Brooke and Troy

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How We Met

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It was December 2008 and I was 16 years old. I always remember having “crushes” in high school but nobody ever pulled at my heart the way I felt when I met Troy. I had gone on a trip with one of my closest family friends to Utah, and his family happened to be close with the family as well. It may sound crazy, but I remember meeting him that first night and feeling something different in my gut. He made me laugh, he was so loving to his niece, and he was genuinely kind (and not to mention good looking! With his long surfer hair he was rockin at the time) I got stuck on the slopes snowboarding late one day and he came to help me carry my snowboard to the car. I remember him giving me his beanie to wear when I was cold. So many little things that added up to me liking him so much. After the trip was over, he went back to Huntington Beach with his family and I went back to Anaheim Hills. I remember praying that he would somehow call me. A few days later, he called and asked me out on my very first date on January 10th, 2009. The butterflies started then, and I still get them now. Here we are 7 1/2 years later: engaged and so in love! I feel so blessed that we’ve gotten to grow up together through so many milestones, hurdles, and wonderful times. He not only is my high school sweetheart, he is truly my best friend that I get to spend forever with.

How He Asked

Troy knows that I am pretty good about figuring out surprises, so making this work without me finding out was something to be proud of! The night before he asked, he told me the next morning we would be having brunch with his coworkers by the beach. I woke up the next morning and got ready by the time he told me we would have to leave. When I went to put on my outfit, he stopped me and said “Actually, I think you should wear that white dress you wore to Easter. It looks pretty on you.” I told him I thought that was too fancy for a casual brunch, but he assured me that his coworkers would be dressed nice too. Without a second thought, I put it on and we went out the door. When we got to the beach, he said we had some time first since we were early. So we were walking on the shore and all of a sudden he had me turn a corner…there was a blanket laid out with a dozen roses, candles, letters from him, wine glasses, and seashells scattered. I immediately started to tear up as he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him and be his forever. I said yes, of course!! It made me even happier to hear that he asked my Dad already too. Off to the side I eventually noticed one of my closest friends who had been hiding and taking pictures and video. The beach is our favorite place and so special to us. I always envisioned and hoped deep down that he would ask me there. He followed our proposal with horseback riding and dinner in Laguna Beach. I can easily say it was the best day of my life!

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