by Emily Bailey // photos by West House Photography
Taylor and Matt met at a wedding on Amelia Island in 2012 after Taylor first made acquaintance with some of Matt’s family, bonding over the fact that they were all from Fairmont, West Virginia. “At first, I met his parents and his grandmother at the rehearsal dinner and they wanted to introduce us. We clicked right away and spent the majority of the first night we met walking on the beach, talking and getting to know each other,” Taylor recalls. After the weekend was over, Taylor returned to West Virginia and Matt stayed in Florida. The distance didn’t keep them from staying in touch.
They made it work long distance for nearly two years before Matt got a job transfer to Louisiana. “We both decided we wanted to give our relationship a real shot, so I moved down to Louisiana with him. Since then, we’ve lived in Louisiana, Houston and New York City together.”
For their third anniversary together, the couple planned a trip to Big Bend National Park. “We had decided beforehand that we wanted to climb Emory Peak, the tallest hike there. Well, the last 30 feet of the climb is basically a rock scramble and if you gaze just a few feet to the right of the trail it’s a straight drop down,” Taylor says. “Naturally, I was panicking—I hate heights—and Matt had to coax me up that last stretch. He had originally planned on proposing at the top of the peak, but due to our exhaustion and my panicky state, he waited for another opportunity.”
The big moment came on the last night of their trip, while the two of them were curled up in a tipi they had rented for the weekend. “Looking back, I wouldn’t have had it any other way,” Taylor says.
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