RYANNE O’DONNELL & CORBAN RICHARDSON
June 17, 2023 | The Silos | Bono | Lauren Tyler Photography
Ryanne and Corban met in college through mutual friends at Brickhouse Bar and Grill in downtown Jonesboro. That night, Ryanne kept telling everyone that she just knew Corban was her future husband because he was a football player at Arkansas State University, and it was her dream to marry a football player. The rest is history!
Corban asked Ryanne to marry him in July 2022 at Omar’s Uptown in Jonesboro with both of their families present.
“Corban planned a huge dinner with both of our families because we knew we wanted to get married and wanted them to meet,” Ryanne said. “He surprised me at the dinner by proposing on the rooftop of [Omar’s Uptown] in front of my whole family. I had an idea what was happening but it was still a nice surprise.”
The couple eloped on June 2, 2023 in an intimate ceremony at The Silos, and they kept it a secret from their friends prior to their big wedding reception at the same venue later that month. They knew this venue was the one for them because of the planner, scenery and large space.
“Samantha (our planner) at The Silos sold the deal of our venue. She is the best planner out there and one of the main reasons we picked The Silos.” Ryanne said. “Corban and I aren’t typically barn people but after their remodel we just knew it would fit our vibe perfectly. I loved the scenery and knowing it could fit all of our guests was a plus.”
WEDDING VENDORS WE LOVE
Low’s Bridal & Formal
Venue: The Silos; Wedding planner: Samantha McFadden; Florals: Generations Floral Company; Second shooters: Lauren Tyler Photography and Sammie Ploch Photography; Dance floor: The Dance Floor Man; Stationery and dance floor design: Maddie Mitchell Creative; Neon Sign and drink wall: Do Write By Me; Entertainment: Suspense Entertainment; Reception dress: Jessica’s Bridal; Groom and groomsmen tuxedos: Men N Black; Elopement Photographer: Lauren Tyler Photography; Videography: Knight Productions; Reception Hair: Dazzel with Brazil; Reception makeup: Megan Lamb, Jadyn Moore; Tuxes: Men N Black; Florals: Bloomingtown Florals; Reception Planner: Samantha McFadden; Reception Photographer: Sammie Ploch Photography; Food: Taco Daisy Food Truck; Desserts: Abby Cakes, Lollypops; Elopement Hair: Emily Haywood; Elopement Makeup: Hope Gabriella; Elopement Planner: Holly Head (The Silos)
Q & A
Q: What inspired your color palette?
A: “Hot pink has always been my color. I knew even before we got married I wanted it to be our wedding colors. Corban was fine with it because he knew it would make me happy like a true husband should! I knew the pink would tie perfectly with the disco balls. I wanted something fun to match our personalities.”
Q: Tell us about your florals!
A: “John Allen from Bloomington Florals always goes above and beyond. What I love about him is he is as extra as me. I knew when I hired him for my reception florals that he would knock it out of the park. We wanted to include all the colors from our wedding day. The pinks and the oranges turned out perfect. My friend Liz from Generations Florals did the florals for our elopement. I wanted to tie in colors from our reception but also have a completely different bouquet than the day of my ‘wedding day’ so I had her add in some blues and purples too.”
Q: What was your favorite moment of the day?
A: “Our favorite moment would be seeing everyone’s faces after we surprised them with our elopement. We had our friends at Knight Productions record a video the day of our elopement and we played that before we entered the reception. It was so funny hearing everyone's reactions.”
Q: What do you wish you would have known before starting the planning process?
A: “Being a wedding photographer, I felt like I had it all figured out. But honestly, I wish I had known that it is so important to enjoy yourself and not worry so much about the little things. Your day is going to turn out perfect no matter what, so don’t sweat the small stuff and have fun because you only get this day once.”
The theme for the wedding day was “fun disco.” They knew they wanted it to be a big dance party, so they splurged on the DJ and dance floor. Disco balls were incorporated into the decor and went well with the bright color palette. Their DJ even surprised Ryanne by wearing a disco ball helmet, which she ended up stealing to wear at the reception!
“Seeing everyone’s faces after we surprised them with our elopement. We had our friends at Knight Productions [film] our elopement and we played that before we entered the reception. It was so funny hearing everyone's reactions.”