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REAL TWIRL WEDDING || KATIE & DAVE

REAL TWIRL WEDDING || KATIE & DAVE

Friends, we are so excited to share this GORGEOUS wedding with you all today! Katie and Dave tied the knot in Savannah, Georgia and it was every bit of Southern perfection that you could have imagined. We're so grateful they allowed us to share their special day with y'all! Enjoy!!

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

Dave and I met in 2015 through mutual friends. Although we were not aware of each other before we met, our families go way back. Our grandparents were neighbors in the 1950’s. My grandparents moved to a new address, and 20 years later Dave’s parents moved in next door to them. That is the house that Dave was born in, and my grandma recounts funny stories of Dave being a toddler next door. We knew Dave’s cousins growing up, and in middle school I had Dave’s mom as a teacher! It’s definitely a small world, but as soon as we met we hit it off and have been inseparable ever since.

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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? 

I am very particular when it comes to what I wear, and I had a look in mind that I had not been able to find anywhere else. I knew I wanted a clean white silk dress with a bow on it, and was becoming discouraged that I wouldn’t find what I was looking for. We live 3 hours away from Twirl, but I’d heard good things and wanted to come check it out. I tried on just a few gowns, but as soon as I slipped on my dress I knew I’d come as close to what I’d imagined as I was going to find. My mom got so excited, because she knew it was the one too. When the dress came in in my size, that is when I really got excited because I could see it fitting like a glove from all angles. The day of the wedding, the dress exceeded my expectations and I felt so beautiful in it. Everyone who saw the dress said the same thing, “It’s so you”. I loved Twirl because of how intimate it was. Other salons I went to had  a lot of other brides with large parties in attendance that would watch me try on dresses too and give their opinions. Twirl was just much more of a boutique vibe, and everyone was so friendly.

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What is your favorite memory from your wedding day?

My favorite memory of our wedding day was simply seeing all of our family and friends in one place. I am not very emotional, but when I turned to walk down the aisle I burst out in tears - happy tears of course! It was just so wonderful having so many people who love us there to support us in our marriage.

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What has been the best thing about marriage so far?

The best part of marriage so far has been simply knowing that we’re a team, and we’re going to experience life’s highs and lows together. 

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

Here are a couple of things!

1. If at all possible, have an experienced wedding coordinator. This can truly take so much stress off your shoulders. We live 8 hours away from our venue, and had our coordinator the month of. I didn’t have to worry about anything vendor related leading up to the wedding, and the day of had 0 headaches. I simply got to enjoy the day. 

2. If you’re planning any part of the wedding outside, have a back up plan. I am so thankful that we had thought of a back up plan when we booked our venue. Out of all the weekends in the year, a tropical storm (before hurricane season) was descending upon our venue, making my plan of an outdoor ceremony and part of the reception outdoors in jeopardy. We are so lucky that the weather cleared shortly before the ceremony and we were able to have that and the cocktail hour outside. Since the weather was so iffy, we elected to move the reception indoors and that turned out to be perfect. I don’t know what I would have done if we didn’t have the other options in place!

3. If you’re having a plated dinner and need to know who is having what dish, make sure to include in the response card (in addition to them checking chicken/fish/veg/etc) for each guest to initial beside the meal they are having. 4 people out of 180 guests initialed their meal, and the rest we had to contact or guess who wanted what!

4. For picture purposes during the ceremony, make sure you all know exactly where you’re standing at the alter. Myself, the officiant, and my husband are all a little off center. At the time we didn’t notice, but in the wedding pictures I definitely do! 

