Nicole and Ryan

Nicole's Proposal in De Pere, Wisconsin

How We Met

I met Ryan when I was 16 and he was 20. We laugh about it now, but we had had this awkward misunderstanding where we told each other we had both finished our sophomore years of school and were about to be juniors. It wasn’t until after our first official date when Ryan friend requested me on Facebook that we noticed he was going to be a junior in college, and I only a junior in high school. The age difference kept our relationship fairly platonic—but deep down, we were crazy about each other. It was all well worth the wait. In 2014, the summer before I went to college, we started talking again seriously and have been inseparable ever since. I’m adopted from South Korea and always tell Ryan that I traveled halfway around the world just to be with him. He’s my soulmate, and I absolutely can’t wait to be his wife!

Where to Propose in De Pere, Wisconsin

How He Asked

The first summer Ryan and I had met, we spent an evening sitting on the piers bythe riverside on his college campus. It was a perfect, warm June night and we were on the hunt for shooting stars. After a while, we began to notice fiery, orange dots in the sky that we later realized were floating paper wish lanterns from a wedding across the water. We didn’t say it aloud, but I know we both realized for the first time, watching those lanterns, that we loved each other. Ryan’s been graduated from college for more than three years now. In April, we were driving close to his university and he asked if we could stop for a quick walk around campus to see a new building that opened. On our walk, we passed by the same piers we had sat on five summers ago. He said, “Do you remember how special that night was with all the stars…and all the lanterns?” I nodded as he said, “Like those?” and pointed behind me. I turned around and saw the same kind of paper wish lanterns going up in the sky from across the water (I later found out that his sweet brother and father were lighting them on the other side!). When I turned back to look at Ryan again, he was down on a knee and asked me to marry him. The answer was SO easy: It was a yes!

Special Thanks

Adam Shea
Photographer - Professional, Engagement Pics
Allison Kierzek | 
Photographer - Amateur, Proposal