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A romantic beach proposal

Tyler and I went to Florida to attend a close friend’s wedding, followed by a week-long vacation. Ironically enough, to my delight and Tyler’s surprise, I caught the bouquet at the wedding! Our friends and family (knowing that he was going to propose merely 48 hours later) were so excited and kept saying “you guys are next!” A couple days later, Tyler casually said that he had a nice date planned for us in the evening. The night started with a romantic dinner by the harbor and instead of going home after, he took me to Henderson Beach State Park. I grew up going camping there with my family, so needless to say it’s a special place. Upon arriving at the beach, he pulled out a picnic blanket, film camera, guitar and a bottle of limoncello I had gifted him from a trip I took to Italy the previous summer. We laid on the beach for a bit playing guitar and singing. At sunset he asked me to dance, and he took out a mini speaker and started playing the song we first danced to before we had even started dating: “She’s Everything” by Brad Paisley. Because that song is so special to us, tears were already welling in my eyes. At the end of the song he looked me in the eyes and mirrored the song lyrics saying, “’You’re everything I’ve ever wanted and everything I need.’ I’ve told you from the beginning of our relationship that every time I look into your eyes, I can’t help but see my future with you. I can’t imagine my life with anyone else and can’t fathom living it without you.” He got down on one knee and asked me to marry him, at which point my eyes were so full of tears I could barely see, but I of course said forever and always YES.