Carroll paddled back to an excited Weber and handed her the duck. She looked immediately for the band and found the ring – and Carroll was already down on one knee asking her to marry him.
"When I first saw it, I thought it was duck band
. Then I realized what it was and I started crying. I was so shocked," Weber explained. "It was funny because one of his friends was crying and I was crying. Then I asked, 'So, I really didn't get a band?' I was so happy that I didn't even shoot at the next flock that came in. Tyler did though."
Caught up in this young couple's magical moment, Carroll's plan to have his hunting partners film the whole scene fell apart. "It was so cold, the guy with the video camera forgot to hit record," Carroll said. "I admit, I was a little nervous, but it worked out."
In the end, the proposal was successful for two big reasons: she said yes, and the ring he'd saved for two years to purchase didn't fly away attached to the leg of that hardy diver.
Happily engaged, the avid waterfowlers are in the process of planning a late-October wedding. As for the anniversary, Kelsey seems to think Tyler had this all planned out.
"The duck hunting proposal is special for us because it's the one thing we have loved to do together since day one," Weber explained. "Being asked to marry my best friend while doing something we love most in life is amazing. And yes, he planned it perfect so every year on that date we can celebrate our relationship while duck hunting."
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