Samantha and Ryan
how we met
Ryan and I met 8 years ago during our freshman year of college. He was on the soccer team and I was on the lacrosse team so our paths always crossed. Soon after we met, we began dating and things only got better from there!
how he asked
Ryan and I have been planning to go on a big trip for almost 1 year and we finally decided on going to South Africa! It was a dream of Ryan’s to go on a safari and I quickly jumped at the opportunity to book this trip while making time to visit Cape Town as well. We both knew we wanted to hike Table Mountain, one of the new natural 7 Wonders of the World, and Ryan told me he had gotten a guide to help us hike and take photographs during our second day there. The three of us set off on the hike at 5:30am and began up this incredible mountain during the most beautiful sunrise. Two and a half hours (and many photographs later), we reached the summit and Ryan proposed at the top of the mountain literally in the clouds! Our “hiking guide” (or so I thought!) was actually a professional photographer who hiked with us specifically to capture the entire experience! Ryan later told me that he had been planning the surprise proposal with this photographer for 7 months before the moment finally came to get down on one knee!