Lindsay and Braden

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How We Met

Braden and I are both CPA’s and met at work where we were assigned to audit the same client. We were on a team of approximately 20 people, but Braden was the one who volunteered to show me around the office. As he was 1 year ahead of me, he became the older staff who I would go to if I had questions or issues at work. We slowly became friends and continued to work together for a year and a half before we started secretly dating. At first I thought I was making career suicide and was not sure why I would get involved with someone at work. However, a couple of months into dating, we both knew it was pretty serious. Through the course of a year, Braden introduced me to the Panthers and Duke basketball and in return, I introduced him to smoothies, quinoa, avocados, and water sports.

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how they asked

We both have a love for good food and when Charlotte announced restaurant week in January, we made reservations for 3 restaurants. Since we had back to back restaurants on Friday and Saturday night, I convinced Braden that we needed to do a cycling class so we would have room for dinner Saturday night.

During the cycle class I could see that Braden was struggling, but I thought it was because it was his second cycling class ever and I picked a 60 minute class. Turns out he was nervous about what was coming next. Braden told me we were meeting some of his friends for a late lunch so I went home to get ready. When he arrived at my apartment he said we were going on a walk, to which I immediately protested. I was tired and sore from cycling and wanted food, not a walk. Braden responded to this with “I am the man, we are going on a walk.” So, we went on a walk.

We have a specific route we take when we go on walks, and that day was no different. About halfway through our walk in Freedom Park, I started noticing long stem roses along the path. I could tell Braden was nervous about something but I was still not sure what exactly was happening. After seeing a couple dozen roses, Braden steered me off the path onto a trail of rose petals. The rose petals led up to a bench where a long stemmed rose was laying. We sat on the bench where I’m sure Braden said a bunch a sweet things, but my head was spinning the whole time and I honestly can’t remember much. Then Braden stood me up and he got down on one knee.

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Without looking at the ring, I said YES and jumped into his arms!

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It turned out his parents had set the roses up and were hiding behind the bushes.

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They came out and we headed back to my apartment where they had champagne and snacks for us to celebrate!

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