How We Met
Tanner and I met competing on Team USA at the International Cheer Union World Cheerleading Championship in 2014. We worked together teaching cheerleading camps, kept in contact while we finished college, and then started dating exactly one year after we met.
We dated for the first year and a half living in separate states, but competing on the United States National Team and teaching together allowed us to travel and visit one another frequently (even if we had to miss a layover to catch each other at an airport). Starting our relationship in New York & Texas while we graduated from college, we continued long/distance with separate jobs in Tennessee & Louisiana. It wasn’t until he moved to meet me in Memphis, Tennessee that we were finally together. We went from never seeing each other to living together, but it made us more grateful knowing how much it hurt to be apart. We then moved to Colorado for his coaching job, and have found where we both belong.
Fast forward to 2020, nearly five years later, living together as happily as can be, still grateful for each moment spent together adventuring in the mountains and working together in our careers.
“Our Story” written more in-depth on my personal blog.
How They Asked
The day Tanner proposed was the most magical experience of our lives. This day closed one chapter of our adventurous love story and started the next!
As frequent Colorado hikers, the journey to hike the Napali Coast in Kaua’i was an experience we had to make happen. I didn’t suspect anything of it. Tanner pre-bought the permits for the hike had already paid for my “birthday manicure” before the trip, and casually gave me a flower for my hair that morning.
He planned the perfect proposal while two of our best friends shared the memory and took a million pictures. They all had code words for when the view was perfect to stop and get the cameras (and ring !!!) ready.
The morning weather was sunny and bright, so taking a photo facing the epic Hawaiian coastline was an unsuspecting way to distract from the fact that Tanner was already on his knee behind me. I turned around, surprised and overwhelmed with love, as he held out my dream ring, and asked me to marry him.
Obviously, I cried. Like, four times at least.
I’ll never forget what he looked like at that moment. Seeing him down on one knee was a vision I had imagined for so long, and I’m so thankful that it worked out perfectly to his plans. We spent the rest of the day celebrating on beautiful beaches with our best friends and doing what we love most— exploring!
If this weren’t obvious, I undoubtedly said YES, and am thrilled in imagining our future together.