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Christmas Wedding at Pecan Springs Ranch in Black and Cranberry – Stefanie & Riley

Stefanie lost her father unexpectedly the year before the wedding, so she included a few things throughout her wedding day to keep him close to her heart. This is what she has to say about some of those moments/details:

“I am doing something a little different for my Father/Daughter dance. I have asked a handful of men to all join in a dance with me. They are all men that have played a significant role in my life as I’ve grown up. It’s my way of honouring my dad that day. This will be an emotional day without my dad. I will try to keep it together for my dance with all the men I have asked.
My mom will be walking me down the aisle and giving me away. I will be wearing my mother’s wedding dress from 1984. I am not changing anything on the dress except to make it fit. Inside the dress, there will be a tie-dye heart representing my dad.
Between Riley and me, there have been 5 loved ones that have passed away… my bridesmaids will be alternating bouquet/lantern, etc. and each lantern will represent a loved one who has passed away. I plan for each lantern to be slightly different to represent each person.”

The bright bracelets the groomsmen wore were a surprise from one of the groomsmen. They said “Unbelievable” on them – which is a special word for Stefanie’s father. The bridal party has known each other for years and have remained great friends for over a decade. Stefanie said, “The crazy thing for our wedding party is that all of the guys are also great friends with me and some I have known longer than Riley. We are excited to share such a joyous occasion with such close friends and family. So we will have 11 bridesmaids/groomsmen. Yes, I know that is a lot…but they all mean a lot to us and we want them a part of our big day.”

Stefanie and Riley met while in high school. Riley actually proposed to Stefanie twice! The first time was a prom-posal. After winning one of her softball games, Stefanie was called to home plate as Riley prom-posed to her over the intercom. She said yes and the two have been together ever since!

For Riley’s birthday last Summer, Stefanie bought him tickets to New York just before Christmas. Knowing that they had a trip planned, Riley took the opportunity and got down on one knee in Central Park to ask Stefanie to be his wife. The funny thing is that as he was down on one knee, Stefanie had turned to take a selfie. She didn’t even notice she captured Riley on one knee until later. She had assumed he dropped something and thought he was picking it up. That was not the case! He proposed only two hours after they stepped off the plane, so they could spend the rest of the weekend away celebrating. Of course, she said yes!

For their wedding, they did a winter forest look with lots of greenery and pine cones. Pine cones are free if you go outside and pick some. Stefanie had friends and family gather several bags full. For the pine, Home Depot gives the trimmings from the Christmas trees away for free! They just put them in buckets of water before the wedding. She made boutonnière’s with this, centrepieces, put them in jars, etc. They were engaged before last Christmas, so she also bought a lot of things during the post-Christmas sales.

“Our wedding was on a Friday and was also a winter month. Our day could not have been more perfect. Great weather! We had a huge turnout of people and everyone enjoyed doing fun activities the following Saturday. Made a lot of fun family and friend time. “

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Christmas Wedding at Pecan Springs Ranch in Black and Cranberry – Stefanie & Riley

Photographer: Eureka Photography // Venue: Pecan Springs Ranch // Event Planner: A Bunch Of Weddings // Floral Designer: Hello Bloom Designs // Caterer: CJ’s Catering // Jewellery: Kendra Scott // Favours and Gifts: The Tie Bar // Beauty: MUAH & Co. Beauty Studio // Invitation Designer: Vista Print // DJ: Made From Skratch Weddings

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