Ryan and Charlene inadvertently met during an annual music and pro audio industry convention in January of 2011. Charlene had introduced herself and looked away for a moment to think of something to say. When she turned back to Ryan, he was gone. This was good reason to believe that he wasn't interested, so she didn't pursue him further. Though Ryan had been distracted that night, and believed that she lived out of state and was only in town for the convention. He would later find out that Charlene lived close by in California. Kicking himself he messaged her on social media, they set up their first date, and the rest we shall say, is history. Almost seven years later, Ryan proposed in their living room on Christmas morning 2017.