Mr. and Mrs. Earl Merriman, of Choctaw, are pleased to announce the engagement of their son, Ryan Merriman, to Kristen McMullen, daughter of Dr. Michael and Karen McMullen of Quarryville, Pa.
A September 2014 vineyard wedding is planned in Pennsylvania, according to an email announcement from the groom’s mother, Nona Merriman.
Merriman, 30, has been acting since he was 8 years old, recently playing Ian on ABC Family’s hit TV show “Pretty Little Liars” and portraying Dodgers right-fielder Dixie Walker in the Jackie Robinson biopic “42.”
The Choctaw native proposed to McMullen in New Zealand on New Year’s Eve 2012-13, and he worked hard to make the big moment special. First, he tried a Polynesian restaurant, but that wasn’t quite right. Then, he tried a New Zealand nightclub where it was just too loud.
Finally, the couple headed to Auckland’s Sky City and the harbor, where high above the water, as the New Year’s Eve fireworks display was launched into the night skies at the stroke of midnight, Merriman finally summoned the nerve to ask for McMullen’s hand in marriage.
“I did it on the fly of the moment. Thank God it worked. She said ‘Yes.’ As soon as I gave her a kiss and proposed, the fireworks started going off. It was kind of like a scene from a movie,” Merriman said in the announcement.
With preparations for the big day underway, the “Final Destination 3″ star is sharing some of the details but saying he’s happily leaving most of the planning to his bride-to-be.
“You know it’s her big day,” said Merriman in the email. “I’d marry her on a beach. We could go to Vegas, I don’t care, I’d marry her anywhere.”
However, it looks like the couple will be getting married in her home state of Pennsylvania in early September 2014 in an outdoor, sunset ceremony.
Congratulations to Ryan and his bride-to-be.
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