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{Real Wedding} Christina + Ryan

You know it’s true love when someone flies in from South Korea to ask your parents for your hand in marriage. Ryan, a member of the Air Force, was best friends with Christina first before becoming “official” in April 2014 and asked her to move to Italy when he found out his station would be moving soon from Korea. That same trip to Minnesota to ask for her hand, Ryan proposed on the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis. See more of this gorgeous and laid back wedding photographed by Haley Frost Creative.

From the bride… 

For logistical reasons and with Ryan being abroad and us needing to do preparations to process into his next base, we eloped on the east coast in the fall of 2014. Since we were already married, we wanted for all our guests to have a relaxing time celebrating our marriage. We had indoor and outdoor space for guests to dance and socialize. We did not want our wedding to be a serious or ridged event. We selected a priest who would say a light hearted mass for us. We ate ribs, drank beer from jars and had a bonfire.

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For logistical reasons, and with Ryan being abroad and us needing to do preparations to process into his next base, we eloped on the east coast fall 2014.
Since we were already married, we wanted for all our guests to have a relaxing time celebrating our marriage. We had an indoor and outdoor space for guests to dance and socialize. We did not want our wedding to be a serious or ridged event. We selected a priest who would say a light-hearted mass for us. We ate ribs, drank beer from jars, and had a bonfire.

Give us a little background on elements from the day. 

There were many elements that where handmade. My nieces dresses, my headband, centerpieces, hand-stamped invitations I made myself with help from family and friends. I knew exactly what I wanted, so I opted to do it myself. We wanted to reuse or recycle most of the decor we used at our reception. Our centerpieces were repurposed wine bottles that were recycled after the wedding. We saved 25 pounds of paper from a warehouse last resort sale and used it in ceiling decor and all of our printing. Our table numbers were old bleachers cut into blocks. And our seating arrangements were written on old window panes.

How did you handle any planning stress? 

The year that we were planning the wedding Ryan was abroad, and that alone was very stressful. Luckily I have a super solid set of girlfriends who were super calming and so excited to help wth anything. Any time I needed something they made themselves available with a bottle of wine.

What was your favorite moment of the day and why?

After our family photos were done, our family went inside and Ryan and I pulled out a bicycle built for two (the same one my parents road on their wedding 33 years earlier). We took it for a few loops outside the church. I loved that part of the day cause it was a little bit of time just for us and it was light hearted and fun. Formal wear and bikes do not mix and makes for a very hilarious experience. Riding the bike was also one of those things I had dreamt of doing on my wedding since I was little and saw pictures of my parents riding it.

What were some of your favorite details of the day?

I loved our seating arrangement assignment on old window panes. My sister worked on it for hours. I also loved the look of our centerpieces and our table numbers together. Lastly, as our guests entered we had photos of our parents and all of out grandparents on their wedding day we asked guests to write us messages for a future anniversary.

What was some of the important music you chose and why did you choose that music?

We asked our band if they could cover “All the Way” by Time Flies. It’s not really a song style they covered but they did the most amazing arrangement of it with a trumpet. It was way more than we could’ve ever hoped for.

Anything to add? 

We adored our wedding. We focused on the positive things and we were surrounded by so much love and support, it was overwhelming. Life is good.

Vendor List:

Catering: Eagles Cafe // Photography: Haley Frost Creative // Flowers: Designs by Tes // Decor: Birch Barn: Antiques and Vintage // Band: Three Legged Horse // DJ: Twilight Jams Entertainment, New York Mills, MN // Hair: Rosina Hagen and Katie White

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