Shannon & Ryan
Ryan and Shannon met as undergrads at Wake Forest University. Both were taking part in Wake’s Summer Management business program in the summer of 2007. Ryan had noticed Shannon on the first day of class and was hoping to meet her. On the second day of the program, both Shannon and Ryan were running late to their first 8 a.m. class. While rushing to class, they ran into each other on the stairs of their apartment complex. Shannon remembered Ryan saying, “You’re in Summer Management!” to which she nodded yes, smiling. Ryan followed up with, “And you live upstairs? Awesome! Hi, I’m Ryan!” Shannon thought he was adorable immediately. Claiming it was love at first sight, Ryan and Shannon dated that entire summer, and have been together ever since.
In July of 2012, Shannon had to have double-jaw surgery, and had braces immediately before and after the surgery. She was adamant that Ryan not propose when she had braces. When the two year ordeal was over, Shannon came back to her Denver apartment to find rose petal arrows pointing her from the door to her living room. The living room was covered in rose petals, candles were everywhere and Ryan had printed out pictures of the two of them from all their travels together. Ryan was standing in the middle of the room looking very handsome (very dressed up - not his typical style). He said beautiful things to Shannon, dropped down to one knee and proposed!
Although they didn’t have a particular theme for their wedding, Ryan and Shannon knew they wanted it to feel very personal and be guest-centric. All of their guests traveled from out of town, so the couple wanted to make sure they treated them to the best possible experience.
Wanting a romantic and rustic ambience, they knew Adaumont Farm was the perfect place to host their wedding. And having delicious food and plenty of drinks, catered by Sweet Basil’s Catering, was also very important!
“We had such a romantic ceremony. The ceremony surprised us (as we’d put more thought into planning the reception) as being such a romantic and fun time for us. We loved sharing our self-written vows with each other and with the friends and family that mean the most to us.
“Our officiate was a family friend (my matron of honor’s sister-in-law), so it was so personal to have an officiate who knew us so well,” Shannon added.
Their wedding day was wonderful. The weather was perfect, 80 degrees with no humidity - an anomaly in July in North Carolina.
However, getting ready in the morning was more stressful than Shannon thought it would be. She is an event planner by trade, so it was difficult for her to turn that off! Yet, she knew she was in good hands having hired the event planners of Coordinated Events.
“I can’t say enough wonderful things about Susan Marie and Summer at Coordinated Events - whom we could not have done this wedding without! They were the utmost professionals, amazing at what they do, and put in 1000%. If anything was going wrong in the wedding process (which was rare), Susan Marie fixed it before even bringing it to our attention. She was so sweet to go above and beyond for us since we were planning the wedding from out of state and had no family/friends in North Carolina. They are the best investment a bride could make!” Shannon said.
“Right before the ceremony, the nervousness just melted away as soon as I started walking down the aisle with my Dad next to me, and seeing the love of my life in front of me. I couldn’t wait to get to him. The look on Ryan’s face when he saw me for the first time…I’ll never forget that moment.
“Our photographer, Mark Potter, was a dream to work with. He captured us with such skill and our photo shoots with him were so much fun. His work is incredible and speaks for itself. We think he perfectly captured our goofy/happy/loving relationship in our engagement session and wedding day photos.
“We had such a fun time at the reception with all the people that mean the most to us. We danced until they kicked us out! And like true Wake Forest alumni, we went to Cookout in the limo after the reception!” concluded Shannon.
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