How We Met
Tanner and I met when we were in the third grade. We had the same group of friends, some of the same classes together, and our families were even close friends. It was not until the 8th grade when we went to the county fair and Tanner asked me to be his girlfriend. We only dated for a little while until I ended it with him because I couldn’t date my best friend (now it is all a joke and we always laugh about it). Throughout high school, we would always see each other and we ran on the same cross country and track team. It wasn’t until 2015 when we reconnected and started dating again. He asked me out after our cross country practice and looking back it, it was the best decision I have made. Of course, we went through applying to colleges, our senior prom, and our high school graduation together.
Then followed the hardest part of our relationship: 4 years of long-distance. We had no idea what it was going to be like bringing a relationship into college and especially the miles in between. We were so used to a two-minute drive down the street to see each other. Tanner attended The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for Business and I attended The University of North Carolina at Greensboro for Fashion. We knew that we wanted to chase our dreams, but also we wanted to chase them TOGETHER. Luckily, he was only an hour away so on weekends I would usually go and visit him. Weekends were precious to us because we could be a normal couple again and to us, time together meant everything. On top of being long-distance during the school year, we spent two whole summers away from each other because of jobs and internship opportunities. Tanner spent one summer in Texas working and I spent the following summer interning in California. Finally, my senior year of college came around. It has given us so much relief and joy knowing that this is the last year of long-distance and that we made it together. We have mixed emotions knowing that every battle that we have faced in our college experience, we have faced them TOGETHER and that all along, this has been God’s plan. Throughout our relationship, Tanner always pushed me to reach my dreams, loved me through every phase of life, every health battle and always reminded me of the precious love of Jesus. He is my biggest dream come true & my answered prayer.
How They Asked
Tanner and I were headed to Grandfather Mountain to meet up with his family right before we would be attending the Appalachian State football game (or so I thought). I didn’t think anything of it because I had talked to his mom the previous week about our plans for that weekend. Since Boone has always been our place, in the back of my mind I had always hoped that one day, Tanner would propose to me there but I still didn’t think that this visit to the mountains would be one that I would never forget. The whole two-hour car drive Tanner was so calm and his normal self. I always joked with him that I would know when he would propose because I would be able to tell by his domineer but boy was I wrong, haha. Once we arrived at Grandfather Mountain, the plan was to find his parents because we were already running late. We headed up the mountain to find them and I kept asking questions about where they were (since supposedly he was texting his mom but it was really the photographer).
While I was looking around for them, out of nowhere, Tanner looks at me, then turns around, and gets down on one knee to ask me the question that I have been waiting to hear my whole life. I said “YES” to my dream guy. Then came the photographer (who was a mutual friend of ours) that popped out from behind the rocks. I couldn’t believe that all of this was happening. Tanner and I stood there for a little while and took it all in together while overlooking the Blue Ridge Parkway. After, Tanner told me that he made reservations for us to eat lunch in Boone. We headed to the lunch spot and little did I know the surprises were still not over. I walked into the restaurant and turned the corner to some familiar voices. It was his family and my family waiting for us and that’s when I started to cry. Family means so much to both of us and being able to share the special day with them was a memory that I would never forget.