how we met
We met playing soccer at Valdosta State University while we were both students there. It was my freshman year and his sophomore year.
how they asked
The proposal was a complete surprise. We were in Dahlonega GA for my best friend’s wedding. The day after the wedding we spent some time exploring the town with my parents, and planned a hike at Amicalola Falls State Park. We started our hike at the base of the waterfall. When we were about half way up my parents decided to hike back down and said they would meet us in the Jeep at the top. There are over 600 stairs to climb on the trail to the top of the waterfall. Needless to say we were pretty exhausted when we reached the top. I actually was wanting to leave pretty quickly, but Leland insisted that we stay so my parents could get some pictures at the top of the falls. We met back up with them, and went to the top of the observation deck which is directly over the top of the falls. I had my camera so I was focused on getting some shots of the waterfall and the landscape. It was November, and the fall foliage was stunning! All of the sudden Leland grabs my attention and was already down on one knee. It was such a sincere and emotional moment for us. I was so shocked and happy that my parents could be there to share in the love as well. Leland absolutely blew me away with it!