megan & dan
May 19, 2008
PROPOSAL Location:
Los Angeles, CA

Dan Reel and Megan Schlag met on May 19, 2008 in Los Angeles, CA when they were both interning as project engineers for Rudolph & Sletten Construction on the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles project. Initially, Dan mistook Megan for a human resources intern and his first flirtatious words were regarding her Iowa State University vanity license plates. Towards the end of the internship summer, they both had developed serious feelings for one another and wondered what would come of it. Megan, a Sioux City native, was off to study abroad that fall in Rome, Italy and would graduate from Iowa State in December 2009 with a Bachelor’s degree in Construction Engineering.

Dan, originally from Endicott, NY was to graduate from Purdue University that fall with a Bachelor’s degree in Construction Management and had accepted a full time position with Rudolph & Sletten. However, due to the economy crash in 2009 Dan’s employment was revoked and he ended up back in Endicott, NY working for another contractor. Megan moved to Chicago following graduation from Iowa State in February 2010. Again due to the failing economy, they found themselves in a long distance relationship – seeing each other once a month throughout 2010.

In February 2011, Dan accepted a job outside of New York City in Norwalk, Connecticut. A few months later, Megan moved out east to be with Dan and worked for a company in New York City. At last, they were in the same location and could begin a life together! After a year on the East Coast, Dan and Megan were each offered fantastic positions in Los Angeles – the city they first met in, and were always hoping to get back to.

The couple moved to LA in March 2012 and have since been living happily ever after in the Sunshine State. Earlier this year, they began discussing marriage. Megan had her eye on her dream ring at Gunderson’s in Sioux City, where her family has been shopping for years. Breanne, a store employee who had helped Megan’s family in the store for years, just happened to own Megan’s exact dream ring. Dan picked up on this and contacted Breanne, who helped Dan pick out three diamonds. To help him make the final decision, Dan contacted Megan’s parents and asked them to stop into the store and pick out the diamond they liked the most.

This special moment for Dan and Megan’s families was one that Breanne made even more special. Once Dan received the ring in the mail, he couldn’t simply hold onto it. The engagement happened a Friday night after work at their apartment in LA where he completely shocked Megan. After he popped the question, the couple celebrated with dinner and dessert with Dan’s three brothers and sister in-law. They couldn’t be more thrilled and are planning a late September wedding in Sioux City, IA.

September 10th, 2012
Sioux City, IA