Per­fect Pro­posal

The Sentinel-Record - HER - Hot Springs - - Weddings - Story by Beth Bright

Heather Eaves was “just one of the guys” when she and Alex John­son be­came close friends at Lake Hamil­ton High School. But some­times, “one of the guys” can quickly be­come “the one.”

“We met when Alex was a se­nior and I was a sopho­more in high school,” Heather said. “We stayed friends for two years and were just best friends, but then we started dat­ing my se­nior year of high school.”

The two at­tended Arkansas State Univer­sity in Jones­boro and had been to­gether for a lit­tle over two years be­fore Alex planned to pro­pose. He had been sav­ing money to buy Heather an en­gage­ment ring, but when her car be­came more and more un­re­li­able, he used the money to pur­chase a car for her. This left noth­ing else for a ring.

In the fall of 2012, Alex sub­mit­ted their story for the “Per­fect Pro­posal” con­test with Sissy’s Log Cabin of Jones­boro and was cho­sen to de­sign a ring worth $5,000. The win­ner got to pro­pose on the foot­ball field dur­ing ASU’s home­com­ing game.

“They told me I was se­lected to go out on the foot­ball field to an­swer a trivia ques­tion and that the ques­tion would pop up on the big screen,” Heather said. “I re­luc­tantly went since they told me Alex could go, too.”

When she walked out on the field, Alex’s face ap­peared on the screen to her sur­prise.

“He pro­posed and when I looked back from the screen, he was down on one knee with the ring. It was like a dream.”

The big day: May 17, 2014, dur­ing a sun­set cer­e­mony, per­formed by Alex’s brother, Rev. Trey John­son.

Best Man and Maid of Honor: We had two of each. The best men were Tay­lor Root and Reid Byrd. Maids of honor

were Ha­ley McVay and Ash­ley Sum­mers. The lo­ca­tion: The Royal Ridge

The re­cep­tion: The re­cep­tion was in the barn at The Royal Ridge, with fish and chicken with all the fix­ings catered by The Salty Oys­ter. The cake was a rus­tic, birch tree with our ini­tials

“He pro­posed and when I looked back from the screen, he was down on one knee with the ring.

It was like a dream.”

carved in the bark and purple flow­ers, de­signed by Am­brosia Bak­ery. We served so­das, tea, wine and keg beer to drink. There was a cookie bar and s’mores bar, and The Blane Howard Band was our won­der­ful entertainm­ent.

The look: Our col­ors were dif­fer­ent shades of purple with lit­tle pops of turquoise. We also did lots of sil­ver trays and dishes in the re­cep­tion. At the cer­e­mony, we had flower ar­range­ments on the arch go­ing down the aisle and on bar­rels at the begin­ning of the aisle. At the re­cep­tion we had about three dif­fer­ent de­signs of ar­range­ments on the ta­bles.

The dress: I got my dress from Low’s Bridal in Brink­ley, Ark. The de­signer is Al­lure. It was an A-line, ivory dress with lots of lace, cap sleeves and a lit­tle bling around the waist.

Most un­for­get­table mo­ment: The whole day was won­der­ful, but I have to say the an­tic­i­pa­tion of walk­ing down the aisle was most un­for­get­table. Then ac­tu­ally fi­nally walk­ing down the aisle and hav­ing a great cer­e­mony.

The hon­ey­moon: The hon­ey­moon was at The Royal Car­ribean San­dals in Mon­tego Bay, Ja­maica. It was amaz­ing!

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