Photographs By : Trent Spann
Brittany and Ryan’s love story began when Brittany and her parents travelled to a Nike Golf Camp in San Diego, California to visit her brother Robert. Ryan had been Robert’s golf counselor for 3 years. After camp, Ryan invited Brittany and Robert to the movies where Ryan asked for Brittany’s number. “Ryan has mentioned many times how he stared at the ceiling that evening contemplating on when to call,” Brittany remembers fondly. He called
her the following morning and the rest, as they say, is history.
It was a long distance relationship for the couple for a year and a half, with both travelling between Santa Rosa Valley in California, where Ryan lived, and Mandeville, Louisianan where Brittany and her family live.
On a March visit to California, after a day of food and wine tastings, the couple went for a boat ride around the bay. Ryan had prepared their favorite songs to be played and wine for them to enjoy. Ryan then stopped the boat and proposed to Brittany “in his beautiful, heartfelt, and eloquent
way,” recalls Brittany.
Brittany had to fly home to Louisiana the following day, much to Ryan’s dismay. That same week he started planning his move to Brittany’s hometown and within two months had secured a job and is now happy to call Louisiana home.
The couple married on November 19, 2011 at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans in the presence of their dearest friends and family.
Soon after her engagement, Brittany went to Olivier Couture in Mandeville to start looking at dresses. She tried on 5 gowns before finding the dress of her dreams. As soon as she tried the ivory satin strapless ballgown, she knew it was the one. “Jessi [Olivier] and her family are the sweetest people and always made me feel so special when I would stop in,” recalls Brittany. In addition to her gown, Brittany got her veil, cake pulls, toss garter and personalized Second Line napkins from Olivier Couture.
The bride walked down the aisle with a bouquet made of Ryan’s favorite flower, calla lilies. Brittany’s bridal bouquet, created by Eric Fredricks of Bee’s Weddings and Event Design, was a hand tied bouquet of mini calla, blush mini calla, vendella roses, and coral coffee beans.
Traditional New Orleans was the theme for the wedding and as a hometown girl, Brittany wanted her guests to be greeted as soon as they left the church by a Brass Band. This set the tone for the rest of the celebration. “I wanted Ryan’s family and our friends from out of town to embrace and enjoy our culture,” says Brittany.
The celebration continued at The Royal Sonesta Hotel, where upon arrival guests were greeted with champagne for the cocktail hour and the sounds of the brass band. Guests enjoyed a seafood buffet consisting of grilled and raw oysters, boiled shrimp presented in a fleur de lis luge, marinated crab claws, crawfish beignets and a host of other delights. Guests then proceeded to the Grand Ballroom for a seated dinner where they dined on New Orleans classics. “The food was delicious!” Brittany raves.
The reception tables were adorned with wrought iron New Orleans style candelabras with arrangements of vendella roses, Sophie roses, white Dendrobium orchids and floating candles, all by Bee’s. “Working with Eric at Bee’s was fantastic!” raves Brittany.
For the wedding cake, Chef Solandie at the Royal Sonesta made a four tier cake decorated with the couple’s signature logo, the fleur de lis, and topped with ballet shoes and a crystal cake topper of Cinderella and Prince Charming.
The groom’s cake Ryan asked for had to have a golf theme as Ryan was an All-American and Captain of the UCSD Golf Team. It consisted of a golf ball on a green topped with his school mascot, the “Triton,” which was made of chocolate fudge in silver leafing.
Working with Trent Spann of Images by Robert T was “truly a blessing,” notes the bride. “One thing I am grateful for is how he made me feel extremely relaxed on my wedding day. His pictures tell an amazing story of our special day.”
Chad Dyle of Dyle Films filmed the day for the couple and Brittany recalls it as a wonderful experience working with the videographer. “Chad…captured our amazing story of that day and you never felt as if they were taking time away from anything.”
Celebrity Limousines provided the limousine service for the bridal party and their families. “They also provided return services for elderly guests who could not walk the Second Line route back to the hotel. What a great and professional service they provided,” says the bride.
At the reception, the guests took full advantage of the photo booth provided by Boogie Booth and the bride raves that it was the hit of the night!
The morning after the wedding, guests were treated to a breakfast buffet in the Regal Suite of The Royal Sonesta to conclude the wedding festivities.
“A perfect day, perfect venues, and perfect vendors made Ryan’s and my day even more perfect!” Brittany exclaims.