Andy proposed to me right after sunset on June 21, 2013.
The night before, we were at the CWS and he asked if I wanted to go view the sunset with him the next night. Andy’s a pretty romantic guy, so I said yes, and didn’t think anything of it.
Friday evening came and we both had separate plans. The sunset was timed to set at 8:30 p.m. or so (according to Google). At 8:05 p.m. Andy called me and asked if I wanted to go on a sort of spontaneous date with him after watching the sunset. I like to go on dates and dress up, but after a long day at work, I was already in my sweats and t-shirt and told him, “No, let’s rent a movie or something and stay in.” But he was persistent. He’s a pretty spontaneous guy, so again, I thought nothing of it and went quickly to change and get ready since I had about 10 minutes before he would pick me up for our date. Looking back, he didn’t seem nervous or antsy, so it felt like any other night to me.
We drove out to the Ft. Calhoun area and he parked off the road saying “this looks good.” I protested and said we should go further, but he was persistent. We stayed. We got out, sat on the tailgate of his truck and chatted, leaning into one another while we watched the sun fade away. He grabbed my hand and asked me to go for a little walk in the country. After we made it several feet, he turned to face me and grabbed my shoulders. He looked at me for a really long time (which I thought was strange) and then he pulled me into a hug. I noticed how fast his heart was beating at this point. He then said, “Alex you are beautiful. You’re my best friend, and I love you so much. I want to spend the rest of my life with you.” Right when he said that I knew.
He then pulled me back, saying “Alexandria Brooke Preston,” he got down on one knee and continued, reaching down on the ground to the right of him (he had left the ring next to a pile of rocks while he came to pick me up), “will you marry me?” I had no words! I remember saying, “This isn’t real!” And then I remember saying yes, happy tears immediately flooding my eyes. I did not see our engagement coming. I knew we would marry each other one day, but I had no idea when he would propose.
Back at the time of our engagement, from what I knew, no one had taken pictures. It wasn’t until the end of August that he drove me back to the spot where we got engaged and he whipped out a computer and showed me pictures and a video from his proposal. He had a few friends there to make sure the ring didn’t get stolen and to capture the moment! It was a perfect surprise, and I was thankful someone was there to photograph the moment. Andy is a rare and unique man who has always been great at melting my heart.
He said he thought of the proposal idea all on his own. He knew I loved the country and sunsets, and he wanted it to be perfect — and it was! He also picked out the ring himself, a few months before he proposed!
PHOTOS: Chase Barrington