REAL TWIRL WEDDING || ANN + ABE
We are so excited to share this real wedding with you all! To say we adore this sweet bride would be an understatement. We got to know Ann through a cute & cozy little retail area around Clay Avenue when she worked around the corner at Omar + Elsie. She always helped style us in the cutest clothes and accessories over there so when it came time to style her for her wedding day it was such a fun time because we knew her taste was going to be so fun!
Claire & Barrett captured Ann & Abe's wedding so perfectly. We hope y'all enjoy the joy of their day as much as we do! Thank you, Mashnis, for letting us share your most special day!! Xo, The Twirl Girls
Can you give us a glimpse into you & your hubs's love story?
Our love story began like most romances do...at Tin Roof during a Kentucky basketball game. It's only fitting that we met at a sports bar as Abe is a UK fanatic and I am a less than enthused sports fan, at best. Nevertheless, we spoke briefly that night, then went our separate ways. It wasn't until 2 weeks and a Facebook message later (from Abe to Ann--don't let him fool you) that we arranged our first date which also happened to be the date of an impending snow storm. The snow came with vengeance and most of Lexington was shut down, but Abe was determined and despite thinking we would likely have to reschedule, he picked me up in 3 feet of snow, took me to The Beer Trappe, one of the only places open in town, and as the saying goes, the rest was history. Abe proposed 11 months later quietly, at home with just the two of us, exactly how he knew I would want it. While I certainly knew that he was “the one” and we had talked about spending our lives together, I was completely amiss that the proposal was coming that day. Much to my surprise, Abe had been planning for weeks, had asked all of the appropriate parties and told most all of my friends (props to you all for keeping your mouths shut!) about his plans; complete with a surprise engagement party for the following weekend. It was the beginning of the most wonderful time in our lives and he knocked it out of the park!!
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?
Funny enough, I told the girls before ever even coming into the store telling that I definitely wanted to try one particular dress, but was also sure to keep an open mind. I tried on several dresses, all pretty but none that made me immediately happy like the one I chose, which happened to be the one I had asked about initially! Once I had it on, I didn’t want to take it off!! Before actually trying dresses and seeing my dress in person, I was all over the place in terms of style…I didn’t really have a specific dress in mind but I knew I wanted to be comfortable and feel amazing all day. My dress did the trick—it was so light and I could move and dance the night away with no worries. The Twirl Girls made my whole experience the very best - even kindly catering to my lengthy back and forth debate about the underlay coloring - haha! Love you Ty and Liz!
What is your favorite memory from your wedding day?
Ahh!! That’s a hard one! I know everyone says it, but our day was just so wonderful from beginning to end. I was calm and happy surrounded by those I love the most all day-what more can a girl ask for?? My favorite memories were the quiet moments…when my Mom and sister helped me slip into the most beautiful dress I’ve ever worn, when my dad hugged me after seeing me in my dress for the first time, when Abe turned around and told me “you look so beautiful” during our first look. All of those moments culminated as we stood in the church and exchanged vows in front of our nearest and dearest. In that moment, as we held hands and nervously recited our vows, that was a feeling unlike any other. The day was a whirlwind and so many moments are blurred into the next, but I vividly remember sitting with Abe after our vows as Darion sang “How Great Thou Art” and we just took it all in, together for the first time as Mr. and Mrs. Aside from feeling like it passed by way too fast (when they told me the band was going to play their last song, I thought it must be a joke) our day truly felt like a dream.
What has been the best thing about marriage so far?
For me, the best thing about marriage has that added sense of comfort and security…that feeling of knowing that no matter what, you have found the person who will be there through it all; the ups and the downs. I felt this way when we got engaged too but it became so much more real now that we share a last name (still getting used to that!) It’s a feeling of contentment unlike any other. Oh, and all the extra time we have together now that we’re not planning a wedding!
Any pieces of wisdom or advice you'd like to share with future brides, engaged gals, or newlyweds like yourself?
My biggest piece of advice to anyone planning a wedding is to stay true to what you envision for your day and don’t get caught up in doing things solely because you feel like others are expecting it or because you’re comparing what you want to what someone else is doing. Have a couple of non-negotiables and don’t stress over every tiny thing; people won’t notice, I promise! Then once the day arrives, ENJOY IT.
For the newlyweds: be openly grateful for your spouse and appreciate one another. No one tires of hearing thank you and I love you.
Venue: The Carrick House
Photography: Claire and Barrett Photography
Videographer: Hannah Johnson
Dress: Twirl, "Halo" by Blush by Hayley Paige
Cake: Linda Mashni
Flowers: Bonnie, Stems
Invitations: Cardinal & Straw
Band: Soul Pocket
Catering: Lundys Catering
Transportaion: Miller Transportation
Mens Suits: Mens Wearhouse
Bridesmaids Dresses: Lulus