When Ryan Korsgard, former TV reporter for KPRC Channel 2, left Houston earlier this year, he wasn't entirely sure what he was going to do next. He knew two things, though: he was moving to Austin and getting married to his fiance, Marshall Eudy, a media attorney.
"We met the old-fashioned way," Korsgard quips to CultureMap. "On Tinder."
The coupled married at Austin's swanky Hotel Saint Cecilia on November 9, with 110 of their friends and family in attendance. The couple booked the entire 14-room, historic hotel nestled in neighborhood in the popular South Congress district for the occasion.
"Marshall knew it," says Korsgard of the hotel. He admits that Eudy planned the wedding down to the tiniest detail — including having their 12-year-old Collie, Max, carry the Tiffany wedding rings on his bowtie. "It was just amazing. And we had the whole place all weekend, so people could come and go, and check out the city."
A flock of Korsgard’s family and friends were there, including former KHOU anchors and his dear friends Lily Jang and Chau Nguyen. Close TV pals, including Channel 2 anchor Andy Cerota and Great Day Houston host Derrick Shore were also there, along with KPRC Channel 2 chief meteorologist Frank Billingsley, who officiated the wedding on a picturesque Saturday afternoon along the grassy knoll overlooking a 300-year-old oak tree.
The wedding procession included Eudy’s brother Parker Eudy, who is a former teacher in Houston; his sister Gracie Eudy; and his best friend, Ashlee Arnold. Korsgard chose Austin plastic surgeon Dr. Rocco Piazza, Jang, and Nguyen as attendants. Nguyen’s two daughters — 7-year-old Myles Todd and 9-year-old Ryan Todd, who was named after her godfather, Korsgard — proudly escorted Max.
Attendees enjoyed music from four-piece-string ensemble Terra Vista Strings. The evening's dinner was catered by Contigo and included toasts from Eudy’s brother and Nguyen.
Eudy proposed to Korsgard in August, on the former reporter's birthday. He set up a surprise trip, booking a cruise from Barcelona on the Silver Sea cruise line, a trip that also included a helicopter tour and a Lamborghini trip around Monaco.
All of it, said Korsgard, was even more spectacular because Eudy had never been on a cruise before, and dove right into all the meticulous planning, right down to asking Korsgard, who cruised often with his family, which cruise line he'd never sailed but always wanted to. That level of thoughtfulness, and the attention to detail is one of the things Korsgard admits to loving most about Eudy.
"He had asked me my favorite thing to do on a cruise," says Korsgard, "and I told him, it's very simple: you order room service, so you don't have to get up, you don't have to get dressed. You can just stay in the room and go out on the balcony and watch the world go by. So, on August 7, 2018, he brought this box out, and I thought it was a candle, it was about that size. But I should've realized; it was Rolex green wrapping, but I was oblivious to that.
"I opened it and there was a watch inside and on the back it says, 'Will you marry me?' But the funny thing is, I put the watch on, and I was like, that's a really pretty watch. And Marshall looked and me and he said, 'Did you read the back?' So I flipped it over and read the back and there was the 'Will you marry me?'"
Korsgard was thoroughly surprised and — naturally — said yes.
Fast forward a few months, and he took Eudy to the Hotel Saint Cecilia for his birthday in January. He bought Eudy a watch and was planning to have it engraved with "I do" on the back. But, realizing how "very particular" his fiance was, says Korsgard "there was no way I was going to engrave that nice watch before he approves it!"
The couple is settling nicely in to married life. They sold their home in Austin and moved into a downtown Austin high-rise, and are looking forward to taking an extensive honeymoon aboard another Silver Seas cruise, this time to the Virgin Islands, with a stop in St. Barth's. (The couple took a few days right after the wedding to head to Puerto Vallarta, but with so much going on between Korsgard's new gig and the house sale, they knew a longer trip would have to wait.)
"It's interesting, being married," Korsgard notes. "It was really easy to say 'my fiance.' But now some people are like, 'How's your wife,' and I have to say, 'No, my husband.' It can be an awkward moment."
But he doesn't much mind. He loves the commitment he and Eudy have made to each other, and knows this is for a lifetime.
"Just knowing you've got each other's back," he says. "I think that's the most important thing."