Our story starts off with Ash and I meeting for while in Physical Therapy school at The University of Iowa. As fate would have it, we were randomly chosen as anatomy lab partners. We quickly became friends and then one night out to eat with our classmates we sat together and fell in love over a massive bowl of con queso dip. I figured if she could keep up eating with me, she was a keeper.
Anyways, our engagement was suppose to take place a few weeks prior but someone had other plans. My future baby nephew, Maverick, decided that he was ready to enter the world a little early so my plans were placed on hold. He can repay me when he's playing centerfield for the Red Sox.
So the actual engagement day took place on Saturday, August 6th. It was a whirlwind of a day and I was a ball of stress to see if I could actually pull this off. I decided to make Ash go on a scavenger hunt to some of our favorite places that hold special meaning to us.
She made her first stop at Java Creek in Cedar Rapids, our favorite study and food spot. Next it was on to Coral Ridge Cinema, where we had our first date and she dragged me to see Twilight. Third spot was to Performance Physical Therapy in Coralville/North Liberty, which is owned by our favorite teacher from PT school and represented this crazy, last two years of grad school we spent together. And the final spot where I knelt down was at a scenic spot along our favorite hiking trail off Linder Point in Coralville. I’m man enough to admit I was a crying, mess but I’m pretty sure I made sure to ask for her hand in marriage and now begins our journey together!
Gots to make sure to give a shout out to Ty Burke, Shane Nissen and all the business who were so gracious to help me pull this off!

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Wanda Rice says ... on Wednesday, Aug 31 at 8:09 AM

Congrats to you both, look forward to more stories to come

Pat & Tom says ... on Wednesday, Aug 31 at 7:46 AM

And now a new chapter of your Life... "The Beginning" We are excited for you and wish you all the best that life has to give. Love and prayers. G&G

Janice Abele says ... on Tuesday, Aug 30 at 9:25 PM

Ryan you will have to keep this up after you are married to ashley, Like maybe on every anniversary. That would be awesome.

The Schultes says ... on Thursday, Aug 25 at 8:09 PM

We love a happy beginning! Congratulations!

Aunt Pat says ... on Wednesday, Aug 24 at 3:21 AM

Ryan, I appreciate all the work you went through but what tells me Ashley is a keeper is that she trusted all of your instructions. Welcome to the family Ashley!

Linda Schulte says ... on Thursday, Aug 18 at 6:43 PM

Very sweet,what fun..Congratulations

Mom B says ... on Wednesday, Aug 17 at 8:32 PM

On December 2009 Ashley told me she received flowers from a boy in class and asked if I wanted to see them. I knew by this conversation this boy was going to be someone special. Looking forward to all that is to come.

Karen Stevenson says ... on Wednesday, Aug 17 at 2:27 PM

I'm a romantic and that's pretty cool!!!!!!!!! Good Luck!

Kelly Martin says ... on Tuesday, Aug 16 at 5:07 PM

Very sweet - too cute!

A 72 yr old widow says ... on Tuesday, Aug 16 at 7:31 AM

With thoughtfullness and kindness like this you will share a terrific 65 years of marriage. Treasurer each other!

Zuzka says ... on Tuesday, Aug 16 at 1:23 AM

adorable story with happy beginning!!

LuAnn Heisinger says ... on Monday, Aug 15 at 10:01 PM

What at great thing you did! She will remember that day forever. What a ROMANTIC! Good Job RYAN!

Janice Abele says ... on Monday, Aug 15 at 9:53 PM

That was an perfect way to propose to her, kept her in the dark. You can also do this on your first anniversary. Have fun with this for many years to come.

Marissa Bronner says ... on Monday, Aug 15 at 9:22 PM

I loved the sweet story!

Cindy Klaes says ... on Monday, Aug 15 at 3:36 PM

A fun proposal leads to a fun marriage--great story!

Nita Hackman says ... on Monday, Aug 15 at 3:27 PM

What a neat proposal. Great job Ryan

KRISTIE CURTIS says ... on Monday, Aug 15 at 3:05 PM

That is the sweetest story!

Renae WEdeking says ... on Monday, Aug 15 at 2:59 PM

Awesome! What a great way to propose! It shows great initiative... keep that up even after your married!!!!!!

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