From their photographer Emily Heizer, here’s a little bit about these two lovebirds…
“Ryan & Sandyn met when Sandyn was actually dating Ryan’s roommate. Things didn’t work out, and Sandyn and Ryan spent several years chatting on the phone cross country while they were at different colleges. They way they tell it, they never dated. Eventually they moved back to the same area and Sandyn got invited over to his family’s house for dinner one night and overheard Ryan say he was bringing his girlfriend. When they got there, she was the only guest! Down the road, they were just sitting around one day and decided that it would be a good investment to buy a house. Someone, (Sandyn, I think) said she didn’t think it would be a good idea to buy a house without being married first. And THAT is how they got married without ever actually dating. They still claim to have never have gone on a real date!
They were married on their own farm, in their own fields, surrounded by their own grown sunflowers. Their reception was in their barn. This wedding was at home! The ceremony took place outside, under constant threat of rain. It sprinkled on and off before the ceremony, but it finally held off and was all clear for the ceremony and the pictures afterwards. Guests were seated on hay bales covered in mismatched cut yards of calico fabric in shades of yellow, green and red, to match the barns, fields and pastures surrounding us.
Ryan and Sandyn have two dogs, Silver and Bullet, but Silver is pretty shy of strangers so just Bullet attended the wedding as an honorary groomsman, and wore a tux for the occasion. He likes to fetch rocks, and to get his attention, all anyone had to do was point at the gravel driveway. He is a GREAT dog!
Outdoor areas were decorated with white cinderella pumpkins and handpainted wood signs. All done by the bride and groom themselves. The bathrooms in the barn were painted with chalk paint on the outside and galvanized buckets of chalk were left out for people to draw messages and make a little mural for the newlyweds. The date, their names and little bird motif were done to make the area a little fancy!
The reception took place in the barn, and a lot of live music was provided by the bride’s very talented family, who all sang perfectly!”
OK – I think her shoes picture might be the best one I’ve ever seen. Bride Sandyn’s horse holding her cowboy boots? I L-O-V-E it! What a beautiful farm wedding. The couple, the details, the setting, their love story. A deserved congratulations to Sandyn and Ryan.
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Photography by: Emily Heizer Photography
Pre-Ceremony/Getting Ready Location: Englund Farms
Ceremony & Reception Venue: Bride & Groom’s Residence