Taylor and Ryan met while in college at the University of Southern California. Both biology majors, they actually met while at a volunteer program through Los Angeles County Hospital. Taylor was immediately interested in Ryan recalling that she “went back to my dorm after we met and looked up his facebook profile with a couple of friends. (as any sensible teenager would).” Her friends wrote him a truly embarrassing message from her account while “I laughed in the background and I doubted I would ever hear from him.” “But I did!” It was from here that a wonderful relationship came to be and one weekend, Ryan took Taylor to San Diego. While on an early morning hike in Torrey Pines State Park the two were on a trail overlooking the ocean. There were signs posted to the rails with their favorite song lyrics. At the point of reaching the end of the trail, Ryan got down on one knee and proposed. Of course, Taylor said yes and when they returned, both of their families awaited to celebrate with a surprise engagement party. Now both Taylor and Ryan live in San Francisco, CA and Dallas, TX was truly a destination for many of their guests. But they “wanted to really share Texas with everyone and it was important to us to be able to tie in the natural beauty of the state as much as possible while still having an elegant wedding and reception.”
Taylor was looking to create what she calls a “romantic, earthy elegance vibe.” So to create this there was a lot of wood, lace and neutral florals. “My dad even built the wooden stump centerpieces from tree trunks from the saw mill.” Because Taylor and Ryan wanted to share the grandeur of Texas with their guests, they truly felt it important to wed in an outdoor ceremony. They would find a wonderful venue in McKinney, TX, TPC Craig Ranch, that fit the bill, and should the weather not cooperate, there was an option that would still work well for them. As it turned out, Taylor recalls, it was a good decision. “because we needed it.” A big thunderstorm came up and they were married on the back porch with a beautiful Texas sized view behind them. Taylor recalls being amused at how she would check the weather almanac and how it showed it hadn’t rained on that date there in ten years. “I guess we were due for it.”
Taylor has an important piece of advice for any bride on an outdoor wedding, “Hire your hair person for the whole day. I was incredibly lucky because my cousin, Andi, did my hair and was available to actually style it twice. Once before the ceremony (as planned) and once after (unplanned)” “The wind and humidity completely destroyed my updo and it was a very happy accident that she was there to fix it after the Texas weather undid her original hard work.” She recalls of her wedding day that “It was amazing.” “We’ve never felt so surrounded by love. We have such wonderful friends and family and were so grateful to have everyone there to celebrate.” One of the things that, for Taylor, made the wedding so special were the personal touches added into it like the centerpieces made by her father or the menu which was inspired by family recipes and restaurant dishes which they really loved. “It really kept us focused on the reason we where there and involved our family and our friends in our love story.”
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The Dream Team
Wedding Planners: Sweet Pea Events | Photography: Ben Q. Photography | Venue: TPC Craig Ranch | Bridal Gown/Bridal Accessorie: Bridal Boutique, Lewisville | Bridesmaid’s Attire: David’s Bridal | Tuxedo: Men’s Wearhouse | Hair: Andi Supergan | Makeup:Emily Ward | Florist: Di Fiori | Décor/Rentals: TPC Craig Rental | Favors: Lori O’shea | Entertainment/Lighting: Simply Music | Cake: Legacy Cakes Bakery | Catering/Beverages/Bartenders: TCP Craig Ranch | Stationery: Minted.com | Bride’s Rings: Oscar Design Jewelry, Los Angeles | Groom’s RingsL Partita Custom Design Jewelry, San Francisco | Registry: Macy’s, Pottery Barn | Rehearsal Dinner: Frisco Train Depot | Transportation: McKinney Avenue Transit Authority | Accommodations: Marriott Legacy Town Center | Honeymoon Destination: St. Regis Princeville, Kauai | Travel Agency: Pleasant Holidays