Megan and Ryan - a Baseball Lover's Proposal Story

If you’re a baseball fan, then you’ll adore this baseball lover’s proposal story and engagement shoot! Oh, and the engagement ring…yep, it’s amazing.

Ryan and I met randomly, but it’s worth noting that it seemed like God was working on bringing us together from the start. Not long after I moved to Phoenix, I saw an ad for a promotional position at the brand new Salt River Fields, the spring training home of the Diamondbacks and Rockies. Thinking it was one of the only perks of living in Arizona, I answered it and was called for an interview by Ryan. It may have been fate foreshadowing that he called me on Valentine’s Day. After Ryan left the longest voicemail possible (fate stepped in again and urged me to save it so that I can share it!), we scheduled an interview for the following week. I went in for my interview, knowing I would nail it because I was having a great hair day.

A few days later, after accepting the offer to become a “Dugout Diva,” I received an email from Ryan’s boss asking all new employees to come in that afternoon for a training session. Upon arrival, I quickly realized I was the only one there, and there was no training session. Ryan coolly walked out from his office and noticed that this was the girl he had told his boss about, the girl he was smitten with after one meeting. Naturally, he went over to me to apologize for the inconvenient mishap, but not before trying to get as much time with this beautiful girl as he could. A short, fun conversation ensued. A lifelong love continues.

How He Asked: Ryan had many ideas in mind for proposing to me. The holiday season seemed both a bounty and a bust of possibilities. Dealing with obstacles such as my birthday (Dec. 14), his birthday (Dec. 23), and of course Christmas, Ryan had it in his mind that he was going to propose on a non-descript December date. Knowing that both of us would enjoy a night at the Desert Botanical Gardens from an eariler visit, Ryan bought tickets to Las Noches de las Luminarias for the evening of December 21st. Playing it off as a spontaneous date was the plan from the start, but Ryan had staked out the perfect location inside the garden when he had taken a secret, daytime visit the previous week. Even I had no real inclination that Wednesday, December 21st was going to be the day we got engaged, but I made sure to put on make-up just in case.

As we entered the Garden, aglow with 8,000 luminaries, I decided to explore the Desert Wildflower Loop Trail, exactly where Ryan had picked “the” spot. In the park for no more than seven minutes, we made it to the mouth of a secluded path that led to a bench near a brook and a large, lit tree. We sat and admired the view of the sun setting behind the Papago Mountains.

After a quick minute of enjoying each other’s company, Ryan got down on one knee, and asked me to marry him. I said yes.

Photos by Suzanne Melissa Photography.