Shoot

Josie Gown || Photo by Rachael McCall Photography || Styled Shoot


Chantelle Gown || Photo by Rachael McCall Photography || Styled Shoot

Chantelle Gown || Photo by Rachael McCall Photography || Styled Shoot


Remmington Gown || Photo by Rachael McCall Photography || Styled Shoot

Remmington Gown || Photo by Rachael McCall Photography || Styled Shoot


Leighton Gown || Photo by The Malicotes || Styled Shoot

Leighton Gown || Photo by The Malicotes || Styled Shoot


Nicoletta Gown || Photo by The Malicotes || Styled Shoot

Nicoletta Gown || Photo by The Malicotes || Styled Shoot


Peyton Gown || Photo by Rachael McCall Photography || Real Bride, Candice.

Peyton Gown || Photo by Rachael McCall Photography || Real Bride, Candice.


Londyn Gown || Photo by Rachael McCall Photography || Real Bride, Lauren

Londyn Gown || Photo by Rachael McCall Photography || Real Bride, Lauren


Dori Gown || Photos by Kevin & Anna Photography || Real Bride, Madison

Dori Gown || Photos by Kevin & Anna Photography || Real Bride, Madison


Lily Gown || Photos by Kevin & Anna Photography || Styled Shoot

Lily Gown || Photos by Kevin & Anna Photography || Styled Shoot


Esther Gown || Photo by Hope Taylor Photography || Real Bride, Talara

Esther Gown || Photo by Hope Taylor Photography || Real Bride, Talara


Paige Gown || Photo by Rachael McCall Photography || Styled Shoot

Paige Gown || Photo by Rachael McCall Photography || Styled Shoot


Hayley Gown || Photo by Rachael McCall Photography || Styled Shoot

Hayley Gown || Photo by Rachael McCall Photography || Styled Shoot


So as you can see, Hayley Paige brides are nothing but fabulous! Check out her Spring 2016 collection and get excited for the weekend of the 16th-17th when those amazing gowns call Twirl "home" for the weekend! If you haven't booked your appointment yet be sure to do so ASAP because Saturday is nearly full and Friday is too. Call us or request an appointment! We look forward to having you shop with us!! XOXO

Twirl Bride Tuesdays: Picking My Bridesmaids

We're back with another featured post for our Twirl Bride, Miss Mary Stallard, VERY soon to be Mrs. Mary Rouse! This week she's sharing with us about how she went about choosing her bridesmaids. For some, this can be a daunting task so we asked Mary for her advice on it all to try and ease your minds and remind you of the importance of choosing your ladies wisely. Enjoy her little nuggets of wisdom for today's Twirl Bride Tuesdays.


“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the ross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” HEBREWS 12:1-2

Hi again! It’s me, Mary, Twirl’s featured bride blogger!  This month I am talking about my bridesmaids!  I couldn’t think of a better subject to talk about because I love my girls!  When I think about my wedding day, I get SO excited about sharing my special day with my best gal pals because as much as my wedding day is about me and Daniel, it is also just as much about our friends that will stand next to us not only at the alter of our wedding ceremony, but throughout the rest of our lives.

When I contemplate what a bridal party is and what it represents during the ceremony of a wedding, I think about the verse from Hebrews that I shared at the beginning of this blog.  You see, we were not meant to do this life alone.  We were made for community to be surrounding us because life is hard and it becomes even harder when we try to isolate ourselves from being known and loved by other people.  My bridesmaids and Daniel’s groomsmen serve as our “great cloud of witnesses” so that throughout our marriage we are able to “lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely” while also allowing us to “run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus…”  Our people help us by keeping us accountable, asking us how we’re doing and simply just doing life with us.

Y’all, I cannot do this life without my friends and I certainly will not be able to do a marriage without them helping me every step of the way.  This is what I had in mind when I thought about whom I wanted with me during the process of preparing for marriage.  I have a lot of friends but I wanted to make sure that the people that I would spend my most special day with would also be people that in ten years are asking me how my marriage is doing and helping me to be the wife that the Lord has called me to be. 

So, with all of that being said I started out with a good idea of who my bridesmaids would be.  Not only did I want them to be committed to being lifelong friends but I also wanted my bridesmaids to represent different parts of my life that have all lead up to where I am now.  From my best friend of 7 years, to my roomie, to my college best friend and sorority sisters, to my very first best friend and cousin, I absolutely cannot wait to celebrate my wedding and marriage with these girls!  They each represent a part of me and a part of life that has gotten me to this point and I think that is what makes them each so special!

To any bride trying to make a decision about who to ask to be their bridesmaids: do not stress over this!  First and foremost, your marriage and wedding day goal should be making Christ known and glorified above anything else.  Secondly, you can’t ask every friend of yours to be a bridesmaid.  This is a truth that you need to come to terms with as soon as possible.  Although I know it would be great to have 20 bridesmaids, unless your budget is super large, that will not be possible.  There are multiple other ways to honor your special friends and to incorporate them into your wedding day without having them be a bridesmaid.  You can have scripture readers, guest book attendants, etc.

Remember, the wedding planning process does not have to be stressful so don’t let it!  Yes, these are big decisions but at the end of the day, you get to be married to the man God has made for you and that will be the greatest gift of all! 


Such great insight, right?! Thanks so much for sharing all of this with us, Mary, and letting us in on how you walked through choosing your girls. I (Liz) cannot wait to stand by your side as your become Mrs. Rouse! XOXO

Our Favorite Friday Favorite: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LIZ!

