Garrett and Leigha
How We Met
Garrett and I met when he moved to my hometown of Fitzgerald, Ga in 2004. I was in the 6th grade and he was in the 8th. My brother became friends with him and he eventually started attending our youth group at church. After dating him in the 7th grade, I didn’t understand what love meant, but I knew I cared for him differently than any “crush” I had ever had. Fast forward to high school, we dated off and on, but as he approached his senior year we ended things as he made plans for college. Throughout college we tried rekindling our relationship but it never seemed to be right timing. Fast forward years later, we both move home, he starts working at my family’s business and lands my dad’s heart as well as mine once again.
How He Asked
My favorite time of year is Christmas. And as a little girl my dream proposal imagination ran wild with millions of Christmas lights and Christmas trees. As I got older I made sure my mother became aware of this dream because I couldn’t imagine it any other way. Once Garrett and I started dating (again) I instantly fell back in love with him and couldn’t wait for the day he asked me to be his wife. At this point, I did not care how he proposed, as long as he did sometime in our future. On our one year anniversary, we happened to be on Thanksgiving vacation with my family in Tennessee. Before we left, my mom “found” a place on the internet where we could see Christmas lights in Nashville. We then planned an entire day of being in Nashville touring museums and ending our night at Gaylord Opryland to see the greatest Christmas display I had ever seen. I couldn’t wait to get there to see the lights and be surrounding by the feeling of Christmas. After about an hour of taking a million pictures, Garrett said we needed to take a picture with all of the lights in the background. After taking the picture, I started to walk off when he grabbed my hand and gave me the dream proposal I have always wanted. It was the most magical moment and all I could do was cry! I was so emotional I never even said yes until I finally said “did you ask my daddy?” I am so thankful my family was there to be able to capture this special moment that I will never forget.