Ashley and Tristan

How We Met

Tristan and I met in April 2016 when he was dating my friend 😳 After he deployed to Iraq, the relationship ended pretty quickly and he and I remained friends. We start dating in November of 2017 and discussed early on that we were either in it for the long haul or not at all because we weren’t about to set ourselves up for heartbreak and destroy the friendship. We’ve been inseparable ever since and he’s truly my best friend. We’ve been through a lot together in a little less than four years as friends and two years of dating.

How They Asked

We moved to Arizona in December 2019 for an adventure because I had lived in North Carolina my entire life. Our best friends from NC came to visit the weekend of Valentine’s and we all wanted to go hiking in Sedona. They had researched beforehand so I was just going with the flow. 2 hours of hiking up the beautiful Soldier’s Pass (perfect because Tristan is an army veteran!) and trying and failing to find the secret caves, we finally found them!!

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Ashley and Tristan's Engagement in Soldier’s Pass Secret Caves, Sedona, AZ

We climbed up into a cave in the side of the rocks and I was freaking out because I am terrified of heights. Our friends told us to face away from Tristan for a cute picture and I kept saying how scary it was up high. Tristan says “does this make it worth it?” and pulls out a RING! I thought I was going to fall off the mountain! I cried and cried. We were sweaty and exhausted but the views were so worth the effort we had to put in and the proposal was perfect.