Amanda and Cole

How We Met

Cole and I met as sophomores at the University of Tennessee. I had become friends with one of his roommates, TJ, who had a video on Facebook of a bunch of guys playing guitar. I asked him about the singer in the video and it turned out to be his roommate. He described Cole as “a really nice, good and smart guy.” I knew I had to meet him! The day before I turned 20, I met TJ and his roommates at Cancun’s Mexican Restaurant for dinner. A week or two later Cole asked me to go to dinner with him and he took me on our first date to PF Chang’s. We didn’t call ahead and had to wait forever for a table, but it gave us plenty of time to talk. We slowly started hanging out more and more until we were “official” March 9th, 2009. Now six and a half years later, we have moved three times, have a dog together, and we are finally getting married in August 2016.

How He Asked

I honestly couldn’t have planned it better myself. Everything from the location, to the pictures, to the ring, and the man on one knee was everything I had ever dreamed of.

Living in Texas had kept us away from our families for almost a year, so December 2013 we decided to take an extended Christmas vacation. After the holidays we decided to visit Knoxville, TN (where we went to college and met) for a few days. We spent Friday night hanging with some friends, and Saturday we planned to visit all of our favorite local spots. We started the day off with an early lunch at PF Chang’s. Cole actually didn’t plan this part, but it was the restaurant where we had our first date. The place we had planned to go was closed for lunch. We then headed over to the mall and did some shopping. The whole day Cole was super sweet, holding my hand, telling me he loved me, and I was so grateful to get to spend a day with him in our favorite city. Our next stop we planned to walk around campus and check out all the new construction. Cole suggested I take the long way home and drive around UT before we walked. I thought this was a great idea, but it turns out he was just trying to stall so our photographer could get to the proposal location before us. We parked at the condo I had lived in all through college and walked across the street to World’s Fair Park. The park is one of my favorite spots in Knoxville, and we often visited it as a couple when we lived in the area.

As we walked across the bridge at the park, I was distracted by a family taking pictures underneath it. I tried to hurry and get out of their way, but Cole told me to stop walking so fast. He then said that he needed to talk to me about something. Confused, I stopped to look at him and that is when he started telling me how much he loved me, how happy he was I moved out to Texas with him, and how he wanted to spend forever with me in his life. He then reached into his pocket and pulled out a box, dropped to one knee, and asked me to marry him.

I was so excited I didn’t even look at the ring, I just said “yes, of course I will marry you,” and kissed him. After a minute he actually had to ask me, “Do you want this?” And what an amazing job he did designing that thing. It was absolutely perfect, every detail we had discussed when ring shopping was captured. All I could do was hug him and try not to burst into happy tears. After I had recovered, we continued our journey around the park. That is when I heard a camera shutter and told Cole, “that guy is taking pictures of us.” He told me that is was ok, I might know him, and it turns out it was my friend Ben that is a photographer. I was ecstatic. He really had thought of everything, and now I had our perfect moment captured on film.

That night we went out to our favorite restaurant downtown with some friends and celebrated our engagement. It was the perfect ending to such a wonderful day, and the beginning of the next chapter in our lives.

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