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Katie & Dave's Vendor Team:

Photographers: The Happy Bloom

Venue: Westin Savannah

Styling/Design: Design Studio South

Baker: Mollie Cakes

Florist: Kato Floral Designs

Rentals: Snyder Events

Lighting: JLK Events

Hair & Make Up: Emma Collins Beauty

Band: Irresistible Groove

Wedding Dress: "Raquel" by Anne Barge Blue Willow

Suits: The Black Tux

Linen Napkins: The Initialed Life

Invitations: Marisa Made

 

REAL TWIRL WEDDING || MARY + CHRIS

REAL TWIRL WEDDING || MARY + CHRIS

We adore this sweet bride to pieces! Mary was one of Ty's babysitters and so when it came time for her to shop for her wedding dress it was such a special time. We remember her appointment like it was yesterday. So many happy feelings and to be able to see her pure joy on her wedding day in her perfect gown makes our hearts the absolute happiest! Enjoy reliving their precious day with us. We love you Mary & Chris! Cheers to your beautiful life together. Xo!


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

Chris and I met the year I graduated college.  I decided to move up to Louisville with my friend, Andrea, and I started working as a preschool teacher at the Virginia Chance School.  It just so happens that Chris started working there as well.  He was one of their P.E. teachers.  We barely spoke two words to each other for the longest time.  I was in no place to start a relationship, and I didn’t even think about pursuing any kind of relationship with him.  We merely worked together, and that was about the extent of it.  In March, our school was going to a PD in Lexington.  I had just planned on going down the night before and staying with my parents.  Out of the blue, Chris asked me what my plan was for the PD, and if I wanted to ride together.  I kindly turned him down, but he insisted I give him my number “in case he got lost.”  It never occurred to me until later that he went to UK for a year, so there was no way he would get lost.  Smooth.  During the PD, there was a UK basketball game going on.  They were playing Florida.  The very first thing Chris ever texted me was, “Your precious cats are losing.  I hope Florida beats them.”  How sweet of him.  (He’s a Louisville fan, unfortunately).  After that initial text, we talked every single day.  To me, he was just being a nice guy.  We were just friends.  To my roommate, Andrea, it was Chris showing a lot more interest than just being friends.  It wasn’t until a couple months later when I started to let my guard down and think about what this really was. The fact that we had pursued a platonic friendship, with no strings attached, made me feel so comfortable around Chris.  It didn’t take long for me to realize that he was the real deal.  After our first date, I knew.  I knew that Chris was the man God had put on this earth for me.  He is the sweetest, kindest, most generous man.  He is my best friend.  I truly believe the old saying, “when you know, you know.”  After 11 months of dating, Chris proposed.  6 months later, we got married!  November 5th was the most incredible day.  I tell Chris I wish we could do it all over again every day.  It was everything I could have dreamed of and more. 

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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?

As soon as we got engaged, I knew I wanted to get my dress from Twirl.  I have known Ty for a long time, and I knew my dress had to come from y’all! We made an appointment to get the bridesmaid dresses first.  When we went in, it was magical.  I knew exactly what I wanted my girls to wear, and Ty and Liz made the process so easy.  I remember them asking when I was going to come in to get my wedding dress, and I was so nervous about coming in.  When the time finally came, I was a nervous wreck!  But Ty immediately took those fears away.  The very first thing we did, before trying on any dresses, was pray.  In that instant, I knew I was at the right place, and I knew that God was still in control – even with finding my wedding dress! I had sent Ty several dresses that I liked, but what I found was that I didn’t really know what I wanted.  Turns out, I walked out with a dress that was COMPLETELY opposite of what I thought I wanted.  I will never forget the feeling of trying on THE dress – the Heidi Elnora “Katie Grace” dress and I knew.  I knew this was the dress I wanted Chris to see me in when those church doors opened.  It was even better than I could have imagined!  I walked in wanting a long sleeve dress with some sparkle, and I walked out with the most gorgeous classic, simple strapless gown that I will forever cherish. 

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What is your favorite memory from your wedding day?

Although I wish every single day that I could relive my entire wedding day, my favorite memory happened right after our ceremony.  We were married at First United Methodist Church in downtown Lexington, and we had planned a “pretend” grand exit so that we could get some pictures walking out of the church with all our friends and family around us.  In order to make this happen, Chris and I had to hide for a moment after we walked down the aisle as Mr. and Mrs.  We hid up in this little staircase of the church balcony and it was in that moment that it hit me – I was married!  I hadn’t cried the entire ceremony but at that time the tears started flowing.  Chris and I had our one moment – our first moment – as Mr. and Mrs.  It was the sweetest memory from that day.  We admired our rings and had a second to breathe and take it all in.  I am so grateful for that time together!

