Layne and Derick

How He Asked

So he had been planning our proposal for about 4 months, little to my knowledge. We had shopped for rings here and there, talked about it, but ultimately it was his to plan! As our two year anniversary was approaching I started to get an inkling that something was about to happen… a girlfriend of mine reached out to me to get our nails done that week, my best friend told me she was going to be in town, Derick’s brother (a talented photographer) texted me to see if he could take photos of us that weekend to build his portfolio/for our two year anniversary, my sweet Derick “went off the grid” one day for quite a few hours & worried me sick… come to find out he was meeting with my father to ask his permission to marry me. A lot!

Well, Friday night was our anniversary & Derick took me to a romantic dinner. I was nervous because I thought it might happen that night. Halfway through our meal, the couple sitting next to us got engaged… right in front of us! Naturally, this brought up a conversation for us about getting engaged & when that would happen for us. Derick dodged the question quickly by telling me that he still hadn’t talked to my parents, didn’t know for sure what ring I liked, & that he had some other stuff to get in line before we got engaged. So here I am, thinking I worked myself up for absolutely nothing – I was not getting engaged anytime soon.

Marriage Proposal Ideas in Tyler, Texas

The next day we got up to get ready for photos with his brother. Everything was normal, we met my friend for lunch, then went off to the Tyler Rose Garden to do the photoshoot. I giggle looking back now because Derick’s brother, Dailon, at one point during the day said, “I can’t wait for y’all to be engaged – whenever that is going to happen!” Well… an hour or so later… last photo of the day… Derick got down on one knee & asked me the easiest question I’ve ever answered. YES YES YES! Everything about it was beyond perfect & I did not think the day could get any better until he took me to lunch at my favorite spot. Our parents, siblings, cousins, friends (he had my best friends from Dallas and Lubbock drive in), families were all there waiting to celebrate! Perfect ending to a perfect day!

Special Thanks

Dailon Smith
Photographer