Chelsea and Ryan were visiting San Diego for the Marine Ball this past Friday at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. We met at Seaport Village around sunset, and they greeted me with big smiles [such sweethearts]. As we walked around the waterfront taking photos, we got to know each other a little.
Chelsea is a Nurse and Ryan is a marine. They met through a mutual friend and it did not take very long for them to grow very fond of each other. After three weeks of dating, Ryan found out that he was scheduled to leave. They had only known each other for a short amount of time, but took the risk and continued to date distances apart. Now they are engaged to be married, and starting a new life together as one.
I admire them. The strength and commitment it takes to be in a relationship under those circumstances is not easy. You can see the warmth and resilience of their love in the photos. I wish them lots of happiness as their story continues.