Congratulations Jen and Ryan!

You may remember Jen and Ryan from an earlier post with their hysterical save-the-date card. Well I am happy to report that they are now married!

Jen and Ryan are no strangers around here and they incorporated their fun personalities and love of the museum into their special day. As part of the benefits for wedding couples here at the Natural History Museum, we allow the bride and groom to use all of our open galleries for wedding photography.

As you can see, these two took full advantage of it!

After a late afternoon ceremony in the Exposition Park Rose Garden, guests strolled through the blooms and headed into our Grand Foyer for a cocktail hour.

As they sipped drinks and munched on appetizers everyone took time to take Polaroids of themselves to leave with a personal message in the guest book.

And, as with most parties here, our dramatic Dueling Dinos served as a backdrop for some fun photos!

The reception was held in our African Mammal Hall where Jen, Ryan, their families and 150 of their closest friends danced the night away in front of chimpanzees, gorillas, rhinos, hippos and lions oh my!

Pieces from our member’s loan service served as centerpieces and their place cards were dinosaur eggs with baby chocolate dinosaurs inside.


After dinner had been served, the newlyweds slipped off to change into dancing attire and surprised their guests with a graceful routine.

A big thank you to Hai Blankinship, the coordinator for the day, for your tireless work! And another big thank you to Jen and Ryan’s family and friends who did  a lot of schlepping before, during and after the event.

The majority of the above photos were courtesy of Marianne Wilson Photography who did an amazing job capturing the quirky personalities of the couple, as well as showcasing the museum. Her work can be viewed at

The hilarious  Dueling Dinos photo is courtesy of Jen’s Bridesmaid Elaine Ordiz.

 The beautiful flowers were provided by Chelsea Moon ( DJ Tim Martinez ( provided the fantastic sounds throughout the evening and The Ranch Catering Company( )was responsible for the fantastic dinner! 


So a big congratulations to Jen and Ryan from The Natural History Museum. It was a pleasure and honor to get to know you both and everyone here wishes you a lifetime of happiness. I know we will see you around the museum!

Live long and prosper! 😉


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