Longtime acquaintances Madeline Phillips and local THV11 Sports Anchor Hayden Balgavy hit things off after a chance encounter at a Five Guys restaurant. The rest, as they say, is history. The two will tie the knot on December 22 at the Junior League of Little Rock Building.
Here's their engagement story in Madeline's words:
"Hayden and Madeline wove in and out of each other's inner circles for years as students at Cabot High School. Even into college, the two continued to run right into each other for various reasons. Fast forward to 2014. Madeline and Hayden were both living and working in Little Rock, and apparently both hankering for a cheeseburger from Five Guys restaurant in North Little Rock.There was no good reason for she and her mom to agree to meet at the North Little Rock location; alas, they did. As they sat, finishing their meal, Madeline noticed three guys walk into the restaurant: Phil Buck, Dan Grossman, and Hayden Balgavy. For those who aren't avid THV11 viewers, Phil Buck and Dan Grossman are former reporters who Hayden worked with then.And if we're being completely clear, Dan was the one who caught Madeline's eye (she didn't know Hayden was single). She reached out to [her friend Jolene] to see if Hayden could make a connection between her and Dan. Then, Jolene suggested she actually go out with Hayden. The next day, Hayden called Madeline to arrange a date. The day after that, they had their first date at Dizzy's Gypsy Bistro in downtown Little Rock. And that is the beginning of everything."