Taylor Selcke

Taylor Selcke
Taylor first discovered her passion for journalism at Minnetonka High School, where she served as the Arts and Entertainment Editor for Breezes, and the rest is history. While completing her bachelor's degree at the University of Minnesota's School of Journalism and Mass Communication, she interned for Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, Delta Sky Magazine, the Pioneer Press, the Minneapolis-St.Paul Business Journal, and even spent a summer in New York City, working at Seventeen magazine. Taylor enjoyed working in the Big Apple, but nothing compares to the love she has for her hometown—the "Minne-apple"—and upon graduating a semester early, she accepted a position as an Assistant Editor with Mpls.St.Paul Magazine. Now her days consist of writing, blogging, editing, working with interns, and wrangling burgers and hot dogs for photo shoots (no joke). When not in the office, Taylor spends her time picking out items for her dream apartment on Pinterest, making bets on The Bachelor(ette) with her mom and sister, and reading novels and sipping iced caramel lattes at her favorite place in the world: Barnes & Noble. Follow along as she tackles life in her 20s and her first post-grad job on Twitter @tselcke.
Midcentury home in Golden Valley
Midcentury Makeover: Blending Old With New

A Golden Valley midcentury home goes modern in this before-and-after.


The Anselmo family of the 2016 Mpls.St.Paul ASID MN Showcase Home in Edina.
Family Meets Function

Dario and Jeanne Anselmo mix European flair with family function in this year’s Mpls.St.Paul ASID MN Showcase Home in Edina.


Inside a chef's home
Inside a Chef's Home

At work, these foodies have stocked fully kitchens, but what about when they're off the clock?


Butcher & The Boar in Minneapolis, Minnesota
The Other Dinner

It can be easy to forget about the rehearsal dinner. Wow your closest friends and family with these eight Twin Cities standouts.


Final Fling

If you’re craving something a bit different for your bachelorette party, encourage your maid of honor to consider these options for your last single night out on the town.


Refined and Relaxed Seaside Style

The 2015 Mpls.St.Paul Magazine ASID MN Showcase Home People’s Choice Award Winners


The interior of a sauna
How To Urban Sauna

The ancient Nordic tradition is gaining steam in the Twin Cities, which means sooner or later you just might end up in one. Here’s how not to embarrass yourself if you do.


A Kitchen Must-Have

The idea of a stretchy reusable label for ingredients was cooked up in a kitchen in Bloomington, and the brand is about to explode.


A room with gold wallpaper and white throw pillows
Minted With Style

Stencil company Gypsy Mint has made its mark with creative and custom designs.


2015 Home & Design 100

The people, places, and products that add style and wow to how we live in the Twin Cities.


Locally based Rehab Addict star Nicole Curtis
Tool Time

Locally based Rehab Addict star Nicole Curtis makes reviving your home easier—one stud finder at a time.


Three children with snowboards
Choose Your Own (Winter!) Adventure

Couples and families, adrenaline junkies and fabulous foodies, Minnesnowta is everyone’s playground.


Into the Blue

Faith’s Lodge founders Susan and Mark Lacek bring a piece of the coast to Fremont Avenue in this year’s Showcase Home.


Crisis Averted!

Local wedding planners share horror stories from the job.


How to Throw a Casual Seaside Soiree

Local style experts and event planners share tips to make your summer gathering sparkle.


Mini-Moons

If a lengthy post-wedding vacation doesn’t fit with your schedule or budget, plan a quick retreat for some much-deserved alone time.


He Won Gold; Now What?

On the cusp of retirement, Olympic figure skater Evan Lysacek—who comes to town this month with Stars On Ice—reveals his next steps.


In Good Flavor

Think beyond vanilla and treat your tastebuds to the Twin Cities' hottest cake flavors.


Walks of Life: Alexandra Tweten

Boy messages girl, girl rejects boy, boy lashes out with harassment? One Minnesota native got tired of that story.


Yara Shahidi
Yara Shahidi of Black-ish

This Minnesotan stars in the ABC comedy "Black-ish" and pulls great grades.


