I had one date left in September.
But when you just *know* that your sister-in-law is about to be engaged and is *thinking & dreaming* of a September wedding, you just go ahead and put her & her boyfriend's name in that last weekend slot of your iCal.
And then, yeah it happened.
Meet Ryan & Laura.
A couple who's tender affection for each other is
and so them, that you can't help but grin ear to ear.
The breeze blows gently through the trees.
The art museum - the place where your "hullo to forever" story began - sets the tone once again.
Today, your dreams become reality...
The love letter is tucked away as you shove your hands deep into your pockets.
Finally, you hear the step - oh that familiar step!
...time stands still until a "wow" can't help but escape.
Friends & family gather.
You tell the pastor he'll have to step aside for the first kiss.
The pianist changes songs
and the door opens wide.
Hooping & hollering rings aloud throughout the evening.
You steal glances & kisses whenever you can.
And yeah, the flip during your first dance is forever burned into your mind as: epic.
This is real...
Life as, now, Husband & Wife.
Dearest Ryan & Laura ---
OH HOW WE LOVE YOU. Thank you for asking us to be guests first, and then photographers second, at your wedding! Celebrating alongside of you was truly a highlight of our year! But really, adventuring with you throughout your entire relationship has been something that I think we'll continue to look back on with immense gratitude. It's not everyday that you're asked to be a part of the most intimate moments of a wedding day for a sibling. Thank you. We're your biggest fans...probably. YOU DID IT!
Tara & Stephen
This day couldn't have been possible without the AMAZING vendors & friends who made such an incredible wedding-day-team!
Photography | Yours truly - Pattengale Photography
Dress Store | Bridal Extraordinaire
Dress Designer | Bill Levkoff
Bridesmaid Dresses | Choose your own, variety of stores
Groom's Attire | Indochino
Bride & Groom Prep Location | Brookside Gardens, bridal suite
First Look Location | The Nelson Atkins Museum of Art (where Ryan proposed)
Ceremony Venue | First Baptist Church, Kansas City, Missouri
Song During Wedding Ceremony | Be thou My Vision, performed by Brandon Lautzenheiser
Reception Venue | Brookside Gardens
Wedding Coordinators | Brad & Martha (friends of the Bride & Groom)
Florist | Hy-Vee Floral
Wedding Papers | Gartner Studios
Hair & Makeup | Hello Lovely
Cake | Polkadotte LLC
Catering | Friend of the Bride & Groom: Lori Aguilar
DJ/Entertainment | Friend of the Bride & Groom
Feel free to leave some love for these two in the comments!
View their adventurous, sunrise engagement session & read their FULL love story HERE.