A love story.
"While I was busy prepping for the Marine Corps birthday celebration 2 years ago at my work, Ryan was busy prepping a Marine General that he was the aide to approx 30 miles away, he was to be our guest appearance. The General spoke to our organization about the Marine Corps birthday and turning another year older.
Then the celebration of eating birthday cake and punch was on. I was diligently serving many people cake and punch when I looked up and Ryan was staring at me through the crowd, and then he walked over to my table and we began talking, immediately hitting it off.
“Happy birthday, sir,” I said wishing him a good Marine Corps birthday and offered him a piece of cake and punch; he didn’t want the cake and punch he really just wanted to talk to me!
So the time came for him to escort his General back to his place of work, and in closing he hesitated then took a step back and asked for my phone number!
Our first date was him preparing me dinner at his place; it was a grilled chicken salad with feta and pinot grigio, and chocolate ice cream afterwards with a movie. We sat in silence watching the movie, then he reached over and said “I want to do something”, I said “ok,” then he just kissed me! The sweetest thing that ended that first date was when he waited at the end of his driveway safely seeing me drive off, until he couldn’t see me anymore.
Almost two years later, I woke one morning to him with a ring in his hand asking me to marry him, it was the greatest thing to awake to, and of course I said YES!
My biggest fear joining my life with someone else was to lose my identity; he promises me still to this day that he will not clip my wings. Our journey together has only begun, as I look forward to sharing my life with him and supporting each other in each of our endeavors. "
Um, HELLO! Marines can DANCE!!
Watch out for Missy Heider. She's going to be famous!
Congrats to Leia & Ryan!! I had a blast at your wedding, and all the other shoots we did together. You two are major rockstars, and I'm sooooo lucky I got to be your photographer. Continue taking amazing pictures of Japan! I'm loving them so far. Totally makes me want to take a trip and see you!!!