How we met:
I moved from Tennessee to Boulder, CO after college for a job, and consequently I did not know a soul in the area! Thankfully, one of my bosses knew I was looking for a church in the area, and he and his family took me to the First Presbyterian Church in Boulder one Easter Sunday. I instantly felt at home as I began hanging out with the young adult group at the church. Thursday night Bible studies were held at Ryan’s condo, and that’s where we first were introduced.
Ryan and I began playing tennis together regularly, and I totally let him win every. single. time. (haha) After being friends for a while, Ryan finally decided to ask me out on a date. He picked me up one January night with pink tulips and took me to the Boulder Chop House where we enjoyed steak, red wine, and great conversation. After dinner we drove up Flagstaff mountain and stargazed (with a ton of blankets!) We also got to watch an orange moon rise over the horizon, which was perfect because my family loves the moon! It was the best first date I could imagine.
How he asked:
My sister and her husband live in Cocoa Beach, FL, and I had been dying for Ryan and I to take a trip to visit them. We decided to go Memorial Day weekend, and I was so excited to see my sister and hang out on the beach with some of my favorite people. Our flight got in after midnight Friday night, but we were bound and determined to go deep sea fishing the next morning, which required us to get up at 5:15 AM! So after about three hours of sleep, we had an amazing day out on the water. Ryan kept attacking me with sunscreen every fifteen minutes while we were on the boat (he didn’t want me to be sunburned for the engagement!) But other than the lack of sleep induced goofiness, he was acting completely normal.
The next day, my sister and I were talking on the beach while the boys were throwing a football. I had previously told her that I thought Ryan had bought a ring, which I was super excited about!! “Has he been acting weird? Do you think he’s going to propose soon?” she asked. I told her that I wished he would propose this weekend, but since he’d never been to Cocoa Beach, I doubted he would because I knew he wanted to plan it out and make it perfect. “Yeah, he seems like a planner. Oh well, it’ll happen eventually,” she said nonchalantly. After that conversation, I thought this weekend would be a proposal free weekend. As it would turn out, she DID help him plan the proposal! We went out to dinner that night, had a great time, and came back to the house to watch the sunset from the dock. It was so beautiful, we decided to get a picture together. The next thing I knew, he was down on one knee and all I could do was tear up and nod. After collecting myself, he asked me again, “Will you marry me?” “Yes, of course!!” I screamed! My sister and her husband brought out champagne and strawberries and the rest is history!
Hope you enjoyed our story! It was truly the most magical day of my life!!!