Madison and Preston
How We Met
Both born and raised in the Fort Worth area, it would take a trip ninety miles south before Preston and I would ever meet. In Waco, we met, began dating and fell in love. I was studying broadcast journalism and entrepreneurship at Baylor University while Preston was obtaining his law degree at Baylor’s law school after he graduated from TCU. Our first date was dinner at Ninfa’s in downtown Waco and despite severe weather and having to communicate via Facebook because Preston had a broken phone, our first date was a success and the first of many memorable occasions. Preston and I often reminisce on how we fell in love during some of the most stressful and busy seasons of our lives. When we first met, I was training for my last time to compete in Miss Texas. I graduated from Baylor, competed in Miss Texas placing first runner-up and then began working for KWTX, the CBS affiliate in Waco, as an anchor and reporter. The next month, Preston began his final and most challenging year of Baylor Law School known as Practice Court. Despite Preston’s endless hours of studying, reading, and writing coupled with my long and often unusual work hours, we looked for every opportunity to meet for lunch, dinner, or bring each other Route 44 Diet Cokes with two shots of vanilla and easy ice from Sonic. One escape we always looked forward to was attending football games of our Alma maters together. I stocked my closet with TCU purple and Preston could even be seen sporting Baylor’s green and gold colors at certain Baylor games.
However, when TCU played Baylor, no amount of love could convince us to wear the other school’s colors. We always treasured our weekends spent in Fort Worth together, whether it was spent enjoying time with family, catching a movie or enjoying dinner at the Fort Worth Club together, all the while dreaming one-day Fort Worth could be our home together. When Preston graduated from law school and passed the bar exam, he moved back to Fort Worth to begin working for an incredible law firm in the heart of downtown. We took turns making the trip up and down I-35 to see each other and spend time together on the weekends for the next eight months all the while praying God would allow us an opportunity to start our lives together in the same town. In November 2016, God answered that prayer by providing me with a job offer at CBS 11 in Dallas/Fort Worth. I moved home to Fort Worth and began working at the only station with a studio in Tarrant County right after Christmas as the morning traffic anchor. Despite not seeing each other often because of my unusual early morning hours that start at two in the morning and Preston’s lengthy work days, we have enjoyed being together on weekends and since I get off work at 11 in the morning, lunch dates have become a regular way for them to spend time together.
How He Asked
On February 24, 2017, Preston had told me to meet him at the Fort Worth Club for dinner for his birthday, which was two days prior. Through our relationship, the Fort Worth Club has become one of our favorite date places. While we waited on our dinner reservation, Preston asked me to walk around the building to look at the club’s venue options to host a possible rehearsal dinner or reception in the future.
To my complete surprise, when he opened the door to the Sunset Room, there was a path of rose petals leading to a beautiful array of candles, photos of our relationship and a bottle of champagne. He led me to the corner of the room where breathtaking views of downtown Fort Worth filled the windows from floor to ceiling and told me all the reasons he fell in love with me and the hopes and dreams he had for us as one-day husband and wife. He then got down on one knee and asked me to marry him and I said yes!
The ring Preston placed on my finger originally belonged to his great grandmother who had purchased the ring in Paris, France in the 1800’s. The original design and beauty of the ring remains unchanged. The center of the traditional platinum ring is set with a round European cut diamond with two tapered diamond baguettes set on either side. Over the years, the ring has been through chapters of life filled with victories and defeats and moments of sadness and pure joy, but no matter where life took it or what happened, its beauty persisted. Preston and I can only hope and pray to have a love like the ring I now wear…no matter what life throws our way or the path God takes us on, our love for each other grows and the beauty of that love persists through all of life’s moments.