Katie and Ryan's Engagement Story
(as told by Katie –Kathy Davis Brand Designer)
About the couple:
How did you first meet?
We met in college at the University of the Arts in an Abnormal Psychology class, of all places.
What was your first date?
Our first date was drinks at the Good Dog Bar in Philly, and then we wandered around Rittenhouse Square and snuck into the fancy Rittenhouse Hotel to use the bathrooms. So romantic - haha.
What’s one of your favorite things about your spouse?
It’s hard to choose just one. I’d have to say he is the most genuinely warm and compassionate human being. It’s evident in the way he treats everything and everybody, whether it be our dog, an intern at his job, the mailman…he treats everyone with love and respect, no matter what.
Why did you fall in love with your spouse?
‘Cause he’s awesome. Ultimately, I think we just find joy in so many of the same things, and because we value many of the same things, it just feels like we are truly partners sharing this life. Love just happens from there.
About the proposal:
How was the question popped?
He intended to re-create our first date at Rittenhouse Square, but the day he had planned was in April, and it was the first beautiful day of spring that year, so the park was a complete mob scene. We had a fun day downtown, and as we were getting closer to the park, I said something like, “Ugh I don’t wanna go there; look how crowded it is. Let’s get coffee and go home!” So he chickened out, and we did, but the problem was that he had told our parents that today was the day. So we got in the car, and I could tell he was being weird. Finally he turned to me and said something like, “Ok, I just have to do this, ‘cause I don’t know what else to do,” and he had the ring. I laughed and said something like, “Really? Here in the car?!” Anyway, we had a laugh, I said yes, we went to our favorite restaurant for dinner that night, and it was perfect.
Was the location significant to you two?
What was the response?
Laughter and slight awkwardness that quickly shifted to happiness and excitement.
Finish this statement:
Our engagement was so “us” because…
It was so silly and casual, and we are pretty silly and casual, so it turned out to be perfect If we had an over-the-top kind of thing, it honestly wouldn’t feel authentic to us. That’s why he didn’t even try to do it in the park. He knew I would have hated the attention that would have come with the crowds of people.