Spencer Cowen & Kathleen Hager

How did you meet?

Kathleen and I met for the first time in the spring of 2013. I was a senior in high school and she was a junior. I had been attending the TCPC youth group for years, but one evening one of the leaders pulled me aside and told me that a new girl was coming on that particular evening, and that I should say hello and welcome her to youth group. When Kathleen tells the story, she says that it was love at first sight for her, but like most things, it took me a little bit longer to figure out. After months of spending time with mutual friend groups, on July 11, 2014, I asked her if I could take her on a date. I was an hour late, her brother met me at the door with a knife, I didn’t realize I needed to make reservations at the restaurant, and my fun activity after dinner completely failed. Despite all this, she agreed to a second date, and a third, and things took off from there.

How did you propose?

After dating for almost a year and a half, Kathleen and I both knew that we wanted to get married. As we began to talk about the process, and I began to think about the details, one name that kept popping up was the Faithful Platform. I contacted them, and quickly was able to find the perfect ring. When Kathleen and I started dating, we took a trip with a group of friends to stay with her aunt in Greenville, SC. When we were there, we saw another couple get engaged at the top of a waterfall in the heart of downtown. Although we had not been dating long, I thought to myself, “If I end up proposing to this girl, this is the place I want to do it.” In the Fall of 2015, I contacted Kathleen's aunt who lives in Greenville and asked her to invite Kathleen down for the weekend of her birthday in November. Weeks earlier, I had told Kathleen that I would be out of town, helping my cousin with some landscaping at his new house in Indiana. While Kathleen was on a plane flying to Greenville, I was in the car, driving there as well. On November 14, the day before her birthday, I had her Aunt set her up right beside the waterfall downtown. I walked out to meet her and completely surprised her. Even though her first words were, “You’re not supposed to be here” she followed that up with a “yes” when I asked her to marry me.

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