Although they had to adjust their wedding plans due to COVID, Ellie and Tyler still pulled off an incredibly stunning October wedding in Winston-Salem. With its elaborate architectural details, sprawling lawns, and historic stonework, Graylyn Estates served as the perfect wedding venue for this classic fall wedding, and the amazing vendor team infused creative elements throughout the day to reflect the elegant beauty of North Carolina in the fall. Even though they were only limited to 50 guests, Ellie and Tyler’s friends and family came from all over the country to celebrate these two incredibly special people. The small guest count didn’t take away from the incredible celebration on their wedding day, and the night even ended with the bride’s father serenading the crowd with his incredible voice and some Frank Sinatra songs! Keep scrolling to see the photos from their magical wedding day, as well as to read a little bit more of their story from the bride herself.
How did you two meet?
“Back in October of 2016, I was working as an Events Coordinator for Ansley Golf Club. Amongst my events was a meeting for Tyler’s former company. Tyler’s boss put me in contact with him to coordinate the details for the upcoming event. I remember thinking how pleasant this “Mr. Elvin” guy was, as we exchanged phone calls and emails for weeks. The details were finalized, and we were all set for a successful night – or so I thought. Due to construction and some technical difficulties, the event couldn’t have gone worse. Being in charge of everything, I was extremely flustered as I unsuccessfully tried to fix things. In the midst of the chaos, I heard chattering outside of the room. I quickly stormed out the door to quiet down (what I thought was) my employees. Next thing I knew, I was yelling “SHH!” in this poor guy wearing a green button-down’s face. Regardless of his and my shock, he offered to help me fix the A/V issues. Being the smarty pants he is, everything was fixed in no time. I thanked him and ran off to my office. Moments later, my coworker walked into my office… Coworker: “That guy in the green button down thinks you are cute! Me: “Really? That is the guy who I just accidentally yelled at in the hallway. Who is he?” Coworker: “His name is Tyler Elvin”. Me: “Mr. Elvin!? The guy I planned this event with? Wow… I thought that guy was way older” thinking to myself how mature he had been over the phone and in emails. I brushed off the conversation and got back to work / hiding. At the end of the night, there was a knock on my office door. I looked up and saw that green button-down standing in my doorway. “Do you want a piece of cake?” he asked, surely as a peace offering. Tyler says I rejected his offer, but that doesn’t ring a bell for me. We made small talk about life in Atlanta and local breweries, then said our goodbyes. That was the end of it, or so I thought. Two days later I was in a meeting and my phone buzzed. I looked down to an email from Tyler. He thanked me for such an awesome event , and asked if I’d like to go check out one of those local breweries sometime. I told him absolutely, gave him my phone number, and told him to stop contacting me on my work email. That was the last of our email exchanges and the start of real conversation. Due to conflicting schedules, it ended up taking over a month before Tyler and I went on our first date. On the evening of November 25, 2016, I texted Tyler telling him that I had a couple of free hours the next day before I had to go to an event. I later found out he was 6 hours away visiting family in Alabama for Thanksgiving. But nonetheless he responded “I’ll pick you up at 5:00!”. When he pulled up in his black Nissan truck AND asked me if I wanted to go eat Mexican food, I knew I liked this guy. Next thing I knew, 3 hours (and 2 pitchers of margaritas) were behind us. I was VERY late to my event, but couldn’t have cared less. In the weeks following, we went on date after date…all leading up to Canoe on January 14, 2017. It was then that Tyler asked me to be his girlfriend and the rest is history!”
Tell us your proposal story?
“Tyler and I went to Nashville, TN for (what I thought) was the NFL draft weekend, accompanied by a big party. This trip had been planned for months, which gave Tyler the time to plan the surprise proposal of a lifetime. On Saturday, April 27, 2019, Tyler and I got dressed up in our finest to go to this big NFL draft party – where surely celebrities were going to be. I was so excited. We ordered an uber, and drove off to (again, what I thought) was the party. Instead, we pulled up to a park in the middle of Nashville, called Bicentennial Park. We got out of the uber and Tyler said “the party is just on the other side of the park but we have to walk to get there”. We begin walking, and Tyler starts telling me how much he loves me, how he’s always loved me, and how he intends to love me forever. It is at that time I somewhat blacked out because I knew what was about to happen. My nerves and excitement got the best to me and I fell to my knees within seconds of him getting down on his knee. Apparently he asked me to marry him, and of course I responded “YES”! At that time, a photographer came out from hiding and we proceeded to do a proposal photo shoot. Thank goodness we got as dressed up as we did! As if things couldn’t get better, Tyler and I got in an Uber to “still go to the NFL draft party”, but instead, pulled up to a hotel. We got on the elevator up to the rooftop, and when the elevator doors opened, there stood every single person I have ever loved. Again, I fell to the ground – this time in full fledged tears. I have never been so happy or surprised in my entire life. Telling this story again gives me chills head to toe. I am so lucky to have found a man who is so intentional, and knows me to my core. He knew how important it was to me to have all of those people there that day, and I will never EVER forget it.”
What were some of your favorite moments from your wedding day?
“When I walked down the aisle and saw Tyler cry – he NEVER has cried in 5 years. That moment will forever be my favorite. Our first dance is a close second! But in general, just looking around and seeing every single person I love in one room was the most heartwarming and special thing imaginable.”
Any special moments leading up to your wedding that stand out to you?
“Our engagement shoot was one of the most fun days of our engagement. I remember having so much fun getting dressed up, meeting Lindley for a glass of champagne, and then galavanting all over Winston-Salem taking the most fun pictures. It was then I realized how great of a decision I made choosing her as a photographer. Not only because of her talent, but because I didn’t even realize we were taking so many pictures. All I could focus on was how much fun we were having, how hard we were laughing, and I will never forget it. Another special moment has to be my engagement party in Atlanta, where I got to be surrounded by all those same people I love so much, plus a few more. This ended up being extra special once we had to cut our wedding down due to covid. That engagement party was bigger than our wedding by a landslide, and I am so glad we got to celebrate with everyone we love even if it wasn’t our wedding day.”
How and why did you choose your wedding venue?
“We walked onto the property and it was the easiest decision we ever made. Graylyn was made for us!”
What was the most helpful resource you used when planning your wedding?
“All of the guides given to me by my vendors. Both my wedding coordinator (Faye Conlin) and my photographer (Lindley – of course!) gave me so much helpful information that guided me throughout my engagement, all the way up to wedding day. Websites like knot.com also have helpful wedding checklists that are nice to cross reference with if you ever fear you are missing something or forgetting to do something.”
Is there any advice you’d love to give future couples about planning a wedding together?
“Soak it all up. Take it all for what it is. There will be days where you are on cloud nine. There will be days you want to pull your hair out. But the end goal is always the same: to marry the love of your life. As long as you never lose sight of this, the rest will fall into place.”
Photography: Lindley Battle Photography
Floral Design: Green Bee Floral Designs
Beauty: Cali Stott Artistry
Wedding Dress: White Magnolia Bridal
Venue: Graylyn Estate
Event Planning: Coordinating Dreams