Louisville Bride

SPR-SUM 2019

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S p r i n g / S u m m e r B R I D E 2 0 1 9 2 7 Local Weddings Ages: Taylor is 27. AJ is 30. Occupa- tions: Taylor is a journalist. AJ is a photographer. How they met: On Taylor's 21st birthday. "I technical- ly couldn't enter the bar until after midnight when I legally turned 21. Even though it was a Tuesday, and late, two of my friends still wanted to take me out somewhere to get that first legal drink. Not wanting to go far and with limited options in Southern Indiana, I chose the former Irish Exit in downtown New Albany. I knew my favorite cousin, Kyle, frequented the bar to play pool at the time, so I had hoped he might be there. He was, and he ended up being with my future husband," Taylor says. Engagement story: "AJ thought it might be nice to take our puppy Django on a walk at Mount Saint Francis in Floyds Knobs. When we got to the lake on the trail, AJ asked if we should try and take a family picture with Django. He wedged his phone in between two tree branches and set the self-timer — or so I thought. When I couldn't get my two-month-old puppy to sit still and face the camera, and had figured the time had run out on the timer, I stood to go reset it. When I turned back around, AJ was on one knee with the ring in his hand." Number of wedding guests: 150. Ceremony and reception: Yew Dell Botanical Gardens. Wedding theme: Greenery, gold, copper and ivory. Personal touches: "We both wrote a letter to each other to read before the cere- mony," Taylor says. "I surprised him by recording my letter onto a vinyl record inside the recording booth at Jack White's ird Man Records in Nashville, Tennessee. Instead of reading my letter, he got to listen to my voice before the ceremony. Other personal touches included a chair re- served for my father, who passed un- expectedly a few years ago. We also had blue fabric from one of his shirts sewn in the shape of a heart inside my dress and his picture attached to my bouquet. Since he couldn't walk me down the aisle, I was blessed in having his father, my papaw, walk me instead. My papaw had all boys, so this walk was extra special for the both of us." First-dance song: "Fade Into You," by Nashville cast mem- bers Sam Palladio and Clare Bowen. e day in three words: "Beautiful, meaningful, surreal." Favorite part of the day: "My favorite part of the day would have to be seeing him for the first time that day when we met at the altar. Seeing his reaction, how sweet he was with my papaw, who gave me away. And his silently mouthed 'Kill- er' comment on my dress didn't hurt either." Advice: "We had our officiant set aside a moment in the ceremony where we just took a moment to look around and soak it all in before being declared married. It really allowed us to commit that moment to memory."

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