Mary and Lyndon

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How We Met

Lyndon and I met at work, at UT Arlington. I’d seen him around the University Center before (where both of our offices are located) but didn’t know anything about him, not even which department he worked in! In December 2016 I went to the President’s Holiday Reception for all University staff with my friend Laura, who worked in my office at the time. While in the line for food, I noticed Lyndon and the awesome Christmas vest he was wearing and said “Hey, nice vest!” We always joke that his vest brought us together! I kept eyeing him throughout the reception and mentioned to Laura that I thought he was cute.

The next night, after a Christmas party with all my girlfriends, I saw Lyndon out at a bar in Fort Worth. I thought that was too crazy of a coincidence and had to mean something! The next day at work I talked to Laura about Lyndon and how I’d seen him over the weekend. Laura knew several of the staff that worked in Lyndon’s office, so she talked to Rhett (I used to joke with Lyndon that Rhett was his work BFF!) and they exchanged our phone numbers. Lyndon and I texted back and forth for about a week before we went on our first date to the Flying Saucer in Sundance Square. After another week and going on two more dates, Lyndon wanted to make things official (and I was 100% okay with that!). We’ve been inseparable since!

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how they asked

I knew for quite a while that Lyndon and I were going to get engaged. We started talking about marriage after we’d been dating for about 6 months. We decided to go look around at engagement rings in August 2017, just so Lyndon could get an idea of how much he’d need to save and what styles I liked. From several conversations we’d had, I picked up on things he said that made me think he’d be proposing in December 2017. I just had no idea exactly when it was going to be!

About halfway through December, one of my good friends Maggie planned a girls wine night in downtown Grapevine. I was so excited for this because I wasn’t able to go to the annual girls Christmas party earlier that month. She’d planned it on Lyndon and I’s 1 year anniversary, which was totally fine because he and I had plans to celebrate the next night. Lyndon came over earlier that day to spend some time with me since it was our anniversary. He was extra quiet that day while he was at my house. He’d also mentioned to me that he was going to leave as soon as I started getting ready. This was weird because he always stays and hangs out while I get ready, even if my plans aren’t with him!

My friend Lizzy, who lives close by, had texted me earlier that day to ask if I wanted to ride with her. So she came to pick me up and we were off to Grapevine. On the way, I checked the Find My Friends app to see who had already arrived at the restaurant we were supposed to meet at. While I was looking, I noticed that Lyndon’s location was turned off and that’s when I knew something was up. Lizzy and I met our friends Maggie and Lauren in a parking lot and we were going to walk to dinner together (or so I thought!). As we came to an intersection, Maggie suggested we walk across the street to Liberty Park to look at the Christmas lights and take some pictures. I was a little annoyed because it was so cold and I was starving! We walked into the park and were surrounded by Christmas trees and beautiful lights.

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After we’d taken a few pictures I started digging around in my purse, not paying attention to anything around me. I felt a tap on my shoulder and when I turned around, Lyndon was standing in front of me. Lyndon said a few things (I honestly don’t remember what he said because I was so excited!) then got down on one knee, asked me to marry him, and I said YES! After he put the most beautiful ring on my finger, my parents walked over with my daughter, Kennedy! Lyndon had a ring for her too!

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After Lauren took lots of pictures, I asked if we were going to get dinner (because I was still starving!). Lyndon and I rode together to Fireside Pies, where I thought we’d be meeting the other girls that were invited to “girls night.” To my surprise, we walked into a room filled with all of my best friends, my family, and all of Lyndon’s family! It was such a sweet surprise to get to celebrate our engagement with everyone on the same night!

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Lyndon planned the perfect night and I couldn’t have dreamt of a better proposal!

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Lauren Flanagan
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