Brett Young and Taylor Mills’ marriage was ten years in the making.
The pair first met through a mutual friend while Mills was attending Arizona State University. “It was early Facebook years and I saw a picture on her roommate’s page with her in it,” Young recalled to People. “I finally was able to finagle a group hang and it was pretty platonic.”
Young soon relocated to Orange County, California and was surprised to receive a text from Mills four months later. It was then that they began a long-distance relationship.
“About every other weekend I drove from Orange County to Arizona to see her,” the singer explained.
After graduating, Mills moved to Los Angeles to be closer to Young, however, the pair broke off their six-year relationship when Young moved to Nashville to pursue his country career.
As it turns out, a two-year break is exactly what they needed.
“It was one of those things where we needed to be apart to grow up before we could come back together,” Young acknowledged.
One day, out of the blue, Young sent Mills a text. They caught up and quickly realized that they were both finally in the same place in life and that they were meant to be together. They’ve been inseparable ever since.
After designing a custom ring for his longtime love, the singer planned the perfect proposal, complete with rose petals and champagne. In February 2018, during a stay at the Graduate Hotel in Oxford, Mississippi, Young asked Mills to be his wife.
The couple spent the next few months planning their big day. They tied the knot on November 3, 2018 in front of 200 guests at the Bighorn Gold Club in Palm Desert, California. Things got emotional as they exchanged vows that they had written for each other.
“That’s definitely the moment that was most difficult to get through and not sound like a big baby,” Young confessed. “I cried writing my vows. When you’ve been together for 10 years, on and off, it’s really overwhelming to sit down and put into few words how you feel about somebody.”
After saying “I do,” the couple danced the night away. Their reception featured performances by Gavin DeGraw, Lee Brice and Luke Combs.
“We chose people in terms of performers that are really important to us and are close friends,” Mills explained.
“If everybody in the country music family could’ve been there, we would’ve asked them all to sing,” Young added.
Mills later revealed that she and Young actually wed a few months prior to their big California wedding in a secret ceremony in Nashville.
“We decided not to tell anyone we were married before our wedding day [with the exception of my sister because she’s the best secret keeper.] We didn’t want to take away from our wedding ceremony in November,” she shared on Instagram.
The couple settled into married life at home in Nashville and in the Spring of 2019, shared the news that they were expecting their first child.
Young and Mills later celebrated their gender reveal on social media with a video of Young hitting a baseball that exploded into pink powder.
Their daughter, Presley Elizabeth Young, was born in Nashville on October 21, 2019 and made her debut weighing 8 lbs., 2 oz. and measuring 20.75 inches long.
“We have wanted this for so long and never could we have dreamed of something so beautiful and life-changing,” the couple told People. “She is perfect and we are forever better because she was given to us.”