Audrey and Brian

How We Met

Brian and I both attended Georgia Southern University (Hail Southern!) and in February of 2014, we were introduced by a mutual friend. We met briefly and a few weeks later Brian asked me on a date. It kind of felt like a blind date since we really only met for a quick moment at a party. The night came and I was excited, nervous and super giddy about it! But, the date didn’t turn out as well as I had hoped. Brian told me he loved me the second I got out of my truck (because he had the same one), he served me a burger in a bowl, (because all of his dishes were dirty) and finished the night playing his guitar for me as I awkwardly sat there feeling completely overwhelmed. Later that night, we met up with some of my friends at a bar where he ran into some of his friends. We hung out, enjoyed everyone’s company and then went our separate ways. I went home that night thinking it was an okay date and that he was a nice and very handsome guy, but I had absolutely no interest in him. I knew there was no way I’d ever go out with him again. Two days later, Brian asked me on a second date. I politely declined but, I felt horrible. For three years I avoided him on campus whenever I saw him, walking an extra fifteen minutes to class if it meant I didn’t have to face him.

Three years later our mutual friend who introduced us, got engaged and asked the two of us to be in her wedding. I was a little nervous leading up to the wedding. I had avoided him for three years after rejecting that second date and I knew that I would soon have to face him. The wedding weekend came, and I thought Brian looked so handsome (which my Mom also pointed out and questioned why I ever said no to that second date back in 2014). But, I still remembered being totally uninterested in this guy back then. But, to my complete surprise, we hit it off and had a lot of fun together. At the end of the weekend, he went back to school and I went back home, but we continued to keep in touch texting each other every so often. I had already moved home to finish school while he had three more months before graduating from GSU with plans to move home after. (Home for both of us just so happened to be fifteen minutes away from each other – we went to high school right next to one another). As we texted, we talked about hanging out when he got back home, which we did that very night with a few friends. He then asked me on a date and a few weeks later we finally went on that second date on January 5, 2017. We continued going on dates and I’ve been falling more and more in love with him ever since.

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How They Asked

Brian asked if I wanted to go with him to Sawnee Mountain Reserve – Indian Seats. (We went here on one of our first dates in 2017 and I remember feeling so giddy that day knowing this boy came back for me after three years.) Flash forward to two and a half years later and we’re sitting on one of the rocks enjoying the same view. At least, I was trying to enjoy it. Within five minutes of getting to the top, Brian asked to take a picture. I didn’t care to because I was sweaty and wanted to cool off after the fifteen-minute hike up the mountain. I also wanted to take in the view. He started acting weird and continued to push and push for a picture, even trying to set his phone up on a rock for a self-timer photo. I told him it would probably be better to just ask someone to take a photo for us whenever we decided to head back down and he agreed. About ten minutes later, Brian asked if I was ready to go. Ready to go? After ten minutes?? We just got here.

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He was frustrating me, so I gave up and told him fine but he had to go ask someone to take the photo. We walked over to a secluded area that had an amazing backdrop and we posed for our photo as a kind stranger took it for us. Then, Brian reached for his bag and said “oh wait I need to get something real quick” and pulled out a little box. I didn’t realize what was happening or what the box was until he got down on one knee.

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I was in complete shock and the stranger taking our photo? She starts squealing and says “oh my gosh I’m a wedding photographer!!!” I asked her if she was in on this whole thing and she said no. Brian asked me to marry him, I sobbed, said YES and then we had a moment together to soak it all in. Turns out the stranger taking our photo was checking out the location of another proposal she would be photographing for someone tomorrow!

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We couldn’t believe it. I was so excited and we immediately FaceTime’d my parents as we started to head back down to the car. To top it all of, Brian surprised me with a night to celebrate with our family and some of our closest friends! We had the best night being surrounded by so many loved ones.

I think when we first met in 2014 it wasn’t the right time for us to be together. But, God was saving our relationship for the perfect time in both our lives, three years later. I love this man with my whole heart and cannot imagine a life without him. I’m so excited to be his WIFE!

I said YES to forever with my best friend and the love of my life. God is so, so good!

Celebrating with both of our parents at a surprise party Brian and his parents put together for us!

The Wilson/Duffy siblings! We missed Brian’s brother but cannot wait to celebrate with him very soon!

The best group of friends (big and small) that we could ask for! We cannot wait to continue celebrating throughout this incredible season of life. We are blessed beyond measure!

Special Thanks

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