Real Wedding: Lynn & Ryan
When it came to this couple’s engagement, a language barrier almost prevented a “yes.”Lynn and Ryan on their wedding day on September 14, 2013. All photographs by Amy Raab.
Lynn Chheang and Ryan Hill took five years to make it to their first date. They were introduced by mutual coworkers and friends in 2005 during a happy hour. Despite instantly catching each other’s eye, it wasn’t until a chance encounter on Facebook that they forged a reconnection and set up a first date at Ray’s Hell-Burger in Arlington.
Madly in love, two and a half years later, Ryan, a fixed income trader at Fannie Mae and part-time graduate MBA student at Georgetown University, decided it was time to propose. He chose the scenic Japanese botanical gardens at Zilker Park in Austin, Texas, to pop the question. Wanting to ask in Lynn’s native Cambodian, Ryan had turned to her family for the right words in Khmer weeks before. “At first I did not understand Ryan’s proposal because his Khmer was poorly enunciated,” says Lynn, an accountant. “I finally realized what was going on when he got down on one knee and in English said, ‘I love you; will you marry me?’” Seventeen months later, they were wed at Baltimore’s Evergreen Museum & Library.
Photographer: Amy Raab
Venue: Evergreen Museum & Library
Officiant: Mr. David Payne
Event Coordinator: Chantal Rotondo, Cherry Blossom Events
Caterers: Chef’s Expressions
Cocktail: Moscow Mule
Pies: Pie Sisters
Pie Flavors: Bourbon chocolate, jumble berry, apple, and Key lime
Florist: Violets Florist by Connie Clark
Flowers: David Austin roses, cabbage roses, spray roses, hydrangeas, and succulents
First Dance Song: “Lucky” by Jason Mraz
Photo Booth: Photo in a Box
Bride’s Favorite Detail: “The venue and the earrings I wore, which were a wedding gift from my parents.”
Groom’s Favorite Detail: “Biking details incorporated into the program, menu, pies, and napkins. I am a huge cyclist.”
Biggest Surprise: “Ryan’s dad boogying and dancing the whole night!”
Theme: Elegance in the outdoors
Four Words That Describe the Wedding: Fun, Victorian, dreamy, beautiful
Honeymoon Spot: Nemacolin Resort in Farmington, Pennsylvania. “We are planning to take a longer trip to France and Spain once Ryan graduates from the Georgetown MBA program.”
Where They Currently Live: Arlington, VA