Taylor and Adam

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How We Met

Adam and I, both from the Midwest, ended up meeting each other in the most un-Midwest place of all… Los Angeles. After finishing 4 years of college we both (separately at this point) decided to go to graduate school to further our educations. We met a bunch of people in the first few weeks of the program, all from different parts of the world and all going into the program with the same excitement. We became friends much like all of the other people in the program; all hanging out in big group occasionally, studying together, and passing the time. After the first year, our program provided us the chance to study abroad for the summer. Adam and I were one of the few who stayed behind to take summer classes and start internships.

We started hanging out one on one more often. When my mom and my friends from home would ask what I was up to all summer I would say pretty casually, “Oh you know, just people from the program.” My mom knew what was up and that I was starting to hang out a little too much with someone I wouldn’t name. One night, we were at Adam’s apartment watching Fargo (me for the first time, him for the millionth) and it was very late at night. We had a number of these evenings over the course of a few weeks. I would stay at his place until about 2:00am while we talked and laughed, watched movies, and told jokes, then I would go home and do it all over again for in another few days. This time, when I was getting ready to leave, I kissed him. The rest is history! We’ve been together for 6 and a half years and have since moved to San Francisco where we made it official and got engaged.

Image above is from our first few months of dating at USC. And the last photo (almost 6 years later) we took on the Wednesday before getting ENGAGED:

Wedding Proposal Ideas in Armstrong Woods National Park

How He Asked

Back in January (yes, that’s how long he planned it) Adam had a long business trip planned to Singapore and would be gone for at least a month and a half. We mentioned casually that he wanted to run a race this summer. Me, being pretty casual, was down for the trip to wine country to watch him run a race. We always love heading up to wine country for a quick weekend so I didn’t think anything of it. He had the whole weekend set and as a big runner he was very regimented about his training as well as the schedule we would keep for the weekend. We headed up on a Friday to relax and hang out, the Saturday we had some work to do.

We first went to lunch (carb loading is super important pre-race) then we went to pick up his race number and then for a hike. The purpose of the hike: just to stretch Adam’s legs out a bit before the race. He told me once we got to Armstrong National Park that we only needed to go in for a short period of time. No big deal just 15 minutes in and 15 minutes out. As we’re walking the trail, I’m starting to mist a little bit because of course, ladies don’t sweat. He sees a bench up ahead and offer’s me a seat. We sit down and catch our breath a bit taking in the scenery. No one was around and the trail was pretty deserted. Then, Adam tells me, “I have to tell you something.” Of course I start freaking out. As we have been inseparable since Friday so I would know if something had been wrong.

He continues, “I’m not running the race tomorrow.” At this point I am really worried. The last time he trained, he had some nagging injuries so I assumed he was hurting too bad to run the race. I reply, “WHAT?! What happened? Are you ok?” He then says to me, “I brought you here to propose to you.” I was speechless. For someone like me, that is definitely not normal. He said, “I knew I have wanted to marry you for the last 5 years. I love you so much and I want to make sure that I can spend the rest of my life with you. You’re perfect. Will you marry me?” In a tornado of squeals and giddy laughter, I said, “YES!”

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Turns out, Adam had signed up for a REAL race as an elaborate ruse! We have the race number and everything to prove it. We spent the rest of the weekend calling family and telling our close friends that after 6 years, we made it official!

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If you want to hear the story on our Bachelor Podcast (25 to Life) you can click the link here.

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