Two individuals both home for the summer, both enrolled in the same Physics class. Some would say fate and destiny, including Austin and Caitlin. Caitlin had her eye on Austin the moment he walked into the class! He needed a lab partner and she knew this was her chance. They became fast friends, talking life, dreams, aspirations. It all came so easily. When he talked about becoming an orthopedic surgeon, she enjoyed it because she grew up with her dad in the same profession. When he talked about being commissioning into the Navy after college, she related, as some of her friends were doing the same thing. They never ran out of things to talk about. But, the Summer came to an end and the two returned to their separate schools, he to Vanderbilt and she to A&M.
They finished school, pursued their careers, he went off to the Navy and she went on to Physical Therapy school…but all the while they would talk a little here and there, sending emails and talking over Skype while Austin was deployed. They both moved on with their lives but never shook the feeling that something was missing.
Finally, he finished his four year term in the Navy and she completed Physical Therapy school, landing them both back in Dallas. Of course they began dating and have been inseparable ever since!
These photos are so special because they are taken at the very spot where Austin proposed to Caitlin! They were on their way to meet Caitlin’s parents for dinner when she noticed that Austin took the wrong exit. Thinking he had forgotten where they were going, she reminded him. He replied with, “I know, but we have some extra time and I think the Christmas lights are up”. So, they got out of the car and walked around the pond they had walked around many times while they were dating. They reminisced about all the fun they had together and all the times they had met up there to hang out while they lived far away from each other. Once they arrived at the place they had sat for hours and hours to talk, Austin said that he couldn’t imagine a better place to begin a new chapter of their lives together. He got down on one knee and asked her to marry him! Through happy tears she said yes and he scooped her up and gave her a kiss. The crying turned to laughing and they were off to dinner with her parents, who had no idea he was proposing that night! It was a beautiful surprise for all!