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REAL TWIRL WEDDING || BROOKE + NATHAN

Welcome, sweet friends! We cannot wait for you to take a peek into this simply elegant ceremony between Brooke and Nathan. From the beautiful greenery, to the sentimental touches, this wedding is not one you’ll want to miss. We are so thankful that they have allowed us to share their special day with you, enjoy! xoxo

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

We met initially in the summer of 2011.  I had been invited to a youth group by a friend at Nathan's church.  When I met Nathan, he had long, curly hair and was very reserved.  He went off to college shortly after we met-- he was kind of a mystery!   After many youth gatherings together and trying to be quiet about it, I knew I had fallen hard for the quiet, curly-haired boy.  Over the course of a few months we grew closer and closer and I was smitten!  We weren't officially in a relationship until 2013.  We instantly ventured into a long-distance relationship when I went off to college that Fall.  It made the early stages of our relationship difficult, but I will always cherish the butterflies and anticipation that filled me up every week before I saw him again.  Loving Nathan has been the easiest thing.  He is kind and encouraging.  Keeps me in check with the Lord.  He is honest, holds me accountable, and listens.  Over the years he became my best and truest friend.  Finally, in April of 2016, we became engaged at the same place where our relationship started-- our sweet church!  Nathan planned the sweetest engagement.  I get giddy just thinking about it!  We were engaged and planned our wedding day for a little over a year.  We tied the knot in the same sacred place as all of our major milestones-- our church! 

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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!)

I have always been a simple person that doesn't like a lot of attention.  I feel most beautiful when I am modest and honoring my God with my actions, words, and what I wear.  So when my wedding dress hunt began, I knew I was on the hunt for subtle, modest elegance.  I also knew I wanted lace.  Lots and lots of lace! So I went in with an idea, but kept an open mind.  I absolutely loved my dress shopping experience at Twirl.  I wanted to try on every dress in the store!  So I picked out a bunch of dresses, but with every dress I put on, I always went back to "the one" -- my dress.  One of my favorite things about shopping at Twirl was the personal environment.  It was intentionally not crowded and was so intimate and inviting.  I felt attended to, special, and important while shopping for my dress.  My consultant, Haley, was so sweet and truly listened to all my requests and helped me overcome my indecisiveness.  It was the best experience! 

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What is your favorite memory from your wedding day?

This may seem strange, but my favorite memory from our wedding day was at the end of it all, when we were in the car driving to our new home together.  I tried so hard to be "in the moment" the entire day, but the majority of the day, Nathan and I spent apart or tending to our guests.  It was wonderful and so memorable, but Nathan and I are quiet, private, low-key homebodies.  I remember getting in the car at the end of the night, letting out a big sigh and saying, "I can't believe we're married! This feels so good!" It was finally just us and a quiet moment.  It was in that moment that our marriage felt real to me.  My favorite part of marriage so far has been doing the every day things alongside my best friend, so it's only fitting that getting in the car at the end of our big day was my favorite part :) 

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What has been the best thing about marriage so far?

Like I mentioned before, the every day things have been my favorite part of marriage so far.  I love coming home to Nathan (and our sweet puppy!) at the end of a long day at work.  I absolutely love to cook dinner for him, especially when it's one of his favorite meals.  I of course want to impress him!  I love praying with him before every meal and I love finally being able to fall asleep alongside him at night.  Going to our new church together on Sundays has been the highlight of my weeks for months now!  The Lord has blessed us abundantly and it has been so fun to be able to be blessed and bless others together.  I love doing life 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?

I think that it is so important to determine what is most important to the two of you on your wedding day and work the hardest on that.  Nathan and I both love the Lord and established early on that our main goal for our wedding day was to glorify God-- in everything.  We wanted our first acts as husband and wife to be in service to each other, we wanted the Lord to be in the midst of our ceremony and help usher others to feel His presence on our wedding day.  I spent countless days stressing over flower orders, chairs, vases, logistics, and lists, but no one remembered that at the end of our day.  What people commented on the most was the presence of God and spirituality of the ceremony.  We want our lives to be living testimonies to the love of our God, and we wanted our wedding day to fulfill that same purpose.  That was our goal.  So before you jump head first into wedding planning, establish your goal for your wedding day and make that happen.  What do you want people to remember when your day is over?  Whether it's intimacy, Godliness, having a good time, having the best party, or just keeping it simple, figure out your goal and make it happen. Everything else truly does fall into place.  

