Sometimes the universe just gives you what your soul needs, and my soul needed Chrissy and Ryan’s wedding! I’m sitting here trying to find the words to express how much I loved their special day and I’m kind of at a loss. For those of you who know me well, you will understand that leaving me speechless is quite the undertaking. Chrissy and Ryan’s day was full of familiarity for me: I photographed their groomsman Mark’s wedding and family, I photographed the weddings of two different groomsmen’s brothers and their families, their wedding was a Jester Park which was one of the first wedding venues I shot at when I moved here and so it holds a special place in my heart. Chrissy and Ryan’s wedding felt like home to me…although thinking back it could have just been because everyone kept saying that Chrissy and I looked alike and maybe everyone was just super nice to me because they assumed I was family…either way I’m gonna take it, it was a fantastic day for me!!! :) In addition to me feeling right at home with the bridal party and other vendors, Chrissy and Ryan gave such attention to the details which made their wedding totally unique to them. Their personalities radiated through the favors, the table decor, the attire. Cy even showed up as a surprise to Ryan, like he should for every true Iowa State fan’s wedding!!! It was truly the perfect wedding day for Chrissy and Ryan…minus that little rain shower of course! ;) I was so honored to be a part of their day!!! Here are some of my favs from Chrissy and Ryan’s wedding…beware, it’s a lot…it was a long awesome day with ridiculously awesome people…enjoy!!!
Venue: Jester Park Nature Lodge
Bridal Party Hair: Ashley Goemaat at Salon Seven-O
Bride and Groom Attire: Modern Dress
Bridesmaids Attire: White House Black Market
Floral: Something Chic
Videography: Matthew Mobley Film
Cake: Cache and Scratch
Band: Fred Gazzo Band
Additional Decor and Ceremony Cross: Hobby Lobby and lots of Sweat Equity :)
Chrissy seriously thought of everything! How adorable is their breakfast station?
Chrissy’s sister gave her the most heartfelt gift on wedding day! She had an anklet custom made for her to wear in remembrance of their sister who had passed away. It was such a beautiful gesture!
Ryan gave Chrissy his ‘travel adventure’ journal before the wedding saying that his biggest and best journey was beginning! ADORABLE!!!
You’d never know it was pouring rain huh? This took teamwork!
Putting on her new memorial anklet.
Grandma also had some special jewelry to offer!
Every set of groomsmen should get ready in an awesome cabin!!!
Custom embroidered shirt and fishing lure boutonnieres….this is Ryan to the T!!
As a true outdoors-man, Ryan gave his groomsmen and usher’s custom engraved hatchets and pocket knives! I had never felt more protected from a potential wedding day zombie apocalypse than this very instance!
They had this beautiful vintage car drive them to and from their 1st look!
Love the embrace. Love the tree. Love. Love. Love.
The rain stopped and they could have their ceremony outside!!!
Stunning. Just a stunning bride!!
OMG the light we had after the ceremony WAS EVERYTHING!!!
She is just a hoot. Love this girl!!
This was an out-take that’s ended up being one of my fav shots of Chrissy! Apologies to the MoH I cropped out! ;)
The table decor was perfection for this wedding!
They had cheesecake because they prefer cheesecake. Do what makes you happy on your wedding day!!!
Hilarious and heartfelt toasts!!!
Amazingly choreographed first dance!!
These shots of Chrissy and her dad dancing are some of my favs from this season!!
What a knockout his mom is! Yowza!!
And then Cy showed up to surprise everyone…especially Ryan! He litterally jumped out of the frame of my camera when he saw Cy walk in!!