Taylor-Rae and Justin's Marriage Proposal in Charlotte
How we met: It was on a Saturday night in 2004, the summer entering our freshman year of high school, and my girlfriend Emmy invited me to see a movie with a group of friends. I was exhausted, had just come back form a national dance competition, and didn’t feel like going, but she kept insisting I go. I finally agreed and quickly got ready. After the movie, as we were exiting the theater, Emmy and I ran into a mutual friend, who was there with a few of his teammates, one of them being Justin. It was there that Justin and I were first introduced, and I immediately picked up on his witty sense of humor, polite nature, and good looks.
After that night, we went our separate ways, but it wasn’t too long before our paths crossed again at a Friday night football game. He played football and I was a cheerleader on the opposing team. After the game we exchanged numbers and over the next four years became absolute best friends. Our friendship was very loyal and honest. We were there to listen to the other rant, to talk through our troubles, and to celebrate triumphs.
During college, months would go by that we didn’t speak to one another, but we always found time to catch up, and when we did it was as if no time had passed. He was always the same gentle spirited guy that I had met at the movie theater so many years ago. Although we didn’t date all those years I always knew he truly loved and cared about me. He accepted my flaws, and wasn’t afraid to tell me when I was being a brat. It was honestly a true friendship that we shared.
The summer of 2011, my junior year of college, I represented Miss Thomasville in the Miss North Carolina Scholarship Pageant. Weeks leading up to the pageant I told Justin it would mean a lot to have him there, yet we never made concrete plans. During the week of competition I unexpectedly received a gorgeous bouquet of two-dozen pink roses and remember being completely blown away. After the pageant that evening he was the first person I sought out to find, and there in the aisle of the auditorium I gave him “the hug,” as he calls it, that neither of us will ever forget. That hug really marked the start of our relationship, and since then we have madly, head over hills, in love with each other (although I am pretty sure we were when we first laid eyes on each other back in 2004).
How he asked: On November 6, 2014, while I was pulling together last minute details for a Shop Local Style event that my blog, Style Soufflé, was hosting in Charlotte, North Carolina, my boyfriend, now fiancé, was pulling together last minute details for his “big event” that night.
As guests settled in, mingled, and shopped, Justin, arrived…over an hour late. While somewhat annoying, this proved to be the perfect set up to his proposal. As he nervously mingled, had pre-proposal pictures taken, and waited for the perfect moment, I cluelessly continued to host the event.
In the midst of mingling with other Charlotte bloggers, family, and friends, Justin pulled me aside to ask, “Do you love me?”. Initially, I thought he was making sure that I was not mad that he had arrived late. It was not until he asked the third time that I realized what was happening. After telling him, “Of course I love you”, he responded, “I just want to make sure before I ask you this next question”. At that moment, in front of family, friends, and complete strangers, Justin got down on one knee and asked me to marry him and spend the rest of our lives together as one. I could not have been more thrilled or surprised…and he made sure every part of it was captured on camera!