How We Met
In February of 2016, my best friend, Haley, enticed me to go to a Super Bowl party with her with promises of a bounce house. My roommate, Kelly, and I showed up at the end of the first quarter and was greeted by one of the hosts of the party who asked if we wanted a “house tour.” He then proceeded to give the most ridiculously hilarious house tour of the bachelor pad he lives in. That night we stood in the corner of his kitchen talking the entire party and I don’t think I have stopped ever stopped smiling or laughing with him since. Little did I know, this funny “tour guide” named Chase would be the love of my life and fiancé a year and a few months later.
how they asked
For weeks, Chase had been telling me he had a surprise planned for our official one year anniversary but was very sketchy about any details. The celebration started in Dallas, where we live, on Thursday at Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck located at the top of the famous Reunion Tower. During the amazing dinner, Chase gave me a clue as to what we were doing that weekend with each course all culminating in a surprise trip to Nashville, my hometown, for the weekend. We left for Nashville on Friday evening with promises of a “full day of anniversary fun” on Saturday.
Saturday morning, Chase had coordinated with my mom to make me a hair appointment with my amazing colorist and stylist, Amanda Foster. Amanda is the best so I always try to get my hair done when I am home, and she even did my makeup. Little did I know, when I was at my hair appointment, Chase had picked up by best friend, who happens to be an incredible photographer, Haley Ringo, to go scout out a location at Radnor Lake State Park to propose to me that evening. After my hair appointment, Chase took me to one of my favorite lunch spots in Nashville, Food and Company, for an amazing gluten free chicken salad wrap.
After this, he surprised me with massages at Oasis Day Spa. Then, when my unbelievable massage finished, we headed over to Cheekwood Botanical Gardens to walk around and see the beautiful Spring flowers starting to bloom. At 5 P.M., when Cheekwood closed, Chase said we had “more time to kill before our dinner reservation” so he suggested we head over to our favorite spot in Nashville, Radnor Lake, to talk for a few minutes.
Upon arriving at Radnor, Chase began to get noticeably nervous and was essentially pulling me and sprint walking down the Lake Trail. I continued to follow as he lead me across a bridge and he started to talk about all our relationship the last year had meant to him and how awesome God is for bringing us together. When we reached the natural boat dock he, apparently, got down on one knee; “Faulkner Caroline Emerson I do not want to spend a day without you for the rest of my life, will you marry me?” I used to kind of roll my eyes when girls said this to me about their proposals, but, I actually blacked out. I do not remember anything from when we got about halfway to the bridge to after he popped the question. All I do know if that I broke down, he lost it, I keeled over and I said “yes” one million times.
As if this day could have been anymore perfect, my wonderful mom had organized a surprise engagement party back at our family home with all of my closest friends family. I was so overwhelmed by all of the people there that traveled from far away to be there to celebrate Chase and I, we really do have the most incredible support system. This proposal was beyond my wildest dreams, Chase knows my heart so well. He is the best man I have ever known. He is kind, gentle, brave and loves me fiercely through his love for Jesus Christ. I cannot wait to be be his wife.