Carlee Couch and Sean Ryan first met at a Texas ranch party when Sean, on a year-long trip across America, stopped to visit friends. They kept in touch by meeting up all over the country—in Washington, D.C.; Austin, Texas; and Beaver Creek, Colorado—before they officially began dating six months later. Several years later, they were living together in Sydney, Australia, when Sean proposed overlooking the ocean at Clovelly Rocks.
The jetsetting couple decided to tie the knot in Texas, choosing Barr Mansion, located just outside Austin, as their big-day venue; the spot was close to Carlee’s family and held plenty of sentiment for the couple. “This is where our relationship began, and we wanted the location to mean something to us both rather than host a destination wedding,” says Carlee. Since they were planning the wedding from Australia, they relied on local wedding planners from Wild Sky Events to pull the on-site details together in time to host their 180 guests on April 28, 2018. To Carlee, their planning team was invaluable. “A planner is a must! We could not have pulled something that amazing together so far away without Wild Sky Events,” she says. “It also just eases the stress and helps to make sure the small details get attention so you can relax and actually enjoy the day.”
The boundless florals, minimalist space, and all-night dancing were everything the pair had hoped for, but for Carlee and Sean, the best part was seeing their friends from all over the globe come together. “We had guests fly from across the world—about 50 percent of the wedding ended up being Australian,” adds the bride. “And getting a bunch of Texans and Aussies together makes for a great party!”
Photographer: Sarah Falugo