MEMORABLE WEDDINGS Kristen & Ryan
Text by Melanie Saxton | Photos by Elise Bennett Photography and Molly Blair Photographer
Ryan Yoho and Kristen Marino’s wedding can best be described as a festive fusion of Katy and Cajun! Ryan is a Cinco Ranch High graduate and met his future wife while attending Louisiana State University. Kristen is a native Louisianan who dreamed of tying the knot at the same church in which her parents and grandparent had taken vows. Their dream nuptials blended this family tradition with rustic touches in the perfect ceremony and reception.
After graduating as a petroleum engineer and accepting a position at LEAM Drilling in Houston, Ryan moved Kristen to Katy. Kristen is a St. Michael The Archangel High (Baton Rouge) graduate who attended Aveda Institute and National Laser Institute to become licensed as an aesthetician and laser technician. She is employed with Ageless Med Spa in Katy.
Ryan was working as a part-time bartender at Daiquiri Cafe in Brusly, La. when Kristen spotted him. She mentioned to her girlfriend that she thought he was good- looking, and handed him her phone number as she left so he could give her an update on the LSU game. Soon they were dining and hanging out with friends. “It felt right from the beginning,” notes Kristen of their 2009 encounter.
The couple attended multiple LSU football games in Death Valley and LSU baseball games at Alex Box Stadium, as well as Saints football games at the SuperDome in New Orleans. About three times a year they visited a beach house in Blue Mountain Beach, Santa Rosa, Fla., and once went deep sea fishing out of Florida on the opening day of red snapper season. They made a trip to Disney World during Christmas in 2013 and spent many a Fourth of July skiing and tubing on Flase River in New Roads, La. Most importantly, they traveled back and forth to Katy to see Ryan’s parents and grandparents until they permanently relocated back to Katy.
The couple had always joined the bride’s family for an annual beach trip, and for years Kristen’s mother had wanted a professional photographer to capture their fun on the beach. Their next trip was scheduled a few weeks after Ryan’s ring-shopping excursion at Tiffany & Co., and he asked Kristen’s father if it would be okay for him to propose at the beach during the photo shoot. The set up was perfect, because Kristen is close to her family and hoped that they could somehow be a part of the proposal.
On the day of the photo shoot, Kristen had a sneaking suspicion that something was up. “I noticed that Ryan and my dad were spending a good amount of time together,” she recalls. In fact, she found them outside by Ryan’s truck smoking cigars, which they always did when celebrating something! She mentioned to her mom and sister-in-law, “I think I might get engaged tonight!” Her mother was convinced they would be getting engaged the following September on a trip with friends to Punta Cana. Her sister-in-law, however, had Kristen put on eyelashes “just in case.”
They arrived at the beach and started taking pictures… and nothing happened. Then as the photo shoot wrapped up, the photographer said, “Kristen, we’re going to take one last picture of you and Ryan, so turn and face the water.” Kristen heard her niece gasp in the background… and turned to see the man of her dreams on one knee holding a ring. She started yelling “YES!” before he could even ask “Will you marry me?” It was an amazing surprise, and the photographer captured everyone’s reactions, hugs and tears.
Ryan grabbed champagne from his truck and popped the bottle right there on the beach. Then the entire family headed to Kristen’s favorite Mexican restaurant to celebrate one of the best moments of her life!
The couple did a lot of traveling between Louisiana and Texas. Kristen had an engagement party plus two showers in Louisiana, and bachelorette lingerie
party at L’Aberge in Lake Charles with all her bridesmaids. She also had two showers in Katy hosted by her mother-in-law and and her maid of honor, plus wedding dress fittings on several Saturdays in Rice Village. Her mom drove to Houston for every single fitting.
The couple incorporated Tiffany Blue as their main color. It was important that the bride’s southern roots were showcased in lace and rustic touches, including the open fields next to the church and a levee across the road on the Mississippi River. A beautiful November 21, 2014 wedding St. Michael The Archangel in Convent, La. was followed by a reception at Parc 73 in Prairieville, La.
Attire: The bride wore a Paloma Blanca lace and tulle strapless gown with a lace tunic bodice and illusion sweetheart neckline. Lace appliqués cascaded down the flare tulle skirt with a sweep train. A cathedral white tulle tiered veil and Badgley Mischka peep toe Petal Pumps in white satin with rhinestones completed the ensemble and served as her “something new.” She carried her grandmother’s rosary in her bouquet as her “something old” and “something borrowed,” and also wrapped pieces of her mother and mother-in-law’s lace wedding dresses around the stem of her bouquet. Her sister-in-law made a blue flower for her lace garter as the “something blue.” The bridesmaid’s floor length v-neck dresses by Bari Jay were in Tiffany blue and had Bella Chiffon flowers on the halter.
