Museum Surprise Proposal
How We Met: Ryan and Stephanie first met at a Mets Baseball Game fundraiser in July 2010. He was dating someone at the time, but still noticed Stephanie that night. As luck would have it for Ryan, a few months later Stephanie joined the same board as he was on for an event fundraiser; only this time around he was single. During the cocktail hour before an event at the Puck Building in NYC, Stephanie and Ryan chatted with one another before their friends and family arrived. He knew he had to act quickly. A week later Ryan messaged Stephanie asking if she would like to grab drinks. Their first official date was on Cinco de Mayo (May 5, 2011), where they were the only New Yorkers headed for an Italian meal. A little over 2 years of dating since then, Ryan knew it was time to propose.
How He Asked: Stephanie and Ryan had been away the week of July 4th in Maine and Newport. During their trip, Stephanie complained how they didn’t do enough cultural activities in NYC and how she wanted to start going to more museums. Ryan knew this was the perfect opportunity to mention a Jewelry Exhibit he knew was going on at the Museum of Art and Design on Columbus Circle. Being that Stephanie is in the Jewelry Industry, he knew she would agree to go. On July 11th, 2013, Ryan told Stephanie to show up at the museum at 5pm. Knowing she always is late, he urged her to please be on time as they had a dinner with his family at 630 and there were 2 exhibits he wanted her to see one at 5pm and the second promptly at 530pm. After doing the jewelry exhibit at 5, Ryan had explained to Stephanie how his friends raved about the 2nd exhibit, “the Touch Exhibit,” where you are blindfolded and you touch sculptures then lift your mask to reveal what you were feeling. When she exited the elevator, walking slowly holding his hand she kept insisting “what is going on” as there was no tour guide and she could tell she was in an empty room. Moments later, Ryan allowed her to remove her mask where he greeted her on one knee surrounded by red and white roses, champagne and his own work of art for her. It was a collage he had a family friend of Stephanie’s commissioned to make including all places he and Stephanie had traveled to and experienced in their 2 years together. It said subtly in the collage “will you be my traveling partner?” Ryan hired Brandi Schaffran-Webb of Alexis June Weddings to be there in that moment as Stephanie held back laughter and tears as she said yes to marrying Ryan. Moments later they were joined by their families who helped the celebration continue throughout the night.
Photos by Alexis June