Ryan Richards and Rachel Tynan were married during a “winter magic” themed ceremony before 110 family members and friends at the Waterton Community Centre in Waterton Lakes National Park, Alberta.
The couple first met at the wedding of Ryan’s sister to Rachel’s cousin, where Ryan accompanied Rachel’s sister down the aisle. However, it wasn’t until a little shove from family five years later that the two started dating.
The two planned to go hiking on their first date, but Ryan cancelled to play softball instead. Ryan thought taking Rachel on a hike and proposing at the summit would be a great way to make up for the failed first date. Unfortunately, Ryan couldn’t find the trailhead he was looking for and had to settle for a shorter hike at a lower elevation. Rachel grumbled and complained about the hike the whole way and just wanted to go home. “She would sit down and say how stupid the hike was,” says the groom. After some convincing, Ryan led Rachel to the top where he proposed. All the bride could do was laugh because she’d been so stubborn.
Ryan and Rachel were married on February 9 2013 and decorated their wedding venue with turquoise, silver and white to match their “winter magic” theme. Dressed for the weather, the bride walked down the aisle wearing white mukluks while her bridesmaids wore black ones.
One of the couple’s favourite wedding memories was the flash dance mob Rachel, who coaches cheerleading, choreographed to Lady Gaga’s “Marry the Night”. The bride and her cheerleaders tore up the dance floor and wedding guests who learned the routine on YouTube, including the bride’s mother, joined in during the second chorus.