How did you meet?
Powell and I met on a dating app, called "Hinge". We were first introduced to each other through a mutual friend that the app had recommended. Tyler was drawn to Powell's profile by the dog - and his witty captions got her past the pictures of him with a mustache. Powell liked Tyler's confident smile, and when his pre-first date research unearthed her athletic career at Davidson, he was even more impressed.
We met for drinks, and after a few minutes of conversation, Powell said "Crap ... You're totally my type." The rest is history.
Tell us about the proposal?
Visiting my parents in Lake Adger, NC, Powell and I returned to one of our first hikes as a couple: Little Bradley Falls. Two years prior, we had made the same hike, I had climbed to the top of the falls against Powell's wishes (and my mother's), and urged Powell to traipse to the top with me. In standard Tyler and Powell fashion, I was overly confident and racing to get to the top, and he was, rightfully, cautious and nervous. We got to the top and sat overlooking the water flowing from four tiers below us.
Fast forward two years, we were standing in front of the falls when Powell got down on one knee. He told me it was on this hike that he knew life with me would always be an adventure - and sometimes a challenge- but that we would conquer it together. I responded with an enthusiastic "yes!"
When we returned to my parents', Powell had crafted the ultimate surprise and organized both of our parents to be there for a family celebration. We sipped on champagne, rejoiced as a family, cried, and felt so much love.
What was your wedding day inspiration?
We wanted our wedding day to be fun, easygoing, natural, and reflect our love for the outdoors. Our wedding was really inspired by us as a couple, including where we had been, who we are together and apart, and where we see our lives in the future. We crafted each piece of the day to resemble something we, as a couple, love- including the wonderful farm venue, goat yoga and pickup basketball, tons of yard games for the competitive spirits we both bring to the table, delicious craft beer tastings with custom paddles to resemble breweries, which is one of our favorite weekend past-times, a S'mores-gasbord of delicious custom s'mores creations for Tyler's sweet-tooth, and animal-themed party hats to reflect our love for animals (and ridiculous costumes).
Anything else you would like to share?
We'd like to give a big shoutout to the bride's mother, Shannon McFayden, for her attention to detail, tenacity, and organization in planning our amazing wedding!