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Christmas Inspiration Meets Winter Wedding: Bailey + Ryan

December 13, 2013

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After seeing Bailey and Ryan’s wedding how could someone not be inspired to host a winter celebration? While many opt to avoid the bitter temps and snow on the ground for the wedding day; Bailey and Ryan embraced it. Never having been to a winter wedding, Bailey loved Christmas and the idea of tying the knot with a December wedding.

The two met through a mutual friend who would later serve as the bride’s maid of honor. After two years of dating, the couple headed out for a Carnival cruise where Ryan popped the question sooner than he had planned. Initially waiting for the formal dinner on the last night of the trip; he was so anxious that he asked Bailey to marry him on the top deck of the ship the night before. The two celebrated their last day on the cruise as a newly engaged couple.

Once they returned to the states they began planning immediately. The two were ready to be married and wanted to create a unique wedding unlike the traditional summer weddings. A Christmas tree with place cards, a sled for presents and pine-cone details were just some of the holiday inspired accents. The bride’s future sister-in-law, Kayanna, helped create a custom monogram and theme throughout the day from the wedding programs to the customized cake topper.

During the reception, guests were entertained by live music from the rockabilly band, The Magnetos, and had the chance to take photos in the couple’s homemade photobooth. Bailey and Ryan also captured quick pictures with each guest table as the DJ played the bumble bee song to keep them moving along. The couple had so much fun chatting and greeting each table that Bailey ripped her dress from buzzing around table to table. Later in the night the bride surprised Ryan with a groom’s cake featuring the symbol for his local electrical union.

The couple enjoyed a busy week of not only a wedding they won’t forget, but also the Christmas holiday and birthdays (the bride’s is the day after Christmas). Looking back Bailey and Ryan recommend taking lots of photos. The couple says they have so many photos and they don’t regret it one bit. Definitely put your time and money into a photographer!

BAILEY + RYAN’s VENDORS

Photographer: AE Photography, Cedar Rapids, IA

Ceremony Venue: St. Wenceslaus Church, Cedar Rapids, IA

Officiant: Rev. Christoper Podhajsky

Reception Venue: Cedar Rapids Marriott (Grand Ball Room)

Hotel Accommodations: Cedar Rapids Marriott, Cedar Rapids, IA

Wedding Planners: Terri Dorrington, Kayanna Nelson, Reba Winter 

Wedding theme, logo, all decorations and cake topper: Kayanna Nelson, Cedar Rapids, IA

Reception Chair Rental: Inspired 1015 Gallery, North Liberty, IA

Invitations: Kayanna Nelson

Caterer: Cedar Rapids Marriott

Transportation: Diamond Limousine, Fairfax, IA y

Trolley: Quad City Trolley Company, Bettendorf, IA

Entertainment/DJ: DJ Dorrington (DJ OneWay) Cedar Rapids, IA

Live Band: The Magnetos, Cedar Rapids, IA

Photo booth: Kayanna Nelson

Hair/Make-up: MOD Salon Spa, Cedar Rapids, IA

Wedding Dress: Hope’s Bridal Boutique, Atkins, IA

Groom’s Tuxedo: Hope’s Bridal Boutique

Groomsmen Clothing: Hope’s Bridal Boutique

Bridesmaid Dress: Hope’s Bridal Boutique

Bride/Bridesmaid Accessories: Park Lane Jewelry – Brenda DeDecker, Cedar Rapids, IA

Wedding Band (Groom): Siebke Hoyt Jewelers, Cedar Rapids, IA

Engagement/Wedding Band (Bride): Custom made ring from Florida

Florist: Racehorse Royalties, Cedar Rapids, IA

Linens/Rentals: Cedar Rapids Marriott 

Bakery: Mary Ruble, Cedar Rapids, IA

Favors: Kayanna Nelson 

Rehearsal Dinner: Biaggi’s Ristorante Italiano, Cedar Rapids, IA

Honeymoon Location: Siesta Keys, Florida