Lauren and Adam's Proposal on the Boat

How we met: High School senior year. I was at the all-girls school and he was at the all-guys school across the street. He asked me out at a New Year’s Eve party Jan 1, 2006 and we’ve been together ever since!

Proposal on the Boat

How he asked: Adam and I decided on a spur of the moment (or so I thought) road trip down to my parent’s lake house on Norris Lake, TN. We’ve spent countless weekends and vacation days down on that beautiful lake, so it didn’t take much arm-twisting to get either of us there. We arrived around 4 in the afternoon, and in spite of it being rather cloudy and chilly Adam wanted to go on a boat ride. Like, really wanted to go. After some convincing/annoying I eventually gave in and we headed down to the dock. As soon as we hit the water, Adam requested to drive. Now I don’t usually let anyone drive, but he seemed like he really wanted to so I let hi m. More relaxing for me!

He started cruising toward the bridge where everyone jumps from during the summer, and as we’re rounding the corner our song from high school starts playing (“I Believe in a Thing Called Love” by The Darkness) on the boat speakers, so we had to bust out in song, obviously. As the song ends, the boat begins to slow, and the next track playing is my absolute favorite song by my absolute favorite band: “Colors” by Grace Potter & the Nocturnals.  I peer up towards the bridge as we draw closer and I see something strange; a huge banner that reads “Lauren, are you ready to take the plunge?” hanging off the side! I immediately lost it and started crying, then he got down on one knee and I said yes! Easiest decision I’ve ever had to make.

After the shock wore off, I began the investigation. How on earth did he hang that banner when I was with him every minute since we got down to the lake?! He points to the shore and there is my sister and two cousins jumping up and down with excitement. They had driven down and hung the banner before we got there, hid behind rocks like spies for an hour (while I argued with Adam to not go on a boat ride – sorry about that!), then photographed the whole thing. Their side of the story is about as good as mine, and definitely funnier.

Proposal on the Boat

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The engagement was even better than anything I could have planned myself: My favorite place, my favorite band playing, and not to mention a perfect ring that he chose without any of my input!  Almost exactly a year later we will be making it official and we can’t wait to celebrate with all of our favorite people!