Savanna and I just celebrated our third dating anniversary. We met at a club in my town. We had mutual friends. She was living about 50 miles away, but she moved in with me very soon after.
We discussed getting engaged briefly here and there, and one day a few months ago, I just felt my love for her so strongly in my heart that I decided to order a ring while I was on my break at work.
I had the plan to rent out the bar we usually go to and propose on the dance floor while taking “anniversary photos,” but that fell through.
She wanted to do family fall photos, so I thought it was the perfect opportunity. I hid the ring box in the hay, then pulled it out when I was ready. She was SHOCKED.
What does your engagement mean to you both? Has anything changed?
We are pretty old school, so the engagement means a lot to us. We are both committed to each other and only each other, and we love the meaning of marriage and wearing a wedding ring to symbolize our love.
The feeling of our relationship has changed. We are so happy to be engaged that we use every opportunity to call each other “fiancé.”
Lastly, is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
I have two children from a previous marriage: Noah (8) and Stoney (4). As I was only 20, I had no idea who I was. I came out in February 2016 and had dated around, but Savanna is the only girl I ever officially asked to be my girlfriend. We have since had a son together, Ledger. He was born on June 7, 2021. Our three children are the loves of our lives, and what we both want more than anything is to have a simple, happy life with our family of five.
We can’t wait to start calling each other “wife.”
Photography by Tyler Radney