Ryan and Jessica are some of the kindest people you will ever meet. They found us through Gabrielle and Nolan, whose wedding we were fortunate to photograph a couple of years ago. Ryan has loved Jessica for a long time and waited patiently for her to finish nursing school before they got married. The two of them met while they studied at A&M and found best friends in each other.
The ceremony took place at First Baptist Church in Galveston, the church that Jessica attended and grew up in. Some of Jessica’s extended family flew all the way in from India to watch them tie the knot. Her pastor, who had seen her grow in her faith over the years, gave the sermon and blessed their marriage.
Jessica’s bridesmaids and Ryan’s family as well wanted to celebrate Jessica’s Indian heritage. Ryan wore a traditional kurta, and the bridesmaids and Ryan’s mom wore colorful lehengas. Usha, Jessica’s mom, traveled back to India before the wedding to have the gowns custom made especially for them. Although red is the traditional color for brides, it was important to the Jessica that they wore white as a Christian symbol.
After the ceremony and family portraits, we headed to the San Luis Hotel, a great Galveston wedding venue. This was hands down the most fun we have ever had photographing a reception! It was a non-stop party from the minute the DJ turned on the dance music to the last song of the night. Not a single person was in their seat. Everyone was on the dance floor dancing the night away for hours! (Shameless plug here for a phenomenal DJ who kept the party going all night long) We will always remember how Usha let loose and never stopped dancing. She was pulling family up on the stage for little dance sequences. She was truly celebrating this day with all her heart.
We are so excited for this next chapter in their life. Being married is wonderful! Congratulations, Ryan & Jessica