Jo and Ryan

Jo's Proposal in Opryland Hotel and Convention Center

How We Met

Ryan and I met at a college hole-in-the-wall that I worked at during my late teens in 2009. He would come in at least three to four times a week. I thought it was for the amazing Waffle Fry Pie but I soon realized that wasn’t the reason at all. He was witty, intelligent and I felt like I had known him for years. Fast forward five years later and we are visiting one of our favorite, most meaningful holiday spots. Somewhere that we had grown fond of and shared many memories at during our time together, Opryland Hotel. I loved the scenery and the lights during the holidays. It was breathtaking and magical. There was this one particular area that I always admired the most with a warm cup of macchiato. It was so dreamy. I knew if I ever got engaged, this particular spot was the place and I had expressed this to Ryan earlier into our relationship. It was a waterfall with an adorable bridge leading into this passage way to overlook the falls. We always threw pennies off of it into the falls and made wishes. I’m not sure if they ever came true, but it was a calming thing to do and a way of hoping for the future. During our trip on this particular night, we walked into this passageway and just stood there and admired the sounds of the falls and I began to get really emotional. So many thoughts but I soon looked back at Ryan and said, “do you have a penny?” He replied, “yes, hold on.” He was fumbling around a little in his pocket and handed me a penny (or so I thought it was a penny…) and I began to proceed to throw it. He quickly and hurriedly grabbed my hand and said, “whoa! whoa!” and I looked back at him like he was crazy. Like why is my guy trying to ruin the moment of my penny throwing traditions? Quickly did I realize that I nearly ruined the most perfect night of my life. Just as fast as he grabbed my hand and I turned around, he was down on one knee trying to get out the most perfect words. I don’t remember anything past that point other than the very awkward long pause of me processing what was happening and that I almost threw my ring into a waterfall. But I said, “YES!” shortly after as he readjusted the ring onto my correct finger. Our emotions got the best of us that night. I almost ridded us of a beautiful ring and he couldn’t find the right hand to put it on, let alone the right finger. We laugh at this day nearly every November and despite the struggle we’ve been happily married for three years now and have a beautiful baby girl.

How He Asked

Ryan and I met at a college hole-in-the-wall that I worked at during my late teens in 2009. He would come in at least three to four times a week. I thought it was for the amazing Waffle Fry Pie but I soon realized that wasn’t the reason at all. He was witty, intelligent and I felt like I had known him for years. Fast forward five years later and we are visiting one of our favorite, most meaningful holiday spots. Somewhere that we had grown fond of and shared many memories at during our time together, Opryland Hotel. I loved the scenery and the lights during the holidays. It was breathtaking and magical. There was this one particular area that I always admired the most with a warm cup of macchiato. It was so dreamy. I knew if I ever got engaged, this particular spot was the place and I had expressed this to Ryan earlier into our relationship. It was a waterfall with an adorable bridge leading into this passage way to overlook the falls. We always threw pennies off of it into the falls and made wishes. I’m not sure if they ever came true, but it was a calming thing to do and a way of hoping for the future. During our trip on this particular night, we walked into this passageway and just stood there and admired the sounds of the falls and I began to get really emotional. So many thoughts but I soon looked back at Ryan and said, “do you have a penny?” He replied, “yes, hold on.” He was fumbling around a little in his pocket and handed me a penny (or so I thought it was a penny…) and I began to proceed to throw it. He quickly and hurriedly grabbed my hand and said, “whoa! whoa!” and I looked back at him like he was crazy. Like why is my guy trying to ruin the moment of my penny throwing traditions? Quickly did I realize that I nearly ruined the most perfect night of my life. Just as fast as he grabbed my hand and I turned around, he was down on one knee trying to get out the most perfect words. I don’t remember anything past that point other than the very awkward long pause of me processing what was happening and that I almost threw my ring into a waterfall. But I said, “YES!” shortly after as he readjusted the ring onto my correct finger. Our emotions got the best of us that night. I almost ridded us of a beautiful ring and he couldn’t find the right hand to put it on, let alone the right finger. We laugh at this day nearly every November and despite the struggle we’ve been happily married for three years now and have a beautiful baby girl.

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