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Rock 'n' Roll and Wed

By Lauren Blake | Photography by Once Like a Spark Photography; Wedding Design by Erica Stawick

Posted: Wednesday, Jun. 25, 2014

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“I have way too much fun with my feet on the ground to ever want to jump out of a plane,” says Ryan.

But, to fulfill girlfriend Tessa's dream of skydiving, he somehow mustered the courage to jump. While he was at it, he figured he’d make another one of her dreams come true. After a tandem jump, he was waiting with one knee on the ground and a ring in hand. They say people do crazy things for love. Ryan is one of them.

In keeping with the couple’s adventurous nature, Ryan and Tessa threw a celebration that they’ve dubbed as “the party of 2013.” But, before music and drinks began to flow, the pair exchanged short and sweet vows at Romare Bearden park, making them the first to do so at the recently completed Uptown site.

The headline—or reception—was held at The Fillmore. Since Tessa and Ryan shared their second date at a local band’s rock show, it was only fitting that they celebrated their marriage at a music venue with a familiar band, Simplified, performing for their 200 guests.

“We asked all the guys who attended to just wear jeans and a blazer and all of the girls to just feel their best. We wanted everyone to feel comfortable,” says Tessa.

Ryan also kept it casual in jeans and a blazer while Tessa wore a backless lace dress with a gorgeous boho-chic headpiece designed by Lily Greenthumb’s.

To ensure a laid-back vibe that reflected their personalities, Tessa and Ryan opted for several unexpected twists at their reception. Gourmet pizzas were served instead of typical fare, and a waffle bar stood in place of a cake. One of the finishing touches was the “bouquet” toss in which guys and gals gathered around to catch garter embellished footballs that would determine who was next to fall, or shall we say jump, into love.

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