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  • Writer's pictureTracey Reynolds

The Ryland Inn, a wedding in early spring

Updated: Jan 23, 2020

Photography by the fantastically amazing Ben Lau Photography (forgot to mention awesome;)

The Ryland Inn, in Whitehouse Station is one of my favorites. I get giddy every time an inquiry comes in for a Ryland Inn wedding. (And honestly if you're at any Landmark Venue you are in amazing hands. They just go above and beyond.) The staff here is incredible, seriously, I feel like I'm visiting friends when I'm there. No other place works so well with vendors. Every couple is special to them, and that's exactly my kind of vibe. And do I even need to talk about the bones of place....perfect for creating layers and layers of juicy florals.

So here I am, writing a blog post dreaming of spring, but hoping it holds off for a little while ;)

I snowboard, hence wanting spring to hold off, and selfishly have made sure the whole family does too. (Well I have yet to get my 6 year old on a board, but there is time...right?!) . When I met my husband he skied. He switched to snowboarding to impress me, and I was the worst....I was not patient with him. But we were in the courting phase and you can get away with alot....ALOT. He eventually got the hang of it. Now my 12 year old, who started at 5, is so good we ride side by side down the mountain, which honestly makes my heart want to explode. I have a true partner in crime now. Before my son, I would have to drag my husband out of bed to get on the first chair up the mountain...inevitably I would end up leaving him behind, because again, no patience...must ride. My son, he's conspiring with me what time we need to wake up to make first tracks. And my son is my mini me, in all ways good and bad. Besides flowers, the mountain is the place where I set my soul right, and I can see it does the same for him. My middle daughter, she's like her dad, a little fussy;). And she'll get all ready to hit the mountain and decide a hot chocolate is more her speed for the day. I have come to accept this.

I really love my couples, getting to know them, and not just what they want for their flowers, but who they are, how they compliment one another. I love to know their story. It's so important that you get all the good feels and vibes from your vendor team. Trust is a huge part of the day, you put a lot into their hands. Feeling that trust from a couple, lets the creativity flow, and when that happens, the pretty happens. From the first conversation with Yoonji and Sean I knew we were going to have fun. Yoonji had chosen bridesmaids dresses from Jenny Yoo, in a beautiful delicious color aptly named "Fig". We ran with it, dancing through the tones from deep purples, to hints of blush and peach, through to a dreamy cream. These two were the sweetest. They really have such a love and respect for one another, and a joy that is so evident and just jumps out through these photos.

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