Belinda Kathryn Smith and William Ryan Huffer were both looking for some physical activity as they each joined Cheer Dallas.
Ms. Smith, who cheered in high school and was an undergraduate at the University of Texas at Dallas, wanted to continue it as a hobby while attending graduate school at the University of Texas at Arlington.
Mr. Huffer, who goes after Ryan, was a competitive gymnast while an undergraduate student at the University of Texas at Austin, and wanted to stay in shape while completing his master’s degree at the University of Texas at Dallas.
When they met as teammates in August 2010, Ms Smith said she felt immediate comfort with Mr Huffer and was certain he would be on her stunt team. “If I am going to fly, I want to choose my group,” she said. “I chose Ryan because I trust him.” Also: “He’s so cute.”
That September, he posted on Facebook asking if anyone was interested in a side ticket he had to see alternative rock band Anberlin at the House of Blues in Dallas.
The post stipulates that he will give it to the person who guesses a number he has chosen from one to one hundred. Ms. Smith placed first – and won – guessed: 74. “We still don’t agree if the number is actually 74 or whether Ryan determined it to be the number when he looked at the predictions,” she said. Smith said.
Either way, they had a good time together at a concert on September 29, 2010. “She’s smart, and we think in many ways alike,” said Mr. Huffer, 34, who also noticed that “she was kind of assertive, which is great because I’m not. ”
Ms. Smith, 35, added, “We communicate the same way.”
Both became exclusives within a few weeks. The following year, Ms. Smith, from Columbia, Md., earned a master’s degree in industrial organizational psychology, and Mr. Huffer, from Garland, Texas, received a master’s degree in mechanical engineering.
In 2013, Mr. Huffer started working as a mechanical engineer at Halliburton, a job he held until 2020 when he was fired. (Since then, he has focused on learn stock market and day trading.) The year he started in Haliburton, Mr. Huffer and Ms. Smith also left Cheer Dallas, and she joined another team.
She stopped cheerleading in 2018, the same year that Ms. Smith and Mr. Huffer decided to move in together in Dallas. In 2021, she returned to Cheer Dallas as a member of the company’s board of directors, where she served as secretary.
That August, Ms. Smith discovered she was pregnant, an earlier-than-expected development that accelerated the couple’s marriage.
“We knew we were going to be together,” she said, but “before that, there was no good reason for us to get married.”
Mr. Huffer proposed a few months later, on October 27, 2021, while the two were aboard a Norwegian Cruise Line ship on a voyage that featured performances by his favorite band, Coheed and Cambria. After attending a prom-themed event on board, they returned to their state room, where, as Mrs. Smith recalls, “Ryan got down on one knee and said, ‘We’re ending a trip, but I want to start another with you.'”
They were married on February 2 at their home in Dallas. Bruce Blackman, a friend of the couple ordained by Universal Life Church, celebrated the outdoor ceremony, which took place as rain fell on the bride, groom and their 28 guests, all but one who had been vaccinated. room.
Mr. Huffer, who held an umbrella for himself and Mrs. Smith, said during the ceremony: “We hope to beat the rain. “But it didn’t happen.”
Although they had planned to hold the reception outdoors, the weather forced them to move inside, which Mr. Huffer said was not bad.
“It feels like a family getting together,” he says, the kind of low-stress scene where everyone “picks up food in the kitchen and eats in the living room.”
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