Sixteen-year-old Ryan Sneed strode into the high school cafeteria and stopped, awestruck by the sight of a gorgeous red-haired girl. “I’d never seen anyone that beautiful before,” Ryan says. “I knew I had to talk to her.”
That Saturday in January 1995, Megan Hoshor, 15, was participating in a debate tournament in Lexington, Mo. She felt Ryan was someone special. But she was also wary: “He was smooth talking.”
The unfolding: They ran into each other again a couple of months later at another debate tournament and spent time getting to know each other. They dated for a year, then had an amicable breakup before Ryan took off for college.
Neither wanted a long-distance relationship. Both believed, “If it’s meant to be, it will happen.”
Two years passed. Megan dated other guys but often thought about Ryan. One night in 1998, she decided she wanted closure on their relationship. She tracked Ryan down at the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg and left him a voice message. He called right back. Though both were seeing others, Ryan invited Megan, who was in medical school at University of Missouri-Kansas City, for a visit.
They put their arms around each other and couldn’t let go. After that visit, Ryan told her, “I can’t picture the rest of my life without you.”
Gradually they ended their other relationships, and in 2000, Ryan moved to Lee’s Summit to live with Megan.
The proposal and wedding: In the early hours of July 3, 2001, Ryan slipped an engagement ring on Megan’s finger while she was asleep. He woke her by playing a favorite song, and she gasped when she saw 20 dozen yellow roses filling the bedroom. Ryan proposed to her, and they were married that Dec. 8 in Harrisonville.
Favorite activities: They live in Kansas City and enjoy traveling with their three children. They also like cooking together, something they’ve enjoyed since high school.
Careers: Megan is an obstetrician/gynecologist at Lee’s Summit Medical Center’s Women’s Center. Ryan serves as corporate executive chef for KC Hopps Restaurants & Breweries.
What keeps their relationship strong: They have a deep friendship based on trust and understanding. “We love our jobs and we love each other,” Megan says.
The qualities they most appreciate in each other:
Ryan: “Megan is smart, interesting and a great mom. I am honored to be her husband.”
Meg: “Ryan is intelligent, hard-working and charming. He’s not afraid to spar with me and I love that. Our conversations are unbelievable.”
Deborah Shouse is a freelance writer. Suggest a Love Story couple by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org.