Taylor and Jerran

Columbia, South Carolina

 

 

Photography | Jessica Hunt Photography | @jhuntphotos

Venue | 701 Whaley | @701whaley

Event Planner | Avila Dawn Events | @aviladawnevents

Floral Designer | Xpressions Floral Design | @xpressions_floraldesign

Gown Salon | New York Bride and Groom @newyorkbridecharlotte

Men’s Attire | The Black Tux | @theblacktux

Beauty | Kimberly Mocks

Rentals | Crisp Event Rentals | @crispeventrentals

Caterer | Capital City Catering

Cake | Bonnie Brunt Cakes | @bonniebruntcakes

Bartender | Twist Bartending | @twistbartendingsc

Lighting | Ambient Media

Invitations | Shayla Parker Design

How did you two meet/start dating?

It all started at a bar. Buffalo Wild Wings bar to be exact. Jerran ordered an old fashioned and the pregnant bartender had no idea how to make it. She actually had to look it up in a book. We really owe it all to her because the pink old fashioned she handed Jerran broke the ice between us. I made a joke about his cute drink and we both laughed. From there, we started talking and it was clear to both of us we had a connection. Jerran suggested we go to the quieter Mexican place down the street (and if you know anything about me, you know Mexican is always a YES!) We ended up doing some bar hopping. By the third bar I knew Jerran was the one. Jerran however claims he wasn’t sure until our first kiss later that night. From then on we’ve been pretty much inseparable.

 

Tell us the proposal story!

At the end of Taylor’s 2019 spring break and the beginning of Jerran’s we headed on our yearly Savannah trip. On the way, we drove through a tornado! Yes, there were alerts blaring, take shelter now messages playing, and wind & rain going crazy. Jerran had a plan to propose in one of Savannah’s beautiful parks but the weather put a stop to that idea. He was going to have to improvise. Completely oblivious in the passenger seat, Taylor assumed Jerran was somewhat tense because of the driving conditions. Little did she know, Jerran would end up proposing within 20 mins of arriving in Savannah in front of the window overlooking the memorial bridge in our hotel room. He had kept her ring hidden for 3 months and couldn’t wait any longer. Having looked at the weather and thought about an alternative should he need it, Jerran made a framed sign and wrapped it up to give to Taylor as a present. When he handed Taylor the present and got out his phone, she thought he was pranking her so of course she said a few cuss words and yelled “you better not be videoing me!” The sign had their saying, ‘I see you, I choose you, I love you’ written on it but this time the saying was followed by ‘Will you marry me?’ As she opened the gift, it took awhile for her to process that he was turning on our song and he was down on one knee. Taylor said yes and we celebrated with yummy food drinks, and lots of ice cream all weekend in Savannah.

Tell us about what you love about each other!

Jerran – There is so much to love about Taylor. First, I think Taylor is absolutely beautiful. I love the way she looks at me when we haven’t seen each other in a few days. Taylor is such a caring person. She always goes above and beyond for people she cares about. Her ability to communicate clearly, is something I’ve come to love about my Fiancé. I love the way she loves me.

 

Taylor – Jerran is the most nurturing man I know. He takes care of everyone around him in anyway they need without hesitation. He is incredibly hard working. I love how passionate he is about coaching and his players. He’s also so supportive of me – from pep talks to making tutus for my class, he is there for me 100% no matter what. I love how much he makes me laugh and how he loves me in all the ways I need but don’t know how to say.

What are a few things that you and your future spouse love to do together?

We love hanging out with our sweet dog, Bruce. We love trying new restaurants and cooking together. We love listening to music and randomly slow dancing in the living room. We love football season and everything that comes with it as a coach & coach’s spouse. We love traveling together, especially to Savannah! –According to Jerran he loves doing everything together, except going to Target. (insert my eye roll because I know he secretly loves long our walks through the dollar section too).

What is *MOST* important to you in regards to your wedding day?

That we’re married at the end! Beyond that – that our guest leave both feeling the love we have for each other and having had an amazing time. Yummy food, good drinks, all of our closest friends and family in one place, & memories we can treasure forever.

