Lauren and Ryan

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How We Met

We met in college at the University of Delaware. I was out with some friends and this boy quickly said hi to my friend, gave her a hug, and walked away. Immediately, I turned to my friend and said “WHO IS THAT?” She got so excited and went on and on about how we would be perfect for each other and how she couldn’t believe she never introduced me to him.

The next day I got a text from my friend “I showed Ryan your picture and he wants your phone number…can I give it to him?” A little bold… but I said yes. A little while later I got a text, he wanted to come meet me! He walked all the way across campus by himself. He called me and I heard his voice for the first time “Hey, I’m outside.” We met, talked all night, and the rest was history.

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How He Asked

We planned a trip to Chicago to to visit Ryan’s little brother during his summer internship. Chicago was a city that we both had been dying to visit. Day 1 we arrive to the house we were staying in with his family. We got ready and set out for the day. We hit all of the tourist sites. The Bean, Navy Pier, and the Signature Room in the Hancock Building. After a long day, we headed back to our home for the week. We all got out of the car and started walking into the house. I noticed that everyone was standing around the door and looking at me. I stepped inside and there were lit candles and flowers everywhere. Ryan took my hand and asked me to come out back. We walked outside onto the deck and there was an acoustic duet couple singing our favorite love songs, “Then” by Brad Paisley, “New Favorite Memory” by Brad Paisley, and “My Favorite” by Jason Michael Carroll.

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We started slow dancing. I always ask Ryan why he loves me. He is a man of few words and typically responses “because…”, but not this time. He started telling me all of the reasons why he loves me and why he wants to spend the rest of his life with me. He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him!

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Next thing I knew there was a photographer taking our picture and my parents from Houston emerged! They were part of his secret plan and flew into Chicago to be part of the surprise. We were surrounded by our immediate family to enjoy and celebrate the moment.

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It was a night I will never forget!

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Special Thanks

Erin McElroy | 
Engagement Planner