Chris + Sarah | Cherokee Park Proposal

 

There is so much to be said about these two that I don’t even know where to begin! 

I’ve known Sarah for almost 4 years now and over the years I am continually amazed at Sarah’s kind and gentle spirit, her ability to love others beyond anything I have ever seen, and her love for the Lord. During these four years I’ve known Sarah, I have known of her desire to be married and to have children. She has watched countless friends walk down the aisle (often standing by their side) and throughout that she has always shown faithfulness and trust in the Lord during this season of waiting. 

And then in March (yes, you read that correctly, 2 months ago!) walked in Chris. As Sarah told us about Chris, she explained to us that she had known Chris from back home as a husband to Kelsey and father to a (now) 7-year-old, Alexa. Sadly, in 2014 Kelsey passed away after her battle with cancer (you can read more about their story here). As Sarah told us all of this, I couldn’t help but be overwhelmed with the amazing provision of the Lord — for bringing this Godly man into Sarah’s life, but also bringing Sarah into Chris’s life. Chris explains it best on his blog: "God has brought an incredible young woman into my life. She has been willing to jump into the nuances of my situation: widower, single dad, two families who will continue to be involved, and an ongoing journey of grief.” (read his full blog post here).

Fast forward to April 23rd when Chris reached out to me telling me that he was planning to propose to Sarah on May 13th in Cherokee Park. Since the two are long-distance, Chris had planned a scavenger hunt for Sarah where she would meet friends all over town and would be given a clue for her next location — the last one leading to Chris. 

The morning of the proposal, we decided we would meet the morning of (just an hour before the planned proposal) to walk through the details. This was the first time I actually got to meet Chris and it was amazing how evident that these two would be such a good match (without even seeing the two together yet!). After our walkthrough I was able to hide behind some trees for about 20 minutes — which, needless to say, was a little awkward when runners kept going by. Finally Sarah arrived and the two were engaged!! We spent the next few hours together taking photos and soaking in the amazing provision of the Lord. 

As our time ended, Sarah did not know that Chris still had much planned for her. Chris had brought in Sarah’s family to be in Louisville and then a surprise engagement/birthday party in the evening to celebrate with all her friends. So while I was able to wave to Sarah goodbye and tell her I would see her on Sunday, l also secretly knew I would be seeing her in a few hours to celebrate. 

From start to finish, Chris and Sarah’s day was such a joy to be a part of. I’m not sure I can say I ever cried behind a tree in Cherokee before, but now I can. 😉