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What has been the best thing about marriage so far?

The best part of marriage so far has been simply doing life with my best friend!  We dated long distance throughout our eleven months of dating, and I am just so thankful that when I have a hard day, I can come home to Chris.  When I have a good day, I can celebrate with him.  It’s been the most wonderful (almost) year of my life, and I pray that throughout our entire marriage we continue to laugh and cry together, make traditions together, and live our life, that God so wonderfully planned together, as a family. 

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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 advice to engaged girls is delegate, delegate, delegate!  SO much pressure was taken off of me by simply allowing my mom and my aunt to help make calls, email, etc.  I’ll be honest- wedding planning was not my favorite thing, but having help made it a lot easier!  When you allow others to help, you have more time to enjoy the beautiful season of being engaged, and no one said you have to plan a wedding all by yourself!  I would get so overwhelmed trying to decide so many things, and it was making it very hard for me to enjoy.  I had to take a step back, realize what was important, and at the end of the day, I would be married to my best friend no matter what music we had during the ceremony or what the bouquets looked like.  That was what I cared about, and when I let some of that control go, I was able to see that and enjoy it.

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VENDORS

Photography Lynnesy Catron

Wedding dress & veil – Twirl Boutique

Bridesmaid dresses – Twirl Boutique

TuxesMen’s Warehouse

FlowersGeorgetown Flowers

Hair + Make-upPink Lou Lou

Invitations, program, save the datesEtsy

CateringDottie’s Catering

ChurchFirst United Methodist Church

Reception Spring Valley Golf Club

DJ Bluegrass Beats

WEDDING GUEST ETIQUETTE 101

Tis the season for weddings! If you're anything like us, the majority of your weekends lately are filled up with wedding celebrations. It's such a joyous thing to celebrate! We've run into a lot people lately asking about some do's & don'ts for weddings guest so we thought it'd be a great idea to share some pretty standard etiquette guidelines for the modern day wedding guest. Here are our top 10 rules for being the very best wedding guest. Enjoy!


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- Do I have to get a gift?: Absolutely! The couple has paid for you to eat & drink on their dime so the least you can do to say "thank you" is bring them a gift to congratulate the happy duo!

- If I'm invited to multiple wedding/bridal showers, do I bring a gift to every single one?: The usual rule of thumb is to bring a gift to ONE shower and still also bring a gift to the wedding (or have it delivered to their house). 

- When it comes to gifts, should I stick to the registry?: We vote YES. The couple has spent a lot of time thinking through and registering for exactly what they want to make their home together. No need to go outside the lines and get them something totally random. Not to say heartfelt gifts are wonderful, if it's something personal & special to the couple then by all means gift it to them. However, for the most part, stick to the registry. It just makes everyone's life easier.

- Can I always bring someone with me?: Unless a "plus one" has clearly been stated on your invitation, then you're flying solo. Your invitation will say "Jane Doe & guest" if you've been given a plus one. If it is just addressed to you then they've only allotted for you to attend the wedding. If you have a serious significant other that came into your after the invitations have been sent out, you can always ask the bride & groom if you're allowed to bring them but don't ever make the assumption that you're free to bring someone with you.

- Can I wear white to a wedding?: That'd be a big NO! White is for the bride and the bride only. Don't be that girl. We would advise steering clear of "ivory, off-white, champagne, light blush" or anything in that lighter palette as well just to be safe. There are plenty of other colors to rock on that particular day so go with one of those. 

- What about wearing black?: Black is totally fine! Just as long as you're staying away from the wedding colors you're in the clear in our book!

- Is it rude to take pictures/videos during the wedding?: Most likely the bride & groom have spent a small fortune on paying a professional to do the photos & video of their special day so keep that phone away. Hate to break it to ya, but the professional photo/video are going to be 10000% better than anything you take on your phone or personal digital camera. ;) Let the pro's do their job while you just sit back and soak up all the sweetness right there in the moment.

