Real Proposal Story: A Chattanooga Engagement at a Historic Battlefield

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First comes love, then comes marriage. But before the joy of wedding planning begins comes the biggest, happiest question of all: Will you marry me? Thanks to HowHeAsked, we found some real, romantic, and ridiculously creative proposal stories that will get you inspired, tearing up, or both!

There's an old quote that says, When one door closes, another door opens. For Elizabeth, the closing of her high school led her to Silverdale Baptist Academy—and, although she didn't know it at the time, of course, her future husband.

On her first day at her new school, she sat across from Nathan and charmed him with the first words she spoke: "Potatoes is my favorite food group." Though Nathan already had a set group of friends, the potato-loving, cute, blue-eyed, blonde-haired girl at the lunch table made an impression that day of their junior year, and they became friends. And after both Elizabeth and Nathan left bad relationships near the end of their senior year of high school, he asked her to prom.

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After that, while on a school trip to Charleston, South Carolina, with the Youth in Government club to mark the 150th anniversary of Fort Sumter, Nathan and Elizabeth started dating.

It wasn't the only time history played a role in their relationship—"Before we ever even started dating, we would attend local events to remember various anniversaries of Civil War battles together," Elizabeth says—and it wouldn't be the last. Growing up in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Civil War history has always held a special meaning for the couple.

Nearly two and a half years after their fateful trip, Nathan planned a Labor Day jaunt to Point Park, a national military park on Lookout Mountain, Tennessee—the site of the Battle of Chattanooga—for what Elizabeth believed was going to be a picnic with their families.

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The picnic happened (eventually!), but what went down before it is what made it truly memorable. Before they ate, Elizabeth and Nathan started walking around the park. "Nathan lead me off away from our families and said 'Come over here with me, I have something for you,'" Elizabeth recalls. "I figured out something was going on. He got down on one knee, right there in front of everyone, on a Civil War battlefield on top of a mountain and asked me to marry him!"

Needless to say, they made a little history of their own that day!

Our Takeaways

1. Remember your roots: Nathan and Elizabeth became "official" on a memorable trip, and Nathan wisely chose to pop the question in a new place that was still had an emotional link to their relationship.

2. Family first: Sure, the idea of a surprise party immediately following a proposal is wonderful, but it's also nice when the family element is built in from the start of the day.

3. Don't forget the dog!: Their families toted along the couple's pooch for the festivities. We can only hope they chose this photo as their official engagement picture.

Click here to read more about Nathan and Elizabeth's engagement and don't forget to follow @HowHeAsked on Twitter!

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