Tuesdays with Ty - Last week as a single lady!

This time next week I will by lying on the beach with a banana daiquiri in my hand and my HUSBAND by my side!  I cannot believe this is the last time I am writing Tuesdays with Ty before the wedding.  Time has certainly flown by and I am so excited for this weekend!  I have enjoyed sharing my journey with everyone.  Don't worry...I'll be back to update you with photos and wedding day do's and don'ts after we get back from the honeymoon:)   I thought it would be fun to re-cap my fun wedding week attire with everyone!  Brandon keeps asking just how many dresses I will wear because I keep parading out with more for him to critique.  My excuse is that I will only get to be the BRIDE once and I want to make the most of it. 

Beginning on Thursday I plan to start wearing white...because I can.  We do not have any particular event on Thursday other than set up for the rehearsal dinner, but I plan to wear a super cute white sun dress my mom found for me in California!  

 Friday I will have 2 wardrobe changes.  At 11:30 that morning I will be surrounded by all the special ladies that are a part of the wedding for my bridesmaid luncheon at Circa 1840 in my hometown, Georgetown.  For the occasion I will wear an ivory dress by Chloe & Reese sold at Twirl.  Later that day, I will change for our rehearsal and dinner.  Since we are doing a Fiesta theme, my dress is not white...but the festive Shiloh dress in fuchsia and ice blossom print by Thread, also sold at Twirl!!

Rehearsal Dinner Dress by Thread


  Now, for the wedding day!  3 wardrobe changes total!  The time before the wedding will be spent at ChaCha Salon and brunch at Josie's.  Every person that has been in a wedding before knows that you need to wear something that doesn't go over your head when you are changing.  So, while in Nashville on my bachelorette party I found the sweetest white strapless dress that is comfy and perfect for the wedding day.On to the wedding attire!  As you may remember, I am wearing my mother's gown (with new life and style breathed into it).  I am giving you a sneak preview of mom in the original 1976 gown.  Of course,  I cannot post what it looks like now until after the wedding, but I love it and it is so special.  

 For my final wardrobe change of the evening, I will change into a fun short, ivory reception dress by Lynn Lugo (also available at Twirl) after we cut the cake and do our first dance.  I am seriously obsessed with this dress!

On Sunday morning we leave bright and early for the honeymoon and again, I plan to wear white!  Well this one is white and black and has fun flowers at the bottom, but still!  I will be Mexico ready when I get on the plane!Happy Planning!


Tuesdays with Ty - The Marriage License

18 days.  That is how many days we have left before the wedding!  I cannot believe how time flies and how quickly I know these next 18 days will go by.  So, on Monday, Brandon and I headed downtown Lexington to get our marriage license!!  Having a marriage license is required in order to officially be married on your wedding day.  Getting it does not mean you are married, just that you are legally allowed to be married.  The license becomes official after the ceremony when both the bride and groom sign it with your witnesses and the officiant.  After that it is filed and then you get your marriage certificate in the mail a few weeks later!

So here are a few tips on what you need to know for getting a marriage license in Kentucky (you can search your city for local requirements):

  • Both bride and groom must go together to to the County Clerk's office to apply for the license
  • The license is valid anywhere in Kentucky
  • Both of you must have a valid ID with you (driver's license will do)
  • The license is valid for 30 days after it is issued, so make sure you don't go too far in advance
  • There is a fee ($35.50 in Kentucky) and you have to pay with an in-state check or cash, so be prepared
  •  They will give you the license - we are taking ours to our preacher to keep and remember to bring on the wedding day.  He will take care of getting it signed and mailed back in.
  • You will get the official certificate in the mail a few weeks later.  You need this in order to officially change your name!

Enjoy this day together and your last few weeks of being engaged!  We went to stock up on honeymoon beach basics afterwards:)   

Happy Planning!


Tuesdays with Ty - Bachelorette Bash

Since most all of my friends are already married and never get out on the town anymore everyone was looking forward to getting away and having a fun girls weekend!!  My Matron of Honor, Nancy, is the ultimate planner.  We started talking bachelorette weekend not long after we got engaged.  We threw around some ideas, but really there was no doubt where I wanted to go...Nashville, Tennessee!!  It has a super fun music scene, great restaurants, shopping and is only a 3 hour drive.  Since I used to live there it holds a special place in my heart. Nancy worked with Elizabeth Henderson of Polka Dot Papers to come up with the CUTEST  invitation ever.  She also included an itenerary and cost info to all of the other girls with the invitation. 

