It would take 10 years for country star Brett Young and his longtime love, wife Taylor Mills Young, to make it down the aisle. But they are proof that not only can a long-distance relationship end in marriage, but two people who are meant to be together can find each other again when the timing is right.
"It was early Facebook years and I saw a picture on her roommate's page with her in it," recalls Young. "I finally was able to finagle a group hang and it was pretty platonic."
A few months later, Young was living in Orange County outside of Los Angeles and received an unexpected text from Mills. She moved to LA to be with Young after finishing school and they dated for six years. But when Young decided to move to Nashville to try to make it as a country singer, the couple broke up.
"It was one of those things where we needed to be apart to grow up before we could come back together," Young said.
After a two year break, Young reached out to Mills, and this time the timing was perfect. They had both had time to grow up and the stars aligned for them to actually make it as a couple. They've been together ever since. Since they had met at Mills' alma mater, Young thought it would be fun to propose where he went to school. He popped the question in 2018 with a stunning custom ring at the Graduate Hotel near Ole Miss in Oxford, Mississippi.
"We met in Arizona while she was at school at ASU, and we will likely get married there, so I thought it would be romantic to propose where I went to school," he told People. "We were able to get a suite with a large covered patio and the hospitality staff at the hotel set it up while we were at dinner, so it was waiting for us when we got back."
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11.3.18 was the BEST day of my life. Last weekend was full of celebrations, surrounded by family and friends and I’m honestly still on cloud nine! Thank you to everyone who helped make our wedding absolutely magical. It was perfect. I’m speechless. #ForeverYoungT+B #TheNightIsYoung Photos: @dukeimages Wedding Planner: @eliteeventsseattle Makeup: @carlenekmakeup Hair: @1011makeup Flowers: @butterflyfloral Custom Dress: @justinalexander Brett’s Wedding Ring: @ag_jeweler Taylor’s Diamond Jewelry: @ag_jeweler Custom Tux: @jhilburnco Videography: @notbychase
They spent time planning their big day while Young was on the road, touring with Thomas Rhett. They decided to write their own vows for their wedding ceremony which was held at the Bighorn Golf Club in Palm Desert, California later that year. They invited close friends to perform at their wedding day reception, Luke Combs, Lee Brice, and Gavin Degraw. 200 friends and family came together to watch the couple say "I do."
"We chose people in terms of performers that are really important to us and are close friends," says Mills.
In 2019, the couple welcomed their first child together, baby girl Presley Elizabeth Young. You can catch glimpses of married life and their adorable little girl on social media. Cheers to the happy couple and their growing family!