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Sam and Taylor

Taylor Selcke & Sam Hugo

The Bride

Age: 24
Hometown: Minnetonka, Minnesota
Occupation: Magazine Editor at MSP Communications

The Groom

Age: 24
Hometown: Englewood, Colorado
Occupation: Senior Audit Associate at Grant Thornton

The Details

Engagement Date: May 5, 2015 (Cinco de Mayo!)
Wedding Date: October 29, 2016
Wedding/Reception Location: Minneapolis Golf Club, St. Louis Park
The Ring: A cushion-cut diamond in a halo setting, with a pavé split shank and baguette diamonds. Sam refused to go ring shopping together (he always wanted it to be a surprise), so he and his mom took my Pinterest board to Shane Co., where the staff there helped him pick a ring that was a perfect combination of our styles. He did good!

Our Story

Sam and I met our junior year at Minnetonka High School, but we didn’t begin dating right away. Friends first, we formed a strong bond, and eventually realized our relationship could be something more. During our senior year, my friends and I—inspired by the kids on Laguna Beach, which was still pretty popular at the time—hosted a formal holiday party at Bayview Event Center on Lake Minnetonka. At the end of the evening, Sam walked me out to my car, where I saw a bouquet of red roses resting on the hood. He asked me to be his girlfriend that night, December 13, 2008, and we’ve been together ever since.

Engagement Story

Sam grew up in Denver, and for years he’s wanted me to experience the thrill of real hiking in the Colorado Rockies. So when we were vacationing there in May, I knew an adventurous excursion would be in the itinerary. Rain was forecast our entire week there, so as soon as there was a break in the clouds, we took advantage of it and started our trek to the Montgomery Reservoir—one of his family’s favorite scenic spots—near Breckenridge, Colorado.

When we got there, I was awestruck by the snow-capped mountains and evergreens that surrounded us. I had never seen anything like it. As we were standing there, taking it all in, Sam said he had to “go to the bathroom.” In reality, he was taking the ring out of his backpack and securing it in his pocket. (Looking back, I should’ve realized his suspiciously protective behavior over that backpack!) Before we moved higher up the mountain, I turned away from Sam to capture a few photos, and when I turned back around, there he was, on one knee, smiling, and presenting me with the most beautiful ring I had ever seen. In between shock and overwhelming joy, I collapsed to my knees in front of him and said, “Oh my god, are you serious?” a few times before he managed to say the four words I had dreamt of hearing for years: “Will you marry me?

At 10,000-plus feet high, rain had turned to snow and we were the only two people around for miles. I couldn’t imagine a more perfect proposal for us.

Dressing the Men

Real Bride Taylor and her fiancé, Sam, choose their wedding tuxes.


Ready, Set, Register!

Real Bride Taylor's tips for crafting the perfect wedding registry.


Hand-Lettered with Love

Real Bride Taylor's DIY approach to wedding calligraphy.


Music to My Ears

Real Bride Taylor's musical picks for the ceremony and reception.


Let Them Eat Cake

Real Bride Taylor dishes on the most delicious part of wedding planning.


The Great Videography Debate

Real Bride Taylor grappled with the decision to hire a wedding videographer.


Big-Day Blooms

Real Bride Taylor felt lost when it came to wedding flowers—until she found the perfect florist.


Signed, Sealed & Delivered

Real Bride Taylor personalized every element of her DIY save-the-dates.


Old, New, Borrowed, Blue

Here’s how Real Bride Taylor will accessorize her bridal style.


World Wide Web of Weddings

Real Bride Taylor on crafting her wedding website and hashtag.


"It's a Fritz Bernaise"

"Bridesmaids," anyone? Luckily for Taylor, the bridesmaid dress selection wasn't as dramatic as in the movie.


Picture Perfect

Taylor and Sam revisited old haunts to make their engagement photos special and meaningful.


My Turn to Pop the Question

Check out how Real Bride Taylor asked her four closest friends and family members to be bridesmaids.


I Found the Gown!

Real Bride Taylor was nervous about shopping for a wedding dress, but Posh Bridal Couture made it a memorable, special experience.


A Real Bride's Guide to Bridal Shows

Taylor shares four pieces of advice for attending a bridal fair.


In the Grand Theme of Things

Real Bride Taylor never planned on "theming" her wedding, and then...


Location, Location, Location

Real Bride Taylor overcame her first (and hopefully only) wedding breakdown on her way to selecting her dream venue.


Sam Hugo and Taylor Selcke at their Mexican-themed engagement party
Sangria & Sombreros: Our Engagement Fiesta

How Taylor and Sam's friends and family kicked off the wedding festivities.


I'm Engaged! Now What?

Real Bride blogger Taylor shares the four things she did (and didn't do) after getting engaged.