Natalie Bruton, a loan processor for First United Bank, and Ryan Wied, a salesman for Eco-Drip Irrigation, were married on July 20, 2013 at Cotton Creek Barn.
Natalie and Ryan were high school sweethearts. They started dating in the 7th grade, bumped elbows a few times, and went to the movies. They took a break in the eighth grade, when Natalie dumped Ryan because he was too short…. Freshman year Ryan grew at least two feet, and the rest is history!
Ryan decided to propose in Breckenridge, CO while skiing with the family. He proposed on the last run of the first day of skiing. Ryan is a boarder and Natalie a skier, and Ryan decided to “pretend” to bust, which he normally does on his own, so it was definitely believable. Natalie skied up to make sure he was okay, and when he rolled over complaining about his ribs hurting, he pulled out a beautiful shiny diamond ring. Even after ten plus years of dating, Ryan still had Natalie in shock!
Natalie and Ryan’s wedding location is extra special. It was held at Cotton Creek Barn, which Natalie, Ryan, and their family built. They spent long nights trying to finish the barn before the wedding. Every bit of carpentry was done by hand. Natalie helped place every piece of wood on the walls of Cotton Creek and painted every sign. They chose to decorate the bar like their favorite bar in College Station, the Dixie Chicken. Natalie would take care of many of the details while Ryan was out hunting during the months before the wedding. Everything about Cotton Creek is unique and a part of Natalie and Ryan.
Natalie wore the Lorie gown by Maggie Sottero, and the cake was created by United Market Street. Natalie and Ryan honeymooned on a 7-day Royal Caribbean Cruise to St. Maarten, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, antigua, and Barbados.
Natalie’s favorite part about her wedding was how much it displayed who she and Ryan are.
Both Natalie and Ryan’s dads farm cotton in New Home, so you could find cotton on all the tables. Their dads are Texas Aggies through and through… so they wanted everything as Aggie as possible, including maroon as one of the wedding colors.
The groomsmen wore jeans, because when it came down to it, Natalie would rather see Ryan in a pair of jeans any day. Natalie and Ryan are small town people and always will be, so wearing a suit and tie just wasn’t a part of their daily lives, besides Ryan never owned a tie until the wedding.
Make your wedding day yours. Have all your favorite foods, drinks, and people because this special day only happens once, and it flies by.
– Elizabeth Hopper
Photography: Lauren Clark