Chelsea Conn and John-Michael Ryall met in law school at the University of Memphis and fell for each other during a trip to San Francisco in 2012. In May of 2015 John-Michael popped the question quite unexpectedly. “We got engaged on a Thursday evening, which isn’t the most usual day for an engagement,” explains John-Michael. “I am notoriously bad at keeping secrets and surprises.” He planned for a big weekend proposal, but the ring was burning a hole in his pocket, and he popped the question when they returned home from dinner at Porcellino’s.
This unconventional proposal led to an equally unconventional wedding in September of 2016. The couple took a total DIY approach to their big day, and both families came together to make the day spectacular with charming details. We are simply smitten with this casual, thoughtful and intimate affair!
Thanks to John-Michael and Chelsea for sharing all the marvelous details of their wedding day with us! Here’s to a lifetime of happiness!
Photography: Donny Granger of Creation Studios
Invitations, programs, koozies and menu cards: Ménage Fine Stationery and Gifts
Wedding gown: The Barefoot Bride
Venue: Blecken Pavilion at the Memphis Botanic Garden
Reception venue and food: The Second Line
Cake: Frost Bake Shop
Hair: Pavo Salon Spa
Makeup: Gia Marina
Day-of coordinator: Russell Whitehead of Russell and Ruthie Events
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