We met.

You know those stories of love at first sight?
Ours is not one of those.

Ryan and I met at a church BBQ the summer before our freshman year of high school.
And we had a lot of fun hanging out that night,
but we didn't exactly hit it off from there.
He was a fourteen year old guy
 (which means he was still pretty immature and a tad bit annoying).
I was a fourteen year old girl 
(which means I thought I was the epitome of maturity and I thought it was much cooler to date upperclassmen).
So, we stayed friends.

And it took me two full years to realize
that he might be more-than-a-friend material, 
because he was funny and sweet,
a great listener and an amazing friend.

And he liked me, even when I made this lovely face.

In fact, he must have thought I was pretty amazing, too,
because after two and a half years of dating,
he asked me to go for a walk with him.
And in the middle of the park, beside a pretty lake in the summer sunset,
he asked me to stop and take a picture with him.
This picture:

He then asked if I'd check to see if the picture was a good one,
and when I looked at the screen and saw the ring over my shoulder,
he dropped down on one knee and he asked me
to spend the rest of my life with him.
And I said yes.


  1. Awwwww I love these. What a great crazy bunny face :D

    That is a neat way to propose too! I've never seen that idea before. I like it!

  2. What a great story! Such a creative proposal as well, love you blog by the way, you make me want to pack up and move to southern California right away.

  3. Ahhhhh what a sweet story. I might have tears in my eyes! :)

  4. Such a cute way to propose!! Were you 18 when you were married? The ceremony looks beautiful. Love love the picture in front of your high school :)

  5. I love this! It's almost as cute as my love story ;) Kidding!

  6. What an awesome way for your husband to propose! So creative!

  7. I love reading about other couples that met so young, I was 15 and my husband was 17 when we met.

    p.s. That's such an awesome way to propose, gold star to your hubby for creativeness!

  8. Awwww....what a great story!!!!


  9. It might say something about my personality that most proposal/love stories make me slightly nauseous, but yours is SO good. I love the way your man proposed. Adorable.

  10. Oh that is sooooo sweet! What a wonderful story! You guys look so great in all of the pictures, it's nice to see the way you've grown up together!

  11. Oh my gosh! That is a precious proposal and I love that you guys were friends for so long. Beautiful love story!

  12. aww that is so sweet!!! you guys are too cute haha


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