Just call her Mrs. Marine! In Real Housewives of Orange County Season 7, Episode 12, Vicki Gunvalson’s daughter, Briana Wolfsmith, drops a major bomb on her unsuspecting mother: She's eloped with marine Ryan Culberson.
But who is Briana’s husband, exactly? According to RealityTea, Culberson is a “military man and North Carolina native.” He’s also reportedly divorced — he cut things off with a previous wife in 2010.
Former marriage aside, Ryan and Briana’s love story is charming. According to their photographer’s website, WhitneyDarling, Ryan was on duty in Afghanistan when his romance with Briana began to blossom — via the Internet. While both denied romantic feelings at first, their friendship and love only heightened as time went on. Although the decision to elope certainly seems spontaneous, the adorable duo enjoyed a seven-month long courtship, full of soul-baring e-mails and flirty Skype dates.
Just two weeks before his return to the States, the twosome’s flirty friendship really took off. Seven days after the hunky soldier landed stateside and after enjoying a few face-to-face dates with Briana, the reality star and her man in uniform officially tied the knot. Without delay, they hightailed it to Sin City and wed in casual clothes — Ryan in jeans and flannel, Bri in a charming black Anthropologie dress. Sans rings, veils, or flowers, they said, “I do.” In fact, the couple only had one requirement for their wedding: that it not take place in the same chapel where Britney Spears started her infamously short 55-hour marriage. Good call.
Although Vicki didn't seem to take the news of the elopment very well when Briana broke it, the RHoOC star tweeted about their engagement when she first learned about it in November 2011. “My wonderful daughter is engaged if you didn't know already,” Vicki wrote on November 3, 2011. Sounds like Vicki’s supportive, so Ryan must be a good one!
Since eloping a year ago, the couple have been going strong and are in the process of starting a family. Briana gave birth to son Troy on September 28, 2012, making Vicki a self-described "glam-ma"!
Unfortunately, Ryan was recently deployed back to Afghanistan for his fourth tour of duty. Here's to hoping he'll make it back soon to witness some of his son's first steps!
Source: Starcasm, Twitter, WhitneyDarling, RealityTea