We started off driving down together and checked into the chic Hotel Indigo.  After settling in we went to ultra yummy Lime and had the best margaritas and sangria ever!  From there we hit the town for some live music and dancing at Tin Roof and Legends Corner.  Twirl Girl, Angela, sent me the cutest sash to wear out (pictured below)!!  It was even personalized in our wedding colors!  Thanks, Ange!

Sunday was a day of brunch and shopping at the best spots in Nashville.  We decided to fore go another night out on the town and have a slumber party!  We ordered pizza, sipped champagne and had my "personal" shower.  It was just what we all needed.

It was the most wonderful weekend filled with friendship and laughter.  I cannot thank my friends enough for taking the time away from their own families to travel to Nashville to celebrate with me. 

Bridesmaid Bachelorette Party Tips:

  •  When planning, think of what the bride will want to do.  My friends chose all of my favorite things and it was absolutely perfect.  If she's not into going out...then plan a night in!
  • It does not matter what you do or how much money you spend, it is the time together that will be remembered the most.
  • Make something memorable - my friends all chipped in and made me a picture book of us through the years.  My Matron of Honor headed up the project and collected pictures and made the book online.  It is priceless and I will always treasure it:)

Happy Planning!


Bridesmaid Gift Ideas from Twirl Lexington

With all the summer weddings right around the corner it is time for Brides to think about how to repay their best friends for all of their love and support.  What better way than to get them an adorable clutch or jewelry as their bridesmaid gift??

Clutch purses by BJolley are available at Twirl Lexington for $40 each.  If you don't see a color that matches your bridal party you can let us know what you are looking for and we will find a fabric that will work for you!   These are also perfect for mothers as well!


Jewelry is also a longtime traditional bridesmaid gift.   SallyB jewelry is also available at the Lexington location.  SallyB has some unique pieces from pink freshwater pearls to chunky vintage inspired pieces and can also personalize styles to match your bridesmaid dresses.

Give your girls a gift they will treasure for many years to come:)

Happy Gifting!


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!

Tuesdays with Ty - Bridal Portraits

As you may or may not remember, I am wearing my mother's wedding dress.   It is finally finished undergoing the major renovations and is beautiful!  My sister-in-law even started crying when she saw it. I decided to book an extra session with my photographer, In Retrospect Photography, with just me to do some bridal portraits BEFORE the wedding day.  This way you get to wear your dress an extra day and get to do a trial run with your hair and make-up!!

The biggest reason I decided to do this bridal portrait session is to be able to display a picture of my mom in her dress and me in her dress at the reception.  I plan on putting them on the cake table.  That way everyone can see the major changes we made, but how special the dress still remains.  This would be a really neat idea even if you aren't wearing a family wedding gown.

Here are some Bridal Portrait tips:

  • Schedule appointments for your hair and makeup.  Do a similar look that you want for your wedding day.  That way you can see if you like the look in pictures before the big day when there will be no "do-overs". 
  • Pick  a beautiful location and one you wouldn't have time to go to on your wedding day.  We went to Shaker Village here in Kentucky.  All the Spring trees and plants were in bloom...gorgeous!!
  • Take a blanket or old sheet with you to put under your dress to keep it clean if you are going to be outside.  You can hide it in the pictures with the dress.
  • Pack a couple bottles of water with you and maybe a little snack if you think you will be gone for a while.
  • If you have your make-up done ask if you can take the powder with you and return it the next day.  That way you can touch up if needed.
  • Take your mom or maid of honor with you - it is a special time of wearing your dress for the first time!  Have them enjoy it with you:)

Obviously I cannot post my pictures yet, but enjoy this time and enjoy your pictures!!

Happy Planning!


Sunday Soirees at Shelia Bayes Fine Jewelers

Calling all Kentucky brides...Shelia Bayes Fine Jewelers and Jacki Allen Wedding and Event Planners have teamed up to offer free bridal seminars once a month through August!  The first event is this Sunday, April 18 from 1:00-4:00 pm at Shelia Bayes Fine Jewelers located in The Shops at Lexington Center, 410 West Vine Street in Lexington. This weekend's event will feature Bridal Gowns by Bridal & Formal, Photographer Ian Lozada and Wedding Planner 101 by Jacki Allen.  Each bride also gets a fabulous gift bag!!  YAY! 

Happy Planning!