Usually Liz is on this side of the blog posts...she's the face behind all of Twirl's social media, but what many don't know is the journey of how Liz became my partner in crime.

In January 2014 I received an email about a program called  Bluegrass Fellows through Tates Creek Presbyterian Church.  They were looking to place this fabulous college graduate named Elizabeth Cox in a business that would support her spiritual growth in the professional world and provide mentorship as she branches out on her own.  Well.  Let's just say it was love at first resume glance!  I knew from the minute I Facebook stalked her that she and I would hit it off.  Elizabeth came in to meet with us and I hired her on the spot.  We had to wait a whole 6 months for her to graduate and start her job, but boy was it worth it!   

This was Elizabeth's first Twirl Girl outing.  I was very, very pregnant.  I hated this picture of myself and she posted it for all of the world to see.  I forgave her.

This was Elizabeth's first Twirl Girl outing.  I was very, very pregnant.  I hated this picture of myself and she posted it for all of the world to see.  I forgave her.

After we figured out she would like to be called Liz (we like to joke that she has a split personality of Elizabeth/Liz)...she began her work with us and she took over all of our social media outlets and truly transformed our online presence.  She has a passion for making things pretty and she has a God given gift for doing so.  She has a beautiful heart and soul and that shines through in everything she touches. 

Over the next several months while I was on maternity leave, Liz became an integral part of our team and we bonded even more.  Liz is one of the most real, down to earth and gracious people you will ever meet.  Through many conversations, kitchen counseling sessions and late night texting about the most random things in the world...she has become someone I could never imagine life without.  She always has the right words to share and brought me back to focus on why I opened Twirl in the first place.  She has simply made me a better person, and for that I am so thankful for August 20, the day she graced the Earth with her presence. 

I will never forget the day we had the conversation about her becoming manager.  We both work in a similar way...organized chaos...and I needed to make sure we could hone that chaos to make it work enough so the world didn't see our mayhem.  Well.  I think we can say almost two years later that we make it work.  And work very well.  In that short time we have opened Meant to Be Boutique together and an organization called The Joyful Day Giveaway

The sky is the limit when Elizabeth/Liz is in the picture.  Life is more fun with her, too.  Cheers to you, sister!  We love you and your heart dearly!  Happy 25th Birthday!  We cannot wait to see what the future holds for you, sweet friend.

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xoxo,

Ty and The Twirl Girls

The Heart Behind: Tinker's Cake Shop

THE HEART BEHIND: TINKER'S CAKE SHOP

by Chelsea Sidebottom

We're back with another amazing addition to our "The Heart Behind" series and we're thrilled for you all to get to know the heart behind Tinker's Cake Shop, Cameron & Tracie Tinker. Not only do Cameron and Tracie make some of the most delicious cakes and baked goods in all the land but they also have hearts of gold which we are so excited for y'all to get to know.


Can you give the readers a little background about your business? How long have you been in business and what services do you offer your clients?

Tinker’s Cake Shop has been in business for the past 11 years. The first five years, Tinker’s was a fully stocked bake shop that was open to the public. We sold cheesecakes, birthday cakes, and several other assorted goods. After some time, my wife and I decided it was time to focus on what we loved most, one-of-a-kind wedding cakes. We create cakes for an array of events such as birthdays and anniversaries but wedding cakes are our specialty. 

When did you know that this was the business for you?

I started baking professionally at the age of 16. I was rather tiny and unable to maneuver a lot of the heavy machinery that most baking required so I started out with cakes. I continued my love for baking by going to culinary school where my favorite class was none other than cake decorating. I think that was a big indication that the cake business was the one for me.

Where did the inspiration for your business come from?

The inspiration for Tinker’s came after meeting my wife. We met in Hilton Head, South Carolina while working at the same bake shop. We soon realized that opening a business was the next step for us.  

How do you contribute your passions into your daily work routine?

Promptness, flexibility, and professionalism are what make our appointments and cake tastings run smoothly for all parties involved. I try to contribute those three factors into everything we do here at Tinker’s so that our clients are fully satisfied and never forget their Tinker’s cake, as well as their experience they had while at our shop.

What’s the best part of running your own business/ being your own boss?

The best part is being able to determine my work schedule. I’m able to distinguish work time from family time and that’s really important to me. Not to mention, our made-from-scratch cakes require lots of planning and preparation so it’s really nice that I’m able designate a large amount of time for each cake.

What is your favorite part about working within the wedding industry?

I enjoy the creativity that comes with weddings. All of our clients chose different formal wear, flowers, catering, venues, etc. It’s so neat to see all the new ideas and ways that our clients choose to piece together their most special day.

What’s your favorite aspect of your business and how does that motivate you in your daily work?

I always feel incredibly honored to be a part of a bride and groom’s wedding day and that inspires me to keep doing what I love on a daily basis.

What is the most rewarding part of your business?

The most rewarding part of my business is when I receive handwritten ‘Thank You’ cards in the mail from our customers. I enjoy hearing about how pleased they were with their cake and how much their guests enjoyed it as well. It’s incredibly humbling and I like hanging each card on display with the other cards I’ve collected over the years from our customers.

How do you define “success”?

I define success as being happy with what you’re doing and how you’re spending each day.

Where do you see your business in the next 5 years?  

Still making brides happy. That’s our goal.

This blog series is titled, “the heart behind”, you were chosen because of your love for people and your caring attitude. How do you pass your grace and love onto your customers?

I believe the best way to pass grace and love onto Tinker’s customers is by trying to eliminate any and all stresses from the bride and groom when it comes to their wedding cake.  

What advice would you give someone who was considering starting his or her own business?