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Venue: Highland Church of Christ, Paintsville

Wedding Dress & Veil: Twirl Boutique

Tuxedos: Village Boutique, Prestonsburg

Bridesmaids Dresses: Azazie

Jewelry: Kendra Scott

Photography: Amy Wallen Photography

Videography: Alyson Biggs Videography

Stationary: Minted

Hair & Makeup: Laken Pack & Kendra Colvin

Cake: Jeff Arnett

Catering: Food City

Flowers: Williams Floral, Paintsville

REAL TWIRL WEDDING || HANNAH & KELBY

We can’t wait for you all to take a look into this gorgeous wedding! Hannah and Kelby tied the knot at the gorgeous Central Christian Church, and then had the most wonderful reception in the exact spot they got engaged, Talon Winery! We are so thrilled that they have allowed us to share their special day with you!! I know you’ll enjoy every part of their story! Xoxo

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

Kelby and I actually went to middle and high school together. In the 8th grade I was a cheerleader and he was on the basketball team and during a game one night, he came flying down the court and just didn’t stop! He completely knocked me down in front of everyone! After that we always knew of each other, but never really hung out much. All I knew is that he was so cute and he sat behind me in history class junior year. I was dating someone at the time, but the way he tells the story is that he liked me, but knew he had to be patient because in his words I was “marriage material.” Fast forward to freshman year of college at UK, we are both single and our friend group was a very tight knit group hanging out at Kelby and the boy’s apartment every weekend. He was my New Year’s kiss that year, but we didn’t want to ruin our friendship and make things awkward for the group so we just stayed friends. A year and a half later, Kelby plans this bonfire/party at his house for everyone and tells his best friend that he is finally going to tell me how he feels. Well, he does and since I had a crush on him since freshman year the rest was history. We dated for two years and got engaged on our 2-year anniversary at Talon Winery where we would later have our beautiful wedding reception!

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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?

My dress was one of the first dresses I tried on. It was only a week after I got engaged and I had my mom take pictures of all of the dresses, so I could look at them if I couldn’t decide. Something about that dress, I just couldn’t stop looking at the picture of it and the lace detailing was just so beautiful and a lot like what I envisioned myself wearing. I went back for a second appointment and no other dress came close to it, you really do get this warm/fuzzy feeling inside when you realized its YOUR dress! I still love looking at my wedding pictures because my Twirl dress was so perfect for me!

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What is your favorite memory from your wedding day?

This is such a hard question because every part of that day was so special, but I think our first look was my favorite part. A wedding day can be so stressful trying to get everyone ready and to stay on the timeline, but once I got to have a minute with just Kelby it calmed my nerves and everything else just didn’t matter! The rest of the night was so much fun with all of our friends and family

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What has been the best thing about marriage so far?

I loved coming home from our honeymoon and staying together in our new house for the first time. It was so fun to learn the dynamic of living together and actually being husband and wife in real life after the honeymoon. I also really enjoy cooking and having dinner together every night; it’s the small things. I have loved every minute of being his wife through the happy and difficult times. Having him as my partner in life is the best thing ever!

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

I tell all my friends who get engaged the same thing, take in every second! I was engaged for almost a year and it flew by, our wedding day flew by and now here we are a little over a year after our wedding and I’m asking myself, where did the time go? Even though planning a wedding is stressful, I wish I could go back and do it all over again; it’s such a special time in a girl’s life! So don’t take anything for granted and enjoy every minute of planning and your big day!

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VENDORS

Church: Central Christian Church

Reception Venue: Talon Winery

Planner: Amber Bowling (Divine Soiree)

Photographer: On A Whim Photography

Videographer: Lemon Drop Productions

Bride’s Hair and Makeup: Tie the Knot Hair

Bridesmaids hair: Brooke Wade (Wade & Co. Salon and Spa)

Bridesmaids Makeup: Lauren Elder

Tuxes: Geno’s Formal Affair

Catering: DaRae and Friends Catering

Florist: Natural Endeavors

Cake: Tinker’s

Rentals: Purdon’s Rental and Bryant’s Rent-All

Tent: Goff Tents & Events

DJ: David Weathers

Music: Volare String Quartet

Vocals: Darian Sanders

Officiant: Kelly Jenning

Invitations: Minted

Tiffany & Drew at Lexington Country Club - Lexington, KY

Tiffany was such a fun, easy-going bride to work with.  In fact, on her first trip to Twirl Lexington she picked out bridesmaid dresses during a Jenny Yoo Trunk Show without anyone even trying them on!  She is certainly a lady who knows what she wants and goes for it! 

Tiffany and Drew met through mutual law school friends at Harvey's, right here in Lexington.  They were married April 30, 2011 at St. Paul Catholic Church in Lexington and their reception was held at the Lexington Country Club.  Another very big Royal wedding happened to take place the same weekend as Tiffany and Drew's, if you recall!  Tiffany and Drew certainly showed their sense of humor and surprised their rehearsal dinner guests with a very unique invitation!

Tiffany described her style as tradition and guest-centric.  They wanted everyone to have fun and enjoy the evening.  Tiffany chose cheery, bright citrus colors to showcase Spring in the Bluegrass.  The bridesmaids wore three different styles of Jenny Yoo Collection dresses in Tangerine.  For their bridesmaid gifts, Tiffany had each bridesmaid a custom necklace made by Lulubelles (sold at Twirl Lexington).

Thank you, Tiffany and Drew for sharing your photos (all by Angela Baldridge) with Twirl and allowing us to play a small role in your big day!

Best wishes!