- When is it okay to share photos of the bride & groom?: Do not EVER post photos or videos of the bride & groom until after the ceremony is over. You don't want to be that person that spoils the surprise of their wedding day looks before they've even officially tied the knot! That rule goes for bridal party members too, not just wedding guests.

- Are RSVPs really that big of a deal?: YES YES YES YES YESSSSSSS!! If you ask any bride two-three weeks, even one week, out from there wedding about what they're most stressed over and it's 9 times out of 10 the lack of RSVPs that have been sent in. Please please please don't make the sweet bride have to hunt you down for an answer on whether or not you'll be there to celebrate her special day. Promptly send in your RSVP & make the bride and groom's life that much easier.

- Can my kids come with me?: This kind of goes along with the "plus one" rule. If your kids/family are not addressed on the invitation then that's a big ole no. If your kids are welcome to the wedding the envelope will most likely say "The Family of Mr & Mrs. Doe" or "Mr & Mrs. Doe & Family." However, if the envelope just says, "Mr & Mrs John Doe" then sorry Charlie but you're going to have a find a babysitter that night. Some couples really want their wedding to be an adult-only affair so please be mindful & respectful of those wishes.


We hope those tips helped! We know the wedding world and all it's "rules" can be so confusing sometimes so hopefully we set your mind at ease a little more. Enjoy wedding season, friends!

REAL TWIRL WEDDING || MARY + DANIEL

REAL TWIRL WEDDING | MARY + DANIEL

Friends! Hello and happy Friday! We are so excited to share another real Twirl wedding with you all this month. It's another one of our amazing former Bride Bloggers, Mary Rouse!! Mary shared her wedding planning process with us HERE, HERE, and HERE. We loved having her share her love story with us and some helpful tips along her wedding planning process. It makes our hearts SO very happy to finally share her amazing wedding day with you all! It's been a minute since they tied the knot (it'll be two years in September) but that doesn't mean reliving it is any less special. We love this girls so very much and think you all are just going to adore her perfect day. ENJOY!!


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

Daniel and I met in October 2014 through church and mutual friends.  After I became good friends with Twirl's own, Liz Cox, I was soon introduced to Daniel, who at the time, I did not know would be my future husband (I actually had a crush on another guy!). The more time I spent with Dan, the more I was intrigued by his hilarious personality and kind spirit.  By December, we were official!  We took our first date to the Southern Lights with some of our best friends and the rest is pretty much history!  It was a fast "fall" for the both of us and the saying "when you know, you know" couldn't be more true for our story!  In August 2015 (only 10 months after we first met), Daniel proposed to me at the Henry Clay Estate in Downtown Lexington (watch a video of their proposal HERE).  A little over a year after that, we were married!

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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?

While dress shopping, I remember being so overwhelmed by all of the beautiful dresses that Twirl had in their store!  It was like every dress I put on, I loved and could totally see myself getting married in!  I went into my appointment having a pretty good idea of what I think looks good on me and my body type but also with a very loose grip on my expectations. To be honest, I wasn't sure what type of dress I was going to choose and that made my appointment all the more fun!  I tried on SO many dresses (sorry, Liz) and I loved feeling so beautiful in every single one of them!  But I knew my dress was "the one" even before I had pulled it up passed my knees.  The material was so beautiful and elegant with just the right amount of sparkle; it was truly such a timeless material and style that even before it was completely on, I told Liz, "this is my dress!"  That moment was my favorite memory of my dress shopping experience.  I felt so confident in my decision, after I had tried on my dress, I never put another wedding dress on! 

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What is your favorite memory from your wedding day?

 I have a LOT of favorite memories from my wedding day!  I got to spend the whole day getting ready with my girls which was so fun and I got to dance the night away with my sweet groom... it was truly a magical day.  But if I had to pick one favorite memory it would have to be being able to walk up the aisle as husband and wife!  After a whole year of preparations for this special day, it was so much fun to finally be pronounced husband and wife! 