My advice would be to make sure you really enjoy what you’re doing because it’s going to be difficult. Be ready for long hours but don’t forget to enjoy the experience, you’re guaranteed to learn a lot.


So wonderful right?? So not only are they culinary geniuses but they incredible people as well -- win win! If you're looking for someone to create the cake of your dreams for your big day.. look no further, Cameron & Tracie are your people! Sweet Tinkers, thank you so much for sharing your hearts with us. We are so grateful for you all and all the joy (and yumminess) you bring to this industry. XOXO!

Marriage Matters | Dana + Michael

Oh friends, today is SO GOOD! You all are hearing from our precious sister-friend, Dana Peddicord, one of the fabulous owners of PinkLouLou Design Studio. There were about 100 different times tears welled up in our eyes as we read through her words. Hearing her talk about her husband as a daddy and the way it's made her heart grow for him all the more.. amazing. So get excited y'all, this is yet another incredible testimony to why marriage matters and we are overjoyed to share this feature with y'all today.


MARRIAGE MATTERS | DANA + MICHAEL

1. Tell us a little about yourself & your spouse. Give us a brief history of your all’s story and how long you’ve been together: When I think about our history together I first think about our friendship. We started out as friends that eventually led to flirtation and then a relationship. We met in a bar, just how all classic romances should begin. Michael was home for the summer from school, he attended University of Dayton, but always came home for holidays and summer. I was out with my roommate Emily and she introduced us. We got to chatting and I asked for his phone number. I had NEVER asked for a guy’s phone number before and he said “No”. I was absolutely mortified and that resolved to we would never speak again because I wanted to crawl in a hole and die. Emily, my roomie, decided this humiliation was the most hilarious thing she had ever seen and as such offered to give Michael a ride home when we left. “Kill me now” I thought. So we rode home making polite conversation and such. We finally went to drop Michael off and he asked for my number. I said “hmmm no thanks” and just figured we’d never really speak again unless we found ourselves in an accidental social situation where I’d have to pretend I was taking a phone to call to escape further embarrassment. A few weeks later, we ended up in the same bar yet again… You all may remember it as Avio from our time… not sure what the kids are calling it these days. It was summer and it was $10 all you can drink on Thursdays and we had a limited budget, so don’t judge. Anywho, our paths crossed again and this time we joked flirtatiously about our last encounter. He asked for my number and we finally exchanged digits. We quickly became friends and that friendship grew over time to flirtation, and flirtation grew to like, and like grew to love. That process was not quick. We dated other people during our friendship phase and we always maintained our friendship. Even though sometimes we didn’t always like or agree with the other persons choices in who they were dating, we always tried to be friends. Eventually, we knew that the reason our friendship had always stayed important to us was because wanted to be more than friends. And it became so. I always knew in my heart that Michael was the person my soul wanted. Even when we first became friends I remember standing in my parents’ kitchen and telling my mom I knew I would marry Michael Peddicord one day. Even though at that time I didn’t know we’d ever even date, I just had a feeling about him. Now Michael and I have been married 5 years and have a precious little girl, Elliott Grace Peddicord, who we adore and two rousty puppies, the Bean and Elizabeth! It’s crazy how amazingly life works out. Even if it takes longer than expected or if the path to get there looks differently than you think it should.

2. What’s your favorite memory from your wedding?: My favorite memory from our wedding day has to be being on the dance floor with Michael and remembering that we were going on the best vacation ever the next day for our honeymoon! Honestly, it’s easy to forget about the honeymoon because you are so busy with planning the wedding. The next day it was finally just us. We got on the plane and he was my husband. I remember feeling so much joy for the fact that I got to call him my husband. We re-watched the slide show he made for our rehearsal dinner. Pictures of us as babies, as teens growing up, and then us as a couple flashed across the screen while we flew to our first of many trips together as a married couple. I was so grateful to be in that place with him. I was grateful he was mine for always.

3. What has been the greatest joy and the hardest challenge you’ve experienced as husband and wife?: Our greatest joy and hardest challenge is the same answer… being parents. It’s crazy how one tiny human being can turn your life upside down and make you insanely happy all at the same time. Of course like any couple we disagree on things and we argue about things that matter and about things that don’t. I don’t really consider that a challenge so much as a hazard that’s just part of marriage that you work on every day. Merging 2 lives can be messy especially when you are both stubborn. Creating a 3rd life, now that’s a challenge. We are lucky in that we were able to get pregnant quickly with a healthy baby girl. God is truly good. Those first 6-8 weeks as new parents were certainly a life change. We struggled to figure out how to do things and what was best for her and how to put her on a schedule. Things seem much more difficult when you are running on limited to no sleep and when you’re wearing an adult diaper. New moms… you feel me. We had to find our new normal. Once we got in a groove it was like “how did we ever live before her?” Every day we learn something new about being parents. I can honestly say that although there are days when you want to punch each other in the face because they didn’t put dishes in the dishwasher, or they purchased a frivolous amount of candles from Target… there are far more days where we find ourselves saying “I love you” or “thank you”.  If you think you love your husband now, just wait until you see how he talks to his little girl. Or when you watch her face light up when she sees daddy. The giggle she gives only to daddy is the best sound I’ve ever heard. It’s amazing how much your love can continue to change and grow in ways you never knew existed. The human heart has more depth than I ever really understood until recently. We say often that we’d never want to be on this adventure with anyone else. As with any adventure, having the right partner to travel with makes all the difference. He’s the one God created for me to do life with and I am so grateful. 

