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!


Photos by Jonny Edwin

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

Jun 1, 2015 12:02 PM Real Brides

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

May 4, 2015 12:00 AM Real Brides

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

Apr 29, 2015 12:00 AM Real Brides

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

Apr 3, 2015 3:03 PM Real Brides

Real Bride Carly Reynolds offers advice on being a gracious bride at bridal showers and other wedding events. more

Mar 27, 2015 6:00 AM Real Brides

Carly and Chris opt for an emphasis on greenery for the centerpieces at their wedding reception. more

Feb 13, 2015 6:00 AM Real Brides

Real Bride Carly Reynolds opted for mini desserts in lieu of one large wedding cake. more

Jan 30, 2015 6:00 AM Real Brides

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

Jan 9, 2015 1:00 AM Real Brides

Carly and Chris finally checked off the ever-so-daunting task of completing their wedding registry—with some help from Carly's dad. Here's what they learned. more

Dec 12, 2014 2:18 PM Real Brides


Photo by Jonny Edwin

Carly discusses marriage preparation in her latest blog post for Real Brides. If you’re going to invest time and money into your wedding day, why wouldn’t you do the same and more for you marriage? more

Dec 1, 2014 1:00 AM Real Brides


Photos by Jonny Edwin

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

Nov 14, 2014 1:00 AM Real Brides

Real Bride Carly Reynolds writes about her wedding dress shopping experience. She ultimately purchased her gown from Twin Cities gown designer, Tara LaTour. more

Oct 31, 2014 1:38 AM Real Brides

Real Bride Carly Reynolds offers tools and tips for balancing your wedding budget. more

Oct 17, 2014 1:21 AM Real Brides

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

Oct 6, 2014 10:37 AM Real Brides


Photo by Coppersmith Photography

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. more

Sep 23, 2014 1:10 PM Real Brides

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

Sep 3, 2014 1:00 AM Real Brides