 

Tell us about your wedding! What was the inspiration behind your day? Did you have a specific theme, style or color palette?

The inspiration was that we wanted simple and clean… that is what we told our planner. The color palette was black and white with hints of gold. The only religious tradition that we incorporated into the ceremony was the jumping of the broom. And we actually borrowed the broom from Jerran’s sister.

 

Let’s talk wedding decor. How did you decorate your space for the ceremony and the reception?

We put the decor in the hands of our wedding planner. We told her our inspiration and pretty much let her run with it. Our planner was also Jerran’s sister, so we had full faith that she would pull it off as she has created numerous beautiful events and her mother would kill her if the event didn’t look fabulous… lol! The two big requests that we had were that the bar be a focal point and that we have an all-black cake!Our planner decided to pull in greenery elements to our design. She surprised us with a custom black wall that held our place cards. A large white bar with greenery inserts and “The Bruce Bar” on the front of the bar. She also had a black velvet seating area that our guest could chill at.

 

What were the florals like in your wedding? Did you use flowers in any of your design elements like the bridal bouquets, centerpieces or ceremony backdrop? Did they play an important part in the overall style of your wedding?

Our planner and florist decided to do all-white floral with greenery. The look was sophisticated and clean and just brought a new level to how black and white can be used. We loved every detail that they pulled into the room. Behind the head table was an 8 ft boxwood wall that was draped along the top in florals.

 

Did you personalize the day in any way (food trucks, guest entertainment etc.)? What were some of your favorite parts of your wedding?

When we leave most weddings, we always want something to eat. So we wanted to offer a late-night snack to our guests. So as guests left the reception, they were able to pick up cheeseburgers and chicken sandwiches from CookOut. We also wanted to incorporate our dog Bruce into the wedding, since he wouldn’t actually be there in person. Well our planner surprised us with cocktail napkins that had Bruce on them and she named our bar after Bruce. We now have our bar sign “The Bruce Bar” in our new home.

 

Let’s talk fashion. How did you both choose your wedding day look? Describe the looks in detail.

The dress I choose was not what I expected I would choose. I wanted a dress that was simple that fit my body well, but the one I choose was far from what I expected. It had a lace overlay that with sequin and had a champagne underlay. It was PERFECT! It was glamorous and made my body look great. Jerran always knew that he wanted to be in black from head to toe. So he went with a black tux with black bow tie from the Black Tux. They were great to work with, as he was able to receive a full tux to determine that was the look he was going for and just to confirm his sizing.

 

How did you meet? Tell us about the proposal.

At the end of Taylor’s 2019 spring break and the beginning of Jerran’s we headed on our yearly Savannah trip. On the way, we drove through a tornado! Yes, there were alerts blaring, take shelter now messages playing, and wind & rain going crazy. Jerran had a plan to propose in one of Savannah’s beautiful parks but the weather put a stop to that idea. He was going to have to improvise. Completely oblivious in the passenger seat, Taylor assumed Jerran was somewhat tense because of the driving conditions. Little did she know, Jerran would end up proposing within 20 mins of arriving in Savannah in front of the window overlooking the memorial bridge in our hotel room. He had kept her ring hidden for 3 months and couldn’t wait any longer. Having looked at the weather and thought about an alternative should he need it, Jerran made a framed sign and wrapped it up to give to Taylor as a present. When he handed Taylor the present and got out his phone, she thought he was pranking her so of course she said a few cuss words and yelled “you better not be videoing me!” The sign had their saying, ‘I see you, I choose you, I love you’ written on it but this time the saying was followed by ‘Will you marry me?’ As she opened the gift, it took awhile for her to process that he was turning on our song and he was down on one knee. Taylor said yes and we celebrated with yummy food drinks, and lots of ice cream all weekend in Savannah.

 

What was the most anticipated or special moment of your wedding day?

Seeing one another for the first time. We always knew that we would do a first look because we wanted to have a moment to ourselves before the wedding.