BBSF Fall/Winter 2011 : Page 70

Love Lessons

Robin Wilkey

Ryan Grady Raught high school math in arkanass, but a teach for america party brought him to mississippi for the weekend. and when kindergarten teacher kathryn storke saw him walk through the doo,she asked her friend,"who is that guy,and why haven't i seen him before?"after an evening of talking over drinks, it was clear that kathryn and ryan would soon be seeing a whole lot more of each other."i wanted insurance." laughs kathryn."so i took his hat with me." but a second date was alresdy insured; ryan rushed home to call his father and boasted that his new flame had the prettiest eyes he'd ever seen.

after several months of dating, kathryn and ryan moved to pursue education at university of wisconsin-madison,but Kathryn soon decided against teaching. "I felt a bit lost," she remembers. "I didn't know what to do, so I started blogging." With several friends getting married, Kathryn created wedding inspiration boards and posted them to her blog, hiding it from Ryan at first. "We weren't engaged, and I didn't want to freak him out," she laughs. But eventually, she showed Ryan her creation and he pushed her to pursue it. What happened next was magic: Kathryn's blog, Snippet & Ink, became one of the most popular wedding blogs in the nation. "It still feels like a made-up job," she marvels. With a nearing graduation for Ryan and a business blossoming for Kathryn, the couple took a weekend trip to Wisconsin's Door County-a jewel of a town on Lake Michigan. As Kathryn strolled along the lake taking pictures of birds, she turned to find Ryan on one knee with a ring. And not just any ring-a vintage cocktail ring from a shop in Berkeley she'd loved months before. "I found it with my mother and it took my breath away," she remembers. "So when Ryan called to ask for my hand, she told him where to find it and he bought it sight unseen."

The couple made a final move to Kathryn's hometown, San Francisco, and planned a perfect winter wedding in the foggy city. The first stop was the Swedenborgian Church-a 100-year-old brick church that complemented the reverent ceremony and traditional vows. "I loved the tradition of reciting vows that so many people had spoken before us." As a special treat, wedding planners Laurie Arons and Jenna Lam surprised Kathryn and Ryan with a boy choir singing holiday carols outside.

After the ceremony, the couple took a checkered cab down the hill to the Presidio Social Club. The restaurant had been transformed into a private club just for the wedding, complete with a vintage photo booth from Magnolia Photo Booth and Crystal Monee Hall singing standards all night long. Tables were filled with paper white cyclamen, moody pinecone rosettes, and white napkins laced with delicate pom-poms to add seasonality. At the entrance, PS Paper made bright red nametag buttons to serve as escort cards. Servers in crisp red, white, and gray uniforms passed poinsettia cocktails in vintage champagne glasses alongside pork tenderloin sliders and French fry cones.

In a nod to Ryan's Wisconsin roots, the wedding menu featured Midwestern touches including braised beef short ribs and fall squash and sage gnocchi with toasted hazelnuts. After dinner, a dessert table extravaganza awaited. And for Ryan: A Noci bike cart delivering his precious gelato. "Ryan loves ice cream," smiles Kathryn. "So I thought it was much more appropriate than a groom's cake."

Read the full article at http://digital.modernluxury.com/article/Love+Lessons/754474/72524/article.html.

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