Wedding Wednesday: The Kirby Wedding

The Kirby Wedding | December 23, 2015 | Photography by: Tara Lilly Photography & Design

Aaron and Tyler originally met at Fork & Cork, but they didn’t date until a friend set them up a year later. These same friends were the first ones the two told after Tyler proposed. His proposal was small and intimate, set up on a Monday evening before his birthday. They were at a lodge, sharing wine and cheese on the balcony, when he asked Aaron to marry him for his birthday.

Aaron’s favorite memory from the big day was on the dance floor. The DJ had been playing a number of fast songs, but Tyler asked him to play a slow song—Their slow song, to be exact. When the song came on, both of them were surprised to find many of their friends joining them on the dance floor and singing along.

Music was a big aspect of this wedding. Most of the songs were compiled by the guests; their invitations had included “I will dance if I hear _____” as part of the RSVP, and the responses gave the reception a wide variety of music. They started the night with “What You Do to Me” by The Embers, a song that included the two of them taking Shag lessons weeks before the wedding.

Aaron and Tyler were the first to request an outdoor wedding at their venue, which gave them some interesting logistical challenges to overcome. Restrooms, lighting, and food prep all needed to be figured out, and then on top of everything else it rained on their big day. A tent was added at the last minute with heaters to keep guests warm.

The rainy day just made the orange pops of color even brighter though. The color came from a golf glove the groom found, and the groomsmen even used the gloves as pocket squares. From there they added tropical socks and orange bouquets for the girls.

What truly made the day special for them was the inclusion of their families. This was a second wedding for both of them, and they wanted to focus on the fact that they were merging their families. Aaron’s sons walked her down the aisle and gave her away, and Tyler addressed them personally during the ceremony, and they all exited together.

Make sure to see more from the Kirby Wedding on page 115 of bridebook!

Photography by: Tara Lilly Photography & Design
Dress: Church Street Bridal
Venue: Old Monterey Golf Course
Caterer: Tracy Hamilton Catering
Planner: Mark Taylor
Jewelry: Sandra Eileen Designs
DJ: Master Taylor Entertainment
Attendant Dresses: David's Bridal
Groomsmen Attire: Jim's Formal Wear
Makeup: LASH
Hair: Les Cheveux Salon & Day Spa
Officiate: John Coleman, CrossPointe
Rehearsal Venue: Sheraton Roanoke
Monogramming: John and Susan Kirby