This love story is unlike any other. Taeler and Kolton's grew up together and since their moms were best friends they were pretty much attached to the hip. Their childhood was pretty much a compilation of camping trips, Disneyland adventures, and some innocent flirtatious competition. They were close and got to know each other well over the years from childhood and now into adulthood, but nothing serious ever came of it until Kolton decided to turn up the romance.
They began dating and Taeler took this as an opportunity to let her creative juices flow. For each new date, Taylor designed a new dress to show Kolton how much they meant to her. The rest is pretty much history. Check out the first seven dresses Taeler made and more juicy details about their love story in her blog post: https://www.zipeaserompers.com/blogs/news/the-boy-next-door. To continue following her love story and seamstress adventures we encourage you to follow Taeler on IG @zipease and FB @zipeaserompers.
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Welcome to the choose love podcast, a show that chronicles the extraordinary love of ordinary people. Our hope is that the show will inspire us all to Hashtag choose love. The show is presented by Ellen at era , your digital bridesmaid, where here to take your squad moments to the next level and help curate your [inaudible] bridal style so that you can focus on love. Today on meet Taylor and Colton, they've spent so much time at Disney world together that their stories starts to sound like a fairy tale, but sometimes the princess has to be her own godmother. Stay tuned to find out how some magical dresses and a committed prince full the modern day Cinderella story.Speaker 2:
My name is Taylor Bora . His name is Colton Dean. He's my boyfriend. I like to call him like creepy on say so tell me how you guys met. We actually met, I was a, I was going into fifth grade and he was going into the fourth grade, so I'm a little bit older than he is and we were actually neighbors growing up. They have a younger brother who's head is his age. He has an older sister who is my age, so we were very closely bonded with each other siblings and also our moms are best friends, so it was a really, really easy childhood. Growing up next door we would go on trips to Disneyland as families and all of these really fun things, camping trips and whatnot. We would do all of these really fun things. Our two families, we were basically attached at the hip. So on that particularly sticks out the most is when our families took a trip to Disneyland. There's a ride there. It's the toy story ride . It's where you sit in this little cart and you have these fake guns and you're trying to shoot things. Colton and I were always competing with each other. We always wanted to get a higher score than the other one. I was always subtly flirting with him and I think that he was flirting with me too, but that was always our, I think we're so competitive on just that ride and that's what sticks out to me the most when I think about our childhoods and our families spending time together. So what was all this flirting? Did your family know that the two of you were into each other? His sister always encouraged us to be together, but I think we were just so anti boy like [inaudible] type of thing, you know? Um , growing up. So we were both pretty innocent as children, so we never pursued anything together. But now that we are his sisters like heck yeah, like I get to choose my sister in law. This is great. So, and my brother is also super excited that he gets to have Colton as a brother in law someday too . They're both very excited about it. I want to know how your first date finally happened. Since we've known each other for so long, it's easy for me to be in a relationship with him because I understand his motive. He doesn't have any secret, you know, like ulterior motives. I know what his true intentions are. That's what I'm trying to say. So I've known him for so long that his true intentions are so very clear to me because his parents raised him correctly. They are awesome people. So it's like he's a direct reflect of his mom and his dad who I've known for a couple of decades now. It's so fantastic. So we actually scheduled a date, you know, he asked me to go on a date with him. Life happened, we had to reschedule and then we had to reschedule again. And he's still sitting there like trying to get a date with me. So I'm like, okay, yes, like let's do this. This is going to be worth it because we've been trying to do this for a few weeks now. So we finally go to dinner. I think we were at dinner for a couple of hours. We sat at a restaurant , um, it's called amendment 21. And every time we go there, we actually sit at the same table that we sat at on our first date. So that first state happened and then a couple of days later we hung out again and just kind of texting every day and growing our relationship already having a large background on each other's childhoods , teenage years, and now into adulthood. We just know each other really well. It's easy to be in love with Mr Colton . The first date we just had dinner. It was very casual, but our second date actually is the one where I was super impressed with him. I've never