Love Story: Nicole & Ryan

How they met: High school sweethearts, Nicole and Ryan have been together since she was 14 and he was 16.


How they got engaged: Ryan asked Nicole to marry him in the home she grew up in, which happened to be the same house where Nicole’s father proposed to her mother.


Bucking tradition: Nicole and Ryan took some unconventional steps in their wedding. “We wanted the wedding to be a celebration of us,” says Nicole. Nicole’s brother, Devin, was her “man of honor” and her friend Craig stood among the bridesmaids.


Fun Touches: Cupcakes that resembled the couple’s French bulldog, Boone, and pugs, Zoe and Daisy. Food catered by El Novillero, a favorite restaurant of the couple’s. Table runners that Nicole made out of vintage doilies. Antique glassware, which sat in planter boxes—assembled by Nicole’s father, Tim, and Ryan’s best friend, Chris—made out of reclaimed barn wood from Nicole’s aunt’s property on Orcas Island. Scrabble pieces spelling out the couple’s name on the head table and also used as table markers—a nod to Ryan’s family’s love of the game. Finally, reflecting Nicole’s roots (she is half Hispanic), the bride carried 13 coins in a pouch partly made from her grandmother’s wedding gown.


Special moments: Her father’s speech. “My dad’s speech was epic,” recalls Nicole. “He made the craziest wedding speech ever.” The couple’s vows, which they each wrote. Their first dance, to “Home” by Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros. And having everyone together. “The whole day was so great; I can’t explain the energy,” says Nicole. “I have never seen anything like it in my life. I just felt completely supported and loved the whole day.”

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