It’s not everyone who could claim “At the Carwash” as their theme song; and though the hit 70’s anthem might have been several decades before their time, the words, “Workin’ at the carwash, yeah…” could set the scene for the first time a teenaged Taylor Yawn met the young man she would one day marry. As their eyes met across buckets of sudsy water, the pair created a connection in a matter of moments, and by the time that their weekend carwash was done, 19 year-old Brett Adkins had gotten his girl’s digits, leaving her with a wink and a smile that captured her heart. “ It really was literally love at first sight,” Taylor says with a grin. What could easily have gotten lost in the many changes of transitioning a high school existence into adult life remained steadfast; and after three years of dating, Brett asked Taylor to marry him, presenting her with a ring and a proposal on her 18th birthday in January 2016, giving her the best gift she could have ever imagined. “It was absolutely perfect—and definitely the best birthday gift I’ve ever gotten!” Just over a year later on April 29th, 2017, Taylor sparkled like a vision in a champagne-colored mermaid gown encrusted with crystal detailing as she walked down the aisle to meet Brett at the altar of Madison Street United Methodist Church in Clarksville, Tennessee. After exchanging vows in front of their loved ones, the newly married Adkins joined their 200 guests for a buffet style reception at the Wilma Rudolph Event Center. It was an occasion for toasting, and under the sparkling lights that reflected every last glittering detail of their “champagne sparkle” and blush pink décor, the couple danced their very first dance as John Michael Montgomery’s silky voice sang the words of “I Can Love You Like That.”
Having danced and dined on a menu of Parmesan chicken, pork, and country sides like green bean casserole and fried honeybuns, Taylor and Brett cut into a five tiered masterpiece with lemon-raspberry filling elegantly frosted in white buttercream before heading off to their dream honeymoon in Aruba. “It was nothing short of amazing—we stayed on the beach and were lucky enough to have amazing weather. We ate delicious food, sipped fruity drinks, and took lots of naps!” Taylor, now a nursing school student at Tennessee Applied Technology, laughs. Now back home in Clarksville, the Adkins are settling into their lives as a young couple with a very full—and very hopeful—life of making even more memories together. And to washing many, many more cars with buckets of soapy water filled with love. Exchanging bites of their elegant four-tiered confection frosted in ivory textured buttercream adorned with gold sparkle and flowers coordinated to the wedding arrangements, the happy couple headed for a fantasy honeymoon in Orlando filled with fun and adventure. Now back at home in Paris, the newlyweds are settling into farm life and looking forward to a long and happy future together, sharing many more moments in pens with bottles in their hands and love in their hearts.