There are few things more inspiring to me than exploring new locations and hanging out with couples that I truly connect with. And when those two things combine, I’m absolutely delighted. Taylor is one of those people I just immediately clicked with – from our love of European architecture & design to a passion for film, our shared excitement quickly bubbled into friendship. And when I found out she & Zack loved playing board games I said, “These are my people!”
And beyond being lovely to be around, I have Taylor and Zack to thank for introducing me to a whole new side of Serenbe. I’d been around the Inn at Serenbe and the Pavilion for weddings, but it was my first time really exploring and shooting in the European inspired community at Serenbe, and y’all, I’m in love! From gorgeous homes that reminded me of the UK countryside to architecture that felt like the canal houses in Amsterdam, it didn’t take much to imagine that we’d been transported from Georgia to Europe.
Tell me your story – “Taylor is a Texas girl, and moved to Atlanta to work in hospitality (currently at event planner at an event planning firm with offices in ATL and CHS). Zack is a Georgia boy, also in Atlanta for hospitality (currently at the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau). We met three years ago at a hospitality industry event, which we felt was the Lord’s timing, because we can trace back several events we both attended for work in the past, but never met. Taylor took Zack’s coworkers on a team outing, which consisted of electric bikes, strong margaritas, and a day full of wondering how to get each other’s attention. A day that was supposed to last 5 hours quickly turned into 11 hours long. We were inseparable almost immediately. Zack says the moment he sat down with Taylor in the back of the electric golf cart the day they met, he knew he was going to spend the rest of his life with her. Taylor said it took a couple more weeks. 😉 ”
Zack, what do you love most about Taylor? – “Her smile. Her fearlessness. Her composure. Her ambition. Her faith. Her ability to relate to anyone.”
Taylor, what do you love most about Zack? – “His sense of humor. His work ethic. His protectiveness and loyalty. His handiness – he can fix anything! His thoughtfulness – he thinks of me in everything he does. His selflessness.”
About the Proposal – “We planned a super last minute trip to Serenbe (with Hayden too), to get away for our birthdays. We were staying in the Mimosa Cottage, right next to the farm animals. When we got there, Taylor started to wonder why Zack was acting so weird… For example, he was asking to NOT wear a hat to dinner… SO unlike him. We gave the pup a chill pill, and left on the golf cart to go to The Hill for dinner. Shortly after the entrée, Zack started really speeding things up. Taylor still laughs at the fact that he suggested our dessert be a protein bar we had in the cottage. While we were gone from the cottage, Zack’s sister snuck in, put the dog in the bedroom, placed two gorgeous floral arrangements and lit tons of candles all throughout the cottage entryway. Little did Taylor know she lit them and left right when we got the entrée (despite Zack’s advice)! So Zack was a bit panicked at dinner – worried he was going to burn the cottage down, with our sweet pup inside – hence the protein bar/rushing. Zack said that the whole golf cart ride back to the cottage he was thinking “I don’t smell smoke. That’s a good sign. I don’t see smoke. That’s a good sign.” (As if a proposal isn’t nerve-racking enough!)”
“Thank goodness all was well, and Taylor was shocked when we walked in. He got down on one knee, and kept it simple. After everything calmed down, Taylor made Zack propose a second time, because she didn’t remember a word he said. She took the ring off, handed it back to him, and said, “okay – I’m going to need you to do that again, so I can really take it all in.” With his nerves calmed, Zack said some of the sweetest words Taylor can remember him ever saying. All was followed by a celebratory bottle of their favorite champagne.”
Taylor and Zack – Congrats again! I had so much fun with you guys & am so excited for all that’s in store for you!