Perfect Match in an Insta

December 2024
Written By: 
Ashley Daniels
Photographs by: 
Paula Player Photography

Christina and Brian’s relationship began with an Instagram following and a workout

Christina Ring & Brian Miklaszewski
December 3, 2022  •  21 Main Events, North Myrtle Beach

It was an online love connection for Christina Ring and Brian Miklaszewski. She had begun following Brian on Instagram in 2020 during Covid, when in-person dating wasn’t doable, and they discovered that they had a lot in common. 

“We decided to meet up at the gym to work out together, and Brian bought me a gym membership, joking that he had 12 months to win me over,” says Christina. “We have been inseparable ever since.” It took a little over that 12-month challenge Brian joked about, with the couple getting engaged a year-and-a-half later on April 19, 2022.

Brian’s sweet proposal involved him dressing up in a custom-made ice cream mascot suit and setting up clues for Christina to follow to Melt Ice Cream in North Myrtle Beach, her favorite place for dessert. He had pre-planned the surprise with Melt Ice Cream owners, both sets of parents, and Christina’s grandparents. Unbeknownst to Christina, Brian was in the ice cream suit, waving to kids outside when she and her family arrived at Melt. 

“The girl behind the register gave me a box with a book inside, with the story of our relationship illustrated from the day we met to present,” says Christina. “At the end of the book, there was a clue to go ask the mascot for a note, so I went up to the mascot and asked for the note, which led to the next clue to look for Brian across the street from Melt for the next surprise. When I turned around looking, my dad helped Brian pop off the ice cream suit, and when I turned around, Brian was down on one knee with the ring… At that point, a big crowd had gathered around on the street to congratulate us. It was extra special to have both of our families witness the big event!” 

Brian and Christina’s wedding day was December 3, 2022, with the ceremony held at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church and the reception at 21 Main Events in North Myrtle Beach. The bride walked down the aisle in a gown she found on her first visit to Amanda’s Collection in Conway. Her veil was cathedral-style, trimmed with a lace hem for a pretty focal point behind her as she walked in ivory satin Jimmy Choos finished with a crystal-embellished sphere. The groom dressed to impress in a charcoal grey tuxedo and burgundy bowtie. 

Hors d’oeuvres, such as deviled eggs, mini-BLT sliders, crudité, macaroni and cheese bites, tomato bruschetta, as well as a Tuscan-style antipasto table, were served at cocktail hour. The Miklaszewskis treated their guests to a cocktail-style reception, complete with a champagne toast kickoff, open bar, and delicious dinner buffet. For dessert, a two-tiered wedding cake infused with amaretto, Nutella filling, and pistachio cake finished with honey vanilla buttercream icing was served. And, of course, cake was served with their choice of two homemade ice cream flavors from Melt: honey butter cornbread and cookies and cream. 

“At the reception, we changed into Jordans and surprised our guests during our first dance with a dance mashup to various songs,” says Christina. 

Christina, a physical therapist assistant and director of rehabilitation at Broad River Rehab, and Brian, beach club general manager at The Dunes Golf and Beach Club, live in a home they purchased in Carolina Forest.

Key vendors:
Planner: Cayce Reisman (Steele Magnolia)
Dress: Amanda’s Collection
Hair/Makeup: Andrea King (The Blushing Bride); Makeup- Chelsea McCracken (Glamsquad
Makeup by Chelsea)
Cake/Dessert: Cake - Priceless Desserts; Ice Cream - The Melt
Florist: RSG Event Designs (Robbie Gerba)
Food/Catering: 21 Main Events at North Beach
Photography: Paula Player
Entertainment: Southern Flair Entertainment
Transportation: Carolina Limousine & Coach
Dance Choreographers: R&R Dance Studio