I keep staring at this page hoping that the rights words will pour out, but somehow, I am still speechless. Remember the incredible couple who won the Star94 wedding giveaway? Well, Alissa and Taylor were officially MARRIED this past weekend at their Lake Lanier Islands Wedding and it was perfect in every single way. No amount of rain, wind, or ceremony location changes could steal ANY of their joy!! I could never have dreamed of being surrounded by a better group of people, either. Between the best bridal party (the biggest troopers in the world), the most amazing vendors, and the sweetest, most down to earth family and guests. Alissa and Taylor radiate joy and love, and I believe that God knew there was nobody better to handle a rainy wedding day.
When I first “met” Alissa on the phone before her and Taylor were even engaged, I instantly felt connected with her. She is the type of person you meet and feel like you have been best friends with for years. Alissa is genuine, compassionate, and one of the sweetest, most beautiful souls I have ever met. She makes everyone around her feel incredibly loved and valued, and she does all of this so effortlessly. When I asked Taylor what he loves most about his bride he said, “Alissa always challenges me to be my best and to grow to be the best version of myself. She is undying in her support for me and loves me for who I am. I love making her laugh and love laughing with her. She’s also very very beautiful :)”
During their vows to one another, Taylor started off by saying that Alissa is the most enchanting person that he has ever met. My heart melted instantly, and I’m sure that everyone else’s did too. The way that Taylor stares at Alissa is the sweetest, most loving stare that I have witnessed. Pure, devoted love. Taylor is also one of the most kind-hearted, genuine, goofy people you will ever meet. If you’re not laughing and smiling when you’re with Taylor, you’re doing something wrong. And not to mention, he has some killer dance moves. For the past six plus years, Alissa and Taylor have not only grown as individuals, but they have grown as a couple as well. And at 6:00 last Saturday, the moment that they have been praying for finally came. THEY WERE MARRIED!
And the one thing that will continue to make my heart burst with joy is the fact that Alissa and Taylor never, ever lost sight of what was important. It’s really easy for a bride to say that her wedding will be perfect rain or shine. But it’s another thing to truly embody this mindset and attitude. Even when it started to DOWNPOUR as soon as we started to take bridal party pictures, Alissa & Taylor never stopped smiling. Alissa didn’t blink when we were huddled in the bridal holding room with nine bridesmaids taking pictures. It didn’t phase Taylor one bit when we took groomsmen pictures in the pouring down rain with umbrellas. And Alissa & Taylor joyfully accepted the fact that their dream ceremony location had to be moved inside their reception tent at the last minute when it just wouldn’t stop raining. That, my friends, is what makes me tear up every time I think of this precious couple. With everything that was thrown at them, they handled every little (and big) thing that was thrown at them with grace.
I have never been more sure of a love in my entire life than I was on Saturday. Alissa & Taylor, I could clearly go on for DAYS about how much I adore you two. Y’all are two of the best people I have ever met, and the world is certainly a much brighter place with you in it! Thank you for honoring God in your marriage, and I pray that God will continue to bless you and work through you in everything that you do! What an honor and a blessing it is to know you both. Alexis and I could not love y’all more!!
CHEERS TO MR. & MRS. MONEYPENNY!!
So much love,
the creative team
PLANNING: RACHEL SLAUER WEDDINGS
FLORAL DESIGN: FLOWERS FROM US
BRIDE’S DRESS: CALLA BLANCHE – BRIDE BEAUTIFUL OF ATLANTA // GROOM’S ATTIRE: GUFFEY’S OF ATLANTA // CATERING: LAKE LANIER ISLANDS // CAKE: LOULU’S BAKE SHOP // INVITATIONS: PAPER MADE LOVELY // BRIDESMAIDS TOP: BHLDN // BRIDESMAIDS SKIRTS: REVELRY // HAIR: CHELSIE RODDEN HAIR // VIDEOGRAPHER: LUCAS HICKS VIDEOGRAPHY // MAKEUP: MEGAN QUINTANA ARTISTRY | DJ: DJ DOOKIE PLATTERS
VIEW ALISSA & TAYLOR’S ENGAGEMENT SESSION HERE: