Gold & Black Simple Classic McCormick Ranch Golf Club Wedding
Carley and Bryan are ridiculously perfect together! We spent the entire time laughing and giggling the day away as we captured their Arizona Wedding at McCormick Ranch Golf Club. Their classic yet simple black and gold wedding was absolutely stunning. Their wedding party consisted of their siblings and close friend Adam, who was also their officiant. It is always so personal when you have a close friend or family member officiate your wedding. The stories, yet sometimes embarrassing, always make for a personalized and entertaining ceremony! The bridesmaids were dressed in floor length black dresses with a stunning laced deep-v cut out that perfectly accented Carley’s dress. The men were dressed in classy black and white tuxes with simple black bow ties. The whole day was perfect and you can read more about them and their story below as well as catch a glimpse into their day through their feature film!
The Couple, Proposal, & Wedding:
How They Met:
Bryan told us the story so well, so we can’t help but share it through his words: We met through “a simple match.com message. I poked fun at the fact that the Seahawks beat the Packers in the NFC championship the year before, knowing full and well the game happened to be a sore subject for Packers fans after a dramatic comeback loss. She responded with a witty response back and we made a first date at sushi.”
This has to be the most entertaining proposal story we have featured, but we love it! We feel like this is totally Bryan and Carley’s personalities. It was so fun to hear about it through the eyes of Bryan! (Yes, it’s a little lengthy but trust us.. it’s worth the read!)
Bryan had the plan of hiking Camelback mountain and proposing at the top while his brother Mychal would hide out to take a picture while he proposed. Carley specifically said she wanted a picture of the proposal. This task was going to be tough because Bryan had to totally surprise her since they bought her engagement ring together!
He told Carley a few days earlier of their plan to hike on Saturday morning. Carly responded with a very skeptical, “we’ll see”. That Saturday morning Carley rolls over in bed and immediately says sternly, “I don’t want to hike”. Bryan started to panic inside. He sent a text to his brother that the whole plan was getting ruined, then tells him, “I’m going to guilt trip her to get her to go.” Carley was already 100% opposed to going, so Bryan started saying how disappointed he was because he was really looking forward to it. Carly responds with how tired she was from a long work week, and her answer is still no. He then starts to say how he “never asks for anything” and “this is really important to him” – laying the guilt on thick. She starts to break down after his peer pressure and tears well up in her eyes. Carley asked Bryan for a minute while she thought about it. Bryan went upstairs feeling terrible that he was pushing her limits even though the intention was good for their wedding proposal. He text his brother that he thinks she is starting to break and to hold on for instruction.
Carly then comes upstairs and cracks a little smile. She tells him just to listen, she says she had a rough week, is really tired, and doesn’t want to go hiking. She then says that she will go hiking though, just because she loves him, but that she doesn’t want to talk about it anymore. She then went upstairs to get ready and asked him to leave her alone until they go because she was very annoyed.
Bryan text Mychal immediately and told him it’s on and to meet them at the top. When they got to the mountain Carley was still not talking to Bryan at this point. They got out of their Uber, which they took to avoid having to find parking, and started to hike. She immediately puts on her headphones. Bryan looks at her and she cracks a half smile saying “I love you, but I don’t have to like you right now”.
They get about 10-15 minutes from the top and she says, “I’m done”. Bryan starts trying to convince her that they’re almost there. She’s like, “no, I’m done, I’m not going further, you can hike to the top by yourself if you want”.
He starts panicking because Mychal is at the top waiting for them. Bryan pretends that he is looking at his phone for something and instead sends a text to Mychal, “just head down to us, she’s done hiking, gonna propose right here I guess.”
He turns around and asks her to take a picture with him, she says, “Why? We didn’t even make it to the top.” He eventually convinces her to just do it and they take a selfie together. He then gives her his phone to look at the picture they just took, but he instead put it on the first of eight pictures he had edited of them, adding little messages to each one that lead up to a “will you marry me?” message. At first she had no reaction and thought it was just a trick to get back on her good side. After the third picture it started to click for her and she started freaking out.
He got down on one knee (in front of all these hikers walking past them) and asked her to marry him. She cried, they kissed, she apologized for being a “cranky pants”, and the hikers of Camelback all cheered. Moments later his brother Mychal pops his head up over a rock and says, “anyone need some bubbly?” with some little bottles of champagne.
Carley and Bryan wanted a classic yet simple wedding and they nailed it perfectly. The white, black, and gold is so timeless and will never go out of style. The stunning white rose bouquets were such a great contrast to the bold black bridesmaid dresses. The black and white tuxes the guys wore paired perfectly with the ladies. The reception was pulled together perfectly with white floral arrangements, gold chargers, and stringed lights. Everything made for such a perfect day for the two of them. To top it off? A personal firework show for them and their guests to end the night. The dance floor was packed all night and the smile never left their faces. We love you Carley and Bryan! Thank you for allowing us to be apart of your special day!
Vendors: Videographer: Simply Cinema // Photographer: Brooke Marcella // Venue + Catering: McCormick Ranch Golf Club // Florist: Kate Ryan Design // Hair + Makeup: Kensington Makeup // Dress: Schaffer’s // Desert Bar: Morsel Confections // DJ: Got You Covered