Engaged Couple of the Month

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Q&A with Katie & Dee


VIP: Where did you meet?

K+D: Dee and I met at church at Hilldale Baptist Church Family Life Center.


VIP: Please describe the proposal.

K+D: We were planning a family photo shoot with our four kids this fall at Dee’s house and had been working all week to coordinating it. Meanwhile, Dee and my mom had also been working together on the perfect proposal. I found it strange that Dee seemed so stressed out over the photographs, but I figured he was just trying to make it special for us. When we arrived at the house, it was stunning. Dee and my brother asked me to come outside and make sure everything was where I wanted it. But I could tell that something was up! We took some “test” shots and during one of those shots, Dee got down on one knee and asked me to be his wife. I’ve always told Dee that all I needed for a proposal was a “string and a promise.” He made a string ring and attached it to the ring box, and it was completely us: unbroken, woven together with the Lord, and symbolic of the union we’re about to enter. As far as the ring goes, we picked it out together, and the lace design represents the intertwining of our lives and families into one. I can’t stop staring at it!


VIP: What was the first thing you did after you got engaged?

K+D: We squealed in giddy excitement, then we went inside to tell our kids! They were with their grandmothers (who were in on the whole plan!) inside the house.


VIP: Have you chosen a date? Venue? Theme?

K+D: We are getting married September 14, 2019 at Owen Farm. It’s going to have a sweet, sophisticated, Southern feel.


VIP: What is something you and your fiancé like to do together?

K+D: We love spending time as a family, all six of us! Our favorite things as a couple, though, are doing Bible studies together, going to the ballet and to TPAC (Tennessee Performing Arts Center) performances.


VIP: Will you go on a honeymoon?

K+D: We’re still planning it, but it’s between the Caribbean or Ireland!


VIP: What is a fun fact about you as a couple?

K+D: We speak fluent GIFs and Friends quotes. We can have entire conversations between the two!

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