Real Couples – Ryan and Paul McEnaney-Rodriguez

Photo by Tracy Walsh
Photo by Tracy Walsh

When and how’d you meet? 

We met at an outdoor brewery festival 5 years ago, each attending with our own respective friends. We stayed in contact and, after a couple of months, decided to go on our first official date. From that day forward, we were inseparable and have now been married for 5 months.

What do you love most about your partner?

Ryan: Paul inspires me to live life to the fullest, to step back from work and embrace what really matters: time with family and friends. He is kind, thoughtful, sweet, and a “rock” that so many rely on.

Paul: I love Ryan’s drive and motivation when it comes to almost anything. He works hard and helps push me to become better. Also, he’s a really good cook.

What’s one quirk you’ve had to get used to?

Ryan: I’m a night owl and Paul’s a morning person, so adjusting to him waking up at 5:30 am every day and me tiptoeing to bed late each night has been a change.

Paul: We’re both quite musical people, but a funny quirk is when Ryan’s singing in the car or at home and just makes up random lyrics to songs.

How would you describe your dynamic/energy?

Our dynamic is balanced in the way that we learn from each other’s differences everyday. We have a lot in common, but learning from our differences is where we grow into better husbands.

What’s one thing you’re looking forward to, together?

One thing we’re looking forward to is starting a family. We have two amazing dogs, but we are hopeful to have children in our family sometime soon.

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