Chris and Taylor
Through mutual friends.
When we first started dating it was out of nowhere and unexpected but happened "magically". I was still a little unsure of how I felt about getting serious, then one weekend he flew me out to San Francisco where he was working. He had planned a fairy tale weekend and during our adventure, I let my walls down and fell in love with him. We went sailing under the Golden Gate Bridge, he surprised me with wine and my first lighthouse experience (I love lighthouses, they mean a lot to me), we wrote down some wishes on receipts, placed them in the bottles and threw them out in the ocean. (Sorry to litter, but it was very romantic, and all of the wishes have come true!) He was incredible, very sweet and caring, something I needed. And 7 years later he is even more amazing.
Funny story! We had just had our son 3 months prior and went to an event we have here in Utah at a ski resort called Oktoberfest. He had planned a proposal, bought a ring, spoke to my family and friends. I had no idea. He got my older brother involved and it was a special, random experience. How did it happen and what was so funny? Well, we sat down at a caricature booth and the woman drew us. When she turned the picture around it was of him kneeling with a ring and I was so confused! He got down on his knee and proposed, I laughed at him, I thought it was fake and that he was being silly. My brother got it all on video. I kept saying "it's not real" while laughing. Then finally realized it was real, said yes, and although it took a while to sink in, I was lit up and so overwhelmed with gratitude for everything.
I was never someone who dreamt of getting married, a dress or how the wedding would be. I actually planned on us taking off to Las Vegas (where our story took off) or some random place alone. I didn't want a big wedding or the fancy things. When the time came that I started to think of a dress, I wanted unique, boho, comfortable, flowy. So I looked through a lot of websites, on Instagram, got ideas, and came across Wear Your Love. I looked through the dresses but was nervous to purchase something out of state. So I kept looking. I kept coming back to it and about a year later, knew the dress I kept thinking about was the one for me.
I found Wear Your Love and kept looking around for about a year. I found myself going back to Wear Your Love and knew that dress was the one for me.
I was excited but so nervous to put it on. Chris took my measurements for me and we sent them in. I was scared that it wouldn't fit so I actually waited a day or so to put it on. (Silly I know) But I put it on and OH MY GOSH! It fit PERFECTLY! The length of the skirt and the sleeves, the loose fabric but still tight enough to hug my curves. It was a dream! Aside from my wedding, I wore it a year later for bridals, and just did a sexy anniversary photoshoot wearing the top! It has been better than I could have expected.
We didn't really have a theme or style. We just wanted relaxed, nature, and something that fit us and that's what we found and created!
We had our wedding at a greenhouse/ plant store called Cactus & Tropicals in Draper, Utah. It was a very intimate setting! I did not have a planned theme, just wanted plants and the feeling that place gave us. Everyone was in awe of how amazing that venue was. We were lucky to have it rain a bit on this day and be a bit cloudy as it set a mood and the smells from the plants were amazing!
As I walked down the aisle we had a song called "My Best Friend" by Hollywood Anderson and our first dance song was "Perfect" by Ed Sheeran. I don't remember what other songs were on, we hired a great DJ and he threw a playlist together. I was too busy mingling to pay attention, but the music felt great ha!
Wedding Day: Lauren Watson Perry
Bridal Photos: Sadie Larrison
Hair - by Kali Chris Hair @kalichris Makeup - Denise Christensen @muadenise DJ - DJ Dizz @iamdjdizz Caterer - Lloyd's Barbecue @eatlloydsbbq Florist - Elisa w/ Cactus & Tropicals @cactusandtropicals makeup - Chelsea Gwilliam @blushbronze_chels Engagement photos and 1st-anniversary photos - Chelsa Christensen @chelsalynnphoto
Favorite moment? Wow, coming up with one is way too hard. We were lucky to have the whole experience be incredible. No, really, there was nothing wrong! Some that come to mind was my dad walking me down the aisle, our vows were really special, and during our first dance, we had our son, who was 4 at the time join us.
Yes! One of the best things we did is we stayed true to us and what we wanted and didn't let others tell us what we should do and it turned out perfect! We only invited our immediate family, grandparents and close friends. No bridesmaids or groomsmen, and this was perfect for us. Less to worry about, less money to spend. I went with my heart and my own desires for all of it because it was about my husband and I. That is what my advice would be. If you want something, have it. If you don't vibe with something, then don't. Don't feel like you HAVE to do anything. This is your big day and a celebration of you and your other half.
5 out of 5 stars.
Congratulations Chris and Taylor!
Taylor is wearing the Lennox 2.0 with white lace on Natural lining, and a full (16 inch) train.
So happy and excited for the shared life you’ve got ahead. Congratulations and best wedding wishes!
When did you know that this person had stolen your heart?
The very first time we spoke. I can honestly say I knew I would marry him from the moment I met him. His soul spoke to mine.
Tell us about the proposal ...
Both of us could tell this was a once in a lifetime love. But I knew Ben would put too much pressure on the perfection of something like a proposal. So after a quick check with his friends and family, and most importantly with my girls, I decided to propose to him! I got a special t-shirt made, and wrote my proposal on a softball. Just before the start of his Friday night game Ben's brother and the umpire helped get Ben over to home plate so we could scoot out to the pitcher's mound and pitch him the ball. I am an incredibly shy person for speaking in front of crowds, so I was really nervous... but it was (almost) perfect, and he said yes! I had gotten his whole family there, including a few that never attend his games, so I am pretty sure he knew something was up. I do know he was still surprised though, not a lot of guys get their own special proposal!
When did you know that this person had stolen your heart?
There wasn't exactly a 'moment' but eventually, I realized that I didn't want to experience life without him in it. We are an amazing team and always make it a point to make our life FUN. He is the most kind hearted, caring, hardworking and hilarious person I've ever known and I'm so grateful to have him in my life!