Ryan and I met in highschool when we attended the same week of summer camp one year. I thought he was the cutest guy I'd ever seen, and he doesn't remember meeting me! Several years later, we met again in college. Ryan was a couple years ahead of me, and I was in class with his younger brother. Through my sisters' and my friendship with his brothers, we all spent a lot of time together the summer before my senior year.
A couple months later (November 2006), I was given tickets to a Clemson football game. I called Ryan's brother who was busy that afternoon, but gave me Ryan's number and suggested I call him. Ryan, a huge Clemson fan, was more than happy to have a free ticket to the game. We had a great afternoon together. I came home and told my parents that he was exactly the kind of guy I wanted to marry someday. He thought I didn't have a good time because I didn't talk as much as he did.
In early December, Ryan invited me to his office Christmas party in downtown Greenville. We started dating in January 2007, and had some amazing trips and experiences during that time. We are especially thankful that both our families live in the same city (and are at the same church) as that provided many opportunities for all of us to spend time together and get to know each other.
Next, Ryan took me to the Grove Park Inn for a romantic dinner at one of the nicest restaurants we've ever been to. One the drive home, we had the best time calling our family and friends to share the news with them. Ryan asked if we could stop by his house to see his family, and surprised me again by having my family there as well! We enjoyed an incredible evening together. When I got back home, Ryan had a dozen red roses waiting for me. The perfect end to a perfect day!