Stephanie Wallace & Ryan Belli

The Little Things


Married

Jul 23, 2016
Shreveport , Louisiana


Photo Credit

Photography by Micahla Wilson


Style Guide


Color Palette



Style

Casual, DIY, Rustic, Vintage


Season

Summer





The First Encounter

Ryan and I were in a long distance relationship. He was stationed in California and I was living in my hometown of Bossier City, Louisiana. I was visiting Ryan over my fall break and we decided to get in the holiday spirit and decorate pumpkins. I was painting mine to look like a donut and he told me he was carving LSU (his favorite football team) into his. I later found this out to be a little white lie (he really was carving a question mark into it). A few moments later, Ryan was down on one knee. He was bawling, I was shaking. It was such an intimate moment between the two of us that I will never forget. Although I was too nervous to even be able to remember what he said that day, I remember how sweet and sincere his words were. To this day, I still don’t know how I didn’t see him carving a question mark into his pumpkin!



In Preparation

With Ryan and I both being from the South, we knew that we wanted our wedding to have a southern and rustic feel. I spent a lot of time in Hobby Lobby and on Pinterest. Anytime I would go shopping and see something that I thought would be a cute piece of décor, I was thinking of a way I could use it. Especially if it was on sale! Instead of paper printed programs, I decided to save a little money. I bought a beautiful white chalkboard and had a calligrapher write the evenings events on it. I must say, Etsy was also one of my best friends during this time. I found my guestbook, signs, my garter set, our vow books, and many other things there. I wanted to be able to pick out pieces that represented the rustic look I was going for. Between school, moving, and wedding planning, I felt like the wedding would never get here. And although it was probably the craziest, busiest time of my life, I enjoyed every minute of it. Even the stressful days, because they all led to the BEST day of my life.



The Big Day

July 23rd, 2016 was a day filled with some of the happiest memories in my life. It meant that Ryan and I no longer had to be long distance, the waiting was over, and I could finally be with the man of my dreams for the rest of my life. The weather was beautiful, HOT, but beautiful. The sun was shining and our venue was just so charming and comfortable. Our big day was perfect in every way to me. Although I had been ready to throw in the towel on a big wedding a couple times and instead just have a small intimate wedding, I’m so glad we didn’t. It was amazing being surrounded by ALL of the people we loved and cared for. All of our people were in one place, and it was just one big happy celebration. A celebration of love and to the future that Ryan and I couldn’t wait to begin. The day leading up to the ceremony I was anxious and excited. But I finally felt myself relax as soon as the doors were about to open and I was about to walk down the aisle. I think up until that moment I was in such high-speed mode and I was finally able to just breathe and take it all in. After the ceremony, the party strolled on into the night. Ryan and I made sure to squeeze in the Louisiana style food that was served (This bride was not gonna go hungry!). We had a blast dancing with our family and friends and didn’t want the night to end. Our wedding was everything we hoped it would be and more and we plan on renewing our vows in the same place for our 10 or 20 year anniversary.



The Retreat

The honeymoon was amazing! After all of the craziness leading up to the wedding, the weekend of the wedding itself, and 3-day move to California, it was so nice to be able to relax and spend one-on-one time together. We spent our honeymoon in Playa del Carmen, Mexico for 6 days and 5 nights. We stayed at an awesome eco resort called Sandos Caracol. Not only were we by the beach, but the huge resort was surrounded by wildlife and beautiful birds, monkeys, iguanas, and other animals. We went on long walks exploring the resort, and even got to see the Mayan Ruins. The only downfall to our trip was Ryan got stung by a scorpion fish and I almost had to take him to the hospital (yikes!). Overall, it was a great experience. Especially after realizing that Ryan and I never had to be long distance ever again!



 

Contributing Vendors

VENUE & CATERING

Hill Country Village

CAKE

Sweetie Cakes

ENTERTAINMENT

Radio DJ’s

EVENT PLANNER

LaSoeurs Events LLC – Kim Bray

FLOWERS

Adcock and Associates

GOWN

Alfred Angelo

HONEYMOON ACCOMMODATIONS

Sandos Caracol

INVITATIONS

Minted

PHOTOGRAPHER

Photography by Micahla Wilson

RENTALS & DECOR

Vintage Rental Boutique

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