4. What’s surprised you most about marriage?:  What most surprised me about marriage was how our relationship changed immediately after being married. There was something special, important, and very present about how differently calling Michael “my husband” felt. This also made everything feel bigger. The love felt bigger, the differences felt bigger, the life together felt bigger. I guess that’s why people tell you the first year of marriage is difficult. I never understood why people said that. Well, we were learning how to be married. How to respect each other, how to love each other, how to be a spouse to someone else where before you were simply being a part of a relationship. Ultimately, you have to be conscious of being a good spouse for the other person and being true to the vows you made… not just expecting the spouse to be good to you. It works both ways. I think when I focus on being a good mommy and supportive wife and Michael focuses on being a happy daddy and loving husband we are putting the other person’s happiness first. That’s what we agreed to do when we said our vows. It’s amazing how putting those words into action on days it would be easier not to can totally change the course of your relationship. It’s not by accident that those words are repeated hundreds of thousands of times a year all over the world in different ways or languages but all with the same goal… to unite you. Remembering more to put those simple words into action is certainly a marital goal of mine.

5. What has been the best source of support and encouragement for you all?: Our parents and Michael’s grandparents have been great examples to us in marriage and in life. Their willingness to give to each other, to their friends, to their community, and to our family has been a wonderful example of how to live. When it comes to family there are no boundaries for what you are willing to do to help them, to love them, to forgive them, to learn from them, and to simply be with them. Now, with our baby girl it’s even more incredible to watch them as grandparents and great grandparents.

6. Are there any books or other resources you would recommend to other couples?: We did pre-marriage counseling with the priest who was marrying us prior to getting married. At first, we saw it as a requirement in order to be married in the Catholic church. As we got further into the process, we discovered how helpful it was to understanding the other person. It allowed us to have conversations about how we grew up, what we hoped for in marriage, even how to argue in more fair terms when we disagreed. We learned so much about each other and about what made us tick as individuals. This really helped us come together as a couple in marriage with more patience and understanding for the other. I would definitely recommend pre-marriage counseling to any couple. Whether it’s part of your faith with a minister, etc or even just with an unbiased 3rd party or couple you admire. It was truly beneficial for us.

7. What are some hopes or dreams you have for your family’s future?: I often dream about holidays and vacations together as a family and the fun stuff that Michael and I have enjoyed as just a couple for years now, including our little person. I can’t wait to see how the traditions we’ve created together evolve to include Grace and to grow those with her as she grows. It seems we hope and dream for her life now more than our own really. That’s the thing about being parents, we see so much of the world now through her eyes and it’s exciting to dream with her, for her. We talk a lot about what we think she might be when she grows up. Will she dance? Play baseball? Will she love to sing? Who will she be? Will she be kind and giving? We try every day to teach her what it means to be “good”. I guess more than anything I dream for our family to leave a legacy of goodness in the world with her… and maybe even with more babies in the future.

8. If you could change anything about your all’s story, would you?: There is nothing I would change about our story because it is what makes us…us. There are however things I would change about the way I may say something in the heat of the moment that I don’t mean, or being stubborn in situations where it didn’t matter. That’s just something I try to work on every day. I didn’t always fight fair when we would disagree when we first got married. I think for me I had to learn to be calmer when I didn’t agree with someone and try to be more understanding of another person’s position before I spouted off my own opinion. I’ve gotten more cautious over the years but there is always room to improve.

9. What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given about marriage?: To respect each other. Michael’s grandparents have always demonstrated a deep love and respect for the other person in their marriage. I think respecting your spouse is a great way to show love for them and it helps you to put their needs before your own and to try to treat them as you’d like to be treated as well. I don’t think I’ve ever heard them raise a voice to each other and they can’t tell a story without the other one finishing part of the other’s sentences. I truly think that comes from having always respected the other person and allowing them to feel significant and important and loved.

10. Why does marriage matter?: To me, marriage matters because as humans we weren’t intended to live life alone. Innately, we were created to exist with the partnership of another. God didn’t intend us to be alone. That is why He crafts the perfect partner for us. Each of us. Whatever that love means for you, however it looks in your life…. Embrace it. Sometimes we run from taking a chance with our own happiness. We try to avoid it for fear it may not work out, instead of just enjoying it and believing we deserve it. In a world where so much is going on between injustices, violence, politics, etc…. having this man… this partner… this life and love of another person is essential to finding balance and hope. Where there is hope there is always possibility for tomorrow. I truly thank God that we have this life together. I wouldn’t want to do life with anyone else.


How wonderful was that?! So wonderful, right? Dana & Michael -- we love you deeply and are so thankful for your lives. Thank you for sharing your hearts with us today and letting us get a peek into your marriage. Cheers to y'all and many more years of learning, growing, and loving! XOXO

The Heart Behind: The GlenLary Estate

THE HEART BEHIND.. THE GLENLARY ESTATE

By Chelsea Sidebottom

Today’s amazing wedding vendor for “The Heart Behind” blog series is Elizabeth Kirsch who runs GlenLary Estate alongside her partner in crime, Diane Lary. GlenLary is an estate in Paris, Kentucky that can be rented for all types of events such as weddings, parties, and galas. GlenLary Estate’s beautiful architecture and immense family history makes it unique beyond all other venues. No matter the event, Elizabeth, Diane & their amazing team guarantee to make sure you have the time of your life during your stay at this one-of-a-kind estate. Continue reading if you want to learn more about the hearts behind GlenLary Estate!


Can you give the readers a little background about your business? How long have you been in business and what services do you offer your clients? 

