One of things I love most about what we do at Always Elegant Bridal is hearing the details of our brides love stories. These two are high school sweethearts and took their time until they said their “I do’s”. After almost 8 years of dating Ryan and Kristen finally got married in the small town of McArthur, California. Funny story (well not hilarious by any means but…) the bride shared “We ended up in the ER the afternoon of our engagement because we were horseback riding and I got bucked off and got a compressed diskettes fracture in my back. Luckily he popped the question before the incident and I got to show all the hospital staff my beautiful ring”. My response welcome to married life (HA-HA-HA) minus the pain, it can truly be a ride of a life time.

What was the most important thing for you about finding the perfect dress? 

Feeling beautiful and comfortable so I could dance!

What was the best personal moments of your wedding day?

My husband and I exchanged letters to each other the night before our wedding day so we could read them personally the next day, that was really special. We also did a first look, and it was nice to see him before the wedding to calm my nerves and have our own little moment to ourselves before the ceremony.

Please share something that stood out on your wedding day?

It was the end of a heat wave and it randomly rained the morning of our wedding. Then the sun came out and the weather was perfect. It was one of the most beautiful sunsets that evening.

What was your inspiration for your wedding day and dress?

I wanted our wedding to be a fun even but classy. My theme was vintage/rustic. My family and I are very crafty and made a lot of our decor. Like I said I wanted my dress to be comfortable, but what I thought I wanted my dress to be like, I ended up choosing something really different.

Any advise to future brides…

Therefore my advice would be if you’re having a hard time deciding between a couple dresses is to picture yourself at your venue and think does it fit your theme/style? And make sure to soak in all the enjoyment and moments during your wedding day, it goes by fast!

The talent wedding vendors used during this special day:

Photographer- Ashley Ward Photography, Fall River Mills, CA

Floral- Floranthropist, Redding, CA

Venue –Albaugh Guest Ranch House, McArthur, CA

Cake/Dessert- Cake is the Best Part, Redding, CA

Caterer- Stooters BBQ, Williams Ca/ Crumbs Restaurant, McArthur, CA

DJ/Music- Stay Gold Productions, Redding, CA


Wedding Dress: Always Elegant Bridal, Chico & Yuba City, CA