Today’s feature has us a little teary for two reasons. One, because images from Brumley & Wells (paired with florals by Cori Cook Floral Design and design by We Tie the Knots) always knock us for a loop and two, because the bride, Taylor, shared with us the most memorable part of her wedding day. She so perfectly summed up what we think so many brides experience, that we’re going to let her words kick off today’s feature:
Every bride will tell you that your wedding day is over before you know it, and they are right! I always thought it would be fun to do a sparkler exit to a get-away car, so that is exactly what we planned. As Graham and I stood under the market lights watching the guests line up, we suddenly realized that we were all alone. The summer air was warm and a love song started playing in the background. Graham looked at me and said, “Take this moment in, and do not ever forget it. I love you.” I looked down the driveway and saw all of our family and friends laughing, it filled my heart with joy. Then, I turned towards Graham and I realized that I had married the man of my dreams. We shared one last kiss to seal the most wonderful night. Then, we ran down the driveway through all of the sparklers and hopped into the car. And just like that, the wedding was over and we were on a new journey as husband and wife.
As we dab our eyes, we’ll let you enjoy Taylor and Graham’s incredibly sweet wedding.
What made the wedding special and unique?
Both of our families bent over backwards to make our wedding special, we couldn’t have done it without them. But if I had to pick, the wedding ceremony was the most special and unique part of the day. Graham’s father was our wedding officiant. He poured his heart and soul into making sure that the ceremony was perfect. Believe it or not, I think he was more nervous and emotional during the ceremony than we were.
Tell us about the gown and where/how you found it.
When it came to picking out the wedding gown, I had no idea where to start. So we rallied the troops and we went to a local wedding dress boutique called Anna Be. I tried on every type of gown… sexy, glamorous, flirty, classic you name it! Quickly all the different styles made me quite confused. That is until I tried on the Modern Trousseau gown by Lisbon. This dress made me feel like myself…. well, maybe a happier version of myself that just wanted to dance!
What were some touches added to make it personal?
Ten minutes before walking down the aisle, my mother and aunts approached me in the dressing room. They asked if I wanted to have ‘something borrowed’ for the ceremony. Being a traditional girl, of course I said yes! I unwrapped a tiny silk cloth and there laid my Grandmother’s rings who had passed away a few years ago. And even though we all had tears in our eyes, it was such a happy moment. We tied the gold rings to a ribbon on my bouquet, it was the perfect finishing touch.
Tell us how you met and became engaged.
Graham and I had been in a long distance relationship for what seems like an eternity. Throughout our relationship we have made it a priority to see each other every weekend. To celebrate Graham completing another semester of school and my new job, we decided to plan a trip to somewhere neither of us had ever been, New York City! It was only a couple of days before Christmas, lights were strung, trees were decorated and Christmas music was playing everywhere. It was Graham’s idea that our first night should consist of ice skating in Central Park. It was a romantic night full of happiness, laughter and excitement. After we had finished ice skating Graham insisted on taking a walk. After about his fifth throat clear, I knew something was going on. We stopped in a little gazebo that overlooked Central Park with the New York City skyline in the background. It was here that Graham started talking about being in love and wanting to spend forever together. Unfortunately, I can’t remember anything else because I burst into happy tears. But as he was down on one knee smiling up at me (with the most gorgeous ring I had ever seen) I knew what he was asking… I said yes!
Vendors: Photography: Brumley & Wells // Floral Design: Cori Cook Floral Design // Planning & Design: We Tie the Knots // Chalkboard Calligraphy: Maeve & Peach // Linens: La Tavola // Venue: Crooked Willow Farms // Caterer: Occasions Catering // Rentals: Event Rents // DJ/Band: A Music Plus // Ceremony Music: Cheza Quartet // Cake: Azucar Bakery // Videography: All Digital Studios // Hotel + Guest Transportation: The Inverness Hotel