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Real Wedding | Mary & Ryan

Bride | Mary Forrest
Groom | Ryan Forrest
Wedding gown style | Georgina
Wedding date | May 19, 2012
Boutique purchased | Vera Wang on Melrose
Location | Pasadena, California
Photographer | Desi Baytan

First things first, where did you meet your husband and was it love at first site? We met at TCU freshman year in an 8 A.M. speech class. We sat next to each other and I noticed Ryan right away with his height and red hair. I wasted no time introducing myself. Ryan always says he was definitely taken back by my confident introduction. When finals came around, I asked Ryan if he wanted to study together. Ryan agreed and we met at the library and talked about everything but the class or the final. After that we became good friends but didn’t start dating until our sophomore year. So, was it love at first sight? I am not sure, but I definitely know there was a strong attraction, and then a strong friendship, that grew into love that will last for a lifetime.

How did he propose? Tell us the story! We got engaged on December 28, 2010. TCU was coming to Pasadena for the Rose Bowl and my family was getting ready for everyone to come into town to stay with us for New Years. I thought that Ryan might actually try and surprise me and come out early but he assured me he would be there on the next day. My sister, Hayley, had told me that one of her friends was in a photography class and was doing a series on sisters. So Hayley and her boyfriend made me look presentable, so that we could take these pictures for her class. We pulled up to Huntington Gardens in San Marino, where I dragged my feet into the garden because I really didn’t feel like taking pictures. We were walking through the garden when I saw Ryan come out from behind a tree. I was so surprised, but then went over and gave him a big hug. I had no idea that he was proposing until he started giving a wonderful speech and I felt his heart pounding. Shortly after, he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! Of course I gave a YES! After, we went back to my house and then out to dinner to celebrate. The days to follow were a huge celebration with our friends and family coming in for New Years and to watch a Rose Bowl victory for the Horned Frogs!

Once the wedding plans started, what made you decide on a Vera Wang gown? After we decided to have a black tie wedding in a church and the reception at my parent’s home in Pasadena, I knew I wanted something elegant and timeless. I had an open mind as far as the designer went but after we went to Vera Wang on Melrose, I knew I wanted/had to get my dress there. All the dresses I tried on were detailed and feminine. While the dresses were modern, they were also very timeless. Georgina was the last dress I tried on. It was not the style I thought I would wear but it is exactly how I imagined myself looking on my wedding day. The chapel length veil with lace on the bottom and an added blusher was the icing on the cake. We loved our experience shopping at Vera Wang! My mom was also able to find something beautiful to wear for her Mother of the Bride dress. It was special to go and do our alterations together!

How did you accessorize to make your wedding day unique? I wanted Georgina to stand out on its own. I have a very classic style and wanted to look that way on our wedding day.  I wore some pearl and diamond earrings my dad gave me when we went to my last Vera Wang fitting, the veil for the ceremony, a ring my dad gave to my mom when I was born, and my blue Manolo Blahnik pumps. For the reception, we bustled up the dress and added a sash to give it a little extra glam for the party! 

What was the inspiration or theme for your wedding? Since we had the reception at my parent’s home where I grew up, we really wanted it to feel homey, elegant, and timeless. I wanted a real Father of the Bride feel and that’s what we got!

Did you incorporate any other Vera Wang products into your wedding? (I.e. fragrance, fine papers etc.) If so how? My mom also wore a Vera Wang gown, which complemented mine gown and the wedding overall. The groomsmen wore Vera Wang tuxedos from Men’s Warehouse for a more fitted and stylish look. We also registered for Vera Wang china.

Did you stay true to the Old English wedding rhyme: Something old, something new, something borrowed something blue. If so, what were yours? YES! My something old was a piece of lace from my grandmother’s wedding dress that we wrapped around my boutique. My something new was my Vera Wang Georgina gown and veil. My something borrowed was a ring I wore on my right hand my dad gave to my mom when I was born. My something blue was my Manolo Blahnik pumps.

What tips do you have for new brides picking out their wedding dress? Have an open mind! When I went shopping I had imagined a much different dress but after my mom and sister encouraged me to try on different styles. I was able to find something that truly complimented my figure. Trying on all different styles allowed me to find exactly what I wanted!

What was your favorite part of the day? And, are there any other anecdotes you would like to share? I feel like it would be unfair to say I had one favorite part. There were so many special moments that Ryan and I will remember for a lifetime. I don’t want to forget a single moment. If I had to choose, it was when my dad was walking me down the aisle and Ryan saw me for the first time. I am not much of a crier but I felt so much joy in that moment that tears came down my face and seeing the love and happiness on his face as I held my dad’s hand is something I will always remember! My advice to other brides is to let go and enjoy your day to the fullest! Don’t let the details overwhelm you and remember it is all about marrying the love of your life!

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