Laci and Braden

How We Met

We met in middle school through a mutual friend. We actually dated in middle school for a little while, then just decided to be friends. We were absolute best friends until the beginning of 2011, when we began hanging out as more than friends. We’ve been together ever since.

How He Asked

We planned our trip to the Smoky Mountains for our 4 year dating anniversary. On Saturday we drove to Newfound gap to begin out 9 mile hike to Charlie’s Bunion. On the way up the mountain, I didn’t think I would make it and Braden kept pushing me to keep going. He kept power walking (I thought I was going to have an asthma attack) and I had no idea what his rush was. At one point, I wanted to stop to eat lunch and he begged me to get there before we ate, so we kept going. Once we finally arrived at Charlie’s Bunion I was just stunned by the amazing views. We stood there and Braden started talking about our journey of life together from meeting in middle school, being best friends all throughout high school, and then becoming boyfriend and girlfriend in 2011; we have literally been through it all together. I was already in tears just thinking about our past together when Braden got down on one knee and asked me to spend forever with him. With tears flowing, my answer was something like- “well, duh!!!”

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