Growing up, my grandfather would drive me past the estate and tell me the story of how his uncle, my great great uncle, sold the farm in order to travel to Europe. My grandfather always dreamed of buying back the estate and thanks to our family friends, The Pruitt’s, who were currently residing in the estate at the time, my grandfather was able to buy it back. Now, 8 years later, we are beyond grateful to have the estate and share it with others throughout the community. GlenLary can be rented for a day or overnight and will give you the comforting feeling of being at home while also having an elaborate, glamorous feel. No matter the event, GlenLary can be the venue for you and your special guests.

Where did the inspiration for your business come from?

I was the first to get married at GlenLary Estate back in 2011 and that definitely inspired me to open the doors to other brides so I could share the joy that I’ve received from the estate. I’m from the corporate event-planning world, which has well prepared me for the hard work and dedication that goes into managing a venue as substantial as the estate. 

How do you contribute your passions into your daily work routine?

At GlenLary, we love to build friendships with our brides and maintain those friendships for years to come. Once a bride is married at our estate, she becomes part of the family and I always try my best to see previous and upcoming brides during my visits to Kentucky. They are so special to us and I love that we share a connection through GlenLary Estate.

What’s the best part of running your own business/ being your own boss?

Everything is the best. I love having the freedom to dictate my own schedule and work where I want and when I want. Technology allows me to run my businesses from anywhere, which is so great since I’m not able to be in Kentucky 24/7. GlenLary is a family business so being able to see the benefits that it provides for my family is so rewarding and it makes me cherish our business even more.

What is your favorite part about working in the wedding industry?

My favorite part is getting to meet people like Ty and Liz. The wedding industry in Kentucky is filled with happy people who love what they do and who want to spread love through out the community. That is incredibly special and makes my job so much more enjoyable.

How do you define “success”?

Some people define success as making money, but to me it’s all about loving what you do and looking forward to continuing to pursue and grow your career. If someone asked me if a wedding at GlenLary was successful, I would measure that based on my abilities to bring as much joy as possible and do as much as I possibly could for the happy couple.

Where do you see your business in the next 5 years?

I really love where our business is right now and I hope that we are able to maintain the steady amount of GlenLary weddings that we have each year. We are not a wedding factory so we tend to have a handful of weddings each year, rather than a handful of weddings each month. That allows us to really focus on our brides and give them one-on-one attention.

This blog series is titled, “The Heart Behind”. You were chosen because of your love for people and your caring attitude. How do you pass your grace and love onto your customers?

I believe in doing whatever I can for our customers so that their wedding day runs as smooth as possible. Sometimes that means phone calls at 4 am, ironing linens for hours, or getting red wine out of a wedding dress. No matter the circumstance, I am always willing to help our brides and I feel like there’s no hurdle I can’t overcome.

What advice would you give someone who was considering starting his or her own business?

Have patience and have faith. It takes time to build up your business and there will be days when you want to throw your computer out the window. On those days, it’s important to remember why you chose to start your business and if that’s not enough then maybe it’s not for you.  


Isn't she the best?! We adore this lady & the fabulous venue she & Diane run with their family. This series is one of our new favorites because we get to know the hearts behind these amazing businesses and getting to know Elizabeth more like this just makes our hearts so happy. GlenLary is truly one of the most beautiful venues in Kentucky and we absolutely love when our brides celebrate the most special days of their lives out there. We know our brides are taken well care of when they're a GlenLary bride!

Interested in tying the knot out there? Feel free to contact Elizabeth at Elizabeth@eventsatglenlary.com & tell her you found her through Twirl, she'll be overjoyed to hear from you! XOXO

Designer Spotlight: Justin Alexander

DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: JUSTIN ALEXANDER

This week we have decided to spotlight an oh-so-special designer of ours, Justin Alexander!

Year after year, brides continue to fall head over heals for Justin’s classic yet contemporary bridal collections. Justin’s old Hollywood vibe is guaranteed to make every bride feel unbelievably glamorous. Justin’s 2016 bridal collection is filled with so many timeless beauties and we’re so excited to give you a sneak peak at what’s to come.

A well-beloved bridal collection such as Justin Alexander’s can be found all around the world and is known for the high quality material that Justin uses to create unique detailing and exquisite silhouettes. Here at Twirl, we believe our one-of-a-kind bridal experience will allow you and your family to cherish your dress even more than you could imagine.

Stay tuned because we will be doing something really exciting with Justin in the next month! Until then, HAPPY JULY!! Enjoy your holiday weekend with your loved ones & celebrate this great nation of ours. XO!

The Heart Behind: Pink LouLou Design Studio

We are excited to announce that we will be starting a new blog series entitled, “The Heart Behind.” This series is dedicated to some of Lexington’s most hardworking and caring wedding vendors and will spotlight the heart behind their business. This will include their goals, passions, and their love for people. We truly cherish these one-of-a-kind businesses and we are so honored to have them in our community. Each week our new intern, Chelsea, will interview these vendors and give you an exclusive look at who these amazing people are and the unique services they offer.

This week’s wedding vendor for “The Heart Behind” blog series are the lovely ladies of Pink LouLou Designs, Allison Johnson and Dana Peddicord. These women specialize in bridal hair and makeup, but also offer services for a variety of life events. No matter the situation, these extraordinary women can make every bride-to-be feel photo ready.  Continue reading to learn more about these amazing women!



Can you give the readers a little background about your business? How long have you been in business and what services do you offer your clients?

Allison: Dana and I have been friends since high school and have always loved doing hair and makeup for our friends and sorority sisters.

