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TWIRL CELEBRATES || Happy Birthday, Ty!!

TWIRL CELEBRATES || HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TY!

 

Today is one of our favorite days of the year! It's our beloved Ty McBrayer's birthday!!! Ty's life makes this world a better place and therefore is worth celebrating in abundance. We thought it'd be sweet to gather together how Ty's life and love has impacted the hearts on our team and celebrate her in that way. We put these all together for a little book for her but we thought we'd share them with y'all too and encourage you to leave some love in the comments below!

WE LOVE YOU, TY!! HAPPIEST OF BIRTHDAYS!!!

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Cheers to the legacies of beauty & love your life is cultivating, Ty! We are so grateful!!

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 the wheels flew off so quickly.  It is in those moments that you HAVE to be able to lean on your spouse for reassurance that you aren’t screwing up.  You’re in this together and have to fight the battle to make those two lives that you have been entrusted with the best you possibly can.  It is not easy.  When the day is over and the kids are in bed the last thing you want to do is to care for another person.  There I said it.  I am selfish sometimes after the girls go to bed…but my husband needs me, too, and I have to remember that.  The days are so long and hard sometimes, but the years are short and oh so sweet.

4. What’s surprised you most about marriage?

That we still like and enjoy each other after all of these years!!  I know that sounds strange…but when you’re with someone day after day facing battle after battle sometimes you get weary.  Even after all these years I can say I look forward to having a date night alone or snuggling up on the couch having a movie night after a long week!

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

The best source of support and encouragement has been to surround ourselves with friends and family in strong marriages with the same values that we believe in.  My parents and one of my cousins who is like a sister to me have been our role models for marriage.  The more you share and are honest to people fighting the same battles you are the more encouragement you can share when you both hit a rough spot.

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

1.  In the early months of our relationship we started a devotional together about having a fresh start.  It helped us have conversations about how we wanted our relationship to progress and helped us build a healthy relationship from the beginning.

2.  I also recommend using date night as a resource.  Even if it is having a drink together on the back porch after the kids go to bed…continue dating each other!

7. What are some hopes or dreams you have for your family’s future?

We want to live a life a life that our girls can be proud of and hope we give them the love they need to grow up to be strong, kind, fun-loving and faithful women that love the Lord and the people around them.  I also hope and pray that our girls will be the best of friends when they grow up and get so excited to be a part of each other’s lives.

8. If you could change anything about your all’s story, would you?

No…if we had met at a younger age or anything would have been different we would not have been the people that we became through all the challenges life had thrown at us.  Those challenges made us thankful and ready to accept who we were meant to be with all along.

9. What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given about marriage?

I know I said it before, but DATE NIGHT!!!  Continue to date even when the time doesn’t seem possible with life happening so quickly.  You NEED time alone together.  Don’t take it for granted.  You don’t want to end up with an empty nest and an empty marriage someday when your kids are grown up and moved away. 

10. Why does marriage matter?

Marriage matters because you get to spend a lifetime and eternity doing life with your best friend.  The type of friend that knows your mean side, what you look like when you wake up in the morning, knows your silliest dance moves…and still chooses to love you unconditionally.  It is a bond that cannot be broken.  A love that fills your soul so much that you know it was created by the Lord. 

Because when it comes down to it… at 2:00 am when your youngest child is awake and screaming after a very long day and your husband comes in with no complaint and rocks her back to sleep…that is the kind of special bond it takes to make a marriage work.  Marriage matters.  It is hard and messy, but beautiful and sweet all at the same time. 


Inspired & encouraged yet? I know we are. Marriage matters, sweet friends, and we mean it when we say that is our heart above all other things is to point y'all to that truth. Fight for your marriages and love fiercely. It is worth it, we promise.

XOXO

Monique Lhuillier Bridesmaids - Now at Twirl Lexington

A few months ago we announced the anticipated arrival of Monique Lhuillier Bridesmaids - now the wait is over!!  Twirl Lexington just received the final shipment of gorgeous gowns this week.  Monique Lhuillier Bridesmaids offer very stylish gowns in chiffon, crinkle silk chiffon, dupioni silk and taffeta.  Any of these dresses would be great for your bridesmaids or for brides to wear to their rehearsal dinner or special parties as well!  Stop by to see this fabulous new option for bridesmaids!

Thread Trunk Show at Twirl Lexington

It is time to get excited Kentucky Brides!  The Thread Trunk Show is making it's way to Twirl Lexington February 24-27!  Thread offers some pretty fabulous bridesmaid styles that come in a variety of fabrics and lengths.  Thread is also sending some fun dresses that can be purchased off the rack that weekend for rehearsal dinner dresses or reception dresses. 

 Contact Twirl Lexington to set up your appointment for the trunk show at 859-309-2439 or ty@twirllexington.com.  There will be some pretty fabulous discounts for all new Thread orders started this weekend as well!

