Jessica Ann Taylor and Steven Kyle Yobs, both of Columbia, were united in marriage June 3 at Cayce United Methodist Church in Cayce. The Rev. Carl Hunsucker of Greenwood officiated the 6 o’clock ceremony.
The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Michael Taylor of Columbia. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie Lee Cosper Sr. of Marion, Mr. and Mrs. Donald E. Taylor of Columbia, and the late Audrey H. Taylor of Columbia. She earned a bachelor’s degree in hospitality management from the University of South Carolina. A recent graduate of the Paul Mitchell School of Cosmetology, she is employed with Carmen! Carmen! Prestige Salon and Spa.
The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Yobs of Cayce. He is the grandson of Mrs. Faye Yobs of Cayce and the late Mr. Noel Yobs, the late Mr. Lonnie Dawkins of West Columbia, and the late Mrs. Betty Tidwell of West Columbia. He earned a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in teaching in social studies from the University of South Carolina, and he is employed with Irmo High School.
The bride was escorted by her father and given in marriage by her parents. Pianist Camille Jones and soloist Logan Cosper provided music.
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Maid of honor was Casey Taylor of Columbia. Bridesmaids were Jordan Cosper of Charleston; Mairead Ellis of Columbia; Stephanie Titus of Orlando, Florida; and Jamie Vaughn of Cayce.
Best man was the groom’s father. Groomsmen were Jason Minkel and Benjamin Taylor, both of Columbia, and Clayton Vaughn of Cayce.
A reception followed at the State Museum.
After their honeymoon in Puerta Vallarta, Mexico, the couple will reside in Columbia.
In her own words
Q: How did you meet?
A: We met on a dating app. Neither one of us really expected to find something serious on there! I was living in Charleston at the time, and he was in Columbia, and definitely didn’t plan to start a long-distance relationship. And here we are two years later.
Q: When did you know your fiance was “the one”?
A: We were serious pretty early on, but I wasn’t positive until we had been dating about a year. I moved back to Columbia and started cosmetology school, and he was so supportive and excited for me!
Q: Tell us about the proposal.
A: I planned a trip to Chicago for his 30th birthday, and he kind of stole the show by turning it into a surprise engagement trip. First day of touring, we went to Millennium Park to see the bean statue. I took a picture for a couple who was struggling with a “selfie” and then asked if they’d do the same for us. Kyle was on the ground getting something out of the bag, and I was just about to fuss for him taking so long. He pulled out the ring, stayed on one knee and asked, “Will you marry me?” It was awesome, and the couple got a ton of pictures of the whole thing!
Q: What part of the wedding day are you most looking forward to?
A: Honestly, we are looking forward to the whole day, being with friends and family and celebrating with great food, music and dancing!
Q: How did you choose the venue where you will be married?
A: We are getting married on Kyle’s grandparents’ anniversary in the same church that his parents were married in, so it has a lot of sentiment attached. It’s a beautiful church with stained-glass windows, dark wood, a center aisle and air conditioning! We both knew we wanted an indoor venue for a June wedding because of the heat, and there’s enough stress and nerves associated with the day without adding unpredictable weather to the mix! After reluctantly agreeing to even consider the location, we chose the State Museum for the reception after one visit! The spaciousness, the exposed brick, the columns – we loved it all! Kyle’s a history teacher so he was pleased, and my late grandmother used to take us there when we were young, so there are lots of good memories in that building!
Q: What was the significance of the music played during your ceremony?
A: Most of the music is traditional wedding music. I will be walking down the aisle to Pachelbel’s Canon – my grandmother and I used to watch “Father of the Bride” over and over, and the daughter walked down the aisle to that song. I always loved it, and again, it has fond memories attached to it!
Q: Will you have something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue? What are they?
A: Yes. Something old is a sleeve from my mom’s wedding dress that will be wrapped around my bouquet. Something new will be my dress and shoes. Something borrowed is my late grandmother’s ring I’m wearing on my right hand, and something blue will be earrings made from stones my dad brought back from a mission trip to Brazil. He had them set for my mom, so I guess they are borrowed too! And I’ll have a sixpence in my shoe! That’s the last part of the “saying” that many people don’t finish – we have one that has been worn by most all the women on my mom’s side of the family for many generations.