carrie + ryan | married!

Let me start this post by saying I tried to narrow these photos down. I really did, I just couldn’t.      (click to see them a bit bigger/sharper)

I met Carrie a few years ago on a UNC disaster relief trip to the Gulf a few months after Hurricane Katrina but hadn’t run into her since that trip so I was really surprised and excited to hear from her, this time in the context of a much happier subject – a wedding! Carrie and Ryan lived in Texas, Ryan’s home state, but decided to get married in the mountains of North Carolina. I can’t imagine a better place than Taylor Ranch in Fletcher to bring a little Texas to North Carolina. This wedding was SO them, right down to the claps of thunder during their vows and the cake topper made of rocks (they’re geologists!) The love between these two and their family and friends was so tangible and I feel absolutely privileged that they asked me to be there to tell their beautiful story. Enjoy these highlights (yes, these are just highlights!) Congratulations to you both!

Things to love: reds and browns against greens and yellows. A bouquet of rocks and wood instead of flowers. The most scenic bridal entrance ever. Canine ring-bearer and ultimate protector Texas. Horses and cows! A beautiful couple so ready and eager to start forever together.

(click to see the images a bit bigger/sharper. All images (C) Bridget McEnaney 2011)


Rock’s dressed as bride and groom! Perfect. Carrie’s mom made this beautiful cake.

I love dogs in weddings SO much.

Look closely – rocks and wooden flowers! Beautiful.

After the traditional father-daughter, mother-son dances, Carrie and her mom danced together – I love this sweet moment as she sings to her daughter. =)

I tear up every time I look at this couple. During the reception they had a married couples only dance and couples left the floor when the DJ called out a number that exceeded the number of years they’d been married. These two were the last ones standing. ::sniff::

It looked stormy for a few moments but turned out to be a perfect summer evening.

This is why you should bring your dog to your wedding. Love these moments.

Babies among adults. =)

Don’t worry Texas. They’ll be back. =)

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4 responses to “carrie + ryan | married!

  1. woowwwwww!!! really really lovely pictures, the newly weds look soo happy, absolutely ecstatic and in love, and that ranch is just so beautiful, it looks like the perfect place to get married. 🙂

  2. Beautiful wedding and beautiful photos! Love the last shot of the dog watching after them leaving.

  3. Bridget, these pictures are gorgeous!! All your recent wedding have made me tear up, but these did particularly. I love how you capture all the small moments and looks. Before settling on Yesterday Spaces, we almost chose Taylor Ranch, but thought it was too Western, so it’s perfect for a Texas couple in North Carolina! Can’t wait for you to photograph our wedding next May!

  4. Bridget, these photos are wonderful. You’ve captured the wedding perfectly. : )

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