Blair and Ryan are so involved in the Columbus, Indiana community not to mention incredibly creative. From Ryan and Blair being in a bluegrass band (see Ryan playing the violin and Blair singing here http://www.ryanlauer.com/) and Blair painting and taking glass blowing classes they are a super fun couple. Their session had heaps of fun elements not to mention Blair’s super cute dresses and Ryan’s handsome bow tie. I can not wait until their wedding at the Commons next May!
How did you two meet?
We met here in Columbus through a mutual friend at a housewarming party and then met again by happenstance a few days later. Shortly after that, we had our first date at the annual Ethnic Expo where we celebrate our anniversary every year. Less than a year later, after taking walks downtown in the evenings, we decided to start a grassroots community effort to raise enough money to purchase the statue “Eos” on 5th and Lindsey which was scheduled to be in Columbus for only a year on rotation. Bringing the community together and with the help of dozens of volunteers, we were able to reach our goal and subsequently donate “Eos” to the City of Columbus where it stands today. This effort early on in our relationship really brought us close together and set the stage for our future — knowing (individually) by that time that we were meant be together forever.
Date Ryan proposed? How did he propose?
Ryan had planned to propose on Sunday May 23rd, but the weather was stormy and had to keep it secret for another day. He arranged a private dinner out on the beach during sunset with music, champagne, flowers, and candles. He had kept the proposal a complete surprise– after dessert was served, he got down on his knee and proposed with the ring he had kept secret throughout the trip. Ryan was very nervous earlier in the day when we had chartered a four hour deep-sea fishing tour on the Gulf of Mexico where Blair unexpectedly became sea-sick for the whole tour. He was worried that she would not recover for the big plans later! Everything went wonderfully– by the time the dinner proposal was ready, she had fully recovered!
Who picked the ring?
Ryan searched for over two years for the mathematically perfect diamond of which he is very proud to have located in NY with the ring and beautiful setting created by Petri’s on monument circle in Indianapolis.
Tell me about your wedding theme and inspiration? Details?
We are so excited to celebrate this long awaited day. We share a common love of classical music, big band music, and great food. The wedding will be very traditional in the classic sense with inspiration of the 1940s featuring a big swing band at the reception and strings, brass, and bagpipes during the ceremony.
Favorite part about e-session taking process? Spending the afternoon together!!