Real MTB Wedding | Erin + Tanner
Despite the fact that spring temperatures refuse to appear here in Kentucky, we're coming at you with a beautiful spring wedding and another of our precious Meant to Be brides! Maybe if we all look at these pictures and wish real hard, we can coax spring out of its hiding place. Fingers crossed. Keep scrolling to read about Erin & Tanner's love story, the details that made their special day mean so much, and their advice to other engaged couples. All vendors are listed at the bottom of this post!
Can you give us a glimpse into you & your hubs's love story?
Tanner and I were both involved in a campus ministry in college and had been around each other for several years without interacting much before we really got to know one another. We both signed up to go on a trip to China with Campus Outreach in the Summer of 2015. On our connecting flight from Boston to New York on the way to China, we were assigned seats next to each other. Right away, he showed interest in the Malcom Gladwell book I was reading and we spent the remainder of the flight talking. It was the first time we had ever had an actual conversation with one another and I was fascinated by his intelligence and love of reading. I joked to my best friend Catherine who was also on the trip as we got off the plane that Tanner was for sure going to be my husband.
In the evenings, several of us would gather to play cards, watch something on Netflix, or just talk. It was during these times that I got to know Tanner better. The last week of our trip, Tanner knocked on my door one morning. He looked like a man on a mission. He told me he had enjoyed getting to know me and wanted to know if I would be interested in going on a date with him. I told him I'd love to and we had our first date a few days later in China.
When we returned to the States, we dated for five short months before Tanner proposed. I came home from work one Friday afternoon to find my best friend waiting for me at my house. She gave me the first of several clues that took me on a scavenger hunt to some of our memorable dates in Lexington. The final clue led me to downtown Lexington, where Tanner got down on one knee. I was too excited to really hear what he said, but I said yes and three short months later we got married at Winchester Opera House in Winchester, KY.
What was it about your dress that made you realize it was "the one?"
My experience with finding my wedding dress was wonderful because the ladies at Meant to Be made it a relaxing and enjoyable experience. We sipped champagne and as they only take one bridal appointment at a time, we had the shop to ourselves as we shopped. All the consultants were super knowledgeable about styles and it was the creative thinking of one of the MTB consultants that resulted in me pairing a LaSposa bolero with my sweetheart dress! When we added the bolero I knew it was the one. I loved the lace sleeves of my wedding dress so much. They were delicate and had intricate detail that I loved.
What is your favorite memory from your wedding day?
My favorite memory of our wedding day was our first look. I was anxious and eager to see him all morning as we got ready and being able to spend a few minutes with him before our wedding eased my nerves.
What has been the best thing about marriage so far?
Having someone to do life with is the best thing about marriage. Waking up and making breakfast together on Saturday mornings, reading on the couch together, traveling together, and going to church together. Mundane things and exciting things are all better when you have your favorite person doing it with you.
Any pieces of wisdom or advice you'd like to share with future brides, engaged gals, or newlyweds like yourself?
I would advice any future brides to make sure you schedule at least a few minutes for just you and your groom to be alone together on your wedding day. Either a few minutes together for a first look or sneaking away for a few minutes after the ceremony, you want to have time together during the wedding to soak each other in and savor it. It's hard to do in the hustle and bustle and busyness of a wedding day, so plan ahead to include it! You'll be thankful you did.
Photographer- Leah Barry Photography
Caterer- Winchester Opera House
Rentals- Winchester Opera House
Florist/Design- Neal Linville
Band/DJ- Kevin Croucher
Videographer- Graham Skaggs of Gray House Prouctions
Groom’s Attire- Men's Warehouse
Hair- Sara Wages
Makeup- Ashley Richardson