Meet the Twirl Girls: Emily Rhoads

Today you all are getting such a treat! It's been a couple months since we've done a "Meet the Twirl Girls" post but we are excited to start the series up again and introduce you to one of precious bridal consultants, Emily! Em is truly one of the kindest people we know and every bride that experiences an appointment with her is never disappointed. She is patient, knowledgeable and oh so loving! We love our sweet Em & we know you will too!

What’s there to know about this Twirl Girl?

Hello loves! I’m Emily or Em as most of my friends call me. I’m the youngest of three and my sister and brother are the coolest people I know. I was born in Hotlanta then about a year later we packed up and headed north to Huntington, West Virginia where the Rhoads’ kids grew up and once the older two where off to college we moved to Lexington. I graduated from Lexington Christian Academy in 2013 and then joined the Big Blue Nation majoring in dietetics. Lexington has ahold of my heart and I couldn’t bear the thought of leaving for college.

Before working at Twirl, I was an assistant horseback riding instructor and spent every afternoon grooming horses and herding children around the farm. My daily uniform was an old pair of jeans and some dirty riding boots. It was the perfect job while I was showing and competing American Saddlebreds and as a bonus I got to see my show horse every day. But the farm work wasn’t over when lessons were finished for the day, I’d come home to our little farm in between Lexington and Versailles where my sweet girl lived in the pasture right outside my window. I still ride for UK Saddleseat Equestrian Team because you can take the girl away from the farm but you can’t take the farm out of the girl.

I’ve been a Twirl Girl since November 2013 and I’ve loved every second of it! When I first started as an intern, I had so much to learn and had no idea how much goes into finding the perfect dress. But after a year or so I can honestly say I know more about wedding and bridesmaid dresses than I even thought was possible and I’m still learning new things every day as a consultant!

What is your favorite dress at Twirl & why do you love it so much?

I love bits and pieces of every dress in the store. It seems like every week I have a new favorite and gorgeous dresses are constantly coming in that put up a good  fight to be my favorite but my one true love came last summer and I feel head over heels for it instantly! The Justin Alexander lace ball gown is everything I want in a dress, simple and elegant, not too much fuss and just a little bit of sweetness. I’ve always been a lace girl and the lace on this dress is so pretty and soft. And that comberbun waist (oh goodness!) is so flattering and highlights all the right places.

When you're not working at Twirl, what do you enjoy doing?

When I’m not at Twirl or in class, you can probably find me at one of the local coffee shops with a hot cup of coffee and either a good friend or a good book. I’m a lucky girl who has three families: my real family, my Twirl family and my Christian Student Fellowship family. Most of my friends jokingly call me mom and that’s probably because I make “family” dinners for them all the time and homemade cupcakes for their birthdays. I find so much joy in cooking and love to use my friends as guinne pigs for new recipes. One of my most prized possessions is my Kitchen Aid stand mixer, its one of the most beautiful things I’ve laid my eyes on (I might be a little obsessed).

There are few things I love more than being in the great outdoors. When I get the chance I try to get my nature fix any way I can, whether it be spending a day deep in the woods hiking, out on the lake, hanging out in my hammock reading or just a night under the stars with a bonfire and friends. In the next few years my goal is to hike the ENTIRE Appalachian Trail (all 2,500 miles of it).

My heart also longs to travel to some of the forgotten places of the world and share Christ’s love with everybody who lives there. This coming summer, I’m heading to Costa Rica for a week or so and I couldn’t be more excited to get out of my comfort zone a little bit and love on some people. I hope to go on more trips like this and invest even more time in those places and relationships that will be built there.

Favorite bridal moment as a Twirl Girl?

Being a Twirl Girl for over a year now has left me with so many wonderful and exciting bridal moments to be able to pick just one. But there is something truly magical about a bride finding her dream dress. With some brides there are happy tears, others giddy laugher or just exuberant smiles and then there those where all of those three are rolled into one. It never gets old or any less exciting to be a part of such a special occasion.

If you could get married anywhere in the world where would it be & why?

I’ve been dreaming of my dream wedding since I was a little girl (but what girl hasn’t?) and yes my tastes have changed quite a bit since I was ten and glow in the dark stars were somehow going to make an appearance. Thankfully as I’ve gotten older glow in the dark stars have lost their appeal and with a little help from Pinterest it seems like my dream wedding could actually take shape. I would love to have an outdoor wedding and reception. I’d love to have it in a place that is a little untamed and natural. To light up the night, I’d use lots of string lights and candles. And some rustic, natural touches in my decorations and cake. I love the beauty of nature and wouldn’t want to leave that out on one of the most special days of my life.

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Isn't she the sweetest?! We hope you love her just as much as we do & feel extra comfortable around here now if you ever come to Twirl & see her sweet face!

XOXO