December 19, 2012
Photos by: Arden Photography
CEREMONY & RECEPTION: Douglas Manor, Chelsea, Alabama
Love at first sight might not have been the perfect description for the moment Taylor Burns met Ryan Snuggs but love at first conversation would be. Taylor met Ryan at a coffee shop near the Auburn University campus during her sophomore year. In fact, when the place was packed and there was nowhere to sit, Taylor and her friend did not want to ask Ryan if they could share his table but did. After only a few minutes of talking, the study session turned into a deep conversation which resulted in Taylor changing her major. Seven years later, she also changed her last nameâ€¦
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Once Taylor and Ryan talked at the coffee shop, they turned to Facebook to reconnect. Over time, they got to know each other a bit more and Ryan finally asked her on a date. The couple went to Amsterdamâ€™s restaurant, near the campus. That began a series of dates and conversations where Taylor discovered Ryanâ€™s love of family, his dedication to his career, and his ideas for the future. She also soon discovered that she loved Ryan and he felt the same way. The couple dated during the remainder of Taylorâ€™s college years and for seven years before Ryan surprised her with a diamond engagement ring.
Since Ryan works for Brombergâ€™s at The Summit, the holidays are always an extremely busy time. On December 16, 2011, Ryan took Taylor to Brio Restaurant at Brookwood as if it were a normal date night. Afterwards, he suggested a trip over to Mountain Brook Village to see the huge Christmas tree that Brombergâ€™s gives to the village each year. The tree is very special for area families; it is an annual tradition to have family photos made by the tree. As the couple admired the tree, Taylor looked to see Ryan down on one knee, ring in hand. As he asked her to be his wife, a bystander saw the proposal and excitedly offered to take their photo to remember the moment.
Even though they had been dating for seven years, Taylor hadnâ€™t given much thought to the actual wedding and reception but since she was the third of her siblings to marry, her mother had a pretty good grip on the planning. Taylor and Ryan wanted the ceremony and their marriage vows to take center stage so an intimate and personal wedding was planned in a simple, rustic setting at Douglas Manor in Chelsea. Pastor Josh from the Greystone campus of Church of the Highlands conducted the ceremony and a violin quartet played. Taylor wore a cream-colored all lace gown with a sweetheart neckline and trumpet skirt and satin ribbon sash from The White Room in Cahaba Heights; her â€˜something oldâ€™ was her motherâ€™s wedding veil.
Janet Jackson of Flower Buds, also in Cahaba Heights handled the floral design in a palette of soft muted tones of gold, pumpkin, pink and cream. The five-tier wedding cake from Sweet Spot Confections was decorated in the same color scheme with a cascade of fresh flowers flowing from the top down onto the side of the cake. Arden Photography was hired to provide these beautiful wedding images.
After the wedding, the couple took a week long honeymoon to St. Lucia and are now at home in Birmingham preparing to celebrate their first Christmas together as a married couple.
Formal China: Soleil Levant by Bernardaud, Ultra White Signature Gold by Pickard
Formal Crystal: Waterford Wynnewood
Casual Glassware: Riedel Vinum
Congratulations to Taylor and Ryan! Our Bromberg & Company family wishes the very best to you for a lifetime of love and happiness together.