Megan Senior, a celebrity publicist at Slate PR, and Ryan Bocskay, who works in business affairs at Quibi, matched on Bumble in 2016, but unbeknownst to them, they had actually talked on the phone and emailed for work months before.
“One of my clients was hosting SNL. Ryan made the deals for NBC for SNL, and our negotiations didn’t exactly go smoothly,” Megan says. “During our first date when he told me he his job at NBC, I realized I was such a b*tch to this guy. The next day, I searched my emails, forwarded Ryan our exchange, and said I understood if he didn’t want to go out again.”
Luckily he had already asked her out again, and after around two years together, he proposed during a trip to San Sebastian in Spain. Unfortunately, the ring didn’t fit, as he had measured the wrong ring in her jewelry box, but they obviously were too happy to care.
Since the two met in California, it felt fitting to get married there. Megan had her parents fly from Texas to the West Coast to scout locations, and they found Calistoga Ranch had the exact feel that they were looking for. To help plan everything, they hired Simone Lennon.
“I see my clients in so many beautiful red carpet gowns that I thought I might have a hard time finding a wedding dress that I actually liked,” Megan says, but she loved every minute of bridal shopping. She knew she wanted to wear Oscar de la Renta and kept coming back to the Landon gown. The design had light netting in the front, so it wasn’t necessary to wear a necklace, but Megan’s client, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, loaned her a pair of vintage Victorian earrings that complemented the dress perfectly.
Rosie also introduced her to makeup artist Marc Reagan—“I trusted him implicitly and just sat in his chair and let him do his magic!” Megan says. Since her dress was on the structured side, Kiley Fitzgerald gave the bride’s hair a soft wave with one side tucked behind the ear. “She was there every step of the way, combing and spraying any flyaway until the end of the night!”
On a private lawn next to the pool, the bride walked down the white floral-lined aisle with her father to meet Ryan under an arbor, adorned with lush green crawling vines woven with big white blossoms of garden roses and dahlias. “I was so nervous I was going to faint or trip over my train,” Megan says. “I grabbed Ryan’s hands immediately when I got to the alter just for balance!”
Once announced as a married couple, everyone moved to the vineyards for the cocktail hour and then to a hilltop for the three-course, sunset dinner. Guests found their seats at a dramatic 100-foot-long grand kings table, decorated with votive candles and white floral treatments running down the center.
After the delicious dinner, the newlyweds invited their guests into the wine cave for dessert, dancing, and late-night bites. DJ Josh Dukes played “God Only Knows” by The Beach Boys for the couple’s first dance—a nod to Ryan’s late father, who loved the group.
Later in the night, Megan changed into a Markarian beaded mini dress. “I felt like a bridal Tina Turner on the dance floor,” she says. “Seeing all of our friends and family celebrating together having a great time is exactly what we wanted.”