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June 26, 2021
Merino, Colorado

Abby & Bryce

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Bryce Funk

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Abby Sabel

June 26, 2021

Merino, Colorado

How We Met

In November of 2015, more than 65,000 FFA members attended the National FFA Convention in Louisville, Kentucky. Abby was serving as the Wisconsin State Reporter and Bryce was serving as the Colorado State Secretary. The night before opening session, one flag bearer from each state attend a late night practice. As fate would have it, Abby and Bryce were both sent by their representative state. After a few long hours of practice, the flag bearers tread back to their hotel in the pouring Kentucky rain. Bryce had started to bond with some fellow state officers by chatting about one of his favorite topics: football. His team, the Denver Broncos, were just days away from playing the Green Bay Packers. While Bryce was insulting the Packer's ability, Abby was only a few paces behind. As soon as Bryce mentioned the Packer's, Abby walked up behind him and punched him in the arm for degrading her favorite team. They laughed and talked football the rest of the walk to the hotel. After the last session, Abby tracked Bryce down to get his phone number. The two casually talked for the next six months on and off through snapchat and texting. It wasn't until Bryce boldly called Abby to keep him company on a long drive back from a FFA Banquet that they started talking every day. Even though they both thought the distance would be too much, Abby took a leap of faith and asked her parents if she could spend a week in Colorado with Bryce. On July 4th, 2016, Abby and Bryce physically saw each other for the first time since National FFA Convention. It didn't take long for them to realize the distance was more than worth it, and neither one could picture their lives without the other.

The Proposal

On December 21st, 2019, Abby and Bryce had just gotten back to Wisconsin after an extremely busy two weeks. Abby and her mom spent the morning running errands and getting their nails done. Bryce and Abby's dad were hard at work in the yard. When Abby arrived home, she was informed that her dad had a job for her, her sister, Steffi and Bryce to do in the woods behind the house. Because Abby always enjoyed a walk through her woods, she didn't complain! While down in the woods, Bryce asked Steffi to take a picture of Abby and him on a wooden bridge that crosses the creek. Bryce is always looking for perfect picture opportunities, so Abby didn't think anything of it. While posing for a picture, Bryce got down on one knee and asked Abby to marry him.