Weddings mark the beginning of a new life, but they can be most special when brides and grooms incorporate their past. Taylor Earnhardt and her new hubby did just that for their Southern-themed celebration this past weekend.
Earnhardt, a rodeo competitor and daughter of 7-time NASCAR Champion Dale Earnhardt, married boyfriend Brandon Putnam on Saturday. The couple stayed true to their roots with an outdoor celebration designed by David Tutera on her family estate in Moorseville, North Carolina.
After arriving that evening in a horse-drawn carriage, a gift from her late father, 23-year-old Earnhardt walked the aisle to “Bless the Broken Road” by Rascal Flatts. She wore a custom lace wedding gown by Rivini that reflected the wedding's elegant Southern setting. The couple exchanged their vows under trees adorned with stained glass panels before riding to the reception site in a 1946 red pickup truck from Dale Earnhardt’s Classic Car Collection.
At the reception, 200 guests enjoyed hand-rolled cigars, a whiskey-tasting bar, a perfume bar and live entertainment by country singer Jared Ashley.
Photo Credit: Christian Oth Studio
Many of our readers find their own ways to reflect their unique backgrounds in their weddings. For Sarah Mills of Lansing, Michigan, her family sets boxes of cannolis and lady fingers on the reception tables to celebrate their Italian heritage. Mills also looks forward to her eldest son walking her down the aisle.
"Our wedding is all about family, incorporating old and new traditions," said Mills.
Tell us: How will your wedding celebrate your own family background?
— Paulette Safdieh