Today, I’m sharing the sweetest proposal I got to capture a couple of weeks ago. It was beyond special, intimate, and exciting. The anticipation for this moment has been absolutely killer! Lexi and Tanner have known each other for ten years – YES TEN YEARS. They met in middle school and sat next to each other in nearly every class they had. They’ve been through so much together, and have been long distance for the past 3+ years. I’ve known Lexi for just a couple of those years, and was always amazed by the certainty she felt with Tanner. Ever since I’ve known her, she has known that Tanner would be her husband.
The day of the proposal, I got there a little early to see Lexi and Tanner’s close friends working to get everything all set up. They said they had been there all day, and everybody was so excited for this to FINALLY happen. Not only did Tanner want to make this the most perfect proposal, but their friends and family were equally determined. I was only there for the last bit, so I think it’s best for you to read Lexi’s take on how the day unfolded. Read below, because it just the sweetest proposal story!
8am – I woke up and found an envelope taped to my bathroom mirror with my name on it. When I opened it up, there was a stanza from a poem Tanner had written and behind it was another card that said “Meet at Abi Haus 10:45 AM. See you tonight! -T”
10:45am – I drove to Abi Haus and noticed that one block up there was a Toyota Highlander parked with a blue sticker on it and Colorado plates and I immediately started bawling because I knew that that was my twin brother, Landon’s car. I was so focused on the car that I completely missed the parking area for Abi Haus and had to turn around to get back over there. When I got out, Landon and his girlfriend Sydney were waiting at a table seated outside and I started crying even harder because he had driven here from Colorado all night just to be here. After brunch I took them around Abilene for a bit and then he handed me the next card which had another stanza of the poem Tanner had written with instructions behind it that said “Meet at Monks 2:45 PM.” Landon and Sydney then told me they were driving back to Colorado and gave me a hug (which was really upsetting because I thought they were going to miss the big event, but I understood it was a long drive and they had school the next day).
2:45pm – At Monks I found Tanner’s mom and mimi where they bought me coffee and pretended like it was so weird how they ended up seeing me there. We just talked and spent time together for an hour. I tried to show them around Abilene and mentioned going to the Riley’s house where my small group meets up, but Tanner’s mom thought I meant my small group leader’s house (where the proposal was going to take place) so she quickly pulled over, faked a call from the school she is a principal at, and took me back to Monks so she could “deal with an issue at the school”. She then handed me another envelope that had another stanza of the poem and instructions to be ready at my house by 4:45 PM. (Also, she videoed me when she handed it to me and I thought she was taking a picture so I just stood there smiling at the camera for five minutes until she finally told me it was a video lol — she used that to update everyone behind the scenes). They also told me to take lots of pictures and I thought they were leaving too so I was like what the heck?!
4:45pm – Tanner picked me up and he looked so stinking handsome. I got in his truck and he drove me to Perinni’s for dinner. When we walked it, we went straight to a table that had a vase of pink roses on it, he ordered us a bottle of wine and I ate off of his ribeye because I was so excited and nervous I couldn’t eat. The whole time I barely even thought about the proposal, we just talked about life like it was a normal date and it was so sweet.
6:30pm – We left Perinni’s and he acted like he was heading back to my house but we obviously passed it and he kept asking “is this your house?” like he had no idea where we were going.
7pm – Tanner pulled into Beth Ann and Craig’s house and asked “is this your house?” and I started crying and said “no, but I know who’s house this is” (that’s his favorite part – he said that’s when it got real for both of us and he couldn’t stop smiling). He took me out of the truck, walked me to the back gate and as we were walking I was trying to hold it together (clearly doing a terrible job of that since I was sobbing haha) and he handed me the last envelope. When we got to where all the stringed lights and pictures were, I read the last stanza of the poem that ended “Today we reached our time to never be apart.”, he got down on one knee (he looked like he was going to say more but got nervous), and asked if I would marry him. Obviously I said yes, we hugged and kissed and then all of our family and friends rushed out of the house.
Best day of my life.
It was so amazing to see how loved this couple is. To see everyone they’ve lived life with over the years join in celebration as these two get married! Congrats Lexi and Tanner, you are both absolutely adored and I’m unbelievably excited for you!