Engagement Photo Shoot: Moses Cone Manor and Blowing Rock • Photos by Michelle Hrin Photography

Their Story Abby, middle school theatre teacher • William, Methodist associate pastor and youth pastor • How they met: “William and I met at the Appalachian Wesley Foundation. He ended up becoming one of my best friends and everybody told us that we were going to end up together but we denied it for years.”

The Proposal “It was my birthday and I was showing up for regular Sunday Night Youth. When I pulled into the church, some of his older youth were holding a sign that said ‘STOP.’ I got out of my car and they told me to start walking forward. My best friends started popping out one at a time. As I kept walking forward, there I saw both of our families standing there. Beyond them were William's three best friends who walked me down to the outdoor chapel by the pond, where William was standing. When I got to him, he takes off his sunglasses and his eyes were filled with tears. He said a lot of sweet things and then got down on one knee. After that, there was an engagement party waiting inside the church.”

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