By: Cindy Ward
Emily and Ryan’s Story
Emily Hudsonroder and Ryan Harrington met at McMaster University during their freshman year in 2007. They lived in the same residence and studied together, content to be friends. It wasn’t until their second year at the university that they actually started dating.
The young couple travelled to New York City in May of 2012 to celebrate Ryan’s 21st birthday. While touring the sites of the big city, a visit to the top of the Empire State Building turned into a very special moment for Emily. On the second viewing deck, Ryan got down on one knee and proposed.
Emily and Ryan were married June 14th, 2014 at the Iron Horse Ranch in Bethany. It was a beautiful sunny day for an outside ceremony with many family and friends in attendance. The ceremony took place under a decorated arch with lush trees and a pond in the background. Emily looked very pretty in a strapless lacy and beaded mermaid style gown purchased from Val’s Bridal in Courtice. She wore a sheer veil and a pearl necklace that the groom had purchased for her. The bride’s bouquet consisted of white and pink peonies. It was very special as she had two pictures of her grandfather in lockets attached to the arrangement. A ‘Thousand Years’ by Christina Perri was selected by the bride to play as she walked down the aisle.
The groom sported a grey suit with matching vest, white dress shirt and black tie. The six groomsmen wore matching suits with a white shirt and black tie and an orchid boutonniere. Each suit was designed with a different pattern inside. The suits were custom made from Eph Apparel out of Winnipeg. The girls wore long pink strapless gowns carrying a bouquet of mixed dark and light pink flowers.
Following the ceremony, MJP Photography captured some beautiful moments throughout the stunning grounds of the Iron Horse Ranch. A reception was held in the barn located on the property. The barn was decorated with rustic details, like the wooden tables with white tablecloths and brown runners with pink and white wild flowers in mason jars as centerpieces. The guest enjoyed a fabulous meal catered by VP Savoury Fare. Guests also savoured a selection of delicious cupcakes baked and decorated by Emily’s high school friend, Alex. Another special detail of the evening was the moment when two of Emily’s bridesmaids performed an adapted version of “Ho Hey” by the Lumineers, singing and playing the ukulele for the couple and their guests.
Emily and Ryan enjoyed a honeymoon in beautiful Maui, Hawaii. They now reside in downtown Toronto, where Ryan commutes daily to his hometown of Waterloo.