taken him for being a romantic guy, but he was the ultimate romantic. He took me on a yacht on a dinner date and I was completely shocked. He of personnel told my mom where he was taking me before I even knew. So my mom was of course talking it up and so excited for me and so in love with the fact that we're finally dating. So he surprised me by taking me on this yacht for dinner. It was a summer evening. Um , it was a sunset cruise actually, so we pulled into the parking lot and I had been guessing, trying to guess our first date this entire time. I did not know where we were going until we pulled into the parking lot. I said, are we going on that boat? He said, yes, we're going on a boat. He had little boarding passes for us to go into this boat and we still have him there . On our fridge to this day, but gosh, walking onto the yard , all of the staff was really well dressed, like suit and tie type of thing and all of the women had their adorable summer dresses on and the wait staff was just waiting on us ended , but they had drinks ready to go for us and our food was fantastic. It was some of the greatest food I've had enough in a while up to that point, but it was about two hours or so. We went up and down the river and the sun was setting and it was nice and warm and we took our drinks outside and sat on the patio area on this giant yacht. It was just gorgeous and the breeze was blowing and he's just telling me how beautiful I look and I'm soaking this all in. I was so happy. I felt like the luckiest girl ever. After dinner, he took me home and it was just such a gentleman and I just, I knew that day that we were going to be together for a really long time, have them go back to that same place so they can recapture the beautiful moments and they even have some of the same drinks together. So my favorite drink is a Tito's dirty Martini and he likes his , um Oh wow. Now that you're asking me, I'm just completely drawing a blank. He likes his old fashion though . He likes to drink old fashions and I have my Martini and we always get the same food as well every single time. But the moment when I knew I loved him, we were actually in the middle of a game of battleship and it's the, it's the moment that I'll remember forever. Whenever one of us would take a turn, we would ask the other question that we were interested in knowing the answer to . Obviously, if you're getting to know someone, you only ask those pointed kind of questions. But these ones were just, I don't know, more casual I guess because we just known each other for so long. So as each question was going back and forth and back and forth, I just knew that I was getting to know my future husband. So in the moment I knew in my heart that I loved him, but I did not see it right away. Of course, this was maybe two months into us dating and I knew that I was going to spend the rest of my life with Colton. I just didn't want to say that out loud and freak him out for any reason. I didn't anticipate him believing for me saying, I love you, but I also, you know, want to build up as suspense and not be the first one to say it. Of course, I ended up being the first one to say it a little while later. So that was, I don't know it , it wasn't the game of battleship. It was the way that we were playing it. Just getting to know each other. And it was awesome. I don't even know. It was just in the quiet of my home and we were just alone. And I felt like I was really getting to know my future husbandSpeaker 3:
in spite of the developing Disney fairy tale. Taylor wasn't always so lucky in love. In fact, it wasn't until Colton that things started to turn around for her.Speaker 2:
I was previously married and that marriage turned into, I don't want to share too much, but it was pretty toxic. And I just knew that I didn't want to be married to someone who wasn't going to be right for me forever. We basically got married because we had one kid. And then the second one came along while I was pregnant with the second one, our marriage turned absolutely toxic. I couldn't do it anymore. Um, and then after my son was born, three months later, my ex husband moved out and we were divorced. Um, after that , shortly after that, so Colton came into the picture never wanting to have kids or be married or anything, but now he can't imagine his life without and then eastern in it and he is so good to them. He loves them so much and they love him as well. It says a lot when when a kid loves someone right away. I mean it says a lot about that person anyways. If dogs and kids like you, you must be pretty cool. So they're not actually his biological kids, but if you didn't know that on the outside you would think that they're his because he is so highly involved. I took him, I don't know, a few months to kind of get in the groove of things and obviously we weren't living together. So he's not constantly around my kids, but he is , it's like he's their second dad at this point. He loves so much and he's so good to them, does so many good things for them. Easton is the baby. He's a year and a half now. He, every time Colton comes home, we live together now at this point. So every time Colton comes home, eastern favorite thing to do is just yell until Colin goes over and picks him up