Lauren and Chase
How We Met
Chase and I met on April 12, 2016, at our favorite coffee shop in Statesboro, Three Tree Coffee Roasters. We met through a mutual friend that day and saw each other at a college bible study that same night. I met another guy that same day and prayed that, if it was Gods will for me to date, that He would send me one who would pursue me with righteous intentions. The other guy never called me, and Chase found me on FaceBook and asked me to coffee. We went to coffee a few days later, at Three Tree of course, and talked for three hours.
For the next three weeks, we texted, met up occasionally when he would bring me coffee on campus before classes and tests (ladies, get you a man that brings you coffee during finals week to check on you!), and we went on a couple of dates. The best date, besides our engagement (obviously), was one after we had just met. I was working at a hair salon on prom day, and I told him how miserable my proms were because I never had a date. The next day, we went out to eat, and then he said he wanted to surprise me and asked me to close my eyes. He drove me to our church parking lot, played an old sweet song, and said “I’m so sorry that you never had a prom date to slow dance with, will you slow dance with me?” and I could have MELTED right then and there. About two weeks later, we were eating papa johns on my couch, and he asked me to be his girlfriend. He was my first and only boyfriend, and my first kiss (at age twenty!!), and now my fiancé.
We had been dating a year and a half, when UGA won the SEC Title game. So, as the huge UGA fans that we are, my parents, me, and Chase all went to the Rose Bowl in California to support my little brother (who’s doing amazing things on staff) and the team. Our trip to the Rose Bowl to watch the University of Georgia vs. Oklahoma was a major turning point in our relationship. As Chase said in the proposal video, he knew he wanted to marry me when we were on that trip. I knew he was the right one during that time too. We were at the most historic Rose Bowl game ever, and when we won (Go Dawgs!), I looked at the pure joy on his face, and I knew that if I could go the rest of my life seeing the joy in his eyes, that I would be fine. I knew that was a look of joy and elation I wanted to see forever. Highs and lows to come, knowing that we would walk through each one together.
How He Asked
The weekend he proposed, we celebrated his college graduation on Saturday, and his whole family was in Statesboro to celebrate. That Sunday, we attended church with his family, and then went to lunch. I assumed that they were going back to his hometown, since it was such a long drive. When I got home after church, there was an outfit laid out for me to wear for a dinner date that night. I felt like something was up, so I called my friend Kayla, who was at Three Tree preparing for my proposal, and said “Kayla, I feel like Chase is going to propose today!” and she played it off so well, she dispelled all my suspicions.
When Chase came to pick me up for supper, he asked if he could surprise me, and then blindfolded me. When we got to Three Tree, I took off my blindfold, and the whole upstairs portion of the shop was made into a space for Chase to propose to me. There were pictures of us from the past two years, and a television with a video. He and our friend Ross who is an up and coming videographer (shout out to TwoFlyGuys Media) teamed up to make a video for me. The video was so sweet, and after I watched the video, he came upstairs, got down on one knee, opened up the ring box, and asked me to marry him.
He surprised me with the proposal, but also downstairs all of our friends and family were waiting to celebrate with us. There was delicious cake and ring-shaped cookies and cupcakes, and all kinds of goodies from those we love most. I have never been so overwhelmed with love, from our friends, family, and the love of my life. I have been so blessed by Chase through our entire relationship, he is a constant encouragement, lover of my soul, and believes in me more than I believe in myself. He is a constant laugh for all who know him, and is my biggest blessing. I can not wait to marry the love of my life, and my very best friend.