Blake + Susan {engagement} :: Huntsville, Ala.

How did you two meet?

Susan: “Blake and I met when I was 15 and he was 16. Blake was a year older than me, and he was one of my brother’s good friends from the golf team. He actually spent the night at my house one night because he and my brother had a golf tournament early in the morning. The next day, I remember seeing him and thinking he was so cute! I even texted my best friend about him. Later, I found out he didn’t even see me that night and thought my brother was an only child. My best friend and him had a short stent of dating (I even third wheeled with them to Chick-Fil-A, and we talked the whole time.) —and then they ended up becoming good friends. A few months later, she told him she thought that me and him would be great together, and he texted me and asked me to go on a date— golfing (lol)— and the rest is history!”

Blake: “The first time we met was when we went to Chick-Fil-A in high school and it was Susan, her best friend and me. I remember we just ended up talking the whole time and then a few months later we ended up going on our first date. Since I was a golfer, I figured no better first date than the golf course.”

How and when did Blake propose?

Susan: “Obviously, Blake and I have been dating for a long time, so I was SO ready to get engaged. The Friday before he proposed, my roommate listened to me cry in the shower about it and was so convincing that she knew nothing. Blake gave me a giftcard to the spa at Ross Bridge in Birmingham for Christmas, so my two roommates and I decided to have a girls weekend and go stay there. We had a spa day all Saturday and then went up to our room and got ready for dinner. .I actually fell asleep, and was asleep 10 minutes before he proposed. They talked me into walking down to the nice restaurant at the hotel, and when I got to the stairs I saw Blake waiting! He had decorated the wine cellar of the restaurant with flowers and candles, and he had gotten family heirlooms from my parents (silver, white linen/lace table cloths, etc). He asked me to marry him, and then we ate and met our families afterwards!”

What are some things you two enjoy doing together?

Susan: "Blake and I really just love to spend time together! We always love going to the movies, going on walks and looking at houses (pretending we have a million dollars and picking out which parts of each house we would add to ours), playing with our dog, cooking, hanging out with family, and going golfing (Blake golfs-- I ride in the golf cart!)"

Blake: "We’re big fans of movies, and we also like to take our dog on walks and let her run around and have fun. We also like to cook together-- which could be described more by Susan cooking and me helping here and there. Plus, I’m a really good stirrer."

Blake-- describe Susan in three words: 

Blake: "Susan is independent, loving and smart."

Susan-- describe Blake in three words:

Susan: "Home, patient and gentle.

Home-- Blake has been with me through so many seasons of life. He has been a constant and when I think of him I’m immediately comforted-- just like you feel when you’re home. He can instantly calm my fears and anxieties. He’s the first person I want to tell every part of my day to. When I’m sick or upset, he’s the person that makes me feel better every single time.

Patient-- I’m what some would call type A, OCD, always has a plan, etc. I love to know what’s going to happen next and life has thrown me a million curve balls--nothing in my plan. Blake is the exact opposite--he goes with the flow, has faith that all things will work out always, and doesn’t sweat the small stuff. He is patient with me every single day--even when I’m not being the best version of myself--and always handles my freak outs with grace, understanding and LOADS of patience.

Gentle-- Blake is the kind of person that has a soothing presence. He is kind to everyone, always willing to listen and to just be there for you. His presence is gentle. He’s the kind of person that stray animals immediately walk up to or that a baby automatically stops crying in the arms of. You just feel like you can immediately trust him. It’s one of my favorite things about him--he always makes me feel safe and taken care of."