Hope to see you soon!

-Ty

Lynn Lugo Trunk Show this weekend at Twirl Lexington

Get excited Kentucky brides!  The Lynn Lugo Trunk Show is coming to Lexington January 28-30!  Lynn Lugo has some super cute new styles in her 2011 collection and you will be able to see them ALL!

Contact Twirl Lexington at 859-309-2493 to book your appointment for the weekend!  And remember...with Trunk Shows comes special discounts!!  See you this weekend!

The Bridal Suite at Twirl Lexington now open

 

Twirl Lexington is excited to announce the addition of a comfortable bridal suite dedicated to bridal gowns!!  The dresses are GORGEOUS and the price point is even better!

Brides can now shop for their bridal gown and the cutest bridesmaid dresses in a relaxing boutique atmosphere at Twirl!  Brides and their family and friends can sit back and enjoy the experience while we make it fun and easy for you. 

Call to set up your appointment and let us help you find your dream dress!

-Ty

Neeley & Jeff at Talon Winery - Lexington, KY

When Neeley called to make her first appointment at Twirl she was so sweet and I could just tell she was going to be a fun bride!  Neeley was planning an outdoor wedding in July at Talon Winery in Lexington, KY and had a specific color purple bridesmaid dress she was trying to find.  The color inspiration??  Neeley has a super creative mind and found purple pashmina wraps on sale at Pier One and wanted to use them as her table runners.  The end result was beautiful!!  Neeley chose bridesmaid dresses by After Six in African Violet.  This sweetheart style is so classic and pretty and looks good on many different body types.

Thank you to Neeley for letting Twirl play a small role in your big day and to Nelson Benton Photography for the gorgeous pictures!  Congratulations on your marriage!

Lulubelles Jewelry Trunk Show at Twirl Lexington

Get excited, ladies of Lexington...Lulubelles Jewelry is coming to Twirl for one day on October 7 from 4-8 pm for a special trunk show!  Make it a girls night out and stop by to check out the fabulous handmade jewelry and stock up on accessories just in time for Keeneland.  Brides will also love Lulubelles for fun bridesmaid jewelry and gifts!

Like what you see but can't make it to Twirl for the trunk show?  Shop online from the Lulubelleswebsite as well!  Yay!

Incredibly Creative Bridesmaids Gift Idea

When we see at great idea at Twirl we just have to share!  One of our Twirl brides had one of the absolute cutest bridesmaid gift ideas we have ever seen!  If a picture is worth a thousand words these paintings say a thousand thank yous .  They are thoughtful, so much fun and something they can keep forever.  These Twiggy Original paintings are done by Louisville based artist, Carla Terwilleger.  Brides can send Carla a picture of each bridesmaid along with a description of each girl so she can capture their personality in the painting.  The details don't have to be super specific...for example, she loves dirty martinis, she always wears pink, etc!

Each painting measures 12x24 and the costs are: $150 for one, $125 for two-four paintings, and $95 for five or more.  Half of the cost is due at the time of the order and the rest when they paintings are complete.  Twiggy Originals needs at least two months notice to complete the order.

Twiggy Originals can also do paintings for the bride and groom for the gift table or bridesmaids could even chip in to get one of the bride for a shower gift!  The possibilities are endless!

If you would like more information on the paintings you can find out more on the Twiggy Originals Facebook Page or contact Twirl!

A special thanks to Aesthetiica Photography for these great photos!

Lexington Extreme Venue Hop

Newly engaged brides...do not miss this fun opportunity to tour some great Lexington venues and enjoy meeting some fabulous Lexington wedding vendors!  During the Extreme Venue Hop, brides and their guests be pampered and will ride in style from venue to venue with transportation by Gold Shield. Brides will also get to enjoy food, a wine tasting and will even get to see some of the cutest bridesmaid dresses by Twirl! 

This event is hosted by Simply Love Studio.  Find more details and register before all the spots are full:  http://lexvenuehop.eventbrite.com/

Tuesdays with Ty - Wedding photos

We just received our wedding photo book and CD of files this week and to say that I am obsessed with my wedding photos would be a vast understatement!  I thought I would share the detail shots with everyone for ideas for your own weddings.  Especially the bridesmaid and mothers attire...it is all from Twirl!! 

A special thanks to In Retrospect Photography for the beautiful shots!

Enjoy!

-Ty

Lexington Vendor Spotlight - The Limestone Club

All you brides and grooms out there in search of a wedding venue in Lexington, I have the answer for you - The Limestone Club.  The Limestone Club is a historical downtown ballroom located on North Limestone in the heart of Lexington.  It is a perfect place for an engagement party, rehearsal dinner or small reception site. 