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What has been the best thing about marriage so far?

 The best thing about marriage so far is always having a partner at the end of the day.  I get to go through this life with my favorite person.  All the highs and lows life has to offer, my sweet Daniel is by my side every single moment and it is truly a gift from the Lord to have that companionship this side of Heaven!

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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 biggest advice for engaged gals and newlyweds would be to find a community that you can immerse yourself in.  It is truly so special to have people around you that know all of your junk and love you still!  Even when you are married, you still need people that will champion and encourage you and speak into your life and into your marriage (even the hard stuff!) Daniel and I wouldn't be here if it wasn't for our friends and especially on the hard days, our community is what carries us through tribulation and helps us back to still waters. 

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THEIR DREAM TEAM OF VENDORS:

Photography- Leah Barry Photography

Video- Cailley Harris Videography

Hair & Makeup- PinkLouLou

Venue- Warrenwood Manor

Caterer- Dunn's BBQ

Flowers- The Bride + her friends!

Invitations- Personally Designed by the Bride herself! 

DJ- Bluegrass Beats

Musicians- Justin Carlson + Tara Jo Crawford 

REAL TWIRL WEDDING || ALLISON + TIM

REAL TWIRL WEDDING || ALLISON + TIM

Friends, this has been one of the most anticipated & asked-for real weddings of ours! If you remember, last year Allison Johnson (now JENKS!!) of Pink LouLou was our Twirl Bride Blogger for several months & it was pretty much the best thing ever! If you missed her posts you can read them again HEREHERE, HERE and HERE!!

Well, today she is back and sharing all about her WEDDING!! Eeeeekk! We have been DYING to share all this loveliness with you and think you all are going to be as giddy as we are over it all.

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When Twirl asked me to be their Bride Blogger for 2017, I was so honored and so excited. It is hard to believe it has come to an end!! As I sit here and try to reflect on the day, I get completely overwhelmed with everything I want to say. It is really hard to try to adequately put into words how much this day meant, and how special it was. I knew I was going to marry Tim on our first date, and getting to walk down the aisle to him, and become his wife, has been the biggest blessing of my life.

Tim and I were married on October 14th, 2017. It was the most beautiful day, and a perfect 78 degrees, there was not a cloud in the sky. I could not believe it when I woke up. It was wedding day and it was perfect!!

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I chose to get ready in my house, with my bridesmaids and a few close friends. It was so nice to be in my own space, wake up in my own bed and not have to worry about packing things in and out of a hotel room. Highly recommend this option! My friend and fellow makeup artist Amelia Evans did all of our makeup, and I did my own hair. No matter how well you plan, I feel like on wedding days you are always running a tad behind, and my wedding was no exception, so ladies, plan some buffer room here so you don’t get stressed! Also, my biggest tip—do not put things off for your wedding day. Not even the smallest task, make sure it is all wrapped up before the wedding day. You want to spend that time relaxing and being present, I promise!

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We did our first look at Ashland, Henry Clay Estate. Once I saw Tim I felt so much better. I feel like most people do first looks these days, but if you are on the fence, I am here to tell ya it is so nice to do. It is really the only time you get all day just the two of you, and it makes the picture process go smoother. Have you ever seen a cuter groom reaction face?! Priceless, Tim Jenks!

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We had our ceremony at Saint Peter Catholic Church, and it was an absolute dream. It felt like a movie walking down the aisle! We had candles and lanterns lining the aisle, and it was so beautiful.  Music is really important to me and Tim, and thankfully our priest let us use all of our own music, which meant so much. I walked down the aisle to a song I had dreamed of walking down the aisle to, and it was absolute perfection!! It was a piano version of Pachabel’s Cannon, mixed with U2 With or Without you. I was a little psycho about my vision for this, and luckily it worked out perfectly, haha.  I remember squaring off with the church lady, she was trying to get me to start walking, and I was like no no ma’am, this is not my part yet. Talk about control issues right?

