Taylor was still in law school when she met Daniel who was already working at a law firm. They met at a networking event in Washington D.C. Their first trip together was on a dare to Atlantic City. During the drive, they realized that they were starting to fall for each other. After losing money at the Borgata Casino slot machines, they finally sat down at a funny, penguin slot machine and hit the jackpot. A year and half later, Daniel proposed to Taylor at the same penguin slot machine in Atlantic City where they had won the jackpot on their first trip. They got married at the Hotel Zaza, in Houston, Texas. Taylor wore an elegant satin gown with a large bow on the back from Joan Pillow Bridal of Houston. The dramatic cake designs were created by Cakes by Suzie. Taylor’s friend, Erin, designed the cookie favors. Instead of having a rehearsal dinner, they had a small dinner and then invited their out-of-town guests to a casino night hosted by Hotel Zaza.
The couple honeymooned in Belize.
By Marian Jacob
Photos: Joseph West Photography
Wedding planning is REALLY hard! It was probably the most that we ever fought in our entire relationship because every decision that you make is binary either you are doing something or you are not. Stay true to what you want as a couple. Make a list of the priorities that you have for your wedding – is it the food? Is it the band/DJ? Is it the floral? Is it documenting your day in a particular manner? What are the most important things on your list? That way when you are looking at how you are spending your money, you can put your priorities first and try to make the decisions that are right for you as a couple, rather than what is right for your mom or your mother-in-law to be.
Additionally, while Pinterest is AMAZING for ideas, it is important to remember a lot of those pictures that you see are styled shoots that aren’t real – meaning one table runner could cost upwards of $800 and isn’t obtainable! With all of that being said, organizing your thoughts on Pinterest is really helpful. If you create different boards for different parts of your wedding, it helps organize your thoughts so much better than just having everything on one wedding board, as it will become a jumbled mess.
When dress shopping, go in with a realistic mindset of what you want. Not everyone looks good in a mermaid gown. Go in with an understanding of what cuts you already know look good on you. I wear sheath dresses to work almost every day, so I wasn’t really surprised when the most flattering dress that I ended up selecting was a sheath dress for our wedding. This magazine was one of my favorites to look at for ideas during the two years I was engaged.