Tuesdays with Ty - Bronzed Bride

It is about this time every Spring when the sun dresses and tank tops come out of hibernation that I wish I had a naturally dark complexion...or had just gotten back from a week at the beach!  But since both of those are not true I have officially started my self tanning experiment.

I decided to start experimenting early so I can have the process down pat just in time for the wedding...so I can be a perfectly bronzed bride.  Luckily, one of our Twirl brides is a manager at Fusion Tanning Studios here in Lexington and offered me great advice.  I have done 2 self tanning sessions so far in the Mystic Tan booth and am very pleased with the results!  Here is what I found to work best:

  • Take a shower and exfoliate before you go.
  • DO purchase the little foot bottom covers to stand on.  My feet were HILARIOUS the first time.  Yuck!
  • Use LOTS of the barrier cream on your hands.  Apparently I didn't use enough the first time and my hands were not pretty.  My second time I asked how much to use and they were perfect.
  • Do not shower or sweat the night you go (good excuse for not working out:)
  • I do recommend going in the evening...the smell is a little strange.  I think it's more of a self-conscious thing, but still.  They also have scents you can add, I am going to try that next time!
  • Start with a light application...better safe than sorry!  The first time I did the lightest version and second added a "bronze boost".  I definitely recommend the boost!

While it sounds like a lot of hassle, it really is not.  It only takes about 10-15 minutes total time.  I was very reluctant at first because I had bad experiences when the spray tan first came out a few years ago, but things have drastically improved since then.  I love the results and can't wait to go again!  You will feel tan and beautiful like you have just spent a day at the beach.

Fusion Tanning Studios also has bridal party packages that can benefit both bridesmaids and brides!  Ask your local tanning salon if they don't mention it! 

Bridesmaid tip:  If your bride has mentioned trying self tanning chip in and get her a package to try it out.  It would make a great personal shower gift:)

Happy Tanning!


Tuesdays with Ty - Ceremony planning

With 7 weeks to go now we are turning our focus to the details of the ceremony.  The big pieces of the ceremony have been put into place, but now we need figure out the little things that will make our day memorable. Obviously, you need someone to perform your marriage ceremony and since our wedding isn't taking place in a church we had to decide who to use.  The minister from my hometown church is marrying us.   Most ministers are very specific on how they want the ceremony to run, so getting this detail taken care of will help you move forward on this part of planning.  In our pre-marriage counseling classes we will go through and plan the ceremony and how we want it to go with the minister.

If you want to start getting an idea of how it will go before you meet with your minister, The Knot has a good resource of program wording by ceremony and religion type.   You can use this as a basic outline until you meet with your officiant to get his/her ideas.  This way you can start getting an idea of what readings and music you want to incorporate and where it is appropriate.

As for readings, I think it is important to use things that are special to you and your fiance.  Of course, there are the very traditional readings that are beautiful and never go out of style.  However, we are going to incorporate some Bible verses Brandon used during his proposal.  He had written a few very special ones about love on little cards for me.  We are also going to have the readings done by couples that are special to us and in the program list how many years they have been married.

If you want a different twist, you can always pick a unique poem or short book.  One of my favorite weddings I attended had a children's book read during their ceremony called "I Like You".  It was SO appropriate because she is a kindergarten teacher.  Don't be afraid to go out of the box!

Music in the ceremony is the same...you can always go traditional and classic.  There are great resources for that as well on The Knot.   BUT we aren't going traditional on the ceremony music!  We are having all acoustic guitar and I am so excited!  Brandon has a friend that is a musical genius, so he is in charge.  We are using a few special songs (that will be revealed later) and one that was written by the guitarist we are using.  I also have a dear friend, who happens to be a Grammy Nominated Artist, who is also singing.    I hope it will be memorable for all.

Tip: Go to YouTube and type in different songs to see if you like them.  Most anything can be found on YouTube and you might find something different!

Somewhere Over the Rainbow

Make your ceremony your own!  It is the little things that mean the most.

Happy Planning!


Twirl Lexington's Dress of the Week

This week we decided to choose a classic, elegant dress that will never go out of style.  It is the Thread Tyler dress.  Dubbed the "Breakfast at Tiffany's" dress, it has a folded boatneck, natural waist and comes in 4 different lengths and 4 different fabrics!  The mini length starts at $290.  It has been quite popular among Lexington brides...especially those going for a vintage, classy Audrey Hepburn look.

