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Cynthia + Tracy


photo | Ashlen Sydney


An Enchanted Engagement

There are few things Tracy and I enjoy more than a trip to Fredericksburg, Texas. So, when we started discussing our birthday plans (our birthdays are 8 days apart), he suggested us taking a trip to our favorite town. We visit Fredericksburg at least once every year, so this didn’t seem odd. The week of our trip, Texas was hit by Hurricane Harvey. I suggested not going, but Tracy insisted we’d be okay, which should have been my first clue. We made it into town, had some tasty Italian food, then headed to Enchanted Rock to see the sunset. Due to the weather, the park was open but there was a small sign noting that the rock was closed. Nevertheless, Tracy was adamant that we could still make it to the top, since we’d completed this short hike together a few times before. I agreed because there was no rain, I could tell it was going to be a beautiful sunset, and Tracy was being adventurous.

We were the only ones around except for another couple that was also contemplating heading up the rock. Once we started heading up, Tracy was very bothered by the couple who decided to follow us. Usually enchanted rock is crawling with visitors, so I thought it was funny he was so annoyed. Halfway through, they headed back down and we made our way to the top. We were the only two people on top of this beautiful place and I was right about the sunset – it was amazing.

After a few minutes of taking it all in, Tracy kissed me. The next thing I knew, he was down on one knee. “Cyn, I love you so much…” is all I remember before kneeling next to him and bursting into tears. He went on to say more sweet things while I sobbed on his shoulder. I finally said yes and Tracy showed me the most beautiful ring I had ever seen. I was still in shock, but we realized we had to hike down before it got dark. We almost got lost a few times, but made it back to our cute bed and breakfast, safe and sound.

One of the first things Tracy shared with me after the proposal, was that he had driven to Austin from Dallas about a month prior to ask my Dad for my hand in marriage. My Dad, Mom, and Brother had all seen the ring and knew he’d be asking this weekend. This meant the world to me. Even though they knew, they were waiting for us to reach out. Since no one else was aware, we decided to keep the news to ourselves that next day. This was one of my favorite parts of our weekend. We went to brunch in town where a married couple next to us treated us to some celebratory wine (they couldn’t help but notice how cheesy we were being). We visited a new winery, and we finished off the day at our favorite – Becker Vineyards. We went on to shoot our engagement photos at Becker! It was so great to have that day with each other without distractions. We got to enjoy every second and start making plans for our wedding, and the rest of our lives. That night, we face­timed our families and friends who couldn’t have been more excited for us.

Tracy planned the perfect proposal and I can’t wait to spend the rest of my life by his side.