October Real Bride | Jordan and Ryan Zehr

Hello October! We are so excited to see all our fall brides this season and we can't wait for you to read all about Jordan and Ryan Zehr's love story today and throughout the month! We hope you enjoy meeting our real bride's as much as we have loved them becoming apart of our OUTW family!


How did the two of you meet?

"At Oliver Stephens Public school. I was in grade 6 and Ryan was in grade 7."

How'd you know your fiancé was the one?

"We had a long distance relationship for a while in the beginning. Ryan lived in Yellowknife, NT and I lived in Waterloo, ON. I was just finished university and trying to decide what my plans were going to be since I graduated. I was on my way to a friend's buck and doe and I called Ryan and it went straight to voicemail, which was really weird since he never has his phone off. About 2 hours later I am standing in the hall full of people and he came up behind me and surprised me! This was the first time I had seen him in just over 4 months. I knew that night he was the one I wanted to spend my life with."
Their cute pup, Aura.

Their cute pup, Aura.

How did your fiancé propose? (from the brides point of view)

"We were volunteering at an Elephant rescue camp in Thailand. This was my second visit to one of my favourite places in the world and brought Ryan with me this time. Just before we were going back to have lunch we stopped for a break in the field on this raised bamboo platform to cool off a bit since it was really muggy out. We were sitting there relaxing, watching the elephants and he pulled out a ring from his backpack and asked me to marry him! I couldn't believe that he brought a ring with him all the way to Southeast Asia and that this was really happening. It was perfect!"

How did you propose? (from the grooms point of view)

"I was planning on proposing on our trip to south east Asia, in hopes that we were going to be going to an elephant nature park rescue program. We started looking while we were down in Thailand (Not a good idea by the way) but nothing was available. At this point I was getting very anxious as I knew that was going to be the way to sweep her off her feet and how I wanted to propose. I started calling and e-mailing trying to get something figured out and finally I had received a response from Elephant Haven in Sai Yok Kanchanaburi, Thailand saying they had just opened this park and that we were able to go and attend for a whole day. We arrived at the park early in the morning after a short drive to find out that we were going to be the only volunteers at the park. This was just about the best news I could have herd since I wanted this to be extra special. They gave us the agenda on what we would be doing all day, this was the point I was trying to figure out the best time to ask for my now wife to marry me. With my backpack close and ring ready to be unloaded I finally found my opening. We had just finished a small trek in the forest and came to a clearing to take a short break. There was long grass everywhere with elephants grazing all around us. There was a small hut to keep us out of the sun where all the elephant handlers were. Then i started to talk... I said " I love you soo much!" she responded " I love elephants soo much!". I must have mumbled since I was the most nervous I have ever been in my life. I then strayed from my prepared speech i had been going over and over in my head to only say this, as I was pulling the ring out from my backpack... I said, "This is going to be the moment I propose to you!" I pulled out the ring and opened the box and said an even smaller blurb which I cannot remember since my adrenaline was pumping. In an instant she was crying and reluctantly said yes! I had later found out that we were the first volunteers at the park and of course the first people to get engaged there. This memory will last a lifetime for me as a definite highlight."

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Photographer: Dudek Photography