We played instrumental Ed Sheeran, Perfect”(also our first dance) during the Unity Candle portion, and I feel it is important to mention that I did try to blow out the unity candle, so there’s that, haha. Luckily it didn’t go out, so that has to be a good sign right? Also supplied some comic relief for the audience. Our first kiss as husband and wife was perfection, and reminded me so much of our actual first kiss.  We walked out of the church to instrumental Starship, Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now, and even though I almost fell, it was still a dream. (You try walking in 4 inch sparkly heels, and 10 pounds of tulle!!)

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We had our reception on the patio of Champions Trace Golf Course, under the most perfect blue sky and market lights this gal has ever seen. I must give a huge shout out to my wedding planners and florist Doug and Glenn, for so effortlessly pulling off my vision!

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I feel like the luckiest girl in the world. I got to marry the love of my life, surrounded by our closest friends and family. The day could not have been more perfect. I had the BEST team of vendors creating, and capturing our memories so wonderfully.

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I feel like the best way to really experience our wedding day is through our wedding highlight video! It truly captures everything way better than I can put into words!! I have linked it below, and also have included our preparations video, because, I love it! Thank you to each and every person that helped make our wedding day so incredibly special. I will never forget how loved Tim and I felt.


The best team of vendors that there ever were:

Photography: Claire and Barrett

Videography: Reel Special

Venue: Champions Golf Course

Wedding Dress: Twirl Boutique ("Tanner" by Hayley Paige)

Bridesmaids Dresses: Twirl Boutique (Jenny Yoo)

Alterations: Needles Eye

Wedding Coordinating/Florals: Doug Smith Designs and Events

Groom & Groomsmen Suits: Men’s Wearhouse

Wedding Jewelry: Rivard Fine Jewelry

Photobooth: The Party Stage

Band: Nate Jackson Band, Nashville TN

Church: Father John List, Saint Peter Catholic Church

Invitations and Programs: Simply Done Invites

Transportation: Goldshield

Wedding Cake: Martine’s Pastries

STELLA YORK PREVIEW SHOW

STELLA YORK PREVIEW SHOW || FEB 2-3

We are so thrilled to share with you about our event coming up the first weekend of February! We are hosting a Stella York Preview trunk show and it's always one of our most favorite events in the store.

"What is a preview trunk show?" Wow, SO glad you asked! Let us tell you. ;)

A preview trunk show is AMAZING because it a trunk show full of gowns that have NEVER been seen before! These beauties haven't even hit the runway yet. Our brides get to be the judges on whether or not these dresses make it or not to the upcoming bridal market in April. It's kind of like channeling your inner Heidi Klum on project runway! Pretty awesome, right?!

Well, it gets even better because not only do our brides get to be the judge but they also get to try these gowns ON & purchase them before anyone else is able to! If you fall in love with a dress from the collection and say "yes" to it but it doesn't end up making the cut for market, don't worry.. that just means you have a ONE OF A KIND gown!! How amazing it that?!!?

Needless to say, this even is INCREDIBLE and we love having the opportunity to spoil our brides with such a special experience like this one.



Here are a couple logistical things to note about a preview trunk show:

- Your wedding needs to be in August 2018 or later in order for the dress to come in on time for your special day. There are no rushes on these unfortunately.

- The sample sizes are only 10s & 12s (but they can be ordered in whatever size you need!)



We only have a few spots left for this fun weekend so be sure to request your appointment ASAP! Click HERE to request your appointment today.

We are open 11am-7pm on the 2nd and 10am-5pm on the 3rd.

Can't wait to see who finds their dream dress with us! Xoxo

REAL TWIRL WEDDING || SAMANTHA + ANDREW

REAL TWIRL WEDDING || SAMANTHA + ANDREW

Happy Friday, friends! We are so excited to share this gorgeous wedding day with you all today. Samantha is near & dear to us because she is the sister/best friend of one of our former Twirl Girls, Danielle Chanda. Her appointment was such a joy to be a part of and goodness, what a STUNNING bride she made! Andrew is a LUCKY man for so many reasons. You all are going to love this wedding. From Samantha in her stunning Stella York gown to the fun-loving energy between the happy couple. It's all just so good & sure to brighten your Friday. Enjoy!!


