Swiping “Right” Leads to Romance, a Proposal, and the Sweetest Engagement Session

Kyle Richardson + Stephen Kleisner | Mar 29, 2018

Kyle and Stephen’s love story began like a lot of modern-day romances do, via a dating app! Kyle came out later in life and knew the dating game had evolved and a decidedly tech approach was more the norm. He decided that he would try his luck and signed himself up on a few internet dating apps to see if he would meet someone special. After several failed attempts, he finally got lucky and matched with Stephen on Tinder and as Kyle says, their love truly is a “Tinderfella story!”


Kyle knew Stephen was the one from the start and says, “I saw his photo, him leaning down on a counter with a goofy smile and beautiful blue eyes, and knew immediately that this person was going to play a major role in my life.” Kyle had always told Stephen that he wanted to wait until the three-year mark before getting engaged so when 2017 rolled around, he started planning the perfect proposal. He decided to wait until Christmas, knowing that Stephen’s favorite holiday would be the perfect time to pop the question! On Christmas Day, after all the gifts had been exchanged, Kyle pointed out an ornament that he had snuck onto the tree and told Stephen that it was his final gift from him. Stephen started to open it and inside found a piece of tissue paper and a silver bookmark. As he pulled the bookmark out to take a closer look, he found a ring attached. Right then, Kyle got down on one knee and asked Stephen to marry him! Kyle picked out the perfect ring, a beautiful silver band with rainbow sapphires adorning the center and he shared, “I found a beautiful ring on a website that identified both of us perfectly… The rainbow identifies our community, full of openness and love, as well as ourselves.” They’re so excited to be planning their wedding and can’t wait to make it official!


Kyle and Stephen’s engagement session took place in a beautiful wooded area on an afternoon day in late March. Yasmin Leonard Photography had the best time taking photos of the lovebirds and shared, “Kyle and Stephen had the most fun, outgoing personalities! Their love was effortless to photograph! Their playful, life-loving nature was evident and their smiles were contagious!” The two dressed in complementary blue plaid shirts and had the best time laughing together and sharing the excitement of their engagement. Kyle and Stephen are planning a beach wedding in the spring or early fall of next year and can’t wait to tie the knot surrounded by friends, family, the waves, and the bright beach sunshine!


Congratulations, Kyle and Stephen!


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