Taylor and Nick

Wedding Proposal Ideas in Tanglewood Park - Clemmons, North Carolina

How We Met

Nick and I have been together for over four years. We met in high school, shortly after my father had a massive stroke. We really have a “God gave me you” kind of story. Throughout my grade school years, I had plenty of friends, but I never had a “best friend”. It always seemed like everyone else had that one person they would always hangout with after school, so it made me feel self-conscious. My dad had a stroke on March 8th, and March 9th was the first time I saw Nick. Granted he didn’t see me, but I noticed him at a mutual friend’s sweet sixteen. Later that spring after my dad was released from the hospital, he was given the opportunity to throw the first pitch at a local minor league baseball team’s home game. I went around to all of my friends at youth group and gave them tickets, and I remember awkwardly handing Nick one and hoping he would come. Spoiler alert: he came. Little did I know, God had a plan to give me that best friend I had always wanted.

Taylor and Nick's Engagement in Tanglewood Park - Clemmons, North Carolina

Marriage Proposal Ideas in Tanglewood Park - Clemmons, North Carolina

After school was out for the summer, we started hanging out more often through mutual friends. We would all go swimming and go out to eat almost every weekend. In late June, my friend Jessica and I wanted to go fishing. We loved fishing, but hated taking the fish off the hooks. So I decided to text Nick and see if he would come over and do it for us. It was a bit of a blow to get a “who is this” text back because he didn’t have my number, but not as much now that I know it was from my future husband. He unfortunately couldn’t help us out that day because he was on vacation, but now that he had my number he just wouldn’t quit texting me. I had never had a boyfriend or even had my first kiss, so I had no clue what to do. When he returned from his family vacation, we went boating together with my dad followed by dinner at a local mexican restaurant. A few days later, we were eating dinner at his house. Nick had never asked a girl to date him before, so I didn’t really expect much. He awkwardly said, “My friends keep asking if we are dating, and you know I wouldn’t mind dating you.” On July 3rd, 2013, we officially began dating. I was 14 and he was 17 at the time, and we both attended West Forsyth High School in Clemmons, North Carolina.

Where to Propose in Tanglewood Park - Clemmons, North Carolina

Proposal Ideas Tanglewood Park - Clemmons, North Carolina

Fast forward a few years, and now we both attend school at East Carolina University. Nick and I are very involved in our campus ministry, Every Nation Campus (ENC). Without Nick, I wouldn’t be where I am today. He is my biggest cheerleader, and he’s always there to give me a hand up when I need it. I love Nick for his heart for the Lord and for serving others. Whenever anyone needs help, whether they’re moving or even setting up for church services, Nick is always there to lend a hand. He prioritizes the needs of others above his own, and he inspires me so much in my walk with Jesus. Everyone deserves someone in their life like Nick. He is my favorite person, and gets me like no one else does. Even when I’m upset, he never fails to make me crack a smile. He’s the first person I go to with good news and the first person who offers a shoulder to cry on when I need it. We can just look at each other and know what the other one is thinking. I feel like I know him so well, but he never fails to surprise me with his acts of service and kindness toward myself and others.

How He Asked

My friend Avery was over crafting with me one day and was telling me about how she needed to get a gift from her grandma’s birthday. She was texting her younger brother about it, and they were debating about what to get her. Her brother had the idea of getting some pictures done, so Avery asked me if I would take some of them at Tanglewood Park one day that week so they can frame it and give it to her for her birthday. I of course said yes, and Avery offered to take me out to eat and have a girl’s night after. I told Nick and even asked him to come, because I hadn’t seen him all week and wanted to spend some time with him while we took pictures. He offered to dress nice so we could take a couple of pictures ourselves. Nick and I are both from Clemmons, North Carolina. One of our favorite spots in town is Tanglewood Park.

We love walking our dogs there, mountain biking there, and we even took some prom pictures there for my junior prom. Avery picked me up that night and said her brother and Nick would meet us at the park. I was wearing a new dress I had gotten that day and was excited to see Nick, I hadn’t seen him all week because he was away on a trip for his internship. We arrived at Tanglewood and her brother wasn’t there yet, but we saw Nick’s car and walked around to try to find him. Avery then walked me over to a spot in the botanical gardens, and Nick was standing under a wooden arch covered in vines, with flowers and our favorite song, “Die A Happy Man” by Thomas Rhett playing.

I immediately knew what was going on, so of course I started crying and walked over to him. I had no idea he would be proposing so soon. We had designed the ring, but it wasn’t supposed to be ready until the following week so I wasn’t expecting a proposal yet.

He and Avery had decorated the arch with pictures of Nick and me from high school, college, and more. It was so sweet to see how far we have come and how much we have changed since we starting dating in 2013. He had roses and Avery had made a small sign that said “And the two shall become one” with the year we will be getting married.

Once I got over to him, Nick got down on one knee, told me how much he loved me, and asked me the easiest question I’ve ever been asked! Rather than just saying “yes!” I said “I guess I wouldn’t mind marrying you” because he asked me to date him by saying “I wouldn’t mind dating you.” It’s been our little joke ever since we started dating. We followed the proposal with Avery taking some pictures of us and the ring! After our proposal and photoshoot, we ended the night with a nice dinner. I may or may not have been able to finish my meal because I was just so excited! I’m a very hard person to surprise, but Nick and Avery pulled it off.

I don’t remember the exact moment that I knew I wanted to marry Nick, but I do remember all of the signs that God was giving us. The most evident was a few months prior to the proposal. We had just finished dinner at his apartment and were listening to music as we cleaned up. “Drift Away” by Uncle Kracker came on, and I love that song! As I walked to throw something away, I thought to myself “If Nick asks me to dance, we are going to get married.” Now Nick hates dancing, and has never asked me to dance out of the blue like that.

At prom, I had to beg him to dance! As I turned around and walked back toward him, he was standing up and took my hand and said “let’s dance!” I can’t wait to spend forever with my best friend, and I believe our relationship is a testament that God knows the desires of our hearts. His plan was far better than anything I could have ever dreamed of.

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