This sweet couple I happened to meet through a photographer friend based in North Carolina. Once I had a conversation with Ryan I knew that we would be a perfect fit for her wedding vision!!
I have a little secret to share! Ryan is marrying the love of her life and guess what? His name is Ryan as well! Being a photographer, calling them both Ryan could be a bit confusing so we decided to refer to Ryan as Lerow. Most of his friends call him that anyway so we thought it would be perfect!!
HOW THEY MET
Ryan and Lerow both were state champions and both college athletes, so it was fitting that they would meet playing kickball. Their kickball encounter led to their becoming best friends and co-workers (they are both licensed real estate agents) for almost 6 years when the decided that “Ryan and Ryan” is a team that works and they became a couple! Just a little back story, Ryan has been a single parent to a beautiful little girl named Hayden so when Lerow started dating Ryan, he was blessed with a precious little girl!
Lerow asked Ryan to be his wife on New Year’s Day January 1, 2019. Along with their families, they decided to go to one of their favorite spots, The Inn at Willow Grove. After a bit, they went to Early Mountain Vineyard in Madison, VA to do some wine tasting to start the new year off right!
After some wine tasting, they all sat together for a beautiful lunch. Lerow snuck away to ask the hostess for recommendations on proposal locations, but she informed him that she had only been working there for 6 months and she needed to do some investigating. He then snuck off again and returned telling everyone that he arranged to have a tour of the winery.
When they all joined Lerow outside at the spot where weddings are held, they found him crouched down on one knee and pulled a heart shaped necklace out of a box hidden in his boot for Ryan’s daughter Hayden. He proceeded to call Hayden over and told her that she can have this necklace engraved with whatever she wants. Her initials, all of our initials, or the date that Lerow asked her mom to marry him.
Of course, Ryan is crying because the moment she saw the necklace come out of his boot, she knew what was going to happen next.
Next thing she knows, Lerow is down on one knee asking her to marry him, obviously Ryan said yes as well as Hayden!
THE ENGAGEMENT SESSION
Seeing Ryan and Lerow are from the Richmond, Virginia area they decided to do their session in downtown Richmond. Their favorite spot is the Virginia Historical Society. What a beautiful place to pop some champagne like they did when they first opened their real estate business. We then headed downtown to a beautiful little cobblestone street lined with pretty buildings.
THE WEDDING VISION
Ryan had always loved the Berry Hill Resort and some 20 years back, always dreamed of getting married there some day! Well dreams often come true as they will be married at this gorgeous property September 2019 surrounded by all of their friends and family!
Congratulations Ryan and Lerow!! Jeff and I cannot wait to celebrate with ya’ll!!