We love your love! That is why we have decided to reach out to a few of our amazing Kasia Family members, new and returning, to tell their stories. Love is powerful, beautiful, diverse, and worthy of honoring through your unique story. By sharing these openly with you, we intend to spread joy in a time when we need it the most. We understand the privilege it is to be a part of your story, and we hope the sincerity of these couples will reflect the very special relationships we aim to have with everyone who walks through our doors (whether in-person or virtually).
Next up, we have Meredith & Ryan. A story of true alignment for two star(sports)-crossed lovers!
When did you know that your partner was THE ONE?
It was early on in our relationship, but she got us tickets to the Penn State vs Maryland football game (both of our respective universities) in 2018 and we were to stay at her friends' house in State College while they were out of town. We ended up showing up locked out of the house without a key and had to break into the house with me lifting her up to get into an unlocked window. Once inside we were supposed to just change and go down to the tailgate but we ended up just sitting in the kitchen and talking for 3 hours and before we knew it, it was halftime and we hadn’t moved at all. It was one of the best days I have ever had and it takes a lot for either of us to miss a MD or PSU football game.
What is one thing you love about your significant other?
Her compassion for other people, ability to strive to understand, and ability to make me a better person. They are traits that I feel are harder and harder to come by and she exemplifies them to her core. There is not a day that goes by where I am not a better person with her by my side and I have found myself being much more empathetic towards others.
What is an activity you love to do together?
Going on walks in the morning. Whether that is where we live in DC, down at the beach on the eastern shore of Maryland, or a new destination we have traveled to, we make a point to wake up and go on a walk together in the morning before the day gets going. It has always been our alone time with each other no matter our schedule and our chance to start every day stress free and happy. These are my favorite part of every day.
How did you two meet?
We are a Bumble success story! We met on Bumble in Baltimore in 2018 and after a few failed attempts to actually get her to agree to go on a date with me (she dodged me a few times) we finally met up for tacos after a Ravens vs Steelers game in October. Neither of us were looking for a relationship at the time, but we quickly became the people that did everything together and have been inseparable ever since.
How did he propose?
It was November and I lined up for us to have a weekend at the beach with our closest friends (her best friend that grew up with her and her husband who were both in on it) who we hadn’t been able to hang out with down there in a little bit. Her best friend Sam took her for a girls day on Saturday and were going to rejoin the boys for happy hour in the evening. Meanwhile, I had lined up for a few of our closest friends and immediate family to show up that day while they were having their girls day. On their way back to the house, I brought everyone out to a beach along the bay in the back of our neighborhood and had them hide behind some bushes out of site from where she would be arriving. When she called and said they were on their way to pick us up from happy hour I said Owen (Sam’s husband) and I were on the back beach with their son, Sunny, and wanted them to join us for sunset pictures before happy hour. She came walking out to the back beach with Sam behind her and was seemingly confused when she saw just Owen and I on the beach without Sunny. She then saw flowers I had laid in the sand and then ran out to join me where I then proposed. Afterward, our friends and family came out from their hiding places and joined us, which I was somehow able to keep as a complete surprise.
How does Kasia Jewelry fit into your story?
Meredith has been an admirer of Kasia’s jewelry for years and would always send me posts on instagram and talk about how much she loved your style. I loved the style as well and knew for a while before I proposed that I had to get the engagement ring from Kasia. The hardest part was lining up how I would get the ring without her knowing, but I was able to arrange to attend a work conference in San Diego for a few days and then purchased the ring before my travel and picked it up while I was out there, sneaking it home in my work bag. There was no doubt in our minds we were going back to Kasia for our wedding bands, and boy do we not regret that. The ring and bands are gorgeous.
Photography by Josh Fernandez