REAL TWIRL WEDDING || ELIZABETH + RYAN

Hi, Friends! Welcome to another highlight of a real Twirl wedding. We cannot wait for you to take a peak into this beautiful day, with an even more beautiful couple. Their ceremony was held at 21c hotel, with the reception following shortly after at The Apiary. This entire wedding was breathtaking, and we know you’ll feel the same as we do! A special thank you to the bride and groom for letting us show off their magical day! Xoxo

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

Ryan and I met in the summer of 2013. Long story short, he lived next-door to my boyfriend at the time (he was also dating someone). We would randomly hangout in a group setting and everything was platonic (even though I thought he was super handsome...hello Dierks Bentley/Paul Sparks doppelgänger). Fast forward six months...we had both parted ways from our significant others. We exchanged a few Facebook messages clearly setting the ground work for what would be a soon to be first date. I always kid with Ryan that he messaged me asking about some youtube video we had watched that summer so he could have a reason to chat with me. He doesn't deny this. Ryan ultimately asked me for drinks and I said how about dinner? (gotta keep it classy). He then gave me his phone number, which I then gave him mine and told him he can text me. Sure enough "hey, this is Ryan" came through to my phone seconds later, and the rest is history. Fast forward again to January 2017. Ryan and I had planned a casual evening in. I was going to cook dinner for us and we were just going to hang out. I took one of our dogs for a run and when I came back Ryan was being very strange...looking back on it I would say he was anxious. I then took our other dog for a short run and Ryan wanted me to hurry up so we could cook dinner. My parents were going to stay with us that weekend so I was making sure everything was in order when I got back from run #2. Ryan had other plans. All the lights were on in the kitchen, so I quickly went to turn them off (recessed lights + undercabinet lights= hello electric bill). Ryan had a record playing, which was our would-be wedding song we had always talked about. He asked if I wanted to dance to our wedding song and I quickly shot him down since I was trying to make the house spotless for my parents arrival (sorry Ryan!). Ryan then followed me across the kitchen as I was finishing turning the lights off and he hugged me. His heart was beating out of his chest. I could literally feel every beat. I asked him "why is your heart pounding?" He goes "because..." and drops to one knee. I'm pretty sure I blacked out and came to with lots of tears in my eyes. It was the most perfect proposal....just us and our dogs on a Friday night at home...I wouldn't have it any other way.

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

OMG....the ladies of Twirl were amazing to work with. Ryan and I had set our date for a little more than 9 months from his proposal. So being the planner I am, we had to move quickly. I had scheduled appointments with different bridal boutiques in the area for the next coming weeks. Unbeknownst to me, Twirl would be the one and only place I would have to go to. Heidi Elnora was having a trunk show and I was immediately drawn to the first gown I saw in her collection. I tried on a few dresses from other designers and tried on Heidi's gown last. It. Was. The. One. I had some ideas of some things I wanted to tweak and the Twirl Girls quickly had Heidi on FaceTime (she is the sweetest southern lady, btw). I told her my ideas and she happily drew up a new sketch of the modified dress and I was sold. You can't get better service than that. 

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What is your favorite memory from your wedding day?

Celebrating with family and friends was amazing...so much love in the air and everyone was so happy. Honestly every part was amazing, but my favorite part was after the ceremony, Ryan and I had time alone away from everyone to just take it all in. Even though it was a short ride from 21c to the Apiary, it was great to spend it with him alone.

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What has been the best thing about marriage so far?

As cliche as it sounds, getting to spend every day with your best friend and being able to learn and grow as one has been amazing. It definitely is a learning experience, but I wouldn't trade it for anything. I love Ryan more than he will ever know and I'm glad I get to spend forever with him.

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

Future brides: go with your gut feeling when it comes to planning your wedding. Don't settle for second best. This is your one magical day, so treat it as so. And enjoy your wedding day to the fullest. It literally goes by so quickly. I think after our wedding I told my mom "I feel like the day was only 15 minutes long".

Newlyweds: Have patience with your spouse. As I had mentioned, it is a learning and growing experience for you both. Oh, and don't go to bed angry :)

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