I met Ryan and Alyssa through Instagram a couple of months ago, and then we officially met shortly after that for some coffee at Spill the Beans, a local favorite in downtown Greenville. These two are beautiful inside and out. While the photography is beautiful, Ryan and Alyssa care just as deeply about building strong marriages and growing community.
After getting to know them a little bit, I reached out and asked them a few questions that they're letting me share the answers with you today. Without further adieu...meet Ryan and Alyssa!
What is your area of expertise?
Weddings & Engagements
What led you to the wedding industry?
From Ryan: Honestly, we were asked! Alyssa started off in sports photography, but then a friend asked her to photograph her wedding. Though terrified, Alyssa agreed and from that moment on, she was hooked on weddings!
From Alyssa: When Ryan & I met, I pulled Ryan into my wedding world, and we both enjoyed it so much, we felt called to pursue wedding photography as a husband and wife team. It's more than just the wedding itself, it's the marriage of our couples that drive and motivate us. We highly prioritize and emphasize the relationship we have not only with our couples, but with each other and their own marriage!
What is the best piece of advice you can give couples for planning their wedding?
Trust your vendors!!! Surrounding yourself with a talented team of vendors that both of you love and trust will not only enhance your wedding experience, but will also allow you to enjoy more of your day! You won't have to worry or stress about your vendors if you trust them to do what you've hired them to do!
What is your favorite wedding trend right now?
Can we have two? We LOVE seeing a more neutral color pallet, with pops of color and a hint of a metallic! We also love the unplugged wedding ceremonies, where our couples' friends and family can be in the moment, enjoy the details, and celebrate their love instead of behind devices and miss much of what actually happens!
What do you love most about what you do?
That we get to do this together. As a husband and wife team, we're able to relate to our couples in ways most vendors can't; we have the unique opportunity to form relationships, develop friendships with each and every one of our couples. That's what gets us out of bed every morning. We love that we get to impact marriages, impact other people, together!
What is your favorite wedding cake flavor?
Chocolate! You'll no doubt find Alyssa eyeing the cake to see if our couples picked a chocolate layer!
What is your favorite way to spend a day off?
We love to take day trips! So if we have a few days off, or a break in our wedding schedules, we'll take a day trip to Asheville, Charlotte, Charleston, Savannah, or any of the other surrounding cities! We also love to catch up with any of our couples living in those areas while we visit! Taking those day trips gives us the opportunity to explore something new, focus on each other, and enjoy some time away from the norm! And it's a bonus if our dog Mia gets to come along too! We also love trying new places to eat everywhere we go!
What is your biggest guilty pleasure?
We looooooooove Blueberry Frog. Anytime we happen to be downtown for a session, location scouting, or vendor meetings, we make it a point to share some fro-yo together! Our favorite combo is the raspberry or pomegranate with white chocolate chips, strawberries and Oreo pieces. Yum!
What is your favorite Instagram account to follow?
@joannagaines! We love all things HGTV and Fixer Upper! Fellow addicts unite :-)
What would we be surprised to know about you?
Some of our favorite nights in are when we're watching the latest Food Network or HGTV series on Netflix! We love envisioning ways we could (re)decorate our home or cook up new creations for dinner. Though let's be honest - we mainly just like to dream about doing those things and continue watching!