As two people who love the outdoors and being on the water, it only made sense that Elizabeth and Taylor implemented elements of nature and adventure into their wedding at The Terrace at Hyatt House. Their chosen venue was the perfect location to blend city life with their love for long weekends on the river. They infused a garden-inspired design into their celebration, which included a soft color palette of pastel green and blue accented by peach-y pink florals. From their darling first look on the Hot Metal Bridge where the pair read personal vows privately to each other to a wedding ceremony with scenic views where their dogs came to take a few family portraits, there was no lack of meaningful touches. Mending kits as favors (playing off their hashtag #TayloredtoElizabeth), table numbers named after places they’ve traveled, and custom-made glasses for their wedding party all played a role in the personalized design. This footage from Post Script Films and these images from Alyssa & Travis capture the sweetness of the day so beautifully!
About the Couple
We met in 7th grade study hall. Taylor was the new kid with spiked frosted tips and I thought he was so cute. Taylor clearly did not pick up on my 7th grade flirting, but he did became my best guy friend around the 10th grade. Lucky for me, he also became friends with one of my brothers and Taylor traveled with my family on almost all of our family vacations, making our friendship even stronger. I’m sure no one would believe this, but we were just friends until my 21st birthday and after a couple cocktails, I mustered up the courage to kiss him. We started dating a couple of months after that.
Taylor asked my dad for his blessing to marry me and then the world shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Taylor had it all planned out – hike in our favorite woods by our house with our two rescue pups and pop the question! Unfortunately at that time, even the parks were closed. Taylor had to pivot and it was perfect. We love Sunday mornings, making breakfast, coffee, and watching CBS Sunday Morning. In typical quarantine fashion, we decided to have mimosas that morning. Taylor distracted me with the task to pick out which glasses we were going to drink out of that morning. While I was picking out the perfect mimosa glasses for our Sunday morning, Taylor got down on one knee in our kitchen and asked me to marry him! I yelled some expletives because even after seven years of dating, I still had no idea that it was coming. I was SO excited and then said “Yes!”
About the Wedding
We spend most of our summer weekends on the river and loved that our venue was right on the water! It was a perfect blend of city life and an outdoor vibe. The wedding was garden-inspired with lots of greenery and ivory. My favorite color is blue and the guys wore navy suits. Taylor’s favorite color is green and you can see that throughout our floral arrangements and the bridesmaids dresses. Instead of table numbers, we had tables named after places we have traveled, our dogs, our colleges, where we met, and other things that mean a lot to us. We had beautiful custom-made glasses by Amanda Lee at our king’s table.
Our absolute favorite part of the day was the first look. I never thought I would do a first look until we got engaged. Logistically, it makes so much sense, but what really sold me is that it meant getting to spend more time with Taylor. We did our first look on the Hot Metal Bridge and although it was windy as heck, it was perfect. He looked so dang handsome. We also read each other personal vows that we wrote in our vow books, gifted to us by our florist.