Sara and Alec's Proposal at Nashville's Botanical Gardens

How we met, Sara’s version: I had a dear friend suggest that I go out on a date with this “great guy” she knew. I asked her the basics “what does he do, where is he from, how old is he”….turns out he was much younger than me so I told her she was absolutely crazy and we dropped it. About three months later she brought it up again, this time begging me to just give it one date. So, I said yes, just to appease her. Our first date was a nice dinner followed by music and drinks with our mutual friend in late June. We talked and talked and talked. Needless to say, we have been together ever since. Despite the age difference, we just make sense. We have similarities that make our time together fun and enough differences to share experiences with each other. We knew it was meant to be.

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how they asked, Alec’s version: I told my friend Carrie (who introduced me to Sara) that I was going to marry her after that first date. I have never felt so sure of something. Around Christmas time I began to “research” proposal ideas. I started piecing together the actual proposal beginning with Cheekwood as the location. I took my friends with me to check out Cheekwood at the beginning of February. Our friends suggested asking Frozen Exposure to video tape the proposal! It was perfect, so that Sara and I would be able to look back at this moment. (Tanya and Bobby are AMAZING and will be photographing our wedding next March!!) I picked out a ring I though Sara deserved and prepared to propose on March 7, 2015. Sara thought we were going to Cheekwood for a friend’s photography show, but when we got there, I walked her up the steps and immediately dropped to one knee.

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I was so nervous walking up to the spot I had chosen….but, She said “yes” and we spent the afternoon taking pictures with Bobby and Tanya, celebrating with friends, and celebrating with family at a surprise party I had planned. I can not wait to say “I do” and spend the rest of my life with my best friend!!

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Photos by Frozen Exposure Photography