They met 12 days after Shaquia moved to Texas. Ryan and her were scheduled to work together and she was his trainee. they laughed, talked, and joked around the entire shift. They were friends from the start. Other coworkers would tell Shaquia that Ryan liked her but he showed no signs of interest, it was just a genuine friendship from the start. After about 4 months of working together, Ryan then called her and still won’t tell her how he got her cell number, lol! Ryan was a complete gentleman and she just thought they were just really cool but they have talked everyday since the first time he called. After 2 months of dating they both recall saying, “this is too good to be true, but it’s only been 2 months.” The feeling was just surreal to meet someone that makes you feel comfortable from the start, there connection was and still is at times unbelievable – from the open communication to sharing the same dreams and goals. Shaquia never understood the meaning of your mate being your best friend until now, and she definitely can’t wait to be Mrs. Criss and spend the rest their lives together. Here’s to new beginnings!!!!
It just so happened to be Easter Sunday this year. Ryan would always say that he wanted this day to be special and he wanted to go all out. A couple of weeks before the proposal he asked Shaquia to find a photographer so that they could take ‘spring pictures‘ and Shaquia thought to herself…”he has something up his sleeve.” But boy did he have a surprise for her! He waited until they were at home by themselves and she was in a deep sleep. He then woke her up and was on his knees asking her to sit up because he needed to talk to her. Ryan began to tell her how much she meant to him and that he wants to spend the rest of his life with her but popping the question came as a surprise because these are things he randomly says all the time. So Shaquia of course thought he was joking until he said “Why are you laughing, I’m not playing” ….and pulled out the ring! He placed it on her finger and asked her to marry him! She immediately began to cry tears of joy and said YES! It was such a natural but magical moment…it was perfect and so representative of their relationship!