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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

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.

E N J O Y !!


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

Designer of the Month: Tara Keely by Lazaro

HAPPY FRIDAY FRIENDS!!

If you follow us along on social media you might have noticed that we've been getting some beautiful deliveries lately from Tara Keely! We are over the moon excited about our new arrivals from this amazing designer and it inspired us to encourage our future brides to fall in love too! Walking into the bridal suite can be an overwhelming experience. You walk into a sea of white and are blinded by all things pretty. Designers & dress designs all start to blend together and it's hard to distinguish one from the other at times. Well, let us help you get to know Tara Keely and perhaps you'll fall in love at first sight when you spot it in the bridal suite when you come to shop with us!

Tara Keely has been described as, "inspired by feminine silhouettes and soft alluring fabrics. With a mix of detailed laces, lush tulles, and accents of shimmering sparkle, this collection offers brides the ideal romantic vision. For the graceful and elegant bride who embodies an effortless beauty and timeless sophistication."

Doesn't that sound lovely?! We sure think so!

Photography by The Malicotes

Tara Keely is my (Liz) personal favorite collection here at Twirl. Each dress is timeless, elegant, and has a sophisticated yet chic feel to it. One of my dearest friends got married in one of my all time favorite Tara Keely's, style 2357, and I thought she looked like the embodiment of grace & beauty as she walked down the aisle to her groom and danced the night away with all her closest family & friends.

Photography by Whitney Knutson Photography

Our brides that choose a Tara Keely gown as their wedding dress are never disappointed. They will look back on their wedding day photos when they're old & gray and still be so happy with how timeless and beautiful their dress was. These gowns are ones, that, I believe, can be passed down as heirlooms for generations.

Photography by: (Top Images) Nina & Wes Photography and (Bottom Images) Whitney Neal Photography

We're offering a special deal for future Twirl brides that purchase a Tara Keely gown from now (September 18th) until October 17th! Tara Keely is officially our "featured designer" for the next month and we'll be offering $200 off their dress to any new Tara Keely bride within that time!

How exciting, right?! Call us to book your appointment to come & shop this beautiful collection! We hope you love it as much as we do! 859.309.2493

XOXO

Liz Cox + the Twirl Girls

Elizabeth & Matthew at Keeneland - Lexington, KY

When Elizabeth and her family first stepped into Twirl Lexington I could immediately tell they had impeccable taste and just exuded southern grace and charm.  I knew her wedding was going to be beautiful with her incredible color palette of charcoal and soft pink!  The photos certainly prove that...

Elizabeth and Matthew were married May 28, 2011 at Central Christian Church with the reception being held at the Keene Barn at Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington, Ky.  The couple first met at as students at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina.  They both served as upperclassman staff on freshmen residence halls and began an instant friendship.  After spending many hours studying in the library together, they finally went on their first date and the rest is history!   

Above all, they wanted their wedding to be a celebration!  Elizabeth and Matt both grew up in small towns, but eventually ended up in bigger cities. They wanted their wedding style to reflect both small town roots and big city flair and they pulled it all together with the help of Great Expectations.   

Congratulations, Elizabeth and Matthew!  Twirl Lexington wishes you a lifetime of happiness!

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!

Neeley & Jeff at Talon Winery - Lexington, KY

When Neeley called to make her first appointment at Twirl she was so sweet and I could just tell she was going to be a fun bride!  Neeley was planning an outdoor wedding in July at Talon Winery in Lexington, KY and had a specific color purple bridesmaid dress she was trying to find.  The color inspiration??  Neeley has a super creative mind and found purple pashmina wraps on sale at Pier One and wanted to use them as her table runners.  The end result was beautiful!!  Neeley chose bridesmaid dresses by After Six in African Violet.  This sweetheart style is so classic and pretty and looks good on many different body types.

Thank you to Neeley for letting Twirl play a small role in your big day and to Nelson Benton Photography for the gorgeous pictures!  Congratulations on your marriage!

Tuesdays with Ty - Wedding photos

We just received our wedding photo book and CD of files this week and to say that I am obsessed with my wedding photos would be a vast understatement!  I thought I would share the detail shots with everyone for ideas for your own weddings.  Especially the bridesmaid and mothers attire...it is all from Twirl!! 

A special thanks to In Retrospect Photography for the beautiful shots!

Enjoy!

-Ty

Jamie and Emile at Headley-Whitney Museum

Jamie and Emile were married on a beautiful late Kentucky spring day on May 29, 2010.  Jamie lives in Los Angeles, but knew she wanted to come home to Lexington for her big day.  Planning the wedding from across the country was a huge task to undertake, but with the help of Always Planned, the results were stunning!  If you have not been to the Headley-Whitney Museum it is well worth a visit.

Jamie just shared these photos from her wedding with us by her photographer Harper Smith Photography yesterday and I knew I had to share them immediately! Jamie's navy, green and accents of blue created a very classic, beautiful feel for the wedding.  Her bridesmaids were outfitted in After Six Style 6553 in Blueberry Taffeta.  This style suits many body types and is such a timeless dress!

Congratulations to Jamie and Emile!  We wish you a lifetime of happiness!

Natasha and Morgan's Kentucky Outdoor Wedding

Natasha was one of the very first brides to come through the doors of Twirl Lexington.  From the moment she came in her sense of style and sweet personality came through.  Actually before Natasha even came in, one of her fabulous bridesmaids came in to check things out first and get an idea of what dresses we had to match the blush pink the bride had in mind!   

Natasha and Morgan were married in a perfect outdoor setting in Morgan's parent's backyard in picturesque horse country in May.  The bridesmaids wore Dessy Collection styles 2787 and 2799 in Blush.  The effect was quite stunning!  In fact, after seeing Carrie Underwood's wedding pictures I think she stole some ideas from Natasha...blush bridesmaid dress, pink sash on the wedding gown, and pink kissing balls! 

A special thanks to Alumbra Photography for sharing these beautiful pictures with us!  Congratulations to Morgan and Natasha!  We wish you a lifetime of happiness.

-Ty

Ty's Bridal Party Preview

It is official...I am now OBSESSED with the bridesmaid dresses I just received!!!  Since we have a whole 38 days left until our wedding I couldn't resist sharing these gorgeous dresses with you all a tad early!  They are the Stella dress by Thread in Fuchsia Matte Silk (Mini length).  Now just picture them on 6 beautiful girls holding ivory peonies in front of a big white 1800s mansion on a late spring day in Kentucky.  Oh. My. Gosh.  So excited!

Bridal Parties

Taking a quick break from the Friday bridal posts to share a few of my favorites from the past! I LOVE Melissa Sweet - and the color is amazing!

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If you are going to do a "true bridesmaid pink" - this is it! Jim Hjelm is the designer behind this perfect pink color.

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I am totally into the one-shoulder look! Jim Hjelm rocked it again.

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Who doesn't love THREAD! They really do know how to design a "mean" little black dress. These ladies rocked it!

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Thank you to all the ladies who have let Twirl be a part of their special day! You all look amazing! :)