Simply Love Studio Grand Opening - Thursday, March 25

Twirl Lexington is SO excited to be a part of the Simply Love Studio Grand Opening tonight!  Simply Love Studio is located in Lexington, KY and provides engaged couples the ultimate complimentary resource in wedding planning. One stop shopping packaged into a luxurious experience and all free of charge for any bride.

The Grand Opening Party will take place tonight from 6:00-9:00 pm!  Come check out the Twirl dresses in the front window and celebrate with us!

Twirl Lexington's Dress of the Week

It is an exciting time at Twirl Lexington this week!  The dress we are featuring was just on the cover of the Tops in Lex magazine unveiled on Thursday!  Check out the link and pick up the magazine in Lexington:  http://www.virtualonlinepubs.com/publication/?i=33700.

The gorgeous emerald green bridesmaid dress by Jenny Yoo is one of our favorites this season.  The "Dylan dress" in eastern silk shantung features the popular one shoulder silhouette and a slimming pencil skirt and is available in a variety of great colors.   It is definitely not your typical bridesmaid dress!  The Jenny Yoo Collection is available at Twirl Scottsdale and Twirl Lexington locations.

Tuesdays with Ty - Keeping your engagement ring sparkly

After getting the engagement ring of my dreams I hardly ever wanted to take it off...whether to shower, sleep, exercise or anything!  My ring has become a permanent fixture on my hand.  With that much wear it is bound to get a little dingy ever once in a while, so I did some research on how to keep it sparkling just like the day Brandon slipped it on my finger!

When to take it off:  Jewelers will tell you to take it off to exercise, shower, sleep...but let's be realistic.  I take mine off to shower, when I am cooking and using my hands in meat, cleaning with chemicals,  and I would if I worked outside (but that doesn't really happen). 

Cleaning:  I clean my ring about once a week.  It doesn't have to be anything special.  A toothbrush with soft bristles and a small bowl of warm, soapy water will do just fine.  Many jewelry stores also sell a container of jewelry cleaner with a small brush that is also convenient.  Also remember to stop up the sink anytime you have your ring off around an open drain!

Care:  Take your ring into your jeweler once or twice a year to have the setting checked.  This will prevent the prongs being loosened due to wear and losing your diamond!  A few hours without it is better than a tragedy.

White Gold:  You may or may not know that white gold is simply yellow gold plated with rhodium.  If your ring is white gold you may notice after a while that it is not as shiny as it once was.  This just means it is time for your ring to have the rhodium refreshed and sometimes is required twice a year.  This is also a good time to have the prongs checked and have it professionally cleaned. 

Platinum:  Rings in a platinum setting may just need to be buffed every once in a while to refresh their shine.  Your jeweler can also take care of this for you. 

Bridesmaid Tip:  When your friends get engaged get them a goodie bag and include jewelry cleaner and a ring holder in it:)  They will be two things she won't want to be without!

Happy Planning!



Twirl Lexington's Dress of the Week

Amsale Trunk Show at Twirl Lexington this weekend!

15% off all new Amsale orders placed during the trunk show

This week's dress of the week is visiting for the weekend with the AmsaleTrunk Show, but will soon be a part of the permanent sample selection in Lexington!  This deep purple Aubergine bridesmaid dress is part of a special group of dresses by Amsale offered at a lower price point for $280 and are now available in all Amsale chiffon colors.  The flower detail and deep color are both big requests by brides for their bridesmaids for fall weddings.

Tuesdays with Ty - Reception Menus

The food served at your wedding reception should help reflect you and your fiance's style and tastes.  What if your tastes are vastly different, you may ask??  That's where you can (and should) build both in to the menu.

Brandon and I we decided at the beginning we wanted everything to be comfortable and relaxed for our wedding day, and that will extend to our food.  Our caterer, Lundy's Special Events, has a HUGE menu to choose from.  After weighing all the options, we decided on a dinner buffet for our reception.  We are trying to stick within our budget and while some may think heavy hors d'oeuvres are less expensive...think again!  Since the portions are smaller, many people will eat several.  If you are going this route, be sure and include some more substantial food mixed in.  The bite sized menu items are all the rage with receptions this year.  I love the idea, but it just wasn't our style for the main course, so we plan on using it later in the evening.

