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Debra + Brennen

photo | Katie Hadley Photography


I love Christmas! My favorite tradition is going to pick out a tree with my family, and last year was no different! My sisters told me that we were going to a Christmas tree farm to get a family picture for a holiday card, little did I know that was just a distraction! Brennen told me he was going to help his grandparents in the morning and would have to meet me there; when really he got there early to set everything up. As my family and I walked through the trees they told me to go find a good place to take our family picture. So I kept walking only to see Brennen peak around from behind a tree.

I was so surprised! Over the course of our 4 years long distance he has put together a lot of surprises for me, so I just assumed he had finished helping his grandparents early and decided to hide and surprise me. I had no idea that he was about to pull off the biggest surprise yet! As he walked me to the other side of the tree I was telling him how happy I was that he was able to come so early. Then I saw the tree that he had decorated with ornaments and a sign saying ‘Marry Me’.

I was speechless! He took my hands and started crying, he is not a cryer so this made it impossible for me to hold back my tears. The words he said next will forever be engraved in my mind. Then he got down on one knee and asked me to marry him! With tears in my eyes I immediately yes! Then I turned to see my whole family and his waiting between the trees taking pictures.

I could not have asked for a more perfect day!