REAL TWIRL WEDDING || TAYLOR + PARKER
Friends, we are so excited to share this wedding with you all today! This the chill of winter coming up us we thought we'd reminsice on warmer days and share Taylor & Parker's gorgeous day out at Springhouse Gardens. Ashley Brown of Shining Light Photography captured them beautifully and we're so thrilled y'all are going to get a peek into this sweet day. Enjoy!
Can you give us a glimpse into you & your hubs's love story?
Parker and I met during our first semester at UK. I was a freshman and he was a sophomore who had just transferred from school in Alabama. We were introduced at one of the first UK Football tailgates and got to know each other over great conversation and cheap bourbon. His first impression of me was that I was a total southern belle, and I thought he was a cute frat boy who didn't know how to tie a tie. Our relationship started out slow, but I certainly fell for him fast. I vividly remember being so impressed with him because he was the only guy I had met who actually chose to pick up the phone and call me to talk rather than just shooting me a few texts - instant brownie points! We started dating that following spring and have been two peas in a pod ever since. We dated for nearly 5 years before he popped the question. We had certainly made it to the point where we knew we would get married one day, but I was in no real hurry - we've always been pretty realistic. So, because of my "no hurry" attitude, I definitely did not see the proposal coming when it did. After seeing the first wedding at The Barn at Springhouse Gardens I told Parker that I would love to get married there one day. Not knowing whether or not that was a real possibility, he planned the most perfect proposal sending me on a hunt for clues throughout the day, including a pit stop to the place where we first met right next to Commonwealth and ending it with a limo dropping me off at the Springhouse. For all my Bachelor fans, it truly felt like the finale episode where the girl gets out of the limo and has to walk what seems like a mile towards her suitor in hopes that she's getting the ring at the end - except I had a pretty good idea that I was going to ;) It was the BEST day and made it clear that the Springhouse was the only place that I wanted to marry him one day.
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?
When I came to Twirl I had somewhat of an idea of what I wanted. I knew I wanted some type of sleeves and something that was fitted...you know, hugs you in all the right places. Every dress that I tried on was beautiful, but what made me realize that my dress was "the one" was that I felt elegant, sexy and pretty all in 1 dress. If I could check all of those boxes I knew I'd be happy on my wedding day...and so would my groom! I had always pictured my dress having some type of "bling" or sparkle to it, but the Stella York and Sara Gabriel earrings were the perfect touches of sparkle that I needed. I'll never forget my experience that day at Twirl. Everyone was so welcoming and made me feel beautiful. That was probably my biggest fear - going in there and not feeling pretty in any of the dresses, or feeling self conscious. I'm a curvy gal, and sometimes it takes a little tug love to get a fitted gown over these hips, but the Twirl girls and I giggled and sipped champagne through it all and once I tried on "the one" we all knew it.
What is your favorite memory from your wedding day?
My favorite memory of my wedding day is so hard to choose! It's probably a two-way tie. Walking down the aisle and seeing Parker's face was so sweet. Even though we did a first look, the raw emotions we felt during that moment are ones that I will never forget. Doesn't every bride hope her husband is weeping while walking down the aisle? My other favorite memory would have to be the dance floor. That was one of mine and Parker's biggest hopes for the night, that everyone would have a blast and the dance floor would be packed. Well, our DJ made sure that happened and let me tell ya, the video footage from that dance floor is hilarious.
What has been the best thing about marriage so far?
I think this one is pretty easy...just having your best buddy for life. That feeling of security you get once you are married. I felt it when we got engaged too, but it became even stronger once we were married. I know a lot of people these days stand on the side of saying "you don't have to sign a piece of paper to be committed to one another..." which to that I say, true...BUT, there is something to be said about committing yourselves to one another in front of God, your family and your friends. I love Parker so much and knowing that I have him for the rest of my life makes the uncertainty of the future so much easier.
Any pieces of wisdom or advice you'd like to share with future brides, engaged gals, or newlyweds like yourself?
Some of the best advise I think I can give to any future bride is to remember that all of this "wedding stuff" is simply that...stuff. I always thought I'd be just south of a "bridezilla". I like to have control of situations and like to make sure it's done in a way that I think is best, but I was pleasantly surprised with myself once I started planning my wedding. Everything that I was ordering, putting together, and picturing was all just stuff. It didn't matter to me that much. Centerpiece frames weren't exactly the size I was hoping? Oh well, they still totally work. Seating chart isn't Pinterest worthy? Guess what, guests will read it, find their seat and never look at it again. Vendor only put 9 chairs at each table instead of 10? Ehh, all my guests are adults and they'll figure it out, I'm going to go hug my grandma. All the little wedding things take up majority of your head space while planning it, so it's easy to make the small stuff seem super important. But at the end of the day, your wedding day is a celebration for you and your future husband and all that other stuff is just fluff.
TAYLOR & PARKER'S DREAM TEAM OF VENDORS:
Photography - Ashley Brown, Shining Light Photography
Videography - White Owl Weddings
Venue - Springhouse Gardens
Hair - Kristin Korona
Makeup - Kristin Gray
Dress/Accessories - Twirl
Flowers - Natural Endeavors
Catering - Donna Potter, Catering by Donna
Rentals - Goff Tents & Rentals
Mens Suits - Jos A Bank
Bridesmaids Dresses - Adrianna Papell