Dana: This is our 4th wedding season since we’ve started our business and we have loved every bit of it. We focus on bridal hair and makeup but we also offer services for an array of special events such as bridal showers and engagement photoshoots.

When did you know this was the business for you?

Dana: One day in June, Allison texted me during work and said, “Let’s quit our jobs and start our own hair and makeup business.” That was the beginning of one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

Allison: It took us a year to build up our business and get things into action. Even though we didn’t receive instant gratification from our hard work during the first year or so, it definitely paid off over time and I am so proud of where our business is at today.

Where did the inspiration for your business come from?

Allison: The name for our business came from my blog.

Dana: We both have such a passion for hair and makeup so it was a no brainer that this was something we should turn into a business.

How do you contribute your passions into your daily work routine?

Allison: We are extremely passionate about what we do but it’s easy to get frustrated and overwhelmed from time to time and that is why we remind ourselves that we are unbelievably blessed to be doing what we love each and every day.

Dana: It’s all about balance. It’s so important to have a work/life balance so that I’m able to do what I love without feeling overwhelmed.

What is the best part of running your own business/ being your own boss?

Dana: I absolutely love being able to spend time with my daughter, Elliott Grace, and having the freedom to take care of her whenever I need to. I also love working with Allison, I cannot imagine doing this without her by my side.

Allison: I agree with Dana, I love having the freedom to make my own business decisions and dictate my work schedule. We only have one life to live and it’s important to do what makes us happy. I am so happy to have Dana as my friend and business partner and I’m so proud of our business.

What is the most rewarding part of your business?

Dana: I love when brides get their pictures back from the photographer and I’m able to see the grooms’ reaction to how beautiful his bride looks. I love helping brides feel their best on one of their most special days.

Allison: I agree. It’s so cool to say, hey we did that! We helped contribute to a bride’s most special day. I also love the strong connections that we make with our clients and their bridal parties. It’s so rewarding when I see them around town and they remember who I am and ask how we’re doing. We have made so many great friendships through our clients.

What is your favorite aspect of your business and how does that motivate you in your daily work?

Allison: My favorite part is having fun and laughing a lot. We’re always having a blast.

Dana: I agree with Allison, it never feels like work. It’s more like a puzzle that we’re piecing together.

How do you define “success”?

Dana: To me, success is simply being happy. If you’re happy with your life then you are a successful person.

Allison: We all define success differently but to me it’s all about doing what you love while also being able to make a living.

Where do you see your business in the next 5 years?

Dana: I hope that we have the opportunity to be apart of more destination weddings.

Allison: I agree with Dana, destination weddings are so fun to be a part of. I also see our business adding more Pink LouLou girls in the future and potentially having interns as well.

The blog series is titled, “The Heart Behind,” you were chosen because of your love for people and your caring attitude. How do you pass your grace and love onto your customers?

Dana: We like to donate our services to people in need or to those who deserve something extra special. Once, we donated our services to a bride-to-be who wanted to have a bridal shoot before her mom passed away and we were so honored to be a part of that. It was incredibly special. We truly believe that in life, you get what you give, so we are always happy to pay it forward.

Allison: We also love working with different charities that allow us to offer our services for their events. We always want to pass grace, compassion, and patience onto our customers so that they are able to pass it onto others.

What advice would you give someone who was considering starting his or her own business?

Dana: Be ready to work harder than you’ve ever worked before, but if you’re passionate about what you’re doing than it will be worth it in the long run.

Allison: When you have a business, it’s not your typical 9-5. It’s a 24-hour commitment every day of the week. Sometimes it can be so tough but it is definitely worth it.  Also, don’t be afraid to dream big. Anything is possible if you want it bad enough and there is no dream that is inconceivable.


Aren't they the greatest?! How fun is it to get to know these ladies on this level? We adore them & we hope that you do too! If you're in need of fabulous gals to glam you up.. look no further! Dana & Allison are your girls. Thanks for joining us on our first edition of "The Heart Behind"! XOXO

Follow them along & get in touch with them here: WEBISTE | Allison's IG | Dana's IG

Marriage Matters | Brittany + Ryan

We are so thrilled to have Brittany & Ryan of Reel Special Productions be our next guest bloggers for our Marriage Matters series. These two exude joy and we love the way they love each other and the people around them. Enjoy reading about their love story & why they believe wholeheartedly that marriage truly does matter.


Tell us a little about yourself & your spouse.

Ryan is originally from Toledo, Ohio and moved to Kentucky to attend Asbury College (now Asbury University). He has worked for an insurance company for the last fourteen years and handles their corporate communications. Ryan also started two businesses in 2004: Reel Special Productions (wedding videos) and That One Company (creative design and consulting). He is SUPER creative and blows my mind with his talents and abilities.

I was raised in Knoxville, Tennessee and also attended Asbury (but not at the same time as Ryan). I've been an elementary teacher for the past eight years and for the last couple of years also taught for Asbury University. I fell in love with teaching higher education and decided to pursue my doctorate so I could be a professor. Little did I know my dream would happen so quickly; I start teaching full-time at Asbury this fall! I love cupcakes, especially if it’s a Sprinkles cupcake, and I’m a sucker for a good piece of wedding cake.

So, how'd Ryan and I meet? Well, it’s a pretty fun story! Ryan was filming a wedding back in 2008 when I just so happened to catch the bride's bouquet. He was too nervous to speak to me at the that wedding reception, but by the grace of God our paths intersected a few months later and the bride who threw that bouquet set us up on a double-date (we went to a University of Kentucky basketball game!).

