Real Stella York Bride Taylor + Brett

A country chic wedding was what real Stella York bride Taylor had always dreamed of. With Louisianna touches and a simple, yet gorgeous lace wedding dress, Taylor and groom Brett’s wedding went off with a hitch!

From the bride: The day Brett proposed we had just closed on our first house. We had been dating for close to 10 years at this point, highschool sweethearts, and knew the next steps were coming—I just had NO idea anything would happen that day. We drove over to our new house after closing and clue number one should have been when he got out of the car with flowers for me. We walked in and toured our new home, talked about how we would arrange it, all the memories we planned to make, and how happy we were in that moment. Before I knew it Brett had both of my hands in his and in the middle of our new living room he was down on one knee. The next thing I heard was “nothing would make me happier than getting to spend the rest of my life with you; will you marry me?” After a very tearful, and excited yes he explained that we now got to go celebrate with both of our families as they were all waiting for us! It could not have been more surprising or perfect!

I knew I wanted a classic dress and something I could look back on and view as timeless. Something that showed my shape but radiated elegance and a very bridal look tied together with a lace-trimmed cathedral veil. I went to MaeMe Bridal Boutique in Metairie, La for my first dress shopping experience. I explained to my consultant the look I was hoping to achieve and she pulled 4 dresses. The first one I tried had everyone in tears, and I was in love, but I couldn’t get the first dress—could I? I tried on the next three, and while they were beauties, they weren’t me. My consultant convinced me to try on the first dress again. This time she added a simple beaded belt and veil—that was the first moment I knew what I would look like walking down the aisle. When I turned around and saw my family, including my dad, in tears I knew it was the one. We ordered it that day and the only thing I’m sad about is that I don’t have another excuse to wear it!

I knew I wanted a very classic summer wedding. My bridesmaids wore a Victorian Lilac that was accented against the groomsmen’s light charcoal tuxes. We had soft bouquets filled with white flowers and soft greenery. Our cake was lined with cascading white and lilac flowers and was exactly as I envisioned. Brett and I made sure to add lots of little details in order to make our night very personal. His groom’s cake was a two-tier LSU cake surrounded by pictures of us at games while students there. Our favors were Louisiana hot sauce specially labeled to showcase love for our home and each other. We had the band play several favorite songs and even danced on stage to one of our favorites from college—Callinf Baton Rouge. Our night felt so special to us and tailored exactly to our love story.

The moment the doors to the church opened and I saw Brett’s face waiting for me all of the anticipations and build up of the wedding planning process melted away. The people faded out and all I could see was his teary smile and I knew this was the best decision I have ever made. Standing on the stage of the church, vowing our love and future to each other in front of all of our friends and family, was the most special and intimate moment of my life. I could not feel more blessed to be Brett’s wife.

Photography by Emily Songer