Ryan & Laura: Engaged

Laura & Ryan are tying the knot at the Saint Louis Zoo in May and we are excited to be surrounded by love (and be so close to polar bears). They just celebrated eight years together in January and their forever together is fast approaching! Keep scrolling to see their engagement photos and read more about their love story.

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How did you meet?

We went to the same high school, but neither of us actually remember meeting! By our senior year, though, we were part of the same social circles.

Share one of your favorite dates.
On my birthday the first year we were together, Ryan and I went to a pet store to play with puppies. The corgi we played with was adorable, and I still remember how sharp his little teeth were, but it was such a fun and memorable day.

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When did you know he/she was the one?
I was pretty sure once we started to keep a list of names for our future dogs together, and then was certain when we adopted our dog Tamale a couple of years ago.

How did he pop the question?
Last March we spontaneously booked cheap flights to Paris for Ryan’s spring break. On our last night in Paris, after dinner and a rainy stroll through the Île de la Cité, we ended up outside of Notre Dame Cathedral, where Ryan proposed.

Was the proposal a surprise?
Yes and no! We had picked out a ring together about six months before our trip, so I suspected he would propose in Paris once we booked the tickets. However, since he waited until late the last night of our trip, I was starting to think he wasn’t going to do it! It was a brilliant move on his part–instead of having the post-vacation blues when we got back home, I was on Cloud 9.

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What is your favorite thing about your fiancé?
I’ve never had to pretend to be someone I’m not around Ryan. I am able to be my silly self and we always have fun together. He’s my best friend, who I just happen to be in love with.

How do you envision your wedding day?
We envision our wedding to be romantic and elegant, with a healthy dose of whimsy. We would like our wedding day to be fancy, but not stuffy!

How did you decide on your venue?
I’ve been going to the Saint Louis Zoo since I was a kid, and Ryan and I have visited together a few times, too. Since we both love animals and wanted a unique venue, it was an easy decision.

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Are there any special or family traditions you’ll be incorporating?
As my “something old,” I have a vintage handkerchief embroidered with the name of my maternal grandma, Marilyn, who sadly passed away before I was born. I was given my middle name in her honor, and she and my grandpa actually got married on the same day of our wedding: May 19th.

What are you looking forward to most about your wedding day?
We can’t wait to have all of our closest friends and family together in the same place at the same time!

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