Ryan and I met online in 2018. He surprised me by picking up the phone and calling me to ask me out to dinner. I remember thinking, why is this guy calling me? No one talks on the phone today. I was so nervous to pick up the phone.
We agreed to meet in Kirksville at Maxwells for dinner. According to Ryan, I was 15-20 minutes late and he started to wonder if I stood him up. I don’t recall being that late. The date went great, Ryan let me talk about myself for probably an hour straight before I realized that I hadn’t even asked about him!
A few weeks later, Ryan invited me to Quincy for dinner and a sunset boat ride on the Mississippi. Growing up, I spent time with my family boating on the Missouri side of the Mississippi River and knew that it could be dangerous if you did not know the river. I had never been on the Quincy side of the river and was a little apprehensive. As the sun started to set, we headed out. I was beyond nervous and prayed that Ryan wasn’t a serial killer that would sink me in the river. It turned out to be the most romantic date – straight out of a storybook. We floated down the river, talking, listening to music, and watching the sun go down and the Quincy bridge light up.
We dated for a year and a half, long distance, before Ryan convinced me to move to Quincy. Our relationship grew over our days out on the river with our dog Daisy and spending time with each other. May 1st , 2021 was what I thought was an ordinary day. Ryan said if I planned a date night on Friday, he would plan a Saturday date night. I happily agreed and asked where he wanted to go.
He surprised me by wanting to go to Boodalu, we had not been there since one of our first dates. We were enjoying dessert when Ryan started to act weird. He was fidgeting and talking fast. I finally asked what is your deal? He claimed the wine was getting to him, and we could go walk down by the river.
I had no idea I was walking into my proposal. I even saw the photographer taking pictures of us and thought it was weird. I was speechless when he dropped to one knee and asked me to be his wife at sunset. The people around started clapping and cheering. If I could relive that moment over and over again, I would.
A celebration was planned afterward, where Ryan surprised me with my family. The happy tears started to flow when I saw them. We were married a year later at Lakeview Weddings in June. It was a beautiful hot June wedding full of bright florals and pinks. Our reception followed at the Quincy Country Club with dueling pianos to dance the night away. It was an absolute dream of a wedding day. We could not have asked for more love and laughter that day. Our story continues to be written, but our love story is one of our favorite chapters.
Planner: Sara Reddick Events
Photography: McDonald Video & Photography
Video: 217 Films
Ceremony Venue: Lakeview Weddings
Reception Venue: Quincy Country Club
Cake: Hy-Vee on Broadway
Flowers: Wellman Florist
Hair: Hair Affair 2
Makeup: Tavish Artistry
Dress: White Traditions Bridal
Day of Paper: Invited by LamaWorks
Reception Music: Felix & Fingers