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.
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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.

Picture Perfect

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My Turn to Pop the Question

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I Found the Gown!

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A Real Bride's Guide to Bridal Shows

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In the Grand Theme of Things

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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

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I'm Engaged! Now What?

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