A Cupertino Wedding: Liz & Ryan


Paintballing. Emails. Heart surgery. Chance.

If I only had four words to sum up Liz and Ryan’s love story, those would be it.

Liz and Ryan met paintballing with friends. And that’s how it started out, as friends. Then Ryan was deployed to Iraq, and thanks to email, the two were able to exchange friendly notes. But that was it, really. They were just friends.

However, an unforeseen medical emergency brought them together. Ryan was airlifted to a hospital in Washington, D.C. for heart surgery, and in a bold move, Liz had asked Ryan if he wanted her to come visit him while he recovered. Thinking that he’d brush it off, she didn’t think much of her gesture. But Ryan said yes. Next thing she knew, Liz was DC-bound from New York City (where she was working and attending law school), to be by Ryan’s side. And as Liz recounted, they’ve been together ever since.

Liz and Ryan’s wedding is extra special to me because Liz was one of my bridesmaids and has always been like a big sister to me since we met in college.

Liz and Ryan – Thank you for having me as a part of your big day. Being able to document your wedding was such an honor. Liz, I’m so glad that you found Ryan. I still remember the time that you told me that you had met someone. And although I didn’t get to meet Ryan until your wedding day, I can see already that you’ve found your match. May you have a beautiful marriage. Hugs and Love, Catie.

This is Part 1 of Liz and Ryan’s fun wedding. We started off the day at the Hilton Garden Inn in Cupertino.

Her shoes? So fun!

Enzo Angiolini Sparkle Pumps by Catie Ronquillo Photography

And Liz’s Maggie Sottero dress? I LOVED it! I believe it’s the Fiori from this season.

Maggie Sottero Fiori Wedding Gown Lace Veil Catie Ronquillo Photography

Cool Ring Shot on mascara brush wedding rings Catie Ronquillo Photography

Liz and Ryan opted for a First Look, which I loved! Not only did they get to see each other and get to spend some quality time with each other before the ceremony, it also allowed for a smooth flow for the rest of the wedding day. Photos didn’t have to be rushed, and then before the reception, they were able to hang out with the bridal party.

Images of a First Look in Mountain View Wedding Catie Ronquillo Photography

Want to know why I work with a second shooter? To catch both of their reactions. Thanks to my second shooter Rosaura Sandoval for shooting with me.

Images of a First Look in Mountain View Wedding Catie Ronquillo Photography

Images of a First Look in Mountain View Wedding Catie Ronquillo Photography

Images of a First Look in Mountain View Wedding Catie Ronquillo Photography

Also, Rosaura held traffic so that we could get this shot. In the middle of the street. Thankfully, Liz and Ryan didn’t think I was crazy when I proposed the idea.

Images of Bride and Groom Mountain View Wedding Street Photo Catie Ronquillo Photography

Mauve Wedding Bouquet lace trimmed veil bride and groom wedding photography Catie Ronquillo

Liz, you are fierce. You can recite sports stats, litigate (yes, Liz is a lawyer!), and look absolutely stunning.

To transport the wedding party and immediate family, they rented a trolley. Love it!

San Francisco Trolley Wedding Photos Catie Ronquillo Mountain View

And their rings? Gorgeous. Ryan’s family is Irish, and his ring reflects his strong heritage. And Liz is not much of a diamond kind of girl, so she opted for a pretty emerald engagement ring.

Irish Celtic Wedding Ring Emerald Engagement Ring channel set women's wedding band Catie Ronquillo

St. Joseph's Catholic Church Mountain View Wedding Ceremony Catie Ronquillo

St. Joseph's Catholic Church Mountain View Wedding Ceremony Catie Ronquillo

Blessing of the Wedding Ring Mountain View Ceremony Catie Ronquillo

St. Joseph Catholic Church Wedding Ceremony Mountain View California by Catie Ronquillo Photography

Kneeling Catholic Ceremony St. Joseph's Church Mountain View California Catie Ronquillo

Choir Loft View of St. Joseph Catholic Church Mountain View Wedding Ceremony

Ryan’s cousin flew out from New Jersey to play trumpet for their ceremony. Thanks to Rosie for capturing these!

Trumpet Player New Jersey

Final Blessing St. Joseph Church Mountain View California Wedding Ceremony Catie Ronquillo

And this blog post wouldn’t be complete without a photo of Liz’s niece, Kira. The very first wedding I shot was Kira’s mom and dad (he’s the fellow in the background).

Baby Flower Girl with Blue Eyes Mountain View California Catie Ronquillo Photography

Stay tuned for part 2!

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  • Reply Karyn 08.23.2010 at 2:25 pm

    Lovely! All of it!

  • Reply whitney elizabeth 08.23.2010 at 3:51 pm

    beautiful wedding Catie!! looove her shoes :) :)

  • Reply Lydia 08.23.2010 at 7:51 pm

    Catie, these are gorgeous!!

    • Reply Catie 08.24.2010 at 9:29 am

      Thanks ladies! :)

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