Natalie and Ryan

How We Met

Ryan and I have known each other since 2005, when we were in the 8th grade in Belvidere, IL. We weren’t close friends, but we had several classes together until he moved away with his family to Pennsylvania the next year. In the summer of 2009, before our senior year, he came to visit his friends, we reconnected, and he asked me out on a date. We’ve been together ever since! He moved out to IL to go to college with me, and we both moved back out to PA after graduating to be near his family.

Graduation from Illinois State University!

How He Asked

Ryan and I, along with our two friends Nate and Alessa, went on a cruise that departed from Port Canaveral, Florida on October 12, 2015. On the second night of our cruise, which was formal night, we got all dressed up and met for cocktails on the highest cruise deck at sunset. Alessa made a toast to our wonderful vacation together, and Ryan then pulled me to the railing of the ship. He shared some beautiful, heartwarming words with me, and then dropped on one knee and pulled out the most beautiful diamond ring I could imagine, and asked me to marry him. I immediately started crying and nodded my head yes, and pulled him up for a giant hug. Since I hadn’t officially answered Ryan, Nate shouted at me from the lounge chairs, “So is that a yes?!” “YES!” I shouted back!  We had an amazing night, and a fantastic time on our vacation.

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