March 26th, Our Engagement story

It's kind of crazy. I mean, how each little moment in your life leads up to a grand moment. The "stars align" and suddenly your life changes, because of all the decisions you made and the path you followed.

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So, I want to just talk about some of those moments, where the stars were right in place and everything worked out... or didn't. For the better of course.

I actually have had a crush on Tyler since I was TWELVE. No, it's not as adorable as it sounds, considering he had no clue I existed!

Once high school started, Tyler noticed me. I still can remember and actually access our Myspace messages. He messaged me noticing I didn't ride our bus in the afternoon. little teenage flirting. I was of course 14 at the time, it went no where.

Once again, I somehow cross Tyler. (I mean it's bound to happen, we're from a really small town.) My high school has a strict NO cell phone policy and of course my alarm goes off in class.. and ISS for me. Tyler somehow started flirting with me even though we were in a nontalking environment and I have to admit that's when I knew I liked him. I was 15 at the time, and he was 16. Again, I didn't speak to him again and it went nowhere.

One more time, (without me even knowing it) I wanted to stay out past my 10pm curfew to have dinner with my friends, my mom wouldn't let me so I sped home. Literally, 72 in a 55, and guess who is watching me get pulled over...Tyler and his best friend Hunter. Of course. I didn't even know it was him, until a few months into dating we put together the pieces and then realized it was me.

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Okay, now this is where the "stars" came together and knocked me right off my feet.

I'm a Junior in high school and as I sit down for my first day of class (a class normally only juniors are in) and guess who walks in.

Yup, Tyler.

I actually hate to admit that I was not happy about the fact he was in there! I thought he was a flirt, and boy was I right. But I think I misread the pit in my stomach because I think they might have been butterflies.

He ended up sitting nowhere near me. I can't recall the exact details, but a few weeks in Tyler got switched with the person who sat in front of me because we were talking too much. Little did she know she just caused trouble!

It took me some warming up, but after I liked him I was hooked. When we first started dating I would go by his work just to say hi and we would be laughing and losing track of time... before I knew it an hour and a half went by and Tyler was about to have to clock out! whoops.

I have to admit the beginning wasn't a fairy tail. It was HARD WORK. But, for some reason at 16 and 17, we wanted nothing more than to put in the time and make it work.

He quickly became my best friend and we started doing everything together. Over the first 3 years, be ready for this, the most time we had EVER spent apart... was three days.

THREE.

and that was a weird occasion where he was in Florida or something and it wasn't by choice. We know we're weirdo's, but we loved being together. I remember I even went through a period where I spent every day at his new job at the time. As you can guess, I was told I couldn't be there as much.

I moved to Richmond and that's when things got tough. We went from living 4 miles apart, to being 70 miles apart. I know this isn't technically far at all, but our schedules are polar opposites and that hour and a half drive adds up quickly.

Even though it was tough, I can honestly say It was also just... easy. We knew the end goal was to be together after I graduated (well,  it still is the end goal) and so we make it work. I have never been so sure about anyone in my life, and I've known he was the one for me since 2010.

So, now here we are again 10 years since I first had a crush on Tyler. On March 26th, everything lines up perfectly- one more time.

I decide last second to change the location from Georgetown to where he took me about a year ago. (The sun was setting on the Rappahannock river, we had worked super hard to hike to this "special spot". The moment was perfect and I imagined, just for a moment, he'd drop down right there and ask me to be his. I never told him of course.)

I had also decided to get my hair and make-up done for fun! Then the clouds rolled in quickly speeding up our photo shoot, and good thing because the end was the best part.

"Natalie,

From the first time I saw you, I knew right away you were my soulmate. I knew you were going to be the one I was going to marry. I couldn't stop staring at your beautiful smile in chemistry class. these past 5 years have been the most amazing years I've ever had and I look forward to many more years with you. I love everything about you Natalie. I love how passionate you are with your life and I want you to know I will support you with any decision you make, even if I disagree. we have had our ups and downs but I love how we never need space from each other. I am so proud of you for all you have accomplished and will accomplish. I am so lucky to call you mine. FOREVER. I love you. I know you have been waiting a long time for this, I hope it was worth the wait :)

-Tyler

Natalie Jayne Moore..."

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Courtney asked if we could think of anymore poses and once I eventually said no he handed me a piece of paper! That I thought was a receipt at first glance!

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"Will you marry me?"

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and here come the tears

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For more, view behind the scenes from our engagement here!

View Courtney's side of the story here!

SEE OUR STORY ON HOW HE ASKED!!

A HUGE shout out to one of my best friends for helping Tyler plan the whole thing of course for capturing every ugly cry face and moment of Joy between us! Tyler and I love you Court!!

Also a huge thank you to Courtney Lucus of Hello Darling Beauty for my look!

Thank you so much for reading and I can't Wait to have you back! In the meantime, you may also be interested in these related Blog Posts!