You might have seen our post a few days ago about a new wedding trend in the form of yard games, well Courtney and Ryan’s wedding day was full of fun, games, and so much inspiration! A pretty, elegant color scheme of blush, white, and gold was perfect against Spring Creek Ranch’s beautiful settings and refined rustic spaces. Not to mention, this couple was completely in love, and it doesn’t get much better than that! We’ll let the bride herself take over, and give us the inside scoop!
What is your favorite quality in Ryan?
“He isn’t afraid to be himself whether those around him agree with his views or not. He doesn’t see opposing views as a bad thing, but rather an opportunity for two people to experience a different perspective and learn a little. He had helped me become a stronger, more genuine person and taught me to be comfortable with not always fitting in.”
When did you know you were falling in love?
“Well our relationship started out a little unconventional. Ryan and I were working together in a restaurant where I was his manager. We weren’t supposed to date, but Ryan just took that as more of a challenge. I knew I was interested from the start, but tried my best to follow the rules and avoid him. Eventually curiosity and persistence got the best of me. I wouldn’t take it back for anything. Sometimes love knows no rules.”
Did you have a specific theme or design inspiration for your big day?
“I wouldn’t say that we really had a theme. We just wanted to have a comfortable wedding that was fun for both adults and kids. We wanted to make sure that everyone had something to do, whether it was having a drink, dancing, or playing games and coloring.”
What traditions did you incorporate?
“My maternal grandmother passed away a few years ago from Alzheimer’s. She was 100% Japanese and that has always been something special and unique about me and my family. I wore a necklace that she had made from a Japanese coin wrapped around my wrist as a bracelet. My cousin also brought back a pressed and framed cherry blossom bloom from Japan that we displayed on our guestbook table.
I wore my paternal grandmother’s gold and diamond cross necklace around my bouquet. This has been an ongoing tradition for me and my sisters. Both of these trinkets were my something old. I also wore my maid of honor, and Phi Mu sister’s, Phi Mu pin on the inside of my dress over my heart as my something borrowed.
Our date was actually a new tradition for us too. Ryan proposed on Friday, May 13th, 2016. Typically people think of Friday the 13th as being a day for bad luck, but this particular Friday was quite the opposite for us. We chose to have our wedding on Saturday, May 13th, 2017, exactly one year from the day he proposed.”
What was the most memorable moment?
“After the ceremony was over and Ryan and I got to have a few minutes to ourselves. We walked back into the bridal suite and saw my veil still hanging on the wall. I had completely forgotten to wear it! At that moment, I didn’t have a care in the world. We were finally married! There was nothing else that mattered!”
What was your first dance song, and why did you choose it?
“‘Never My Love’ by The Association. Ryan and I love older music and really wanted to incorporate the Beatles era music into our wedding day. Ryan played this song for me one day while driving home from Alabama before we were even engaged. It stuck with me from then on. When I mentioned it as our first dance song, he couldn’t even believe I had remembered it! He loved it! All of our music choices for the whole day were very specific and thought out.”
Tell us about your grand exit!
“We kept it pretty traditional with sparklers, but also had left over glow sticks from the dance floor. Then we were whisked away by golf cart to the quaint private lodge at Spring Creek Ranch!”
Cheers to you Courtney and Ryan!
Featured in the Summer/Fall 2017 Memphis Pink Bride Magazine
Ceremony & Reception Location: Spring Creek Ranch
Wedding Coordinator & Catering: Spring Creek Ranch
Photographer: Elizabeth Looney Photography
Florist: Lynn Doyle Flowers
Bridal Shop: Low’s Bridal
Wedding Gown Designer: Mori Lee
Cake: Cakes by RiRi
Ties: Mantieqingway Skinny Ties
DJ: Deep Blu Entertainment
Professional Musicians: Benjamin Minden-Birkenmaier
Rehearsal Dinner: Jim’s Place Grille
Hairstylist: Holly Osborne with Style House Salon
Makeup: ReedMyLipstick by Jessica Reed Parker
Accommodations: Courtyard by Marriott