and then he laughs and he throws his head back and laughter and he belly laughs with Colton, they have this really cool bond. And then my daughter Emma, she's three and a half now. Colton is the one that puts her to bed every night and they have this really cute routine. They go outside and jump on the trampoline for five minutes and then he carries her into the bathroom to brush her teeth that he carries her in a plate down. So she thinks that's so funny. And then he reads her the bedtime story and then we both say good night to her and she goes right to bed. Anytime that there's a disruption in that, say Colton's out of town with family or a work thing or anything, the night routine is so disrupted because I'm the one jumping on the trampoline with her and I'm the one brushing her teeth and she's just like, where'd Colton go? Where's my quilts tonight? So it's really cute how she has formed that relationship with him just over the course of sticking to a bedtime schedule. I love that. He's a super dedicated to whatever he's doing. Very family oriented, super genuine guy. He's the one in his friends group that everyone always wants to hang out with. He's just so genuine and kindhearted and sensitive to everyone's feelings, but he also knows what he wants in life, which I find very attractive. He's successful in his career. He loves my kids, like they're his own and he takes such good care of me. Like I said, he still opens the door for me when we get into the car. I mean he tells me he loves me every day and obviously all of the sweet things that men need to do for the woman. But Gosh, he's just so genuine when he does it. I mean, I grew up with kind of a kind of a traumatic childhood and just knowing that the things I learned from my childhood , um, men always get what they want and women are just there to be seen and not heard sort of thing. Colton completely flips the script on that and I have only learned what true love is since we started dating and since I knew that I fell in love with Colton, my stereotype on relationships has completely flip flopped. I always knew that I wanted to be a mom and be a great wife, but now that I am in love with Colton and I know I'm going to be with him forever, I know that he is the one for me because he has taught me what true respect and valuable love is in a relationship and I couldn't ask for anything better than that. He is so, I mean I can't say it enough. I felt like he's so perfect for me and my children because we fit so well together and we have such a long history already. Even before we had pursued a relationship, we grew a friendship over the course of what, 10 12 years and so it's nice to know that his true are genuine and they're , they're good. That fairy tale aspect of our relationship is knowing that I found true love. Like he is my prince, timing my knight in shining armor and I get to be the woman of his dreams is what he calls me. I'm the woman as his dreams. Every single time we would go on a date, I made myself a new dress. So He's, he was in charge of planning out our cute date and I was in charge of making sure that I had something new to wear every single time and it was so silly and I don't do it anymore. I'd obviously be so, you know, I would have a closet full of summer dresses, but I think it was like the first seven or eight dates we went on. I made myself a new dress each, each date they were all completely different and every single time he would pick me up or I would, you know, get into the car. He was just blown away. He said, I cannot believe that you even made this. And I wanted him to know how important these dates were to me. So I took the time, invested my time and my own fabric that I could have used for something else, but I use it on a really cute dress that I wanted him to love as well and I figured out his favorite things are that I wear it that way. It was , it was just nice getting to know that side of him as well. I've never tooken, I've never taken him to be like a fashion guru or anything, but he definitely has an opinion when it comes to clothing. My favorite one was a tank style dress and it has a key hole in the back, so between my shoulder blades is just a giant open circle. It's two layers on the front and the back of the bottle . The bodice is basically the shirt portion of the dress and then the bottom part of the dress was a circle skirt, so it's the kind of dress when you spin it, like flares up all the way. Kind of like a Marilyn Monroe dress. It was white with red and green and blue flowers on it and I still wear it all the time.Speaker 1:
That was a beautiful Cinderella tale with the dresses to match and tailored true to her name is still sewing . She even started a businessSpeaker 2:
in business. It's called the PS . It's the I. P. E. A. S. E. I have been a seamstress. I'm self taught as of three years ago. I make clothing for my children. You can almost always see us out of the house in something that I made. I'm actually wearing a hoodie that I made for myself right now. It's nice and then for these warm summer days, but yeah, that is my business. You can find me on Instagram, zippy use , and then my Facebook handle is that these Rompers,Speaker 1:
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