While in Homestead this weekend, I had the wonderful opportunity to sit down and chat with ESPN NASCAR Now reporter Nicole Manske. Since we already did a Fast Lap with Nicole, we thought it would be a fashionista twist to talk to her about her upcoming wedding to Fiance and INDYCar driver Ryan Briscoe.
Before I go into the fabulous details of her wedding, I must say how much I truly enjoyed chatting with Nicole. We are very grateful for the opportunities we get in this sport and have met a lot of fantastic people over the past few years. Nicole is one of of those fantastic people.
Ok girls, onto her wedding details. Nicole and Ryan met in a true boy/girl next door love story. They lived in the same building but did not know each other. One day, Nicole had an assignment to do an interview on an INDYcar driver and it ended up being the "cute guy" that lived in her building.
They have been dating for 4 years and will wed on December 19th in Maui, Hawaii. Ryan proposed to Nicole in Australia over Christmas of 2008. They spent a few days on the Great Barrier Reef and the proposal happened over dinner. She was not expecting him to pop the question and forgot to say the word "yes" since she was in shock!
The reason the couple chose Hawaii is for location purposes. Ryan is from Australia and Nicole is from Illinois. It ended up being most convenient for their family's to do it on the Island of Maui since it is an between. 100 guests will get to celebrate the big day with the happy couple.
Nicole tried on "a lot" of wedding dresses before she found her dream one designed by Ulla Maija. Her Bridesmaids will be wearing black dresses while carrying a mix of purple roses and calla lilies.
Ryan and Nicole will wed outside with the beautiful Hawaiian sunset behind them. They will then move to a covered tent for dinner and drinks. Dancing and more fun will take place in a ballroom afterwards.
The flavor of the wedding cake will be chocolate with whip cream and strawberry filling. They will also have a Desert Bar and an Ice Cream Sunday Bar. Guests will enjoy cocktails at the Ice Martini Bar.
The couples will share their first dance to You are the best thing Ray LaMontagne. Neither one of them knew of the song prior to but knew it was the right one when they heard it.
Ryan and Nicole will honeymoon in Fiji and then head over for a few days in Sydney.
Nicole shared a few photos with me on what the wedding will look like. The centerpieces are to die for and I know this wedding is going to be absolutely beautiful. We wish Nicole and Ryan the best of luck with their future together.