When it comes to their love story, Katelyn and Ryan owe a lot to those closest to them. A group of friends at Watermark Community Church is credited with bringing Katelyn and Ryan together, and Ryan’s proposal was one hundred percent family-oriented.
“My family’s lake house has always been a special place [for us],” says the bride. “Weekends at the lake are what made us realize how much we love doing life together, and that we wanted to live life together forever.”
With this in mind, Ryan chose to propose at the lake house in November of 2014. “We were driving out to the lake for our annual family Thanksgiving gathering. When we walked in the atrium of my grandparent’s house, there were candles lit everywhere and no one was at home,” says Katelyn, who quickly said “yes” when Ryan dropped to one knee and asked for her hand in marriage.
Highland Park United Methodist Church had everything the couple was looking for in a ceremony venue, including a personal connection. The groom was baptized and confirmed at the church, and the long aisle, stained glass windows, and “majestic feel” of the sanctuary didn’t hurt, either! As an added touch, the ceremony was officiated by the bride’s high school Bible teacher, and his wife—a long-time mentor of Katelyn’s—did a Scripture reading as well.
Katelyn, who is a teacher, invited her students to attend the ceremony. Several students lined the steps outside the church with monogrammed balloons in-hand as Katelyn and Ryan exited the sanctuary, which made for a fabulous photo-op. As an extra sweet touch, Katelyn also provided cute cookies for the kids!
At the reception, additional lighting from Absolute Lighting was added to the gorgeous chandeliers at Dallas Country Club. Initially a neutral amber shade, when the music shifted to match the party portion of the night, the lights changed to showcase a spectrum of bright colors. In effect, the chandeliers were turned into giant disco balls!
Other special details included the groom’s cake, which was one of the most original we’ve ever seen. “We are both big distance runners, so we did a road race themed cake,” says Katelyn. “We also had a life-size cutout of us after the first race we did together beside the cake.”
Monograms tied together various decorative elements throughout the evening. The couple’s beautifully scripted insignia accented everything from the dance floor, to the vases that held floral arrangements by Garden Gate, to the pillows accenting banquettes and oversized chairs alike.
As one last personal touch, the couple gifted their 350 guests with Whataburger themed takeaway bags containing the Texas chain’s famous Honey Butter Chicken Biscuits!
“Katelyn and her mom, Toddy, are two peas in a pod, and it was so much fun working with this ultra-organized duo,” says Sarah, who coordinated the wedding. “Katelyn could not have been more sweet and thoughtful. She even left me a thank-you note on her wedding dress bag knowing that I’d see it when I picked it up to take it to be preserved!”
It was such a treat to work with you, Katelyn and Ryan. Wishing you all the happiness in the world as you continue to do life together!
Church: Highland Park United Methodist Church
Reception: Dallas Country Club
Officiant: Hank Harmon; Walt Markham
Ceremony Musicians: Bells through HPUMC; HPUMC Organist
Ceremony Strings: Gyros String Quartet
Ceremony Vocalist: Tyrone Johnson and Sasha Thomas
Photographer: Perez Photography
Videographer: Elle Films
Band: Limelight, Emerald City Management
Florist: Garden Gate, Junior Villanueva
Lighting: Absolute Lighting
Cake Plateau: Vivid Rentals
Cakes: Dallas Affaires
Linens: BBJ Linen
Lounge Furniture Rentals: Perch
Draping: Quest Drape
Additional Rentals: Chiavari Chairs of Dallas
Hair: Sonia Trevino
Make-up: Mayra Sanabria
Transportation: Smith Transportation
Get-a-way Car: My Vintage Limo
Bridal Attire: Stanley Korshak
Balloons: Balloon City
Coordination: Sarah Kane for DFW Events