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2/3/2014 3:36:00 PM
A Word from the Groom: Proposal gone awry
Ryan Simpson of LaMoille (formerly of Mendota) will be blogging about his experiences as he prepares to marry Sarah Abbot of Peru. Watch for 'A Word from the Groom' every other Monday afternoon right here at illinoisvalleyweddings.com. Submitted photo
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Ryan Simpson of LaMoille (formerly of Mendota) will be blogging about his experiences as he prepares to marry Sarah Abbot of Peru. Watch for 'A Word from the Groom' every other Monday afternoon right here at illinoisvalleyweddings.com. Submitted photo
Meet the couple

Blogger Ryan Simpson will marry his fiancée, Sarah Abbott, on July 26, 2014.

Ryan grew up in Mendota and currently lives in LaMoille. He served four years of active duty in the Air Force and is now in the reserves. He also is studying journalism at Northern Illinois University.

Sarah has lived in Peru all her life. She is a pharmacy technician at Walgreens in Peru.

Ryan and Sarah met in June 2011 and were engaged Dec. 15, 2013.


Ryan Simpson




Sarah and I walked onto Navy Pier late on a cold Sunday night under the lights of the Ferris wheel. As I shuffled the ring in my pocket wondering when all my cheesy/romantic ramblings would quiet down so I could finally ask the question, I realized that nothing had gone according to plan that night.

I planned to ask her in front of hundreds of people at the Brookfield Zoo light festival, but the lights were not up to my proposing standards. So as a last ditch effort we went to Navy Pier. However, it was closed.

Two years ago we went to the pier on our second date and had a great time watching fireworks on the lake. I figured it would get me brownie points on top of the gorgeous diamond she would accept, but everything was closed on Sunday night, except for the Ferris wheel. So in a now-or-never impulse I asked Sarah in front of an empty Navy Pier, with the wheel illuminating a beautiful ambience.

The drive home is comical to me in retrospect. Don’t get me wrong, it was a good drive home, but she just kept saying how fun and exciting the next seven months were gonna be as we planned our July wedding. Let’s just say the planning has been less than stellar. There will be more to come on this subject.

We are getting married at the Weber House & Garden in Streator to be followed up at the Silver Fox for our reception. Our options were limited due to our seven-month time frame, but both venues are amazing and we are excited.

I realize as a man that my involvement is limited in the planning portion. That doesn’t mean I’m any less supportive or consulted, my point of view is just narrower than my fiancée’s. Which hopefully will lead to you readers having an enjoyable and comical read.








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Posted: Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Article comment by: Anonymous84703

Can't wait for the rest.

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