Today’s classy and bright Grand Ivory wedding is brimming of love commitment & stunning images! Kailyn & Taylor’s wedding day was full of sentimental details carefully planned in & sweet moments captured for them to cherish forever. With a classic color palette & design, it created a timeless feel.
“What a monumental lead up this day has been for Kailyn & Taylor—9 years since their love began as high school sweethearts, following one another to Boston and back during that time, and persevering through each hard decision they’ve made in preparing for this day. Watching these two, I not only saw but got to experience a bond rooted deeply between two committed souls—another world formed by their love. As they engaged in this covenant, I was invited into that world with them, inspired by the connection they’ve fought for and held onto for all these years. I invite you to step into their world, their love, their wedding and to be inspired for yourself.” – Amanda Lane Photography
What was your favorite part about planning your wedding? “Taylor: The food tastings!
Kailyn: It was stressful, no doubt, but looking back, my favorite part by far was the time I spent with my family to make this all happen. From dress fittings every weekend, vendor meetings, a surprise, absolutely dream come true trip to NYC with my mom to dress shop at the one and only Kleinfeld (pre-Covid, of course), to literally planning every last detail together, I have memories that I will cherish forever. I could not have done it without them.”
How did you two meet? What were your first impressions of one another? “Taylor, here. We went to high school together! We always knew of one another, but the timing wasn’t right — until it was. Our senior year, in the fall of 2011, we had classes across the hall from one another, which I used an an opportunity to make my move.
Maybe it was my role as the captain of the baseball team that got her to our first coffee shop date, but it was certainly the poorly considered mix CD I made her (featuring classics such as “Pour Some Sugar on Me”) that made her stay.
Since, it’s been one hell of an incredible journey. From sitting in class staring across the hall at one another, to being the first to say, “I love you” in our second month of dating (of course I was), our story began to be written. We attended Stephen F. Austin State University together, where we both met my best man, AJ, and built a deep and wonderful relationship with Kailyn’s maid of honor, Jacki. The quartet was unstoppable.
When I decided to go to grad school, Kailyn had a wild idea. Why don’t we go somewhere? Like, really go somewhere? So, we did. In the summer of 2016, we shipped up to Boston. We spent a year and a half doing a lifetime’s worth of growing up, and we learned what it was to live and love and fight and compromise and truly be partners. I also proposed with the skyline as a backdrop on a trip back to Boston. Far cry from a Facebook message, huh? Now, back in Texas, we’ve continued to choose one another every day. We’ve been through the most difficult and exciting and happiest times of our lives alongside one another, and we were thrilled to take our next big leap.”
Tell us a funny story relating to your wedding day or relationship! “Oh man, so many. I reached out to Kailyn on Facebook our freshman year of high school, but didn’t make much progress. Let’s just say I hadn’t grown into myself, haha! Funny enough, that’s how I ended up making that fateful move again four years later. At least I’m consistent? Timing is a funny thing, but lucky for me, our story happened exactly how it was supposed to all along.”
What is the best thing you’ve learned from one another? “Taylor: Kailyn has taught me the importance of always being in the moment. Her love for life is infectious, and I hope to continue to reflect that back to her.
Kailyn: Taylor has taught me to believe in myself, no matter what. The second I start to doubt myself, he is there to tell me every reason why I shouldn’t. His unconditional support and love makes me feel I am capable of anything.”
What part of your wedding day was/is most important to you? “Just being with those closest to us and celebrating everyone who’s been a part of our journey! After almost nine years together, it was amazing to see everyone from each chapter of our life all together in one place to celebrate love. Nothing could make you feel more special.”
Any special ways you incorporated your family or family history into your wedding day? “Having been together for so long, having our family be part of our big day was the most important thing for the two of us. Every centerpiece was put together by Kailyn and her parents, we had family members as part of our wedding party, and our dogs were our ring bearers (yes, they even wore tuxedos)! My grandfather passed in 2019, and we each wore a special pin with a photo of him somewhere hidden. He loved Kailyn endlessly, and he was certainly there with us. We also danced our first dance to “Can’t Help Falling in Love,” because he was an Elvis man with a golden voice to match. Family means the world to us, and it was a day to celebrate them, as well.”
What is the most honest thing you can say about love? “Just what we said above, really! It’s a partnership and relationship that deserves constant attention and “watering,” so to speak. Loving one another is easy, but you need to continue to choose one another every single day.”
What is your favorite thing about each other?
“Taylor: Kailyn is the most beautiful soul I’ve ever known. She has such deeply rooted compassion for everyone and everything. It’s truly inspiring how deeply she can love.
Kailyn: My favorite thing about my husband… he wakes up early on a Sunday morning to make a pot of coffee for us. He gets lost in a good book. He is passionate about everything he does. His in-car concerts (he’d never admit it but his voice could put some on the radio to shame). His kindness. His jokes and quick wit. His shared excitement to jump in the truck and just drive. Most of all, his heart. To know him is to love him, and I am grateful to have him by my side in this life.”
Describe a hurdle you had to overcome in your relationship or during your wedding planning. “The obvious one was keeping everyone who attended our wedding safe during a global pandemic, which we managed! That was the cause of a lot of stress, but we ended up with a beautiful day and healthy, happy families and guests.
Moving to Boston was also one of the hardest things either of us had ever had to do. It was certainly one of those, “If we’re meant to be, we’re about to figure it out” moments. But, through everything, we walked away with the greatest experience of our lives. We learned what it really meant to be partners in life.”
If you had one piece of advice for other couples, what would it be? “Everyone’s love story is it’s own fairy tale, but it also takes equal parts work, forgiveness and persistence. When you choose to spend your life with someone, you choose to spend your life working alongside them, understanding what makes you different, and walking together toward a common dream. There are days when each of your imperfections will shine, but those days pale in comparison to the ones where each of you brings out the best in one another.”
Photographer: Amanda Lane Photography
Venue: The Grand Ivory
Stylist / Planner / Designer: Carleigh Long Design + Coordination
Floral Designer: T & T Flowers & Gifts
Dress Boutique: LuLus Bridal
Dress Designer: Custom Sleeves by: Molly’s Bridal Closet
Cake Designer: Bliss Cupcakes & Confections
Makeup Artist: Erin Blair
Hair Stylist: Erin Blair
Accessories / Decor Shoes: Bella Belle Shoes
Vintage Car: DFW Vintage Cars
Videography: Grey Hat Films
Caterer: Patriotic Pig
Bar: C Event Bartending
DJ: It’s Your Night Entertainment