We sealed the deal and said "I do!" in 2010. I joined in with Reel Special Productions after we tied the knot and since then we've been blessed to continue producing wedding videos together while also pursuing our full-time careers. We absolutely LOVE filming together and are honored to help capture the best day ever for our couples!

What's your favorite memory from your wedding? 

Ryan and I both agree on this one that it was the moment I walked down the aisle. My most favorite part of any wedding is the groom's face as his bride walks down the aisle. There's something absolutely so special about that moment and Ryan's reaction to me as I walked towards him was absolutely perfect. We shared a first look prior to the ceremony, but it didn't compare to that moment we first saw one another as the ceremony began. I get all teary-eyed just thinking about it!

What has been the greatest joy and the hardest challenge you've experienced as husband and wife? 

We love, love, love building relationships with young married couples in helping them to grow in their relationship with one another and with Christ. Our first year of marriage was incredibly challenging. We both struggled to realize things about ourselves that were less than attractive, and we had to face those things head on. But my goodness, did we grow closer than we could have ever realized at the time. Ryan and I help facilitate life groups for young married couples at Southland Christian Church and we also do pre-marriage counseling with engaged couples. To date, serving other couples has been one of our greatest joys since we've been married.

What surprised you most about marriage? 

The two words that come to mind first are “companionship” and “FUN!” Being married brings about a bond that you never could have imagined. Ryan is my very best friend; he knows me inside and out. Yes, you have your best friends, but the bond you share between husband and wife is like none other. Don't get me wrong, it's not always heart-eye emojis and butterflies. We do annoy each other at times and marriage really is hard work, but every part of it is completely and totally worth it. 1000%.

And the fun part? Wow! Ryan convinced me to jump out of a freaking plane at 10,000 feet while on vacation in Aruba and that is something I can say with certainty I would have NEVER done on my own. I am a very Type-A, organized and by-the-book kind of person, but Ryan has brought so much spontaneity into my life. Whether we go on dates around town or travel halfway across the world, we have SOOO much fun together!

What has been the best source of support and encouragement for you all? 

Godly community has been the key for us. We get our cups filled every time we are with life groups. It's a time to be vulnerable, to grow, to listen, and to just be real. I love knowing that we have a community of friends that love us, support us, pray for us and cheer us on. That’s exactly why we pour our hearts into connecting with other couples because we believe everyone needs that type of community.

Are there any books or other resources you would recommend to other couples? 

We bought a book a year or so after we married called The Five Love Languages Devotional for Couples. We wanted something we could read together each night before going to bed. It's a short daily devotional that talks about a wide variety of "real" stuff and always ends with a prayer. We also love The Marriage App, Love and Respect, The Five Love Languages and of course, The Bible

What are some hopes or dreams you have for your family's future? 

Ryan and I would love to start a family. I’m just going to be totally open and vulnerable here: We've been trying for a while now and it's not going how we thought it would. I have some medical issues that we're trying to get worked out and we're trying to seek the right doctors to help make this dream become a reality. Through all of this we know it's in God's hands. We trust Him and know when He's ready for us to be parents, it will happen. In the meantime, we would really LOVE and value your prayers in this journey.

If you could change anything about your all's story, would you? 

This isn't pretty to admit, but Ryan and I have both acted and said things to each other that were incredibly hurtful. I hate thinking about it actually, and yes, working through those things did make us stronger, but those are things that didn't have to happen. Think before you act. Don't ever do anything or say anything that you'd regret. Saying something out of hurt is not an excuse to say it. 

What's the best advice you've ever been given about marriage? 

Ryan would say the best advice he's heard is to always look for ways to “out-serve” your spouse and speak their love language. I echo this, but also want to add some advice I heard early on about learning how to fight fairly. Ryan’s parents and mine handled conflict very differently, and little did we know that as kids that would later influence how we deal with conflicts in our marriage. I tend to process conflict with an emotional heart (go figure!) but Ryan approaches it with a logical mind. In the heat of a disagreement, it is often difficult to put ourselves in the other person’s shoes and think about how they are feeling, but we’re getting better at this and it has made a world of difference in our marriage. In fact, I’m writing this after a few hours of us working through an argument. Sometimes my insecurities can get the best of me, and they sure were fighting hard against me this weekend. Praise the Lord for new days and forgiveness. Can I get an amen?

Why does marriage matter? 

Marriage matters because it creates a bond intended to last a lifetime. Couples get married to fulfill a deeper sense of purpose in their relationship, and we believe this type of "covenant" is a reflection of how God loves us...for better or worse. Ryan completes me in ways where I fall short, and I am able to do the same for him (and find joy and purpose in the process!).

In the words of Jack Johnson, “It’s always better when we’re together.”


They're pretty amazing, right?! I love their honest hearts and the way that invites people into the rawest form of love. Britt & Ryan, thank you for sharing your story with all of us! I have no doubt that you have encouraged the hearts of many through your heartfelt words & vulnerability. We love you guys! XOXO

Twirl Bride Tuesdays: Shopping for THE DRESS

Hey there, y’all!  This is Mary Stallard again discussing my wedding planning process with the Twirl community!  This month the Twirl Girls asked me to share my wedding dress shopping experience which obviously took place at THE cutest bridal shop this side of the Mississippi, Twirl Bridal Boutique! 

