As I pulled up to the drive-thru a sweet voice and soft laugh would greet me over the speaker asking for my coffee order. When I would get to the window, there she was, Kendra, with the warmest smile and always so cheerful. Yes it was Starbucks that I first met Kendra…it confirms that so many good things happen over coffee!!
Kendra and her 4 year old son Atticus have had their share of ups and downs but Kendra always seems to see a ray of sunshine no matter what. She is one of the most positive people with a very gentle spirit. No wonder people seem to gravitate to her. She would disagree as she definitely had a run of some bad blind dates prior to meeting Ryan. It seemed that everyone had someone ‘perfect’ to set her up with. Even Match.com couldn’t find the right person for her! She decided to sign off dating for a while…content with being single and enjoying her little man!
One day one of her faithful customers walked in talking about her son. She brought up the idea of Kendra meeting him. Kendra grinned and kindly declined thinking ‘Gosh I would hate for it to not work out and then see his mom everyday’. After much persuasion, Susan convinced Kendra to meet Ryan.
It was then that they met…he not only showed up (which guys seemed to have issues with in Kendras past), but he was kind, they laughed, AND he texted her the next day! They soon were inseparable and Kendra saw such incredible qualities in Ryan. He was loyal, confident, he followed through and he was fun. She could also tell that he loved Atticus. It didn’t take long for Ryan to figure out he wanted to spend forever with this girl! He knew it also meant being a dad to Atticus but he was more than thrilled to have the privilege of having them both in his life. On January 28th, he popped the question and Kendra emphatically said ‘YESSSS!’.
With baby #2 arriving in early September, April seemed like the perfect time to get married. And with Hidden Meadows being their venue (and my adoration of Kendra) I was ecstatic when they asked me to be their photographer. I mean Kendra is one gorgeous blonde beauty with a killer smile…so um…YES! (Ryan you aren’t so shabby either).
The wedding day finally arrived and with Kendras’ mom being a coordinator in the past it seemed natural for her to do the décor and flowers.
Kendra used to work at Simply Sweet Cupcakes for a time so Emily (owner) providing the desert table was a must!! Tyler Stocker just launched a new catering company so the display at the Charcuterie and Crudités table looked delicious.
With a huge bridal party, and as Kendra called them her ‘Bride Tribe’, I was grateful the rain disappeared after the first look so we could continue their photos on the lawn.
They all seemed to laugh and although Ryan can look kind of serious, he is far from that. Ryan can make Kendra smile with hardly even trying even if it means getting glitter in his beard!
Kendra had a blush pink tulle overlay that slipped over her dress (from Laineemeg Bridal) that she removed for the ceremony. I love that she was able to have a bit of variety with her gown!
Their ceremony was short and sweet…exchanging rings, promising forever, then a quick kiss before running down the aisle to exit as husband and wife.
They were all smiles they embraced their family and friends and couldn’t wait to dance. Otto-matic mobile music provided the lights and sound and made for a super fun dance party. It was a casual reception with only a few toasts followed by some emotional father-daughter, mother-son dances.
Of course Kendras’ MOH outed Ryan that his favorite song by NSYNC, ‘Bye Bye’, would be played by Otto later that night.
They ended the evening exiting to Bubbles and headed to Triple Creek Ranch for a mini –vacay. They are excited to head on a full honeymoon next year after baby arrives and things settle down.
Much love Kendra & Ryan…I am so blessed by you!
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Wedding Venue:: Hidden Meadows
Caterer:: Tyler Stocker
Dessert Table:: Simply Sweet Cupcakes
Florist:: Darla Halverson, Mother of the Bride
DJ:: DJ Otto, Otto-Matic Mobile Music
Wedding Gown:: LaineeMeg Bridal
Bridesmaids Gowns:: LaineeMeg Bridal
Suits:: Mens Wearhouse
Videographer:: Whiskeytoo Productions, Jordan Stansberry
Photography:: Arlene Chambers Photography
Second Photographer:: Brooks Scribner