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!