Carly Reynolds

Carly Reynolds

Carly Reynolds & Chris Ferry

Age: 26
Hometown: Edina, MN
College: University of Denver
Occupation: Manager, Social Media and Audience Engagement at MSP-C

Age: 26
Hometown: Evergreen, CO & Edina, MN
College: University of Denver
Occupation: Financial Advisor at Ferry Capital Management

The Details
Engagement Date: June 30, 2014
Wedding Date: May 9, 2015
Wedding/Reception Location: Basilica of Saint Mary, and the Minneapolis Event Center
The Ring: Awesome! It’s from the same jeweler who made his parent’s rings.

About Us
We went to high school and college together and oddly enough we didn’t actually start dating until senior year of college when Chris asked me out on a date while camping in the Colorado mountains with some friends. We had known each other for about six years previously, so when he asked me out I was a little surprised. But what began as surprise quickly became the best thing that ever happened to me. I fell hard and fast for the guy who had been in front of me for years. It’s cheesy, but the best thing about it is that he’s my best friend. It’s a little frustrating, though, when you get into a disagreement with your fiancé, and all you want to do is call your best friend to talk through it. At least with a family plan we won’t run out of minutes.

Engagement Story
Total shocker! After work, Chris and I went out for a run around Lake Harriet. Half way around the lake, I started telling Chris about a nightmare I had the night before. It had woken me up in a sweat in the middle of the night and shocked me at its lucidity.

It was about our wedding day. In the dream Chris and were woken up one morning, told it was our wedding day, and thrust into a series of events that neither of us had planned, been a part of, or necessarily enjoyed (including Cinderella-style carriage rides). At one point in the dream, walking down the aisle, with tiny rubies thrown at us, and a tiara placed on my head, I just refused. “I’m not getting married like this.”

It was at this point that Chris pointed to a bench near the sailboats, and suggested we sit down. We sat and watched the sunset over the lake. “That won’t happen to us,” he assured me. “I won’t let it.” That’s when he grabbed my hand, got on his knee, and well, I mean if you don’t know what’s coming next, you should just stop reading. He had the ring box with him in his shorts pocket (gutsy) and had tried to wait until no passersby were around. It worked to an extent, but proposals are pretty obvious so about two seconds later a couple of women ran up to us and insisted they take our picture. We will have that sweaty, shocked, and happy-looking picture forever, thanks to those random ladies.

The Big Day
Basically we’re both just excited to start our lives together. We hope it will be a day our family and friends will enjoy, and that doesn’t include any Cinderella-esque carriages. For me the little things like seeing Chris, walking down the aisle, and dancing with my dad are the most important. Everything else will be cherries on top of the massive cookie I plan to eat at the reception!

Carly Reynolds and Chris Ferry first look on their wedding day
Wedding Recap: Wins and Misses

There are things Carly and Chris will always remember from their wedding—especially how much love they felt from family and friends that day.

One Week To Go

With less than a week to go till the wedding, Carly's fiancé looks back on the couple's engagement.

Carly Reynolds bachelorette party
Bachelorette In Plaid

Carly's non-traditional bachelorette party involved a brewery tour, a scavenger hunt, and lots of plaid.

Invitations for the wedding of Carly Reynolds and Chris Ferry
Love For Letterpress

Carly is over the moon about her invitations from Printerette Press. Here's why she's glad she didn't design them herself.

A table set at Carly Reynold's bridal shower
Showered With Love

Real Bride Carly shares how to be a blissful bride under the spotlight.

A tablescape by Whimsy Events & Design
Geeking Out Over Greens

Carly and Chris opt for an emphasis on greenery with a touch of light flowers for the tables at their wedding reception.

Cake tasting slices at Buttercream Bakery in St. Paul
No One Says You Have To Have Cake

Our Real Bride Carly just prefers bars, okay?

Four Month To-Dos

What’s left to do now that the ceremony, reception, dress, photographer, and DJ have been acquired?

Carly Reynolds and Chris Ferry wedding registry
Daddy's Little Registry

Carly and Chris finally checked off the ever-so-daunting task of completing their wedding registry. Here's what they learned.

Carly Reynolds and Chris Ferry engagement photo in Minneapolis | photo by Jonny Edwin
Planning a Marriage

If you’re going to invest time and money into your wedding day, why wouldn’t you do the same and more for your marriage?

Carly Reynolds and Chris Ferry engagement photo in Minneapolis | photo by Jonny Edwin
Ins and Outs of Engagement Photos

Carly asked her photographer, Jonny Edwin, for advice to help other couples prepare for engagement photos.

A rack of gowns at Tara LaTour's Northeast Minneapolis studio
Landing The Dress

Carly Reynolds' once-in-a-lifetime gown—the jewel of every bride’s eye—has been purchased.

Balancing a Budget

It might not be the fun stuff, like flowers, or dresses, but your budget is one thing that follows you through the entire wedding process.

Finding Our Wedding Style

Using Pinterest for good—and keeping it from driving Real Bride Carly Reynolds crazy.

Minneapolis Event Center | Photo by Coppersmith Photography
Staying Sane

The process of choosing a venue and setting the budget were enough to give this intrepid couple visions of eloping, but they got it together and soldiered on.

First Things First

You're engaged. Now what? Real Bride Carly Reynolds shares the five things she took care of right away.