Tressa + Ryan

How they met... Ryan and I met while we were in the Peace Corps in Rwanda. My group arrived about four months before his did, so I got to meet him when he was just a newbie! We dated for the two years we were there and had the most amazing adventures and experiences together! We got engaged about 8 months after coming back home to the States. "Ryan's family and friends live in the Seattle area, my family is all over Texas, and our Peace Corps friends are from all over the country. Since we knew the majority of our guest list would be out-of-towners, we wanted a venue that was right in the heart of town so people could experience everything we love about Austin while they were here. We also both really wanted an outdoor wedding, so Mercury Hall was the perfect choice.

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Since we spent the first two years of our relationship living as volunteers in Rwanda, we knew anything too lavish or over the top would not be representative of our personalities or our story. We wanted the whole thing to feel like a slightly dressed-up dinner party. Mercury Hall makes that kind of vibe super easy because it's adorable on its own, and anything we added was just a sweet little touch that didn't make anything feel too dramatic."

THE TEAM

Venue : Mercury Hall Florals: A Flower Basket Dress: Sarah Seven at Serendipity Bridal DJ: DJ Ray with Live Oak DJ Catering : La Barbecue Dessert: Tiny Pies Coordination: Cara Overhoff with Your Wedding, Your Way Cara was an absolute life saver for us! We had made a few rookie planning mistakes throughout the process, and when she started working with us it was like everything was miraculously fine. She read our personalities perfectly and was so easy and so much fun to work with. I cannot say enough good things about her and Stefanie with YWYW.