Jessica and Bryan
I am used to all sorts of requests from my couples in advance of their big day…however, Jessica and Bryan had a very special request before their stunning wedding took place at the Ryland Inn . Read on to check it out!
Jessica and Bryan brought so many ideas to the table when discussing how they wanted their memories to look from their big day. You see, Bryan is an officer in the United States Army. He’s served all over the world, and incorporating this was something very important to both Bryan and Jessica. There were flags flown over Afghanistan on their memory table to honor others. They also found this incredible hand painted flag on the side of a home in Whitehouse Station, where we were able to shoot Jessica in her gown, with Bryan in his formal uniform. These shots are amazing, and truthfully, very special for me as well as many members of my family have been, or currently are, serving in our military.
As many know, I have had the opportunity to shoot at Ryland Inn multiple times recently. What I love so much about this gorgeous location is how different every single couple makes it. It truly is one of the best locations to shoot at: historic, gorgeous inside and out, and versatile. Plus, the locations to get ready are AMAZING! Jessica and Bryan made it “rustic chic” with non-traditional linens and succulents galore. And, the chair you see throughout Jessica’s getting ready….that’s here!! Keep reading to check out their take on Ryland Inn.
Jessica and Bryan are so cool, and I am beyond appreciative at the opportunity you gave me to shoot not just your big day, but your very special pictures at The Ryland Inn. I am truly honored to have been a part of these amazing memories!
Venue: Ryland Inn // Stationery: Invites By Joann // Officiant: Rabbi Marsha Jane // Florals: Twisted Willow Flowers // Cake: Palermo’s // Cigar Roller: Tony Santana Cigar Company // Make Up: Make Me Up Eva // Hair: La Sorella Bridal & Beauty By Nicole // Wedding Atelier: Castle Couture // Bridal Gown & Veil: Maggie Sottero // Brides Shoes: Christian Louboutin // Bridesmaids Gowns: The Dessy Group // Groom & Groomsmen Attire: Dante Zeller // Band: The Nines // Cinematographer: Lorenzo Media Productions // Limo: Shore Luxury Limos // Wedding Bands: Jewelry Design Gallery
How did you two meet and fall in love?
We went to the same high school, but only really knew of one another. Then ended up at the same college, URI, and shared many mutual friends which led us to a friendship of our own. It wasn’t until after college, when he had moved away and was preparing to deploy to Guantanamo Bay did we realize we liked each other as a little more than just friends. Our love of the New York Rangers bonded us, and led us to speak every day, soon realizing we were meant to be.
What was most important to you when planning your wedding?
It’s hard to pinpoint one specific thing. It might sound cheesy, but making sure that the wedding represented both mine and Bryan’s style was very important.
What made you choose your specific venue for your wedding day?
It was everything we could have wanted in a venue. The building itself had so much character to it, and wasn’t your traditional ballroom wedding. We love the rustic look, but didn’t want a full on barn, because we wanted it to be elegant like a wedding is imagined to be. This venue combined the best of both worlds to make the perfect setting. We also loved that it was surrounded by trees since we were having it in the fall, and were hoping for those fall colors.
Was there a theme behind your wedding day? What colors did you choose? What ‘feeling’ were you going for?
We were going for a rustic chic wedding. Barn style but in the most elegant of ways. Our colors were charcoal grey and dust blue, with some burgundy tied into the flowers to bring out that fall feeling. We wanted to cozy, yet spectacular.
What was your favorite memory from your wedding day?
The dancing! Everything about the day was magical, but dancing the night away with our family and friends was the most of we have ever had. We never wanted it to end.
What piece of advice would you give to future couples planning their big day?
Don’t be afraid the ask a bunch of questions and speak your mind of what your vision is when hiring vendors and booking your venue. I’d also say that the day can feel very rushed and goes by fast, and it’s easy to get caught up in trying to stick to the timeline and get everything done in order. Try to care a little less about that and make sure you’re taking the time to do the things you want to do. A few extra minutes here or there won’t break your wedding day running smoothly. That’s something I didn’t realize, and I allowed myself to feel frazzled and didn’t take the time to express how important certain things were to me. It’s your day, so you are the boss – remember that!
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