I will start off by saying that I really did not know what to expect going into looking for my wedding dress.  My head was swirling with thoughts like, “this is the most important article of clothing I am ever going to purchase, how do I choose?” and “What if I don’t find anything that I look or feel pretty in?”  Luckily, for me, I did not have any problems when it came to either of these thoughts in my head and although I was still anxious about narrowing down my selections and choosing JUST ONE dress, I was put at peace as soon as I stepped foot into the doors of Twirl.  The atmosphere at Twirl is so hospitable and welcoming that everyone who finds their path leading them there, whether they are a bridesmaid, mother of the bride, mother of the groom, or the bride herself, they all feel at home.  I cannot recommend this place more for brides-to-be!          

There were a few things that I knew I wanted in this wedding dress experience:

1. I wanted to have an environment that my friends, mother, mother-in-law and myself felt comfortable in.  There are no words to explain how perfectly the girls at Twirl pulled this off!  The space at Twirl is so wonderful and private and that is exactly what I wanted when trying on dresses for my closest girlfriends. We had a private room with couches and champagne that was filled to the brim with the most beautiful dresses I had ever seen!  I was so nervous to start trying them on but as soon as we were in the room, I was automatically at peace and knew that I was in the best hands at Twirl!

2. The second thing I wanted during this experience was to be able to share it with my best gals and Twirl’s space is so accommodating for this!  I love my friends so deeply and I wanted them to be a part of this wedding planning process as they can be.  I also know that my bridesmaids will tell me the truth about what looks good on and what doesn’t look good on me, so I knew that I needed my girls with me to make such a big decision!   

3. Lastly, I knew that I wanted to go to Twirl as my first (and hopefully last) dress stop. I wanted to go not only because my bestie, Liz, works there but because of how many success stories of Twirl brides I have heard about.  The selection of dresses that Twirl has is unbelievable.  They are seriously some of the most unique and beautiful dresses that I have ever seen and knowing that Ty and Liz handpicked them to be sold at their little shop is the most precious detail of all!  Those two girls put so much work and love into their business that I was just so excited to support a local business in Lexington!

I was so fortunate to have all of my wedding dress dreams come true all thanks to Twirl!  Without going into much detail about my dress selection, I will say that I tried on a vast variety of dresses before I started narrowing down to the dress of my dreams.  It helped me a lot having already booked our venue before dress shopping. Our reception is in a barn so I didn’t want to purchase a dress that was too formal and looked out of place for that venue.  After narrowing down to a few dresses I grazed through the rack of dresses one last time and pulled one off and asked Liz if I could try it on.  Before I had even gotten the dress fully on, I said to Liz, “This is my wedding dress!”  And… IT WAS!  I can’t explain why I knew it was my dress; it was one of those moments in life where I just knew it! 

There are not enough nice things in the world to articulate how amazing of a business the girls at Twirl run.  They are rooted in what is most important: Christ’s love for us.  They are unashamed to proclaim that in an industry that is constantly changing in our society.  They create an atmosphere that is above reproach, hospitable, warm and straight up lovely!  I wish I could get engaged again just so I can become a Twirl bride all over again!

Marriage Matters | Ty + Brandon

Hi friends! We are SO SO SO excited to start this new blog series with you all. Our heart here at Twirl is to always inspire our brides to remember the bigger picture to help cultivate a community that really cheers one another on in making marriage matter and reminding each other that it is a beautiful commitment that is worth it, always. So we decided to interview different friends, vendors, and people in the industry that we know share this same heart and are always making their own marriages matter. Kicking us off is our very own Ty McBrayer! Her marriage to Brandon is one that encourages & inspires us on a daily basis. They are each other's best friend, amazing parents to their precious girls, and are an amazing support system to our Twirl family. They love each other so well and love others beautifully, both individually & together. So without further adieu, here's Ty with our first Marriage Matter post for this fun new series!


1. Tell us a little about yourself & your spouse. Give us a brief history of your all’s story and how long you’ve been together.

Brandon and I met while working together. Our desks were literally about 10 feet apart!  Our department was young and liked to hang out together, so we were friends first, but it didn’t take long to figure out we had a little bit of a spark.  At that point we had both gotten out of long-term relationships and were hesitant to take the next step.  There was no denying the connection we had and I pretty much knew he was the one after just a few months.  As cheesy as it sounds that was truly the case.  Once you’ve had so many broken relationships you start losing hope that “the one” is out there, but there he was sitting 10 feet from me.  The Lord had bigger plans for us than just the mediocre relationships that we had experienced in the past.  We dated a little over a year and a half and then got engaged one month before I opened Twirl. 

Brandon is a very calm, laid back soul…which helps offset my anxiety- ridden soul quite nicely.  He’s always been my voice of reason and calms me down on the most stressful days.   Somehow he can always put things in perspective in a way no one else has ever been able to do for me.  We are complete opposites in many ways, but exactly the same in so many more. 

2. What’s your favorite memory from your wedding?

We were married in an outdoor ceremony at The Carrick House in Lexington.  My dad and I had a short little walk around the back of the ceremony to get to the aisle.  As we walked we got to soak in all of the beauty of the day and see the whole wedding come together just as we had imagined it.  Standing there with my dad, wearing my mom’s wedding gown, seeing my future husband waiting for me surrounded by my closest friends and family and hearing “Here Comes the Sun” on acoustic guitar…it makes me want to do it all over again right now!

3. What has been the greatest joy and the hardest challenge you’ve experienced as husband and wife?

The greatest joy and the hardest challenge both have the same answer…our children.  We are truly blessed to have two beautiful little girls, ages 4 and 19 months, and they take every bit of energy out of us on a daily basis.  Ha! 

Sitting on our back porch swing watching our girls actually play together and laugh is the closest thing to heaven on earth that we will ever experience.  Then in that same scene they will fight and hit and you begin to question what you are doing wrong and why