Ryan and I first met at a mutual friend's housewarming party in 2006, but it wasn't until the second time that we met that things fell into place. Six months or so later, we ran into each other during a night out in Denver. This time when we talked, we connected and had our first date within a week. The relationship took off from there, and soon there was no denying that we were meant to be together.
Throughout our courtship, Ryan and I shared our love for music and often listened to Ray LaMontagne, an American folk singer-songwriter. So, for Ryan's birthday, I surprised him with tickets to see Ray LaMontagne at the beautiful and historic Macky Auditorium located in the University of Colorado campus in Boulder. We had been dating for a year and a half by the time we headed to the concert on October 27, 2008. As Ray LaMontagne stepped onto the stage to sing his first song, "You Are the Best Thing," I noticed that Ryan was acting unusually sappy and romantic, but chalked it up to the excitement of being at the concert.
As Ray LaMontagne started playing his second song, "Hold You in My Arms," I was taken by the romantic lyrics: "I could hold you in my arms, I could hold you forever." I couldn't have been more surprised when Ryan reached down for the ring and asked if I would marry him right in the middle of the song! Completely overwhelmed with excitement, I was completely speechless, and couldn't get much more out than a "yes," followed by lots of tears of joy. Needless to say, the rest of the concert was a complete blur, as Ryan and I were anxious to celebrate and share the news with friends and family. It was so thoughtful of Ryan to propose at this concert, during such a special song. This will always be a wonderful memory that we will both hold close. And, the song, "Hold You in My Arms," will be the first dance at our upcoming wedding on October 24, 2009.