ABOUT RACHEL + RYAN
Dating: July 2011 // Engaged: August 2013 // Married: April 25, 2015
Rachel (from Ryan): kind, thoughtful, fun-loving // Ryan (from Rachel): compassionate, funny, affectionate
Rachel: graphic designer // Ryan: application engineer
Engagement story: (from Rachel) We got engaged August of 2013 after road tripping from Milwaukee to Santa Monica via Route 66. Right when we started to plan the trip, Ryan knew that that when he was going to propose. It was our last day before heading home, so we spent the day in Santa Monica relaxing on the beach checking out some more of the sights. That night was filled with fish tacos, margaritas, and a sunset while sitting on the beach. Right after the sunset, Ryan looked at Rachel and said “Well this time is better than ever!” and was all of a sudden on one knee!
Wedding style + feel: We really wanted to have a relaxing and effortless day and really use our own interests when it came to coming up with the style and feel for our wedding day. We really wanted to give everyone a taste of who we were down to the coffee wedding favors, the Milwaukee location, the music, taco bar, etc. Everything we did was a reflection of our own story. We also took the ‘DIY’ very seriously and made all the decorations and thought of every detail. We were also in love with breaking the rules that everyone else feels they need to follow.
Most memorable part of the wedding day: Our favorite part of the day was the first look. You spend your whole day conversing with other people and barely get to have alone time with your new spouse. We wanted our marriage to be the focus of the day and that’s hard when you’re trying to deal with everything else going on. So having that special moment just between us (and you!) was a great day to start our marriage. The ceremony was then very special to us because we were in a whole church filled with people but it felt like we were the only two there. We were so focused on the fact that we were currently getting married. We also had a surprise flashmob at the reception by Ryan’s aunts and uncles and cousins! So funny and thoughtful!
If you could change anything about the day, it would be: There’s a lot that I (the bride) would have changed because I was constantly running around because everyone came to me when something was wrong. Just because you have designated people to deal with those issues, it doesn’t mean that people will honor your wishes. So really enforce the fact to not go to the bride or the groom when something is wrong. Just shrugging it off is difficult when other people are complaining.
Advice for couples planning a wedding: Remember that your wedding is about a marriage. It’s about being able to finally marry your best friend and start your new life together. Even if things don’t go the way you planned or hoped, just keep in mind that the whole day is about your marriage and finally becoming husband and wife. And really treasure those moments you have when it’s just the two of you. Whether it’s doing a first look or just taking portraits, treasure that time with your new husband/wife.
Wedding Creatives + Vendors
Ceremony: Living Water Lutheran Church // Reception: South Shore Pavilion // Brides gown: Allure Bridal // Bridesmaid gowns: various // Groom + groomsmen attire: Black by Vera Wang // Bouquets: Wood Violet // Paper goods: created by the bride // Table runners, favors, signage: created by the bride // Catering: BelAir Cantina // Cake: Tessa Bauer (cousin of the groom) // DJ: Royal Sounds Unlimited // Photography: Laurelyn Savannah Photography // Transportation: Princess Tours LLC
(film – Portra 400, Ilford Delta 3200 :: cameras – Pentax 645N, Contax RX :: lenses – 75mm 2.8, 50mm 1.4)