September 14, 2021
I first met up with Warren and Karleigh at a local Mexican restaurant for food, tequila and to hear their story. As soon as we started talking, I knew a western engagement would be their vibe. After all, Warren was a rodeo bull rider for ten years. Today he’s a county sheriff while Karleigh works in child care.
Warren and Karleigh have a mutual friend who tried to convince Karleigh about the idea of going on a date with Warren. However, before their mutual friend could get the full question out of his mouth, Karleigh said “no”. She had never seen a photo and didn’t know a thing about Warren, but it was a big no. Six months go by and that same mutual friend gets inventive by inviting Karleigh over to hang out with some other friends. Their mutual friend may have left out that they were all meeting up at Warren’s house. Warren and Karleigh ended up having a good conversation and by the night’s end, Warren had Karleigh’s number. She didn’t think much of Warren taking her number, until he texted her the next day. After talking a bit, she asked Warren what his plans were for his day off. He told her he was picking her up for dinner and to be ready by 7pm.
Even after the date, Karleigh didn’t think much would come from their relationship. She told me she wasn’t allowing herself to open up because she’d been hurt in the past. Warren kept pursuing her. He’d invite her over to watch ‘Game of Thrones’, grill out or go to the pool. Eventually, the more time they spent together, the more they wanted to be with one another. After two months of dating, Warren told Karleigh he loved her and she cried. A couple months after he told her, Karleigh told him she loved him.
The evening of their western engagement seemed like the hottest summer evening ever. It was 100% humidity and we were all sweaty and laughing so hard. The champagne bottle never got refrigerated so we weren’t sure it would pop. Warren shook the heck out of it and the bubbly popped with celeway more than we thought it would.
Black Cowboy Hat – Capital Hatters