The shotgun style ballroom is elegantly decorated and includes tables and chairs in the rental price, which is very affordable.  There is also a two story deck on the back which was a big hit with our guests.  One of the best features is that you can bring in any caterer and your own bar service!  That is certainly hard to find.  The Limestone Club also offers add on features such as linen service, bar tending service and an event coordinator should you need any of these services. 

We hosted our rehearsal dinner at The Limestone Club and couldn't have been more pleased.  The owners are so helpful and friendly and are flexible on set-up times.   I would highly recommend this Lexington venue for any wedding event! 

You can reach The Limestone Club at 859-253-1950 or e-mail them at info@limestoneclub.com.

-Ty

Lynn Lugo Trunk Show @ Twirl Lexington

Lynn Lugo has been a huge hit with brides and mothers in Lexington, so we are excited to showcase more of her line this week from August 19-22 at Twirl Lexington!  Lynn Lugo has a very classic, elegant, yet fun style that resonates with brides for their bridesmaids.  Lynn Lugo also offers a variety of styles for the modern mother of the bride or groom and some gorgeous alternative bridal gowns for brides.

Make an appointment or stop by and check out the collection this week.  All new Lynn Lugo orders started this week will also receive 15% off!!

Tuesdays with Ty - Completing Your Registry

Since it has been 2 months since the wedding I haven't had much to talk about wedding planning related, but I couldn't resist sharing this bit of information with you! Brandon and I had been procrastinating on returning some duplicate gifts we had received for the wedding, but did you know that most places offer you 10-20% off the items you didn't get off your registry??  We went to Macy's last night and they were having a huge home sale AND we got an additional 20% off!  We stocked up on a few higher priced items that we didn't get for the wedding and some additional things we wanted as well!  It was so much fun! 

The additional savings only lasts for a limited time, so be sure and check with the store and know what you are working with so you don't miss out on anything.  We used the gift cards we had to complete most all of our silverware and crystal wine glasses.  Those are things that you know you will never buy for yourself, so why not do it now??

It was nice to have a few months to settle in to know what you would need and then go back and enjoy shopping together all over again!  Let's face it, many brides get a bit down after all the wedding festivities are over, so this is a great way to perk yourself up!

Happy Shopping!

Ty

Jamie and Emile at Headley-Whitney Museum

Jamie and Emile were married on a beautiful late Kentucky spring day on May 29, 2010.  Jamie lives in Los Angeles, but knew she wanted to come home to Lexington for her big day.  Planning the wedding from across the country was a huge task to undertake, but with the help of Always Planned, the results were stunning!  If you have not been to the Headley-Whitney Museum it is well worth a visit.

Jamie just shared these photos from her wedding with us by her photographer Harper Smith Photography yesterday and I knew I had to share them immediately! Jamie's navy, green and accents of blue created a very classic, beautiful feel for the wedding.  Her bridesmaids were outfitted in After Six Style 6553 in Blueberry Taffeta.  This style suits many body types and is such a timeless dress!

Congratulations to Jamie and Emile!  We wish you a lifetime of happiness!

Natasha and Morgan's Kentucky Outdoor Wedding

Natasha was one of the very first brides to come through the doors of Twirl Lexington.  From the moment she came in her sense of style and sweet personality came through.  Actually before Natasha even came in, one of her fabulous bridesmaids came in to check things out first and get an idea of what dresses we had to match the blush pink the bride had in mind!   

Natasha and Morgan were married in a perfect outdoor setting in Morgan's parent's backyard in picturesque horse country in May.  The bridesmaids wore Dessy Collection styles 2787 and 2799 in Blush.  The effect was quite stunning!  In fact, after seeing Carrie Underwood's wedding pictures I think she stole some ideas from Natasha...blush bridesmaid dress, pink sash on the wedding gown, and pink kissing balls! 

A special thanks to Alumbra Photography for sharing these beautiful pictures with us!  Congratulations to Morgan and Natasha!  We wish you a lifetime of happiness.

-Ty

Tuesdays with Ty - Thank You Notes

Thank you notes are an absolute MUST to show your gratitude for the outpouring of love you experienced during your wedding.  While e-mail, texting, website and Facebook posts are appropriate for some things...they most certainly do not replace the kind gesture of a hand written note and should not replace your wedding thank you cards.  Some people will tell you that you have a grace period of a year to write your thank yous after the wedding, but why leave it hanging over your head for that long??  Our goal was to have them done as quickly as possible after we returned home from our wedding.  We are now 6 weeks post wedding and just have a few left to write for gifts we recently received. 

As for the style of your thank you cards, that is personal preference.  You can have cards printed before your wedding with your new name on them, but we opted to share a wedding photo on ours.   Polka Dot Papers, who did our wedding invitations, offered to do a photo card for us.  One of my bridesmaids had these made by Grey Ink a few years ago and I loved the card and still have it on my refrigerator!  When we returned from our honeymoon I sent her a photo and she had the cards to us within a few days.  In the mean time we made sure we had recorded all the gifts given to us so we did not leave anyone out.

