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Rian English & Bryan Barnhill

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Rian English & Bryan Barnhill

Venue: Fort Street Presbyterian in Detroit, MI

Honeymoon: Arenal & Guanacaste, Costa Rica

Home: Detroit, MI

• Rian is a lifestyle editor for The Michigan Chronicle. Bryan is a mayoral candidate campaign manager. Knowing Rian wanted a private proposal and a shared familial moment, Bryan set up a photo shoot and asked for her hand while in a pose. When Rian called her mom to relay the news, the couple’s families burst through the door to celebrate with them.

He knew he was in love when…

Rian pitched in at my mother’s 50th birthday celebration. It was Rian’s first time meeting my mother after having stayed up all night with me in the ER. She arrived looking stunning as always, while balancing two pans of macaroni in both arms (my granny asked for her recipe!). On top of that she stayed behind to clean the kitchen. She was a real trooper that day. All the women in my life were impressed.

She knew she was in love when…

Bryan planned an elaborate Valentine’s Day date that included riddles, gifts and multiple stops throughout the city—including a tattoo shop! At the end of the date, Bryan surprised me one last time. He decorated a massive suite with 50 “I love you” balloons, candles and pink rose petals. It looked like a scene from a movie!

In 10 years we will be…

Best friends and still in love.

Before the groom got married, he wishes someone had told him…

To use the restroom before the wedding ceremony starts! I nearly missed my cue because I needed to go!

Before the bride got married, she wishes someone had told her…

She would be the search engine of the home. “Honey, where is the (blank)” is my hubby’s favorite thing to ask.

Our favorite activity to do together is…

House hunting.

Our nicknames for each other are…

“Baby” and “Sweetheart.” We stick to the classics lol.

Our favorite place to spend time together is…

At Gram and Poppa’s house (Rian’s parents).

Our song is…

“That’s All” by Nat King Cole.

Our perfect date night is…

Sharing a bottle of wine on the rooftop of our downtown apartment that overlooks the river.