Dedra and Andy's Wakesurfing Proposal

How We Met: Andy & I met 3 years ago at a wakesurfing competition he helped organize. I knew who he was through mutual friends, but didn’t officially meet him until the wakesurfing event. At the time, I was dating someone else. I always joke to people that when I met Andy, I didn’t think he would be the guy I would marry. About a year after meeting him, the stars finally aligned and we went on our official first date. The rest is history…

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How He Asked: On a Friday night Labor Day weekend 2014, Andy popped the question of his life. It was a rainy day & all he could talk about was plans to go wakesurfing after work with our friend Chad. I was already crabby because it was suppose to be a Dedra & Andy night since the last couple of weeks were crazy busy for the both of us. As I stubbornly put my swim suit on & gathered my belongings to head to the boat, I grumpily said, “Are we seriously going wakesurfing right now? It’s thundering & I don’t really want to get struck by lighting.” Andy so easily convinced me that we could enjoy a quick wakesurf set on the lake & then go grab dinner. I agreed. As we got into the car to head to Chad’s, he was slamming Red Bulls like it was water & strangely taking selfies of my crabby face. I had no idea what was about to happen…

After Andy took a quick set, he insisted that I go wakesurfing next. I then happily agreed after I chugged my first cocktail. I ended up having the best set of my life, landed a 360 spin & then a 720 spin (first time!). I was smiling ear to ear. As I headed up the platform of the boat, Andy was crouched in the back of the boat. I noticed a box in his hand & I almost fell off back into the water. It was the most surreal moment of my life. “Is this really happening?!?!” I screamed. I can’t remember what Andy said, but I remember the feeling. I kept screaming, “It’s so pretty!!!”… (the ring of course).

Everything was planned & calculated that night. Thanks to our friend Chad who got it all on GoPro. We will forever have this moment to look back on through photographs. Andy and I are beyond blessed to have such amazing family & friends in our lives. I can’t imagine spending the rest of my life with anyone else other than Andy.