Matt and Allison have known each other since they were toddlers. From Gastonia, they both went to elementary school at First Wesleyan Christian School, high school at Ashbrook High School and college at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Their lives have always run parallel to one another. After realizing that fate put them together most of their lives, they started dating officially on Christmas Day of 2005 and have been together ever since. The first weekend of May 2010, they went to spend the weekend at Allison’s grandparents’ vacation home in Kure Beach. After spending that Saturday in Southport, Matt suggested that they take a walk on the beach that evening to view the stars. After about 30 minutes, Allison suggested that they walk back to the car, not knowing that Matt was about to propose. As they were walking back to the gazebo, Matt kneeled down on one knee and began his proposal. Once finished, he started feeling around in his pockets for the ring and quickly realized that it had fallen out in the sand where they had originally been sitting. They both started to panic and went running frantically back to the vicinity of where they had been. Allison was sick to her stomach and Matt didn’t know what to do. They paced the area for what seemed like FOREVER, but still didn’t find the ring. As Allison began to pray, Matt pulled out his cell phone to use as a flashlight to search the sand. Suddenly, Matt said, “Allison, come here.” He found the ring! He immediately proposed again and quickly shoved the ring on her finger! This is an engagement they will NEVER forget!
Allison and Matt will be married on May 7, 2011.
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