By Christina Darnell | Photography by Fusion Photography
Posted: Tuesday, May. 29, 2012
Megan Henson and Ryan Green first met at an annual business conference on the beaches of Destin, Fla., in 2008. They both worked for the same company, but in different parts of the country. Ryan, who noticed Megan right away, was fortunate to find a seat close to Megan at dinner, and she was immediately taken by his sense of humor. Since it was a business function, Megan and Ryan traded contact information but left the conference to go their separate ways.
But they didnt forget each other. Ryan contacted Megan soon afterward, and they continued talking for the next year. After Megan visited Ryan in Charlotte, she began missing him as soon as she arrived back in Oklahoma City. We realized at that point that it was going to be something serious, she says.
They dated for over a year, and Megan knew she had found the person she wanted to spend the rest of her life with. I knew I didnt want to be with anyone else, she says. I was done.
When the couple booked a cruise together in November 2009, they decided to arrive in Charleston, S.C., a day early to enjoy the beach. That night, Ryan noticed storm clouds forming over the water during dinner, and he invited Megan for a quick walk, secretly planning to present the ring in his pocket. Megan was busy searching the sand for sea shells when Ryan walked up behind her and asked how she felt about spending the rest of her life married to him.
Spinning around, she saw the ring and said, Absolutely!
It was the most wonderful feeling Ive ever felt, she says.
After the cruise, Megan moved to Charlotte to live with Ryan. They dove into wedding plans, and Megan was determined to do as much as possible on her own without hiring help. It was stressful, she recalls, but Ryan kept her calm.
Since most of their relationship milestones took place on a beach, they stayed true to the pattern when holding their ceremony lakeside in Mooresville. Where we got married, there was a small beach area, Megan says. We met on a beach. We got engaged on a beach. It was perfect to get married on a beach setting.
The green foliage was enhanced by splashes of autumn leaves as Megan walked down the aisle on a beautiful fall day. Here Im trying to make the perfect wedding, because Im trying to make a good impression, she says. But the moment I saw Ryan, all that melted away.
Capturing it all was Deevo Tindall from Fusion Photography. Deevo helped so much with our wedding, Megan says. [The team] went above and beyond just photography, and we couldnt have made it without them.
After exchanging vows, Megan and Ryan enjoyed the rest of the day celebrating with family and friends. Despite the pressure of wedding planning, the event turned out perfectly. The only complaint is that the day went by way too fast, says Ryan.
I am kind of in awe every day, Megan says of married life. Every day Ryan reminds me how much he loves me, and I do the same. Ryan and I were best friends, and it has been perfect.Featured vendorPhotography
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