Ryan and Regan have been my good friends for a few years now. Their story is a good one – he was interested years ago, she friend-zoned him, he ended up winning her over when the timing was right, many years and multiple states away. The only thing I’ve ever seen them really fight about is sports; they are die-hard loyal fans of their teams, and woe betide you if you say anything bad about Oklahoma, their beloved home state, in front of either of them.
What I love most about this couple is how easy they are to be around, how welcoming, and how palpable their love is for each other. You can tell that they are truly best friends, equal partners in their relationship, and that they value the same things: Jesus, family, community, and serving others. They laugh a lot, they complement each other well… how can I put this? At the end of a party, they’re the ones who stay for two extra hours, just chatting. And the thing is, you want them to stay.
So after a sunny beach proposal, it was only natural that they head back to the Sooner State for the wedding of the year, and it was a huge honor to shoot. The bride might as well be Oklahoma City royalty – she grew up there, knows everyone, and they all were falling over their feet to give her the wedding she always dreamed of. Combine that with her big family (she’s one of six kids), and you have a true sense of what this day was like. Most of their vendors were close friends, and you could feel Regan’s joy in planning the big day. True to their characters, their number one priority was taking care of their guests. Every detail of the day was focused on what was important and meaningful to them: a simple and heartfelt ceremony, tons of great food at the reception, and the kicker: a live band so guests could dance the night away. In the midst of fierce and typical Oklahoma wind, these two promised to love each other forever, and it was a joy to behold.
Oh, and let’s not forget the late-night Buffalo Wild Wings to top it all off.