It’s known as the place “where there’s a helpful smile in every aisle.” Well, there were certainly smiles between Ryan and Casey at the friendly store a few years ago. The couple met at Hy-Vee during their senior year of high school. Casey was a cashier and Ryan worked in the meat department. One day Ryan was called to help sack groceries for Casey’s line, and they begin to talk. Casey found humor in Ryan’s sacking of cartons of pop in plastic sacks and enjoyed teasing him without end.
But the relationship didn’t go anywhere until after both had finished their freshmen year of college, Casey at UNL and Ryan at Northeast. That summer Casey came back to work at Hy-Vee. Ironically, her first day was Ryan’s last day, and the two might not have even run into each other, except that tornado sirens started sounding and all the employees had to go back into the produce coolers.
After work, Ryan took time to find Casey in her department to ask an important question. He hoped she would go with him on a camping trip his class was taking. He didn’t get the smiling answer he wanted, though, because Casey loves the comforts of home, not a tent. So he tried a different tactic – inviting Casey to go for a ride on his motorcycle sometime. When she agreed, he got her phone number, and the rest, as they say, is history.
The sweet couple was married July 30th at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Battle Creek with a reception afterwards at Divot’s in Norfolk. The romance which began unexpectedly in a grocery store is now bringing smiles to their families and friends, who look forward to more seasons of joy to come.