At this time of year we often hear that “a diamond is a girl’s best friend.” And it’s pretty special if a girl is lucky enough to receive a diamond from her best friend.
That is exactly what happened to Lanaya Kenyon.
Even though Lanaya had known Abram Storrs for about seven years, their relationship actually started last February.
“We were just talking,” said Lanaya. “We all just played hockey together at Troy Skateland.”
Last February, after one of their games, Abram asked Lanaya to go for coffee. By the end of March they were officially dating.
“We laugh about it because I bought my truck the same day,” said Lanaya.
That day they spent a lot of time together talking and sharing pictures. Finally after their first kiss they looked at each other and both said out loud at the same time, “So are we more than just friends?”
“From the first day, we knew we were going to end up together,” said Lanaya.
About four months into their relationship they started discussing marriage.
Just before their six-month dating anniversary they talked about going on a really nice picnic to celebrate.
“I had an idea in my head that he was going to propose at this picnic,” said Lanaya.
But before the day of the picnic, Abram asked Lanaya to pick him up at his brother’s house.
“He told me that his brother got a new pet and he wanted me to come and see it,” explained Lanaya.
Abram was in the kitchen and rather than show her an animal, he gave her a really nice hug. Then he looked at her with a very serious expression on his face as he said, “I love you. I love you this much.”
Then Abram got down on one knee and asked her to marry him.
Lanaya was so surprised; although she had a funny feeling that there was more going on than just his brother’s new pet.
“I thought you were going to do this at our picnic,” said Lanaya, who also said, “YES!”
“I couldn’t wait that long,” said Abram. “I picked up the ring yesterday.”
Of course when Abram asked Lanaya to marry him, he had to also ask Punky the guinea pig, Sonora the horse, and Emma the dog.
“Animals are part of my family,” said Lanaya. “They’re a lifetime commitment – just like marriage.”
The couple has planned their wedding for Sept. 26, 2020. Lanaya is planning to have the ceremony at her grandmother’s, where a creek runs through the property. It is a place with special meaning for Lanaya because she grew up there.
“My grandma and I spent hours in the creek catching crawfish, tubing and swimming together,” explained Lanaya. “It’s always been my dream to have my wedding in this spot.”
The reception is planned for the North Street Community Church in Canton.
“Everyone says that planning a wedding is supposed to be stressful,” said Lanaya. “But I have not felt any stress yet.”
As spring and summer approach, Lanaya is realizing that so far everything is going very smoothly.
“Everything has really just come to us, from the venue to the photographer,” said Lanaya, who has asked Chrissy Schoner of “Frozen Moments Photography” to be her photographer.
In other areas of the planning, things are also coming together. She knew she wanted Border Town Sounds – Jackie and Brian Streeter – as her D.J. Abram’s mom is preparing the meal. And she even has her wedding gown picked out already.
Lanaya lovingly pointed to the ring on her left hand and smiled as she said, “And Abram picked this out all by himself.”