Real Wedding | Jordan + Ryan

Jordan and Ryan live in Los Angeles, CA with their dog, Ellie. Ryan is originally from the Bay Area and Jordan is from Doylestown, Pennsylvania (although she moved back and forth to Kansas City several times). Jordan is a talent manager and Ryan works at Disney as a social media video producer.

The couple met in college at Emerson College in Boston, MA where we both studied broadcast journalism. "We became friends first, as Ryan was in a relationship and was too dumb to realise the perfect girl was there all along. We had endless inside jokes and countless competitive game nights, would stay up late talking for hours, and we always tried to work on each others' projects just to spend more time together. Our relationship was built on friendship, which was the best. After college, we moved out to Los Angeles to start exploring different parts of the entertainment industry." The couple have been together nine years and got married at the end of June.

"We live for an experience and love to bring our vibe wherever we go. We curate playlists for our car ride, carefully Yelp every potential restaurant to avoid risking a bad meal, creating cocktails and serving them out of stylish glasses, good TV but also bad TV (Love Island UK, Bachelor, Selling Sunset, you get the picture), comedy, oatmilk lattes (yes, we live in L.A.), board games, and journeys with our dog, Ellie. Our apartment is never silent - music is always playing whether we're making dinner, playing board games, writing the answers to this questionnaire... we communicate through music and it was such an instrumental (no pun intended!) part of our wedding."

The couple's original plan was to get married in front of 125 friends and family in Temecula, CA however, the pandemic hit and they were forced to postpone the wedding. "We mourned the loss of the wedding as our vision for our perfect wedding started disappearing and the reality of our situation started to set in. Rather than wait an indefinite period of time to reschedule our wedding, we made the decision to do a micro-wedding. We thought we wanted to get married in the desert (Borrego Springs, CA), so we had our awesome photographer Amanda Noel Photos come out and meet us to help us find a ceremony spot. After driving around for a few hours, nothing quite clicked. We kept driving until we drove out of the desert to a place Amanda Noel Photos recommended. We stopped at the Santa Ysabel Preserve right around sunset and knew that it was the perfect location for us."

The couple found a tree to have their ceremony underneath that was surrounded by tall golden grass and the hum of crickets in the bushes. Just a few weeks later, they rented some folding chairs and grabbed some champagne and gathered their fifteen friends underneath that very tree and got married.

"It was all DIY - our friends set up the ceremony site for us just before we arrived. We brought in white folding chairs, a folding table set up with coupes for a post-ceremony champagne toast, a tiny rug for us to stand on during the ceremony, and we had two corkboards nearby pinned with photos from our engagment and photos from our parents' and grandparents' weddings."

Jordan and Ryan had about a month to find outfits and put everything together for their new wedding plans. They were inspired by our parents' and grandparents' wedding photos and wanted to find outfits that channeled their special days. After 72 hours of searching the internet, Jordan found an 80's wedding dress through a vintage shop on Etsy (puffy sleeves and all) channeling her mother’s wedding and paired it with some white Nike sneakers with a mint green swoosh (a nod to one of the couple's favourite movies Father of the Bride). As their wedding was fairly casual and happening during the middle of the summer, Ryan decided to go with a more relaxed outfit that was inspired by a photo of Jordan's Grandfather. He paired white linen pants from Zara with a white button-up shirt and a pair of leather penny loafers, both from J. Crew. For the after-party, Jordan changed into a 50's vintage cocktail dress inspired by her Grandmother’s wedding ("let me tell you it’s NOT easy to find a 1950s dress for a curvy gal!") and threw on a pair of heels. Ryan changed into a cream lightweight polo shirt.