Tara and Ryan’s Le San Michele wedding was one of my absolutely favorites. Tara and Ryan are my beloved “Louisiana couple”! Their wedding turned out to be one of my favorites of all time. I’m sure it had a lot to do with the intimate nature of a small gathering, the way Le San Michele looked in August with sunflowers everywhere, and the closeness of the family and friends that were there for them!
Tara and Ryan live in Slidell with their two corgis, Bailey and Luna, who were dressed up and in attendance at their summer wedding on August 2, 2013. They are a warm, soulful, and triumphant couple that I feel very lucky to know. They love their friends, their family, God, their furry babies, and each other – and are loved deeply in return. Most of Ryan’s family lives in Dallas and Houston, so it made sense to congregate right outside Austin at the beautiful Le San Michele, one of my favorite venues, day or night. It was also a reunion of sorts! Tara hadn’t seen her best friend Kimmy in 2 years and her mother in 3 years, so there was a lot of joy and excitement in the air! Ryan’s uncle officiated, which was very special, and I liked their take on the unity candle, which was yellow and blue sand poured into a lovely little heart-shaped glass. They wrote beautiful vows and their smiles were bigger than Texas! Tara did such an amazing job planning from afar. She and Ryan managed to hire a stellar team: Blue Note Bakery, Marie Leigh Floral Design, Bill Miller BBQ, Star of Texas Liquor and Wine, The Beauty Jar, and Mike Henri to get the party going!
Both Tara and Ryan have served in the military; Tara’s last official day was September 1st and Ryan is still active as a coast guard. They met one evening in New Orleans. They had been talking for a few months online, but that’s the night that changed their lives. Their first year together was long distance, since Tara lived in Texas and Ryan lived in Mississippi. Anyone who’s managed to get through a long-distance relationship knows what a challenge that is. And that wasn’t their last challenge! After being stationed in New Orleans, Ryan was diagnosed with colon cancer stage 1. This was a really tough time for everyone but he triumphed and it strengthened them as a couple and as people. You would never know that they’ve been through so much, and Ryan is as vibrant and healthy as ever!
Ryan proposed in 2012, and they were married in Shreveport on September 15 2012. When they contacted me, they explained that they hadn’t been able to include most of their family and friends, which is why they were planning a wedding celebration a year later. I know it meant so much to them to be able to do this for their loved ones, and for them, and it couldn’t have gone better. I wish them a lifetime of joy, love, and corgis! 🙂