If you had to choose one word to describe Mallory and Ryan, it would be laid-back. The couple, who grew up near Stillwater, are happier spending a day shooting trap than shopping at the mall. In fact, when Ryan proposed to Mallory in 2009, it was after a day spent shooting trap together and splitting wood at a friend’s farm. Mallory was exhausted, but Ryan talked her into stopping at their favorite bar, Sal’s, where he proposed.
When the couple, who met in 2007 through mutual friends and have a 2-year-old son together, started planning their wedding, they wanted to keep it personal. “We wanted a casual country-themed wedding,” says Mallory, who grew up on a 90-acre horse farm. “We tried to make it as laid-back as possible.” That applied to the wedding as well as to the planning process. “Even my bachelor party and her bachelorette party were laid-back,” Ryan says. The women went trap shooting (of course), while the men shot sporting clays and held a bonfire and barbecue at Ryan’s brother’s house.
For wedding guests, the couple shared their comfy vibe early on, through invitations that Mallory, a freelance graphic designer, created. Their central image, a pair of cowboy boots, complemented the printed phrase “Bring your boots.” And bring them guests did, showing up with cowboy hats and boots to the rural fall wedding. After the ceremony at the Church of St. Peter in North St. Paul—where most of the groom’s family has married—the happy couple swapped their dress shoes for boots in the parking lot.
In keeping with the wedding’s “romantic country” theme, the table settings at Withrow Ballroom and Event Center included bouquets of wheat, flickering candles in mason jars, vintage-style lanterns, and glazed pumpkins. Guests enjoyed a buffet of comfort foods such as beef stroganoff, followed by apple pie squares from a nearby orchard. In a fitting touch, Mallory’s childhood farm even made an appearance: Ryan, a carpenter, handmade the card box (for gifts) using chicken wire and fencing from the beloved family farm.