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Clean, Classic, and Romantic Wedding – Melissa & Ryan

Ryan and Melissa met as freshman at Springfield College. They lived on the same floor as one another and quickly became best friends. They would joke all the time that they were going to get married one day. They would write each other letters and in one he even asked her what her ring size was. (Melissa still has all of the letters saved in a scrapbook). They didn’t start dating until their Sophomore year when she finally could not deny any longer that they were meant to be together.

During their freshman year of college they took a school sponsored trip to NYC during Christmas time. They were standing in a huge crowd in front of Saks Fifth Avenue waiting for the light display to go off. Ryan thought it would be funny to fake a proposal to Melissa to get a rise out of the crowd… She did not find this so amusing. Five years later he brought her back to the same exact spot where he had fake proposed during their freshman year and proposed for real! He had one of his best friends video tape the entire thing so they are able to look back on that day and relive that moment.

The theme of their wedding was very simple and natural. They took advantage of the rustic elegance of the Ryland Inn and played to those features. The second they got to the Ryland Inn the both of them knew that it was the perfect location for their special day. They loved the grounds and the ballroom and the customer service they received was unparalleled. They had also heard amazing reviews about the food which was very important to them. They loved that the venue was very elegant but was not stuffy or overly flashy.

The wedding colours included a neutral palette along with blush and gold. We elected not to do favours and had a french fry food truck for the guests at the end of the wedding instead. They decided to have an all-night-long cocktail hour styled menu. The wedding guests were able to pick from many stations that consisted mostly of comfort foods and small bites. They wanted to spend most of the night dancing and celebrating rather than a sit down meal.

When it came to wedding attire, Melissa says that she got very lucky with her dress. “I tried on a few and when I finally put mine on it just felt right. I was strapless with a sweetheart neckline. The whole dress was made of a unique stark white lace. My favourite part has to be the cathedral length train!”
Ryan wore a navy suit with a white vest and tie, and fun American flag socks! He also wore an angel pin on his lapel in honour of his grandfather who passed away.

Since their wedding hashtag was #PopTheCorkForTheO’Rourkes they had a few homemade decorations that incorporated wine and champagne corks they’d collected over the years. The table markers looked like Irish street signs, each one a different county in Ireland. Ryan’s family is from Ireland so they wanted to pay tribute to his heritage. Also, they had bagpipers lead the guests from the cocktail hour space into the ballroom for the reception.

When it came to personal touches, Melissa’s bridal bouquet was wrapped in lace from her grandmother and her mother’s wedding dresses. Also, her something blue was a piece of blue yarn that came from a special college memento.
During Irish weddings, guests place a beer bottle in the middle of the dance floor and everyone makes a circle around the bottle and takes turns dancing around it. After you finish dancing around it you take a sip from the bottle.
Also, Melissa’s cousin Matt who is a musician surprised the happy couple and jumped on stage with the band and played a few songs with them. The most amazing surprise!

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Clean, Classic, and Romantic Wedding – Melissa & Ryan

Photography: Cassi Claire Photography // Venue: The Ryland Inn // Floral: Twisted Willow Flowers // Stationery: Little Black Dress Paperie // Wedding Cake: Palermo’s Bakery // Hair & Makeup: Nancy Caroline Beauty // Reception Musicians: Almost Easy Entertainment // Wedding Dress: Anne Barge // Groom’s Attire: Men’s Wearhouse // Bride’s Shoes: Kate Spade // Bridesmaid Dresses: Lulus // Fashion: Elizabeth Johns // Submitted via: Matchology

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