Kelsey and JR

How We Met

JR and I met in 2008 through a mutual friend but did not start dating until 2011 when our paths continued to cross.

how they asked

JR and I began dating in 2011. We broke up in 2013 and after much praying, I realized we were meant to be. We got back together in January of 2015. On August 2, 2015, as we are traveling to the beach, I give JR the hardest time about engagement. I even jokingly tell him I’ll just buy myself a ring and propose to myself! Little did I know what he had up his sleeve for that day. As the sun begins to set at the beach that day, JR and I walk down to the pier on the bay of the gulf. I have a little gut feeling that something important is about to happen but I look at his pockets- no box- and push the feeling aside. We walk to the edge of the pier and JR begins playing the song Dierks Bentley’s “My Last Name” on a speaker and asks me to dance. I get butterflies in my stomach as he tells me how stubborn I am and how hard I have made today for him (remember when I said I’d buy a ring myself? Oops!) I don’t remember much else of what he said to me until the song gets to the part that says, “So darlin’ if you’re wonderin’ why I’ve got you here tonight, I wanna be your husband, I want you to be my wife.” At this point I am in a puddle of tears and JR reaches into his boot (he knows I would be looking at his pockets!) and pulls out his mother’s diamond he has had reset for me. I have never cried so hard in my life. He had a drone filming the proposal and a photographer taking pictures. Needless to say, I said yes!

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Special Thanks

Rae Marshall
 | Photographer