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SEPTEMBER LUCKY LADY | MELODEE
September 1, 2015
This story. This story is the best and I love it every time I hear it! The first time I read about Ryan and Melodee’s relationship was when I was creating a custom drawing for them for their wedding day. You see…. I owed Ryan a favor because he so epically second shot at our wedding for us back in May of 2011. Ryan grew up with my husband Nick and he and I connected after I saw some of his photography and design work on Facebook… we became virtual creative buddies and I was so excited to have him there on our wedding day to create some of our absolute favorite images. Now back to the lovebirds… check out the interview below with Melodee to hear their proposal story complete with a scooter ride, a poker chip and some very serious bling. This one will for sure leave you smiling! <3
Lynnie: How did you and Ryan meet?
Melodee:It all began on a ski trip…
My sister, Heidi, was heading out to a conference with some of her doctor friends. Ryan was planning on going with some of his friends, but they all backed out. Lucky for me, though, Ryan still decided to go and be hilarious, instantly winning Heidi over. We all agree that it wasn’t only the banana shirt he wore or the hot tub folliculitis they conquered together, but his genuine good heart that made Heidi certain he was a catch. When Heidi got back, she called and told me that she met my guy. She had never made such a bold statement, and I’ve always held her opinion with the kind of regard reserved solely for older sisters, so I was immediately interested. She awkwardly reached out to Ryan on Facebook, who added me within minutes, and we arranged our first date. I arrived, sweaty and nervous, to Slattery’s Irish Pub, where I melted into Ryan’s kind eyes. We bonded over a beer, he made me ridiculously comfortable, and we’ve been inseparable ever since.
We are forever grateful to Heidi for making it all happen.
Lynnie: When did you know he was the one?
Melodee: I knew Ryan was the one pretty early on. I can’t say there was a definitive time or occurrence that made me certain, but it was more a combination of little things…like the way he got so nervous to kiss me at the end of our dates, how we’d giggle uncontrollably together, or how I could nervously reveal what I thought to be my biggest baggage and he’d make it seem inconsequential. I loved spending time with him, talking to him on the phone whenever we couldn’t be together, texting all day and getting those butterflies in my stomach. I knew he was the one when I wasn’t worrying if I liked him, but when I found myself hoping with all my might that he liked me too.
Lynnie: How did he propose?
Melodee: Thanksgiving is always a busy day…getting food ready, cleaning the house, preparing for company. Little did I know, but Thanksgiving 2013 was going to be one I’d never forget.
On our third date, Ryan and I went to a casino-themed party. We kept one of the chips from that party, and we agreed that when one of us gave the chip to the other person, it was an automatic “Yes!” If I had the chip and gave it to Ryan when it was snowing and the dogs had to go out, he’d have to say yes and take them. If I wanted to stay in but he wanted to go to a show, all he’d have to do is present that chip and I’d have to say yes. It was a great plan, only I never saw that chip again.
Anyway, back to Thanksgiving. Ryan had my ring in his pocket. He’d asked my parents for my hand a few months prior and was just waiting for the right time. I, of course, was clueless about his plans. We began the day walking the dogs along this pretty ridge south of our home in Colorado. We sat on a bench for a while, but it didn’t feel right to Ry. So he kept looking.
When we got home, he asked if I wanted to go on a scooter ride. Time was running low, I wasn’t ready, and I hadn’t made my dish for Thanksgiving, but I’d never say no to a scooter ride! We hopped on, and Ryan drove us to a few different places. He’d comment on how crowded it was each time we’d stop, so we’d keep cruising. Finally, we found a pretty view, and Ry stopped to take a picture, which turned out to be the one above. I kept my helmet on and stood back by the scooter until he asked me to come over. When I got to him, he pulled out THAT poker chip. Still clueless, I laughed and asked if that chip was just in his scooter. He replied that no, it wasn’t, and that he was ready for me to say yes. He proceeded to get down on one knee, present me with some sweet and beautiful words, and ask me to marry him. I of course said yes, crouched down to my knees and gave him a BIG, helmet-ridden kiss, knocking his glasses sideways in the process. We rode back home honking our horn the whole way, smiling so much we made our cheeks hurt.
My ring is an incredible round cut diamond with a halo setting from Trice Jewelers. It’s colorless and sparkles brilliantly. I find myself glancing at it and uttering, “Wow!” everyday.
Our proposal was hands-down one of the best days we’ve ever experienced together, and a constant reminder of all we’re thankful for.
Lynnie: Tell me a little bit about your wedding:
Melodee: Our guests entered our wedding through the side door of an industrial, concrete building, not knowing the beauty and warmth within. After a stroll down a candlelit, barrel-lined walkway, the guests passed through a wall made of wine cans, 20-feet high, into our unique, urban wedding. Greeted with a glass of wine, each attendee was taken by the romantic lighting overhead, noticing how the wall of barrels at the end of the aisle and the surrounding metallic tanks transformed the concrete warehouse into the perfect environment for this special day. As guests settled inside the warehouse, Ryan, an excited groom, awaited his first look at his blushing bride. My mom and dad walked me outside to a vine-covered fence where Ryan was waiting. As I threw her arms around him, we both cried and laughed, knowing we had found our forever. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house as my dad escorted me down the aisle to Ryan, where he and my mom, the officiant, were waiting. We exchanged personalized, heartfelt vows after a grueling match of rock-paper-scissors…which Ryan lost. A guitarist played our love song as our kiss sealed our lifelong promise. As Ryan and I captured our first moments around the winery with our photographer (www.alisonvagniniweddings.com) the reception commenced inside with dinner and dancing, featuring gourmet, wood-fired pizza from a food truck, towers of delicious cupcakes, and of course, more wine for all. At the culmination of the evening, my brand-new husband and I rode away in the back of my dad’s 1980 Black Ford F-150. We enjoyed their newfound married life and anticipated our monthlong Scandinavian honeymoon as we were greeted with people cheering and horns honking through Denver’s city streets.
Melodee: We’ve been married for a little over a year now, and we are constantly commenting on how much we love our sweet little life together. We spend our time outside, doing everything from hiking to playing bags in our yard, from fly fishing to eating dinner on our patio. We love to go on bike rides to breweries around town and we get a kick out of throwing the ball to our dogs, Zoey and Sam. We’re trying to expand our family and can’t wait to bring a couple of cute babies into the world in the future. I think our relationship is special because we have a deep, genuine connection to one another. We can confide in each other, trust each other and push each other to follow our dreams. I know there is nothing I can’t accomplish with Ryan by my side, holding my hand and making me feel more loved than I’ve ever imagined.
Lynnie: What is your best piece of advice for other couples?
Melodee: Communication is key! Find time to talk each and everyday…express your fears, your concerns, and your happinesses to your partner. Talk about how proud you are of the other person, how much you love each other, and your excitement about your future plans. As you grow and change as a couple, you remain connected by communicating. Life gets busy, and expressing your feelings makes you vulnerable, but taking time to talk openly and express your feelings ensures that you put each other first and that little problems stay little.
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