So...now to reveal our dinner selections!  It is important to make sure YOU are going to enjoy the food served to all your guests.  Brandon doesn't like crazy foods and I love home-style cooking, so we are doing a traditional Southern meal.  Southern pork tenderloin, fried chicken, green beans, garlic mashed potatoes, salad and fresh fruit!  I am getting hungry just thinking about it!  We are also going to serve a "late night snack" but have yet to decide what it may be.  The ideas we have been given are Krispy Kreme donuts, mini cookies and milk shooters, cheese sticks, mini milkshakes...I could go on and on! 

Food stations are also a fun idea for receptions.  We considered doing this with a pasta station and hot brown station.  Never be afraid to ask your caterer what your options are...the possibilities are endless!  Nacho bars, sushi bars, mashed potato bars, etc.  You can make the reception meal whatever you want!  Just make sure everyone will eat, drink and be ready to dance the night away!

Bridesmaid Tip: Offer to take your bride out to dinner at her fave restaurant to help brainstorm her favorite foods.  This may trigger a reception idea she may have never considered!

Happy Planning!


Dress of the Week - Twirl Lexington

In honor of our Lynn Lugo Trunk Show this weekend at Twirl Lexington, we are featuring the "Sam" dress in Sunshine Shantung ($270).  This dress has a very classic silhouette, but the button and ruffle detail give it that something special that all brides are looking for in bridesmaid dresses!  Best of all...we can totally see this dress gracing the Spring meet at the horse races or at the perfect summer party.

Lynn Lugo Trunk Show This Weekend - Twirl Lexington

For one weekend only (March 5-7) Twirl Lexington will have Lynn Lugo's new spring collection!  Lynn Lugo features classic, yet fun styles for alternative bridal, bridesmaids and mothers in a wide variety of colors. 


All new Lynn Lugo orders placed this weekend will receive 15% off.  Call (859-309-2493) or email us for your appointment.  Look forward to seeing you this weekend!


Twirl Lexington Dress of the Week

We love this purple bridesmaid dress by Lela Rose ($290)!  This chiffon dress features a square neck line that perfectly frames any face.  The details on this bridesmaid dress are amazing.  The ruffle and button detail give it a bit of flair and elegance all at the same time.  The addition of the satin belt to cinch your waist is the icing on the cake.  Lela Rose is available at the Twirl Lexington and Twirl Chandler locations.

Tuesdays with Ty - Wedding Shower Time

Friday was my very first wedding shower! My dear friend Hillary and her mother hosted "A Taste of Tuscany with Ty" at the best Italian restaurant in Lexington, Portofino.  It was only appropriate for Hillary (8 months prego, BTW) to host an Italian themed party, since her family is Italian. 

Upon entering the cozy Wine Room, the centerpieces featured bright fuchsia flowers and grapes in a clear round bowl with wine corks in the bottom.  Each arrangement had Italian wedding wishes on a card as well.   The place cards were all placed in wine corks as well and had Italian sayings on them. We all enjoyed a fabulous dinner and then devoured the favors of Italian kisses, chocolate covered grapes and Italian Confetti for dessert!

I must admit it was quite strange to be the one finally in the spot light opening the gifts and having pictures taken...but it was too much fun!!  The generosity and love you feel from your friends and family is amazing.  Hillary and Mary certainly outdid themselves and pulled off the perfectly planned shower.

Bridesmaid Tips that will make your shower outstanding:

  • Select a theme and stick with it.  It will help you stay consistent and make everything memorable.
  • Purchase thank you notes for the bride so she is prepared to send them immediately following the shower (Hillary even addressed them all for me!)
  • Have someone write down all the gifts and who they are from so the bride has it all together for thank you notes.
  • Do not go overboard on the shower games.  We just did one for the door prize...if anyone wants a copy I am happy to send:)

Bride tips:

  • Take a small hostess gift to show your appreciation for the person having the shower for you.  It does not have to be anything fancy...just thoughtful.
  • Send your thank you notes as soon as possible!  This is very important and appreciated by everyone.  They don't have to be long, just to let them know you appreciate their generosity.
  • Savor every minute of this time!!

Happy Planning!


Twirl Lexington Dress of the Week

The new Sofia bridesmaid dress from Lynn Lugo has been all the rage at Twirl Lexington this week.  It is an elegant, yet romantic and whimsical dress.  The Sofia dress can come in a variety of lengths, colors and fabrics so it can be tailored to fit each bride's individual style.  The slight sweetheart neckline and tulip skirt look fabulous on many different body types and with a price point of $270 it is sure to be a hit with your bridesmaids as well.  Sofia has been a favorite style of bridesmaid dress of everyone that has come in to the Lexington store since she arrived!