REAL TWIRL WEDDING || EMILY & ZACH

Happy Friday, friends! We are so excited for you all to take a glimpse into the breathtaking wedding of Emily & Zach! Their day seemed to be a perfect mix of love, laughter, and an amazing sunset. We are so thankful that this sweet couple has allowed us to show off their special day. We know you’ll love it just as much as we do!! Xoxo

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

Zach and I have been together since we were 17. When we first starting dating, I knew he was the one I wanted to spend forever with. We went to high school and college together. Soon after college, we took a family vacation, with both his family and mine. We were out on a sail boat when he got down on one knee and popped the question- I WAS SHOCKED! First off, wow he planned this proposal all by himself? Props to him! AND he hid a ring from me!? Double props. I was so excited to become his wife! Being his wife truly is the greatest! He has been the best thing that has ever happened to me. He is the most kind, gracious, and loving person. He never fails to make me laugh and he encourages me to see the best in everything!

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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? (You can answer one, two, or all three of these. Totally up to you!)

The months leading up to my wedding I was a planning machine; everything had to be done. However, my dress was the one thing I hadn’t gave a lot of thought to. In my mind, I could envision what my day would look like, what flowers I would carry, and even what the cake look like; but I could never see what I would be wearing. My mom and I decided to go to Twirl to see what we could discover. To our advantage, we walked in and the ladies were so warm and welcoming. When the consultant asked what I had in mind for the big day, I told her nothing in particular. I knew what I didn’t want, so we just went from there. I tried on 5 dresses before I found the one. As I slipped the dress on, I could feel it; this was the one. I walked out to show my mom and without any suggestion, she knew right away too. As I looked into the reflection of the mirror, for the first time ever, I could see myself as a bride. This was it, the dress I would become a wife in. The whole experience was magical and it made the day even more special! 

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What is your favorite memory from your wedding day?

I actually have three favorite memories from our wedding day! As we arrived at the barn early the morning of the wedding, I felt such sense of peace knowing that this long awaited day was finally here. As my bridesmaids were getting their hair and makeup done, I sat and watched everyone’s interactions, their laughter and conversations; this was it, our wedding day. I got a text from my brother telling me how proud he was of Zach and I and how much he loved the two of us. At the end of the message he said, “Oh yeah and one more surprise will be coming your way.” I had no idea what he was talking about, but moments later I received a video from him. It was taken the morning of mine and Zach’s engagement. Zach was telling me how excited he was to marry me and how nervous he was to propose! It was such a kind gift, one that calmed any nerves that I had. Another special moment for me was seeing my groom for the first time as the farmhouse door opened. It was such a surreal moment, walking down the isle to your husband. In that moment, I didn’t see anyone or anything but him. My last favorite moment of the day was our first dance as husband and wife. We chose a song that meant a lot to both of us and that represented our relationship with Christ. As we danced, time seemed to stand still. I can still picture that moment. 

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What has been the best thing about marriage so far?
The BEST thing about marriage so far is just being with one another! It brings me so much joy knowing that regardless of how my day has gone, I get to come home to a loving, kind-hearted husband who never fails to make my days wonderful. He truly is just the sweetest!


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

My best piece of advice for any future bride is to enjoy the day, it really does fly by! But also know that this day is leading up to something so much greater. It’s leading up to your marriage, so spend more time preparing and praying for that.

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VENDORS

Venue: Old Blue Ribbon Farm

Photographer: Created With Grace Photography // Grace Ann Pumpelly

Videographer: Alyson Biggs Films

Florist: Sunkissed Blooms // Gretchen Horton

Catering: Mark's Feed Store

Cake: Sammy's Bakery

Dress designer: Stella York

Groom's outfit: Generation Tux

Hair: Amber Riffe 

Makeup: Kylee Miller