The groom wore a black tuxedo with a white vest and bowtie. Groomsmen wore black tuxes with black vests and bowties.
Bridal Party: Father Phil Spanno of Baton Rouge officiated the ceremony. Parents of the bride, Samuel J. Marino, Jr. and Paula B. Marino, joined the groom’s parents, Gary and Lori Yoho, in witnessing their children’s vows.
Aimee Marino served as matron of honor and Emily Snyder as maid of honor. Lauren Crutchfield, Kayla Brassett, Alicia Hanzo and Tabitha Tate served as bridesmaids. Karrigan Marino, the bride’s niece and godchild, was the flower girl.
Doug Hoffman stood as best man and was joined by groomsmen Trey Marino, Marcus Lasseigne, Justin Cox, Trae Renevier, and D.J. Barry. Cross Marino, the bride’s nephew, was the adorable ring bearer.
Bouquets and Floral: The bride’s bouquet was a nosegay design consisting of white hydrangeas, pink Geraldine roses, white eskimo roses, pink Sophie roses, white lisianthus, and accented with seeded eucalyptus. The bridesmaids’ nosegays were a smaller version of the bride’s.
Church arrangements consisted of six large white urns and pedestals with 1,000 mixed colors of roses using the same varieties as the bouquets, with the addition of white Virginia roses and various greens, such as Italian ruscus, springer rye and trailing ivy.
Top Wedding Moments: The couple exchanged letters the morning before the ceremony. Then the bride recalls waiting endlessly in the limo in front of the church, while the bridal party exited to meet her inside. Finally, her father knocked on the
window and the limo driver opened the door. Her father helped arrange her dress and held her arm as the doors opened for the walk down the aisle. “I remember telling my dad that my heart was coming out of my chest, and he told me it’s going to be okay and how much he loved me,” says the bride. Then came the moment when the couple exchanged vows, and the happy tears flowed!
The couple was eager to dance the night away. But first, Kristen exchanged her pumps for silver glitter “Bobs” shoes so she could move comfortably during their first dance to “One and Only” by Adele. “It was was amazing,” she exclaims. “I was so happy, everyone was staring at us, and the lights were only on us.” It was a surreal moment she had dreamed about her whole life.
She danced with her father to “I Loved Her First” by Heartland — a tender and emotional moment for them both. The groom danced with his mother to “The Man You’ve Become” by Molly Pasutti.
Décor: The room was filled with white tablecloths and Tiffany Blue table runners. Décor included freestyle reception table arrangements in cylindrical glass vases, all in various heights consisting of pink oriental lilies, pink snap dragons, pink Sophie roses, pink Geraldine roses, white eskimo roses, white lisianthus, curly willow, Italian ruscus, and seeded eucalyptus. The serving table and the bar used the same variety of florals in larger sizes and heights.
A romantic outdoor fireplace surrounded with candles warmed guests. Custom favors were Tiffany Blue Koozies that said: “To love, laughter and happily ever after, Kristen & Ryan, 11-21-14.”
The Cakes: The bridesmaids’ bouquets were displayed on the cake table surrounding the four-tiered wedding cake with rotating flavors of strawberry and white. It was decorated in lace pipe work with a topper of delicate design of white eskimo roses and pink Sophie roses with seeded eucalytus. The bride notes a funny
backstory — the cake had her maiden initial on it instead of “Y” for Yoho, because the bakery confused the initial due to her parents placing the order under their last name!
The one layered groom’s cake was chocolate with buttercream icing decorated in “Death Valley,” the LSU football field. An oil derrick on the 50-yard line commemorated the groom’s career as a petroleum engineer, as well as him being a diehard LSU football fan. “Seriously, he bleeds purple and gold,” says the bride.
Top Reception Moments: Being introduced for the first time as Mr. & Mrs. Ryan Christopher Yoho was an awesome experience for the couple, as well as the nonstop dancing.
The Exit: The newlyweds made their exit as guests waved sparklers with tags that said “Let love sparkle, Kristen and Ryan.” They rode to L’Aberge Casino in a Rolls Royce to prepare for the honeymoon travels abroad.
The couple honeymooned at Sandals Grande Antiguian in Antigua. They relaxed at a beach front Rondoval room with three butlers for eight amazing days and seven nights before returning to Katy and their respective careers.