The Tale of the Groom Who *Almost* Cried

By Grace Bueckendorf
In Culture

THE DRESS “I almost cried,” Alex Taylor told me. There was a long pause. Finally, he admitted it. “… I did. My lip was quivering and my best man had to put his hand on my shoulder.”

Sara Taylor stunned the crowd as she walked down in her fitted Augusta Jones gown. Alex Taylor predicted what her dress would look like based on hours of watching "Say Yes to the Dress" together. (Photo courtesy of Arndt Photography)

Sara Taylor stunned the crowd as she walked down in her fitted Augusta Jones gown. Alex Taylor predicted what her dress would look like based on hours of watching “Say Yes to the Dress” together. (Photo courtesy of Arndt Photography)

Alex was overcome with emotion when his soon-to-be-wife, Sara Taylor, walked down the aisle toward him. His girlfriend of more than six years was about to be his wife. The girl who was once the brunette beauty sporting a ponytail in his sophomore year geometry class was walking down the aisle—to be his wife.

Years of watching “Say Yes to the Dress” told Alex that Sara would probably choose a fitted gown with fine lace on the bodice. Sara didn’t like that ‘chunky’ lace, he added.

Sara’s elegant Augusta Jones dress, which she chose at Ultimate Bride, draped elegantly down her slight frame. There was, as Alex had predicted, fine lace adorning the bodice. She also had a silver belt. “To add more bling,” Alex deftly explained, using his SYTTD jargon.

Read more about how Alex adopted the role of Sara’s “Man of Honor,” what they used to cut their cake in lieu of a knife and their funny responses in the wedding shoe game. But first, learn a little more about the couple:

On the big day, Sara Taylor claimed she was quite calm, while Alex Taylor was a mess of tears and emotion. The couple did a classic church wedding with a country club reception to follow. (Photo courtesy of Arndt Photography)

On the big day, Sara Taylor claimed she was quite calm, while Alex Taylor was a mess of tears and emotion. The couple did a classic church wedding with a country club reception to follow. (Photo courtesy of Arndt Photography)

The couple/ Alex and Sara Taylor
Current age/ 23
Occupations/ Sara—optometry student at University of Missouri—St. Louis; Alex—chiropractic student at Logan University
Engagement Date/ November 2014
Wedding Date/ August 1, 2015
Ceremony Site/ Union United Methodist Church
Reception Venue/ Far Oaks Golf Club

THE PROPOSAL Belleville East High School had a strict uniform policy—khakis and a polo.

“Like, you couldn’t really be very spectacular at our high school,” Alex said. But Sara? She was an exception the the rule.

“She was beautiful,” Alex reminisced about Sara’s first day at East, when she moved to Belleville at the beginning of their sophomore year. “I just wanted to know who she was.”

Fast forward to the end of sophomore year, and because of shared circles (and lots of flirting), they were dating. The rest, as they say, is history. They went to college together, but their roots remained in high school.

It only made sense that Alex proposed to Sara on the terrace where they would meet between classes in high school. He conspired with Sara’s best friend to drive her to the high school at the end of a shopping trip. Sara, knowing that Alex was planning to propose, became wise to the ploy, and began to cry as she approached where Alex was standing with flowers.

“She tried to keep the tears away, but couldn’t,” Alex said. She couldn’t say no, either. He slid the ring on her finger, and their journey began.

MAN OF HONOR Alex wasn’t your run-of-the-mill hands-off groom. He was there every step of the way—from picking out flowers to booking the reception venue to adding his personal touch to the invitations.

Alex Taylor reads the vows he wrote for his to-be wife, Sara Taylor while he tries to hold back the tears. Alex took a hands on approach to the wedding, helping Sara with everything from the photographer to the invitations. (Photo courtesy of Arndt Photography)

Alex Taylor reads the vows he wrote for his to-be wife, Sara Taylor while he tries to hold back the tears. Alex took a hands on approach to the wedding, helping Sara with everything from the photographer to the invitations. (Photo courtesy of Arndt Photography)

“I was kind of her maid of honor whenever she was going around places,” Alex said.

He explained that most of Sara’s bridesmaids were out of town or in school and couldn’t be super involved in the planning process. Rather than let her flounder, he stepped up.

“She had the big picture and I was just trying to see if they could do one more thing that I liked,” Alex said. “So I did help a lot more than I expected I would. Probably more than most guys would.”

Alex said that after their Thanksgiving engagement, they knocked most of the planning out over winter break. Among the things booked were Ardt Photography, Far Oaks Golf Course and DJ Jimmy Hussey.

He said he attended most of the appointments, but wasn’t able to attend the food tastings. This luckily didn’t end in tragedy since Sara is the picky one anyway Alex said. “I’ll eat anything.”

Sara ended up choosing brisket and chicken parmesan from Roy-El Catering and a cake from The Cakery Bakery. Tasty.

LET THEM EAT CAKE The cake, a sweet confection from The Cakery Bakery in Dogtown, was sure to please.

Unless, of course, someone (cough … Sara’s mom … cough) forgot a knife. Which, by the way, happened. With no knife in which to cut the cake, Sara and Alex had to put their liberal arts educations to use.

In the end, they used a spatula to cut slices of cake for the guests.

With no knife with which to cut the cake, the Taylor's had to resort to using a spatula. The pieces might have looked messily cut, but the Cakery Bakery cake still tasted amazing. (Photo courtesy of Arndt Photography)

With no knife with which to cut the cake, the Taylor’s had to resort to using a spatula. The pieces might have looked messily cut, but the Cakery Bakery cake still tasted amazing. (Photo courtesy of Arndt Photography)

Other than the cake debacle, Sara said there really weren’t any other hiccups in the wedding.

Well, other than the fact that Far Oaks didn’t have enough tequila at the open bar for their guests. Sara didn’t name any names, but a certain fraternity brother of Alex’s that may or may not be named Tyler might be to blame. Who knows—jury’s still out.

SHOES! With the emotional ceremony out of the way, it was time for the bridal party and guests to have some fun at the reception.

The wedding shoe game—a game where the couple sits facing away from each other and raises the shoe of the person who most accurately portrays various statements—really allowed the couple’s personality to shine. Sara, usually easily riled and serious, was feeling especially calm and humorous on the big day. She had a blast poking fun at Alex during the shoe game.

The couple was asked who spends more time on their hair in the morning. Naturally, they both raised Alex’s size twelve-and-a-half dress shoes in the air as the crowd laughed.

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