Sarah and Reece

How we met

Reece and I met when we were 12-years-old and going into the 7th grade. We were both new students at a new school. I remember meeting him by the 7th grade lockers on the first day of orientation and joking how my locker was above his even though he was taller. He remembers meeting me with a group of friends at the mall and making fun of how ridiculously large my cellphone was. I had a crush on him all of 7th grade and we ended up “dating” our 8th grade year. We were always close friends after middle school and started dating again before our junior year of high school. We continued to date throughout high school and during our time at University of Texas at Austin, until we moved back to Dallas (our hometown) after graduation, where the rest is history. It’s definitely crazy thinking that my 7th grade crush turned out to be the man I will be spending the rest of my life with!

How he asked

After dating for 9 years, we knew we would get married at some point, but Reece led me to believe that it was not on his radar until I finished graduate school in 2019. Reece had told me of an upcoming trip to Pebble Beach, CA, during which time his mother was supposed to receive an award with her company. We had been going to Pebble Beach almost annually since college and his parents are often out there for work, so both of these situations were not suspicious to me at all. I rode along as Reece played Spanish Bay golf course on Friday with his family. When we were driving around the course, he pointed to a house on a peninsula and stated he would like to go there later because he heard from his parents that it had a nice view.

I didn’t think anything of it and agreed to go before we were supposed to meet his family later for happy hour. When we were walking on the trail towards the house, we passed a bench with a blanket on it. He pointed it out and I asked what it was for.

I turned around and saw him smiling as he said, “I know you’ve been waiting for this for a long time, but the truth is I’ve been waiting for a long time too” then I burst into tears. I kept saying, “are you serious?!” while crying and don’t remember much else.

He later told me he had to ask me to marry him twice because I was crying so much, but my response was, “of course!” When we drove back to the hotel, my entire family was there to surprise me as bagpipes played in the background during sunset. He never knew that I had told my sister 4 years before that getting engaged at Pebble Beach was my dream. It was a night full of happy tears and celebrations—truly the perfect night to start the rest of our lives together!

Special Thanks

Jodee Debes
Photographer