I'm excited about this post in the Wedding Story Series! To catch up on the story of Kevin and Kelli, read these posts:
How We Met
How We Started Dating
March 22, 2013
Now our proposal story!!!
In March of 2013, Kevin and I had definitely talked about marriage and were taking steps to prepare us for it before we made that big commitment. Being a little "older" we have so many friends that are already married and we listened to their advice. We took a class at a local church designed for seriously dating and engaged couples. Personally, I believe that you should have already talked about all of the major topics and be on the same page about them BEFORE getting engaged. An engagement period is not a time to get to know one another, you should be 100% certain that this is who you want to marry when that ring goes on your finger. We talked about topics like finances, marital conflict, Biblical roles, in-laws, future children, and sex. This was such a good time for Kevin and I to get on the same page about these topics and know which ones are deal-breakers!
We were also meeting with a mentor couple from our church who walked us through many of those topics on a personal, deep level. This was, by far, the most helpful pre-marital thing we did! We are so grateful for this couple and still meet with them regularly. They are such an encouragement to us, an example of a God-centered marriage and an amazing resource for wisdom and guidance.
On March 22, 2013, Kevin and I headed to Austin, Texas for a friend's wedding and to hang out with our friends, Chris and Elizabeth. As we were headed to our friends' house, we hit a ton of traffic and I "led" us on a detour to avoid it. On this detour, we ended up close to Mount Bonnell, a small city park located on top of a hill overlooking Lake Austin. I have to back up a bit here to when we were dating...
The first time that I told Kevin I loved him was on Mount Bonnell. We went to Austin for his birthday one year and before heading to an Eric Church concert, I took him here, because I think the view is beautiful. I gave him his birthday present - a list of 500 reasons that I love him. He loved it and told me he loved me too! Here was that moment...
After that, when we were hugging and kissing, I noticed my friend, Elizabeth, peeking out from behind a pillar with a camera. She and Chris came out from hiding and it all made sense. Kevin had been working with them on this plan for a while. They were so sweet to help him set that up and take photos of the whole thing! The photos you see posted were taken by Elizabeth. A huge thanks to both of them for making it happen!
Then we went to dinner at The Oasis overlooking Lake Travis with them and, of course, spent a ton of time on the phone telling our family and close friends the good news.
All photo credit goes to Elizabeth Guilbeau
Coming soon...Wedding Story: Engagement