Twirl Bride Tuesdays

Twirl Bride Tuesdays: Shopping for THE DRESS

Hey there, y’all!  This is Mary Stallard again discussing my wedding planning process with the Twirl community!  This month the Twirl Girls asked me to share my wedding dress shopping experience which obviously took place at THE cutest bridal shop this side of the Mississippi, Twirl Bridal Boutique! 

I will start off by saying that I really did not know what to expect going into looking for my wedding dress.  My head was swirling with thoughts like, “this is the most important article of clothing I am ever going to purchase, how do I choose?” and “What if I don’t find anything that I look or feel pretty in?”  Luckily, for me, I did not have any problems when it came to either of these thoughts in my head and although I was still anxious about narrowing down my selections and choosing JUST ONE dress, I was put at peace as soon as I stepped foot into the doors of Twirl.  The atmosphere at Twirl is so hospitable and welcoming that everyone who finds their path leading them there, whether they are a bridesmaid, mother of the bride, mother of the groom, or the bride herself, they all feel at home.  I cannot recommend this place more for brides-to-be!          

There were a few things that I knew I wanted in this wedding dress experience:

1. I wanted to have an environment that my friends, mother, mother-in-law and myself felt comfortable in.  There are no words to explain how perfectly the girls at Twirl pulled this off!  The space at Twirl is so wonderful and private and that is exactly what I wanted when trying on dresses for my closest girlfriends. We had a private room with couches and champagne that was filled to the brim with the most beautiful dresses I had ever seen!  I was so nervous to start trying them on but as soon as we were in the room, I was automatically at peace and knew that I was in the best hands at Twirl!

2. The second thing I wanted during this experience was to be able to share it with my best gals and Twirl’s space is so accommodating for this!  I love my friends so deeply and I wanted them to be a part of this wedding planning process as they can be.  I also know that my bridesmaids will tell me the truth about what looks good on and what doesn’t look good on me, so I knew that I needed my girls with me to make such a big decision!   

3. Lastly, I knew that I wanted to go to Twirl as my first (and hopefully last) dress stop. I wanted to go not only because my bestie, Liz, works there but because of how many success stories of Twirl brides I have heard about.  The selection of dresses that Twirl has is unbelievable.  They are seriously some of the most unique and beautiful dresses that I have ever seen and knowing that Ty and Liz handpicked them to be sold at their little shop is the most precious detail of all!  Those two girls put so much work and love into their business that I was just so excited to support a local business in Lexington!

I was so fortunate to have all of my wedding dress dreams come true all thanks to Twirl!  Without going into much detail about my dress selection, I will say that I tried on a vast variety of dresses before I started narrowing down to the dress of my dreams.  It helped me a lot having already booked our venue before dress shopping. Our reception is in a barn so I didn’t want to purchase a dress that was too formal and looked out of place for that venue.  After narrowing down to a few dresses I grazed through the rack of dresses one last time and pulled one off and asked Liz if I could try it on.  Before I had even gotten the dress fully on, I said to Liz, “This is my wedding dress!”  And… IT WAS!  I can’t explain why I knew it was my dress; it was one of those moments in life where I just knew it! 

There are not enough nice things in the world to articulate how amazing of a business the girls at Twirl run.  They are rooted in what is most important: Christ’s love for us.  They are unashamed to proclaim that in an industry that is constantly changing in our society.  They create an atmosphere that is above reproach, hospitable, warm and straight up lovely!  I wish I could get engaged again just so I can become a Twirl bride all over again!

Twirl Bride Tuesdays: The Future Mrs. Rouse

Hi friends! Happy Tuesday!! We are so excited to start up a new series on our blog. For the next several months we will be featuring one of our Twirl Brides as a guest writer on our blog as she journeys through engagement & marriage. Our hope is that this series can be a place that brides-to-be can come & feel like they're not alone in this adventure. We are firm believers of the importance of pointing one another to the bigger picture of all this wedding stuff -- YOUR MARRIAGE. Your wedding is one day but your marriage is forever. We want to inspire you, encourage you, and cheer you on as you walk through the journey of becoming a Mrs. And for those of you who aren't a bride-to-be quite yet, this is still for you too! You may not be in this season yet but it's still so important to continually direct yourself into a healthy mindset of what being a wife truly means. So, without further adieu, please say hello to Miss Mary Stallard who is the soon to be Mrs. Daniel Rouse!! We adore this girl and are so honored that she is not only one of our brides but also agreed to let us into her life and share with us all in the up's, down's, in's & out's of becoming a wife. Enjoy!!

Hey y’all!  I am so excited to share with you this treasured season of my life.  When the lovely ladies at Twirl asked me to share about my life as an engaged, wedding planning, Kentucky gal, I jumped on the opportunity like Marcus Lee on a good night of rebounding that basketball! 

I guess for starters I should introduce myself. Hi, I’m Mary Stallard! By day, I am an Assistant Preschool Teacher/aspiring Etsy Shop Owner and I am engaged to the best man I’ve ever known, Daniel Matthew Rouse (he may kill me for including his middle name but I like it, so that’s that!)  Daniel is in his last year of Physical Therapy school at the University of Kentucky working his booty off to earn his Doctorate of Physical Therapy.  We call the beautiful city of Lexington, Kentucky home and cannot wait to sink our roots down deep into the bluegrass after we are married!  For fun, I can be found making pretty things by doodling words down on paper, watching Gilmore Girls, or playing with my goldendoodle, Blue. Daniel can be found running the streets of downtown Lexington, studying, reading, and my favorite, laughing (I think he’s really funny). 

We met at a bonfire that our church hosted for the “20-Somethings” within our congregation in October of 2014.  Fun fact: Liz Cox (Twirl’s manager) actually introduced us at this bonfire! Liz and Daniel had been good friends through YoungLife in high school and college and she and I had just met and instantly became best friends.  On our first date, Daniel took me to a local spot called Josie’s for dinner and afterwards we took his parents’ minivan filled with our friends to see the Southern Lights at the Kentucky Horse Park (we both had grown up going to see the Southern Lights so it was fun to do this together and with people that we love!)  Eight months later, Daniel was down on one knee at the esteemed Henry Clay Estate asking me to be his wife with my best friends photographing and videoing the whole thing!  After the proposal Daniel had planned a surprise engagement party at our dear friend’s house complete with about 50 close family and friends and tacos. That day has gone down in my heart as one of the most special days of my life and luckily, it was all documented for us to enjoy for the rest of our lives!

Daniel and I are simple people.  We love tacos and watching Netflix on a Saturday night.  We also love people and incorporating them into our lives.  It has been so much fun being in a relationship with someone who loves people so much and so well.  You can find us drinking beer on a Friday while eating the impeccable tacos at Local Taco with friends (have I mentioned yet that I love tacos? Ha!) or cheering on the Kentucky Wildcats during football and (mainly) basketball season.  We love our state and the people in it!  We are so grateful and fortunate to be surrounded by such an extraordinary community.  I can’t wait to share more about this process of being engaged and planning a wedding with you all!  So far, I haven’t turned into a bridezilla (I think) and I haven’t been very stressed (yet)!  Here’s to hoping that continues for the next five months!

See why we love her?! She's a bundle of joy. We are so excited to continually have her share with y'all in the months to come. Thanks for letting us get to know you a little bit, Mary! We're looking forward to hearing what you have to share about your dress shopping experience next month. :) Stay tuned! XOXO

Photos + Video by Elizabeth Meriwether Photography