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

Andrew and I met in college and began our relationship as friends. Andrew had an integrity and confidence about him that I admired, and that captivated my attention. Andrew was a friend that I wanted to be close to, because he challenged me, but also made me feel valued and respected. Our friendship blossomed over long theological discussions, salsa dancing and star gazing until I couldn't deny that this was the kind of life I wanted to live with someone. Andrew asked me to marry him on Christmas Eve, while some of my favorite people in the world waited for my answer, which was of course YES! We were married 10 months later on a beautiful Kentucky Horse Farm. Andrew and I compliment each other, he values the details in life, and I can always paint him the big picture. When I cant decide or make up my mind, he is quick to assure me in wise discernment. God is good in his creation of man and woman, and we are honored to be on the continuous life long journey of loving him and each other.    

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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 favorite part of my wedding dress shopping at Twirl was having the sweet personal experience. From the moment I walked in, I felt like this was the kind of experience I had been waiting for my entire life when thinking about the dress I would wear on my big day! I had champagne, I laughed and took pictures, I honestly felt like a princess! What was truly incredible was that my little sister was working at Twirl the time I was wedding dress shopping there, and as I said yes to my perfect Twirl dress, she said yes when I asked her to be my maid of honor. It was an intimate and beautiful day all made possible by the amazing Twirl Girls who make ladies feel like princesses as they prepare to become brides. 

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What is your favorite memory from your wedding day? 

I have so many amazing moments from my wedding day, a favorite would be hard to pick. I would have to say walking down the aisle is probably one of my favorites. I remember the nerves I had as I could hear the song playing, and when I knew it was time to step out, my dad looked at me and told me I looked beautiful. My Dad and I stepped out into the aisle and I saw tears on so many familiar faces of our loved ones, all smiling at me. I felt beyond honored to be celebrated in that way. But then, my eyes looked forward to the one who calmed my nerves, and I was completely overcome with peace and gratitude! This was the first moment we had seen each other on our wedding day and it was worth every  second of the wait. As we began to hear our Pastor and friend greet our guests, speak about Jesus and The Church, he then asked Andrew and me to pause, to look out into the crowd of loved ones and savor the moment. We were humbled by the amount of love we felt by those who came to watch and celebrate with us as we committed our lives to each other and our marriage to God. 

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What has been the best thing about marriage so far? 

There are so many "best things about marriage" so far, I could probably go on forever.  I think being fully known and fully loved is probably one of my favorites. I've loved getting to know someone so deeply, and there is still so much to explore. I'm so thankful I am married to someone who is on a continual journey with me to know more of who we are in Christ and how we can be used by him. Being on a mission together with my husband is one of the most satisfying feelings I believe I could ever imagine. 

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

The pieces of wisdom I would pass on would be to be completely and utterly vulnerable with God, your husband and yourself. Allow yourself to be loved, and love back. Always fight for each other. Talk to each other, Andrew and I call this "Keeping Current" meaning know what is going on with your spouse, communication really is huge! Ask God to help you understand how to be your husbands wife, not just how to be a wife or how to be a good wife.  

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S+A'S VENDOR DREAM TEAM

Flowers: Michele Deaton 

Cake: Cakes my Leigh in Harrodsburg KY  

Dress: Twirl 

Photographer: Ashley Rainwater Photography

DJ: Ato Z Productions

Venue: Bluegrass Wedding Barn

Food: LaDonnas Catering from London KY

REAL TWIRL WEDDING || TAYLOR + PARKER

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!


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 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. 

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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?

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. 

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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

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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. 

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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

DJ - Larry Lee, Soundwave DJ

Rentals - Goff Tents & Rentals

Mens Suits - Jos A Bank

Bridesmaids Dresses - Adrianna Papell