Leah Bet­man & Ryan Wil­liams

The Washington Post Sunday - - E8 ONLOVE - — Michelle Thomas

Leah Bet­man, 26, is a ge­netic coun­selor. Ryan Wil­liams, 33, is a sales man­ager. They live in Gaithers­burg.

Wed­ding date: Nov. 20.

Lo­ca­tion: The Villa, Beltsville.

Guests: 150.

How they met: In Septem­ber 2007, Leah was out at a Bal­ti­more night­club for a friend’s birth­day; Ryan was at the same club for a bach­e­lor party and ap­proached her on the dance floor. He of­fered up his num­ber on a nap­kin that night, and they went on their first date (a Red­skins game fol­lowed by Six Flags) the next month when Leah was in town from her North Carolina col­lege.

The pro­posal: Two years later, the cou­ple trav­eled to At­lanta to at­tend a Vir­ginia Tech foot­ball game. Be­fore the game, Ryan told Leah he wanted to spend some time ex­plor­ing the city and check­ing out the aquar­ium. He popped the ques­tion dur­ing a walk through a lo­cal park.

The wed­ding: Both Leah and Andy value their large fam­i­lies and net­work of friends, so they em­pha­sized those re­la­tion­ships at their wed­ding. The cer­e­mony in­cluded a pledge of sup­port from their guests and par­ents, and the bride and groom skipped re­cep­tion tra­di­tions like the bou­quet toss in lieu of ex­tra face time with their guests.

The hon­ey­moon: The cou­ple spent a week at an all-in­clu­sive re­sort in Ja­maica, then en­joyed a sec­ond week at a time­share in Aruba.


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