Picture this. A fun-loving, laid back, baseball playing senior sitting directly behind you, a smitten young junior, in first period pre-calculus class in high school. He is tall, attractive and some would say, hilariously funny, and you are instantly intrigued. This was the beginning for Sarah Taylor and Adam Tekulve.
From the onset of their relationship, Sarah knew "this would be the most spontaneous and unpredictable relationship" she would ever be in. This made it easy for Sarah to fall so quickly for Adam because according to her, "he is such a likable person that everyone wants to be around."
Reflecting on the moment Sarah knew feelings for Adam were more than just ordinary, Sarah recalls, "I knew I was in love with Adam at his senior prom. We had only been dating a couple of months and I had never been in love before, but I knew that night sitting in his lap by a fountain that I was in love with him. I just felt so comfortable and safe, and knew I didn't want that felling to ever go away. And it still hasn't."
With a five year relationship rooted in thoughtfulness, teamwork, supportiveness and compassion, whether parasailing or exercising, gathering together with close friends or quiet time watching The Office, Sarah finds her fondest memories are the ones spent living this life with Adam.
Adam's thoughtfulness and tenderness for Sarah was on full display as he tirelessly planned and prepared for several months to make his proposal to Sarah memorable. Adam secretly solicited both families and close friends to join in with the surprise. With the assistance of his father, brothers, and friends, Adam set out to build an outdoor rock fireplace area in his parent's backyard, the perfect backdrop for the big ask.
Unbeknownst to Sarah, Adam had given her the impression that the question would not be asked until she was well down the road towards completing graduate school and Sarah reconciled that this was perhaps the best course. However, the planning was well on its way and the day was fast approaching.
The stage was set and a New Year's Eve party at Adam's parent's home was the moment that would change the course of their relationship onto the road of two becoming one. Completely unaware, Sarah was convinced by a dear friend to "dress cute for the party" in an effort to "take pictures", Sarah complied. Unknowingly, the last to arrive at the party, Sarah was immediately thrown into the part of the story that will lead to the big ask.
Not fully willing to participate in a blindfolded taste testing game, Sarah obliged only if Adam would participate, throwing a kink in Adam's original plan for the proposal. However, Adam was able to get Sarah to remain blindfolded during the game and readjusted his plan to get her outside in front of his literal labor of love for her. Once outside, their favorite song was playing and Sarah became to get a clearer picture of what might be unfolding. Now standing in front of the fireplace, "he lifted my blindfold, all I could say was "no way!" I was in absolute shock. There were candles lining the fireplace, flowers, and a huge sign that read "Marry Me?" Through the tears and the inability to utter the word, Sarah nodded her head to say "yes". "The best part was, after we both got our acts together, I turned around and there stood my entire family. Adam knew that detail was very important to me." Great job Adam!
In what is best described by Sarah as a simple, elegant and romantic wedding with "lots of greenery and blush pink and light blue flowers, Sarah and Adam will exchange vows of devotion to one another on June 9, 2018 at Dawson's Honeysuckle Farm in Asheville, Alabama. These two will continue to share their lives together but from this day forward, they will be husband and wife.
Images courtesy of Amanda Williams Photography