To make the card writing more fun, we cooked dinner a few evenings and made a date night out of it.  Brandon wrote the cards to his friends and family and I did to mine.  The wording does not have to be anything profound...just thank them for taking the time to come to the wedding (if they did) and how much their love and support means to you.  If a monetary gift was given, you don't have to mention the amount, just that you appreciate their generosity and how much it will help as newlyweds.

In the end, it is the act of taking the time to write the note that matters most. 

Happy Writing!

-Ty

Tuesdays with Ty - Wedding Day Don'ts

Like I said last week...I do not have many things at all that I would change about our wedding, so this blog will be much shorter than last week!  Here are just a few tips for making your wedding day the best it can be:

  • Do not run late!  Running late turns into stress, so do your best to be on time for everything.  We were cutting it very close on time after we got our hair done and it made me a little anxious and I felt rushed to get to the venue for photos.
  • Have a conversation with your photographer about exactly how the picture time will go.  Our photo time seemed a little scattered and we did not feel like we got all the pictures we would have liked to have done.  If the photographer does not offer a check list of exact family shots you want then make sure you let them know.
  • If your ceremony is outdoor then consider doing the group photos really early or inside the venue.  Our guests started arriving 45 minutes early and we had to wrap up our photos early so everyone wouldn't see us before the wedding.  Again, I felt really rushed and that is not a good feeling.
  • Do not forget to thank everyone involved for making your day extra special...this includes vendors, friends and family!
  • Do not forget to look around at the guests right before you walk back down the aisle to take a mental picture of who all was in attendance.  Do the same thing at the reception a few times.  These are memories you will treasure forever.

Tuesdays with Ty - Wedding Day Do's

Now that it has been a few weeks since our wedding, I can think more clearly about what advice to give to other brides and bridesmaids.  I was so emotional about everything for a while after the wedding...and admittedly even a little depressed it was all over. 

View from the back where Dad and I waited

Here are a few of my favorite things or the "Do's" I would suggest:

  • Do spend the night before with family or friends.  It was so nice to wake up at my parent's house and be able to relax that morning with them.
  • If everyone is going to the same salon, go early and hang out while everyone is getting their hair and make up done.  Plan for mimosas and brunch and just enjoy everyone.
  • Have your photographer join for salon time.  I think we had some great shots just hanging out together.  Brandon and his guys played golf that morning and the photographer joined them for a bit as well!  Capture every moment!
  • DO have a person serving as your wedding coordinator.  Even if you can't afford someone, have a friend that is organized help out.  Ours was invaluable!  She took the dresses to the venue and made sure everything ran smoothly for the wedding and reception.
  • Do have someone video the wedding ceremony for you.  Once I started down that aisle it is all a blur, so it was nice to watch everything and remember it all.
  • If you are willing to buck tradition a tad, I would recommend having a special moment together before the wedding.  For us, Brandon had my bouquet at the spot where we were getting married.  I came out of  the front doors of the Carrick House and met him there.  It was so nice to see him and relax before there were going to be 250 eyes on us.  We did all of our pictures before and it made us so at ease for the wedding.

  • If you are having an outdoor ceremony, offer a beverage to your guests.  We had tea and lemonade stations and it was a huge hit in the heat!  We also had our programs printed as fans to help keep everyone cool as well.
  • Brides - if you can get to a spot in the back of the ceremony to watch all the music and everyone be seated I would recommend it!  Standing at the back watching it all come together with my dad is one of my favorite memories. 
  • After the ceremony have a spot to meet your bridal party before everyone goes into the reception.  We had the Carrick House designate an area with drinks for everyone so they didn't have to wait in line.  It was fun to hang out and take some fun pictures!
  • Save your cake topper and eat it when you get home from the honeymoon.  We hardly got any cake at all, so this was great!  We are going to have a fresh one made next year for our anniversary:)

  • Before you leave your reception, have your coordinator pull your parents out first to a special area so you can properly say your thank you's and good-byes.

I have WAY more Do's than Don'ts, but I will share those next week!

Happy Planning!

-Ty

Twirl Lexington featured in Business Lexington

Twirl Lexington was recently featured in Business Lexington and we couldn't be happier!  The story is called "A Well Planned Proposal" and was in print on May 28, 2010.  It is now available online as well at the following link:  http://www.southsidermagazine.com/Articles-c-2010-05-27-92864.113117_A_wellplanned_proposal.html Business Lexingtonreached out to us a few months ago asking to do an article. Meghan Mando came by for an interview and did a fabulous job writing the story and conveying the special attention Twirl pays to brides and bridesmaids.

Just had to share!  I'll have more pictures and wedding advice next week:)

-Ty