Hillary and Cory

Image 1 of Hillary and Cory

How We Met

Cory and I have known each other for a long time! We were best friends way before we decided to start dating. We are a true example of best friends falling in love with each other. Cory and I always held each other close, but never saw each other in any other way than friends. It was this way for about 9 years. In March of 2014, my dad passed away in a car accident. Cory and my dad were very close. They had a special bond with each other, and the absence of my dad continues to be something that we all struggle with. Through his death, Cory made me a priority. Not because he had to, but because he wanted to. I was away in college, and he had already started his career, but he made it a point to be a huge part of my life, no matter the distance. I found myself going home more so that I could hang out with him, and eventually, I ended up wondering if we could be something more than just best friends. One night, the opportunity presented itself, and I kissed Cory for the first time in September 5 of 2015. The rest was history for me.

how they asked

Every day since September 5, 2015, I have only fallen more in love with everything about Cory. On September 6 of 2016, Cory texted me and told me that he made reservations to a place in Opelika to celebrate our year anniversary. I teach dance, so I hurried to his house after, and he told me that I had 15 minutes to get ready. I thought he had absolutely lost his mind, but I did it! He told me that my gift had come in, and so After getting ready, I went in the living room to open it. He told me that I could just wait until we got in the car to put my makeup on. This was normal, so I agreed. When I unwrapped the present, I saw an apple watch, which I had been talking about for a little while. I said “Oh! You got me an apple watch!!” As I opened it, I saw a ring box, but I didn’t want to get ahead of myself. You see, Cory and I talked about marrying each other, in December of 2017, So naturally, I did not want to get my hopes up! When I opened the box with a confused look on my face, I saw the most beautiful ring. I immediately started to cry, and he got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. He wrote me a letter that was a detailed timeline of our relationship, filled with the most thoughtful words that I have ever read. We facetimed my mom, his mom, and our closest friends. We then went to dinner, and spent the night just the two of us, which is exactly what I wanted. Our amazing friends later threw us an engagement party to celebrate! I am so excited to spend my life with my very best friend! There is nothing better to me than sharing the rest of my years on earth with Cory by my side.

Image 2 of Hillary and Cory