Kenzie met Ryan two years ago when she befriended his roommate, at the time, and found herself spending a lot of time at their apartment. It wasn’t until 6 months after meeting Ryan’s roommate that Kenzie met Ryan during a game night. After Kenzie found out that Ryan knew how to play Canasta, a card game that acts as a staple in her family, they paired up as a team and taught the rest of the group. To this day, she does not let him forget that he discarded the card they needed to win the game that night. Kenzie would find out later that Canasta is also a favorite in Ryan’s family, and he found her cut-throat competitiveness for the game very attractive. He didn’t even wait until she made it home to add her on Facebook and ask her to dinner. Kenzie very firmly declined the offer and the next four attempts after that. Finally, curious to know why this guy was so interested in her after being denied five times, she agreed to take a walk with him along the Erie Canal. It wasn’t long after that, they knew they would spend the rest of their lives together.
The following summer on June 14th, knowing Kenzie’s love for all things nautical, Ryan purposed on an antiquated wooden schooner sailboat. Beaming with excitement, Kenzie said yes! After leaving the boat, Ryan convinced Kenzie that he had not told anyone about the engagement. He then drove her to an engagement party where they would be welcomed by friends and family that traveled many miles to celebrate the occasion. Kenzie found out later that he had the day planned since he asked for her hand in marriage, six months earlier.