How epic would it be to celebrate your wedding not only one weekend but two weekends in a row?!! That’s exactly what Taryn + Kirby did to tie the knot!!! They had an epic two weekend wedding celebration!!
The first weekend was an intimate beach-side wedding with close family and friends at the Union Pier Brandon Cottage in Michigan. The following weekend wedding celebrations were held in the couples backyard in Frankfort, Illinois!! Photography by Lauryn was there to capture all the memories for the sweet couple!!
How did you meet?
In the summer of 2013, Kirby’s older brother’s best friend invited him out on a boat. This best friend also happened to be Taryn’s friends’ fiancé’s sister-in-law’s brother (Got all that?), and so Taryn got the boat-outing invite, too. Shortly after, they went on a first date, and the rest–as they say–is history!
Tell us your proposal story!
A little over a year after we met, we headed out to the boat where we’d met to “watch the Bears game” on the dock with our friends. When we arrived, my mom popped out of the boat and gave me a teary-eyed hug. I was surprised to see her, but asked her what was wrong (because who cries on a boat?!), and then noticed my best friend Ashley was also sitting on the boat. Ash was supposed to be in California for work, so as I asked what was going on, Kirby grabbed me and told me had something important to ask. My tunnel vision took over, but fortunately his brother taped the entire thing.
What is your favorite date night?
This is going to sound lame, but we really enjoy “the simple life,” so we love cooking and staying in. Our porch swing is the best spot to eat and sip wine. In terms of “cooking”…I’m “working on it.” So for now, we eat lots of avocado & egg sandwiches on the front porch. 😉
What was the inspiration behind your wedding?
Taryn wanted to elope; Kirby wanted a big bash…So dividing our wedding among two weekends was our way to get the best of both worlds. We had a small ceremony on Lake Michigan with just immediate family and the bridal party. A week later, we put up a tent in our backyard and had a big reception with 200+ guests. It couldn’t have been better!
What was your favorite part of your wedding day?
Taryn’s grandfather married us in the ceremony (which we wrote). It was definitely the most meaningful part of the whole day.
What is one piece of wedding planning advice you have for our readers?
There was basically a typhoon on Lake Michigan the day of our ceremony, and we laughed about it. Our advise is to always remember to breathe. If everything doesn’t go exactly as you’d envisioned, remember that the most important part isn’t in the details–it’s in the person you’re marrying. Focus on that. 🙂
What is one piece of couple/marriage advice you have for our readers?
Make sure you’re planning for a marriage, not just a wedding. Society seems to put emphasis on one day, when really, the best part of your wedding should be the person you get to spend it with.
Where are you going on your honeymoon?
We’re heading to Riviera Maya for our honeymoon. We can’t wait to “unplug” and enjoy some sunshine!
What do you love most about your wife?
The very first thing that attracted me to Taryn was how upbeat she is about everything. She can make a hurricane seem like a sunny day just because of her positive attitude. Any bride that’s planning a beach wedding who wakes up to severe storm warnings and laughs about it/has a blast anyway is someone who will make any situation better for years to come. That’s someone I’m excited to be married to. 🙂
What do you love most about your husband?
He always puts others first and never wants credit or recognition for it. It’s short and simple (and maybe cheesy), but he really is the kindest-hearted person I’ve ever met.
How has marriage made you grow as a person and/or couple?
We were both pretty independent before getting married, so I was a little nervous about moving in. The only major challenge so far has been the laundry, which, when you get married, seems to somehow multiply when you put it into the hamper. (I don’t understand how it happens; the number of laundry loads per week is outrageous.) In all seriousness, we’ve grown in learning to appreciate the little things. Since getting married, we finally get to see each other every day (vs. commuting to the city/suburbs to spend time together), and always talk about how lucky we are to have such a great support system in each other, our families, and our friends.
What are you looking forward to in your marriage in the next 10 years?
Eating avocado & egg sandwiches, and drinking wine on our porch swing. 😉
Brides Dress: Martina Liana
Jewelry: MBRex Designs
Tuxedos: Men’s Warehouse
Cater: Chef By Request
Tent Rental: Fairytale Tents and Events
DJ: Fourth Estate Audio
Videographer: Smiling Toad Productions