Still Just Friends

Every couple has a love story.  One of our favorite things is to hear all about our couple’s love stories.  How and where they met.  How long it took them to fall in love.  How the proposal went.  All the little details in between.  Sometimes they are super romantic.  Sometimes very funny.  No matter what they are, all are unique and special.

We realized that we have never shared our love story.  We want to do that now.  Over the next 12 weeks we will share a piece of our story.  It may not be dramatic.  It may not be earth shattering.  But  it is special.  It is ours.

Part One: The Night We Met

Part Two: Officially Friends

Part Four: Summer Adventures

Part Five: First Date

Part Six: First Kiss

Part Seven: Lunch Dates

Part Eight: I Love You

Part Nine: Getting to Know the Families

Part Ten: Asking For Her Hand


Once their friendship became official, Ryan and Amberly saw A LOT of each other.  It was never one on one, but always as a group.  Each outing helped to build and mold their friendship into what it would become.

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On cold nights they discovered a new fun game of target practice in Amberly’s apartment.  Turns out, when you put enough pieces of cardboard together, a bb gun only pumped once or twice will not shoot all the way through it.  At 14 feet they were pretty good shots.

The color Fest at the Radha Krishna Temple became an annual trip.  Throwing colored chalk all over each other, dancing and singing showed their playful sides.  They nearly died on the way home when a friend that was driving was distracted by all the colorful coeds in the car.


Local band concerts were weekend hangouts, where the boys would more often than not end up in the swimming pools fully clothed.

There was the night they went to the hot pots and had a huge bonfire by the lake.  It took about 13 showers and 19 clothes washings to completely remove the smokey sulfur stench from their hair and clothing.  But definitely worth it.


There was the perfect summer night when Amberly, Ryan and their friend went to a park late one evening and stayed there all night.  Just talking and enjoying the warm summer weather.

Many hot summer days were spent swimming, tanning and relaxing, hopping from apartment to apartment trying to find the best pool in town.


They became addicted to poker for a month after Amberly’s roommate bought some poker chips.  Any given night you could find the group gathered around a table eating pretzels and gambling away their monopoly life fortunes.

True blue was also an annual event where BYU turns one of their grassy hills into a giant blue foam slip and slide.  One of the most fun activities, until you get some foam in your mouth.  Then the gagging reflexes really kick in.


There was the evening Amberly was walking back to her apartment, coming home from an event, when Ryan and his friend drove by and convinced her to go with them.  They ended up at a house where there was a small party going on.  Ryan and Amberly found themselves migrating to the front porch where they were alone and had a great time enjoying each other’s company.  They got some skateboards out of Ryan’s car and rode around the empty streets together for awhile.  It was quite possibly the longest time they had spent together, just the two of them and it helped their friendship deepen a little more.