We love when a couple decides to get married on their own terms! We talked to Ceylan Ozkan and Dan Conroy-Beam about how they wed differently for their big day on July 22 . Read on to find out how they fell in love with each other and try not to fall in love with them!
WHEN DID YOU KNOW THEY WERE THE ONE?: I am always so bad at this question…there was not one particular moment. Even from the start of our relationship, we both knew it was “serious.” It was just like, “OK, I’ve found my person” from the beginning, and that was that. I remember when I finally realized I liked him though…it was thanksgiving break, and I was watching PS I love you. I actually hate that movie, but something about it made me emotional that day. I sent him an effusive 5 page long text message telling him how much I value him and our relationship, and then he responded with the same, and he is not one for huge emotional pronouncements. When we got back to Austin and saw him again, I knew I was feeling something more. After all this time, he has never said when he knew, but he knew before I did.
HOW DID YOU OR THEY PROPOSE? Ha, no exciting story here. Dan got his dream job, we were planning our move, and we decided this was a good time to get married. We always knew we would get married and talked about the future, it was just a matter of when. We were both in school for our entire relationship even to this point, and we just wanted to be stable before getting married.
WHAT WAS THE INSPIRATION FOR YOUR WEDDING DAY?: We just wanted to have fun, be relaxed and comfortable, and enjoy our family and friends in our new home. Throughout the entire planning process, we really focused on being relaxed, and enjoying our loved ones. We definitely did not want something frilly or formal. I was looking for places to get married in Santa Barbara while still living in Austin. One of my venue ideas for Austin was Jester King, a favorite brewery of ours. Then I found Pure Order Brewing Company in Santa Barbara, found out they did weddings, and it was settled as soon as I told Dan. We both love beer, we wanted a casual fun atmosphere, there was no question, it was a perfect fit.
HOW DID YOU WED DIFFERENTLY?: Nothing about our wedding was traditional. We wanted our wedding to be a celebration of our love, and it was. Neither of us is religious, which made planning the ceremony, particularly the vows, a little tougher. We didn’t want anything really gushy, so we made our vows funny and realistic instead. We included a quote from That Mitchell and Webb Look, a sketch comedy show with two of our favorite comedians. One of our best friends officiated the ceremony, with our other best friends all giving lovely mini speeches, my family friend I’ve known since I was 2 played guitar, another friend and her partner baked our wedding cookies (in place of cake), and all of our friends and family were so willing to help out and jump in for us. We spent the afternoon between the ceremony and the reception getting lunch at the Public Market in downtown SB, where we ran into so many friends and family (completely unplanned), and then we took pictures around the city with a friend. At the reception, we drank beer, ate tacos and cookies, and we laughed and hugged and were so, so joyful. We did not have dancing or a band, we just played a soul music playlist Dan put together. The whole day was perfect, even down to the moment when Dan forgot the rings and we just had to wing that part during the ceremony. We made up for with an impromptu ring ceremony on the sidewalk of our friends’ Airbnb while waiting for our Uber to the reception. The day and night were beyond incredible and so full or love, and we would not change a thing.
They used effusive in a sentence y’all, what’s not to love?! We wish them nothing but joy and laughter for all the days ahead!