Aris and Danielle

Engagement Proposal Ideas in Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham, North Carolina

How We Met

Aris and I met when we were 12 years old (shout out to my match-maker of a cousin for introducing us) in Durham, North Carolina. Being the awkward 12-year-old that I was, things didn’t go much further than my small crush on him. But after living our separate lives throughout high school, we were reconnected my first semester of college. One thing led to another and my small crush on him grew and grew. I always thought to myself, “The woman who gets to marry Aris Dixon will be the luckiest girl in the world,” but I never in my wildest dreams imagined it would be me.

How He Asked

For those of you who don’t know me or my family all that well, you should know that surprising an Adams girl is no easy feat. The day began as most average Tuesdays do: I woke up, played my current favorite songs, ate my morning breakfast, checked the mail, and waited for my best friends, Amelia and Haley, to arrive with lunch. An average day, am I right? This Tuesday was a little different, however, because the three of us had big plans to take graduation photos together at the beautiful Sarah P. Duke Gardens (I think you can probably guess where this is going…). We all got ready together at my apartment, adorned ourselves with white, and made our way to what would be the most eventful two hours of my life.

Flash forward to Duke Gardens: Considering Aris had called me that morning with background noise that implied he was clearly at work, I was oblivious as to what my dear friends, family, and then-boyfriend had planned. Amelia, Haley and I laughed and posed as we took photos together: some in pairs, some of the three of us, and some individuals. Adelyn played music as she snapped away at her camera, distracting me from the underlying plans for the afternoon…

Marriage Proposal Ideas in Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham, North Carolina

We made our way to a wooden gazebo, surrounded by vibrant green foliage, where Adelyn planned to take some individual photos of me while Amelia and Haley were “off to the ladies room.” My excitement increased as one of my favorite songs, “You Make It Easy” by Jason Aldean, came blasting through the speaker (a playlist Aris picked out for the special occasion). Cue Aris. To my surprise, Aris came out of the woodworks behind me (quite literally)…As I turned to face Aris, joy overwhelmed me as all of the pieces came together to create the most beautiful memory. Now, if you’re wondering what he said, that’s a little something you’ll have to ask him…

May 8th, 2018 will forever hold a special place in our hearts. We are so incredibly grateful for all of our friends and family that made an average Tuesday so special…each and every one of you mean so much to us and have inspired us in so many ways. Thank you for being there for the best day of our lives to date.

Special Thanks

Adelyn Boling
Photographer