Rebekah and Taylor’s courtship and marriage have one thing in common: libraries! While the two may have met at Little Woodrow’s bar at their rowdy turtle races, their relationship took flight in a much quieter setting. Bekah, then a UT law student, and Taylor, then a Texas A&M med student, spent time getting to know each other while studying together in the law library and the hospital library. When these two bookworms decided to spend the rest of their lives together, they couldn’t imagine celebrating anywhere other than the new Austin Public Library. Including the venue, every aspect of the nuptials featured personal details and pure joy.
The date, May 12th had both sentimental significance and a chance double meaning. Bekah and Taylor were married on the 30th anniversary of Bekah’s parents. Further, the date (5/12) and location (512) of the wedding happened to mirror each other, making it “5/12 in the (512)!” Wedding guests sported custom 512 baseball caps with “#taylormadeforbekah” on the back.
For the ceremony, Bekah wore her mother-in-law, Cheryl’s veil. Cheryl, who had sewn the seed pearls in herself decades before, shed tears of joy while helping Bekah put the veil on to marry her son.
Bekah’s and Taylor’s grandmothers were their flower “golden” girls. Bekah, an old soul who has connected with older generations since she was a little girl, wanted to make the grandmothers feel extra special on her wedding day. The trio of flower “golden” girls walked down the aisle to a string quartet’s rendition of “Forever Young” while playfully tossing pearly white petals—sometimes at the guests!
After the I do’s, the couple recessed from the church to a surprise (even to the bride and groom!) live performance of “All You Need Is Love” complete with instrumentalists popping up from the audience just like the famous scene from the movie Love Actually.
One favorite moment was the couple’s first dance to “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You.” Taylor and Bekah had a choreographed routine in which Taylor lifted Bekah twice—a real crowd pleaser. Next, it was time for the father-daughter and mother-son dances. The couple wanted to include Bekah’s mom and Taylor’s dad in the dances, so they opted for a unique approach to the family dances. It started out as a father-daughter dance until they were joined on the second verse by they were joined by Taylor and his mother. Next, the father of the groom cut in to dance with his wife and Taylor stole his bride back from the father of the bride, who then escorted the mother of the bride to the floor. It ended with all three couples on the dancefloor together.
A flashy surprise came at the end of the evening. Taylor and Bekah rode in a ’61 pink convertible Cadillac across the library bridge that was lit up in their wedding colors that evening. As they crossed the bridge, to their shock and excitement, fireworks lining the bridge flared up guiding their way. That’s what I call going out with a bang!
A tip from the bride and groom: Love the process. From the moment you wake up, your wedding day will be akin to sitting on a rollercoaster as it cranks up the hill. You can feel that your big moment is imminent. Resist the urge to think about the next step of the day, and just be present. Enjoy every second of the crazy fun ride that is your wedding day. Soak in all of the emotions and the love that is being poured out for you.
A special thanks to the vendor team:
Planner: Brock + Co. Events
Ceremony Venue: Central Christian Church
Reception Venue: Austin Public Library
Florist: David Kurio Designs
Ceremony Music: Hill Country Strings Jimmy McNeal
Cocktail Hour Music: Austin’s Rose
Reception Band: Az IzZ Band
Lighting: FILO Productions
Dance Floor: DFW Dance Floors
Photo Booth: Photo Buzz Studios
Makeup: Donna Bruns Makeup
Hair: Carolyn Holden
Cake: The Cake Plate
Live Painter: Jennie Lou Art
Catering: ELM Restaurant Group
Furniture: Townsley Designs
Rentals: Whim Hospitality and Premiere Events
Linens: Nuage Designs
Popsicles: Steel City Pops
Pyrotechnics: Big Dog Pyro
Transportation: Uptown Valet & Transportation
Valet: Central Texas Valet
Officiant: Dr. Matt Carter