Written by: Ashley Baker
Utah natives Taylor and Casey first met on Tinder. He promised to teach her how to ride his motorcycle if she made him supper. “I made him salmon and asparagus and I let him come to my house. I still haven’t learned how to ride his motorcycle,” Taylor says. “On our first date, we watched Forrest Gump, I felt so dumb, because I’d never seen it before. It was so sad when Bubba died and I’m such a crier. He kissed me on the first date and we’ve hung out every single day for almost 3 years.”
“We went on a cruise to the Bahamas and I had no idea he was going to propose. We had been together for 2 years and when I’d ask him about proposing, he would say, ‘I have a plan leave me alone.’ We were snorkeling in the Bahamas and I was grumpy because I kept getting salt water in my eyes. There I am, grumpy and standing on a rock as I watch him dive to the bottom of where we were snorkeling, and he came up with a ring. I was like, ‘Did you find that?’ He said, ‘No, I didn’t find it.’ He said he loved me and wanted to be with me. Later that day, he told me that he was having so much fun he’d almost forgotten to propose.”
“Peonies. I really wanted them. I’d been in touch with this florist,” Taylor says. “I explained to her that I was having a backyard wedding so I didn’t need a lot of flowers. As the wedding approached, I realized that I forgotten to order the flowers. When I called to see if I could put a rush order in, the florist told me it was going to cost $650 because it was Memorial Day weekend. A few of our friends grew peonies in their yards, and they rallied together to cut 80 peonies, for free, thanks to them,” she says.
“I’m a baby, I cry over everything. I was nervous to see him [Casey]. As I was walking with my dad, I had a double veil on, and I remember thinking, that if I just don’t look around I won’t cry,” she says. “My veil ended up getting stuck to my lashes. My lashes were too long and they were stuck to my veil. Casey seemed nervous and wouldn’t make eye contact. He wouldn’t look at me right at first, but our ceremony was so beautiful and heartfelt that we both teared up.”
“My wedding was so much better than I expected it to be. I think I stressed too much, and I didn’t really need to because I had really good people helping me. My mom and sister and everyone were just so awesome,” Taylor says.
Dress: Davids Bridal
Hair: Kelcie Frehner