Chantal and Austin

How We Met

October 2017 my love for everything country brought me to Las Vegas with my girlfriends for the Route 91 country festival. A weekend of what I expected to be filled with cowboy boots, country music, and country boys turned into a weekend that would mark the rest of this wild journey I call life. Austin and I met at Gilley’s the second night of the concert. No one told us that New York New York’s roller-coaster doesn’t run at 3 am so we opted for pizza instead. We made plans to meet up on the last day of the festival and I didn’t give it much more thought other than he was cute and we seemed to hit it off. While listening to country music and dancing we soon found ourselves on the ground with gunshots that seemed to be coming from every direction. Austin never left my side that night. Hand in hand and complete strangers we ran across the entire festival grounds trying to escape the gunfire. We found ourselves in a taxi with a wounded spectator. Rushed to the hospital we stayed there into the morning. In the coming days, Austin went back to California and I Canada. However, that wasn’t the end of a friendship and 6 weeks later Austin boarded a flight to Canada. Since then we have not spent more than 6 weeks apart from each other and I wouldn’t have my life any other way.

How They Asked

Friday, March 8th we headed to our favorite place to unwind Laguna Beach, we got ourselves a cute hotel room and we really didn’t make any plans other than spending time together and relax. It was a windy and chilly day by the water but we bundled up, Austin even wearing cowboys on the beach. Once we got down to a thousand steps beach Austin gave me a hug. Right away I could feel his heart beating out of his chest. I asked him if everything was okay?

That’s when he looked at me got down on one knee, reached in his cowboy boot and made me the happiest girl in the world 💍 . We sat on the beach, cracked open a beer and soaked it all in 💕 the night was followed by an amazing dinner and celebration drinks at our favorite rooftop bar.

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