Groom’s Parents: Dave and Barb Billings
Bride’s Parents: Steve and Dalynn Murphy
Date of Engagement: June 23rd, 2012
Wedding Date: July 5th, 2013
How did you meet? We met while attending Community college, Nate was an outgoing, attractive, funny baseball player and I was a shy, reserved volleyball player. Our two teams got along very well and we spent the majority of afternoons in the field house passing time with jokes, stories and memories. We rapidly became best friends and built a strong foundation for the relationship to bloom years down the road.
Engagement story: We had been discussing the idea of marriage for quite a while but Nathan kept telling me that I would have to wait a few months longer because he wanted to find the perfect ring. However, he was secretly planning the proposal with my older sister and set the proposal for the weekend of our anniversary. The day before the proposal he was running an hour or two late for dinner and I couldn’t understand why he hadn’t planned his day out more efficiently…until the next day when he informed me he was asking my parents for my hand in marriage and they are quite difficult people to get in touch with! That Saturday he made reservations at the Gandy Dancer in Ann Arbor, one of the nicest restaurants in town, so we dressed up and headed out for what I assumed was just an anniversary dinner. Towards the end of the meal, Nathan told me he wanted to go for a walk in my favorite park after dinner. Gallup Park held many of our adventurous dates, including kayaking and long walks. This park was the place I had always wanted to be proposed to, it has a beautiful river and bridges crossing over, which makes for beautiful scenery at sunset. As we were walking, he stopped me on the bridge and asked to take a picture together. After we had taken the picture he began telling me all of the things he loved about me, and how he had never been happier than when he was with me. I was confused until he pulled out my sparkling, perfectly created, diamond engagement ring and got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. (I of course said yes!) It was truly a dream come true.