Katie and Ryan

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How We Met

Ryan and I met while both bartending at an Irish Pub in 2011. We were both recently single and Ryan asked if I wanted to join him in Philly one night for some cocktails, I did and half way through the night my “coworker” leaned me up against a window and kissed me for the first time. The rest is simply history.

how they asked

We’ve been together for 5 years and spent the past 3 vacationing in St. Thomas with my family. This year we flew in on New Years Day and before dinner our first night Ryan insisted we head over to the balcony lobby to take a few pics by the view. This view had been a great photo opt and it wasn’t rare for Ryan to suggest photos so I didn’t think twice. We arrived to a crowded balcony (about 40-50 guests) and a live local band. Ryan insisted we still capture a few shots, first my family, then just my mom and dad. When it was time for us to pose together he didn’t put his arm around me. Feeling confused I looked at him and he just smiled with the ring propped open. I leaped back and shrieked “WHAT ARE YOU DOING?” and then he told me he couldn’t imagine life without me and wanted to grow old together. He asked if I would marry him and I could do nothing but nod yes excitedly between sobs. Everyone cheered and the band picked up on it right away and started playing Ed Sheeran’s Thinking Out Loud. It was incredible.

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