Real Weddings {Virginia}: Dayna & Ryan! –

We fell in love with this young hip couple when we first featured their Urban Chic Harlem Engagement Session. Now they're back as husband and wife with a gorgeous Harlem Renaissance themed wedding at the Poe Museum in Richmond, VA. Check out their special day, captured by Sincerely Liz Inc. 

Bride: Dayna Isom Johnson, 28, Public Relations

Groom: Ryan Johnson, 28, Actor

Place of residence: New York, NY

Wedding date:  6/15/13

Honeymoon Destination: Mediterranean Cruise: Italy, France, & Spain 

Engagement story :

Just like how I’ve always dreamed, Ryan spoke to my parents ahead of time to get their blessing and then his planning for the proposal began. One of our first memorable dates was in the Brooklyn Botanical Garden during the Cherry Blossom Festival in 2011. When we decided to head back for the weekend of April 14th 2012 with a couple of friends, the setting couldn’t be more romantic. Ryan led me into the rose garden and asked if he could show me some pictures on his camera – I was so confused. When I turned the camera on there were pictures of my family members holding signs that said, “excited”, “happy”, “elated”, “surprised” etc. I asked Ryan, “What’s going on”? When I looked up he was on one knee and asked me to be his wife! I cried and cried and yelled YES! It was the most joyful experience of my life.

Your best/most memorable moment:

Seeing each other for the first time walking down the aisle and locking eyes with each other.

From the Groom:

It was everything that I dreamed of. To see the smile on my wife’s face, the tears in her eyes, I knew I made her day magical.

From the Bride:

It was the happiest and most exciting day of my life. To be surrounded by the people I love the most and becoming Ryan’s wife was the most amazing feeling.

See more photos from their fun Harlem Renaissance inspired reception below:

What are you most looking forward to as a married couple?

Sharing a life together, creating more memories, and eventually sharing our values and beliefs with our children.


Advice for a Bride/Groom on their wedding day:

We decided to promise each other to let everything go and not stress. Enjoy your day and enjoy the family and friends that are there to help support your special union.

Congratulations to you both! We wish you many years of wedded bliss! Can't get enough of this cute couple? Check out their wedding video here!


Photographer: Sincerely Liz

Ceremony location: Edgar Allan Poe Museum

Reception location: Main Street Train Station

Bridal gown: Ceremony Gown, WToo,

Reception Gown: Nicole Miller

Bridal party attire: Amsale

Groom’s tux:  Men's Warehouse

Cake: Mixing Bowl Bakery 

Caterer: Catering by Jill

Favors: Candy bags, Sweet Spot

Music (DJ name and web link): DJ Drake

Flowers: Black Iris


Videographer: Bree Davis 

Curated by our Wedding Features Editor, C.K. Alexander. C.K is the owner and founder of Love Ink. Keep up with C.K. on Twitter here: @Love_Ink

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