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Sarah & Ryan: A Traditional Wedding In Grand Rapids, MI

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Sarah and Ryan’s ceremony took place at the church Sarah grew up in -- a classic, white-spired building in the traditional New England style.
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The bridesmaids carried bouquets in shades of apricot, ivory, and rose.
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Sarah wore a strapless, ivory satin, modified A-line gown with a pleated bodice and side-draped skirt by Vera Wang. “I customized the dress by extending the covered buttons to the end of the train,” the bride explains. She finished her look with a cathedral-length Toni Federici veil with satin trim, along with her grandmother’s diamond wedding ring ...
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Sarah’s seven bridesmaids wore A-line, spaghetti strap dresses in desert clay satin by Vera Wang.
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The ceremony and reception flowers were ivory roses, lilies, and hydrangeas.
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The ceremony decor included fresh wreaths of hydrangeas and greenery for the church doors.
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Sarah and Ryan’s Crane & Co. invitations announced their wedding’s simple, elegant style: a thermographed combination of serif and script on square ecru card stock, presented in gold-lined envelopes. The wedding programs and menus repeated the simple but striking design theme.

Sarah & Ryan in Grand Rapids, MI

From the very beginning, Ryan and Sarah matched each other’s pace. Sarah clearly recalls the day she first met Ryan at Purdue University. "We had a lot of the same courses, and our apartments were very close together, so our path home was the same," she says. "Ryan claims that he had to walk briskly to keep up with me, but one day he was able to catch up and begin a conversation." The Bride Sarah Hammond, 24, recruiter The Groom Ryan Edwards, 25, in mutual fund sales The Date September 23 Three years later, while on a trip to Las Vegas, Ryan chose a romantic (and well-timed) moment to propose after a luxurious dinner at the Bellagio. The pair had just moved to an outdoor terrace for dessert and drinks overlooking the fountains when Ryan got down on bended knee. "A couple at another table sent us a bottle of champagne to congratulate us," Sarah remembers. "It was an amazing evening!" After a 10-month engagement the couple walked down the aisle in Sarah’s hometown church -- and Ryan had no trouble catching up.
- Siobhan Adcock
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