How We Met
Brady and I met on July 17th, 2010, when I was only fourteen and he was sixteen. I was vacationing with a friend’s family at Garner State Park and he was there with his family at the same time.
Every night during summer Garner State Park has a dance at their pavilion. On Brady’s first night there he asked me to dance and our first conversation took place two-stepping under the Texas stars. We went to the same high school but I had been at the freshman campus, so our paths had never crossed until this moment.
I was quickly smitten by him. All I knew was that he played football, could sing and play guitar, was a man of God, and was waaaaaay cute.
How could a guy be so perfect? Over the next two months or so I turned fifteen, and we began going on dates. I learned he was also funny, smart and incredibly kind. On October 1st, 2010 we went on our first real date to a concert, and on October 3rd, 2010 we began officially dating.
He was my first boyfriend, first kiss and first love. Now here we are six years later and I get to marry the man of my dreams.
how they asked
I had suspicions about when Brady was going to finally propose, but I was thrown way off guard. He had a good friend photoshop his work schedule, leading me to believe he would be staying in Dallas and working all weekend.
This, along with other lies, had me clueless for what was actually going to happen. On Saturday I was watching the A&M football game at a friend’s house, just like any other day, when my friend from high school walked in, which was weird because she didn’t know the friends I was with.
My stomach jumped at the possibility of what this could be. She had a note from Brady that said “See you soon!” We spent the next hour or so freaking out, happy crying, shaking, and giggling in excitement while my friend, who is a hair dresser, did my hair and makeup.
Then, two of our couple friends picked me up and drove me to Research Park. This is somewhere Brady and I had gone on several dates over the years.
They dropped me off and told me to follow the sidewalk. I was dying to see Brady at this point! As I got closer, there was an area set up for each year we had been dating with photos from that year, a note about our relationship that year, and the number of roses corresponding to what year it was – 6 years and 21 roses total.
After reading the notes, I turned the corner, and there Brady was looking so ridiculously handsome.
He took my hands and spoke sweetly about our relationship, why he loved me, and our future together, before getting down on one knee asking, “Alicia D’ann Nettles, will you marry me?” I quickly said yes, and he replaced my True Love Waits ring with the most gorgeous ring I’ve ever seen.
Then, he prayed over us; this was such a special moment, for us to come before God and dedicate our future marriage to Him.
We danced to the song that we first met dancing to, and then took some pictures.
Afterwards we went back to my house, where all our family and friends were waiting to celebrate. This day held so many tears and so much joy. Brady was extremely thoughtful and sweet in all his planning and made our engagement absolutely perfect.
I could not be happier that I am finally getting to marry my best friend!