Our Favorite Georgia Love Stories

Five couples share the memorable stories that led them to “I do.”
by Lauren Levy
  1. Nishawne & John

    Robin Nathan Photography

    Atlanta, GA

    When John started talking to Nishawne online, he immediately knew that he wanted to impress her, so he sent the Panama native a few sentences in Spanish. She appreciated the gesture, and the two planned their first casual meet-up. It turned into a four-hour date. One month later, John knew he wanted to propose. After purchasing the ring and holding onto it until the perfect moment, he popped the question at the top of Stone Mountain. “Nishawne was just happy to have made it to the top and was relaxing on a rock on her back,“ John says. “While her eyes were closed, I pulled out the box and held it in front of her. If there were words to explain the look on Nishawne's face, those words would be written right here, but there aren't—only a picture could do it justice!" The ring: Shane Co.

  2. Jess & Dustin

    Ben & Colleen

    Lithonia, GA

    Jess and Dustin first met at the Shaky Knees Music Festival in the pouring rain. They had both managed to stick it out, and Jess was huddled under a broken umbrella, struggling to shield herself from the weather. “Dustin leaned in and asked if I could use some help, which I accepted, and I invited him under to seek shelter from the unrelenting rain,” says Jess. “We started talking, and at one point he was staring so deeply into my eyes and just leaned in and kissed me—I haven't stopped thinking about him since!” Dustin popped the question during a surprise trip over Fourth of July weekend with friends. “The morning of our trip, he pulled out two envelopes and had me pick where we were going,” says Jess. “When we got there, we had time to kill before dinner, and he proposed while we were taking a stroll on the beach—it was such a special day that I'll never forget!” The ring: A family heirloom

  3. Meghan & Thomas

    Diamond Eyes

    Atlanta, GA

    Even though Thomas had been dropping hints that he wasn't ready to get married anytime soon, Meghan planned a trip to Puerto Rico to celebrate his 30th birthday. He told her that she shouldn't expect a ring for a long time only to surprise her with a proposal on his birthday while the two were in their hotel room overlooking the rainforest. “He gave me a letter that he wrote about how much he needed me in his life and said that whatever he was scared of in the future, he knew he could handle it if I was by his side,” says Meghan. “I ugly-cried for a solid two hours, calling everyone I knew—I had been working as a wedding photographer at the time and just couldn't believe that I was finally going to be the bride!” The ring: Conroy & Wilcox

  4. Carley & Graham

    Alyssa Alig Photography

    Athens, Georgia

    High-school sweethearts Carley and Graham dated for four years before getting engaged on what seemed like a typical Thursday date night. After picking her up, Graham handed Carley an “adventure card" that had a picture of them at their favorite coffee spot. Another two adventure cards later (each featuring a snapshot of the couple enjoying previous dates), Graham led Carley to a rooftop deck overlooking downtown Athens. “Before I knew it, Graham was down on one knee, holding a beautiful rose-gold ring and telling me how he wanted to spend the rest of his life making more adventures with me," says Carley. “I probably said yes seven times. I am thrilled to be marrying my best friend!" The ring: Duncan & Company Fine Jewelry

  5. Lisa & Stephen

    Gracie Blue Photography

    Adairsville, GA
    During Stephen's visit to Atlanta, a friend invited him, as well as Lisa, to go the World of Coca-Cola museum. The two immediately hit it off, and then spent the duration of the day together, quickly beginning a long-distance relationship as Stephen returned to Illinois to finish medical school. After Stephen moved back to Atlanta, he surprised Lisa by popping the question surrounded by friends. “Under the flickering lights of lanterns—that he made himself at the BeltLine annual Lantern Parade—Stephen asked me if I would spend the rest of my life with him!" Lisa says. The ring: BlueNile.com; Solomon Brothers

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