The Ultimatum’s James & Ryann Just Revealed Their Wedding Date

The high school sweethearts finally got engaged.

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James Morris and Ryann McCracken in 'The Ultimatum: Marry or Move On' Season 2, via Netflix's press ...
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A former prom queen and football player, James Morris and Ryann McCracken are small-town high school sweethearts. After nearly seven years together, the South Carolina-based couple joined Netflix’s The Ultimatum: Marry or Move On Season 2 as their continued communication and trust issues worsened while James finished grad school in another state. (According to Ryann, James’ choice to pursue his education far away from home was just one example of his refusal to prioritize her needs.) They certainly had some issues to work through — but in the end, they got engaged during The Ultimatum finale.

And now, fans have learned that the couple has set a date for the big day. During the reunion, which Netflix filmed this summer, James revealed that they “have a wedding coming up soon” on Sept. 30 — though they hadn’t sent invitations as of filming. And, yes, the couple is finally living together, but there’s a small catch: James moved in with Ryann’s family, including her parents and siblings. “We’re currently looking for a house, but as of right now, we’re all one big happy family,” she joked. “I feel like it’s kind of showing him how it’s going to be in the future, like when we have kids and a family.”

Viewers will remember that James was hoping to finish school at North Carolina State University and land a job before walking down the aisle, so as to begin life as a married couple “on stable ground.” (Ryann already has a career as a radiologic technologist.) It seems that he’s accomplished that goal: According to James’ LinkedIn, he started a new job as a mechanical designer in Sumter, South Carolina, in March 2023, a few months after Season 2 filming wrapped in late 2022.

Although the couple’s fate wasn’t made public until The Ultimatum’s reunion aired, fans shouldn’t have been too worried about them staying together. About four months post-filming, Ryann appeared to be wearing an engagement ring when she eventually returned to Instagram in March. The same month, she also introduced the newest member of the family, a baby bunny named Pepper.

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James, for his part, only had about 10 Instagram posts on his main page, but Ryann was in several of them, even though the photos were taken before the couple joined The Ultimatum. Among them are a September 2022 birthday tribute and multiple anniversary posts, including one from August 2018 that celebrated three years together and another, two years later.

“Words cannot express the amount of joy that this young woman has brought into my life,” James captioned his August 2020 tribute. “So, since I’m more of a numbers guy, maybe some numbers will. 5 years, 1825 days, 43,800 hours, 2,628,000, that is 157,680,000 (give or take 40,000 or 50,000 at the time of this post) seconds that I’ve been lucky enough to call this young woman mine. Infinity is not just a big number, it’s endless, immeasurable, and unstoppable. I love you Ryann Taylor McCracken and will continue to do so infinitely. I cannot [wait] to spend this lifetime and an infinite number more with you.”

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