Hannah and Bryan
How We Met: Bryan and I are high school sweethearts. We met at our high school, Capistrano Valley Christian School, a very small private school in Orange County. When I was a freshman, Bryan caught my eye, and I had a crush on him for months. He was very shy, and I was persistent. It took about six months, but he finally asked me to go to winter formal with him. He filled my locker with bouncy balls and there was a sign that said, “Now that I finally got the balls to ask, will you go to formal with me?” We went together and had a great time. Everything sort of blossomed from there. I played softball in high school and Bryan came to one of my games to ask my father’s permission to officially date me. (So sweet!) Bryan is a good old fashioned gentleman. I am truly blessed with this guy!
How He Asked: Bryan and I are very involved in short term humanitarian missions trips. Especially Russia. The high school we went to does a two week trip to Russia every two years. While we are there we bring supplies to needy families, build homes, assist orphanages etc. We went in 2011, and it was there that we realized our relationship was getting serious. We were working hand in hand, side by side and we absolutely loved it. We got to see how the other work with children and help the needy. We absolutely love Russia and would eventually like to work with mercy ministries full time in Russia. The first trip changed our outlook on our lives. We saw first hand how good we have it in OC and how truly spoiled we are. We knew then and there the missionary life was for us. This past year we got the call that we were selected to go as leaders and I was so exited that I bawled. It was a big deal for me. This was something we had been praying for for a long time. Little did I know, this trip was going to be a lot more memorable than I thought. Bryan had a few tricks up his sleeve. Two weeks before we left, Bryan treated my father to dinner and asked his permission to marry me. Everyone in my family absolutely loves Bryan so it was an obvious yes! In Russia, we actually work 3 hours east of Moscow in a town called Vladimir, but half way through the trip we take a tour day to Moscow to see all of the sites. Early on in the day the leader of our team began to discuss the significance of Red Square. Red Square is the spot of beginnings. Not only is it no longer under Soviet control, it is the “point zero”, if you will. All roads and trains lead out of Red Square. It is truly the spot of beginnings. Later in the day, Bryan and I wanted to take some pictures in Red Square, in front of the famous St. Basil’s Cathedral. As we were walking Bryan started talking about Red Square being the spot of beginnings and how amazing it was that we were there, again, after the trip in 2011. He continued to say that this was the spot of our beginnings, I had no clue what was going on and what was about to happen, I was just listening, confused. He then went on to say how much he loves me and how he wouldn’t want to be there with anyone else. Then he quoted my dad. He said, “A wise man once told me, Don’t marry a girl you can live with. Marry a girl you can’t live without. I love you Hannah and I can’t live without you. Will you marry me?” He got down on one knee and proposed! I was so excited and shocked. I started to do the ugly weepy cry. It is the most amazing, indescribable feeling. I am so excited, and I cannot wait to marry him!