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Katherine & Ryan’s Wedding, Part 1 – La Tranquila Ranch, Tomball Texas

I still remember the night I met Ryan & Katherine for the first time. You could just feel the love in the room. The energy. The joy they were feeling over planning their wedding day. I still remember just how excited Ryan got as he told me about the really cool candle holder centerpieces he was making for the reception, meant to complement the chandeliers at La Tranquila Ranch. I could not WAIT for their wedding day, which was so rich in details of things that they made. It was the day that I realized just how much I love it when clients make things for their weddings! I’m all about the DIY projects!

Unfortunately, Elaine had a single-scooter accident in September, and broke her shoulder. After several weeks of physical therapy, she is back to her old self now, but she had to miss their wedding (along with all of our other fall 2009 weddings). We had already worked with Kari in the past, so as soon as I made sure Elaine was ok the day of her accident, I called Kari and asked her to step in. I’m so glad she was available – she rocks!

We started the day off at the hotel where Katherine was getting ready with her bridesmaids.

Katherine's Dress

The Green Shoes

Houston Makeup Artist

Katherine's Details

Eventually, Kari left to go to the hotel where Ryan and the groomsmen were getting ready.

Ryan's Dad The Rings

How Much Mouse Does He Need?

We all still want to know just how much hair mouse he really needed. I’m sensing some product abuse there.

Katherine's Veil

I have to stop for a moment to talk about Katherine’s veil. This was the most brilliant solution to a veil I’ve ever seen! When she ordered her veil, they asked that it not have any comb attached to it at all. Then they went and found the perfect hair clips so that it could be clipped *under* her hair, showing off her hairstyle and preventing her from having to deal with that pesky comb in her hair! Brilliant!

On Her Way to the Ceremony Site

Originally the plan was for their ceremony to be outside. Unfortunately, Mother Nature had other plans. It was a gray and gloomy day with lots of rain. Katherine & Ryan just rolled with it though, and it was the most beautiful day in the end!

Ryan and the Guys

I grabbed this shot of Ryan, the guys, and the Charger that they used as the car for their exit before going in with Kat to get dressed at La Tranquila Ranch.

The Flowergirl Centerpieces

Kari photographed the flowergirl, while I made sure to get photos of those centerpieces that Ryan made for their reception.

Katherine checking the final look

Katherine's Flowers Katherine with her Mother

Green Earrings Katherine and her Father

Katherine told me she didn’t like the deer heads all over the place. I saw this moment happen, and just had to include it in the shot. She caught me, and I reassured her it looked awesome. It maybe one of my favorite shots from 2009 – and she told me at the bridal show this weekend that it is one of her favorites too!

Katherine & Her Father Walk Down the Aisle

Katherine & Ryan's Wedding Ceremony

The Flowergirl

Katherine & Ryan Exchange Vows

The Parents

Exchanging Vows

The Sand Ceremony

Instead of lighting unity candles, Katherine & Ryan had a sand ceremony. First the minister poured in white sand to symbolize God as the foundation of their marriage, then Ryan poured in purple sand and Katherine poured in green sand to symbolize themselves as individuals and their families, then they poured in sand at the same time, blending it, to symbolize the union of their marriage – because you can never again separate the sand into individual colors.

Ok, it made me cry. I always cry at weddings. By the way, Ryan made the holder for the vases as well.

While I was being stealth and taking photos from up front, Kari was at the back getting these fantastic shots!

Katherine Gives Ryan his Ring Pouring the Sand

After the ceremony, there were lots of hugs, kisses and tons of JOY!

Ryan's Grandmother

Katherine & Ryan

Katherine with her Bridesmaids

Be sure to check out more of the details, and lots of photos from the reception in this post!

You can see Katherine’s review of our work on Wedding Wire. Getting married? We’d love to work with you! Contact us and we’ll talk!

Ceremony & Reception Venue: La Traquila Ranch
Florist: The Charming Bouquet
Cake: Made by Georgia Blackler, Katherine’s friend from high school, whose mother owns Finale By Glenna
Catering: Mel’s Country Cafe
DJ : Clayton Orr with Southwest Sound

Hair & Makeup: Your Beautiful Face
Bride’s Dress: Alfred Angelo, Willowbrook Location
Groom’s & Groomsmen’s Suit: Men’s Warehouse, Humble Location
Bridesmaid’s Dresses: JS Boutique at Nordstroms (under $100!)
Invitations & Paper Goods: All made by Katherine!
Bride’s Purse: Simply Sage by Kelly (on Etsy)
Bridesmaid’s purses: Ellen’s Treasures (on Etsy)
Bride’s Earings: Lara Lewis (on Etsy)

Think we might be the perfect fit for your wedding photography? Contact me and we’ll talk!

By Christine

Business Coach for Local Businesses, founder of the InstaLocal System, and Best-Selling Author. Blogger since 2000, I named WordPress. (Yes. Really.) My Superpower: Helping Local Business owners like you use the power of story to magnetize clients and dominate your market. It is time to stop believing the lies of the Perfection Culture. I live in Houston, Texas when I'm not on a road trip adventure in my Mini Cooper.

53 replies on “Katherine & Ryan’s Wedding, Part 1 – La Tranquila Ranch, Tomball Texas”

The wedding is beautiful. I have to say the colors turned out really amazing. Everything looks great…

Wow very beautiful wedding! I love the first shot of the dress very unique angle. Those green shoes are so gorgeous and a bride with firery red hair she picked the perfect complementing color. Great set.

Gorgeous Pictures!! Gorgeous Wedding!! This is such a great blog! I love that you have included all of the details about where things were purchased at the bottom…great plug for the different vendors! LOVE the shots of the flowers…Colors are AMAZING!! Thanks for sharing!

Wow!! What a beautiful wedding I missed!! The green shoes were an awesome touch. Can’t wait to see the rest.

ok now this is great photography. I would only dream to be this good one day. Although she had some beautiful targets!!

Awesome collection of digital imagery! Truly captures the memories that will last a lifetime. btw, those rings have a similar design to ours – and they’ve served us well for 20 years now – so best wishes to Kat and Ryan as they begin their life together!

Solid and beautifully woven story telling Christine (and Kari!) It made me feel warm and cosy inside watching Katherine and Ryan’s special day unfold in your images. Lovely stuff! :~)

Katie and Ryan, how great that Christine was so great at capturing the “emotions” of the day!…so many great shots of the faces of all who love you! So many memories caught!

Beautiful wedding! The photos make it feel like you could have actually been there. Congratulations to the both of you and may all the adventures in life up ’till now pale in comparison to what’s ahead. Blessings, prosperity, and success to you both!

Absolutely stunning bouquet. I love those beautiful vivid colors. I’m glad the bridesmaids clutches were a hit.Thanks for mentioning my Etsy store.

It truly was a magical evening. I will never forget the look on Ryan’s face when he first saw Katerine walking down that isle. She was the most beautiful bride and the look on his face was read, ” and she belongs to me”.

Everything was just perfect and team turquoise had a great time too.

Love you both, Jackie

All of the richness of the colors in all the pictures is truly amazing. The color along with the expressions caught on camera make for incredible pictures… for an incredible day!

Such a beautiful evening!!! Katie looked gorgeous and you captured her beauty perfectly!!!!

Such a beautiful bride, my Katie was! Gotta love the green shoes! Such a great couple! Here’s to much, much happiness!!

You make a beautiful bride and Ryan a handsome groom! I’m so glad you found a good man and happiness! love you very much cousin!

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